To continue to influence the direction of IT practices in defense and cyber worlds.


I am a frequent speaker, writer, and blogger on  IT security.  I am the author of Surviving Cyber War, a book on the global rise of cyber conflict  published in 2010 by Government Institutes, a division of Scarecrow Press. I am the founder and Chief Research Analyst of IT-Harvest.  I cover the 1,200 security vendors that provide solutions for small businesses, enterprises, and government agencies. 

AS a GLG Leader I am frequently engaged by the clients of Gerstan Lehrman Group to answer their questions on security technology and companies.

I have founded several small businesses and have held executive positions at Webroot Software and Fortinet Inc.  I was VP Research for Gartner for four years and a Manager Technical Risk Services for PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to that.

I travel internationally to address conferences and conduct seminars on rising Internet security threats.  I write at ThreatChaos.com as well as contribute columns to Network World Magazine, and CIO Update. I am a contributing expert on security to Focus.com, an online resource for small to medium businesses.

I am a holder of Gartner's Thought Leadership Award for 2003.  SCMagazine named me one of the Pioneers of the IT Industry in November, 2009.

Work History

Work History
Mar 2006 - Present

Chief Research Analyst

IT-Harvest, Inc.

Founded this IT-research firm that specializes in covering the security industry. Write regular columns for DarkReading, CIOUpdate, and NetworkWorld Magazine. Re-launched the ThreatChaos blog as an independent source for frequently updated commentary on security events, government actions, and international threats.  Re-focused coverage to the area of Cyber Defense.  

Nov 2006 - Jan 2008

Chief Marketing Officer

Prior to re-launching IT-Harvest I served as Chief marketing Officer of the world's leading Unified Threat Management appliance vendor where I led the marketing, public relations and analyst relations teams.  As chief evangelist I presented in 26 countries on six continents to enhance Fortinet's brand.  As a member of the executive team I helped set go-to-market strategies and contributed to overall strategy.

Oct 2004 - Feb 2006

VP Threat Research

As evangelist for Webroot Software, a provider of security software for Small and Medium Business. I travelled the world speaking to press, analysts, and customer audiences to raise awareness of Spyware issues and Webroot's solutions. Elevated Webroot's industry recognition dramatically.

Sep 2000 - Oct 2004

VP Research

While VP of  Research at Gartner Inc. I was consistently in the top ten  analsysts in combined customer inquiries and Strategic Assesment Days (onsite consulting).  I was given Gartner's Thought Leadership Award for 2003, and Network World Magazine named me one of the 50 most powerful people in networking.  I was quoted continuously in the press and shook up the IDS/IPS industry as well as dramatically impacting the firewall industry with my research.  I authored versions of the Firewall, IDS, and MSSP Majic Quadrants. 

I intereacted frequently with the government team and participated in Exectuve Briefings of  the US State Dapartment and the Pentagon annually.

May 1999 - Sep 2000



As founder and President of i-gift I led this Isiah Thomas company to its successful launch of an online gifit certificate fulfillment service.  Guided development team of 18 people.

Oct 1996 - May 1999



Led security audits of PwC clients including banks, energy firms, insurance companies, and a major train operator.  Conducted external vulnerability scans and attacks, war dialing efforts, and internal reviews of security practices.  Wrote PwC's best practises for firewalls and third party connections.


Sep 1980 - May 1982


Yes, I am a rocket scientist!  I specialized in structural optimization.