Board of Advisers

Our exclusive board of advisers guides this site’s coverage of security, fraud, privacy, risk management and other key issues. These experts provide input about the latest hot topics and contribute insight for news coverage, podcast interviews and guest blogs. They regularly offer expert advice about regulatory compliance and the current threat landscape, as well as provide insights about risk management strategies and security technologies.

Chris Buse

Chris Buse

CISO, State of Minnesota

Buse previously served as the manager of information technology audits for the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. During his 19 years as an auditor, Buse oversaw IT audit work conducted on large government computer systems. He serves on the board and is past president of the Minnesota chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Buse received his bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Cloud State University and holds a number of accounting, auditing and IT security certifications.

Karen Evans

Karen Evans

National Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge, and Partner, KE&T Partners

As head of the Cyber Challenge, Evans oversees an organization focused on searching for talent to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce in and out of government. Evans previously served as the federal government's de facto chief information officer - officially, administrator for information technology and e-government in the White House Office of Management and Budget - overseeing $70 billion-plus in federal government spending on IT. Earlier, she served as chief information officer at the Department of Energy.

Deborah Frincke

Deborah Frincke

Deputy Director of Research, National Security Agency

Frincke, who joined the NSA in 2011, previously served as chief scientist for cybersecurity at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. As a professor at the University of Idaho, she cofounded its Center for Secure and Dependable Systems, one of the first such institutions to receive NSA's designation of a national Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The University of California at Davis awarded Frincke a Ph.D. in 1992.

Melissa E. Hathaway

Melissa E. Hathaway

President, Hathaway Global Strategies

Melissa E. Hathaway, led President Obama's Cyberspace Policy Review and helped develop cybersecurity policy for President George W. Bush.

Hathaway was named the Acting Senior Director for Cyberspace for the National Security and Homeland Security Councils on February 9, 2009, and placed in charge of an inter-agency review of the plan, programs, and activities underway throughout the government dedicated to cyber security.

Prior to that, Hathaway served as Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Cyber Coordination Executive. She chaired the National Cyber Study Group (NCSG). In her role at the NCSG, she contributed to the development of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI). Hathaway was appointed the Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force in January 2008.

Christopher Ipsen

Christopher Ipsen

CISO, State of Nevada

As CISO and chair of the Nevada State IT Security Committee, Ipsen has developed a four-step model to transform government and safeguard digital assets. Ipsen also is a member of the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security and the Nevada Technological Crime Advisory Board. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Ipsen holds certifications as a Certified Information Security Professional, an Information System Architectural Professional and a Certified Information Security Manager.

James Lewis

James Lewis

Director and Senior Fellow, Technology and Public Policy Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Lewis' work at the Washington think tank focuses on cybersecurity, space and innovation. He served as staff director for the CSIS-sponsored Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, which produced a groundbreaking report. His current research examines the political effect of the Internet, strategic competition among nations and technological innovation. Lewis previously worked at the departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service officer and as a member of the Senior Executive Service.

William Pelgrin

William Pelgrin

Chair, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center

Pelgrin also serves as president of CIS, a not-for-profit enterprise that helps organizations, mostly local and state governments, reduce the risk of business and e-commerce disruptions resulting from inadequate technical security controls. He founded MS-ISAC because of the need for state, local and tribal governments to collaborate on cyberthreats. He previously served as the director of cybersecurity and critical infrastructure coordinator for the State of New York.

Harry Raduege

Harry Raduege

Chairman, Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation

Raduege heads the center, which focuses on developing cyber solutions for organizations grappling with the need to secure interoperable information systems. Before retiring as a three-star Air Force general, Raduege served as the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. He also served as co-chair of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, a panel of top IT security practitioners, policymakers and government officials that provided advice to President Obama when he took office.

Tomas Soderstrom

Tomas Soderstrom

IT/CTO, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Soderstrom's mission is to identify and infuse new IT technologies into the environment at JPL, a NASA unit managed by the California Institute of Technology. Soderstrom has sponsored JPL's initiatives to bring secure social-networking, virtual-world, virtualization and cloud computing technologies into effective use at the NASA unit. He's a frequent producer and consumer of advanced collaboration and engineering tools and practices. Before joining JPL in 2003, Soderstrom served as director of Western operations for Raytheon Technical Services Co.

Elayne Starkey

Elayne Starkey

Chief Security Officer, State of Delaware

Starkey, working out of the Department of Technology and Information, is responsible for the enterprise-wide protection of information assets from high consequence events, including cyber and physical terrorism and natural disasters. She chairs the Delaware Information Security Officer Team and is a member of the Governor's Homeland Security Council. She previously served as the chief technology officer at DTI and the CIO for the Delaware Department of Public Safety.