With over 25 years of experience in information technology, Joe is an industry leader and expert in information security governance, risk, and compliance, maturing and aligning security programs to industry frameworks, including ISO 27001, NIST Cybersecurity and Risk Management Frameworks, SOC 2, and CMMC. Additionally, he is a member of the FBI Citizens Academy and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Joe believes that an information security program should create transparent conversations between practitioners and business leaders.
He is well-known in the field, co-founding B-Sides Pittsburgh in 2011, an annual information security conference attracting 850 attendees who come together to deepen their knowledge through peer review and collaboration. One great collaboration to emerge was when Joe met his co-founder, Jon Zeolla, who is also on the organizing committee.
Prior to Seiso, Joe built an impressive portfolio of business endeavors and professional accolades. He is the former president and principal consultant of WynnSecure, a management consultant firm that designed and implemented information security programs and provided v-CISO services. Additionally, he held the positions of:
- Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Duquesne Light Company
- CISO, VP of security, privacy, and safety for Education Management Corporation (EDMC).
Joe is passionate about aligning information security programs – delivered through well-defined processes and standards – for businesses in a wide range of sectors. He designs comprehensive security architecture frameworks that work in harmony with a company’s operations.
Joe is a member of the FBI Citizens Academy as well as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Joe’s expertise also includes:
- Information Security Risk Management
- CISO coaching
- ISO 2700x
- NIST Cybersecurity Framework
- Third-party Information Security Risk Management
- Risk Assessment
- Security Awareness Training
- Data Breach Tabletop Exercises
Joe received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duquesne University and continued his education at Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a master’s degree in public management and information technology.