Illena Armstrong is the VP, editorial of SC Magazine, the leading business brand for the information security industry, where she manages staff in New York and Michigan. She is responsible for overseeing the award-winning monthly publication and its many other editorial offerings, including scmagazine.com, SC Magazine Canada, numerous eConferences, webcasts, newsletters and physical events in the United States and Canada, and more. She has spoken and moderated at a number of industry events, including SC Congress New York, SC Congress, SC Magazine Roundtables, and the RSA Conference. On her watch, SC Magazine has won more than 20 awards, including Magazine of the Year, from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Before her stint at SC Magazine, she worked for various newspapers and magazines in New England and the southern United States.

Greg Masters joined SC Magazine in January 2006. In his role as managing editor, he assembles every bit of the print magazine each month, soliciting columns and statistics, as well as editing every word, writing features and preparing layouts for the art director. Additionally, he writes news articles for the daily website, and uploads the monthly print issue into the custom CMS. He won an ASBPE Award for editorial excellence for one of a continuing series of case studies he writes regularly for the magazine. Greg has worked as a journalist and editor for 30 years. Previously, he was managing editor of a retail B2B magazine. Follow Greg on Twitter: @gregmasters21

Teri Robinson has more than two decades of experience reporting and editing on tech and business issues. She was the features editor at Ziff-Davis's PC Sources magazine and CMP's InternetWeek and is the former editor-in-chief of Financial Technology Review and her work has appeared in BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine  and the Los Angeles Times as well as a variety of trade magazines.  She is also an award-winning screenwriter and director/producer of short films and an essayist featured in Child of Mine, a book on the first year of motherhood. Teri holds a Masters degree in Journalism  from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!). She currently lives with her family in Harlem.

Adam Greenberg joined SC Magazine as a reporter in July 2013 and was promoted to senior reporter in July 2015. Born and raised in New Jersey, he graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English and Textual Studies and worked nearly five years as a New Jersey municipal reporter before making the move to New York City. Follow Adam on Twitter: @writingadam


Ashley Carman interned at McKnight's Long-Term Care News, another Haymarket Media publication, before becoming SC Magazine's editorial assistant. She made the move from Chicago to Queens, N.Y. in September 2013 after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In college, she reported on a reality television show truckstop in Missouri, famous mimes in Buenos Aires and multiple Chicago music festivals. At SC Magazine, she's continuing to learn about the IT security world.

Stephen Lawton is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering technology and business issues. He was chief editor of MicroTimes, Digital News & Review, SunWorld and NetscapeWorld, as well as holding senior marketing positions with Acronis, DataRise and Vision Point Automation. He is founder and president of the Seattle-area technology research and marketing firm AFAB Media Services.

Karen Epper Hoffman has been writing about technology and business since the early days of the mainstream internet. Her articles have been published in a wide range of mainstream and trade business publications, including Computerworld, Entrepreneur, Internet World, MIT's Technology Review, Mobile PC, The New York Post, Redmond, Seattle Business Monthly, Silicon Alley Reporter, Small Business Computing, U.S. Banker, and Washington CEO. She currently lives in Germany with her family.


Technology Editor Peter Stephenson has worked with SC Magazine in some capacity for years. Indeed, his straight-talking opinions once filled our news pages in a long-standing monthly contribution that since has been taken over by a rotation of experts.

In addition to overseeing SC Magazine's reviews, Stephenson also is CISO of Norwich University. His areas of expertise include information assurance and risk, information warfare, counter-terrorism, and digital investigation and forensics. He teaches information assurance, network attack and defense, digital forensics and cyber investigation on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

He started his 40-year career as a U.S. Navy cryptographer, then moved into the private sector where he operated his own information security consulting practice for some 20 years. Navigating the industry and his career with aplomb, he then became director of technology for the global security practice of Netigy Corporation and was, until July 2003, the director of technology and a research coordinator for QinetiQ Trusted Information Management, a large international information security professional and managed services company.

In short, Stephenson knows a thing or two about IT security.

Along with him, three other professionals work for SC Magazine Lab in the U.S.

John Aitken, director of lab operations, is on hand to oversee product shipments, scheduling and other needed lab operations, while Judy Traub, editorial assistant, focuses on managing relationships and lines of communications with vendors and service providers participating in reviews.

Judy Traub, program manager, oversees pre/post product review process with lab staff, security vendors and service providers. Judy is a technical professional with experience and educational background in networking, communications technology, computer information systems, and information technology for Homeland (Cyber) Security and compliance.

She has worked for companies such as HP, MCI, SBC, and AT&T in the areas  of project, team and resource management,  client relationship management, and communication services consulting.  As a business manager with AT&T, Judy received national recognition for her individual and team contribution to the financial success and overall customer satisfaction within the Midwest region.

In 2006, she returned to the small business sector joining CDFS Lab in the role of project manager with a focus on information security product testing,  specifically managing project constraints, stakeholder relationships, deliverables development and distribution, quality and risk management, and crises resolution. In addition to her project management role with CDFS and SC Labs, Judy is also an active member of Project Management Institute and PMI Troubled Projects Community of Practice, providing new ideas to resolve and/or avoid troubled project situations.


David Steifman, VP, Publisher, leads the business for SC's  digital, print, custom department, and live and virtual events such as: SC Congress Toronto, New York, Chicago, Boston, London, and SC's Awards programs in US and UK). Previously a VP at Huson International Media, he represented one of the largest information technology and newspaper portfolios around the globe (leading brands such as InformationWeekEverythingChannelManagement, the Australian, ComputerWeekly, the Evening Standard, the Daily Mail, Network Computing, and PC Magazine). In 2008 he also launched the U.S. edition of Infosecurity Magazine for Reed Elsevier Publishing and has worked with well-known Publishers such as Dennis Publishing, Elsevier, and UBM

With a commercial and management background in driving complex digital programs, producing events, and strategic sales development, he has also held prior positions at Huson International Media, Discovery Television, Reed Publishing, and Primedia Publishing.

Mike Shemesh is the regional sales director for SC Magazine's print and digital properties, working with vendors and agencies on awareness, lead generation and custom media programs. Mike started on SC Magazine in January 2004 as the first in-house sales representative and has been part of the team that established SC Magazine as the leading print and digital medium for the information security community. Before SC Magazine, Mike was a display and classified account executive for PRWeek, another Haymarket Media brand.

Mike Alessie is the event sales director for SC Magazine leading sales for its events division - SC Congress NY, SC Congress Canada, virtual events and the SC Awards. Prior to joining SC Magazine in 2007, Mike was responsible for North American sales at Reed Exhibitons. He has more than 15 years of IT security sales experience. He is a graduate of Sacred Heart University and resides in Milford, Conn. with his wife and two boys.

Matthew Allington is the West Coast sales director for SC Magazine. He leads Western region sales for SC Magazine's portfolio of marketing, advertising and lead-generation opportunities. Prior to joining SC in January 2007, Matthew held similar position at sister publications PRWeek and MM&M. Currently based in San Francisco, Matthew has been with the parent company Haymarket Media for more than 20 years. Prior to working at the company in the United States, Matthew held several positions within Haymarket's specialist motoring division in the U.K.

Dennis Koster is an account manager for SC Magazine and primarily works on new business media sales for all of the SC Magazine print, digital and event properties. His first job out of college was in inside sales at Webroot, then a small, anti-spyware company in Boulder, Colo.

Jessic Andreozzi joined SC Magazine in August 2014 as an Account Executive representing the east coast portfolio. Prior to joining SC, she's worked in media sales for The Village Voice along with agencies such as Universal McCann and MediaCom. Jessica lived in Sydney, Australia for 3 years where she completed her Bachelor's degree and now resides in Manhattan. 


Marketing Team

Karen Koza

Director of Marketing

Karen joined SC Magazine in April 2014 as Director of Marketing, spearheading an effort to best brand SC as a thought leader in the cybersecurity space and steering the promotional direction of SC's signature live events, SC Congress, held annually in Toronto, London, New York and Chicago. Possessing a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing and status as a native New Yorker, Karen has 360 degrees of experience in corporate, media, marketing, public relations, event management and Manhattan living.   

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