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 Chicago, SC Congress Toronto, SC Magazine Roundtables, the RSA Conference, the Techno Security Conference and others. 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.
Executive Editor Dan Kaplan, based in New York, has been with SC Magazine since January 2006. He writes monthly features on varying IT security topics and contributes daily breaking news and multimedia items for SCMagazine.com. In addition, he is responsible for editing and managing editorial content on the website and takes the lead role of editing the monthly magazine. He regularly meets with industry experts and leading vendors to discuss the latest trends in the marketplace. He previously worked as a reporter for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in journalism. He resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Managing Editor Greg Masters joined SC Magazine in January 2006. In this role, 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. He has a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master's from CUNY.
Digital Content Coordinator Marcos Colón, based in New York City, joined SC Magazine in February 2012. He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in journalism. Previously, he was the head of content of a national entertainment and events website. Follow Marcos on Twitter: @turbomarcos
Danielle Walker is based in New York and joined SC Magazine as a reporter in Aug. 2012. She graduated from New York University with a master's degree in journalism and earned a degree in English from the University of Virginia. The Virginia Beach native previously worked as a business reporter in Virginia, covering technology, retail and a multitude of other topics. Follow Danielle on Twitter: @daniellewlkr
Roo Howar joined SC Magazine in May 2011 as editorial/sales assistant. She graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in English literature and moved to New York in 2010. She currently resides in Brooklyn.
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.
Deb Radcliff is an award-winning writer, analyst and editor who has covered computer security and online crime since 1994. She is a monthly contributor to SC Magazine, hosts her own OnlineCrimeBytes blog, is editor of the SANS Institute Analyst Program, and is chief of the consumer-facing myIDmatters. Radcliff is regularly featured in webcasts and podcasts and has been broadcast on large metropolitan radio stations. She's spoken at West Point Military Academy, as well as at business, infrastructure, security and hacker conferences throughout the country.
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.
Mike Stephenson, lab manager, maintains the test facility and ensures that the integrity of SC's improved test methodologies that use standards from the Common Criteria are upheld.
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, SC Lab editorial assistant, manages 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, sales, leads commercial sales for SC Magazine's print, digital, custom solutions and events (SC Congress). 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 InformationWeek, EverythingChannel, Management, 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.
With a sales and management background in custom publishing, events and strategic sales development, he has 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.
Samantha Amoroso is an Account Manager for SC Magazine and SC MarketScope.com. Prior to joining SC Magazine, Samantha was an account manager at Ziff Davis Enterprise. She has five years of media planning and campaign management under her belt with experience in online, print, lead generation and events. On her off time, Samantha enjoys trying different restaurants and recipes and riding her bike or running all around Brooklyn.
Elton Wong joined SC Magazine in July 2012 as the licensing and reprints account executive. He is a recent graduate from Syracuse University with a degree in International Relations. On his off time he enjoys cooking and finding great places to eat all over New York City.
Executive Vice President Tony Keefe started his media career in 1980 at VNU Business Publications, working initially in production, but moving quickly into sales on VNU's computing titles. He joined Montgomery Exhibitions in 1985, developing IT-related trade exhibitions for the group and rising to become a director of the business in 1992 before leaving to help spearhead the introduction of Ziff Davis Media into the UK and guide the launch of its flagship brand PC Magazine. In 1998, Tony joined United Business Media as executive director of its construction, interiors and entertainment businesses, before relocating to New York City in 2002 following his appointment as CEO of CMP Entertainment Media, where he managed a portfolio of B2B and consumer brands located in the UK, New York and California. Tony joined Haymarket Media Inc. in 2007, working on the development of the SC brand in the United States prior to being appointed EVP of the security, compliance and consumer group in 2011 and becoming a member of the HMI board at the same time. Tony's passions include live music, audio, film, art, food, wine and Belgian beer (not necessarily in that order), as well as spending time with his daughter.