Name: Corey Nachreiner
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Company: WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
Why nominated: Corey Nachreiner has spent the past 18 years passionately working on the frontlines of cyber security. Recognized as a thought leader in IT security.
Profile: Corey Nachreiner spearheads WatchGuard's technology vision and direction as the company's CTO. Previously, he was the director of strategy and research at WatchGuard. For a decade or more he has been evaluating and making accurate predictions about information security trends. As an authority on network security and an internationally quoted commentator, Nachreiner's expertise and ability to dissect complex security topics makes him a sought after speaker at forums such as Gartner, Infosec and RSA.
This past year, Nachreiner has contributed to WatchGuard's success in the following ways:
- Spearheaded the tech acquisition of Hexis Hawkeye G, expanding WatchGuard's security portfolio with revenue-driving detection and response capabilities.
- Launched a new research team to generate more threat intelligence and primary security research from WatchGuard.
- Lead WatchGuard's Rapid Vulnerability Response Team and launched internal product penetration testing efforts to ensure that WatchGuard delivers the most secure products possible.
What colleagues say: “When I think of an outstanding educator I think of someone who goes beyond explaining the complexity of a certain topic to reveal its simplicity. As a marketer I'm constantly trying to educate an audience. Corey is my secret weapon. Not because he's an amazing story teller or flawless with technical information, but because he truly loves to teach and is willing to go the extra mile with his time to deliver our message of ‘security simplified. For the past several years Corey has been the chief security evangelist for the company and has helped to drive our security strategy and product roadmap. And the sheer level of educational content Corey produces on a weekly and monthly basis is exceptional. He is a self-proclaimed white hat and is dedicated to helping people understand the importance of cyber security, both at work and in their personal lives. Corey's tireless efforts to educate the community and spark a meaningful dialogue about cyber security are not only admirable, they're effective.”
- Michelle Welch, vice president of marketing, WatchGuard.