Editorial Team | SC Media

Editorial Team

Illena Armstrong is VP, Editorial at SC Media, the leading business media brand for the information security industry. She spearheads and manages all editorial strategy and content development for SC US and UK, as well as plays a key leadership role in driving the brand’s overall business and commercial development. She does this by working with a team of indefatigable colleagues and her dedicated staff in offices across NY, Washington, Michigan and the UK.

On her watch, SC has won more than 40 awards from a range of industry groups, including the American Society of Business Publication Editors, Trade Association Business Publications International, Folio and MIN Online. She has spoken/moderated at several industry events, including SC Congresses and Roundtables, RSA Conference, Techno Security Conference and others. Before her stint at SC, she worked for various newspapers and magazines in New England and the southern United States, having received still more honors. To see what some business leaders think of SC, please read our testimonials.

Executive Editor 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.

Doug Olenick joined SC Media August 2015 as Online Editor. He heads up the publication’s web operation. Doug has covered the technology sector for more than 20 years for a string of B2B and consumer publications. His longest tenured position was as web editor/senior editor for NewBay Media’s TWICE(This Week in Consumer Electronics).  Prior to that post, Doug was a senior editor for CMP’s Computer Retail Week and he worked as a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletinnewspaper. More recently his work could be found on Forbes.com, TheStreet, Mainstreet and Bar Business Magazine. Doug is a veteran of 20 consumer electronic shows and has attended hundreds of tech industry events. He resides on Long Island with his wife and two children.


Bradley Barth joined SC Media as a Senior Reporter in January 2016. He returned to New York, following a two-year stint as a program executive at Voxus PR, a tech public relations firm in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area. Bradley was previously a regular contributor of travel and entertainment articles to Glam Media’s websites, and was formerly a staff writer at New York Sportscene, regularly covering the New York Jets for the monthly magazine. He was also business editor at Executive Technology, where he frequently contributed to sister publication WWD (Women’s Wear Daily). Bradley writes screenplays on the side and was contracted in 2015 to pen an independent feature film that is in early development.

Stephen Lawton is SC’s Special Projects Editorial Director. Heis 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. 

Victor Thomas is SC Media’s Special projects coordinator.

Editor-At-Large

Peter Stephenson has worked with SC Media 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 Media’s reviews and writing the “Threat Hunter” blog, Stephenson also is a researcher and author. His areas of expertise include information assurance and risk, information warfare, counter-terrorism, cyber criminology, cyber jurisprudence, and digital investigation and forensics. He has taught information assurance, network attack and defense, digital forensics and cyber investigation on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

He started his 50+ 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. He holds a doctorate in digital investigation and is pursuing a second PhD in law. He holds the CISSP (retired) designation from (ISC)and retired as a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He also is former CISO of Norwich University. 

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

SC LABS TEAM

Rob Cote
Program Director

Rob has dedicated the last 15 years of his career to helping organizations successfully protect against Cyber Attacks. His technology career began 30 years ago with an operational background supporting, deploying, and managing a wide variety of IT systems for global outsource firms including EDS, Perot Systems, and Cap Gemini.

Rob has also contributed thought leadership in the field of security metrics.  Developing a specialized framework for identifying risk and developing client-specific performance indicators, he has established Security Vitals as a recognized source for helping organizations identify and quantify meaningful information security metrics.  

Mike Diehl
Technology Editor
Mike is a highly motivated IT professional with over 18 years of experience, four of which were spent working with Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs). Like most technical security professionals, he built his career with hands-on roles working as a network engineer, systems engineer, network architect, and help desk specialist. A natural problem solver, Mike takes a measured and deliberate approach to resolving technical challenges. He maintains a keen focus on developing and implementing repeatable process to provide consistent and positive outcomes. These core beliefs provided the foundation for a successful transition to information security and compliance.

A key element in Mike’s shift to information security were roles at MSSPs where he gained the knowledge and practical experience working with industry standard security frameworks including PCI, HIPAA, SANS, NIST. Assisting on the customer-side of PCI compliance, he worked with Qualified Security Assessors and Approved Scanning Vendors to finalize PCI reviews and answer self-assessment questionnaires.

Matt Hreben
Security Technologist

Matt has dedicated a career to assembling the foundational elements necessary to become a foremost security technologist. As an active U.S. Navy reservist, he reinforces IT operational skills with ongoing field exercises that require focused IT infrastructure and logistic support. Working with a regional healthcare provider, Matt dedicated his efforts to isolating and resolving a wide variety of technology issues ranging from network connectivity to Windows Operating System malfunctions.

Tom Weil
 Security Analyst
 Tom has and in-depth networking and compliance background that lends itself to problem solving and asking the difficult “what if” questions.   This diverse experience provides the Security Vitals testing team and with additional depth for benchmarking the varying groups of security technologies.   Tom is responsible for staging the test lab, developing use cases, leading product testing, and conducting subject matter interviews with product organizations.  His technical expertise helps highlight and validate the unique capabilities of each product offering while ensuring that the benchmark evaluations are balanced against a common set of test criteria.

 Katelyn Dunn
Technical Writer
Katelyn’s legal background augments the team with non-traditional problem solving skills. As most evaluations are based on the technical merits of how technologies address a particular security gap, the analytical skills of a legal background adds a whole different dimension to the process. Katelyn is responsible for fact checking and compiling the final comparisons of the raw data collected during the testing process.  In this role, she has broad and objective oversight for the product scoring and final editorials. 

Steve Zurier
Program Manager

Steve Zurier, a frequent contributor to SC Media, has nearly 30 years of experience working in the technology press. For the last decade, he has worked as a freelance writer covering networking and security. Steve plays the upright bass and electric guitar and gigs around the Baltimore/D.C. area in various jazz combos and two Klezmer bands.

Judy Traub
SC Labs interim program manager
Judy Traub oversees pre/postproduct reviews process with lab staff, security vendors, and service providers for SC Media, covering Group Tests, Emerging Product, and First Look reviews.