Why nominated: To fulfill his role as cybersecurity advocate, Kevin Keeney has to understand what is going on in the field, both at Elastic and among the company’s customers. Keeney has proven to be a tireless listener, which helps him hear how the company’s technology is being used in innovative ways to solve complex security challenges
Profile: Kevin Keeney passion for cybersecurity enables him to place himself between the company and its customers, acting as a liaison. Keeney’s primary mission is to advocates for combining human intelligence with automated detection and search tools as the best chance for staying one step ahead of the bad actors. He also translates customer needs and pain points to the Elastic product team and routinely evangelizes security best practices through public speaking at workshops, community events, and conferences.
What colleagues say: “I have worked with Kevin indirectly for a number of years, but in the past two years, I have had the pleasure of supervising Kevin in the Computer Network Defense Team. Kevin was instrumental in the reconstitution of this team after deployments and lack of organizational support allowed it to decline. Kevin's passion, drive, and natural leadership ability helped him assemble a world- class team of cyber professionals that stands out in the National Guard cyber community today. Kevin's ability to navigate the political waters of the DoD proved invaluable in this effort.” - Tony Kirtley, Incident Commander, Secureworks.