PSW #760 – Michael Meis, Christopher Crowley
Michael is an Army veteran with over 13 years’ experience and a passion for architecting security programs, leading people, and developing world-class security teams. During his career, Michael partnered with the USDA CISO to develop one of the largest consolidations of security services in the federal government. Michael also led the H&R Block Information Security team through a transformation of their GRC operations to instill quantitative cyber risk management practices. Michael currently leads The University of Kansas Health System Cybersecurity team as they protect the critical systems, data, and people that provide lifesaving patient care.
The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City is a world-class academic medical center and destination for complex care and diagnosis. UKHS offers more options for patients with serious conditions because of their in-house expertise and leadership in medical research and education. UKHS physicians are researchers and educators expanding the boundaries of medical knowledge. Their major breakthroughs lead to the life-changing treatments and technologies of the future.
Additionally, Michael regularly donates his time and expertise to inspire the next generation of leaders and cyber professionals. Michael holds an undergraduate degree in Information Technology Service Management, two graduate degrees including an MBA and an M.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance as well as multiple professional certifications.
Christopher Crowley has more than 20 years of industry experience managing and securing networks, his first job in the field was as an Ultrix and VMS systems administrator at 15 years old. He currently works as an independent consultant in the Washington, DC area focusing on effective computer network defense via Montance® LLC: providing cybersecurity assessment, and framework development services enabling clients to create a new SOC, or improve existing security operations. He is the course author for SOC-Class, his course on effective cybersecurity operations; and a Senior Instructor at the SANS Institute. He holds a multitude of cyber security industry certifications. He travels globally to teach and present at conferences. He brings this global perspective to efforts such as the SOC Survey: a study of SOCs, which he has authored for five years.