Getting and Staying Cyber Ready with Smarter, Simpler Security and MDR – ESW #316

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Geoff Bibby
SVP, Cybersecurity Marketing & Strategy at OpenText Cybersecurity

Geoff Bibby is Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Marketing and Strategy at OpenText Cybersecurity.

In his role, Geoff leads a dedicated team of marketing professionals who wake up every day wanting to catapult OpenText further up the list of global cybersecurity leaders. Geoff and his team manage over 15 security brands, supporting millions of users across nearly every aspect of the cybersecurity space including adversarial threat analysis, application security, secure data discovery and cyber resilience.

Before assuming this role, Geoff was on the Executive Leadership Team for Zix/AppRiver where he served as Chief Marking Officer. During that time, he played an integral role in helping the company grow into a cloud-based security leader before being acquired by OpenText in 2021.

Geoff is an avid cyclist and endurance athlete. He and his wife Kathleen have three grown sons. While a Canadian native, Geoff now calls Dallas, TX his home.

Nick Biasini
Head of Outreach, Cisco Talos at Cisco

Nick Biasini’s interest in computers and technology started at a young age when he tore apart his parents’ brand new 486SX PC. Ever since he has been tinkering with computers in one way or another. In his current role, Nick serves as the Head of Outreach for Cisco Talos leading the team responsible for the majority of the published research. Before that Nick was responsible for exposing new details to major threats, with a focus on crimeware. This includes identifying techniques like Domain Shadowing, helping to stop large scale malware campaigns, and revealing clever spam campaigns. Nick has a master’s degree in digital forensics from the University of Central Florida and has worked in both public and private sector positions in the security industry for more than fifteen years.

Randy Watkins
Chief Technology Officer at Critical Start

Randy Watkins is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Critical Start and an emerging thought-leader in the security industry. As CTO, Randy is responsible for designing and executing the company’s strategic technology initiatives, which includes defining the strategy and direction of Critical Start’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services delivered by the Zero-Trust Analytics Platform (ZTAP).

Previously, Randy served as Critical Start’s Director of Security Architecture, where he set the strategy for emerging vendor technologies, created the Defendable Network reference architecture, and set product direction for the company’s internally-developed Security Orchestration Automation and Response platform. Watkins was employee number five when he joined Critical Start in 2012.

Randy is a respected author and speaker on security trends and is well-versed in applying security technologies, in practical and meaningful ways, to improve risk management and security infrastructure for enterprise customers. He holds numerous security certifications in data analysis, data science, computer science, and leadership. Randy earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Security and an associate degree in Computer Networking Systems, both from ITT Technical Institute.

In his free time, Randy continues to contribute to the security community through his consultancy to security product manufacturers to help them drive value to the customer through their solutions.


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