Today we are excited to announce Jeff Wheat as our new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
Jeff joins us with more than 35 years of experience in information security, IT architecture, cyber operations, and risk management. In the role of CISO, Jeff will be responsible for Blue Team Alpha’s cyber security policies, security operations, and data and platform protection.
At Blue Team Alpha, security and privacy is central to everything we do and because of this, it was critical to hire a CISO that could scale our world-class security organization while also being a trusted partner and champion to our clients. We’re delighted to have found that individual in Jeff.
Jeff has a long history in providing unparalleled operational and cybersecurity analytical guidance, both externally and internally. He is a national security leadership professional and data scientist with hands-on leadership, technical and systems engineering background in Security Operations Center (SOC) design and management, big data architectures, large scale multi-million dollar project management, big data analysis, cyber analysis, network architecture, network security, wireless technologies, telecom and software development.
Jeff was recently Director of Cyber Operations worldwide for Qualitest, managing and building cybersecurity services to support Qualitest’s Application and Cyber testing. He drove global development supporting onsite, near shore, and offshore testing in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Jeff has also acted as a Senior Engineering Consultant for various parts of the DoD and has national security experience in the following areas: network security and operations, requirements generation relative to DoD policy, insider threats, information security and assurance as well as compliance policy plan development and roll out. Additionally, he has provided both architectural and operational consulting to multiple large health care organizations in both the advancement of the SOC through data analytics and optimization of SIEM platforms, as well as the development of threat intelligence cells to provide proactive (Shift Left) response to pending threats.
As a speaker, author, and CISSP who has managed global fortune 500 SOCs, the depth and breadth of Jeff’s cybersecurity skill set makes him an extremely valuable asset to Blue Team Alpha. He currently resides in Kansas City with his family, where he dedicates much of his free time to boards focused on young people and professional development.
From Jeff on cybersecurity:
“Getting everyone to think “security” is hard. Getting people to not click on links or not surf online at work is tied to all those, because the weakest link is always the human. In the security world, if you can find a way to get to the human, you can get in. Where I’ve seen it work the best is when the corporate level has taken it on as a part of their Ethos, “We are going to protect our customers’ data. We care, and we’re going to do the right thing. We’re going to put in the right practices.” Get them to push it down, because the IT Group can’t get everyone to do it. You have to have a congruent message throughout these relationships.”
Welcome to Blue Team Alpha, Jeff!