Santa Clara, California, October 28, 2020AttackIQ®, the leading independent vendor of Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) systems, today announced the launch of the Informed Defenders Executive Council. Comprising cybersecurity and technology leaders from eight different industries, the Council will share transformational technologies, organizational skills, and defense best practices with the goal of improving overall security program effectiveness and efficiency. The group will convene for the first time on October 29, 2020.

“Cybersecurity is a board-level issue,” said Informed Defenders member, board advisor and former CIO Virginia Gambale. “It presents both a top business risk, as well as a top business opportunity. I’m looking forward to sharing best practices and lessons learned with this exceptional group of industry leaders on how we can elevate the impact of information security on the business by derisking blind spots, leveraging new technical capabilities, and upskilling our teams.”

“As cybersecurity is a significant and growing concern for all organizations, I’m looking forward to connecting with my peers on the Informed Defenders Council to help the cyber community better address the challenges we’re up against,” said Marlys Rodgers, CISO at CSAA Insurance Group.

“Giving back to the cyber community at large is one of the core tenets of our culture at AttackIQ,” said Brett Galloway, CEO of AttackIQ. “The Informed Defenders Council was created to enable a platform for sharing expertise and experience across industries. We’ll learn from each other, and these learnings will directly influence our innovation in security optimization and how we help teams improve their security posture.”

There are 16 inaugural members of the Informed Defenders Council, who are recognized leaders across banking, technology, insurance, business services, government services, food and beverage, airline, video gaming, pharmaceutical, and investment industries:

  • Aimee Barricelli, CISO at Webster Bank
  • John Cramb, Head of Offensive Security at Dropbox
  • Virginia Gambale, Board Advisor and former CIO
  • Dan Hay, CISO at King
  • Paul Haywood, Group CISO at Bupa
  • Rob Hornbuckle, CISO at Allegiant Air
  • Gabe Lawrence, General Manager of Cybersecurity Protection at Toyota
  • Brian Neely, CIO/CTO at American Systems
  • Adrian Peters, CISO at Vista Equity Partners
  • Marlys Rodgers, CISO at CSAA Insurance Group
  • Tim Rohrbaugh, CISO at Jetblue
  • Brad Schaufenbuel, CISO at Paychex
  • James Trainor, SVP of Aon Cyber Solutions
  • Chris Kennedy, CISO at AttackIQ
  • Brett Galloway, CEO at AttackIQ
  • Carl Wright, CCO at AttackIQ

The initial goals of the Informed Defenders Council are to:

  1. increase knowledge on how strategic cybersecurity technologies, practices and partnerships can improve overall program effectiveness and efficiency
  2. define productivity-enhancing best practices to improve team performance
  3. influence innovation that will deliver the insights needed by cybersecurity and risk leaders to maximize investments and report to Boards and Audit Committees

About AttackIQ

AttackIQ, the leading independent vendor of breach and attack simulation solutions, built the industry’s first Security Optimization Platform for continuous security control validation and improving security program effectiveness and efficiency. AttackIQ is trusted by leading organizations worldwide to plan security improvements and verify that cyberdefenses work as expected, aligned with the MITRE ATT&CK framework. The Company is committed to giving back to the cybersecurity community through its free AttackIQ Academy, open Preactive Security Exchange, and partnership with MITRE Engenuity Center for Threat-Informed Defense. For more information visit Follow AttackIQ on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.