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Matt Brown
Security Architect

Security Architect

I’m here to demystify security and help protect your most important asset: information. I will help you make risk-based decisions, ensuring business and technology needs are incorporated.

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Random Facts
  • I was born in Iowa City, attended Iowa State University and moved to the Twin Cities before landing back in my hometown  
  • As a kid, I’ve always been fascinated by computers. From my first Commodore Vic-20 and C64, to the latest technologies, it’s all amazing to me
  • I majored in MIS, because I knew I wanted to work with computers and understand the overall business
  • I’m mostly self-taught since Information Security as a discipline didn’t really exist when I was in college
  • Previously as a security consultant, I assessed numerous companies, from Fortune 10 to mom-and-pop shops. I’ve broken into hundreds of systems (all legally) to help customers identify risks and then reduce those risks
  • I’m adept at working within all levels of an organization, explaining vulnerabilities to a system engineer, talking with C-level executives about business risk, audit remediation, and ongoing vigilance
  • Some of my vices include: craft beer, quality food, Trivia Crack (it really is an addiction), and cinnamon rolls. I just can’t turn down a good cinnamon roll
  • When I’m not designing solutions for customers or researching new attack and defense techniques, I’m probably enjoying watching my kids participate in one of their many sporting events (baseball, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, softball), or just lounging by the pool with them enjoying some downtime
  • My favorite album of all time is Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. I could listen to that album on repeat for the rest of my life and never get sick of it
Expertise
  • Application Security Manager for a Fortune 500 company
  • 15+ year Information Security veteran with experience across a wide range of security disciplines
  • Execution and management of security projects ranging from vulnerability/penetration assessments (network, system, application, telephony), system hardening, vulnerability management, application security automation pipelining, security policy and process development, and awareness training.
  • Comfortable collaborating with engineers, technical managers, business stakeholders, and executive leadership to convey technical and business risk in a relevant manner
  • Managed a global application security team of engineers and analysts across a global estate of applications with varying degrees of security maturity, while also contributing extensively to project work, including S­SDLC, automation workflows, security standards development, and secure cloud architectures. Prefer to be a hands-­on manager to maintain a close relationship with the team and the groups we support
  • (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) — Certificate #34401
  • Certified – G Suite Administrator Fundamentals
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