Ken Dunham brings three decades of business, technical and leadership experience in cyber security, incident response and cyber threat intelligence to his position as Senior Technical Director, Cyber Operations, for Optiv. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic leadership and maturation of Optiv technical integration and innovation. Mr. Dunham is the innovator and implementor of the Optiv ThreatDNA (TM) intelligence platform and ThreatBEAT (SM) service.
Throughout his career, Dunham has maintained a reputation as an industry pioneer, responding to his first virus encounter in 1989 that led to one of the most popular freeware anti-virus programs and informational website globally in the early 1990’s. His work with About.com laid the foundation for human connections and support via the Internet. In the late 1990s, Dunham created transformative training programs for the U2, Warthog and Predator systems for the United States Air Force. Mr. Dunham also transformed national training solutions and soft phone operations while working at DirectTV.
At the turn of the century Dunham was a key player in the iDEFENSE pioneer movement for responsible disclosure and initial cyber intelligence offerings in the industry. While at VeriSIGN, Dunham managed all war room crisis events globally, and regularly briefed top level executives and government officials. For iSIGHT Partners, he helped to create a threat intelligence platform and program and held a variety of positions in the company. Mr. Dunham has extensive experience in management of global incident response teams as a leading manager for a vast majority of all major global breaches in this century through Point-of-Sale attacks in 2015.
Dunham is a respected industry thought leader, having authored multiple books during the past three decades and published thousands of articles, including an ISSA International 2015 Article of the Year on cyber espionage. He is an esteemed ISSA International Distinguished Fellow, which is reserved for one percent of professionals globally, and was a top quoted security expert globally in 2006. He has created and served in multiple non-profit organizations, including ISSA, ISACA, HTCIA, InfraGard, CSA, Wildlist and many others. He also is the founder of two companies, Rampart Research, which focused on global education and services related to individuals involved in cyber research and response, and advanced intelligence response and consultation firm 4D5A Security. Dunham has achieved multiple industry certifications, including CISSP, GCFA Gold, GCIH Gold, GSEC, GREM Gold, GCIA and CISM.