CISO MAG established an Editorial Advisory Board with the foremost innovators and thought leaders in the cybersecurity space. Board members offer the CISO MAG editors advice regarding the magazine as well as suggest the strategic direction it should follow. It includes shaping our editorial content, identifying important topics and special issues, moderating discussions, vetting technical content, and updating the magazine’s presence by creating and implementing different initiatives.

The Advisory Board members are “active” participants and contribute to CISO MAG regularly. They contribute in either of the following ways:

  • Editorial strategy
  • Writing articles
  • Quotes for editorial stories
  • Vetting surveys and technical content
  • Podcasts, webinars, video, and text interviews



Krishna Mohan Kasi

Vice President, BNP Paribas

Krishna Kasi is an IT Security enthusiast, working with BNP Paribas and has over 20+ years of professional experience in the ICT sector, primarily focussing on infrastructure, cyber security and governance, risk management and compliance (GRC). His professional capabilities span Enterprise risk management, Cyber security and enterprise architecture. Recognised as an “Architect of excellence” by Microsoft.

Throughout his career, Krishna has been well-regarded for his ability to dramatically improve operational efficiency and team productivity through the automation of previously manual processes. Leveraging an astute understanding of multiple departments and industries.

Krishna has achieved professional success in multiple countries, including Singapore, Japan, US and India, in addition to maintaining a comprehensive understanding of the Singapore, Hong Kong and Australian ICT and finance sectors. He loves to be on a constant learning path, whether it be trying a CTF(Capture The Flag) or learning emerging technologies. Currently, he is researching on blockchain security and IoT security.


Carolyn Crandall

Chief Security Advocate, Attivo Networks

Carolyn Crandall is the Chief Security Advocate at Attivo Networks, the leader in preventing identity privilege escalation and detecting lateral movement attacks. She has worked in high-tech for over 30 years and has been recognized as a top 100 women in cybersecurity, a guest on Fox News, and profiled in the Mercury News. She is an active speaker on security innovation at CISO forums, industry events, and technology education webinars. Carolyn also co-authored the book Deception-Based Threat Detection: Shifting Power to the Defenders.


Chandan Pani

Chief Information Security Officer at Mindtree

Chandan Pani is the Chief Information Security Officer for Mindtree, where he is leading Mindtree’s global and diverse information security and cyber risk strategy. He has managed several projects on penetration testing, threat modeling, vulnerability management, security risk assessments in pre & post-production environments and Information Risk management for large IT/ITES projects. Along with Certifications like CISSP, CISA and CRISC, he has over 18 years of IT and Information security leadership experience across business domains. Following cyber security industry is his passion and that keeps him busy in current pandemic. Otherwise, he loves going on long jogs for unwinding.


Chuck Brooks

President of Brooks Consulting International and Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University

Chuck Brooks is the President of Brooks Consulting International and Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University.He is a Technology Evangelist, Corporate Executive, Speaker, Writer, and a Government Relations, Business Development, and Marketing Executive. With over 74,000 followers on LinkedIn, 16,000 followers on Twitter, and 5,000 followers on Facebook, Chuck has built a sizeable community on social media, where he regularly shares the latest happenings and updates from the cybersecurity industry. He was named The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn. He’s among the world’s 10 Best Cyber Security and Technology Experts, by Best Rated; in the Top 50 Global Influencer in Risk, Compliance, by Thomson Reuters; the Best of The Word in Security, by CISO Platform, and IFSEC’s #2 Global Cybersecurity Influencer. Chuck was featured in the 2020 and 2021 Onalytica Who’s Who in Cybersecurity as one of the top Influencers for cybersecurity issues and risk management. He was also named one of the Top 5 Executives to Follow on Cybersecurity by Executive Mosaic; the Top Leader in Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies by Thinkers360, and Top Global Top 50 Marketer by Oncon in 2019. Chuck has an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, a BA in Political Science from DePauw University, and a Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law.


Vandana Verma

Security Relations Leader, Snyk

Vandana is a Security Relations Leader at Snyk with a current focus on DevSecOps. She has extensive experience in Application Security, Vulnerability Management, SOC, Infrastructure Security and Cloud Security. Vandana is a seasoned speaker and trainer. She presented at various public events ranging from Global OWASP AppSec events to BlackHat events, to regional events such as BSides events in India. She is on the OWASP Global Board of directors (Vice-Chair). She also works in various communities towards diversity initiatives such as InfosecGirls, InfosecKids and WoSec. She is a recipient of multiple awards and is listed as one of the top women leaders in technology and cybersecurity in India by Instasafe.


Favour Femi-Oyewole

Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Access Bank Plc.
Favour Femi-Oyewole has over 23years of experience managing all aspects of Information Technology with vast knowledge in Enterprise IT Security, Information Technology, IT Governance, Information Security best practices, Cyber Security, Business Continuity, and Risk Management, especially in dynamic, demanding large scale environments. She is also regarded as thefirstfemale COBIT 5Assessor certified in Africa,the first female in Africa to be a Blockchain Certified Professional, and the first womanto win the Global Certified CISO (C|CISO) of the Year 2017. She is a Certified ISO 27001:2013 Lead Implementer Trainer and an Alumni of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) – Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is a member of the Cybercrime Advisory Council in Nigeria with the Mandate of implementing Cybersecurity for all sectors in Nigeria and the pioneer Chair of the Standard and Evaluations Committee.She is a Fellow oftheBritish Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT. She servesas a member of the Global C|CISO Advisory Boardand theInformation Security woman of the Year 2021 in Nigeria.

Dr. Charlotte M. Farmer

Independent Director

Charlotte is an experienced Director and Board Member with proven value creation across blue chip companies and top-tier general management consulting firms. Over the last 25 years, she has served as Board Chair, Committee Chair, or Board Advisor to 16 non-governmental organization (NGO) boards. Currently, she serves as Board Chair of a tech start-up and advisor to a private equity company in The Carlyle Group portfolio. Her board expertise includes strategy, governance, and turnaround with proven results building high-performing, growth organizations. Her leadership roles in high-tech manufacturing, global operations, finance, and digital transformation would also be an asset to companies eager to expand their footprint or companies in need of turnaround guidance.


Tari Schreider

C|CISO, CRISC, MCRP, ITILf – Cybersecurity Architect, Author & C|CISO Instructor EC-Council

Tari Schreider – C|CISO, CRISC, MCRP, ITILf – is a Cybersecurity Architect, Author, Researcher, C|CISO Instructor at EC-Council, and Strategic Advisor at Aite-Novarica Group covering the cybersecurity industry. He is the author of two Amazon top sellers Building an Effective Cybersecurity Program and Cybersecurity Law, Standards and Regulations. He is also a cybersecurity strategist and C|CISO Master Course instructor passionate about making CISOs the smartest people in the room. Tari consults with organizations to guide the transformation of their cybersecurity programs to obtain regulatory compliance and stave off cyberattacks.

Stan Meirzwa

M.S., CISSP, Director, Kean University Center for Cybersecurity
Stanley Mierzwa is the Director of, Center for Cybersecurity at Kean University in the United States. He lectures at Kean University on Cybersecurity Risk Management, Cyber Policy, Digital Crime and Terrorism, and Foundations in Cybersecurity. Stan has over 15 published research publications and is a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence and Cybercrime, Online Journal of Public Health Informatics and an Editorial Review Board member for the International Association for Computer Information Systems. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and member of several associations, including the FBI Infragard, IEEE, and (ISC)². He is a board member (Chief Technology Officer) of the global pharmacy education non-profit, Vennue Foundation. Stan holds an MS in Management with a specialization in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

John Kindervag

Senior Vice President Cybersecurity Strategy, ON2IT and ON2IT Global Fellow

John Kindervag joined ON2IT in March of 2021 as Senior Vice President Cybersecurity Strategy and ON2IT Global Fellow. He spent the previous four years at Palo Alto Networks as Field CTO. Before Palo Alto Networks, John spent eight and one-half years at Forrester Research as a Vice President and Principal Analyst on the Security and Risk Team. John is considered one of the world’s foremost cybersecurity experts. He is best known for creating the revolutionary Zero Trust Model of Cybersecurity.



MSA, CCISO, CSIH, VP and Chief Information Security Officer, SURGE Professional Services-Group

Zachery S. Mitcham is a 20-year veteran of the United States Army where he retired as a Major. He earned his BBA in Business Administration from Mercer University Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics. He also earned an MSA in Administration from Central Michigan University. Zachery graduated from the United States Army School of Information Technology where he earned a diploma with a concentration in systems automation. He completed a graduate studies professional development program earning a Strategic Management Graduate Certificate at Harvard University extension school. Mr. Mitcham holds several computer security certificates from various institutions of higher education to include Stanford, Villanova, Carnegie-Mellon Universities, and the University of Central Florida. He is certified as a Chief Information Security Officer by the EC-Council and a Certified Computer Security Incident Handler from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Zachery received his Information Systems Security Management credentials as an Information Systems Security Officer from the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems Accreditations Course in Kaiserslautern, Germany.


Muhammad Tariq Ahmed Khan

Head of Information Security Audit, Internal Audit Department, Riyad Bank, KSA.

Muhammad Tariq Ahmed Khan is Head of Information Security Audit, Internal Audit Division, Riyad Bank, KSA. He has over 21 years of experience in the Banking industry, in areas such as Information Technology, Cyber & Information Security, Business Continuity Management & Disaster Recovery and related Audits. He has a solid understanding and application of Risk-Based Audit methodology, ISMS (ISO 27001), ISO 22301, NIST and COBIT, IT & Information Security regulatory compliance.

He is double Graduate (Finance and Computer Science) with one Master’s Degree in Computer Science. In addition, he holds a number of professional certifications such as CISA, CISM, CRISC, CDPSE, CISSP, PMP, CEH, ISO 27001 ISMS Lead Implementer & ISO 22301 BCMS.

Tariq has published articles on different topics of Cyber & Information Security and IT Audit and also spoken at regional and international seminars and conferences.


Narendra Sahoo

Founder, and Director, VISTA InfoSec

Narendra Sahoo (PCI QSA, PCI QPA, PCI SSFA, CISSP, CISA, CRISC and CEH) is the Founder and Director of VISTA InfoSec, a global Information Security Consulting firm, based in the U.S., UK, Singapore & India. Mr. Sahoo holds more than 25 years of experience in the IT Industry, with expertise in CyberSecurity Risk Consulting, Assessment, and Compliance services. VISTA InfoSec specializes in Cyber Security audit, consulting, and certification services which include PCI DSS Compliance & Audit, PCI PIN, PCI SSF, SOC1/2, GDPR Compliance and Audit, HIPAA, CCPA, NESA, MAS-TRM, PDPA, PDPB to name a few. The company has for years (since 2004) worked with organizations across the globe to address the Regulatory and Information Security challenges in their industry. VISTA InfoSec has been instrumental in helping top multinational companies achieve compliance and secure their IT infrastructure.


Sunil Varkey

VP, Forescout

Sunil Varkey has over 26 years of Security leadership experience, with large global corporates in banking, telecoms, ITES, software, and manufacturing. At Forescout he is involved in security strategy, innovation, and stakeholder engagements, prior to this he led Cyber Security Assessment and Testing for HSBC, he also worked with Symantec as CTO and Strategist, Wipro as Global CISO and Fellow, as Head of Security and Privacy at Idea Cellular, and in GE, Barclays and SABB.


AJ Yawn

Founder and CEO of ByteChek

AJ is a Founding Board member of the National Association of Black Compliance and Risk Management professions, regularly speaks on information security podcasts, events, and he contributes blogs and articles to the information security community including publications such as CISOMag, InfosecMag, HackerNoon, and (ISC)2.


Christina Gagnier

Shareholder in Carlton Fields’ Los Angeles office

Christina Gagnier, a shareholder in Carlton Fields’ Los Angeles office, is an experienced technology lawyer whose practice focuses on cybersecurity and privacy, blockchain technology, international regulatory affairs, technology transactions, and intellectual property. She advises clients on digital strategy to help them navigate uncharted legal territory, and guides a variety of technology companies and consumer brands through emerging legal and policy issues such as digital currency, the sharing economy, network neutrality, and the ever-changing area of consumer privacy law.

Christina has served on notable committees and task forces, including the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee and the California attorney general’s Cyber Exploitation Task Force. Outside her practice, Christina is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she serves as clinical faculty for the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic.


Dick Wilkinson

Chief Technology Officer at Proof Labs

Dick Wilkinson is the Chief Technology Officer at Proof Labs. He also served as the CTO on staff with the Supreme Court of New Mexico. He is a retired Army Warrant Officer with 20 years of experience in the intelligence and cybersecurity field. He has led diverse technical missions ranging from satellite operations, combat field digital forensics, enterprise cybersecurity as well as cyber research for the Secretary of Defense.