Michael is an experienced cybersecurity professional with over 20 years of industry experience. He is the co-founder and CEO of Kobalt Security Inc., a rapidly growing services provider that builds security programs for small and mid-sized business. Kobalt.io works with over 100 technology and startup companies to help ensure the security of their organization and cloud infrastructure, address client requirements and grow their business while enabling them to focus on their core innovation. As an internationally experienced expert leading global teams, Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, healthcare and telecom sectors, government and higher education organizations – have relied on Michael’s counsel, and then grounded their implementation plans on his recommendations. A lengthy list of media outlets have sourced him as a security expert including: The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, USA Today, New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle and CBC News. Michael has spoken at conferences globally including the Vancouver and Victoria International Privacy and Security Summits, InfoSec London, InfoSec Moscow, has lectured at Oxford University, UBC and dozens of other higher education institutions to help foster the next generation of cyber security talent.