Board of Directors

Justin Searle - Chairman and Founder of UtahSec

Justin is a Managing Partner of UtiliSec, specializing in Smart Grid security architecture design and penetration testing. Justin led the Smart Grid Security Architecture group in the creation of NIST Interagency Report 7628 and has played key roles in the Advanced Security Acceleration Project for the Smart Grid (ASAP-SG), National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resources (NESCOR), and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). Justin has taught courses in hacking techniques, forensics, networking, and intrusion detection for multiple universities, corporations, and security conferences. Mr. Searle is currently a certified instructor for the SANS Institute. In addition to electric power industry conferences, Justin frequently presents at top international security conferences such as Black Hat, DEFCON, OWASP, Nullcon, and AusCERT. Justin co-leads prominent open source projects including the Samurai Web Testing Framework (SamuraiWTF), the Samurai Security Testing Framework for Utilities (SamuraiSTFU), Yokoso!, and Laudanum. Justin has an MBA in International Technology and is a CISSP and SANS GIAC certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), and Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT).

Dmitry Dessiatnikov - OWASP Salt Lake Chapter Leader

Dmitry, a security veteran with over fifteen years of experience in the field, is currently the President of Security Aim, a premier provider of information security advisory services. Prior to Security Aim Dmitry was a Managing Principle Consultant on the Attack and Penetration Team of Accuvant LABS where he managed and provided world-class security consulting services to corporate clients in many industries. He offers ongoing thought leadership by developing methodologies, tools and training other security professionals as the SANS GIAC Advisory Board member. Before joining Accuvant, Dmitry was a Senior Security Consultant in the Security and Technology Solutions Practice at Ernst and Young, LLP where he was the leading penetration-testing specialist in the West Coast region. He presented at multiple security conferences and published white papers that made it to the SANS “Top 25 Papers Viewed of All Time” list. Dmitry holds Masters degree in Information Systems Management and achieved the following credentials: CISSP, Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor and Approved Scanning Vendor (PCI QSA/ASV), SANS GIAC certified Windows System Administrator (GCWN) and Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT).

Brandon Greenwood - Utah Snort Users Group Leader

Brandon is currently the Director of IT Security and Compliance at and has worked in the IT security space for 12 years in various different functions ranging from Engineer to Director level roles. He also currently serves as a Virtual Mentor and question writer for the SANS OnDemand program. Brandon is the co-founder of the Utah Snort Users Group (USUG) and has presented on various security topics to several universities, user groups, law enforcement and other civic organizations. Brandon has also earned multiple security industry certifications including the SANS GSE.

Neil Wyler - DC801 (Utah's official DEFCON group)

Neil R. Wyler is an Information Security Engineer and Researcher located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Neil is currently a Threat Hunting and Incident Response Specialist with RSA Security. He has spent over 15 years as a security professional, focusing on vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, physical security, and incident response. He has been a staff member of the Black Hat Security Briefings for over 14 years and a member of the Senior Staff at DEF CON for 17 years. Neil has spoken at numerous security conferences worldwide, including Black Hat, DEF CON, and the RSA Conference. He has been the subject of various online, print, film, and television interviews, and has authored several books on information security. In his free time, Neil keeps himself busy as a member of both the DEF CON, and Black Hat CFP Review Boards. Follow him on Twitter at @Grifter801.

Kevin Howard - Utah SAINT Committee

Kevin currently serves as the Director of IT Security at FuzeNetwork. He is also the CEO and Co-founder of Ironclad IT, Inc. an IT security consulting company that specializes in bringing small and medium sized businesses back to the forefront of IT security. Kevin is a UtahSAINT conference committee member and has presented on a variety of network security topics for different conferences and organizations. He also participates in, and helps organize, many Capture The Flag (CTF) challenges throughout the year and is also a root member of the Defcon Salt Lake City Chapter - DC801.

Robert Jorgensen - ISC2 Salt Lake City Chapter Leader

Robert is a cyber security professional with expertise in information security strategy and execution and over 20 years of experience in various technology roles. He holds multiple information security certifications, including CISSP, CISA, GCIA, GCIH, GPEN, and GXPN, as well as networking and systems certifications from Microsoft, Novell, and Cisco. A Utah native, Robert received his Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Utah. Robert is on the faculty of Utah Valley University as a Senior Professional in Residence and the Cyber Security Program Manager. He is currently building a cyber security academic program at UVU under a $3 million federal grant.

Steve Fink - ISACA Utah Chapter Vice President

Steve is Vice President of Risk Management at Secuvant and works the Information Security field with many of the industries best to always keep up with the ever-changing landscape of Information Security. Steve’s technical experience and hands on approach to management is always admired by many in his profession, often being asked to mentor other’s and teach the methodologies he deploys in Information Security Architecture and Risk Management. Steve is currently serving as the Vice President of the ISACA Utah Chapter. Steve regularly presents at SaintCON, BSidesSLC, UtahSec and ISACA. Steve is also a member of the local hacker group dc801 and a member of the Utah Technology Council. Steve also works on the Network Team at BlackHat security conference and works in the Network Operations Center securing one of the most hostile networks on the planet.

Neal J. Francom - ISSA Utah Chapter President

Neal is accomplished in the areas of strategic planning, financial modeling and capital management. He is also a professional with solid IT systems design, and IT security, IT auditing, and data privacy skills. Currently employed with a global religious organization as Director, Information Security Portfolio, and Chief of Staff/Office of the CISO. Has taught at the University of Phoenix for 19 years in the graduate and undergraduate programs in areas of Finance, Accounting and Management.

Other experience includes Owner of Gibraltar, Ltd. a consultancy firm specializing in structure and optimization of client’s IT systems and organizational structure. State of Utah, Director of Olympic accounting for the bid for the 1998/2000 games. He holds degrees from University of Phoenix, University of Utah and Dixie State College. Married to Christine Hamblin and the father of 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

David Cross - InfraGuard Salt Lake City Chapter President

David is an experienced software developer turned Security Architect. David has been a CISSP for 12 years and is currently serving as President of the Salt Lake City chapter of the InfraGard. David co-created one of the first graphical word processors on the Apple IIe, and later developed a healthcare information system with document imaging, digital ink signatures, and voice control which was awarded first place by Bill Gates at Comdex in 1995.

As an entrepreneur, developer and security expert behind such companies as: Health+Cast, Info Miners, and Post-n-Track, David won numerous additional healthcare software awards, pioneering technologies like Windows GUI rendering of text-based mainframe sessions, biometric multi-factor login over the web, and the use of neural modeling to predict patient outcomes. David is now using his talent as a writer, hacker and security advocate to challenge people to put privacy back at the center of security and to build the next generation of hacking tools

Sean Jackson - Secretary and Founder of BSides SLC

Sean came to Information Security in spite of a background in programming and QA, and has been actively involved in the Utah InfoSec “Scene” since 2010. He is the secretary for the Utah chapter for ISC(2), an organizer for BSidesSLC, and spreads the gospel of UtahSec whenever he can. You can find him on the IRCs using the name “T4rku5”.