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).



Dean Sapp - Secretary

Dean Sapp is an experienced security practitioner with 24 years of combined Information Security and IT experience—including 18 years working with AM 250 law firms. He has significant experience in developing, evangelizing, and implementing cost-effective and robust security programs.  Most recently, Dean has published articles on next-generation endpoint protection, hacking and securing Oracle and other enterprise databases, adopting the CIS critical 20 controls to protect businesses from data breach and contributed several chapters to the newly published SANS MGT 514 course: IT Security Planning, Policy, and Leadership. Dean has a Bachelor’s degree from BYU, and is one class shy of his Master’s degree in Information Security Management from the SANS Institute.  He also holds 16 information security or auditing certifications including the CISSP, CIPP/US, CISA, ITILv3, SANS GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN), Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT), Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks (GAWN), Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA), Critical Controls Certification (GCCC), Certified Project Manager (GCPM), Information Security Professional (GISP), Security Leadership (GSLC), Certified ISO-27000 Specialist (G2700), Law of Data Security & Investigations (GLEG) and Securing Oracle Certified (GSOC). In his free time, Dean enjoys Spartan races, CrossFit, other activities that are physically and mentally challenging.



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 Overstock.com 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.



Hyrum Mills - ISC2 Salt Lake City Chapter Leader

Senior information security leader and manager, with specialized masters’ degree, CISSP, and over 15 years’ experience in research, intelligence, defense, and health sectors. Program/project management experience, including budget, schedule, and technical quality oversight. Recognized leader, mentor, and manager of regular, multidisciplinary, cross-functional and multiparty teams.

Extensive systems and security engineering background: defining and designing systems, and developing standards, policy, and processes, for technical and human systems up to $300M+ scale, with a broad range of data sensitivities. Co-author of academic papers. C/C++, Java, and Perl programming experience



McKell Gomm - ISACA Utah Chapter Vice President

McKell (Mick) is an information security professional with a unique blend of business and technology expertise. He enjoys dynamic and fast-paced environments and is passionate about building secure technology solutions. Mick’s background in technology began at an IT service desk. Following his undergraduate degree he became an IT auditor but found his passion in cybersecurity. In his 7+ years in the field, he has developed specialized expertise in the healthcare sector and is most passionate about software security. He currently manages product security in the healthcare and life sciences verticals for Cognizant Technology Solutions. 

Mick has a deep interest in technology and risk management, and enjoys attending and contributing/presenting at security conferences. His specialties include governance, systems architecture, AppSec and DevSecOps. He holds a B.S. in Business Management from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of Utah. He also holds several certifications: CISSP, CISA, GWEB, PMP and others. Outside of work Mick enjoys cycling, swimming, music, sports, outdoor activities, geeking out and spending time with his family. He resides in Bluffdale, UT with his wife Lindsay and two sons.



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.



Dan Anderson - InfraGuard Salt Lake City Chapter President

Dan has spent his life developing and implementing communications between systems and developing systems and applications in Military, Healthcare, and Mining. First, for the USAF, working on Navigation Systems on various aircraft, then in the Gold Mining industry for RTZ/Kennecott Utah Copper, and finally in the Healthcare Industry for Intermountain Healthcare. He has a background in Electrical Engineering and Chemistry with emphasis in Healthcare Informatics and has specialized in Information Security and Assurance, earning his Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), both from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Additional certifications include: Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Payment Card Industry Internal Security Assessor (ISA and PCIP), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL v3).



Sean Jackson - Founder of HackWest and BSidesSLC

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”.