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An Interview with Kayne McGladrey

by | Apr 1, 2022 | Interviews,

Kayne McGladrey

Kayne McGladrey

Cybersecurity Strategist at Ascent Solutions

Key Topics:Cybersecurity
Location:Bellingham, WA

Kayne McGladrey, CISSP is the cybersecurity strategist for Ascent Solutions and a senior member of the IEEE. He has over two decades of experience in cybersecurity and has served as CISO at a defense industrial base firm, worldwide professional services director, and advisory board member. His advisory policy and strategy work focus on mitigating the regulatory, statutory, and economic risks of cybersecurity lapses.

Kayne has recently featured in Onalytica's Who is Who in Cybersecurity report.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

My first professional job was working as a programmer and systems administrator contracting with several government agencies. My view on information security at that time was informed by the startling lack of controls applied to people’s personal, medical, and financial information, and how the risk of abuse of those data could affect individuals and communities. I’ve had the opportunity since to work on cybersecurity technology and policy programs with small businesses, government agencies, the Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies across three continents.

Throughout that time, I’ve had the privilege of serving disabled veterans, minorities, and the LGBTQ community as a mentor, consultant, CISO, and public speaker. My current role requires I have a comprehensive knowledge of regulatory and statutory challenges aligned to current cybersecurity threats so that I can provide Clients with actionable strategies to manage their unique cyber risks.

What sub-topics are you most passionate about?

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), Diversity, GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance), Internet of Things.

Who influences you within these topics?

Patrick Gray of Risky Business, Johannes B. Ullrich of SANS, Ben Yelin of Caveat.

What do you think the future holds in this space?

Increased regulation and mandates for how companies must implement and test cybersecurity controls. Cybersecurity best practices that mitigate risks are well documented and well understood, such as the Center for Internet Security’s Critical Security Controls, the NIST Cyber Security Framework (CSF), and the Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Businesses that have not invested or have under-invested in one of these frameworks will eventually be compelled to adopt a cybersecurity framework through regulation or laws. Raising the cybersecurity maturity across the board for all companies will serve to protect the personal data of all individuals and communities.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

Webinars, panel discussions, speaking opportunities, written articles.

What are your passions outside of work?

Mentoring, charitable board work.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?


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