UMSA is comprised of a Board of Directors and many volunteers who give their time to help our organization run smoothly. Learn more about UMSA Leadership:
Marie Strawser has more than 15 years experience in developing and sustaining agile, comprehensive, flexible, scalable enterprise-wide continuity programs in business continuity. Over the years, Marie’s focus has been on developing and implementing business continuity lifecycles that enhance organizations’ capabilities to provide critical services at any time, regardless of the event and impact.
Marie has a B.A. in mathematics from Saint Mary’s University, an M.S. in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is on the BCPA Board of Directors, serves as the Secure360 expansion committee chair and is an UMSA founding member. Follow Marie on Twitter.
An IT and Cybersecurity expert who provides exceptional insight into what it takes for successful security programs and implementations. Adept at working with organizations to meet business, IT, security, privacy and compliance goals while delivering consistent high-quality results. Held roles as CISO and COO at multiple companies.
Tyler Olson is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and professional speaker in several technology fields. Tyler Olson not only brings well-rounded exposure from several sectors of technology including social media, data analytics, the sharing economy and IT, but has also been involved in the cybersecurity industry for over a decade.
Tyler was “lucky” enough to be involved in a major data breach in 2009 at the age of 23 when he first had the chance to work with the Secret Service. Ever since, he’s been giving security awareness training for audiences all across the country, including Secure360. In 2019, he’ll launch SHYLD, a cybersecurity academy with a mission to help solve the cybersecurity talent gap in the United States.
Steve is currently acting as a security researcher for Honeywell HBT. Steve is working on developing a process to do automated security testing to reduce the amount of work HBT’s pen testers have to perform manually. In theory, these processes could also be used by the development teams to perform the testing during the development of their applications. He is also working on bringing in an application vulnerability correlation tool into Honeywell HBT to be used by our pen testers to reduce the amount for work they have to perform to report the vulnerabilities they find during their testing.
Steve had been working with small, medium and large companies in the information security space for over 20 years. He was responsible for the development of the various services (web, mobile, thick client, mainframe pen testing and code reviews) at NetSPI as well as the execution of these services. This included researching and developing tools, techniques, and methodologies used during penetration tests and code reviews.
As an active participant in the information security community Steve performs security research in his free time and have contributed technical security blog posts, presentations, and tools on a regular basis through NetSPI. Steve has presented at the following conferences:
OWASP NY Chapter
Steve have over 30+ years experience and a broad knowledge of technologies, architectures and platforms. Steve demonstrated success providing comprehensive project management, multi-platform network administration, Web security, client/server application development, relational database modeling.
David Knight is an enterprise data governance professional for US Bank. He has also been active in his community as a youth coach and volunteer for the Rosemount Area Athletic Association, as well as general board member serving on finance & technology committee, including ISACA MN for four years.
Mike Johnson holds the Honeywell James J. Renier chair in Security Technologies, is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Graduate Studies at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. He is responsible for leading the Master of Science in Security Technologies degree program and providing thought leadership in the areas of cyber security and critical infrastructure protection.
Johnson has more than 25 years of professional experience in security risk management, business resilience and enterprise fraud. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Johnson was SVP, CISO and Operations Risk Director at Bremer Bank, the IT Director and Compliance Officer for Dean Financial Services, and an FDIC bank examiner.
In addition to his contributions to the University of Minnesota, Johnson is on the board of directors’ IT committee for Fairview Health Services, Secretary of the Minnesota Infragard Executive Board, and is a founding advisory board member for the Cybersecurity Summit. Johnson has a Master of Science in Security Technologies from the University of Minnesota and holds a CISM from ISACA.
Alex’s professional background involves more than two decades of experience working with leading, forward-thinking organizations to understand their challenges and how best to address those opportunities as a services and technology partner. Currently, Alex is vice president at White Oak Security.