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.
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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.
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.
Josh Carlyle is a Senior Analyst with UnitedHealth Group’s Enterprise Resiliency & Response office. He has spent working the past two years with different UHG, UHC and Optum business segments to exercise and improve business continuity plans. He supports corporate response efforts with regular rotations on the event management team. Prior to joining UHG, he spent 10 years in local government emergency preparedness and emergency management, with a primary focus on planning for biological threats. He maintains a connection with public sector as a volunteer with Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Josh holds a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Olaf College and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.
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.
Amber has over 14 years information security and information technology experience. She holds multiple security certifications and is currently leading a threat and vulnerability management team. Amber is passionate about encouraging other women to join the information security industry.