I left a comfortable career in corporate America in 2015 out of a strong desire to help companies become more effective in managing their IAM programs. To drive profitability while delivering safer online experiences, CISOs and other leaders must raise the bar and hold themselves accountable to higher standards. Managing IAM In Uncertain Times is a blueprint that I developed during my extensive career as an architect and innovation leader and refined through roles in the corporate world at VMware as Head of IAM, and at Oracle as a Sr. Principal Consultant. While at VMware, I led the IAM program from 2009 – 2015 to help transform into a $6 billion business. In my conversations with product managers, line of business managers and security leaders across the country, it became unmistakably clear that all of them were struggling to find the best strategies to align their IAM capabilities to corporate objectives and deliver safer end-to-end user experiences while minimizing their risk exposure. So, I launched my company to help businesses better manage risk and end-user experiences with modern frameworks and leading practices.

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Steve’s Background

May 2016 – Dec. 2018

  • Oversaw the overall corporate vision, product strategy, enterprise sales, and channel development
  • Created direct and channel led sales strategies that increased bookings globally (China, India & Japan) by more than 5000%
  • Launched partner program and on-boarded strategic partners ForgeRock, Oracle, SailPoint, Lieberman Software and others
  • Led the ForgeRock integration to deliver the most comprehensive integrated threat intelligence solution for the ForgeRock Intelligent Authentication and Identity Platform
  • Partnered with Orrick law firm to help negotiate service agreements and contracts for closing 6-figure deals

Director, Cybersecurity & Privacy
May 2015 – October 2015

  • Business Development – Worked with PwC clients on identifying, assessing and treating risk, building security services and incorporating long-term strategies that enable superior user experience and improved operational efficiency
  • Global Plan & Partner Map – Key contributor in the effort to develop services portfolio for the consulting, marketing communications and thought leadership for IAM advisory in North America
  • Chief Architect and Strategist – Provided reference architecture, POC leadership and project management for IAM integration with ERP for a coffee company located in the Pacific Northwest

VMware, Inc
Global Head of Identity & Access Management, IT
May 2009 – May 2015

  • Innovation & Leadership – IT lead in a cross-functional working group for the Office of the CTO; helped define global identity strategy and validate IdP integration use cases
  • Program Management – Led an enterprise-wide assessment of identity management and presented a 3-year roadmap to CIO, Tony Scott, worth over $6M and won 80% of the desired program funding
  • Security Architecture – Aided enterprise projects in building security into their design and implementation through risk-based recommendations on system architecture, protocol analysis, IAM, encryption, network security, and procedural controls.
  • Enterprise Architecture – Led the POC of Layer 7 & Intel API/SOA Gateway and delivered significant improvement to API security and governance; facilitated the procurement of $1M in software licenses and pro services
  • Personnel Management – Hired, trained & managed eight L2 and L3 support engineers to take over IAM operations for MyVMware portal (Palo Alto, Bangalore, and Cork)
  • Operational Effectiveness – Automated delivery of Oracle IdM using VMware vSphere & HP PPM that reduced build time from five days to less than 2 hours

Steve’s Presentations