Derek is the founder and chairman of (CS)2AI, a 501c6 nonprofit cyber security workforce development association with more than 25,000 community members worldwide. Derek was first introduced to the security field while serving as a US Naval Officer and since 1997 went on to found, co-found, advise, invent and invest in more than a dozen companies, organizations or new products. He is the former co-founder of the ICS program at the SANS Institute and founding co-chair of GICSP certification. Derek is also a PADI SCUBA instructor and a 22-year member of the Entrepreneurs Organization. He resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two sons.