With 20+ years in information security, Allan Alford has served as CISO four times in three industries. Alford parlayed an IT career into a product security career and then ultimately fused the two disciplines. Allan has worked in companies from 5 employees to 50,000 and executes a risk-based approach to security, as well as compliance with NIST CSF, CIS CSC 20, GDPR, ISO 27001, DFARS and others. Alford gives back to the security community via The Cyber Ranch Podcast and by authoring articles and speaking at conferences. Alford holds a Master of Information Systems & Security, a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (with a focus on leadership) and a CISM certification.