2022 Information Security Summit Keynote Speaker

Managing Director of Cyber Strategy & Defense
Arete Advisors

Kevin Baker is a twenty two-year veteran of the cyber-security and risk management industry with experience in both domestic and international markets. While his focus has primarily been in the insurance and financial services, he has spent considerable time in the last few years working to understand and bring solutions to small business, and to those without deep resources. Kevin has many years of direct responsibility for the management of firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, security monitoring solutions, email security systems, database monitoring, and internet filtering technologies. He has provided thought leadership regarding the fusion of security intelligence feeds with operational and tactical responses that produce a highly adaptable and successful security posture. Kevin’s practice has included the necessary perspective in moving business workloads to the cloud in secure ways, considering the various types of cloud types (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, etc.) and the resulting variability of the shared responsibility inherent in the client/cloud vendor relationship.

He is a veteran of numerous regulatory compliance reviews including State Department of Insurance Audits, Federal Reserve Board and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency examinations, as well as full Federal Financial Institution Examination Counsel reviews. He has managed PCI DSS/ PA -DSS certifications and SSAE16 SOC2 attestations and performed Data Center and Managed Services vendor assessments in the US, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Kevin’s past positions included Security Manager for Global Managed Services for Diebold Inc. and the Chief Information Security Officer for Westfield Insurance, where he directed the efforts of a phenomenal team of security professionals in Security Architecture, Security Operations, Identity and Access management, Incident Response, Governance and Compliance. He is currently the Managing Director of Cyber Strategy & Defense for Arete Advisors, a premier Digital Forensics and Incident Response firm. He is an experienced presenter and guest lecturer with a heart for the career development of information security resources at all levels.