Darren is the Principal Consultant responsible for the Cyber Security team of CDW Canada’s Risk Advisory Services practice. He is a seasoned Management Consultant and Information Security professional with over 20 years’ experience in Information Technology operations, architecture, design, audit, and security management. During his tenure at CDW Canada/Scalar Decisions/eosensa, he has formed world-class cybersecurity testing and vulnerability management teams; servicing clients in the Financial, Health Care, and Technology sectors. Darren graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering. He holds CCISO, CISSP, CISA, CIPP/C, ISO27001 LA certifications.
Making a High Performing Pentest Team From Scratch
Starting with a single highly motivated co-op intern, Darren has spent the past number of years forming and developing the Cyber Security team for CDW’s Risk Advisory Services practice. He is passionate about Security and making the world a safer place, as well as, for those that he has had the privilege of working with while doing so. He will share some of the strategies and his insights used to develop a high performing team which now delivers on assessments ranging from traditional network and web application pentests to complex Red Team and Adversarial Simulation engagements.
Here’s a peek at his recipe for building a high performing pentest team:
Step 1. Start with a passion and singular vision to achieve something great.
Step 2. Hand-pick both fresh and seasoned, gifted individuals as the key ingredients
Step 3. Season with progressive training and experience with leading-edge tools, methodologies and effective processes.
Step 4. Blend carefully together in a challenging, innovative, collaborative environment
Step 5. Allow time for each ingredient to develop to their full potential. Check regularly; always reflecting on Step 1
Step 6. Refine by promoting leadership.
Step 7. Volia! Stop and enjoy the fruit of the labor!
Join Darren as he candidly shares on the process that went into building the Cyber Security team at CDW Canada from the ground up.