In my role, I am responsible for assessing technologies and advising our CEO which ones we should be using for GCA projects in support of our mission, as well as helping identify the global systemic cyber risks GCA should tackle. I was the project owner of Quad9 before its public launch and am very involved in our IoT activities. A lot of what I do at GCA is to maintain and expand the trusted relationships I’ve already built within the public and private sectors, to help GCA bring global communities together for
addressing global systemic cyber risk.
I’ve been with GCA since the very beginning – before the beginning, actually. I was part of the planning process and initial meetings with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to get GCA up and running. GCA was the perfect progression into what I had been doing. I started my career in New York State as a public servant, helping improve the cybersecurity posture of state agencies. I then moved on to the Center for Internet Security (CIS)/Multi-State Information Sharing Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), where I helped improve the cybersecurity posture of state and local governments around the country. As the Vice President of Operations at CIS, I managed all technical incident response and forensic analysis activities. I also designed, implemented, and oversaw the Albert project, which is a managed security service that provided advanced security monitoring to government entities. This is now the main system used for providing network security services to state and local governments in the United States. Now, at GCA, I get to help improve the cybersecurity posture of people and organizations around the world by enabling everyone to operationalize known and effective technical solutions at scale.
I don’t see GCA as just a job. GCA’s mission is in my DNA, and public service is what I have done throughout my career. At GCA, we are not just about ideas or policy documents. What GCA does is come up with tactical solutions people can actually use.
What is the best meal you ever had?
Steak…always steak! I think one of the best I ever had was at Morton’s.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
The village I was born in –Ballica, Duzce, Turkey. It’s where I had my first breath and where I hope to have my last.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I love woodworking. I picked it up about a year or so ago, and now I have a workshop in my basement. When my daughter was born, I built a beautiful side chair for her.
Who inspires you?
Will Pelgrin, one of GCA’s founders. I met him on the very first day of my professional life, 15 years ago, when I was coming in for a job with New York State. He told me something that day that I have never forgotten: Always do the right thing, don’t worry about what people say, and you will be successful. He’s played such an amazing role in my career. He inspires me to work hard and do the right thing, not the easy thing. He encourages me to take risks. He sees the possibilities long before anyone else does. He’s
been a tremendous mentor to me.