Who We Are

Uniting the Global Community to Eradicate Cyber Risk

Mission &
Purpose

Our philosophy is simple: Do Something. Measure It.

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world. We achieve our mission by:

  • Uniting Global Communities: We must stand as a global community, across sectors and geography, if we are to effectively address cyber risks.

  • Implementing Concrete Solutions: We build concrete solutions that reduce and eradicate cyber risk, and we make those solutions freely available for any organization or individual to use.

  • Measuring the Effect: We believe in measuring effectiveness. We must measure to know we are doing the right things, and metrics drive action. We need to know what works and what does not.

FOUNDING ORGANIZATIONS

GCA was founded as a 501(c)(3) by a partnership of law enforcement and research organizations focused on combating systemic cyber risk in real, measurable ways. Our founders sought to bring together an international coalition of partners to implement real solutions to systemic cyber risk. Learn more about our founding organizations below.

History
of GCA

After years of prosecuting cyber financial fraud crimes with no end in sight, the New York County District Attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., knew that there had to be a better way to confront the cyber crime epidemic. Prosecution was a critical treatment modality, but prevention was the cure. After discussions with William Pelgrin, founder of the MS-ISAC and former President & CEO of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), the concept of what is now known as GCA was developed and is the product of input from many thought leaders which, from the beginning, demonstrated a commitment to a collective effort. The two then reached out to their partners in the fight against cybercrime, the City of London Police Commissioner, Adrian Leppard (now former), and John Gilligan, Chairman of the Board for the Center for Internet Security (CIS), to understand what might be done. This resulted in a coalition to take on the uphill battle against cybercrime and a recognition that we need to come together as a global community to have a transformational impact on cyber security. With a bias towards action, the three organizations made their move. On September 16, 2015 the Global Cyber Alliance was formed to address systemic cyber risk through a proactive risk-based, solution oriented approach to address and eradicate malicious cyber risks.

Knowing the potential that an organisation like GCA could have, the DA committed $25 million in criminal asset forfeiture proceeds to fund this critical work over a five-year period. The Center for Internet Security and City of London Police also made significant contributions in providing space, funding, staff, and assistance with building strategic partnerships. Through these contributions, commitment, and mindshare, the Global Cyber Alliance was established. Since that time, the organisation has developed a global partnership network, formed an impressive board of directors and strategic advisory committee, established a notable executive team, and cultivated a skilled technical staff to carry out the mission: Do Something. Measure It.

Through the leadership and vision of each of the founders, they respectively have been a tremendous catalyst to bring an international community together to positively improve our global online cyber secure posture.

LEADERSHIP

GCA Chairman of the Board & Vice President, Security Policy, Microsoft

Scott Charney

Scott Charney

GCA Chairman of the Board & Vice President, Security Policy, Microsoft

Scott Charney​ currently serves as the Chair of the Global Cyber Alliance Board of Directors. He is Vice President for Security Policy at Microsoft.  Prior to assuming this position, he led Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group where he was responsible for enforcing Microsoft’s mandatory security engineering policies and, with others, implementing Microsoft's security strategy.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Charney served as chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) where he was responsible for implementing DOJ’s computer crime and intellectual property initiatives.  Under his direction, CCIPS investigated and prosecuted national and international hacker cases, economic espionage cases, and violations of the federal criminal copyright and trademark laws.

He served three years as chair of the G8 Subgroup on High-Tech Crime, was vice chair of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development Group of Experts on Security and Privacy, was co-chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, and currently serves on the Dutch Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace.  Mr. Charney graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law with honors, and received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

President and CEO, Global Cyber Alliance

Philip Reitinger

Philip Reitinger

President and CEO, Global Cyber Alliance

Philip R. Reitinger has served as the President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) since December 2015. GCA is an international, non-profit organization headquartered in New York City and London that is focused on eradicating systemic cybersecurity risks. GCA does not prepare reports and recommendations but works with its 150+ partners around the world to implement solutions that measurably reduce cyber risks, such as phishing.

In 2009, Mr. Reitinger was appointed to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate and the Director of the National Cyber Security Center in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In these roles, he led the Department’s efforts to reduce risks across physical and cyber infrastructures and coordinated public and private sector responses to cyber security incidents. Earlier in his government career, Mr. Reitinger was the first Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Cyber Crime Center, which provides electronic forensic services and supports cyber investigative functions at DOD.

He also served as Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was one of the first dedicated cybercrime prosecutors in the Criminal Division. In the private sector, Mr. Reitinger served as Sony’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer from September 2011 to September 2014. Mr. Reitinger was also the Chief Trustworthy Infrastructure Strategist at Microsoft Corporation.

In 2013, Mr. Reitinger was appointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Cyber Security Advisory Board to provide advice on developments in cyber security and make recommendations for protecting New York’s critical infrastructure and information systems. He is a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security Advisory Committee. He serves on the advisory boards of several companies, and mentors other cybersecurity and privacy start-ups as a Stars Mentor for the MACH37 Cyber Accelerator. He is also Senior Associate (Non-resident), Strategic Technologies Program, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Mr. Reitinger was awarded the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Distinguished Service Medal in June 2011, and the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award in July 1999. Mr. Reitinger holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Co-Founder and Partner, CyberWA

William Pelgrin

William Pelgrin

Co-Founder and Partner, CyberWA

Mr. Pelgrin served as the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Cyber Alliance until December 2016 and currently serves as GCA’s Global Strategic Advisor. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), an international nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities.

He is also the founder and former chair of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Mr. Pelgrin was honored to have served as a Commission Member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Cyber Security which briefed the 44th President of the United States on cyber security. Mr. Pelgrin is also co-founder and Partner of CyberWA, Inc., an exclusive cyber security service to help protect corporate executives, celebrities, politicians, and other high value individuals from successful cyber attacks.

President, CrowdStrike Services

Shawn Henry

Shawn Henry

President, CrowdStrike Services

Shawn Henry, President of CrowdStrike Services, is the retired executive assistant director of the FBI. Henry is credited with boosting the FBI's computer crime and cybersecurity investigative capabilities. He oversaw computer crime investigations spanning the globe, and posted FBI cyber experts in police agencies around the world.

Executive Director, CyberGreen Institute

Yurie Ito

Yurie Ito

Executive Director, CyberGreen Institute

Yurie Ito is Executive Director of CyberGreen Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the health of the Internet ecosystem through mitigation, measurement and proactive collaboration. She is also Director of Global Coordination Division for the JPCERT/CC, and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, associated with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative.

Chief Operating Officer

Mary Kavaney

Mary Kavaney

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Kavaney currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Global Cyber Alliance. Her responsibilities include strategy, personnel, legal and work with the cyber risk task forces. Prior to GCA, Ms. Kavaney worked at the Center for Internet Security. She developed relationships with law enforcement and other partners around the state.

From 2007 to 2015 Mary served as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Public Safety for the New York State Governor’s Office working towards the passage of the state’s first anti-human trafficking law, all crimes DNA law and New York’s gun control law, the Safe Act.

Prior to working in the Governor’s Office of Public Safety, she was appointed as General Counsel at DCJS, the Division of Criminal Justice Services and for eight years she ran the Poughkeepsie Regional Office for the New York State Attorney General. Ms. Kavaney served as an Assistant District Attorney for four and half years at the Orange County District Attorneys’ Office.

Global Communications Officer

Aimée Larsen Kirkpatrick

Aimée Larsen Kirkpatrick

Global Communications Officer

Aimée is the Global Communications Officer for the Global Cyber Alliance. She also serves as a Senior Research Fellow for the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and advises on their public education initiatives. Prior to GCA she was President of ALK Strategies, a communication and public affairs consulting practice focused on start-ups and non-profits. Aimée was formerly with the National Cyber Security Alliance. As the Partnership Engagement & Strategic Initiatives Director for the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) Aimee established strategies and programs to engage and broaden NCSA’s stakeholder base and expand its audiences. She was also responsible for identifying and seeking out new funding sources and establishing new partnerships to achieve organizational goals.

While at NCSA Aimée led the development of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT campaign (an international public service campaign to educate the public about cybersecurity and internet safety). She was also instrumental in developing the San Diego Securing Our eCity Model City project, an initiative to engage an entire community around cybersecurity awareness, education and preparedness. This project was recognized by DHS and the White House as the best local/community plan to address cybersecurity in the DHS cybersecurity challenge.

Prior to NCSA Aimée worked with non-profits and businesses in Washington State and Hawaii. While in Hawaii, several of the projects she worked on won awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Aimée was a 2012 Executive Women’s Forum Women of Influence Award recipient. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the APWG.eu. Aimée has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Washington State University.

Executive Director, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East & Africa

Andy Bates

Andy Bates

Executive Director, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East & Africa

Andy Bates joined the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) in September 2017 as its Executive Director for the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He brings more than 25 years of experience to GCA, having served as a Chief Engineer, Business Development Consultant, Product Development Director, IT Director in Racal, Cable & Wireless and Level3. Mr. Bates most recently served as the CTO at Verizon EMEA.

While working across a range of technologies such as network, cloud, mobile, VOIP & identity, Mr. Bates has tended to specialise in large secure solutions for governments and challenging the status quo and conventional wisdom of security. He was deeply involved with systems such as Government Secure Intranet, PSN, Police National Network, as well as working with all the major UK government departments and international government customers and agencies, including NATO.

Mr. Bates is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He has presented at multiple conferences including RUSI, EU Parliament, Johannesburg, and Budapest. He is married, lives in Hampshire, UK and is a passionate sailor and skier, whilst also being chairman of a charity in his local community.

Global Technical Advisor

Adnan Baykal

Adnan Baykal

Global Technical Advisor

Adnan Baykal is the Global Technical Advisor for the Global Cyber Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eradicate cyber risks around the globe. Before taking this role, Mr. Baykal served as Vice-President of Operations at the Center for Internet Security (CIS), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides cybersecurity services and support to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments throughout the United States. Mr. Baykal oversaw all technical incident response and forensic analysis activities for CIS and for the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).

Prior to this role, Mr. Baykal served as the Vice-President of Security Services as well as the Director of the CIS Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team (CERT). As the Director of CIS-CERT, he managed a highly select group of expertly skilled individuals responsible for providing rapid cybersecurity and incident response services to all state and local governments across the United States. Mr. Baykal is acknowledged internationally as a technical expert in cybersecurity.

With over a decade of experience leading complex operations in large-scale network monitoring, incident response, computer forensics and malware analysis, Mr. Baykal has become a global resource for detecting, identifying, analyzing and combating cyber threats on enterprise systems and networks. Over the course of his career, Mr. Baykal has supported public and private sector enterprises in increasing their cybersecurity posture and in improving their practice.

With academic degrees in both applied mathematics and in computer science, he worked closely with the FBI, the United States Secret Service, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies using his cybersecurity expertise and operational experience. His engaging ability to clearly explain complex technical subjects has made him a much sought-after subject matter expert.

Global Partnership Officer

Maryam Rahmani

Maryam Rahmani

Global Partnership Officer

Maryam Rahmani, CISSP, serves as the Global Partnership Officer of the Global Cyber Alliance. Ms. Rahmani has 25 years of experience in technology sales, consulting and cybersecurity policy to provide value to GCA’s existing partner network and grow its partnership sphere across the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Beyond her work with GCA, Ms. Rahmani serves as the Forum Co-Chair for the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Forum East. She is an active member of the ISSA Women in Security (WIS) Security Interest Group(SIG) and previously served as a board member of the Society of High Performance Computing Professionals (SHPCP). She holds a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity Policy from University of Maryland University College and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.

GCA
Ambassadors

2017-2018

The GCA Ambassador program allows GCA partners to help shape and expand GCA’s global reach and further our mission to eradicate cyber risk.

The Ambassadors come from diverse backgrounds and comprise an international cadre of influential leaders. They are chosen based upon their reputation in the cybersecurity community and their commitment to make a positive impact.

The Ambassadors, who serve one-year terms, help increase the efficacy and adoption of GCA solutions. They serve a key role in facilitating early testing of GCA solutions and assist with outreach to ensure GCA resources are available globally. The Ambassadors also support GCA’s sustainability efforts.

Co-CEO, Sepio Systems

Yossi Appleboum

Yossi Appleboum

Co-CEO, Sepio Systems

With more than 25 years of experience in Security, Networking, Computer Science and Control Systems, Mr. Appleboum brings wide angle vision on Cyber Security. In the early 90’s, after graduating from studies, Mr. Appleboum joined the Israeli Army Intelligence (unit 8200) and served as a team leader focusing on design and development of Critical Infrastructure Network Monitoring and Security Systems.

In 1998, Mr. Appleboum founded WebSilicon, an Israeli company which focused on delivering networking and security systems. As the VP of R&D, Mr. Appleboum was involved in design and implementation of more than 250 systems for government agencies, integrators and vendors. In 2007, Mr. Appleboum became the CTO for the company and was responsible for the North American business activities, working with key customers to develop next generation network monitoring and security systems.

In 2013, WebSilicon was acquired by Magal (NASDAQ: MAGS), one of the world’s largest physical security integration companies. After the acquisition, Mr. Appleboum was tasked with leading the integration of his company into the Magal group, which included the rebranding of WebSilicon as CyberSeal. Mr. Appleboum served as the CTO for Cyber Security of Senstar Inc., the North American division of Magal, and relocated to the United States to work more closely with key customers and partners. As the CTO for Cyber Security, Mr. Appleboum was instrumental in all phases of the development of the Tungsten Cyber Security Appliance and the Rubidium Central Monitoring Systems, solutions that converge physical and logical security in a manner that brings a new level of cyber security to the market.

In 2016, Mr. Appleboum co-founded Sepio Systems, a Cyber Security startup company that brings a new approach for defending organizations against hardware originated cyber-attacks. Mr. Appleboum serves as the CEO of the US company.

Chairman, Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT)

Barry Gooch

Barry Gooch

Chairman, Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT)

Barry has been a leading figure in the travel industry’s fight against economic criminals since the late 1990’s and is the founder of Prevention of Fraud in Travel; the travel industry’s counter crime body. As well as successfully obtaining police action in many cases of fraud and identity theft, initiating MPS Operations Chilton and Neon and supporting MPS Operation Falcon, Barry is responsible for the introduction of best practice as well as guides to the industry which have helped reduce the instances of crime occurring.

Barry has previously worked in enforcement and was the head of legal compliance and latterly company secretary at the Teletext group of companies (the world’s largest Public Service Text provider at that time) for around 14 years.

Barry was on the board of the Advertising Association’s ‘Self-Regulation Task Force’ which successfully persuaded government to permit self-regulation of broadcast advertising and was a director of BCAP, the Advertising Standards Association’s broadcast policymaking body where he was on the team that harmonised the advertising codes.

Chief Security Advisor, BT

David Harcourt

David Harcourt

Chief Security Advisor, BT

Dave is a highly experienced security advisor, influencing strategy in cyber security within BT and across wider industry and governments globally. He provides thought leadership into the strategy and implementation of BT's security programmes, is driving cyber security improvements in the telecoms industry as part of the Active Cyber Defence programme, and is a driving force behind BT's approach to proactive threat hunting and discovery.

Co-founder and Director, SAM for Compliance

Tony Krzyzewski

Tony Krzyzewski

Co-founder and Director, SAM for Compliance

Tony Krzyzewski has been involved in the New Zealand IT industry for over forty years, with the past 25 years specialising in cybersecurity. He has been involved in many areas of the industry and has been recognised as a leader in most areas that he has been involved with. He is acknowledged internationally as a pioneer in the cybersecurity sector and is frequently called on to present on this topic, as well as acting as a trusted advisor within the government and commercial sectors.

Tony is a member of the New Zealand Standards Association security advisory group and holds a position as National Expert on the ISO27000 standards working group. He participated in the definition of CIS Controls 7 and is an active contributor to Global Cyber Alliance content and user awareness campaigns.

Tony was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of IT Professionals in 2017 in recognition for his contribution to the information technology industry.

Tony is co-founder and Director of SAM for Compliance, a cloud based service that helps organisations self-assess, manage, improve and report on compliance with international standards. In 2017 SAM for Compliance Ltd became the first Australasian region partner in the Global Cyber Alliance.

Senior Vice President and Cybersecurity Partnership Executive, U.S. Bank

Jenny Menna

Jenny Menna

Senior Vice President and Cybersecurity Partnership Executive, U.S. Bank

Jenny Menna is a Senior Vice President and Cybersecurity Partnership Executive at U.S. Bank. She leads U.S. Bank’s Information Systems Security intelligence, cyber exercise, education and awareness, and Business Line Information Security Officer teams. She also leads collaboration initiatives with industry and government to advance the cybersecurity posture of U.S. Bank, and the financial sector as a whole. Her industry leadership roles include the Global Cybersecurity Alliance Strategic Advisory Committee, the Financial Top Level Domain Board of Directors, the Risk & Security Committee of Early Warning Services, and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s Threat Intelligence Committee Executive Committee.

Jenny is a nationally recognized cybersecurity leader, with substantial achievements in building large-scale information technology and security programs and plans across government and the private sector. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Jenny held a variety of Senior Executive Service positions in the Department of Homeland Security component responsible for securing federal civilian, state and local government and critical infrastructure networks, as well as for coordinating cyber incident response. Her responsibilities ranged from industry outreach to front-line operational and technical activities – including serving as US-CERT Director, to leading national-level policy initiatives. Jenny received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Chicago. She is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Chief Innovation Officer, CFC Underwriting

Graeme Newman

Graeme Newman

Chief Innovation Officer, CFC Underwriting

Graeme is the Chief Innovation Officer at CFC Underwriting and Head of Cyber as a class of business. Having spent the early part of his career consulting for Deloitte on a variety of cutting edge internet security projects, Graeme went on to form his own cyber risk management practice before joining CFC – one of the early pioneers of cyber insurance in the London market - in 2008.

Today, Graeme is at the forefront of the rapidly evolving cyber insurance market, leading CFC’s development of new insurance products in this area. With overall responsibility for cyber as a class of business, Graeme has overseen the introduction of many new innovations in this rapidly changing area of insurance including: the first policy form designed specifically for healthcare entities, the first dedicated cyber incident response mobile application and the creation of CFC’s Cyber Academy.

In 2015 and 2017 Graeme was voted Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year (London Market) in the annual Advisen awards.

Marketing and Partnerships, Red Sift

Jay Singh

Jay Singh

Marketing and Partnerships, Red Sift

Jay joined the Red Sift team in 2016 and took their email security product, OnDMARC to market. He has helped people all over the globe deploy DMARC and shares GCA’s enthusiasm for making the world more secure. Jay has also worked for various companies in the UK, Hong Kong and Romania, and when Jay is not talking about DMARC he is most likely working on his other area of expertise, Digital Marketing.

Prosecutor, Public Prosecutor's Office, Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland

Nicola Staub, Esq. LL.M.

Nicola Staub, Esq. LL.M.

Prosecutor, Public Prosecutor's Office, Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland

Nicola Staub graduated in 2012 from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, with a degree in law. He also studied at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and at Chicago-Kent Law School in Chicago, USA. In 2013 he graduated with an LL.M. from King's College in London, UK. Nicola Staub is admitted as Attorney-at-law in the Canton of Zurich and since then completed various professional training courses in Switzerland and abroad in his field of expertise.

He started his career with the white collar crime division of the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland and a large Swiss law firm, worked as an Assistant Prosecutor of the Canton of Lucerne and now serves as fully elected Public Prosecutor for the Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland, where he leads investigations and prosecutes a variety of cases with specialization in white collar crime and cybercrime.