Michael Wilson
Director of Research and Development
Kansas City

Michael has been in the information security field his entire career. Starting by supporting network security products, then traveling across the US providing consulting services. While onsite in a consulting engagement with H&R Block, he took an offer to be a senior security resource for their InfoSec team. Needing more of a technical challenge he transitioned back to FishNet (which became OPTIV), moved to a development role to create security products, and eventually grew to lead the Research and Development team for Optiv MSS.
Fishtech (Cyderes)
2017-07-01 - Ongoing
Director of Engineering
Leads a team of developers and engineers to build a platform that provides a variety of Security-as-a-service solutions
  • Was hired on as the first 3 people for Cyderes with two other individuals I brought from my previous team at OPTIV.
OPTIV
2016-03-01 - 2017-07-01
Director of Research and Development
Leads a team of 12 members, including 9 developers, 2 development managers, and one scrum master/PM.
  • Provides vision and strategy to provide maximum business value through software and tools
  • Works with high level management to ensure the team is prioritizing with the needs of the business
  • Focuses on developing an efficient team through tools, technology, process, and people
  • Develops individuals from entry level developers to security focused development professionals and leaders on the team
OPTIV
2015-11-01 - 2016-03-01
R&D Manager / MSS Architect
Led a small team of developers in the R&D department, and provided architectural guidance to the MSS orginazation
    OPTIV
    2015-04-01 - 2015-11-01
    Principal Software Engineer
    Developed various software products from a custom portal to internal tools used by the security analysts
      FishNet Security
      2014-08-01 - 2015-04-01
      Senior Infrastructure Engineer
      Supported the MSS security infrastructure that supported the offered MSS services
        H&R Block
        2011-10-01 - 2014-08-01
        Senior Security Infrastructure Engineer
        • Supported the security infrastructure of the company
        • Provided architectural guidance with the implementation of security products
        • Worked with another individual to lead a DDOS simulation to increase security awareness/readiness of a variety of attacks
        FishNet Security
        2011-03-01 - 2011-10-01
        Security Consultant
        • Travelled the US providing consulting services for the implementation, installation, and troubleshooting of information security products
        FishNet Security
        2008-01-01 - 2011-03-01
        Escalation Engineer
        • Provided technical support for security products such as firewalls, proxies, IPS's, load balancers, and more.
        • Groomed and trained individuals to excel in support.
        DeVRY University
        Computer Information Systems (Programming/InfoSec) - Bachelor
        2004-01-01 - 2007-01-01
        English
        Native speaker