Dr. Stahl is a pioneer in the field of information security, having entered the field in 1980. Earlier in his career he secured teleconferencing at the White House, databases inside Cheyenne Mountain and the communications network controlling our nuclear weapons arsenal.
Dr. Stahl excels at helping his clients develop and implement information security management strategies consistent with their unique information security responsibilities, their business realities and their cultural circumstances. He has that rare gift of being able to describe the complexities of information security in a way that makes sense to real-world non-technical business professionals.
Dr. Stahl’s unusual leadership and management capabilities were developed through a career filled with growth, innovation and achievement in the management of technology and its strategic integration into the organization. He has honed his craft not only through his extensive experience in the management of information security but also through his experiences (i) as COO of an online management education and training company, (ii) as a strategic management consultant specializing in business performance, (iii) a software engineer and research scientist in early secure computing and (iv) as a mathematics professor.
Dr. Stahl is also founder and President of Secure The Village, a non-profit whose mission is to develop and integrate information security learning communities. He is Past-President of the LA Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association and the architect of the Chapter’s It Takes the Village to Secure the Village SM Community Outreach Program.
During the Reagan administration, Dr. Stahl was invited to serve on a White House Presidential Task Force to recommend government strategies to better secure private-sector computer and communications systems. During that same period he was invited to serve on a National Information Security Study Group, a joint program of the National Security Agency and the Department of Commerce designed to determine national information security needs.
Dr. Stahl serves on the Board of Directors of the Content Delivery & Security Association; Governor Brown’s California Cybersecurity Task Force and the Board of Advisors of CyberCalifornia. He serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Information Technology Program at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC and the Advisory Board of UCLA Extension’s Emergency Management & Homeland Security and Enterprise Risk Management Programs.
Dr. Stahl speaks extensively about information security, both at conferences and at professional or civic associations. Together with David Lam, he co-authored the cyber security management section of the ASIS Protection of Assets Manual. He edits the firm’s weekly newsletter — the Cyber Security News of the Week and the Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report — which is emailed to nearly 20,000 people every week.
Dr. Stahl earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Michigan and spent nearly 15 years teaching university mathematics while doing fundamental research in the mathematics of computing.
Ms. Kimberly Pease has an extensive background in the applications of technology and Information Security Management for middle-market companies. During her career she has implemented computer systems for a wide-range of organizations in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Additionally, she has led installation projects at the Pentagon, the Government Printing Office and many state government offices.
As a former Chief Information Officer for Pictorial Offset Corporation, a high-end middle-market commercial printing company, Ms. Pease’s leadership of the IT Department provided competitive advantage to the company. A member of the firm’s Steering Committee, she led the company’s ISO 9002 and ISO 14001 initiatives, ensured Y2K compliance and achieved corporate-wide technology standardization. Additionally during an interim 7-month period, Ms. Pease was Acting Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining Pictorial, Ms. Pease was on the staff of Logic Associates, a software development company providing integrated business management systems for the graphic arts industry. While with Logic, she worked on-site with clients implementing business management systems. In addition to training and supporting users, she led Quality Action Teams on several projects. Later during her tenure at Logic, she was selected to open up a West Coast Sales operation in San Franciso, CA creating an expanded marketing and sales presence for the company.
Ms. Pease and her business partner, Dr. Stan Stahl, co-founded Citadel Information Group to assist organizations more effectively secure their critical information assets. The company provides information security management services to business and the not-for-profit community.
Ms. Pease has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association since 2002, is past Treasurer (2008-2011) and past Education Director (2006-2007). She has been a member of Infragard since 2002, which is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the private sector. She speaks frequently on information security and has published several articles and has been interviewed several times by ABC News and Good Morning America.
As a CIO and Chief Information Security Officer, David brings a holistic and highly integrated view of technology services to his day-to-day work. David has worked as a consultant, for a university, for a nonprofit and in the corporate realm.
David is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt from ASQ and has also achieved ITIL Foundations, CNE, MCSE, CCNA, CCDA and Network+ certifications. As someone with experience in information technology, information security, and physical security, David works to bring these disparate disciplines together into a coherent and efficient practice for his clients.
David holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and while there was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has taught multiple college extension classes and has presented at numerous conferences on technology, information security and physical security.
David provides new perspectives to his clients while helping them to achieve optimal usage of their technologies. David works to build the information security community through the Los Angeles ISSA, where he is currently vice president, and through the ASIS Information Technology Security Council (ITSC) where he chairs the Certification subcommittee. David chairs the Los Angeles ISSA Information Security Summit, which last year drew almost 800 registrants. David also runs the Los Angeles CISO forum.
David has also been published multiple times in the ISSA Journal and on Tom’s IT Pro. He has written the Information Security chapters for the ASIS Protection of Assets Manual with Dr. Stahl and is now working on a Leadership Book called Innovative Questions. In 2014, he was selected as a CIO of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal.