Dan Lohrmann

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist and author. During his distinguished career, Dan has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, including enterprise-wide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan State Government. Dan has been named: "CSO of the Year," "Public Official of the Year," and a Computerworld "Premier 100 IT Leader." Dan Lohrmann joined Security Mentor, Inc. in August 2014, and he currently serves as the Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer for the company that first pioneered "fun security training." Lohrmann is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors. Dan started his career at the National Security Agency (NSA). He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US / UK military facility. Lohrmann is on the advisory board for four university information assurance (IA) programs, including Norwich University, University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), Valparaiso University and Walsh College. He is the author of two books - Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD For You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. Mr. Lohrmann holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor's Degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Bridging the smart cities security divide

Who cares about smart city security?

Who cares about smart city security?

There is a fierce debate raging over smart city security, with one side fueling the hype while the other conjures nightmare scenarios. The trouble is that the debate is silent, siloed and unproductive.

Does security awareness training need a new, stronger name?

Does security awareness training need a new, stronger name?

Security awareness training can help change the security culture through ongoing attention on relevant topics like social engineering. Nevertheless, stale, old, awareness material certainly doesn’t help and too many programs keep...

Why more security predictions and how can you benefit?

Why more security predictions and how can you benefit?

Why are security predictions more popular than ever right now? Is this trend to be encouraged or a stupid waste of time – as some have recently claimed? How can you benefit from studying cybersecurity predictions? Allow me to explain. ...

Seven things government security leaders expect vendors to address

Seven things government security leaders expect vendors to address

What do government executives often think, but not share openly with their private sector partners? What traps to security companies of all sizes land in while trying to sell to the government market? Here are a few items that public...

Why is it so hard for security startups to get government customers?

Why is it so hard for security startups to get government customers?

Selling to governments is not hopeless for security startups, but it is very difficult. Here's a story to show why

The case for taking a government cyber job: 7 recommendations to consider

The case for taking a government cyber job: 7 recommendations to consider

Cyber jobs are a hot topic right now for most age groups in America. Typical questions include: Which schools, programs and classes offer the best value for money? What certifications are needed to get into cybersecurity? Are public...

The Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps: Like a volunteer fire department for cybersecurity

Back at the Michigan Cyber Summit in October 2013, Governor Rick Snyder announced our new government plan for a: “Rapid response team that would assist the state and industries across Michigan during a major cyber incident.” The...

Focus cyber risk on critical infrastructure:  Remote substations are vulnerable

Focus cyber risk on critical infrastructure: Remote substations are vulnerable

Doug DePeppe has some especially strong feelings about protecting remote substations from cyber attacks. Here is his guest CSO blog to explain why.

Watch out Silicon Valley: Israel's cybersecurity start-ups are coming

Watch out Silicon Valley: Israel's cybersecurity start-ups are coming

When most people think about Israel, topics like Middle East peace talks or touring Holy Land sites usually come to mind. But over the past few years, a powerful transformation has been occurring in focused areas of science and...

No More XP: CSOs Need to Engage Now

No More XP: CSOs Need to Engage Now

Migrating off of Windows XP has become an issue that has jumped to the top of the CIO priority lists all over the world. Is your enterprise ready? Are you engaged with the plan?

Watch the Michigan Cyber Summit Online

The 2013 Michigan Cyber Summit will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013. The agenda is packed with experts from all over the world, and the opening keynote will be delivered by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Governor Snyder is the...

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