Forum Director, The Open Group
Security & Open Trusted Technology (OTTF)
John Linford is the Forum Director of The Open Group Security Forum and Open Trusted Technology Forum. As staff at The Open Group, John supports the leaders and participants of the Open Trusted Technology Forum in utilizing the resources of The Open Group to facilitate collaboration and follow The Open Group Standards process to publish their deliverables. Prior to joining The Open Group in June 2019, John worked as a Lecturer for San Jose State University, teaching courses in Economics.
John is Open FAIR™ certified and was the lead author of the Open FAIR Risk Analysis Process Guide (G180), which offers best practices for performing an Open FAIR risk analysis with an intent to help risk analysts understand how to apply the Open FAIR risk analysis methodology.
Open Trusted Technology Forum Co-Chair
Geoff Wilkerson is a member of the Product Security Office at Seagate Technology, where his primary focus is security compliance and managing product certifications. Geoff's background is in project management, information security, and supply chain security. A member of the OTTF for several years, Geoff was one of the earliest advocates for Seagate to champion the use of the O-TTPS as a product lifecycle standard. Geoff lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and three children.
Geoff sees the next couple of years as a flashpoint for cyber and product security. 2020 was a major disruption to the lives of most people and businesses and highlighted the evolving and expanding threat surfaces that malicious actors can and will exploit. Geoff believes there will be an increased interest in trusted technology capabilities in the near future, and the OTTF can serve as an enabling body to meet that interest. As Co-Chair, he aims to facilitate that beneficial exchange and aid organizations in their efforts to strengthen their security postures.
Alexander Marshall, III
Open Trusted Technology Forum Co-Chair
Mr. Alexander (Al) Marshall is currently the Technical Strategy Manager for the NASA SEWP Program. In this role, Al provides input for the technical strategic direction of the Program and while maintaining an active role in the day-to-day operations of SEWP, a premier Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) providing Federal Agencies access to the latest in Information Technology product solutions. At SEWP, his main areas of concentration are application and requirements development, data modeling and reporting, and participating in outreach functions for the Program, including The Open Group Open Trusted Technology Forum. Before assuming his current role, Al, a 22-year veteran of the SEWP Program, served as both a software developer and the Contract Holder Relationship Manager (CHRM). As CHRM, Al was responsible for developing and maintaining tools and procedures to effectively manage the relationship between the SEWP Program and its Contract Holders. Prior to SEWP, Al served for 16 years as a software engineer and project manager while working in the public safety software sector. Al earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland University College in College Park, Maryland.
Al sees the next couple of years as a critical point in the evolution of cyber and product security. The past couple of years have shown both government and industry are constantly exposed to an evolving and ever-expanding array of threats from a global pool of malicious and state-sponsored actors. These exploits revealed the need for trusted technology capabilities in the near future. Al believes the OTTF can serve as an enabling body to meet these needs and stimulate interest in the subject. As Co-Chair, he aims to facilitate that beneficial exchange, aid organizations in their efforts to harden their security postures, and strengthen the cooperation between government customers and their industry partners.