Security Forum Leadership






 John Linford
 Forum Director, The Open Group
 Security Forum & Open Trusted Technology Forum (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 Security 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.









 Mike Jerbic
 Security Forum Chair & SRM Working Group Co-Chair 
 Trusted Systems Consulting



Mike Jerbic grew up and has worked his entire career in Silicon Valley, CA, where he now heads up his own information risk management consulting practice Trusted Systems Consulting Group and is current Chair of the Open Group Security Forum, the interest group that sustains the Open FAIRTM Industry Standard quantitative risk analysis body of knowledge. Prior to that, he has had thirty-five years of extensive experience including developing and managing high technology products at Hewlett Packard, managing information security IT projects at Visa, teaching college economics courses at San Jose State University, and leading risk analyses at clients such as the City and County of San Francisco.

Mike’s areas of research interest center on problems that intersect technology, law, and markets, and believes that cybersecurity problems we face now require critical thinking across multiple technical, social, and legal disciplines. He’s a published author, having contributed to three American Bar Association published works and has presented across the country on economics, technology, and security.

Mike has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in economics from San Jose State University.





 Altaz Valani
 Security Forum Vice-Chair
 Director of Insights Research, Security Compass


Altaz Valani, Director of Insights Research at Security Compass, manages the overall research vision and team. He is a regular conference speaker who conducts ongoing research in the Software Security domain. Prior to joining Security Compass, he was a Senior Research Director and Executive Advisor at Info-Tech Research Group, Senior Manager at KPMG, as well as various positions working alongside senior stakeholders to drive business value through software development. Altaz is on the SAFECode Technical Leadership Council, CIO Strategy Council, and several IEEE Working Groups where Cyber Security and Privacy challenges are being tabled at the international standards level. He is a frequent collaborator within industry and academic circles on a wide range of topics related to governance, risk, cybersecurity, and software development.







 Dr. Jack Freund
 SRM Working Group Co-Chair
 Head of Cyber Risk Methodology, VisibleRisk


Over the course of his 20-year career in technology and risk, Dr. Jack Freund has become a leading voice in cyber risk measurement and management. He is the co-author of an award-winning book on cyber risk quantification and holds a doctorate in Information Systems. Jack is currently serving as Head of Cyber Risk Methodology for VisibleRisk (Moody’s and Team8 JV). Previously, Jack served as Cyber Risk Director for RiskLens and TIAA. Jack was named Distinguished Fellow of the ISSA, awarded Global Achievement Awards by ISACA and (ISC)2, and named a Fellow of the IAPP and the FAIR Institute.

Jack believes The Open Group has done important work in making the Open FAIR™ methodology accessible to the larger community. He is interested in continuing to make Open methodologies open and available to individuals and organizations looking to improve their cyber risk evaluation and communications. As SRM Working Group Co-Chair, he is looking to support the publication of revisions and supplemental documents that support the Open FAIR community in their risk quantification efforts.







 Mark Simos
 ZTA Working Group Co-Chair, Security Forum
 Lead Cybersecurity Architect, Microsoft


Mark Simos is Lead Cybersecurity Architect for Microsoft where he leads the development of cybersecurity reference architectures, best practices, reference strategies, prescriptive roadmaps, and other guidance to help customers rapidly secure their organizations in the digital age. 

Mark focuses on helping organizations meet both their cybersecurity and digital transformation goals by combining lessons learned from cybersecurity incident investigations and Microsoft’s experience operating and protecting hyper-scale cloud services. 

Mark has presented numerous conferences including Black Hat USA, RSA Conference, Gartner Security & Risk Management, Microsoft BlueHat, Microsoft Ignite, and Financial Executives International. Mark leads the development of cybersecurity reference architectures, best practices, reference strategies, prescriptive roadmaps, and other guidance to help customers rapidly secure their organizations in the digital age. 







 Nikhil Kumar
 ZTA Working Group Co-Chair, Architecture Forum
 President, Applied Technology Solutions, Inc.


Nikhil is President and Founder of ApTSi (Applied Technology Solutions, Inc.) a visionary organization creating the future of technology solutions. Nikhil is an industry thought leader in SOA, Cloud Computing, Security, IOT, Precision Medicine, Healthcare and FinTech. At ApTSi, Nikhil defines corporate strategy, and business development, drives its SOASense™, SOAReality™, ZTaaS™ and ApMED™ product lines, and consults to key clients with extensive experence in the Healthcare, Insurance, Utlity, Finance and Manufacturing sectors. 

Nikhil has been actively engaged in the setup and implementation of Enterprise Architecture practices, setting and guiding Digital Transformation programs, leading enterprise security initiatives (such as PCI Compliance) and the build out of Security Architectures. An Engineer and  Computer Scientist with a passion for biology, Nikhil has pursued his passion with a lifetime of focus on Security, Information, and Computer Architecture. He is known for his ability of being able to communicate to the board and implement with the engineer and architect. An innovator and pioneer, he is a trusted advisor to the C-suite.   

Nikhil has authored numerous books, standards and articles, and presented at numerous conferences and events, including The Open Group, ACM and other events. Some of Nikhil’s  accomplishments include being a Trustee at the Henry Ford Health Systems Board, leading the architecture for Price Waterhouse’s Financial Planning Practice, chairing and authoring industry standards such as the SOA Reference Architecture Standard, being an invited MIT mentor for winning teams in Medical Hackathons and being the Co-Chair for the greater Boston AEA chapter. He has also written and authored numerous publications on Information Security, including on Zero Trust in the Utility Industry (Springer), on HIPAA and CFR 21 part 11(DIA), and on “Protection and Privacy of Information Assets in the Cloud”(Wiley).

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