Leadership Team

The founders of Outbreak Security have a diverse and robust background in the information security and information operations communities. Several have been “present at the creation” of their respective fields of expertise and been actively involved in the industry’s evolution in the months and years since.

Outbreak’s founders pride themselves on solid professional reputations based not only on their subject matter expertise but as professionals who are both approachable as individuals and who are able to ‘bridge the gap’ comfortably in communicating and working with clients regardless if they’re engineers and executives or practitioners and policy makers.

Robert Floodeen, CISSP, CSIH

Rob Floodeen is an Information Security Architect for Spectrum Comm in Hampton, Virginia and also a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is a course instructor for the CERT Coordination Center. Working at Spectrum’s Envision Labs, Rob leads several projects in the areas of Intrusion Detection, Incident Response, and Attack Sensing & Warning.

Before joining Spectrum, Rob led teams performing Intrusion Detection at the Pentagon, Army Research Lab, and for the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN). Additionally, he spent several years managing Computer Emergency Response Team operations for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

Rob holds a degree in Computer Science (Honors) from Old Dominion University and is completing postgraduate degree studies in information security from James Madison University. Rob also has been trained by the U.S. Army in system and network administration, computer network defense, and the employment of “really big guns" on the tactical battlefield.

Richard F. Forno

Richard Forno is an internationally recognized information security and information operations professional whose career highlights include serving as the first Chief Security Officer for the InterNIC and helping develop the first incident handling capability for the United States House of Representatives. Additionally, he has been involved in the information operations community in various capabilities since 1996, most recently working on initiatives to facilitate advanced professional development within the field.

Along with several articles and white papers written over the years, Richard is the author of the books The Art of Information Warfare and O’Reilly’s Incident Response and contributed a chapter to Cyberwar 2.0: Myths, Mysteries and Realities. Richard lectures frequently on information operations and technology security topics at government, industry, and academic symposia, often reflecting his current doctoral and professional research interests on the influence of technology on national security.

Richard holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in international relations from American University and Salve Regina University, and is a graduate of both Valley Forge Military College and the United States Naval War College. Additionally, he is a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is a course instructor for the CERT Coordination Center.

Peter Sullivan, CISSP, CCIAP

Pete Sullivan is a partner at InfoSecure Solutions, LLC, a Massachusetts-based training consultancy specializing in information security and information assurance curriculum design, development and delivery. Over the past 30 years, he has trained members of national law enforcement agencies, numerous branches of the US government, the US Department of Defense, NATO and private industry. In addition he has trained CSIRT team members from the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Republic of China, Republic of Slovenia, Brazil, and South Korea. Recently, Pete traveled to Qatar and South Africa to consult and conduct training in support of each country’s national CSIRT organization.

Pete has been a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University since 2003. He is the only instructor qualified to teach all of the CERT/CC security courses, giving him a broad perspective across the entire security domain.

Prior to starting InfoSecure Solutions, Pete was a member of the United States Army Reserve. The last twelve years of his thirty-year military career was focused on information operations and information security. Pete’s last Army assignment was with the Northeast Information Operations Center where he was the non-commissioned officer in charge of both the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Technical Training Team. Mr. Sullivan retired from the U.S. Army in 2004.

Kenneth R. van Wyk, CSIH

Ken is a CERT® Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH), as well as an internationally recognized information security expert and author of the popular O'Reilly books Incident Response and Secure Coding: Principles and Practices, as well as a monthly columnist for eSecurityPlanet. Among his numerous professional roles, Ken is a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is a course instructor and consultant to the CERT Coordination Center.

Ken has previously held senior information security technologist roles at Tekmark's Technology Risk Management practice, Para-Protect Services, Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Ken was also the Operations Chief for the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency's DoD-CERT incident response team, as well as a founding employee of the CERT® Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute.

Ken has previously served as the Chairman and as a member of the Steering Committee for the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), a non-profit professional organization supporting the incident response community. He currently sits on their Steering Committee and Board of Directors. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Lehigh University and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences, including S3, CSI, ISF, FIRST, among others.