SPEAKER: John Kiser - Gray Hat Research
TOPIC: The State of Security In An Increasingly Insecure World
John H. Kiser brings to his role at Gray Hat Research Corporation (GHRC) nearly 30 years of leadership experience in the field of technology. Over his career, Mr. Kiser has worked with a variety of leading companies providing hardware, software, services and consulting solutions to clients that literally span the globe. Among the companies he has represented are such formidable organizations as Data General Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Altos Computer Systems, Inc., Unisys and EMC2. John has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Gray Hat Research Corporation, a nationally recognized consultancy providing thought leadership and a range of highly specialized solutions in the field of security to a wide range of clients in the public sector and private sector, since 2004.
After finishing his studies at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH where he majored in Business Administration, Mr. Kiser spent the early part of his career in financial services. While still a student he worked as a Registered Representative at Waddell & Reed, Inc. providing financial planning services and selling a range of insurance products and securities to his clients. Soon thereafter, he joined Loeb Rhoades, Inc., a Wall Street underwriter and investment banker where he assisted over 15 companies with their private and public financing needs. This early exposure to the capital markets provided the critical background that has allowed John from the inception of his technology career to assume financial responsibility for sales and operational activities in the companies he has worked with and to exceed the expectations of his management, board and shareholders as his responsibilities grew. In addition, this same experience also enabled John to successfully start, manage to profitability and sell three businesses - - one software company and two boutique consulting companies.
Now in his early 50?s, John, his wife Avery and two children live in Spring, Texas, a suburb just north of Houston. He is active in church and other charitable activities and occasionally is able to lecture at a number of private and public institutions on entrepreneurship and other subjects. His leisure activities include reading, writing, golf and travel.