This week we celebrated the addition of Man Nguyen, who will be taking on the role of Principal Security Architect. Man is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and a veteran information security professional with over 20 years of experience and leadership in the field—we consider ourselves profoundly lucky to have him on board!
Man joins the team as our third Microsoft alumni, having spent nearly 15 years there, most recently as a Principal Security Architect on the MSIT team. He has broad experience leading the development and implementation of strategies to protect large-scale critical IT infrastructure. Some of Man’s previous work includes managing red team and penetration testing efforts to combat Advanced Persistent Threats and other vulnerabilities, spearheading a threat automation initiative, leading security audits for internal and external organizations, and developing best practices and policies. Man has also worked with NATO and the United States Air Force and holds two software patents in automated network compliance detection and remediation.
Security isn’t just an end goal, but a process. As our Principal Security Architect, Man is responsible for upholding sound information security principles and best practices company-wide. From the software and products we use to the solutions we build and deploy, Man kicks the tires—and then replaces the car with a continuously-threat-modeled rocketship. His contributions are key to building software that keeps our clients and their data secure.
Like the rest of us at NuID, Man’s professional passions are also his personal ones. He is a frequent participant in events and competitions in the security space such as the SANS NetWars tournaments. We are particularly excited that, like Robert, Man builds custom drones for WiFi hacking (and of course we plan to instigate a drone hacking battle—YouTube link forthcoming). You can also find Man out on the water on his JetSurf or DIY electric hydrofoil.
Man told us a bit about his background and interest in NuID:
"I got into security when I was working at the University of Waterloo newspaper in 1992 as a system administrator. In those early years of my career, I learned to manage the security for various platforms including Sun Solaris, Novell Netware, IBM OS/2 and Windows for Workgroups. Over 20 years in the industry, I have evolved with each new challenge in my career from security program management, auditing, security architecture, and pen testing.
I see identity as the linchpin issue for information security and the ultimate goal of advanced threats. With NuID, I am excited to have the opportunity to work on what is truly a global challenge. Just as important for me, I am honored to join a team of intelligent and driven individuals."