The Standard Pitch (Bio)
Chris Hoff has 20 years of experience in high-profile global roles in network and information security architecture, engineering, operations, product management and marketing with a passion for virtualization and all things Cloud.
Hoff is currently a VP of Strategy and Planning at Juniper Networks after serving as the company’s Chief Security Architect. Prior to that he was Director of Cloud & Virtualization Solutions of the Security Technology Business Unit at Cisco Systems where he focused on virtualization and cloud computing security, spending most of his time interacting with global enterprises and service providers, governments, and the defense and intelligence communities.
Previously, he was Unisys Corporation’s Chief Security Architect, served as Crossbeam Systems’ chief security strategist, was the CISO and director of enterprise security at a $25 billion financial services company and was founder/CTO of a national security consultancy amongst other startup endeavors.
Hoff is regularly interviewed by analysts, media and the press, is a featured guest on numerous podcasts and has keynoted and presented at numerous high-profile security conferences including Black Hat, DefCon, Microsoft’s Bluehat, RSA, Gov2.0, FIRST, Glue, Source, SecTor, and Troopers.
Hoff is a founding member and technical advisor to the Cloud Security Alliance, founder of the CloudAudit project and HacKid conference and blogs at http://www.rationalsurvivability.com/blog. You can also get his firehose Twitter timeline by following @beaker.
Hoff was a CISSP, CISA, CISM and NSA IAM, he now spends the AMF money on coffee. He was twice nominated as the Information Security Executive of the Year and won the Security 7 award in Financial Services in 2005. Hoff is a 2010 Microsoft MVP (Security) and a 2010 VMware vExpert.
Security Strategist, Architect, CISO and Evangelist/Prophet, Brick layer, priest and short order cook…Product manager, product marketeer, CTO, advisor, board member and SQUIRREL! My life? It’s like Blade Runner meets Beautiful Mind w/some Patrick Swayze Roadhouse violence mixed in (h/t @alexhutton)
Me, In Real Life…
Like anyone who’s been in the security “racket” for some time, the realities and vagaries of the truth behind six degrees of separation makes me laugh out loud when I realize just how small this world really is.
have had a CISSP, CISM, CISA, IAM and about 10 other certifications/credentials, and unlike some others, I’m neither horribly allergic or blowing my own horn because of them. I get to meet some interesting people because of them, however. Does that cause you to revoke my membership in the “counter culture club?” Oh well.
I’ve done 3 start-ups (and the odd up-start,) raised venture funding, lost my ass, made it all back again, been a CEO, CISO, CTO and still haven’t figured out what I want to be when I grow up. I’ll let my kids tell me what I should do next — they’re wiser than you and I.
The coolest thing I can look back on and be proud of professionally is that at 120% of capacity I always look for more. I get accused (rightfully) of having ADD but at the same time when it’s time to lock and load, I think I do a fine job.
I’ve been featured in numerous articles, works of non-fiction, reviewed and technically-edited books. I present and keynote at a lot of conferences. I contribute to podcasts and numerous community efforts. I make a lot of Kiva loans. I specialize in emerging and disruptive innovation and what it means to security.
I have no idea why you’ve continued reading all the way to this part — I’m a boring person so I can only assume it’s 1:40 am and you’ve run out of things to type into Google.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and various physical exercise routines. Tattoos. Big ones. Small caliber firearms, power tools, anything with wheels and an engine that puts me in harms way – supercharged small blocks, motorcycles and 125cc shifter karts, especially.
Kentucky bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and fine sipping rums. Cigars — usually the kind that curl your toes and puts hair on your palms. paintball, jumbalaya and bbq’ing anything that at one time had a face and was not in the same genus/species fork as I am/was.
I really dig virtualization and cloud computing.
In love with my kids and wife.