Mike Simon is a leading expert in computer security, information assurance and security policy development. He began his career in 1985, designing and building the secure network laboratory infrastructure for research programs at the University of Idaho. As CTO for local network engineering firms, Simon has improved the security posture for hundreds of customers in a variety of industries.
Mike has been building and securing information systems professionally since the early inception of the internet and his business experience and training allow insight into organizational needs which drive information infrastructure and security design. Mike believes that the role of an information security professional is to enable organizational goals, while providing a broad understanding of information risk to policy makers, and that care must be taken not to stifle the creative process of business and operations planning.
Mike is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Washington and occasionally lectures at Seattle University, University of Idaho and several civic organizations on the subject of information assurance and computer security. He sits on the advisory board for the Information Assurance certificate program for the University of Washington Information School, the Advisory Board for the Computer Science Department at the University of Idaho and on the Founders Board for the Information School at the University of Washington.