Information Security Manager
Branden has been an information security practitioner for most of his professional career. He first started in IT at the help desk of a small internet service provider. He then moved through the ranks from technical support, to database administrator, system administrator, software integrator, and, finally, senior system analyst. During his tenure at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory, he moved into information security policy and planning where he implemented the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF). This enabled him to become well-versed in government and industry-specific frameworks, regulations, standards, and guidelines, such as NIST RMF, FISMA, and HIPAA.
Branden holds a Master of Science degree in cybersecurity and a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering technology. Additionally, he holds multiple information security certifications such as (ISC)2 Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), and CompTIA Certified Security Analytics Professional (CSAP).
Prior to joining the civilian workforce, Branden spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy, where he received two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals. One of these medals was a result of his work implementing an encrypted ship-to-shipyard network. The other medal was in recognition of the digital system that he created that resulted in a 50% reduction in paperwork and manpower through modernization and automation. Today he serves as a member of the United States Navy Reserves, where he spends his time teaching vulnerability remediation and patch management to government IT organizations and performs documentation and project management for a Navy software development team.
As the Information Security Manager at Kitware, Branden is responsible for leading, directing, and advising all aspects of the information security program, ensuring that policies, systems, and practices align with operational risk. He is also the Information System Security Manager (ISSM) for multiple networks.