Donald McFarlane provides management consulting and “vCISO” services in the enterprise sector. He is a passionate information security architect and IT risk manager who helps run Defcon’s Skytalks and volunteers at other industry conferences.
His experience implementing, operating and protecting IT systems started early on, running his own BBS in prep school and dumpster-diving line printer output from the local university. His first paid infosec job was to secure Unix systems for the UK’s version of DARPA. Since then he has secured online trading systems, global data center and branch networks in over 100 countries, and advised on several billion-dollar acquisitions, mergers and divestitures.
When he’s not thinking about how things might go awry, he cooks, plays golf and runs a small ISP. He lives with his wife, son and dog in a log cabin which he built himself on the side of a mountain in New Hampshire.