Evan Francen

Evan Francen, Founder of FRSecure LLC/Co-founder and CEO of SecurityStudio

Author of UNSECURITY: Information security is failing. Breaches are epidemic. How can

we fix this broken industry?

Evan is a veteran information security expert, with more than 30 years of “practical” information security

experience, and an ambitious mission; fix the broken industry. Highlights of Evan’s career (thus far) include:

• Founded FRSecure in 2008, an expert-level information security consulting company with more 100

employees and 2,500 clients across the United States.

• Founded SecurityStudio in 2017, a software as a service (SaaS) company dedicated to building a

community of information security practitioners who speak the same “security language”.

• Co-creator of S2

Score, a definitive measurement of information security risk.

• Co-creator of S2

Org, the organizational security assessment used by more than 50 partners and 7,000

organizations across 32 industries to assess and manage information security risk.

• Co-creator of S2

Vendor for third-party information security risk management, S2

School for

information security risk management in K-12, S2

Team for unparalleled insight into personal security

habits, and S2

Me, for personal information security risk management.

• Created the Certified virtual Chief Information Security Officer (CvCISO™) Program, the first

certification for vCISOs in the industry.

• Developed and lead the free FRSecure CISSP® Mentor Program. Established in 2010 with six students,

the program and has grown to more than 20,000 students representing 100+ countries in 2023.

• Prior to establishing FRSecure, Evan spent more than 15 years as a leading information security

professional and corporate leader in both private and public companies.

• Creator of Project Broken Mirror, a community effort to secure the public sector.

• Advised legal counsel in high-profile breaches including Target and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

o 2014/2015 - Consultant to the Special Litigation Committee of the Board of Directors of Target

Corporation; derivative action related to the “Target Breach”.

o 2015/2016 – Consultant to legal counsel and Blue Cross/Blue Shield related to remediation

efforts (post-breach).

o Served as an expert witness in several federal criminal cases, most involving alleged stolen

trade secrets by foreign adversaries.

• Served 100s of companies; big (Wells Fargo, Target, US Bank, UnitedHealth, etc.) and small.

• Delivered dozens of information security talks at dozens of conferences; audiences ranging from less

than 10 to more than a 5,000.

• Written more than 750 published articles about a variety of information security topics.

An “information security evangelist”, thought leader and specialist in advising Boards of Directors, legal

counsel, and executive management. His unique sense of humor, and “tell it like it is” demeanor, gets the

point across and produces results for all audiences.

Outside of work, Evan is still a “hacker”, but he’s also a proud father of five children, with six grandchildren, an

avid scuba diver, motorcyclist, guitar player, welder, and tinkerer.

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