Gerhard Rickert brings more than two decades of experience in high-level information technology and cybersecurity operations to his role as Co-Founder of Pacific Global Security Group, where he oversees government and private sector initiatives. His background includes serving as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for 10 years, where he covered an array of information security disciplines, such as policy framework, information security audits, product testing, solution implementation, cyber forensics and risk management. He is experienced in coordinating and directing all phases of project-based efforts, while managing, motivating and mentoring teams.
Eric Eifert is an Executive Advisor for Pacific Global Security Group. With more than 25 years of military and civilian experience in information technology and cybersecurity, Eric provides executive guidance around all aspects of cybersecurity. Eric previously served as Senior Vice President at DarkMatter in the United Arab Emirates and Senior Vice President of ManTech International, where he led teams that provided customers onsite and remote security operations center services. This included intrusion detection and prevention, security event monitoring and detection, incident investigation, 24/7 continuous diagnostics and mitigation, and event resolution.
Eric also assisted customers in designing and building insider-threat detection capabilities; cyber threat intelligence; integrated network and security operation centers; continuous governance, risk and compliance monitoring; and cyber-situational awareness dashboards. Eric also served honorably as a Special Agent with the United States Air Force as a cyber-crime investigator and taught graduate cyber investigations as an adjunct professor at George Mason University.
TOP SECRET/SCI (2016), MASTER’S DEGREE in Intelligence Studies, Skilled Senior Intelligence Analyst/Manager with 20+ years of intelligence experience and proficiency in the following:
With a combined experience including 21 years in Naval Special Warfare (NSW) SEAL, operating worldwide in both combat and culturally disparate environments, and 7 years of business experience in mergers and acquisitions, sales, distribution, operations and finance. A proven leader in challenging, fast-paced, high-stress and deadline-oriented environments. Equipped with powerful communication, coordination and analysis skills. Skilled Program Manager with expertise in leading, influencing, and delegating tasks to diverse groups of people. Fully committed to providing and implementing dynamic and compelling solution to any problem.
20+ years Information Technology and Security experience involving Critical National Infrastructures in the US, UK & Asia-Pac regions, Response and Recovery planning and execution, managing and building technical security operations teams, strategy, risk and governance program management, freelance consulting, government level program liaison and Big 4 Consulting in the GCC and globally. IT / OT industry experience across a variety of sectors including energy, finance, public sector, logistics, manufacturing, technology and transport including sales and business development activities.
Experienced in various engineering disciplines, compliance management, project management, and overseeing teams of multidisciplined staff. Responsible for the staff, operation, and security of industrial environments as well as project implementation. Proven communication and leadership skills demonstrated through public speaking venues and team oversight. Conducted and oversaw cybersecurity and risk assessments/audits against a variety of standards (NIST, ISO, HIPAA, NERC, etc.), created policies and supporting documentation, and established metrics reporting processes for a variety of industry clients. Created cybersecurity and risk assessment programs and associated processes to be integrated into PMO processes or to be adopted by business units. Managed US and multinational client engagements including responses to RFPs/RFIs, budgeting, staffing, execution, and closure. Created 3–5-year cybersecurity roadmaps for clients utilizing interviews and data collected from individual business units to create a forward-looking IT security roadmaps and execution plans. Assisted in establishing a governing security board and a process to disseminate security information/metrics. Provided clients with subject matter expertise and white papers on current events in cybersecurity and threat intelligence. Assisted with the establishment of an entry level training program in the field of nuclear power generation. Oversaw and provided guidance to junior staff.
Senior Cyber Security Executive who has detailed knowledge of Advance Security Analytics and Cyber Operations coupled with strong written and verbal communication skills. He has years of experience leading Cyber Network Operations, Digital Forensics, Incident Response and Computer Network Defense activities across international and domestics markets.
Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in Red Teaming and someone who likes to get his hands dirty as much as he enjoys business development. Strong professional with an MSc focused on Computer Systems Security.
U.S. Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Tokyo-Panel discussion on Threat Intelligence in the modern Military and Business world (2018)
Cyber Tech Tokyo Conference- “Creating a secure, Vigilant and Resilient Business via Simulations and War Gaming” (2018)
7th International Cybersecurity Symposium at Keio University – Panel discussion on Threat Intelligence (2018)
Security Days Conference (Tokyo) - “Social Engineering, How Hackers Think” (2019)
U.S. Dept. of State, Overseas Security Advisory Council (Tokyo)-“Art of the Steal. Why physical security matters in a cyber world” (2019)
Nikkei Business Magazine (print) – Interviewed for an article about hiring hackers and work culture in Japan (2019)
International Bankers Association in Japan (IBA) - “A Cyber Security case study for the Banking Industry” (2019)
American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) - “Cybersecurity and the JP Financial Industry” (2019)
Financier Worldwide Magazine (print)- Interviewed for an article for their “Cyber Security & Risk Management 2019” annual report (2019)
Proven international leader in developing policy driven, technical solutions designed to meet real world challenges which enhance operations and security of critical infrastructure. Diverse background of expertise and experience in cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, international policy development, nuclear engineering, nuclear facilities operations, nuclear security, computer technologies, and autonomous operations including robotics.
Responsible for cyber security support to national critical infrastructure including the development and application of cyber security programmatic elements.
Over 31 years’ experience within IT Services companies as a CISSP certified senior level executive with extensive P&L (+250m AED) and multiple business unit management responsibilities (+6). A talented International multi-disciplined executive manager who benefits from both an eye for detail and a drive for success. Core strengths lie in leading architecture, implementation, project and delivery teams. Envisaging a variety of large-scale technical, transition or transformation projects. Demonstrable experience of completed projects ranging from enterprise management design and architecture to large-scale multi system implementations to Cloud and shared service implementations including multiple SaaS deployments across large-scale deployments.
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