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Steven Andrés is the founder of Special Ops Security and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and earned the distinctions of Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and the well-respected Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). In addition to his for-profit endeavors, Andrés is a professor of Cyber Warfare and Cyber Terrorism within the Homeland Security Masters Degree Program at San Diego State University. His published works include his thesis Fourth & Fifth Generation Warfare: Implications on Information Security as well as commercially published books: the Security Sage's Guide to Hardening the Network Infrastructure, the internationally best-selling Hacking Exposed: Fourth Edition, and SPECIAL OPS: Host and Network Security. As a freelance writer for PC World Magazine, his articles on security best practices reached 4.5 million print subscribers and were syndicated worldwide by IDG and its online affiliates to over 15 million.

Before forming Special Ops Security, Andrés was the Director of Technical Operations for Foundstone, a vulnerability management and strategic security company acquired by McAfee in 2004, where he created the award-winning Foundstone FS1000 Appliance, a widely-recognized security platform for rapid-deployment of security management solutions at dozens of Fortune 100 clients. While at Foundstone, he designed vulnerability assessment systems for the largest global ISP and led the team integrating real-world digital risk telemetry to enterprise systems at the world's largest software publisher.

Over a decade of cybersecurity attack and defense has allowed Andrés to accumulate several accolades. In addition to the previously mentioned CEH, CISA, and CISSP, he has earned distinctions in Architecture (ISSAP), Management (ISSMP), and Risk (CRISC) as well as the INFOSEC Professional designation jointly-issued by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). He is listed as a subject-matter expert for the Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center (IATAC), chartered by the Department of Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). Vendor-specific certifications include the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP), and Checkpoint Certified Security Engineer (CCSE).

Andrés earned a degree in Business and in Economics with a specialization in Computing from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and advanced his education with a Masters of Science degree in Homeland Security from San Diego State University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Information Science and Technology with a dissertation analyzing the intersection of government surveillance and dissident censorship within the Arab Spring. With extensive experience managing high-availability networks in the Entertainment, Health Care, Financial, and Higher Education industries, he is frequently invited to speak on secure architecture best practices and information security current events.

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