Chris Pogue

Introducing Chris Pogue, CISO at Haventec

Chris Pogue joins Haventec as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) with close to 20 years’ experience in cyber security, including working with Haventec’s security partner Nuix.

Chris began his career in the US Army Field Artillery as a munitions specialist and reconnaissance Sergeant, later becoming a Warrant Officer and transitioning into the Signal Corps, working on investigations for the Army Criminal Investigation Division and Army Reserve Information Operations Command.

After 13 years of service, Chris left the military and began working for IBM Global Services as an ethical hacker (Pentester) and incident response analyst.  Upon leaving IBM he went to work for Trustwave SpiderLabs, ultimately becoming US Director of Operations and global head of investigations.

During his tenure as an investigator, Chris led or oversaw more than 2,500 investigations ranging from a single piece of digital media, to thousands of servers located around the globe.

In 2010 he developed a new method of conducting digital investigations known as ‘Sniper Forensics” which uses logic and the Scientific Method to identify conclusions based on salient data points, rather than the ‘shotgun forensics’ based only on simply looking at data without an investigation plan. Since its introduction, Sniper Forensics has become a standard methodology of investigators at all levels across government, law enforcement and corporate organisations.

Chris was named a SANS Thought Leader in 2010, launched an award-winning security blog (The Digital Standard), and has contributed to more than 100 security publications.  Chris has also been a Law Enforcement instructor, training more than 1,000 police officers and federal agents the nuances of cybercrime investigations and the Sniper Forensics methodology; and he is an expert witness in the United States at state and federal levels.

Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Information Security and is an adjunct professor of Cybersecurity at Southern Utah University.

In a recent article about the changing role of technology in uncovering crime, Chris draws interesting parallels with the role of a Chief Information Security Officer in the corporate world and a Warrant Officer in the army:

“Located at the entrance to Headquarters Division of First Warrant Officer Company, Ft. Rucker, Alabama, is a quote that all Warrant Officers are sworn to uphold: ‘I will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate others who do’.

“For me, as a former Warrant Officer, and for many of my comrades in arms, this motto has become much more than words written on a monument. It is a way of life. I wish the world had more Warrant Officers.”