Chris Bullock – Chief Executive Officer – Managing Member
After Chris reduced his successful and decorated ten-year, full-time law enforcement career to part-time in 1996, he moved into a successful private sector cybersecurity career. Chris earned his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electronic Technology and his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Chris graduated Cum Laude. Chris became certified and holds the certifications as Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP), Certified Computer Forensic Technician (CCFT), Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT), Certified Cyber Crime Examiner (CCCE) and Georgia Cyber Safety Initiative Instructor (GaCSI) Instructor between 2003—2018. Chris has held several executive level security positions in his private sector career across several large, Atlanta based companies subsequently building and maturing their cybersecurity programs.
Chris combines and utilized his unique hybrid of experience and training in criminal intelligence, cyber threat intelligence, specialized technologies, executive management, and law enforcement to build award-winning and effective cybersecurity programs and to protect companies’ most valuable trade secrets and sensitive customer and employee data. Chris has built several large cybersecurity programs from the ground up and has experience across many verticals, including retail, financial, energy, government, gaming, healthcare, and sports entertainment. Chris created and managed the first information security program for the Georgia Lottery Corporation between 2009 -2011 and was voted 85th Top Ranking CISO in the United States in 2012 by ExecuRank. Chris created the first Cyber Executive Protection Programs uniquely combining his technical, investigative, executive protection and executive cyber security management expertise into the most effective cyber executive protection programs ever created. Chris also has experience as a Managing Principal for one of the largest and respected global cyber security consulting firm where he advised Chief Information Security Officers (CISO’s) globally on facets of their job duties, how to effectively report to their Board of Directors, and how to create, implement and mature effective cyber security programs. Chris was nominated several times for the T.E.N. ISE Security Executive of the Year award.
Chris has previously served as a Board of Directors member with the National Technology Security Coalition (‘NTSC’) as well as several other governing body roles within cyber security-focused organizations including Evanta and has spoken at major security events and conferences including Secure World, FBI Infragard, HTCIA, and the CISO Summit. Chris also enjoys contributing to the tradecraft by writing articles on cybersecurity and has been featured in publications including Security Current, CSO Online, and PenTest Magazine. Chris has participated as a guest speaker in the Evanta Leadership Development Academy and was featured as an Evanta “Breakaway Leadership Profile” spotlight in 2016. Chris is a charter member of the International Association of Cyber and Economic Crime Professionals through the National White Collar Crime Center (‘NW3C’).
Chris has experience managing multimillion-dollar budgets and is an experienced and seasoned penetration tester, computer forensics/e-discovery, intelligence, and incident response specialist. Chris still commits a significant amount of his free time working as a certified and sworn active reserve police investigator and is attached as an affiliate member of a statewide task force with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation performing investigations, and special operations to arrest and convict criminals who prey on and exploit children. Chris also volunteers and helps educate the community by teaching parents and children about cyber safety and is certified as a GaCSI Instructor under the Georgia Cyber Safety Initiative program. Chris has extensive physical security and executive protection experience, is SWAT qualified, and served for years on an advanced tactical team responding to high-risk, violent crimes in progress and violent criminal apprehension with a Georgia law enforcement agency.
Announcement! Award Winning, Energy Sector Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Global Cyber Security Practice Leader Ashley Ferguson joins Cyber Investigations and Intelligence Agency as President and Managing Member
Ashley Ferguson – President – Managing Member
Ashley Ferguson joins CI2A as President and Managing Member. Ashley brings 17 years of risk management, compliance, privacy, and security experience to CI2A across the fields of information technology, oil, and gas, utilities, financial services, healthcare, retail, legal and entertainment. Ashley utilizes her unique multi-industry combination of risk management, compliance, security, privacy, and business resilience experience to help her peers and clients to build effective and risk-appropriate security programs that result in compliance but are not driven by compliance. Ashley has helped numerous clients to not only create effective programs but also learn how to effectively communicate with their Board of Directors, gain the support of their executive peers and build confidence in their teams.
Prior to CI2A, Ashley was the Global Director of Advisory Services including the Executive Advisory, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) and the Security Architecture & Design (SDA) practices at Dell SecureWorks. In this role, Ashley was responsible for the strategic direction, vision, and alignment of these practices globally and the founder of the Executive Advisory Center, Advisory CISO and Executive & Board Advisory service portfolios.
Prior to Dell SecureWorks, Ashley spent almost six years leading the IT Risk Management and Security program at Energen Corporation. In this role, Ashley was responsible for all IT Security, Access Provisioning, Change Management, Quality Assurance, Data Loss Prevention, Data Privacy, Business Continuity, Risk Management and Compliance for Energen Corporation and all subsidiaries. While at Energen, Ashley served as a part of the American Gas Association’s Cybersecurity Strategy Force, assisting the Department of Energy in the development of the NIST Cybersecurity Implementation Guidance for the Energy Sector. Ashley also held a clearance level of ‘Secret’ as part of her work in this critical infrastructure area. Prior to Energen, Ashley was the Vice President and Manager of Business Continuity at BBVA Compass and an IT auditor and controls specialist for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Ernst & Young, LLP.
Ashley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama Culverhouse School of Accountancy and a Master’s in Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University with a concentration in Management Information Systems. Ashley is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).
Ashley has been an avid speaker and contributor to the Evanta executive programs across multiple regions, including serving as Co-Chair of the Evanta Charlotte CXO Summits, past Governing Body Member for the Evanta Atlanta CISO Summits and as a CISO contributor to the Professional Development Academy. Ashley has also served as a past judge and co-Master of Ceremonies for the Information Security Executive (ISE) Southeast Awards, speaker at Dell EMC World, RSA, Goldman Sachs CTO Conferences and was the featured speaker in the Security in the Boardroom Webcast series.
Ashley serves on numerous industry and non-profit boards and is currently Chairman of the Board of the University of Alabama Culverhouse Cyber Executive Board of Advisors, Vice Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross Mid Alabama Region, and Vice Chairman & Treasurer of the SCS Education Foundation Board. Ashley was the 2013 Information Security Executive (ISE) Southeast People’s Choice Winner, a top eight finalist for the 2013 Southeast Executive of the Year, and a nominee for 2013 Information Security Executive North America Executive of the Year. Ashley has been featured in various publications, including the October 2015 issue of the ISSA Journal’s Women in Security.
Announcement! Retired and Decorated FBI Special Agent Gerald W. Becknell joins Cyber Investigations & Intelligence Agency (CI2A) as Senior Vice President
Gerald Becknell – Senior Vice President, Executive Protection/Physical Security OPSEC Services
Jerry assumes the position of Senior Vice President of CI2A’ s Executive Protection and Physical Security – Operational Security Services Division. Jerry has over thirty years of municipal, military, and federal law enforcement experience including 21 years as an FBI Special Agent. After retiring from the FBI Jerry served as Corporate Director of Security for Gold Kist Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jerry began his law enforcement career in 1973 as a Police Officer with the second largest department in Georgia. While serving undercover during his first year on the department he arrested and successfully prosecuted over 20 heroin dealers. Jerry was also selected to serve as U.S. Presidential Candidate Jimmy Carter’s personal uniformed police escort officer during his 1976 campaign trip to Columbus, Georgia.
In 1976 Jerry left the Police Department to serve in the United States Marine Corps. As a Captain in the Military Police Jerry authored the Standard Operating Procedures for Military Police, Camp Pendleton, California. He organized, commanded and trained the first USMC Military Police SWAT teams at Camp Pendleton. Captain Becknell received two USMC Commanding General Citations, two Unit Citations and was awarded the Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
Jerry became a Special Agent of the FBI in June 1983. In 1987, while serving in Chicago, SA Becknell was selected to head the largest international counterterrorism investigation to that date in the United States. With the help of several dozens of agents from the FBI and various other law enforcement agencies the team successfully disbanded several cells of the now-defunct Abul Nidal terrorist group throughout the U.S. During his 13 years in Chicago Jerry conducted investigations into International and Domestic Terrorism, Foreign Drug Cartels, Foreign Counterintelligence, and street gangs. While assigned to the Atlanta Division Jerry organized, trained and led the Mine and Cave search teams in the Nantahala National Forest during a yearlong manhunt for Eric Rudolph, a Top Ten fugitive responsible for multiple serial bombings and deaths. While assigned to the Civil Rights and Public Corruption squad in Atlanta Jerry trained over four thousand Georgia law enforcement officers in balancing their obligations to individual civil rights while ensuring their own safety and survival. In 2001 Jerry was appointed FBI Coordinator and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Georgia InfraGard Cyber Program where he tripled the number of InfraGard chapters in Georgia. Jerry presented numerous speeches and training presentations to private and public sector organizations in cybercrime, cybersecurity, and economic espionage. Jerry also conducted cybercrime investigations. Several years after retirement, Jerry was selected for a major FBI counterintelligence contract and Jerry coordinated the Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Program. Jerry trained Georgia companies with classified government contracts in recognizing and reporting suspicious activity related to espionage including Lockheed Martin and over 240 other defense contractor organizations. Jerry improved case referral rates for the program by more than 1500% in the first nine months.