Behnam Shariati, Ph.D.

Chief Security Officer (CSO)

Dr. Shariati has extensive professional experience in cybersecurity as a consultant and is also a respected member of the academic community focused on the real world application of cybersecurity concepts and standards.

Formerly the head of a global technology firm, Dr. Shariati has worked with a diverse set of industries, leading and overseeing all manner of cybersecurity engagements. Among his areas of focus are cybersecurity assessments (including assessments to ISO 27000, FIPS 140-2 and NIST’s security standards); enterprise security architecture; network defense; security operations; insider threat programs; active defense; and training and education.

Dr. Shariati’s leading professional and academic experience has led to his direct engagement by standards organizations on the development of global security frameworks. He currently serves as a guest researcher at the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), where he researches security best practices in several sectors. In 2016 his support of the NCCoE led to him being called upon to collaborate on the development of the new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 1800 series security publications for banking and financial sector cybersecurity. He has also worked extensively with global organizations on the alignment of standards-based security strategies with business mission, including working directly with the United Nations as a Project Director.

Dr. Shariati also applies his real-world experience to the development of cybersecurity programs for The George Washington University (GWU) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). At GWU, where he earned his Doctorate in System Engineering with a concentration in Systems Security, he advised on the development of their graduate cybersecurity degree program. At UMBC, he is a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and serves in a part-time capacity as the Cybersecurity Graduate Program Director at their Shady Grove campus.