Our Team

Bernie Cowens, Senior Security Advisor
Bernie has been an executive and a CISO/CSO for major companies in the Financial Sector, Critical Infrastructure, Services Industry, , including Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), one of the largest combined gas and electric utility companies in the United States, First American Financial, Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA), PwC and SafeNET. 

He has led company-wide efforts at these global organizations to identify and manage physical and cyber security risks, and to protect people, critical infrastructure, information assets, and business operations. 

A former military officer and Special Agent, Bernie has extensive international counterintelligence, counter espionage, counter-terrorism, and physical security experience. He completed his military service as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Security Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Los Angeles. He has more than 30 years of security and technology leadership experience, and he earned the CISSP and CISA designations.
Stephen Zalewski, Senior Security Advisor
Steve is a seasoned CISO who has provided security leadership for major corporations in the US and internationally, including Levi Strauss & Co., Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) and others. He is also on various Executive Advisory Boards for security startups and other early stage companies.

Steve has been an international cybersecurity advisor and trainer since 2017 and a CISO advisory board member for venture capital firms internationally. He is the co-host of the CISOSeries Defense-in-Depth Podcasts, which provides clear talk on cybersecurity’s most controversial and confusing debates.

He was most recently the CISO at Levi Strauss & Co where he was responsible for leading the company’s global cybersecurity organization. Prior to this, Steve was the Enterprise Security Architect at Pacific Gas & Electric Company, leading the security architecture team responsible for cybersecurity strategy and critical infrastructure protection. Steve has also held leadership roles Healthcare and other industries. He has multiple patents in data protection and multi-processor operating system design and holds CISSP, CISM and CRISC security certifications.

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