Director of MSSP and Information Security , UDT
Manny Fernandez has over 25 years in Information Security. He graduated from FIU in Miami, FL in 2007 with a Bachelors in Computer Science and holds multiple industry recognized certifications such as CISSP, CCNP, CCSP & CEH.
He worked for Lucent Technologies’ Incident Response team responding to breaches and performing forensic investigations. Manny also performed penetration testing and vulnerability assessments for the Lucent InfoSec team. Manny started ITsecur, Inc, a Managed Security Services company in 2000. He developed a firewall platform based on open source technologies and delivered customers Managed Security Services. ITsecur serviced over 200 customers worldwide with its Managed Firewall solution and provided professional services and project-based security services.
In 2002, Manny created the ITsecur digital forensic division dedicated to digital forensics and incident response. Manny has served as expert witness in Federal and State cases, and has testified for both the prosecution as well as the defense. Manny was part of the largest personal information breach case ever theretofore involving Axiom.
After selling ITsecur in 2006 to R2 Technologies, Manny continued with the company building their managed services offerings which included tradition managed IT as well as managed security services.
In 2008, R2 Technologies was acquired by Modcomp and he continued his tenure there for an additional 6 years providing strategic vision to the organization. Manny was integral in Modcomp’s attainment of Cisco’s Certified Managed Services Partner accreditation which exclusively hosted only 30 companies worldwide. Manny was part of a team of 3 who delivered the switching, security, wireless and voice solutions for the 2012 Presidential Debate art Lynn University as well as 2012’s Republican National Convention.
After 6 years, Manny left Modcomp and started consulted exclusively for UDT for a year as a Security Architect, later taking the position of Director of Professional Services. Manny architected the UDT Managed Security Services and transitioned as Director of MSSP and Information Security. Manny continues to define and create Managed Security offerings for UDT customers and sits on multiple advisory boards related to Information Security.
Manny is involved in numerous charitable organizations and community services. Manny was awarded the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award and is a Kentucky Coronel. Manny continues his philanthropy and community services by offering parents classes on securing their children’s technologies and blogging about information security.