Randall J. Sandone, a Certified Chief Information Security Officer, is the Executive Director of the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) which is a Department of Homeland Security, Center of Excellence. In this position Mr. Sandone is responsible for the operational, administrative, and financial management of the Institute. Mr. Sandone has had a comprehensive career guiding research and technology projects in settings ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. His strengths lie in strategy development, business development, and project management.
Mr. Sandone has over thirty years of experience in cyber security leadership. He has managed the development, testing, and certification of a variety of cyber security products used by customers ranging from the US Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and other Federal agencies to private sector companies large and small around the world. In his current position at CIRI, Mr. Sandone has been instrumental in helping to guide a research, technology transition, and education and workforce development portfolio that is delivering impactful
cybersecurity solutions to both the public and private sector. In this and in other executive leadership positions for a number of globally-oriented companies he was responsible for technology transition and licensing, commercialization, product development, and financial management.
Mr. Sandone is a former member of the University of Illinois College of Engineering Advisory Board and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Maritime and Port Security Information Sharing and Analysis Organization. He was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year for Illinois and Northern Indiana” and a finalist for KPMG’s “Illinois Technology Award.” Mr. Sandone is a frequent speaker at security conferences throughout the United States.