Steven Andrés, Ph.D. is the founder of Special Ops Security and serves as its Managing Principal. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and earned the distinctions of Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Project Management Professional (PMP), and the well-respected Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). As a three-time commercially successful published author and occasional freelance writer, his works on security best practices have reached millions of print and online subscribers. With extensive experience managing high-availability networks in the Entertainment, Health Care, Financial, and Higher Education industries, he is frequently invited to speak on secure architecture best practices and information security current events.
Before forming Special Ops Security, Dr. Andrés was the Director of Technical Operations for Foundstone, a vulnerability management and strategic security company acquired by McAfee (now Intel), where he created the award-winning Foundstone FS1000 Appliance, a widely-recognized security platform for rapid-deployment of security management solutions at dozens of Fortune 100 clients. While at Foundstone, he designed vulnerability assessment systems for the largest global ISP, co-invented innovative network security risk management methods (U.S. Patent 8,201,257), and led the team integrating real-world digital risk telemetry to enterprise systems at the world's largest software publisher.
- Ph.D. in Information Systems & Technology
from Claremont Graduate University
- M.S. in Homeland Security from San Diego State University
- B.A. in Business Economics from University of California Los Angeles
(Minor in Accounting; Specialization in Computer Science)
- Disposable Social Media Profiles
- Fourth & Fifth Generation Warfare
- Security Sage's Guide: Hardening Network Infrastructure
- Hacking Exposed: Fourth Edition
- SPECIAL OPS: Host and Network Security
- NYT: Data Breaches Keep Happening. So Why Don’t You Do Something?
- NYT: Google Plus Will Be Shut Down After User Information Was Exposed
- WSJ: Trump Accuses Google of Suppressing Positive News About Presidency
- AP: Google denies Trump charge it rigs Trump News searches
- BI: Scam call causes Apple's logo to pop up on your iPhone lock screen
- Snopes: Are Mobiles Vulnerable to SIM Swaps Through Phone Calls?
- SFC: California agrees to pause net neutrality rules amid messy legal battle
- SFC: California's net neutrality rules face legal test
- U-T: Digital detecting: How FBI hackers catch criminals in cyberspace
- U-T: LunaDNA to issue shares to people who contribute genetic data
- Bloomberg: Popular Smart Home Devices Carry Cybersecurity Risks
- CNBC: How to avoid getting hacked on Cyber Monday
- SDSU: Four Questions on Safe Online Shopping this Holiday Season
- CSU: Cyber Monday: 5 Ways to Protect Your Credit
- MarketWatch: Hackers will impersonate your favorite brands this holiday season
- FOX 5 TV: Congress Grills Facebook CEO Zuckerberg (Live In-Studio)
- CBS 8 TV: FBI warns about potential ATM hacks
- FOX 5 TV: What the End of Net Neutrality Means
- NBC 7 TV: Trump's Google Search Bias Claims 'Highly Unlikely': Expert
- NBC 7 TV: Port of San Diego Hit with Ransomware; Hackers Demanded Payment in Bitcoin
- NBC 4 TV: Google Plus shutting down after user data leak
- MarketWatch: Pay for faster access to Facebook?
- Palm Beach Post: Lake Worth 'zombie alert' hacker used a city email to breach system
- KPBS: Scam Calls Predicted To Increase To Nearly Half Of All Cell Phone Calls In 2019
- KPCC: AirTalk: Trump accuses Google of rigging search results
- KOGO: Is it safe to shop on your mobile device?
- KOGO: Does Google suppress positive Trump news?
- KOGO: What Do Russian Hackers Have to Gain?
- KOGO: What is Shadow Banning?
- KOGO: Where's the DNC server?
- KOGO: Social Media's Role in Political Speech
- KOGO: Net Neutrality: changes coming?
- KOGO: Facebook's Privacy Obligation?
- KOGO: The Problem with Click Bait
- KOGO: Impact of repeal
- KOGO: Net Neutrality
- KOGO: Hurricane Cyber Fraud
- PC World: Enterprise Security Tips on a Budget
- PC World: How To Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi
- PC World: How To Set Up a Secure Web Tunnel
- PC World: How To Lock Down Your Wireless Network
Certifications & Accolades
Over a decade of cybersecurity attack and defense has allowed Andrés to accumulate several accolades. In addition to the previously mentioned CEH, CISA, PMP, and CISSP, he has earned distinctions in Architecture (ISSAP), Management (ISSMP), and Risk (CRISC) as well as the INFOSEC Professional designation jointly-issued by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). He is listed as a subject-matter expert for the Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center (IATAC), chartered by the Department of Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). Vendor-specific certifications include the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect and AWS Certified Developer, the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Certified Security Professional (CCSP), the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), a Novell NetWare Certified Network Engineer (CNE4, CNE5), and Checkpoint Certified Security Engineer (CCSE).