Stephen D. Dake, CISSP, CISM

Director of Information Security

Madison, WI

Open to Relocate: NC, SC, GA, FL


Seeking Director-level, strategic leadership role over information security

Providing 20-years of experience in IT and Information Security

Accomplished at aligning security teams to business objectives, turnaround, enablers

Maximized technology spend, consolidate tools, save money and improve security processes

Champion of outsourcing, cloud migrations, and vendor management

Focusing on people and process over technology

Creative, experimentally minded, outside-the-box thinker, innovative and results driven


Information Systems of Maryland October 2017 – Present

Virtual Chief Information Security Officer, vCISO

Security leadership services: strategy, program management, risk assessments

I provide interim security leadership on a contracted basis

SDCyber Security Consulting January 2017 - Present

Director of Information Security

Providing security consultation for start-ups

Information protection strategies for defense startup

American Family Insurance HQ June 2015 – August 2017

Senior Manager, Cyber Security Engineering and Architecture

Directed staff of 27 employees, budget >$10M, >50 Strategic security projects

Reduced security outages with successful implementation of major upgrades and replacements of legacy technology

Restructured security teams, developed staff, department turnaround

Security program oversight, managing change, building relationships,

QBE, North America May 2013 – June 2015

Vice President, Information Security, North America

Successfully led remote teams over security operations, engineering, and risk.

Significant member of global security leadership

Accomplished at leading change toward company vision, mission, and goals

Accountable for North American security program

Wisconsin Education Association Trust (WEA) April 2007 – May 2013

Director of Information Security

Grew coalitions between security, legal, HR, and compliance

Delivered new security program for CIO

Optimized risk and vulnerability management

Provided log-management, risk assessments, pen-testing, policy, oversight, and leadership

HIPAA Security Officer, CISO


University of Phoenix, Coursework toward BA

University of Wisconsin, Coursework, Business Administration

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Multiple Certifications and Coursework


United States Army National Guard 2004 – 2012

E4, Specialist, 11B

Processed for Top Secret Clearance while transitioning to 96B Intelligence (2012)

Early responder to Hurricane Katrina (2005), Squad leader