George Wrenn

CEO and Founder, CyberSaint Security

Measuring Cyber Best Practices in the Age of IoT

The age of digitization is upon us, and measuring compliance and risk is only getting more complex. Drawing from his time at MIT, Schneider Electric, and more, George Wrenn gives an exciting talk about the importance of not only implementing cybersecurity and data privacy best practices, but also measuring them. A technical expert and long-time student of Cyber Warefare frameworks, George will explain how to combat today’s threats with risk measurement, analysis, and how to implement frameworks such as NIST’s new IoT draft and more. Bringing compliance and risk together for the discussion, and touching on elements of the GDPR regulation, Smart Grid, Secure Cloud and others, George will not simply lay a background that paints today’s world as complex as ever, but will give listeners actionable insights to take back to their own organizations, as they look to the NIST CSF, RMF, and other methods to give them an accurate representation of risk in their rapidly evolving environments.


George Wrenn is a Research Affiliate in Management Science at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the founder & CEO of CyberSaint Security, and was formerly the Vice President of Cybersecurity (CSO) for Schneider Electric. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of cyber security.

Prior to the present role, George was as a senior managing consultant with IBM helping cross-industry Fortune 1000 customers reach compliance to NIST, FISMA, ISO/IEC, HIPAA, PCI, NERC/CIP, and other key regulatory frameworks, developing cyber security strategy, roadmaps, and global cyber security programs.

He is an expert in cloud security and has been awarded US patents in this area. Other roles in his career have spanned from Managed Security Services (MSS) to Security Product Development and Secure Cloud Computing. In addition to this experience, George has served as Director of Security for a fully regulated financial services company, where he managed regulatory compliance efforts and the internal security office, protecting over $99 trillion in stock market transactions yearly. He later led cyber security product management and business improvement projects at RSA Security and EMC Corp. He has frequented as a keynote and panel speaker at events such as NIST’s recent Risk Management Conference and others.

George is a graduate of Harvard University and has attended executive programs at Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School. As a Graduate Fellow at MIT for over a decade, he conducts research and advanced coursework at the MIT Media Lab, the Sloan School of Management, the School of Engineering, the School of Architecture and most recently the MIT Security Studies program working on Cyber Warfare frameworks. He is also an Affiliate and Researcher at MIT’s Executive Development program specializing in the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

George has had a NSA sponsored ISSEP credential, a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and CISSP for more than 12 years. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Lean Practitioner, and has Kaizen Facilitator certifications. George has experience working with the complex Cloud, Government, IT, ICS, audit and national regulatory frameworks. He was also a mission oriented Operations Officer and SAR/DR Pilot (Officer 1st Lt. USAF/Aux) where he served as 1st lieutenant, and has received a National Commander’s Commendation Award for outstanding duty performance with the Hanscom Composite Squadron (HCS-MA-043) based at Hanscom Air Force Base.

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