Ivan Gil, Information Security Officer, CISSP, CEH, GIAC
Ivan Gil is a founding member of the board of directors of the local (ISC)2 Richmond Metro Chapter. As the founding treasurer, Ivan helped establish the chapter and managed the finances during the first two years. He also took on the responsibilities of acting president in the third year for the founding president. As the current President, Ivan along with rest of the board members has helped guide the chapter throughout the years, culminating in the chapter achieving a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization designation from the IRS. During the past two years, Ivan has served as the president of the chapter and has provided continuity on the board.
In addition to his role in the (ISC)2 chapter, Ivan serves as the Sr. Information Security Consultant for ePlus Technology, Inc. I help our clients defend against Cyber Threats. He is responsible for advising new and existing clients on Information Security and Regulatory Compliance. He acts as a Virtual Information Security Officer for multiple clients; assisting them with their Information Security programs. His team is responsible for performing risk assessments and gap analysis, conducting vulnerability scans (internal/external), penetration testing, audit preparation assistance, and security organization review.
Ivan is married to the love of his life and has two of the most incredible children, a 29 year old son who's free spirit he envies and an 18 year old daughter who is a fierce warrior. Ask him about his kids and he' will tell you all about them. Ivan served is the US Army for 13 years as an Avionics technician.
Ivan is currently working on finishing his Bachelor's degree from University of Maryland Global (6 credits to go!) He hold an Associate's degree from Miami-Dade Community College in Computer Information Systems. Ivan holds numerous certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). In his spare time, he has volunteered for the last 7 years as a technical mentor with the Air Force Associations CyberPatriot Program where he helps develop the next generation of cyber security professionals. Ivan is also on the IT advisory committees for John Tyler Community College's Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA); and Chesterfield County Public Schools Career and Technical Centers “Cisco Networking Academy” and VCU Industrial Advisory Board.
Christopher Schurman, CISSP, GWAPT, CEH, ITILv3
Chris Schurman is a founding member of the board of directors for the local (ISC)2 Richmond Metro Chapter. In his role as founding secretary, Chris helped establish the chapter and as Vice President has provided continuity on the board.
In addition to his role with the local (ISC)2 chapter, Chris is a devoted husband and proud father of three incredible children. In his spare time, he has volunteered for the last 5 years as a technical mentor with the Air Force Associations CyberPatriot Program where he helps develop the next generation of cyber security professionals. Chris is also on the IT advisory committees for ECPI; John Tyler Community College's Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA); and Chesterfield County Public Schools Career and Technical Centers “Cisco Networking Academy”.
Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Strayer University and an Associate’s degree from ECPI Technical College. He also holds more than 10 industry recognized certifications. Among the most recent are the SANS GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Last, but certainly not least, Chris is a veteran of the US Navy where he spent 4 years on active duty and developed his interest in Information Technology.
James A. Walters, Treasurer 2020
James Walters is a technologist with over 20 years’ experience. James is currently the Information Systems Security Engineer and Security Architect for Chesterfield County IT. Previous to this role James worked at Northrop Grumman Corporation as an Enterprise Services Operation Manager supporting managed IT services for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency and the Virginia executive branch agencies.
James is well-versed in cybersecurity, networking, systems administration and field services operations. He has held increasingly higher information technology roles in support of commercial, state and local government customers.
James' experience includes certifications and training from vendors such as; Cisco, CompTIA, DRII, Dell, EMC, EXIN, HDI, HP, ITIL, ISACA, ISC2, Microsoft and VMware. James completed information security management training from the University of California, Irvine in 2012.
James has been involved with CompTIA as a subject matter expert since 2016 for both the CompTIA Security+ and CyberSecurity Analyst+ exams. James maintains the A+, Network+, Server+, Security+ and Project+ CompTIA certifications.
James spends his time outside of work training and studying the latest technologies and occasionally visits Disney World.
Tyson A. Martin, Membership-Chair 2020
Tyson A. Martin is the creator of technology & cyber security strategies that enable key business objectives and permeate organizational culture at all levels. Tyson strongly believes that by forging strong partnerships, inside of an organization and outside of an organization, a key kinetic energy is built that reduces risk, makes an organization more resilient, and promotes innovation which increases the probability of success.
David Leonard, Secretary 2020
Born in Richmond Virginia David lived in several cities around the United States before eventually returning to be closer with family. His love of knowing how things work led him originally to study economics and obtain a Bachelor of Science from George Mason University. His knack for computers caused him to switch gears, returning to school to pursue a Bachelor of Science in computer science, graduating with the highest honors from ECPI.
Right after graduation he worked as an Incident Responder for General Electric responsible for start to finish analysis of security incidents generated by some 400,000 users and one million endpoints across the globe. He currently works at another Fortune 500 company and has also worked as lead SOC analyst at a bank, an analyst for an MSSP, and product developer for a DC-based startup. As well as several other industry certifications, David is an Associate of (ISC)2 eligible to become a full CISSP in 2021. He lives in Richmond with his bearded dragon, Zelda.