The Team

BorderHawk Leadership

Steve Akridge, President

Following a twenty-year career with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Security Group Command, Steve served as the State of Georgia’s first Chief Information Security Officer, and later as a Technical Director with the U.S. Defense Security Service. Steve has earned a solid reputation in facilitating complex information security program development, strategic security planning, designing information risk solutions, as well as conducting security audit and compliance engagements in a variety of environments. Some of these engagements include: state and local government entities in Florida, New York, Georgia, Nevada, Montana, Texas, and Alaska, as well as non-government organizations like Wells Fargo, CGI-AMS, and Coca-Cola Enterprises, just to name a few.

Steve is a graduate of John Marshall Law School, in Atlanta and holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree as well as a Master of Science in Management. Steve is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT).

Jeff Crabtree, Cybersecurity Consulting Services

Jeff is seasoned cybersecurity expert with unmatched Information Security and Technology Risk experience. Having decades of security experience within the Energy, Financial, State & Local Government, and Healthcare sectors he offers a unique perspective of information protection issues. He has delivered advice and services to the senior leadership of organizations subject to such key standards and regulations as NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), Payment Card Industry (PCI), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and best practices involving the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

As a NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Audit Specialist for the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) and a Cyber Security Engineer with the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Jeff has been involved in CIP based programs for many years. He has conducted numerous comprehensive CIP compliance audits throughout the U.S. and Canada. Accordingly, he has evaluated, assessed, and implemented compliance solutions against CIP Standards comprising the NERC Critical Infrastructure Program.

As the former Director of Information Security for a large university, Jeff was involved in the investigation and analysis of numerous cyber-crime cases. He is a former member of the Georgia State Cybercrime Task Force and trained as a Computer Forensic Specialist with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

On behalf of a large financial institution, Jeff has conducted hundreds of third-party provider Information Risk Assessments (ISO27001/FFIEC based) across the U.S. and Canada. He has provided technical advice and assistance with fraud investigations involving regulations such as the Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA), which included testing data integrity and access control protocols. Furthermore, he has conducted analysis on a variety of physical security controls for both Energy and Financial sector clients.

A former U.S. Marine, Jeff is a graduate of Ball State University’s Management Information Systems Program. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC) and NSA’s Information Risk Assessment Methodology (IAM). Additionally, he is a primary author of “A Managers Guide for Planning, Designing, Constructing, Moving, Staffing, and Equipping a Computer Forensic Facility” National Institute of Standards and Technology National Center for Forensic Science, Computer/Digital Forensics.

Jeff participates in numerous industry working groups such as the North American Bulk Electric Power Grid (e.g., Cyber Storm III, Industrial Control System Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) – International Group, etc). Most recently, he presented on the impact of CIP regulations at the Northwest Public Power Association’s annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

John Johnson, Technical Security Support Services

Throughout his twenty-four years in the U.S. Air Force, John held senior positions such as Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Laboratory Chief, Quality Assurance Program Manager, and Information System Security Officer (ISSO).

Following his military career, John was the Vice President and Information Technology Forensics Expert with Technical Security Consultants Incorporated, providing Technical Security Countermeasure services. Subsequently, John joined BorderHawk’s cybersecurity team, an exceptional group of pioneering information security professionals with decades of experience solving People, Process, and Technology security issues.

With over twenty years of strong electronics and computer security background, John’s diverse experiences have proved to be a significant asset for BorderHawk’s mission. He augments and enhances team effectiveness with his project management and process improvement knowledge. Currently, John manages the BorderHawk-Anchorage testing laboratory, which is dedicated to finding vulnerabilities involving Information Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain embedded devices.

John is a graduate of Lewis State University with a Master of Science in Information Security Management and a graduate of University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management. Additionally, he is a member of the Institute of Electronics Incorporated (IEEE), Espionage Research Institute International (ERII), and American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International.

John is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), an Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO), a United States Air Force Network Professional and a Workgroup Manager. He also holds a Department of Defense Information Technology Security Certification & Accreditation Process (DITSCAP), a Cellular Forensic and Data Recovery Certificate, and is a Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures (TSCM) course graduate with an Eavesdropping Countermeasures certification.

Elizabeth Barksdale, Information Management Analyst

Elizabeth comes to BorderHawk following active duty with the United States Navy. As a result of that service, she gained extensive Information Management training and experience in the naval aviation and legal communities. Prior to that, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and TECHSECO Incorporated employed Elizabeth in similar positions.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Central Missouri, an Associate of Science from Georgia Highlands College, and a Paralegal Certificate from Kennesaw State University.

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