Our Team

Our team has a broad cybersecurity background which we bring to every client engagement.

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Rob Black, CISSP
Founder and CEO

Rob founded Fractional CISO in 2017 and has helped dozens of companies improve their security posture as a vCISO. He consults, speaks, and writes on IoT and security. Rob has held product security and corporate security leadership positions at PTC ThingWorx, Axeda and RSA Security. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in Computer Science and System Science and Engineering. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

RJ Russell, vCISO Principal

RJ Russell, CISSP
vCISO Principal

As a Virtual CISO, RJ helps clients understand and manage their cybersecurity risk. He has previously worked in financial services managing the security and infrastructure of State Street’s CRD investment management SaaS platform. He also has more than 20 years of experience supporting enterprise production environments across several industries. RJ received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University. He also is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Carlota Sage, CISSP
vCISO Principal

As a Virtual CISO, Carlota helps organizations build and implement cybersecurity programs. Carlota has a background in knowledge and program management, and has helped companies including Netflix, Facebook, and FireEye to build and refine their end-user help, service systems, and knowledge bases. Carlota has a masters degree in Information and Knowledge Strategy from Columbia University in New York City. She is also a board member and volunteer for the Diana Initiative, a yearly event that promotes diversity, inclusion, and equality in the cybersecurity industry.

Alan McDermott vCISO Principal

Alan McDermott, CISSP, CIPP/C, CISA
vCISO Principal

As a Virtual CISO, Alan provides strategic guidance to executive teams. He is a skilled communicator, capable of helping key stakeholders make the best security decisions for their organization. Alan has over a decade of experience serving as a CISO in a number of industries, including insurance, IT data, and fintech. Alan has an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and two undergraduate degrees in computer science and commerce. Alan is based in Toronto, Canada, and boasts CISSP, CIPP/C, and CISA among his many security certifications.

Chinmayee Paunikar, SSCP
Cybersecurity Operations Manager

Chinmayee helps companies develop and manage their cybersecurity programs. Chinmayee has assisted multiple companies achieve their SOC 2 certification goals. She also performs vulnerability assessments and quantitative risk assessments for organizations. Chinmayee is a Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Chinmayee received a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from University of Mumbai.

Brad Lauer

Brad Lauer
Business Operations Director

As the Business Operations Director, Brad is helping to improve Fractional CISO’s internal operations and to make the business more scalable. He is responsible for Fractional CISO’s finances, recruiting, and more. Brad has more than a decade of experience in growing small businesses. In his career, he has led technology, marketing, and operations teams to success. Brad has studied politics, government, and history at Regis University and Harvard University.

Blane Erwin
Marketing Manager

Blane leads Fractional CISO’s editorial efforts, helping the team share their cybersecurity knowledge on the blog and monthly newsletter, Tales from the Click. Blane has a background in digital marketing and broadcast journalism. Before joining the Fractional CISO team, he helped run the marketing for electric vehicle retailer Current Automotive, and was a television news reporter for NCTV17. Blane has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from North Central College.

Samantha Rutledge, SSCP
Senior Cybersecurity Analyst

Samantha helps clients with cybersecurity evaluations, risk management, and policy and compliance initiatives. Samantha has a background in incident response, digital forensics and cybersecurity investigations. She has worked at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Global Security department and Centene Corporation’s Cybersecurity Incident Response Team (CSIRT). Samantha is a Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP). Samantha has a bachelor’s degree from Western Governor’s University in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance.
Sean Kelley Cybersecurity Analyst

Sean Kelley
Cybersecurity Analyst

As a cybersecurity analyst, Sean is focused on detecting and quantifying risk for clients. He has a strong background in software development, having worked as a quality assurance tester and a software engineer. Sean has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master’s in Computer Science at Brandeis University.


Jordan Morris
Administrative Assistant

As administrative assistant, Jordan helps manage the day-to-day operations at Fractional CISO. Jordan is a junior at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. She’s in a four-year dual bachelor’s/master’s program pursuing a degree in finance on the certified financial planning track. Jordan is also a long-term volunteer for the American Heart Association.

Lucy Cobb Operations Specialist

Lucy Cobb
Operations Specialist