Team

The Team

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

Rob Black, CISSP, is the Founder and Managing Principal of Fractional CISO.
He helps organizations reduce their cybersecurity risk as a Virtual CISO. Rob is the inventor of three security patents. He consults, speaks, and writes on IoT and security. He has held product security and corporate security leadership positions at PTC ThingWorx, Axeda and RSA Security. Rob 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, CISSP, is a vCISO Principal at Fractional CISO. As a Virtual CISO, he helps clients understand and manage their cybersecurity risk. RJ 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).

Samantha Rutledge, SSCP, is a Cybersecurity Analyst at Fractional CISO. Samantha’s work at Fractional CISO includes cybersecurity evaluation, 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).

Chinmayee Paunikar, SSCP, is a Cybersecurity Analyst at Fractional CISO. She 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.