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.

Headshot of Lucas Shuck, Cybersecurity Analyst

Lucas Shuck is a Cybersecurity Analyst at Fractional CISO. He dedicates his time to ensuring clients’ requests are finished promptly and accurate security advice is given. While working as a 401k Analyst, he noticed a lack of security awareness training which he later helped implement. This led to him pursuing a cybersecurity education with SecureSet Academy. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Western Washington University.

Blane Erwin is the Marketing and Operations Manager at Fractional CISO. He 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.

Theresa Strang is a Client Specialist at Fractional CISO. Theresa helps to keep Fractional CISO running smoothly, managing the office, company scheduling, and facilitating the client onboarding process. Theresa has over a decade of experience working in the logistics, training, and consulting industries. In her free time, Theresa volunteers for various organizations and teaches Zumba.