Cliff Neve

Managing Partner
MAD Security

Cliff Neve is a cybersecurity executive and retired Coast Guard Commander with 26 years of IT and Cybersecurity leadership in military and industry, including establishment of Security Operations Centers, supporting a Fortune 5 and multiple Fortune 200 companies, and consulting for maritime ports, shipping companies, the US Coast Guard, and the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. From 2010 – 2013 he served as Acting Deputy Commander at Coast Guard Cyber Command, establishing the organization, creating the blueprint for maritime cyber defense and providing input to Cyber Executive Order 13636 and Presidential Policy Directive-21. He frequently acted as the Principal for the Coast Guard on Cyber, providing regular briefings to the DHS Deputy Secretary and the Commander of US Cyber Command/Director of the National Security Agency.

Cliff has led hundreds of cybersecurity engagements since joining MAD Security 2013, including vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, and red teaming of wired and wireless networks, web and mobile applications, and operational technology systems such as CCTV systems, access control panels, machinery control and maintenance systems, and voting machines.  He has given multiple webinars on Coast Guard NVIC 01-20 and consulted on the Cybersecurity Framework and NIST 800-82 in addition to the Coast Guard’s cybersecurity job aid.

Cliff holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, an MS in Cyber/IT Leadership from National Defense University (NDU), and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the US Coast Guard Academy. His certifications include C|CISO, CISSP, CISA, and PMP, as well as master’s Certificates from National Defense University in Global Strategic Leadership and Chief Information Officer. He is a graduate of US Cyber Command’s Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course, and holds numerous technical certifications including from RSA, Fortinet, Cisco and McAfee. In addition to speaking at RSA, has presented for AFCEA, Area Maritime Security Committees, for Port and Waterways conferences, and with BrightTalks.


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