Michael Goetzman

Information Technology & Security Leader


I'm a Wisconsin-based vCISO consultant. I work remotely in cybersecurity. I'm often asked:

What is a vCISO?

The virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) is a security executive consultant responsible for an organization's information security strategy, security operations and compliance, and the overall data security (and maybe privacy) of the company. The vCISO offers their time and insight to an organization on an ongoing 'per hour' basis, usually part-time and the work completed remotely with minor onsite visits. The vCISO generally works with and establishes a trust relationship with the small / medium business's founder and other key stakeholders to provide assurances that the company's assets are safe. 

They're usually engaged to design the organization's security strategy, and some may manage the implementation. Beyond Policies and Procedures. vCISO's focus on topics such as Security Operations, Cyber Risk, Incident Commander, Data loss and Fraud Prevention, Security Architecture, Identity and Access Management. The real answer is anything thrown at the vCISO. :)

Need a vCISO leader? ;) Contact me!

Michael Goetzman Biography

I fight for social good. Beyond a vCISO / professional IT Security leader, I'm consistently studying esoteric technological emerging trends such as trust, privacy, cyber-defense countermeasures, and overly paranoid subjects. Some of these subjects are challenges related to artificial intelligence, facial recognition, bio-hacking, hardware hacking, internet of things, smart cities, along with old school styles of phreaking and physical security. When possible, I volunteer for other cause and attend & speak at many conferences. I post on this website to help share with the community with the hope it helps advance ideas and approaches.

I also dive into Environmental issues. As reflected by my upbringing of family environmentalists, we have a long advocated for the protection of our world. We urge for passionate defenses regarding Wisconsin's environmental policies. Our hands-on work consists of reintroduction of Wisconsin native species, monitoring the health of freshwater habitats, and preserving our wilderness of nocturnal species. We lead initiatives through tech innovation and the pioneering of scientific data applications.

In my humble opinion, Humanity is facing the greatest challenges, although fascinating, time in history. The era depicts some the fastest progression stories led by incredible men, women, and powerful civilizations the world has ever seen. As a youngster, I had an early impulse to discover how our world ticks. I dreamed of seeking out places perhaps nobody has set foot on for 500 years, or perhaps.. EVER. As an adult this need for discovery still exists. I actively seek out adventures. The more interesting, unique, and abnormal these experiences are, the more I’m satisfied. Travel and social justice is my thing, this seems to be the best solution of existence, both near and far.

I hope you enjoy your time on my slice of the web. Learn more about my projects, my ideas, and passions. Please reach out, let's discuss some of these fascinating topics! =)

~Michael Goetzman
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