Senior Vice President and Chief Evangelist
Tony Sager is Senior Vice President and Chief Evangelist for CIS. He leads the development of the CIS Controls, a worldwide consensus project to find and support technical best practices in cybersecurity. His "volunteer army" cuts across all segments of the industry to identify practices that will stop the vast majority of attacks seen today, and then leads projects that will validate, measure, scale, and share these practices for widespread adoption. He also serves as Director of the SANS Innovation Center, a subsidiary of the SANS Institute.
Mr. Sager retired from the National Security Agency in June 2012 after 34 years as an Information Assurance professional. He started his career in the Communications Security (COMSEC) Intern Program, and worked as a mathematical cryptographer and software vulnerability analyst. After moving into leadership positions, he helped found and then led the Systems and Network Attack Center, oversaw all Red and Blue Team projects, established and led security product evaluation teams, helped guide the agency's top talent development programs, served as the founding chief of the Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group (comprised of 700 of the NSA's top technical cybersecurity specialists serving the defensive mission), and was Chief Operating Officer for the Information Assurance Directorate. He also led the release of NSA security guidance to the public starting in 2001, and greatly expanded the NSA's role in the development of open standards for security.
Mr. Sager holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Western Maryland College, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a civilian graduate of the U.S. Army Signal Officer Basic Course and the National Security Leadership Course.