About Andrew Hay

Andrew Hay is an information security industry veteran with close to 20 years of experience as a security practitioner, industry analyst, and executive. As the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at DataGravity, Inc., he advocates for the company’s total information security needs and is responsible for the development and delivery of the company’s comprehensive information security strategy.

Andrew has served in various roles and responsibilities at a number of companies including OpenDNS (now a Cisco company), CloudPassage, Inc., 451 Research, the University of Lethbridge, Capital G Bank Ltd. (now Clarien Bank Bermuda), Q1 Labs (now IBM), Nokia (now Check Point), Nortel Networks, Magma Communications (now Primus Canada), and Taima Corp (now Convergys).

Andrew is frequently approached to provide expert commentary on security-industry developments, and has been featured in such publications as Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired, USA Today, International Business Times, Sacramento Bee, Delhi Daily News, Austin Business Journal, Ars Technica, RT, VentureBeat, LeMondeInformatique, eWeek, TechRepublic, Infosecurity Magazine, The Data Center Journal, TechTarget, Network World, Computerworld, PCWorld, and CSO Magazine.

Andrew Hay, Now With 100% More CISSP

checkIf you couldn’t guess by the title of this blog post, I have indeed passed by CISSP certification exam (phew). I always reserve my judgement on the usefulness of particular certifications until I actually sit down and attempt them (unlike some people in the industry — you know who you are). Was it worth it? I believe it was. Due to the scope of the exam I forced myself to learn aspects of security that I had neither the reason, nor the desire, to understand. I feel that I have grown as a security professional because of my studies and hope that I can help others with the things that I have learned.

I’d like to give a shout out those people (you know who you are) who either helped me or reassured me that I would succeed. Thanks everyone!

Andrew Hay