Renowned SOC Expert, Gary McIntyre, Joins Focal Point

January 8, 2020

Tampa, Fla. – Focal Point Data Risk, LLC (“Focal Point”), a leading cybersecurity services provider, today announced the addition of Gary McIntyre as a Managing Director of Cyber Defense services. McIntyre joins Focal Point from Cisco Systems, where he served as a senior technical leader focused on the design and development of Security Operations Centers (SOC).

McIntrye has led the end-to-end design, development, and maturation of SOCs at some of the world’s largest companies, including those in the financial services, healthcare, retail, and energy sectors. He brings 20 years of hands-on experience with enterprise information security, and has a keen understanding of the people, process, and technology elements in play at the industry’s most advanced security operations centers.

“Gary is one of the leading voices in the industry on building elite security operations centers. With SOCs playing an increasingly critical role in enterprise security, Gary is poised to be a high-impact, valuable asset for our clients,” said Focal Point CEO Brian Marlier. “He’s an important strategic addition to our cyber services group, and we’re excited to have him on the team.”

At Focal Point, McIntyre’s SOC expertise will be paired with the company’s existing cybersecurity workforce development methodology, providing a first-to-market solution for assessing and improving all elements of the security operations center. He will also help lead the Cyber Defense practice at Focal Point, working with clients to enhance their security operations maturity, asset control, and security analytics capabilities.

The hire comes at a key inflection point for the industry. A torrent of new research, including from analysts like Gartner, signal the growing necessity for the rapid maturation of enterprise SOCs. In fact, analysts predict that by 2022, 50% of all SOCs will mature to include integrated incident response, threat intelligence, and threat hunting capabilities, up from less than 10% in 2015.

“Focal Point is on a high-growth trajectory for the right reason: they understand that achieving the right balance of investment in people, process, and technology is fundamental to strong cybersecurity operations,” McIntyre said. “I’m very excited to join the team, and I look forward to building on these strong foundations to bring new, game-changing solutions to our clients.”

About Gary McIntyre

Gary McIntyre is a Managing Director of Cyber Defense services at Focal Point, where he is focused on developing new SOC and asset control capabilities. As a former cybersecurity leader with Cisco and IBM, Gary has served as a trusted partner to a wide range of public and private sector organizations around the world. In addition to consulting, he is an experienced cybersecurity instructor, developing and instructing courses on security architecture and operations security. He is a frequent and in-demand speaker on a variety of technical security topics, and is the co-author of Security Operations Center: Building, Operating, and Maintaining your SOC.


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