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Executive Profile: John Pescatore, SANS Emerging Security Trends Director

John Pescatore - SANS, Executive MosaicJohn Pescatore serves as director of emerging security trends at SANS, a cooperative research and development organization comprising of auditors and chief information security officers at organizations and universities worldwide.

The 35-year technology and security veteran joined the nonprofit organization in January after a 13-year tenure at Gartner as its lead security analyst, where he worked with global corporations, government agencies and large technology and service providers.

Prior to Gartner, he served as a senior consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems, where he started and managed security consulting groups that focused on firewalls, network security, encryption and public key infrastructures.

He also spent 11 years with GTE, where he was selected for the company’s Warner Technical Achievement Award in 1985 and worked to develop secure computing and telecommunications systems.

Pescatore started his career as a designer of secure voice systems for the National Security Agency and also built communications and surveillance systems for the Secret Service.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut and holds an NSA certification as a cryptologic engineer.

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