Chris Steffen

Chris brings over 20 years of industry experience to Enterprise Management Associates, focusing on IT management/leadership, cloud security, and regulatory compliance.

Chris has had a variety of roles as a professional, from Camping Director for the Boy Scouts to Press Secretary for the Colorado Speaker of the House. His technical career started in the financial services vertical as the systems administrator for a credit reporting company. As the company continued to grow, Chris built the Network Operations, Information Security, and Technical Compliance practices before leaving as the Principal Technical Architect. He was the Director of IT for a manufacturing company and the Chief Evangelist for several technical companies, focusing on cloud security.

Prior to joining EMA, Chris served as the CIO of a financial services company and supervised the technology-related functions of the enterprise, including the development and implementation of the company’s technical vision and management of the technical staff. He also guided the company through a NIST 800-53 evaluation and successfully obtained an Authority to Operate (ATO).

Chris holds several technical certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award five times for virtualization and cloud and data center management (CDM).

B.A., Political Science (Summa Cum Laude), Metropolitan State College of Denver


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F5 / AWS Integration Podcast...

By Chris Steffen on Oct 20, 2020 9:35:31 AM

I had the opportunity to participate in a podcast with the team at F5. Christine Puccio – VP of Global Cloud Alliances and Heath Parrott – Senior Global Solutions Architect for Cloud discussed their latest announcement: the integration between F5 Essential App Protect, a web application firewall (WAF) SaaS solution and Amazon CloudFront, a content delivery network (CDN) solution from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Topics: AWS F5 CDN WAF
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F5 WAF / AWS CloudFront Integration...

By Chris Steffen on Oct 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a podcast with the team at F5. Christine Puccio – VP of Global Cloud Alliances and Heath Parrott – Senior Global Solutions Architect for Cloud discussed their latest announcement: the integration between F5 Essential App Protect, a web application firewall (WAF) SaaS solution and Amazon CloudFront, a content delivery network (CDN) solution from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Before discussing the announcement specifically, I thought it would be best to provide a bit of insight into these complementary technologies.

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Star Wars Day – How Security Failures Led to the Empire’s Downfall

By Chris Steffen on May 4, 2020 12:15:00 AM

To celebrate Star Wars Day, I thought I would share a few ways in which the Empire did not adhere to information security best practices, and that enabled the Rebels to win.

To be clear: I do not support the Empire, the Sith Lords, or any other types of scum and villainy. Nor am I trying to portray the Rebel Alliance as a weird, Force-wielding, Galactic hacker consortium or something. But had the Empire not been so lax in their security controls, Emperor Palpatine and his buddies might have been able to bring their “order and peace” to the galaxy.

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Prioritizing Security When Selecting A Video Conferencing Solution...

By Chris Steffen on Apr 10, 2020 9:08:08 AM

Before the recent COVID -19 pandemic, most companies looked at unified communications and collaborations (UC&C) solutions as important technology often used by sales and marketing teams as part of their process, but not necessarily a critical part of the business infrastructure. With work from home (WFH) becoming the mandated norm, businesses have come to look at UC&C solutions as mission-critical tools, allowing managers and leaders to communicate with their employees and employees to conduct some semblance of normal business.

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FBI Warns of Coronavirus Scams

By Chris Steffen on Mar 23, 2020 11:08:03 AM

On Friday, the FBI released an alert warning of increased scams related to the Coronavirus outbreak. From the FBI announcement:

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Righting a Wrong: IBM is a Leader in the Cloud...

By Chris Steffen on Mar 13, 2020 11:38:19 AM

A article was recently released by Bloomberg news discussing the market share of various cloud providers, and their methods and rankings need  to be re-examined.

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Security Awareness - Tax Scams 2020

By Chris Steffen on Mar 10, 2020 3:00:02 PM

Few people like the process of completing their taxes every year. But no one wants to be scammed out of the monies owed to them by the government. Be especially careful about those that contact you regarding your taxes, and confirm the sources of those emails and calls whenever possible.

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