Meet|The Experts


Our principal goal is to provide our customers with the best guidance and consulting available.

By building upon our years of experience as hands-on Information Security practitioners, we offer our customers practical and actionable consulting and training methods.

KRvW Associates, LLC

Founded in 2003, we are a small, highly-specialized, consulting and training company. Our consultants have world class backgrounds in Information Security, having worked at many of the most respected organizations in the world, including Carnegie Mellon University, the United States House of Representatives, the United States Department of Defense, and Network Solutions.

Each of our team members has demonstrated an ability to lead and directly contribute to enterprise-level Information Security projects, from small one-off design efforts through some of the largest projects in the technology world.

Kenneth R. van Wyk

Principal Consultant and Founder

Ken has previously held executive and senior information security technologist roles at Tekmark's Technology Risk Management practice, Para-Protect Services, Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Ken was also the Operations Chief for the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency's DoD-wide incident response team, as well as a founding employee of the CERT® Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute.

For Ken's full resumé (in PDF format), click here.

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Ken is an internationally recognized information security expert and author of three popular books, including Enterprise Security: A Confluence of Disciplines (Pearson, 2014), Secure Coding: Principles and Practices (O’Reilly, 2003), and Incident Response (O’Reilly, 2001). He is also a monthly columnist for Computerworld. Among his numerous professional roles, Ken is a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is a course instructor and consultant to the CERT® Coordination Center. Ken is also on the faculty at IANS, the Institute for Applied Network Security.

Ken is also on the Board of Directors for the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), a non-profit professional organization supporting the incident response ommunity. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Lehigh University and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences, including S3, CSI, ISF, and others FIRST.

Richard F. Forno

Principal Consultant

Richard Forno is an internationally-recognized security professional whose career in information assurance centers around security program development and management, incident response operations, security awareness, and emerging trends analysis. His career highlights include helping build the first incident response and computer crimes investigation program for the United States House of Representatives and serving as the first Chief Security Officer at Network Solutions, where he designed and managed the global information assurance program for one of the Internet's most critical infrastructures (the InterNIC). In recent years, he has provided independent strategic consulting services to military and commercial clients on assorted critical infrastructure protection and information warfare projects. He also remains an active advisory board member at several innovative and successful technology companies.

For Rick's full resumé (in PDF format), click here.

In 2001, Richard developed (and delivered) American University's first modern course on information security and conducted monthly lectures on information warfare at the National Defense University in Washington, DC from 2001-2003. He is a founding member of the Academic Advisory Board for Northern Virginia Community College's Information Security Program and also participated in the 2000 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Information Security Education Research Project.

Both a technologist and student of national security studies, Richard is a frequent lecturer at assorted government, industry, and academic symposia. Along with several articles, he is the author of The Art of Information Warfare (1999), Incident Response: Planning & Management (2001), and the nonfiction Weapons of Mass Delusion: America's Real National Emergency (2003).

Richard holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the American University and Salve Regina University, and is also a graduate of Valley Forge Military College and the United States Naval War College.

His professional affiliations include the National Military Intelligence Association (Past President, Potomac Chapter) and the Regional Computer Forensics Group.


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Kenneth R. van Wyk
KRvW Associates, LLC