Network and IT Security Specialist Mike Foster
Cybersecurity Expert | Keynote Speaker | Trainer | Author
Mike’s mission is to help businesses keep their networks safe. Mike has delivered more than 1,500 presentations and training sessions in all 50 United States plus Canada, Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Mike is widely recognized for his broad range of high-level technological expertise. His company, The Foster Institute, assists clients in saving money with IT, being in alignment with Best Practices and handling all IT Security issues. All those are areas for business survival – including IT Security.
He has consulted at hundreds of companies in North America regarding IT best practices for increasing productivity, profits, and protection. He performs cybersecurity audits and coaches IT teams in a friendly manner to establish a baseline of the IT infrastructure’s condition and go after root causes in the most economical manner. Mike helps CEOs, owners, and executives understand and trust their IT in-house and outsourced professionals.
A member of the National Speakers Association, Mike is considered one of the best technical speakers in the world. He is a recipient of the Vistage Speaker Impact Award.
Professional Credentials Earned:
- CEO of The Foster Institute Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
- Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Cisco Certified Network Associate
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
- Microsoft Certified Trainer
- PCI QSA Qualified Security Assessor
As an Author
He is the author of The Secure CEO: How to Protect Your Computer Systems, Your Company, and Your Job. It is the definitive IT handbook for CEOs and key executives.
In the book, Mike combines his considerable Internet technology experience with his innate understanding of the latest business and security technologies. And best of all, it’s written in easy-to-follow “plain English” that readers can understand, regardless of their technological background.
Mike has written several articles on Cybersecurity and best practices for Vistage. He has been interviewed by USA Today, Forbes, and The New York Times, as well as many other publications.
Mike always took the time to explain (in non-technical terms) what we needed to improve and why we needed to change things. This helped define our challenges and fine tune our solutions—with incredible results. I had a good understanding of what Mike was coming in to do for us, and so did he. We were on the same page from day one. Even now I am still in discussion with him and learning from him. Thanks Mike!
It was a wonderful experience listening to Mike. His presentation was great, and I learned so much in that brief period of time. I know now that what we are currently doing as far as security is probably not enough, but thanks to Mike, our eyes are open and we know the steps we need to take.
Some professional speakers can seem cold or aloof, but I was delighted to find Mike approachable, interesting, and easy to listen to. I found his information to be on the money and truly viable. After hearing Mike speak and benefiting from his insight, I know what I need to do (starting with an audit of our IT professionals soon!).
Mike is extremely knowledgeable on many security-related topics, which makes his speaking engagements informative and enjoyable. Just hearing his program really increased my own awareness of what’s going on today in our industry.
Mike’s positive attitude and interactive style really helped make everything much easier to follow. He offered a lot of specific to do’s for when I got back to the office; I understand the need for developing a more comprehensive IT strategy.
Wow! I was amazed by the amount of custom information included in the program. Its timing was perfect, and Mike’s knowledge was excellent. I definitely increased my understanding of the Internet and the growing number of security issues IT must continue to tackle.
Mike speaks our language and doesn’t get caught up in jargon or theory… he offers straight, real-world solutions I can go back and start using right away. He’s a great speaker, knows his stuff and is well worth the price.