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Welcome to Perspectives by Splunk

Meet some of the voices behind the latest in cybersecurity, IT and engineering insights and trends.

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Welcome to Perspectives by Splunk. We’re excited to introduce our new online publication, geared specifically toward executives in security, IT and engineering. You'll hear from some of Splunk's own executives and experts, as well as an array of diverse voices from across industries and organizations. Above all, we aim to deliver interesting, provocative and actionable insights by people who have done your job at some of the largest companies in the world. Hopefully these will inspire your strategic decision-making and keep you informed on how leaders like you are thinking about the most salient topics in cybersecurity and IT today.

Below are the bios of some of our contributing writers. We’ll update this page accordingly as we grow our network of Perspectives contributors.

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David Whitwell
Global Vice President, Chief Strategic Advisor (Americas)

Dave Whitwell has over 20 years’ experience working with enterprise analytics and applications across multiple industries. He is an accomplished leader who helped the likes of Cloudera,, Siebel and Oracle become mainstays in the enterprise applications market. David joined Splunk from AtScale, where he most recently spent three years as VP leading an organization that delivered big data analytics solutions for the largest companies in the world.

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Patrick Coughlin
Senior Vice President, Global Technical Sales

Patrick Coughlin was the co-founder and CEO of TruSTAR, a cyber intelligence management platform that was acquired by Splunk. Prior to TruSTAR, Patrick led cybersecurity and counterterrorism analyst teams for the US government and private sector clients in the US and EMEA.

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Jason Lee
Chief Information Security Officer

Jason Lee is responsible for all facets of security engineering, assurance, policy, compliance, awareness and physical security across Splunk.Prior to joining Splunk, Jason was the Chief Information Security Officer at Zoom, where he was accountable for all aspects of information security. Additionally, Jason was the Senior Vice President of Security Operations at Salesforce, where he led the delivery of critical end-to-end security operations to customers and employees.

Jason has been featured in numerous publications, interviews and panels including Security Magazine, CSO and The Economic Times, and presented at academic institutions including Stanford and Harvard.

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Paul Kurtz
Chief Cybersecurity Advisor

Paul Kurtz is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity and a co-founder of TruSTAR (acquired by Splunk). Paul began working on cybersecurity at the White House in the late 1990s. He served in senior positions relating to critical infrastructure and counterterrorism on the White House's National Security and Homeland Security Councils under Presidents Clinton and Bush. After leaving the government, Paul has held numerous private sector cybersecurity positions, including founding the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (Acquired by Tech America), Executive Director of SAFECode, Managing Partner of Good Harbor Consulting in Abu Dhabi, and CISO of CyberPoint International.

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LaLisha Hurt
Industry Advisor, Public Sector (Federal Government)

LaLisha Hurt is responsible for providing thought leadership, business strategy, executive advisory support and industry subject matter expertise to the federal government. Prior to Splunk, she served in various CISO roles at Capital One, GDIT and General Electric building. She holds a B.S. in systems engineering from University of Virginia, M.S. in information assurance from UMUC and an MBA from the University of Baltimore, with several ISACA industry certifications. She is a Carnegie Mellon University Adjunct Professor for the CISO Executive Program, STEM advocate and has a strong passion for building a diverse and inclusive workforce.

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Tina Carkhuff
Industry Advisor, Public Sector (State, Local and Higher Education)

Tina Carkhuff has over 25 years of experience in IT, working in healthcare, higher education, and government. Before joining Splunk, she was a Vice President leading Gartner’s Executive Programs.She has served as CIO for the City of Houston, in the US Army, and is a retired law enforcement officer. Tina is a doctoral candidate in organization and management at Liberty University in Virginia. Her dissertation topic is “How to use predictive analytics to influence first-generation students’ graduation rates.”

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Cory Minton
Field CTO (Americas)

Cory Minton joined Splunk in 2019 as a solution strategist focused on ITOps and was later promoted to director of the observability strategist team in the Americas. While at Splunk, Cory’s most visible work has been to activate Splunk’s unique value propositions in partnership with McLaren’s F1 and Esports Teams through the Data Drivers program. Before joining Splunk, Cory was a principal engineer and Field CTO at Dell, focused on emerging AI and Big Data technology research. Cory is also known as the “Big Data Beard” from the podcast he hosted and projects such as “The Road Trip to .conf19”. Cory lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife and two children, who share his crippling addiction to traveling the world.

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Kirsty Paine
Field CTO & Strategic Advisor (EMEA)

Kirsty Paine (she/her) provides technical thought leadership for strategic accounts. As an experienced technologist, strategist and security specialist, she thrives on understanding difficult problems and finding creative solutions. Kirsty's background in cyber security stems from her mathematical roots, built on by her time working for the UK National Cyber Security Centre, where she spent years specializing in security, privacy and internet technologies. This role required technical strategy, coupled with international engagement across industry. When not finding or fixing problems, Kirsty can usually be found in the gym or surrounded by sushi (making it, eating it, or both).

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Mark Woods
Chief Technical Advisor (EMEA)

Mark Woods is a passionate technologist who’s spent too much time owning a P&L to really call himself an engineer. Innovative technology (in all its various flavors) has been the common backbone for Mark’s career, from mission-critical delivery to innovation acceleration, global portfolio optimization to fundraising, and acquisition selection to ground-up organization building.

At Splunk, he helps executive teams and international policy makers understand the seismic effect that data-driven approaches can achieve and get the right blend of enabling technology, expertise, empowering guidance and practical governance to deliver beneficial change.

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Bri Morgan
Senior Manager, Industry Advisory

Bri is a well-respected healthcare industry strategic advisor specializing in clinical informatics. She brings 23+ years of industry experience guiding healthcare systems through the digitization era. Prior to joining Splunk, Bri gained industry knowledge and experience as a former clinician, clinical software engineer and EHR implementation specialist, and security operations center manager. She is dedicated to promoting the collection, analysis and synthesis of data in the clinical space. Bri holds a Bachelor of Science in IT with a concentration in healthcare management from Colorado State University and a master’s in healthcare administration from Louisiana State University, Shreveport.

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Audra Streetman
Security Strategist

Audra Streetman is a member of SURGe, Splunk's security research team. Before arriving at Splunk, Audra worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at local TV stations in Indiana, California, Kentucky and Colorado. As a journalist, she covered several major cybersecurity stories including SolarWinds and ransomware attacks targeting Colonial Pipeline, JBS and Kaseya. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and skiing in the Colorado Rockies.

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Johan Bjerke
Principal Security Strategist

Johan works for SURGe and is based in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a researcher and contributor to Splunk’s security Rapid Response events, is the lead developer for Splunk Security Essentials — the most popular app on Splunkbase — and is an active contributor to the global Splunk and security communities. Johan is also chairing the Splunk Security SME community group in EMEA.

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Shaun Cooney
Field CTO & Strategic Advisor (EMEA)

Shaun Cooney is a business technologist who’s spent much of his career in intelligence, defense and telecommunications, with experience in cybersecurity, resilience, data and product development leadership roles. Most recently, he held a senior leadership role as head of engineering for the UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), leading the development of digital services and guidance across the UK Government and beyond. At Splunk, he currently spends most of his time helping organizations think more strategically about their use of data and technology as they go through transformation and large change programs.

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Mick Baccio
Security strategist

Mick fell in love with the idea of cyberspace around nine years old after reading Neuromancer. Before joining Splunk, he was the Chief Information Security Officer at Pete for America, holding the honor of being the first CISO in the history of presidential campaigns, and was also the White House Threat Intelligence Branch Chief in both the Obama and Trump administrations. When not posting pictures of food, cats or Air Jordans to social media, Mick is a Goon at DefCon, and teaches lockpicking.

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Matt Swann
Strategic advisor

Matt Swann is a board member, investor/advisor for McKinsey and several early stage startups, and the former CTO and digital technology leader of highly disruptive companies like Amazon, Booking and StubHub. He has 25 years of experience driving transformation and change, and has been the CTO and digital technology leader to some of the leading disruptive companies. Most recently, Matt served as the Chief Technology Officer at NuBank, driving innovation, growth, and strategy across product and platform development. Currently, he serves as a strategic advisor for Splunk.

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Nimish Doshi
Director, Technical Advisory, Financial Services

Nimish Doshi is a veteran Splunker directing the technical strategy for Splunk's advisory functions for the Financial Services Industry. Prior to that, Nimish worked in the channel for BEA Systems for FSI partners. He has experience as a software developer, software evangelist and solutions architect in his previous roles. Nimish holds a master's in computer science from USC and a B.A. in computer science and political science from Rutgers University.

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Christian Crisan
Managing Director Financial Services Advisory

Christian is the Managing Director, Financial Services Strategy and Advisory at Splunk. Christian’s organization focuses on delivering enterprise value plans and FSI vertical solutions to VP and C-level executives. Seasoned IT executive with more than 24 years’ experience in various IT functions including Global IT operations management, technology planning, solution implementation and strategic consulting. Christian has helped some of the largest global financial services companies to evaluate and adopt technology solutions and has extensive experience in retail banking, capital markets, investment banking and trading.

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Zack Schwartz
Chief Information and Technology Officer of Events DC

Zack Schwartz is currently leading the technology team for Events DC, which is the premier host of conventions, entertainment, sporting and cultural events in the nation’s capital. Venues include the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Nationals Park (Baseball), Entertainment & Sports Arena (Basketball), RFK and several other great locations. Mr. Schwartz was formerly a senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and acting CIO for her office. Prior to these roles, Mr. Schwartz served in various leadership roles at US Census Bureau, including as the lead for the 2020 Census Trust & Safety Team.

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