Ron is the Founder of Pondurance, having started the company in 2008. He has over nineteen years of practical experience and is recognized as an expert in the field of cyber security. Ron is a voting member as part of Indiana's Executive Committee on Cybersecurity, appointed by former Governor, and current Vice President, Mike Pence in 2016. A highly seasoned practitioner, speaker, and moderator, Ron has helped a number of companies achieve successful transformation in complex world of cybersecurity and enterprise risk management.
Ron served five years on active duty in the U.S. Army and four additional years as both a reservist and a member of Indiana’s Army National Guard. He attained the rank of captain before leaving service, and his roles included combat platoon leader, chief of operations and risk management, and Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) leader.
After leaving active duty service, Ron was hired as a risk assurance and advisory professional with the accounting firm EY, where he continued to build on his risk management experience in the areas of business continuity planning and information security. His time with EY provided him with exposure to a variety of industries and business risk topics and experience with organizations ranging from Fortune 500 to small, non-profit groups.
Ron is certified in multiple disciplines relating to information and asset protection including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).