Daniel Kern

CSO, County of Monterey

Dan Kern is the Chief Security Officer for Monterey County, California, where he has worked for over 15 years. Kern has an extensive background as an Ethical Hacker, Intrusion Analyst and Incident Responder, and specializes in translating technology and communicating business risk at the C-level. Kern also specializes in studying offense in order to improve defense, and taking that understanding to create popular and entertaining live security awareness training that includes real-world hacking demonstrations. Kern has worked in the information technology field for over 25 years, has multiple SANS certifications and is extensively SANS trained, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications. Kern is also an avid fly fisherman and lover of the Eastern Sierra.