Ralph Spencer Poore has over 35 years of information security experience, including more than 20 years of applied cryptography. He has written extensively on information security and cryptography. His work is cited in academic papers, national standards, professional journals and books. In various capacities, he has designed and led teams of developers in cryptographic system projects, resulting in patents of systems based on cryptography. He has extensive experience in financial services industry and in the development of national and international standards. He is the Vice Chair of ANSI X9F1. He is an ISSA Distinguish Fellow and has received numerous awards for his professional work. He holds the PCIP, CFE, CISA, CISSP, and CHS-III certifications.