Jason Brown Merit CISO

Jason Brown’s passion is cybersecurity and continuing education. Brown has been in the cybersecurity field for over a decade working in both public and private sectors and as an independent consultant. Working as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO), and Data Privacy Officer (DPO), Brown has strived in developing cybersecurity programs for organizations.

These cybersecurity initiatives have included the development of governance, risk, incident response, vulnerability management, network security and DevSecOps programs. Brown has also played key roles in automotive and product development security. In addition to cybersecurity, he has worked in a number of highly regulated organizations working with PCI DSS, FISMA, FedRAMP, CJIS, SOX, and IRS Publication 1075.

Brown is also a distinguished public speaker giving talks on regulatory and cybersecurity topics throughout the country. He has provided material on PCI, risk management, and development of cybersecurity programs. As an Enterprise Security Architect and Data Privacy Engineer with the state of Michigan, Brown worked with NIST and the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). This project helped Michigan’s Department of Community Health (DCH) detect and prevent fraudsters of the SNAP program.

Brown currently holds many industry leading certifications including ISC2’s CISSP, ISACA’s Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer, a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science degree from Ferris State University.