Chris Nickerson


Chris, CEO of Lares, has spent the last 23 years of his career leading, inspiring, and sometimes irritating, the security industry. With Lares co-Founder Eric M. Smith, he created the unique methodology used at Lares to assess, implement, and manage information security realistically and effectively. Collaborating with a group of other InfoSec researchers, he founded the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), and is working with the Red Team Alliance Training Collective to create a certification for Red Team Testing.

He is one of the founders of the Security BSides conferences, and has been a speaker/trainer at more than fifty InfoSec conferences worldwide, including DEFCON, CyberWeek, and BlackHat. He’s a member and certification holder with ISACA, on the board of CREST, and holds CISSP, CISA, BS7799, and NSA IAM certifications.

Lares is Damovo’s cybersecurity division. Together they help companies secure electronic, physical, intellectual, and financial assets through a unique blend of assessment, testing, and coaching.

Damovo is an international ICT service provider supporting business customers across the world on their path to digitization. The portfolio includes solutions in the areas of Unified Communications & Collaboration, Enterprise Networks, Contact Centre, Cloud Services, Security and Global Managed Services.