Taiye Lambo, First and Former CISO, City of Atlanta
Founder, CyberCops Europe, eFortresses, CloudeAssurance and HISP Institute (HISPI)
Taiye Lambo brings 27 years of experience in the area of Information Technology across 4 continents; including 20
years of experience assisting various organizations globally to build robust, comprehensive, effective and sustainable
information security programs through the integration of internationally accepted best practices, including ISO 27001,
ISO 27005, COBIT, COSO, ITIL and NIST.
Under the leadership of the CIO/Commissioner for Information Technology (appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed) who leads
the Department of Atlanta Information Management (AIM), as the first ever CISO for the City of Atlanta, I was
responsible for establishing and maintaining Atlanta’s Smart City (SmartATL) and IoT security strategy and enterprise
holistic information security vision, strategy and programs that ensure all city information and technology assets spread
across approximately 40 City departments and 10,000 users, are efficiently and effectively protected, through a world
class holistic information security management system based on proven internationally accepted best practices, standards
and frameworks such as ISO 27001, ISO 27002, PCI-DSS, NIST CSF etc.
He served as an Independent Consultant to the United Nations (UN), auditing the DR/BCP and ICT Governance and
Security Management Programs of various United Nations Missions in Haiti, Liberia, Kenya, Tanzania and Ivory Coast
by leveraging ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27002, BS 25999, ITIL and COBIT. Taiye also served as a Government Secure
Intranet (GSI) Consultant assisting UK Government Agencies in migrating to the central government secure network.
As a former Director of Information Security (Divisional CISO) Taiye was responsible for protecting 100 million
sensitive records for a leading provider of solutions to the Financial Services industry, including check and check related
products and accessories, direct marketing solutions, and contact center solutions. In the commercial sector, he has
delivered strategic security management training and consulting engagements to clients in various verticals including
Government, Telecommunications, Software, Consulting, Manufacturing, Media, Medical Device, Financial Services,
Retail, Energy, Legal, Travel and Healthcare sector.
In 2001, Taiye founded the UK Honeynet project (www.honeynet.org.uk) a research organization, dedicated to
investigating the latest hacker exploits and tools for improving Cyber Security. He founded the Holistic Information
Security Practitioner (HISP) Program (www.hispi.org) in 2005. The HISP Program is the first integrated training and
certification for Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) for ISO 2700x, COBIT, COSO and ITIL. Taiye
has instructed the HISP Program internationally in the USA, Canada, UK, Greece, Jamaica, Taiwan and South Africa.
Taiye has presented extensively on the topic of information security, cyber security and data protection at several events
to include the first Open Government Data Forum in Abu Dhabi, UAE organized by the United Nations and events
organized by NetDiligence, MISTI, ISSA, InfraGard, ISACA, CPM, SOFE, EDUCAUSE, HITRUST, SecureWorld,
GRC Summit, NAPM, ISM, Hacker Halted/Global CISO Forum, SC Congress, MS-ISAC, ICMCP, TAG, CIO/CISO
Atlanta Summit, AFRF, AEPI and Kuwait Info Security Conferences & Exhibition.
Taiye routinely serves on various industry working groups on behalf of the HISP Institute (HISPI), including serving on
the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Quality Assurance (QA) team for the development of the earlier revision of the Cloud
Controls Matrix (CCM) and participating in the NIST Cybersecurity Framework development workshops towards the
development of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Version 1.0 published February 2014 based on President Obama’s
Executive Order for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity signed in February 2013.
Taiye is also the creator of AlertApp! and BlackCloudRx Powered by CloudeAssurance’s 10-year proven rating system
algorithm (www.cloudeassurance.com). These innovative mobile apps provide assurance for cloud services by delivering
real time alerts to consumers, enterprise risk managers and insurance underwriters. These alerts contain pertinent
information related to the safety and security of cloud services including security ratings, security breaches and class
action lawsuits related to these cloud services.
Taiye’s current industry certifications include CISSP, CISA, CISM, HISP, ISO 27001 Auditor.
His LinkedIn Profile is at http://www.linkedin.com/in/taiyelambo