Dr. Branden R. Williams has twenty years of experience in business, technology, and information security as a consultant, leader, and an executive. Dr. Williams co-founded two technology services companies early in his career, the second with an incubator investor based in Dallas. His specialty is navigating complex landscapes—be it compliance, security, technology, or business—and finding innovative solutions that propel companies forward while reducing risk. He complements his consulting experience with practitioner experiences operating complex technology and cybersecurity tools. 

Dr. Williams holds both the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications. He holds three business degrees (BBA, MBA, DBA), and his doctoral research was on the effects of digitization, and how that impacts retail companies. His current research includes consumer attitudes toward breaches and how that impacts their behavior.

He’s held several executive roles and served on both the PCICo and EMVCo boards. He is an author of five books on PCI Compliance, and his blog and other publications can be found at his website (brandenwilliams.com).

Teaching: CYBS 7350 Operational Cybersecurity Mgt

Director (SVP), Cyber Security, MUFG Union Bank