Chief Information Security Officer, vArmour
Laz works with Fortune 500 companies and emerging technology companies in building IT security, IT risk, and compliance solutions.
Laz is the former CISO and the visionary behind the Information Security and Compliance team for the Sears Online Business Unit. In that role, Laz drove efforts in creating an Information Security and Fraud big data platform to combat cyber criminal activities and protecting the international business unit. His work in the areas of quantifying loss exposure in dollars by implementing big data systems for Information Security and Fraud analytics have been widely praised by industry analysts at Gartner.
Prior to joining the Online retailer, Laz was the CISO for Silver Tail Systems where he built the Information Security and Compliance program from the ground up. Laz was hired post Series B venture-funding from Andreessen-Horowitz to promote the growth of marquee accounts in key verticals – Financial Services, Government, and eCommerce.
Laz is the inventor of several patents for controlling personally identifiable information, Information Security, and quantifying security risks. His involvement with security initiatives includes contributions for standards, policies, and frameworks regarding Information Security methodologies, Web application security, and IT risk.
While enlisted in United States Air Force (USAF), Laz was decorated twice, including two USAF Achievement Awards for using his expertise in the area of operational efficiencies, information technology, computer security, and leadership qualities at two highly visible USAF bases.
Laz is a Teaching Fellow at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, holds a Master’s in Computer Information Security (MCIS) from the University of Denver, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University, and has earned several security and compliance certifications.