Director, Threat Informed Defense
Mike Kearn leads the Threat Informed Defense team within U.S.
Bank Information Security Services (ISS). This team aligns Cyber
Threat Intelligence, Red Team operations, the MITRE ATT&CK
Center of Excellence and Cyber Security Threat Modeling
capabilities to deliver enhanced visibility to vulnerabilities,
exploitations, potential exposure and residual risk to the bank.
This team feeds directly into the security technology decisioning
and priorities across ISS. In addition the collective contributions support Vulnerability
Management, Security Architecture and Engineering, Application and Data Security, and
Security Risk and Technology Consulting teams. Prior to this role, Mr Kearn lead the Security
Risk & Technology Consulting team within ISS and transitioned into his current role in February
2020. Prior to rejoining US Bank early in 2012, Mr. Kearn held several positions with Wells Fargo
& Company, including roles as an IT Auditor, Application Developer, Application Architect and
VP of Information Security (ISO). an information security subject matter experts. Mr. Kearn also manages the relationship between CIO organizations and ISS. Mr. Kearn brings more than 20 years of varied experience in Information Technology to his current role. Prior to joining US Bank early in 2012, Mr. Kearn held several positions with Wells Fargo & Company, including roles as an IT Auditor, Application Developer, Application Architect and VP of Information Security (ISO).
Mr. Kearn graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN with a bachelor’s degree in
International Economics. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and
holds the Information Assessment Methodology (IAM) certification issued by the United States
Department of Defense National Security Agency (NSA).
Mr. Kearn has been a featured speaker at events such as CSO Magazine events, Cyber Security
World, SecureWorld and the Minneapolis CISO Executive Summit. He is also an advisor to the
Minneapolis CISO Executive Summit, the MN Cyber Security Summit, SecureWorld Twin Cities
and a former 10-year member of the RSA Security Conference US Program Committee. Finally,
Mr. Kearn has been a featured presenter to government agencies, including law enforcement
and military personnel, on various information security topics.
Mr. Kearn is an active partner in the community. He is a member of the Minnesota InfraGard
Alliance. Mr. Kearn is a graduate of the FBI Citizens’ Academy and also a graduate of the
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Law Enforcement Academy.