We Exist to Expand Boundaries and Shrink Troubling Gaps

We’re founded on the realization that true cybersecurity relies on an ecosystem of matrixed organizations and the understanding that each organization is incentivized to only manage within its own boundaries.  

Between those boundaries, natural gaps exist in a variety of forms – disparities in knowledge, talent, standards, sector practices, infrastructure and scale. Each poses a common threat to the whole community.

Our Holistic Purpose:
Secure the Globe as an Enterprise

By joining together and taking a holistic view of these threats, we can reverse a trend of vulnerability by correcting inequities in talent that cannot be accomplished by any individual, group, organization or country. It must be done globally by the cybersecurity industry itself to be sustainable. Sound lofty? We hope so because we have a solid understanding of the challenges at hand. If we don’t approach this issue through a lens of reality, we will overlook gaps that could cripple our efforts.

Our Founding Story

First Annual 'Net Measure' Conference Launches May 6, 2021
On the heels of a global pandemic that saw rapid digital transformation and a 600-fold increase of cyber crime, the GCC kicks off an annual conference headlined by (Ret.) Gen. James Clapper, Fmr. United States Director of National Intelligence.
The GCC Plenary Board Transitions to Founding Board in Q1 2021
In early 2021 the Center formalized its board and transitioned to a public entity by re-engaging plenary members and adopting a membership charter and bylaws for official launch.
The GCC is Officially Established as a 501c(3) Entity
In late 2020 applications were filed and the Global Center for Cybersecurity at Cortex received approval as an official 501c(3) not-for-profit organization.
Plenary Board Meetings Convene to Outline GCC's Charter and Services
Throughout 2020 quarterly meetings were called to order among an informal board of plenary meetings to determine the vision, mission, values and structure of the GCC.
The Need for an Industry Center is Identified and the Idea for the GCC is Conceived Among CISO Leaders
At industry events, and between them, throughout 2019 CISO leads networked to St. Louis convened to discuss industry struggles like standards, training and diversity in talent.
Cortex Innovation Community Breaks Ground on Phase 2
Cortex and Wexford Science & Technology kick off Phase II which will see $186MM investment in 384,000 sq. ft of lab and office space paving the way for unprecedented technology and security collaboration between area startups, bioscience institutions and Fortune 500 companies.
Cortex Innovation Community Founded in St. Louis, MO
Washington University in St. Louis, BJC Healthcare, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and the Missouri Botanical Garden invest $29MM to establish CORTEX in St. Louis' post-industrial midtown area.

Organizing Board

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Josh Jaffe
VP Cyber Security & Business Unit Security Officer,
Dell Technologies
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Lamont Orange
Chief Information Security Officer,
Vice President
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Joseph Scherrer
Executive Director, Cybersecurity Program Director,
Washington University
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Sidney Plaza
Partner Practice Manager,
Amazon Web Services
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Arindam Kar
Partner, Antitrust Practice Specialist,
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
General Counsel
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Sam Fiorello
President & CEO,
Cortex Innovation Community
Founding Board Member
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Gary Harbison
Global Chief Information Security Officer,
Bayer AG
Founding Board Member
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Ryan Brown
Chief Strategy Officer,
New Honor Society (an FCB Company)
Founding Board Member
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Jake Laktas
University Program Director, Washington University, National Security Innovation Network
Board Member
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Luis Arzu
CISO of Farm Credit Financial Partners,
and Per Scholas Manager of Cyber Security
Board Member
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Francis Chmelir
Board Member

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