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Passionate About Inspiring Others

Derek has served as a founder, CEO, or advisor of early-stage companies for the last 20 years with a frequent focus on cyber security.

Most recently, he has founded The Cyber List, LLC with a mission to make cyber security decision making and vendor choices more accessible to non-technical business leaders.  Derek is also the founder and Chairman of the Control System Cyber Security Association International (CS2AI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local practitioner peer groups around the globe. He is currently a co-founder and board member of NexDefense, Inc., an Atlanta software company focused on the specific security needs of industrial control systems (ICS) asset owners.

Derek’s experience also includes co-founding the ICS Cyber Security business at the SANS Institute, serving as the founding GICSP Certification Steering committee chair and CEO and co-founder of LogiKeep, Inc. At LogiKeep, Inc., where he was the co-inventor of Intellishield™, a pioneer IT security product which was later acquired by Cisco Systems. Derek is a former U.S. Navy Officer with experience in combat information management, communications security, and intelligence.

Derek pulls from his decades of experience as an entrepreneur, business owner and in cyber security to share interesting and relevant stories with his audiences.

Derek lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Trisha and their two young sons. He enjoys spending his free time volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and teaching people to SCUBA dive.

Contact Derek at Speaking [at] DerekHarp.com

Certifications & Trainings
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (#400597)

  • SSI SCUBA Open Water Instructor (#444257)

Business Honors and Awards
  • 2016: North American Industrial CyberSecurity Monitoring Award for Software Entrepreneurial Company of the Year - NexDefense

  • 2016: TiE 50 (Silicon Valley) Award for Top Start-Up

  • 2015: ATP (Atlanta Technology Professionals) Award for StartUp Disruptor - NexDefense

  • 2015: Georgia Technology Summit - Award for Top 10 Innovative Companies in Georgia - NexDefense

  • 2013: Cybersecurity Innovations Difference Makers AwardThe SANS Institute

  • 2004: TopCAT (Top Contributors to the Advancement of Technology) Award for Outstanding Start-up of the Year - Logikeep

  • 2000: TopCAT (Top Contributors to the Advancement of Technology) Award for Outstanding Start-up of the Year - Logikeep

  • 2001: 40 Under 40 - Columbus Business First

Personal Achievements

  • Boy Scouts of America

    • Eagle Scout​

    • Cub Scout Den Leader Award (2017)

    • CubMaster (2018 - 2020)

    • Woodbadge Training (2018)

  • Board Member

    • Junior Achievement

    • Marburn Academy

    • Entrepreneur's Organization (EO)