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Frederick Scholl, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant and Thought Leader , Cybersecurity Risk Management



Areas of Expertise: Education; Healthcare; Federal Government; Banking and Finance; Manufacturing; Legal.

Frederick Scholl, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant and Thought Leader

Cybersecurity Risk Management

Well experienced, cybersecurity risk manager, with over 40 years’ experience in transformational leadership within Fortune 100 firms, government agencies and startups.

Subject matter expert in cybersecurity frameworks processes and technology.  Able to span the gap between business risks and cybersecurity controls and utilize cybersecurity as a business enabler.

Team player and innovative systems thinker who can connect the dots to solve problems, while managing within existing budgets.  Effective in communicating risk through presentations and technical documentation, for management and board members.

Proficiencies include organization risk assessment; systems risk assessment; information systems risk assessment; compliance analysis and preparation; threat evaluation; root cause analysis of security incidents; information security governance; resilient systems design; protection of intellectual property; security standards and frameworks.

To meet with Fred, email thewondry@vanderbilt.edu.

 


Q. What excites you most about the Wond’ry?

A. -Contribute ideas to help new entrepreneurs solve problems
-Chance to connect entrepreneurs with business

Q. What do you feel are the most important skills you have to offer in your role as a mentor?

A. I did two tech startups, from garage to public company, so have broad business, technology and academic background.

Q. What has been your proudest moment in your career?

A. When a former employee in one of my start-ups called me 25 years later to invite me to his son’s wedding, in India.

Q. What has surprised you most about your job?

A. The rate of change in technology and the constant need to learn.

Q. If you could do everything over again, would you make the same career choices?

A. Yes, but I would have networked more before making career changes.

Q. In your opinion, what is the most important quality for success?

A. -Understanding that there’s no single magic formula. Several things are critical:
-Persistence. Be able to go to plan B
-Integrity. Make sure people who know you will trust you over time.
-Humility. Be able to effectively collaborate and listen to advice.

Q. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. An electrical engineer, which is what I became.