Tony Sager

Panelist, Prepare

Tony is currently Senior VP & Chief Evangelist for the Center for Internet Security (CIS), leading a wide variety of strategic, partnership, and outreach activities. He led the work which later became known as the CIS Critical Security Controls – an independent, volunteer-developed, cyber defense best practices program which is used throughout the industry. Tony has led numerous other activities to develop, share, scale, and sustain effective defensive cyber practices for worldwide adoption. 

In addition to his duties at CIS, Tony is a volunteer in numerous cyber community service activities: inaugural member of the DHS/CISA Cyber Safety Review Board; Advisor to the Minnesota Cyber Security Summit; Advisory Boards for several local schools and colleges; formerly a member of the National Academy of Sciences Cyber Resilience Forum; and service on numerous national-level study groups and advisory panels.

Tony retired from the National Security Agency in 2012 after 34 years as a mathematician, computer scientist, and executive manager. As one of the Agency’s first Software Vulnerability Analysts, he helped create and led two premier NSA cyber defense organizations (the System and Network Attack Center, and the Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group). In 2001, he led the release of NSA security guidance to the public and expanded NSA’s role in the development of open standards for security. 

In 2023, Tony was inducted into the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame.