Tom Brennan (businessman)

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Tom Brennan
Born New Jersey
Nationality American
Occupation Technology expert
Known for CEO (ProactiveRISK)

Tom Brennan is a US-based technology expert and the CEO of ProactiveRISK; an international security service provider that assesses companies' security vulnerabilities.[1][2][3][4][5]

Brennan is known for creating a Mozilla Firefox extension that checks if the websites are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. This extension uses the web services developed by Filippo Valsorda to check the URL people visit online.[6][7][8]

Professional career

Brennan is the founder of ProactiveRISK[9][10][11] and a veteran of the United States Marines Corps. He is a long time volunteer to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and currently serves as the Global Vice Chairman.[12]

Brennan contributes to other not-for-profit technical committees including as an active member of the (ISC)² Application Security Advisory Council (ASAC), the International Legal and Technology Association (ILTA) LegalSEC committee and the Council of Cyber Security, R&C committee.[13]

Brennan founded the OWASP New Jersey Chapter after serving on the Board of Directors for the FBI Infragard program.[14] The NJ OWASP Chapter later merged with the New York City Chapter in 2006 creating OWASP NYC Metro Chapter.[14] Brennan was appointed to the Global Board of Directors in 2007 by his peers and was re-elected by the membership for another term.[no citations needed here]

Brennan is a contributor and champion to many OWASP projects.[14] During his leadership of OWASP Foundation, he led many global and local initiatives for OWASP.[14] He holds industry certifications including the (ISC)²® CBK / CISSP.[15]

Brennan was one of the Speakers at the 18th New York State Cyber Security Conference and 10th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance held on June 2–3, 2015.[16] He was also one of the speakers at Ambassador’s Working Breakfast meeting on “Raising Cyber Security Awareness”.[17]

Personal life

Brennan resides in Morris County, New Jersey with his wife and children.[16]

See also


  1. "Tales from the Crypt: Hardware vs Software". Info Security Magazine. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  2. JOSEPH, DE AVILA (16 January 2008). "Wi-Fi Users, Beware: Hot Spots Are Weak Spots". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  3. Aaron, Elstein. "New York City's newest rock stars: the IT boys". Crains Newyork. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  4. Joseph, De Avila (16 June 2008). "Tales from the Crypt: Wi-Fi Users, Beware: Hot Spots Are Weak Spots". WSJ. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  5. "NYI’s Home to the first OWSAP Virtual Lab". NYI. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  6. "Heartbleed-checker Extension for Browsers". Nordvpn. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  7. "Free Heartbleed-Checker Released for Firefox Browser". Darkreading. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  8. "Heartbleed Checker: how to find out if a site has the default OpenSSL". Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  9. "A Tale of Heartbleed". Info Security Magazine. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  10. "NYI and ProactiveRISK Partner to Provide Clients With Customized Software & Information Assurance Solutions". Marketwired. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  11. Donna, Buenaventura (1 November 2010). "Intego classifies new Mac trojan threat as "minimal"". CNET. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  12. "John Dickson’s AppSec 2010 Panel Video: Characterizing Software Security as Business Risk". Denimgroup. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  13. "Tom Brennan - Global Vice Chairman Owasp". Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 "Whitehat Security Appoints Owasp Global Board Member Tom Brennan to Drive Channel Development". Whitehat Sec. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  15. "Tom Brennan". Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Presenter Biographies - 2015". Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  17. "Ambassador’s Working Breakfast- Raising Cyber Security Awareness". Blacktie Magazine. Retrieved 16 December 2015.