Bob Fabien Zinga is a cybersecurity executive commissioned in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an Information Warfare qualified Information Professional Officer with more than 17 years of honorable service. He is a Commander (CDR) who is currently serving as the Commanding Officer (CEO-equivalent) of a sixty-member unit supporting the Commander of Naval Network Warfare Command(NETWARCOM). He is also the Head of Information Security at Directly, the leader in support automation, helping enterprise companies launch and train virtual agents that double their automation rate. He has more than 24 years of certified Information Technology experience with expertise in leadership, secure enterprise information technology business operations, and project management in three distinct industries: higher education, U.S. Government, and High-Tech.
He holds two Master’s Degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Management (MSM) specializing in Naval Operations & National Security from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry: Biology from the University of Alabama (U.A.), and has studied at Harvard University, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the Naval War College (NWC), the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMAT), and the National Defense University (NDU).
Bob holds several technical certifications, including Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Information Systems Security Management Professional (CISSP®-ISSMP®), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: SECURITY (MCSE:SECURITY), and VMware Certified Professional (VCP)- to name a few.
Prior to assuming his current position at Directly, Bob served as the Director of Security Program Services at Truvantis, the leader in providing holistic, world-class information security expertise within reach for small and mid-sized companies and individual departments, balancing security, practicality, and cost. Prior to Truvantis, Bob served as the Information Security Manager at Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), the global leader of hyper-local commerce, offering consumers a vast mobile and online marketplace to discover and save on unbeatable local deals worldwide. Prior to Groupon, Bob served as the Senior Security Engineer of Pivotal Software Inc., the global leader at the intersection of big data, PaaS, and agile development. Prior to Pivotal, Bob served as the Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy for the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA, and as a Senior Security Engineer for his alma mater- the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, respectively.
Bob serves as a Board Advisor for United Cybersecurity Alliance, a global non-profit organization in the business of transforming the “Faces of Cybersecurity” by creating unique opportunities for women and minorities to join the cybersecurity field. Bob also serves as a Board Director for AZ Cyber Initiative, a leading innovative non-profit 501c(3) corporation dedicated to developing the next generation of Arizona cybersecurity professionals, capable of exceeding the expectations of the evolving digital workforce of the future. He has served as a Board Director of the Westmount Community Association, Board Manager of the Central YMCA, and Industry Advisor Board Member for Catalyst Operating Advisors in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, where he lives with his wife Demetria, two daughters, and exuberant Shih Tzu.