Randy Franklin Smith is president and CEO of Monterey Technology Group, Inc. As a Systems Security Certified Professional (SSCP), a Microsoft Security Most Valued Professional (MVP) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Randy specializes in Windows and Active Directory security and performs security reviews for clients ranging from small, privately held firms to Fortune 500 companies and entities like the Organization of American States.
Randy is technical editor of Security Administrator where he also writes the Access Denied column. Randy has written almost 300 articles on Windows security issues for publications like Information Security Magazine and Windows IT Pro where he is a contributing editor and author of the popular Windows security log series.
In 2003, Randy won the APEX Award of Excellence for writing "8 Tips for Avoiding the Next Big Worm." Randy serves as an expert for TechTarget at SearchWindowsSecurity.com and is a member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and Center for Internet Security (CIS).
Randy is the creator and exclusive instructor for the Ultimate Windows Security course series. Prior to developing Ultimate Windows Security for IT pros, Randy accrued many years of experience training IT auditors on Windows security as the developer and primary instructor for MIS Training Institute's Windows and Active Directory audit curriculum. Each year through MIS, Randy trains dozens of internal auditors from organizations around the world, associates of the “big four” public accounting firms and bank examiners with the FDIC, OCC, FFIEC and other agencies such as NASA.
Randy started off in information technology in the 80s developing software for a variety of companies. During the early 90s he lead a business process re-engineering effort for a multi-national organization and designed several mission critical, object-oriented, client/server systems still in use today. As the Internet and Windows NT took off, Randy focused on security and led his employer’s information security planning team. Randy formed Monterey Technology Group in 1997.
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