Fred Cohen

Fred Cohen

Fred is the Founder & CEO of Angel to Exit and also the President/Founder of Keiretsu Forum, Pebble Beach chapter in CA.

WHAT I DO: I help Top Executives get high rewards in high risk situations.
-When cyber events have potentially serious negative consequences.
-In business development and M&A when risk is inherently high.

HOW I DO IT: I bring teams of experts like me to executive advisory boards to cover critical issues and find viable paths forward.

WHY IT MATTERS: Billionaire investor Warren Buffett (2017) said: “I don’t know that much about cyber, but I do think that’s the number one problem with mankind.” Per CSO Magazine (2018-01-23) “cyber crime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015”

MY STORY: I grew up more than 50 years ago surrounded by technology. Hacking systems, people, and organizations legally was my passion then as it is now, and I understand how stuff breaks and how to keep it from breaking both in cyber and business.

  • I started my first business in the 1970s, earned the title “Father of the Computer Virus” while completing my Ph.D. in the 1980s, and devised defenses used in more than 80% of computers worldwide.
  • In 1987 I grew The Radon Project from 8 to 250 employees in under 6 months, exiting ultimately to a public company.
  • In the 1990s, I worked on critical infrastructure and cyber warfare defenses generating more than $1B in contracts, joined Sandia National Laboratories, and worked to secure the US nuclear complex and for the President’s Commission.
  • In the 2000s I was Principal Analyst for Security and Risk Management Strategies at Burton Group, ultimately acquired by Gartner.
  • I now head the secure cyber committee as Pebble Beach Chapter President of Keiretsu Forum, the most active equity investment firm in the world, am CEO of my own firm, and run advisory boards for many companies.

SEEN ME BEFORE? I was featured by ABC News, 60 minutes, Nightwatch, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Nature, Discover, Der Speigel, etc.