Meet the Monarch Team

Jozef Kurlanski


With over 25 years’ experience in IT and information security, Joe Kurlanski has developed sustainable risk management and information security programs for hospitals, banks, credit unions, Department of Defense contractors, and businesses of all sizes. Joe founded Monarch Information Security Consulting in 2014 expressly to meet the unique needs of businesses grappling with today’s myriad laws, regulations and data security challenges. He holds a CISSP® certification from ISC2©, and is a Certified Assessor (CA), Provisional Instructor (PI) and Registered Practitioner (RP) with the CyberAB.

John Rogers

Senior Advisor

John H. Rogers, CISSP®, CMMC-CA, CMMC-PI, CMMC-RP, has more than 25 years’ experience as an information security professional. John has created and managed comprehensive information/cybersecurity programs in both private and public sectors, and has served as a dedicated advisor, Virtual CISO, and board member in the financial, healthcare and education sectors. John has performed hundreds of risk and compliance assessments for community banks, financial services organizations, state agencies, large healthcare systems, medical practices, and Defense Industrial Base organizations. A sought-after public speaker, presenter and workshop leader, John routinely translates complex topics to any organizational level and imparts the importance of each person’s role.

Brenda Paradis

Senior Advisor

With over 20 years of experience in highly regulated industries, Brenda has worked with hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses developing information security programs that are “right-sized” for the organization. In addition to risk assessments, governance policy & process development, business continuity, and disaster recovery, Brenda conducts cybersecurity training and informational sessions for all levels of the organization. She is recognized for her incisive assessments of an organization’s technical vulnerabilities, quickly identifying cyber risks and prioritizing remedial actions. Brenda holds CISA, CISM, and CDPSE certifications from ISACA and is a CMMC-CA and CMMC-RP.

Bianca Baker-Eck, PhD

Associate Advisor

Dr. Bianca Baker-Eck is a clinical, forensic, legal and criminal/investigative psychologist. A former professor, senior researcher and project manager at the Munich University of Applied Sciences (Dept. of Policing, Bavaria), Dr. Baker-Eck’s security projects have been cited by the United Nations for establishing rapport and empathy in police interrogations and other dyadic relationships. Her work for EU Horizon, the European Union’s key funding program for research and innovation, focused on national security, cybercrime, money laundering, terrorism and extremism. Bianca is supremely skilled at forming alliances with those building cybersecurity programs, as well as those charged with auditing and assessing their effectiveness.

Steve Kallio

Senior Advisor

Steve Kallio, CISSP®, CCSP®, CMMC-CP & CMMC-RP, has been an IT and information security professional for over 25 years. He has architected and delivered a diverse array of innovative cybersecurity services, and has conducted hundreds of high-quality technical tests on client networks of all sizes and complexity. With a deep level of technical expertise, Steve breaks down highly complex exploitation techniques to help clients both identify and mitigate risks in their data environments.

Mike Snyder

Senior Advisor

Mike Snyder, CISM®, CMMC-CA, CMMC-PI, is not only a dedicated information security professional, but was the very first CMMC instructor for the CMMC Accreditation Body (CyberAB/CAICO). Mike developed the original comprehensive training materials for the CMMC community. He has also been a lead assessor and instructor for multiple government information security programs and frameworks, and has vast experience assessing Defense Industrial Base (DIB) contractors so they can ensure compliance with DFARS 252.204-7012 contract requirements. Mike is a much-respected professional training instructor in both the government and private sectors.

Jim Macisso

Sales Manager

For nearly a decade, Jim has assisted diverse clients across the private & public sector, including healthcare, finance, and DoD contractor industries. Jim holds a Certified Information Security Management (CISM®) certification from ISACA®. Coming from a long family history of military service, Jim is passionate about helping clients build adaptive cybersecurity programs that practically address compliance challenges and help them further their business goals.