Mike Spanbauer

VP of Security Test and Advisory, NSS Labs

Mike Spanbauer is a recognized leader in security and infrastructure technologies, running both the NSS Lab’s research and testing organization, as well as advising clients on how best to address today’s cybersecurity threats.

Prior to joining NSS, Mike was Service Director at Current Analysis, managing the Business Technology and Software group which monitored, analyzed, and advised on application platforms, collaboration platforms, data center technology, enterprise mobility technology, enterprise networking, enterprise security, and unified communications and contact centers. Previously, he spent nearly 15 years at Hewlett-Packard where he established and managed competitive intelligence programs networking hardware and in network management software.

Speaker skills:

  • Enterprise Security 95% 95%
  • Bezpieczeństwo IT 99% 99%


Keynote: Knowing where to focus your investments is key to better cyber protection

All within security would acknowledge that at various points in time, they either possess great clarity or have no visibility as to which problem to tackle in which order. Achieving focus requires prioritization and a disciplined approach to resource investment. Mike Spanbauer, VP of Security Test and Advisory at NSS Labs, will provide tips on how enterprises can better protect themselves. You’ll never have enough resources to do everything you want to, but chances are you can invest what you have more wisely.

Driving Operational Efficiency For Better Security ROI

The ability to find and retain talent is one of the most daunting challenges CISOs face today. Organizations need to consider operational impacts beyond general maintenance and basic usability when assessing new security product deployments in order to fully understand how security product consolidation may benefit them over the next several years. Mike Spanbauer, VP of Security Test and Advisory at NSS Labs, will provide an overview of trends in the security market today that could ease the operational burden of security practitioners.

How does NSS Labs create a test methodology

For many years, NSS Labs has been regarded as the authority for enterprise security technology testing, with results that are both objective and thorough. This reputation has been earned through a dedication to engineering excellence and security community transparency. In this session, Mike Spanbauer, VP of Security, Test & Advisory, will share with the audience how these methodologies are conceived and share how NSS Labs works through the process of building a test, from methodology to harness to ultimately publication. Whether network based, software based, or shortly – cloud based, there is a rigorous and specific technical process they follow. Come and learn the vision behind NSS labs and pick up a few testing tips and tricks to assist in your own product validation process.