Marc Kneppers, Chief security Architect, TELUS
Security was not the original plan. Marc started in Astrophysics, getting degrees from the University of Calgary and Western Ontario before finally quitting with his MSc to scrounge for money in the private sector. Luckily, the Internet was waiting. Starting as a UNIX system administrator and working his way through Internet services, dot coms and the core networking teams, Marc ended up as the Security prime for TELUS' core networks. With a nod to his 20 years of experience in IT/networking security Marc was appointed a TELUS Fellow and is now the Chief Security Architect for TELUS.
As Chief Security Architect, Marc has responsibilities for security oversight and strategy across all of TELUS' technologies and portfolios. He represents TELUS on Canadian national infrastructure forums and industry boards with membership in international security forums and vendor advisory boards. Outside of work, he lives in Calgary with his wife and 2 children, skis, bikes and plays in a band.