Chris Novak

Managing Director, Verizon Cyber Security Consulting​

Chris Novak is the Managing Director of Verizon Cyber Security Consulting. He is an internationally recognized executive in the fields of Incident Response, Computer Forensics, and Threat Intelligence. He has more than 20 years of cybersecurity industry experience ranging from real world field work to Fortune 100 C-suite and board advisory roles.

Chris was recently appointed to President Biden’s inaugural Cyber Safety Review Board, where he is serving a 2-year term advising on matters of cybersecurity and national security. Security Magazine also named Chris a 2022 Top Cybersecurity Leader.

Chris has assisted corporations, government agencies, and attorneys with all matters involving digital forensics, fraud investigations, and crisis management. He has testified as an expert witness in various matters and before such bodies as the Supreme Court of the State of New York. He has also briefed United States congressional committees such as Senate Banking, House Financial Services, Senate Commerce, House Energy & Commerce, Senate Judiciary, and House Homeland Security among others.

In his current position, he manages teams of highly skilled consultants positioned around the world to support private and public sector organizations in proactively mitigating cyber risk as well as responding to and eradicating active cyber-attacks. Chris’ team and their work has consistently been rated by industry analysts as a leader – or the leader – in every major market worldwide.

Chris is an active public speaker, discussing various topics ranging from high-level best practices to executive-level crisis management. He has been a contributing author of the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report since its first publication in 2008. He has been featured in TV, radio, and print media, such as CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, CBS News, American Banker, SkyNews, and many others. He is also a member of the Forbes Technology Council, where he frequently writes and comments on the topic of cybersecurity. Chris is an active member among multiple industry trade groups and a frequent guest lecturer at universities. He also serves on the advisory boards for various organizations and trade associations in an effort to further promote cybersecurity awareness and education, as well as working closely with organizations as it relates to various policy initiatives on the topic of cybersecurity.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a CISO Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. He also maintains active CISSP, CISA, PCI QSA & PFI, and other certifications.

Chris is a frequent guest speaker on “The CyberWire” podcast. You can listen to the free podcast at or via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Spotify, and Stitcher. You can also hear Chris speak occasionally on BrightTalk as well as other platforms.

Chris Novak's Events

Preventing Data Breaches: Insights From Real PFI Cases – A Panel Discussion

Date: Wednesday, 19 October

Presented by: Chris Hague, Divisional Head – Technical Services (DFIR, TIG, SOC), Foregenix, Inc.; Tracey Long, VP, Programs, PCI Security Standards Council; Benn Morris, Managing Director, 3B Data Security and Chris Novak, Managing Director, Verizon Cyber Security Consulting​

Join this engaging conversation to learn about how to avoid breaches based on the panelists’ experiences. PCI SSC will share overall trends in PCI Forensic Investigators (PFI) cases as it relates to failure to meet specific PCI DSS requirements determined to have caused or contributed to breaches, with PFIs sharing insights into deficiencies they’ve seen exploited and advice on how to avoid similar pitfalls.