Bring clarity to your complex security challenges with VMware Howlers as trusted advisors. From strategy to design and implementation, Howlers assist VMware teams and customers for all aspects of cybersecurity.
Decades of Cybersecurity Expertise at Your Fingertips
Howlers bring thought leadership, strategy and practical implementation expertise to the ever-increasing challenges in cybersecurity.
We operate at the intersection of business agility and technology opportunity. Our goal is to enable you to make future-ready, risk-based decisions that are right for your business in a cloud-first, zero-day world.
The Tenets of a Howler
As part of the account team at VMware, and in every customer interaction, Trust is our currency. Howlers help the CxO with strategic thought leadership, defining actionable program plans, and the design of future ready security organizationally as well as technically.
Through our CxO Deep Dive program we build a relational community where CxOs share best practices, as well as challenges, and find solutions. Howlers facilitate Community through sharing, education, and thought leadership, and participate in existing security communities.
Howlers know how to help teams and customers get the outcomes they desire. There is nothing like experience to help people get their goals on the fast-track. Across industry verticals, in all sectors, Howlers bring insights that quickly add value to the security conversation.
The Howlers and extended Howler team provide direct support to VMware’s customer-facing teams and the cybersecurity community at large with expertise spanning Financial, Healthcare, Hospitality, Aerospace, Federal, Technology sectors and beyond.
Karen Worstell, Sr. Cybersecurity Strategist and Howler for VMware, is well known today for her work as a CISO for iconic brands such as Russell Investments, Microsoft, and AT&T Wireless. She is one of the pioneer leaders of all aspects of information and internet security serving in research and consulting roles at Boeing Research and Technology, SRI International, NIST, Aerospace Industries Association, US Department of Commerce Computer Systems Security and Privacy Advisory Board, and multiple standards bodies.
As an author and industry luminary, Worstell frequently contributes to various publications and speaks at global industry events on a range of topics including security, innovation, creativity and strategies for improving representation and equity for women in the Tech workforce. She is a contributing author to the 6th ed of the Computer Security Handbook (Wiley), and author of Governance and Control for Cutting Edge IT (ITGI) and Your Amazing Itty Bitty Book on Personal Data Protection (IttyBitty® Books).
Worstell holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Pacific Lutheran University and an MA in Jewish Studies from MJTI.
Rick McElroy, Principal Cybersecurity Strategist for VMware, has 24 years of information security experience educating and advising organizations on reducing their risk posture and tackling tough security challenges. He has held security positions with the U.S. Department of Defense, and in several industries including retail, insurance, entertainment, cloud computing, and higher education.
McElroy’s experience ranges from performing penetration testing to building and leading security programs. Rick is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Security Manager (CSIM), ] Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) and Certified in Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK).
As a United States Marine, McElroy’s work included physical security and counterterrorism services. His current role takes him all over the world working with organizations to improve their security strategies and speaking on security and privacy.