Keyaan J Williams is the Founder and Managing Director of CLASS-LLC, a professional services firm that specialises in corporate governance, enterprise risk and cybersecurity programme management for global customers.
CLASS-LLC customers include national governments and a variety of global companies operating in financial services, defense, health technology, logistics and shipping, oil and gas, cloud services and education.
Prior to CLASS-LLC, Keyaan dedicated more than two decades to developing and supporting programs in large, regulated enterprises. He has been recognised for his Federal services as a security executive at the CDC Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS) where he directed all aspects of information security, compliance and risk management. Following his Federal service, he returned to the CDC as a consultant to build the programme that standardised information security, risk management,and compliance practices across 46 country offices in Africa, Asia and the Americas for the Global Aids Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Beyond security, Keyaan has served as a director and advisor for numerous boards. A founding member of the Private Directors Association Atlanta Chapter, he currently serves as the chair of the risk committee for a global non-profit and as a strategic advisor for other start-up and early-stage organisations. Keyaan has also been recognised for his leadership as President of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) International Board of Directors and for his service in the US Army Chemical Corps.
Keyaan has contributed to many books and publications including Using Security Metrics to Drive Action, The Language of Cybersecurity, CISO Magazine, the ISSA Journal, and the Crisis Response Journal. He is a leading author of the Certified CISO Body of Knowledge used by EC-Council to train and certify thousands of global technology and security executives. His upcoming book, Avoiding the Iceberg, outlines the business-orientated imperatives to avoid disaster in cyber executive leadership.