Security Mentor headquarters in Monterey, California

Who We Are

We are Security Mentor.

Used by organizations worldwide since 2008, we are your partner in cyber-security awareness. We’re the industry pioneer and expert in security awareness training and education services, recognized by Gartner and valued by customers and users alike.

Our Core Values

Our values define who we are as a business, what we create and how we interact with you.

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Do Good

We are dedicated to improving society by empowering individuals to become cyber secure.

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Excellence

We relentlessly pursue excellence – in our training, our customer service, and the value we bring.

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Integrity

We conduct ourselves with honesty and integrity in everything that we do.

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Fun

We believe having fun is key to success—in our training and in our company.

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Innovation

Security Mentor was founded on innovation and at our core we continually seek to innovate.

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Our Story

We just knew there had to be a better way.

Back in 2008, cyber security awareness training was conducted once a year in long, dull sessions. Users circumvented it in any way possible. And thus, human-factor security vulnerabilities and their associated corporate risks were left unaddressed.

Daring to disrupt, we decided to prioritize the human factor. Security Mentor was born and our “Brief, Frequent, and Focused” model revolutionized training – short lessons, delivered monthly, each on a single topic and written by a real security professional. With an emphasis on learning efficacy, Security Mentor lessons quickly set the bar for training to be relevant and interactive, fun, easy-to-digest and sticky.

Trainees loved it. Security teams loved it. Our customers loved it. Today our training is recognized as the most effective training in the industry.

Our mission and our passion has never changed. We strive every day to help organizations be secure by transforming their employees into their best security defense, and to help users be more productive and cyber secure at work and at home .

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Leadership

Marie White, Founder, CEO & President of Security Mentor, Inc.

Marie E. White
Founder, CEO & President

Dr. Marie White is a respected entrepreneur, business owner and expert in end user security. Since its inception in 2008, Marie has led Security Mentor as its CEO and is integrally involved in the design and development of the Security Mentor Training Platform and security awareness training.

Marie brings over 20 years of information security experience. Prior to Security Mentor, she co-founded PIM Technology, an Information Security and Information Technology Consultancy, which specialized in web application security and development, authentication and authorization, and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

Marie holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Masters in Oceanography from Texas A&M University. She’s also an active Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Craig Kunitani
Founder, COO & CTO

Craig Kunitani is an entrepreneur with over 30 year’s experience in the information security, computer technology, and physical sciences industries. Craig leads Security Mentor operations and engineering.

Prior to co-founding Security Mentor in 2008, he co-founded PIM Technology specifically servicing the United States Navy. He held several technical and research-based positions at organizations including SGI, Cray Research, the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Craig holds a Masters in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Bachelors in Statistics from the University of California-Berkeley and an active certification as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Craig Kunitani, Founder, COO & CTO of Security Mentor, Inc.
Scott Larsen, Security Mentor Chief Strategist and CSO

Scott Larsen
Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer

Scott Larsen has over 30 years of leadership in information technology and cybersecurity. During his distinguished career, he has led information technology and cybersecurity teams in several vertical sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, government, and education. Scott joined Security Mentor as CSO and Chief Strategist in 2021.

Prior to joining Security Mentor, Scott served as CISO at Inova Health System, where he oversaw cybersecurity and information security programs. Prior to that, he was CISO at Beaumont Health System, where he directed all aspects of cybersecurity and information security. He is recognized as an expert leader in healthcare cybersecurity and is a member of the consortium that developed the Michigan Healthcare Security Operations Center (HSOC). He is Founder and President Emeritus of the Michigan Health Care Cybersecurity Council, Inc. (MiHCCi).

Scott was instrumental in developing the Security Awareness program for the State of Michigan that received a national award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). He is Co-Author of the Cybersecurity Disruption Response Strategy for the State of Michigan, which has been used as a national model for state government. Scott serves as the representative to NASCIO for Security Mentor and serves on the Cybersecurity Committee.

Scott is a published author and has served as a guest speaker at cybersecurity conferences. He is also an Adjunct Professor with over 23 years’ experience teaching Computer Programming and Cybersecurity. He holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership and a BS in Finance/Computer Science. He is also certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO).