Rukhsar Khan, founder, CEO and CTO of a startup organization in stealth mode discovered his affinity for information technology and information security more than three decades ago – a true passion that is accompanying him till date. Rukhsar has a track record of 25+ years in entrepreneurship along with decades of experience as a leading cyber defense subject matter expert in various technical and business roles serving medium-to-large size client and partner organizations including the German Police, Military and IBM.
In his previous Innovative Business Development & Consulting role with IBM, Rukhsar worked with the Security Expert Labs business unit and helped them in driving threat management business in DACH. In addition to introducing novel assets and being in charge of their go-to-market, he also acted as a trusted advisor to innovator clients and assisted them in improving their SOC maturity level.
Before this, Rukhsar spent time working with the IBM X-Force IRIS Incident Response team. He was the European functional lead of a proactive forensic Threat Hunting service called ATA – Active Threat Assessment.
Prior to this, Rukhsar spent multiple years in partnership with Hexis Cybersolutions, a former KEYW subsidiary. He positioned his organization as a value-added reseller in the SIEM and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) fields.
Rukhsar served the German Police of the district Northrine Westphalia as a consulting instructor or instructing consultant in the computer network and information security fields for more than a decade. He was also in charge of running a network forensic system.
Rukhsar also served the German Military Deutsche Bundeswehr for about seven years as a computer network and information security instructor in the Competence Center IT initiative. He used to train technical officers of medium and higher grades who were responsible for the network and security operations in areas of crisis. As a renowned author in this field, Rukhsar published many textbooks in German language.
Prior to this, Rukhsar was a Certified Cisco Systems Instructor teaching classes around computer networks, routing, switching, MPLS and VPN technology as well as firewalls and IDP/IDS systems.
In the 90’s, which were Rukhsar’s early professional years, he used to be a Professional Services and Support Engineer for LAN and WAN technology vendors including Cisco and 3Com.
Rukhsar is currently holding a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst Gold-Level certification under #12275. His paper is about Threat Hunting and Incident Response in a post-compromised environment.
Rukhsar lives in Germany, near Frankfurt am Main, where he was born in 1975. 17 years ago he founded a patchwork family together with his wife. Altogether, Rukhsar and his wife have five children. Four of them are already "adult". The youngest is a teenager. If not at work, Rukhsar loves to do sports with the elder girls and boys. More precisely his challenge is to keep up with them. He also adores to hike with his wife in the mountains and explore new landscapes around the world.