Ray Heffer is an architect, cybersecurity professional, hacker, and privacy advocate with over 26 years of experience in cloud computing, data center management, and IT infrastructure. Having started out as a Unix administrator in the 1990s, Ray then specialized in security for Linux systems, including server hardening for web technologies and ISP networking infrastructure. Ray has spent the past 10 years specializing in scalable and secure cloud architecture, both on-premises, hybrid, and public cloud. with VMware and AWS.
As an INTJ-A, Ray prides himself with his ability to apply critical thinking, creativity, focus, and detail to his work. As a creator, Ray has published hundreds of blog posts, white papers, and presented around multiple sessions around the globe including VMworld US and Europe, Tech Summits in Indonesia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, US, and Europe.
Ray is currently working as a Field CISO and Cybersecurity Strategist for VMware, and holds the following industry certifications: