Chris Poulin brings a balance of management experience and technical skills encompassing 30 years in information security, software development, and IT management, to his role as Research Strategist for IBM’s X-Force Research & Development team. Chris is responsible for researching and analyzing security trends, creating programs to help customers keep pace with emerging threats, and forging the vision for a secure planet. Chris joins IBM through the Q1 Labs acquisition, where he served as CSO. He started his security career in the U.S. Air Force managing global intelligence networks and developing software. Chris left the Department of Defense to leverage his leadership and technical skills to found and build FireTower, Inc., a successful information security consulting firm serving many Fortune 100 clients.