and Information Security magazine have a team of dedicated editors who bring you the best and most timely security information available ... all at no cost to you. Our staff researches, writes and even aggregates information from across the Web on a daily basis to ensure you're always up to date on the latest news and technology updates. We also keep in constant contact with our site members, subscribers and top technical experts to bring you a constant stream of fresh, original content. Here's a look at who's behind the site:

Robert RichardsonRobert Richardson, Editorial Director,

Robert Richardson currently serves as editorial director of TechTarget’s Security Media Group. Prior to this post, he was editorial director at Black Hat, developing online products for the highly successful computer security conference. He spent several years as the director of the Computer Security Institute, where he was on staff from 2003 through early 2011. In that capacity, he’s given keynote presentations on three continents, often speaking about the CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey done in conjunction with the FBI, an undertaking he directed for several years. Prior to CSI, he was senior editor of Communications Convergence magazine for two years, where his beats included telecom security, wireless, Internet messaging, and next-generation phone systems. Robert started out his career as a systems-level programmer developing early PC network applications, leading to his writing articles that saw him become a frequent contributor to magazines and Web publications such as Ziff-Davis Internet Computing, BYTE, Network Magazine, and Small Business Computing. On occasion, Robert has also taught introductory courses in computer science at Swarthmore College.


Rob Wright, Site EditorRob Wright, Site Editor,

Rob Wright has been writing about technology for more than 15 years. He previously served as a managing editor and senior editor at Prior to joining CRN, he worked for Tom’s Hardware Guide and covered PC technology, gaming and digital entertainment. He began his career as a technology reporter in 2000 with VARBusiness, where he served as a senior editor. Before becoming a technology journalist, Rob served as both a daily newspaper report in Virginia. Rob graduated from the University of Richmond in 1997 with a double major in English and journalism. He enjoys Star Trek, science fiction novels and building custom PCs.


Michael Heller, Senior ReporterMichael Heller, Senior Reporter,

Michael Heller is a senior reporter for SearchSecurity. He reports on daily news in the IT/infosec world, covering both the most relevant stories, as well as those that require more in-depth analysis. He joined SearchSecurity in January 2015 after four years writing about consumer hardware and software in the mobile ecosystem. Before setting down his career path in tech news, Michael was a bit of a nomad, having lived in both Montreal and Osaka for extended periods.


Sharon SheaSharon Shea, Assistant Site Editor,

As assistant site editor, Sharon Shea manages special projects for TechTarget Security Media’s websites, including SearchSecurity and SearchCloudSecurity. Her work focuses on Security Schools and other learning packages and photostories, as well as managing much of SearchSecurity’s Ask the Expert content and technical articles. She also writes SearchSecurity’s weekly news roundup. Sharon worked at TechTarget as a marketing copywriter for two years before joining the Security Media editorial team. Sharon graduated from Suffolk University with a BSJ in print journalism and minor in advertising.


Madelyn BaconMadelyn Bacon, Assistant Site Editor,

Maddie Bacon attended Salve Regina University, where she graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Information Systems Management. She previously worked in the Infrastructure department of GTECH Corp. in Rhode Island, and most recently held a sales management position at a retailer. Her duties will include keeping SearchSecurity and SearchCloudSecurity updated on a daily basis, overseeing the team's Twitter feeds, editing multimedia content and managing Ask the Experts contributions.


Kathleen RichardsKathleen Richards, Features Editor,

Kathleen Richards is the features editor of Information Security magazine.





Kara GattineKara Gattine, Executive Managing Editor,

In her role as executive managing editor, Kara Gattine coordinates and oversees the creation, editing and production of editorial projects along with the site teams and contributing writers, leveraging that into comprehensive site features and multimedia for the websites in the Networking and Security Media Groups including;,,, and She works closely with the editors to keep the sites focused on the information needs of networking and security professionals and IT decision-makers. With 17 years of experience in computer technology and over 12 years of experience covering the networking, security and mobile markets with TechTarget, Kara understands the critical issues that enterprise networking and security pros face and delivers quality content that will help them address their greatest challenges.


Brenda L. HorriganBrenda L. Horrigan, Ph.D., Associate Managing Editor,

As associate managing editor, Brenda Horrigan produces a variety of media projects, including e-publications and multimedia content for both the Security and Networking Media Groups. She edits articles for flagship online magazines, multi-article handbooks and e-books and assists in the production of webcasts and videos. Her duties include working closely with both in-house editorial staff and industry experts and coordinating with production and marketing teams. Brenda brings to her position writing and editing experience expertise garnered over fifteen years as owner of an editorial services business and a decade as a political analyst for the federal government and a defense contractor.