Dr. Joel Rakow

Partner, Cybersecurity Team

Fortium Partners, LP

Dr. Joel Rakow is a partner with Fortium Partners, LP, a firm comprised of more than 70 world-class C-level technology executives, who accept part-time engagements. Fortium is a channel partner of Ingram Micro Professional Services and regularly engages with system integrators and their customers. Rakow’s current thought leadership in cybersecurity, data protection, data privacy addresses security system integrators. Dr. Rakow frequently serves as a part-time CISO, DPO and CIO for small to mid-tier businesses, bringing to his clients the experience he garnered as a Lenel VAR for ten years and with more than sixty Fortune 1000 and emerging, start-up companies. Rakow is a former adviser to the Secret Service and the Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force, a member of the FBI InfraGard, Adobe Software’s Advisory Council, and the Receivers Team for the Courts of CA. He has provided executive and technical leadership for more than 300 enterprise deployments of security systems and platforms, including cybersecurity, privacy and physical security. Included in this is work with SSP Litronics, a firm that secures communication between the White House and the DoD, and ICANN, arguably the most secure site in SoCal. He has also developed more than 40 commercially successful software programs and has won numerous industry awards including Microsoft Partner of the Year, PC World Best Product of the Year (three consecutive years) and Microsoft’s Great Plains Implementation of the Year. He is a Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow, National Science Foundation Fellow, and Phi Beta Kappa award winner. Rakow has extensive experience with security across healthcare systems, software development, identity management including smart card design, manufacturing, office systems, learning management, instructional design and eLearning and vendor security addressed by many security standards (e.g. GDPR, NIST, CIS, HIPAA, FERPA, SOX, and others). Rakow was the captain of his college baseball team, League MVP and an All-State semi-professional player. He is currently a Court Appointed Special Advocate to the State Court of California in Orange County.