Monty Forehand

Product Security Officer

Seagate Technology

Monty Forehand is product security officer and managing technologist of the product security office at Seagate Technology, leading the security and cybersecurity of products, operations and life-cycle across all Seagate business lines. He has held a variety of leadership positions in embedded system architecture, security architecture, security portfolio delivery, research, technology and architecture over a 28-year career at Seagate. Forehand is a frequent industry speaker and pioneer in the secure storage industry leading the delivery of the world’s first fully integrated Self Encrypting Drive (SED) and many other firsts including security and cybersecurity in all Seagate Products, worldwide security standards, certified security products and life-cycle. He continues leading and evangelizing the proliferation of Seagate Secure and Trusted Storage throughout the industry worldwide, and into the Digital Transformation, IT 4.0 and the Edge. Forehand holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Oklahoma State University in electrical and computer engineering, with emphasis on artificial intelligence and expert systems. He holds 26 patents to date in the areas of machine vision, electronics systems, storage virtualization and embedded security and is a two-time recipient of the Seagate Technology Hall of Fame Award along with the top technology achievement award for Outstanding Patents.