Matthew Needham

Matthew Needham has 15 years of experience providing IT services for local mom-and-pop-shops, non-profit organizations, member service associations, and multinational corporations. Matthew is currently the Director of Technology for a non-profit where he’s responsible for designing and implementing technology and security plans, leading a team of IT professionals, as well as providing high level support for staff and organization members.

In recent years, Matthew has become particularly passionate about digital privacy and the real world security impact of large scale data aggregation.

Matthew is a big fan of emulators, reverse-engineering, lockpicking, and watching terrible movies.

      Andrea Baker

      Andrea Baker is an IT Manager with more than 9 years of experience in the information technology field. She currently provides audit and security services for public and private companies, with a focus on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. She also leads engagements pertaining to FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool, CCPA, ISO/IEC 27000, and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Andrea has worked with clients from several industries, including, energy, retail, healthcare, education, technology, banking, and financial services. 


      Prior to her current role, she worked as an IT risk manager for a Fortune 50 financial service company. She is also a combat veteran with 4 years of experience performing IT operations for the U.S. Navy. Andrea earned her B.S. in Biology from Virginia Wesleyan College and holds the following certifications: CISA, CISM, CCSK v4, and ITIL v3.

          Senthi Lakshmanan

          Senthi Lakshmanan, CCSP, has 22 years of practice as an IT expert.  He is working as Director, Cloud Security Architecture, Enterprise Cloud Computing of Fidelity Investments. He is currently responsible for implementing container security on standalone and orchestration platforms. Prior to Fidelity Senthi served in a variety of technical and management roles within Verizon.

          Outside of the IT world Senthi enjoys hiking, playing cricket and volunteering.

            Kevin Hickey

            Kevin joined GDT in December of 2018. He has a strong background in Security, focusing on building out cyber security programs from multiple different maturity levels. Kevin has spent his entire career working for large cyber security manufacturers. He has experience working with fortune 5000 customers and working alongside CIO, CISO, and the Cyber Security practice managers to build, mature, and consume Cyber security tools. He was a Named Account Manager for Splunk and Check Point Software for the past 7 years prior to joining GDT. Kevin has also been a member for the Fort Worth ISSA Group, and many other associations. He can assist with strategic security discussions helping customers architect and build their security programs to their current maturity level.

            Kevin is a resident of Tarrant County and has a personal vendetta to bring more Cyber-security thought leadership and activity to Fort Worth. When not working on driving the Cyber community in Fort Worth, he enjoys trying to be a golfer, and being a very amateur BBQ’er! He lives in Fort Worth with his wife of 6 years and their nearly 2 yr old daughter Claire.

              Derek Boyd

              Derek Boyd, CISSP

              Derek Boyd has a broad knowledge of IT operational support and information security risk over the last 15 years.  Experience includes 1st to 3rd level support of business infrastructure, endpoints, and applications.  

              The last 9 years, have focused primarily on cybersecurity operations work supporting network/host security, content/countermeasures, policy controls, and vulnerability/threat management. Derek’s educational background consists of a BA in English from Texas Tech University, MBA from University of Dallas, and he has accomplished ISC2 CISSP certification.