David I. Dalva

Stroz Friedberg is a specialized risk management firm built to help clients solve the complex challenges prevalent in today’s digital, connected, and regulated business world

As a Vice President in the Security Science practice at Stroz Friedberg, Dave Dalva leads engagements that help clients proactively manage information and cyber risk. With over 25 years of experience in computer and network security, Mr. Dalva vice chaired the NIST Smart Grid lnteroperability Panel’s Cyber Security Working Group, where he co-led the publication and implementation of the NIST Interagency Report 7628, “Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security,” and the Department of Energy’s “Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Risk Management Process” guideline. Mr. Dalva specializes in developing security risk management methodologies that are comprehensive, but also actionable and aligned with clients’ culture.

Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Dalva helped Booz Allen Hamilton define and grow the firm’s commercial energy cybersecurity business, following a decade of service at Cisco Systems. While at Cisco, Mr. Dalva was a Senior Security Strategist responsible for influencing product development, and leading the company’s involvement in energy standards and policy. He was also responsible for driving security collaboration with strategic alliance partners such as EMC/RSA, Microsoft, and IBM, and for helping Cisco secure the portfolio of Voice over IP products by utilizing the newly-acquired Okena technology.

Mr. Dalva pioneered and led the host-based intrusion prevention market at Okena Inc., a startup software company that was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2003. At Okena, he was responsible for managing the company’s largest customers and partnerships.

Mr. Dalva began his career in cybersecurity research at Trusted Information Systems, where he was involved in military-funded research on multi-level secure operating systems, cryptographic policy, and was an original designer and developer of one of the first firewall technologies in the market – the Gauntlet firewall, based on the TIS Firewall Toolkit. He applied this research expertise to commercialize the firewall market as a Technical Director, and provided cybersecurity consultations to the Department of Defense, Fortune 500 corporations, and foreign governments. In particular, Mr. Dalva  was instrumental in securing one of the world’s first electronic vote tabulation architectures with the 1996 Brazilian presidential elections.

Mr. Dalva is a co-inventor of three U.S. patents related to cybersecurity, has authored influential papers on cyber and web security, and holds a degree in mathematics and computer science from UCLA, where he helped identify and track some of the earliest hackers to have breached the university’s computer systems.


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