Cybersecurity Ventures has relationships with a global network of media writers and independent bloggers, subject matter experts, and thought leaders with deep domain experience in the cybersecurity industry. Our Contributors conduct research, offer insights and commentary, and participate at varying levels on our reports.

John P. Mello, Jr., Cybersecurity Writer

johnmelloembossedJohn Mello has an extensive background writing on technology and cybersecurity for numerous well known media properties including Cybersecurity Ventures, CSO, TechNewsWorld, E-Commerce Times, and others.

He’s been a writer and freelancer for IDC, Government Security News, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, CFO Magazine, CMP, and PCWorld — and a managing editor for JupiterMedia, Boston Business Journal, and others.

As a Cybersecurity Ventures Contributor, John writes the quarterly Data Breach Report which provides a diary of recent breaches and cyber attacks, as well as other reports on hacks and the cyber economy.

John’s decades of writing and editorial experience, and his intimately familiarity with cybercrime and cybersecurity, make him one of the most popular writers in our field.

allsiongatlinembossAllison Gatlin, Cybersecurity Reporter

Allison Gatlin is an experienced journalist and tech reporter in San Jose, Calif.

Allison has written numerous articles on cybersecurity and technology for Investor’s Business Daily. Her field coverage has included attending the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Black Hat USA in Las Vegas, and others.

Some of Allison’s most popular IBD articles have been cybersecurity topics covering public companies and earnings reports, stock market activity, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, spending observations, and industry trends. She has written feature stories on top cybersecurity and tech companies including Apple, Check Point, Cisco, CyberArk, FireEye, Google, IBM, Intel, Imperva, Palo Alto Networks, RSA, and numerous others.

Allison writes the quarterly Cybersecurity Stock Report, published by Cybersecurity Ventures, which provides a summary of publicly held cybersecurity company earnings reports and market commentary.

johndunnembossed​John E. Dunn​, ​​Security Writer & Editor

John E. Dunn ​​has covered cybersecurity in thousands of news articles and features for publications, including Computerworld, Techworld, CIO, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World.

He was mostly recently security editor and co-founder at Techworld and Computerworld UK, published by IDG. He covers cybersecurity, computer networking and cloud systems. After authoring the War on Error blog for 11 years he now vents his personal views on the Captured User cybersecurity blog.

John helped launch Techworld in 2003, which delivers a unique blend of analysis, features and expert advice on topics including mobile, apps, AI, drones, cloud, cyber security, big data, wearable tech, social media, user experience, e-commerce and IT startups. Techworld has been an industry leader in business technology publishing for more than a decade.

A worldwide audience of CIOs, CISOs, IT leaders, and IT security practitioners, follow John’s breaking stories, insights, and unique observations.

For the past 14 years, John has written about the IT security economy, cybersecurity startups, emerging players, and major security vendors, IT security products and services, hacks and data breaches, ransomware, cybercrime trends in the UK and Europe, and the latest in mobile security and privacy.

John started in IT journalism as technical editor of Personal Computer Magazine in 1992, before progressing to become editor of Network World (formerly LAN Magazine), Network Week and startup magazine Tornado-Insider. He has also freelanced for a number of technical publications in the technology, science and business fields.

bradcaseyheadshotBrad Casey, IT & Cybersecurity Writer

Brad Casey ​is a freelancer writing about any and all things IT and cybersecurity related​ ​for several well respected technology media properties.

​Since 2012, Brad has been writing on a broad range of highly technical IT and security topics for TechTarget (NASDAQ:TTGT) and SearchSecurity, which reports breaking news to IT security pros.

Brad holds an MS in Information Assurance from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has extensive experience in the areas of penetration testing, public key infrastructure, Voice over IP (VoIP) and network packet analysis. He spent five years doing security assessment testing in the U.S. Air Force, and in his spare time, you can find him looking at Wireshark captures and playing with various Linux distros in VMs.

moragMorag McGreevey, Technology & Investing Journalist

Morag McGreevey is a freelance​ ​journalist​ ​covering cybersecurity investing and related topics.​ She writes the quarterly Venture Funding Report​ for Cybersecurity Ventures.

Morag ​previously covered technology investing for Investing News Network​ (INN)​, which covers numerous industries including​ ​cybersecurity,​ ​biotech, 3D printing, cloud computing, and social media.

A lifelong writer, Morag completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature and a Master of Arts program in the same discipline.​ She is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the University of Toronto.

davidbalabanbwDavid Balaban, Computer Security Researcher

David Balaban is a computer security researcher with over 15 years of experience in malware analysis and antivirus software evaluation.

David runs the project which presents expert opinions on the contemporary information security matters, including social engineering, penetration testing, threat intelligence, online privacy and white hat hacking. As part of his work at Privacy-PC, Mr. Balaban has interviewed such security celebrities as Dave Kennedy, Jay Jacobs and Robert David Steele to get firsthand perspectives on hot InfoSec issues.

David has a strong malware troubleshooting background, with the recent focus on ransomware countermeasures. He writes the quarterly Ransomware Report for Cybersecurity Ventures.

kacyzurkusbwKacy Zurkus, Cybersecurity Writer

Kacy Zurkus is a freelance writer for Cybersecurity​ Ventures,​ ​and covers ​a​ broad​ range of cybersecurity and cybercrime topics.

Kacy is a Contributing Writer for CSO Online, ​a leading ​online information security magazine​ — where she covers all things security and privacy​ ​from smart cars to data collection and building awareness programs for layered security defense.​ She is also author of the popular blog Security Newb for IDG.

As a freelance journalist, Kacy has contributed to CIO Magazine, Parallax Security News, K12 Tech Decisions, and others.​

Kacy earned her Master’s Degree, MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, and her Master’s Degree, Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston​. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Regis College.