With a lifelong passion for leadership and community building, Parham Eftekhari is a cybersecurity executive who has spent the past decade building trusted relationships with the nation’s leading technology and national security leaders. Led by three core values – kindness, respect, and integrity – he regularly engages with policymakers, federal executives, critical infrastructure leaders, and the media on initiatives that center around strengthening the resiliency of our nation against digital threats.
Parham currently serves as the SVP of the Cyber Risk Alliance and Executive Director of its Cybersecurity Collaborative business, a mission-oriented membership organization whose goal is to make cybersecurity leaders more successful by facilitating peer-to-peer collaboration, professional development, and industry advocacy. Parham also serves as the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), the nation’s leading cybersecurity think tank, which he led as executive director for 5 years. Prior to ICIT, Parham co-founded the IT collaboration group GTRA and led the technology practice at a boutique competitive intelligence research firm.
Over the course of his career, Parham has led the development of several research publications on a broad range of cybersecurity and national security issues, many of which he co-authored, and has addressed forums ranging from Congress, the World Bank, RSA, and C-SPAN. He holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Business, studied international business at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris in Paris, France, and is fluent in French and Farsi.