Charles White

CTO and Founder at Fornetix

Charles White is a technologist, inventor, and an entrepreneur. He has extensive knowledge in cyber defense, collaboration solutions, big data analytics, and security software development. He is a former U.S. Army officer, combat veteran of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, including operations in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq, and has since been recognized thought leader in the security software community.

While taking enemy fire in Afghanistan, Charles White, was attempting the arduous, manual process of re-keying the encryption on his military radios. The circumstances made him realize, “there must be a better way…” As a result, Fornetix was established in 2014 by a rare combination of cybersecurity enthusiasts and former military operators that came together to develop an enterprise-level key management system that would work to protect sensitive data across all industries and platforms.

VaultCore™ is now changing the lives of people in military, government, and commercial industries, making it easier to secure and protect their data.

With over 14 years of experience architecting systems, Charles has delivered huge long-term value to organizations with powerful architectural patterns that support scaling and maintainability. Some of these include:

  • Attribute Driven Design (ADD)
  • Architectural Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM)
  • Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF)

Save the world one idea at a time: It’s been a mantra of mine for years, and I’ve encouraged other people to think that way. If you’re going to make a beneficial change, if you’re going to solve problems, you’ve got to have an idea to solve it! … No one likes complaints. They want to hear solutions, but I also think that there is another piece of steadfastness in the process. One where you have an idea, and you believe in it.”

His goals as a leader include:

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance that implements cost-effective, innovative solutions for people, processes, and technology.
  • Deliver solutions through a repeatable approach to problem-solving and program management, using a customer-centric system engineering methodology.
  • Build teams capable of delivering successful results for customers and employers.

Charles is a leader with an incredibly interesting journey to the tech leadership space. We invite you to listen to his stories and lessons learned.


Podcast: Lessons from the Front Lines With Charles White

Charles White, CTO at Fornetix, shares his journey and insights into areas that he is passionate about, from leadership to security and novel…


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