As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Intentional Cybersecurity, Shay Colson works closely with a wide variety of clients to strategically manage cyber risk across their businesses. After spending the better part of a decade as a security engineer at a government agency, Colson served as CISO and security advisor for various organizations and began consulting to help clients make rapid progress on their most critical security issues.
With an eye toward understanding cyber risk in the context of business growth, Colson has conducted cyber due diligence on more than $50 billion of private equity transactions and works regularly with management teams, investors, and boards on issues of cyber risk. He works with a variety of clients in banking, insurance, fintech, advanced manufacturing, professional services, education, and technology. Colson enjoys this broad range of engagement, expanding his professional curiosity and applying unique insights to solve client problems.
Based in the Pacific Northwest, Colson enjoys all types of outdoor adventures (solo or with his family). He is rarely found without a cup of coffee, a pair of running shoes, or a good book. Colson holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, a master's degree from Syracuse University, and is the inventor of more than a dozen US patents in advanced technologies, including autonomous vehicles, drones, and 3D printing.