About JAS

About Our Firm

JAS Global Advisors was founded in 2003 as JAS Communications. We are a unique professional services partnership firm composed of successful tech entrepreneurs and former senior executives of large multinational corporations. Our team works largely within critical infrastructure sectors, and we focus on unique, high-value projects that leverage our diverse and seasoned partners and their ability to tightly integrate business and technology expertise.

JAS partners and associates form a truly global network of solid experience, proven results, and hands-on engagement.

About Our Founder

Jeff Schmidt is the founder and CEO of JAS Global Advisors LLC and a two-decade veteran of the information security industry. With a unique blend of technical expertise and business savvy, Jeff has consistently shown results architecting and delivering security and risk management solutions for a full range of government and private sector clients.

Previously, Jeff founded Authis, a provider of innovative risk-managed identity services for the financial vertical, was the Vice President of Product Management for ENDFORCE (acquired by Sophos), and was the CIO of The Ohio State University’s second largest business unit, where he directed the technology planning, budgeting, implementation, and operations for a $65M department. He also spent time at The Microsoft Corporation where he spearheaded Microsoft’s first internal malicious testing of Windows 2000.

Jeff was a founder and elected Director of the InfraGard National Members Alliance, the private sector component of the FBI’s InfraGard Program (InfraGard is an FBI/private sector alliance dedicated to improving and extending information sharing between private industry and the government on matters of national security). Jeff helped the FBI create the InfraGard Program in 1998 and has received commendations from the Attorney General, the Director of the FBI, and the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC – now a part of the Department of Homeland Security).

Jeff authored The Microsoft Windows 2000 Security Handbook, published by Que in four languages, and contributed to Using Windows NT 4.0, Teach Yourself Linux in 10 Minutes, and the Cyber Security Policy Guidebook. He received a BS CIS from The Ohio State University and an MBA Magna Cum Laude from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He is an adjunct professor of Systems Security Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology and a Zurich Cyber Risk Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, at The Atlantic Council.

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