Forbes Contributor on cyber defense strategy for Boards, Official Member of the Forbes Business Council, and named “CEO of the Year” by CEO Monthly Magazine, Mr. Cetnarski is a national & cyber security strategist and Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Cyber Nation Central®, a global cyber defense firm providing cybersecurity Insights, Protocol, and Advisory to Boards and C-Suites across the globe. Through the firm's Executive Cybersecurity Blueprint™, Mr. Cetnarski and his team have helped directly strengthen the cybersecurity of hundreds of leaders, their teams, and organizations globally, from UN officials and heads of state to global CEOs, Board Directors, investors, and entrepreneurs.
Passionate about advancing cyberspace defense, national security, and sovereignty, Mr. Cetnarski brings nearly two decades of expertise as cybersecure-nation-building global leader and advisor to industry and government leaders globally; cybersecure culture creation trainer and turnaround expert, cybersecurity public-private partnership innovator; Board Chairman, Director and CEO; turnaround executive and cybersecurity technology mentor and investor; and speaker and author in the areas of cybersecure culture and tech innovation, defense, regulatory policy, and diplomacy.
Mr. Cetnarski’s value to Cyber Nation Central’s stakeholders comes from four areas of expertise, as:
(1) formerly US Congressional staffer to one of the longest-serving Members of Congress from his adopted hometown of New York City - Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney; then global public-private partnership leader on behalf of the US in Asia.
(2) formerly bulge bracket investment banker to tech, defense, cybersecurity, real estate infrastructure, and private equity clients with UBS Investment Bank, HSBC Investment Bank, and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities;
(3) current advisor to private sector Boards, C-Suites, and government leadership teams on cybersecure culture creation and integration of cybersecurity strategy with corporate strategy, tech innovation strategy, regulatory cyber policy strategy, and geopolitical cyber response strategy.
(4) global tech and cyber defense CEO, founder, entrepreneur, and operations executive for over two decades.
Mr. Cetnarski's global viewpoint has been forged by living and working nearly a third of his life across each of US, Europe, and Asia, thus bringing a highly global perspective to the challenges of cyberspace defense and cyber nation creation.
Formerly Chairman and CEO of a technology venture he founded and grew to product presence across 20+ countries on 5 continents while simultaneously helping drive major public-private partnerships on technology innovation out of Asia, Mr. Cetnarski saw first-hand from the Board room what was just the "tip of the tip" of the iceberg of cybersecurity challenges of the future that will challenge private sector Boards and government leaders. He founded Cyber Nation Central to address this very problem, helping ensure that (1) tech innovators are providing cybersecurity solutions that make sense and are viable on a standalone basis and vis-a-vis current and future regulations’ effects on them, (2) corporations become exponentially-more capable of driving shareholder value by becoming digital corporate citizens and authentic drivers of cybersecure cultures, where cybersecurity and corporate strategy speak the same language and inform each other, and (3) governments get the help they need to provide cybersecurity policies and laws that promote (not stifle) innovation yet do so via “light-touch” regulation that nonetheless achieves its purpose.
As previously investment banker with UBS, HSBC, and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley, Mr. Cetnarski advised global technology, aerospace and defense, cybersecurity, IT services, real estate, lodging and leisure, and private equity blue chip and mid-cap companies on their North and South American, Asian, and European operations’ mergers and acquisitions strategy, asset sales, and equity and debt recapitalizations, including successful IPO launches. In this role, Mr. Cetnarski closed over US$7bn of transactions across the globe. The unique experience of covering both technology and real estate Clients has given Mr. Cetnarski the unique ability of translating physical infrastructures into their more exponential cyber renditions while allowing for smoother communication between the two.
Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Cetnarski was a member of the management team of a US$3.5bn in revenue global logistics and supply chain company out of Chicago, leading strategic and operational turnarounds across areas of sales and call center operations, real estate development, warehouse operations, and finance.
Born in Poland, a dual US-EU citizen educated in Europe, US, Japan, China, Mr. Cetnarski has lived his entire life internationally across his adopted home of the United States, Asia, and his native Europe, and has developed a passion for travel and cultures from around the world at a very early age. Fluent in English and Polish and highly advanced in Japanese, he is also sharpening his Mandarin and Spanish. In his spare time, Mr. Cetnarski devotes his resources to addressing problems of job creation, AI automation, and diversity and inclusion in the cybersecurity space. He is a prolific advisor to corporate Boards and CEOs across industries and companies globally as well as Boards of startup ventures in the cybersecurity space (predominantly in the US and in Israel). He also serves on the Advisory Board of one of Israel’s top hi-tech/cybersecurity accelerators. He is an avid fitness and personal-performance enthusiast, scuba diver, and reader. Mr. Cetnarski lives in and drives his impact from New York City, his hometown since 1994.