Chris Carter
Senior Clients Solutions Advisor

Umar (Chris) Carter is a Senior Client Solutions Advisor at Optiv who works with clients to find strategic security solutions to enable business capabilities, strengthen security posture, and enhance cyber resilience capabilities.

Previously, he worked as Global Security AVP at Zurich Insurance Group. As the Global Head of Cyber Analytics, he oversaw the coordination, development, and execution of a variety of complex information security programs and initiatives.

His current and previous experiences include designing strategies, defining target operating models, implementing roadmaps, assessing, and designing risk management processes, and leading the execution of enterprise-wide risk-based implementation programs.

His professional and philanthropic careers have allowed him to meet various thought leaders in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Passionate about developing and growing talent, Umar mentors and coaches professionals in the Cyber Security space across various verticals. His international experience includes working and living in EMEA, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. He currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s in Information Systems and several security certificates from ISACA, (ISC)², and AWS. Carter also holds a certification in Cyber Security Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.