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Vanguard Innovators

Ronn H. Bailey

Founder, CEO and CTO

Ronn H. Bailey Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Vanguard Integrity Professionals, is a recognized expert in Cybersecurity and Information Technology. Bailey has been the CEO and CTO of Vanguard for more than 30 years. Ronn works closely with government agencies and Fortune 1000 companies worldwide, helping to identify and resolve the ever-changing threat scape related to Cybersecurity, Governance, Risk, and Forensic Analysis.


Bailey, a Cybersecurity inventor and patent holder, was requested to help write the “Cyberspace Security Policy” for the Bush administration.


Bailey is an extreme athlete having participated in the dangerous off-road race known as The Dakar. Extreme off-road racing has been instrumental in running and operating a highly successful company, much like racing leading a championship organization requires developing and executing on highly effective and efficient plans and highly skilled resource management.


Bailey is a Cybersecurity visionary driven by his patriotism for the United States of America. He is a proud veteran having served in the United States Air Force with deployment in the Vietnam War during his military tenure.

Eldon Worley

Senior Product Architect – Vanguard Enforcer

Eldon is a member of the Mainframe Executive Hall of Fame. He is responsible for directing the Vanguard Enforcer product development and architecture. Eldon directed the Vanguard Enforcer product alterations necessary to achieve the EAL3+ evaluation.


Eldon was previously at the Almaden IBM Research Laboratory where he was involved in the original development of the RACF product and then following in further development of RACF, including several releases of the product. During this time, Eldon spent two temporary assignments in England, one at IBM Hursley and the second at Cambridge University still involved with RACF and its future. Eldon was also a member of the IBM Security Architecture Board.


Eldon contributed to the RACF releases that contained the original release code, password enhancements, global access, RACF address space, and the RACF Remote Sharing enhancement. In addition to these enhancements, while at IBM, Eldon was continually involved with the RACF product review process of the various RACF releases and enhancements including the Generic profiles and B1 Security enhancements.

Brian Marshall


Marshall joined Vanguard in 2006 serving initially as the director of research and development. During this time Marshall was the primary architect and visionary behind Vanguard Configuration Manager, which is the only automated baseline configuration scanner that enables government agencies and contractors to test and assess their compliance with the National Checklist Program (NCP) guidelines, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), for IBM z/OS and RACF.


Prior to joining Vanguard, Marshall served 11 years in software development management at Computer Associates and Innovative DP Designs, Inc., where he led the development of IMS database utilities. He was also a professor of computer science at Solano College in Fairfield, California.


Marshall holds one shared patent on a method of reorganizing IMS databases online. He is also an expert on NIST security standards. Marshall remains an active educator and speaker on numerous z/OS security and compliance topics at RACF User Groups (RUGs), Vanguard’s annual security and compliance conference and other industry conferences.


Marshall holds a BS in computer science and MBA from Sonoma State University.

Dick Morales

Senior Software Developer

Dick Morales is a senior software developer primarily responsible for Vanguard Advisor. He has more than 40 years experience in the Information Technology area, beginning at Ft. Lee, Virginia in the Finance Computer Center in 1968. 20 of those years were spent as a systems programmer at what is now CenturyLink. Before retiring in 2001, he managed a team of systems programmers responsible for maintaining the MVS Operating Systems on more than 57 mainframes.


Morales worked as a contract developer for Vanguard for 10 years before becoming a full-time employee in 2001. During this time, he wrote Analyzer and co-wrote Advisor. Since becoming a full-time employee, he co-wrote Policy Manager and was the senior product architect over the Administrator, Analyzer and Advisor products. He was also a developer of the Vanguard Offline product

Bruce Schaefer

Director of Research and Development

Bruce Schaefer has been with Vanguard for more than 15 years and is responsible for leading the development and enhancement efforts for Vanguard Configuration Manager, Analyzer and Policy Manager. He brings over 35 years of software development experience in all aspects of the project life cycle – from system requirements to product delivery. Schaefer’s experience and technical leadership help Vanguard meet customers’ expectations for automated solutions to their challenges in security administration, auditing and regulatory compliance.


Prior to his current role, Schaefer was architect of the QuickGen feature used in Vanguard products, including the QuickGen Tag Language that gives customers the ability to generate custom formatted reports. He is also the architect and developer of the email API, one of the Vanguard Enabler technologies used by all Vanguard products. Schaefer was the senior architect for Administrator, Advisor and Analyzer. He simplified Vanguard releases by developing the tool used internally to improve the SMP/E PTF build process. Schaefer is proficient in C, C++, BAL (Assembler), REXX, Pascal, Visual Basic, SQL, Fortran, and Smalltalk. He has more than 30 years experience with z/OS systems, RACF, TCPIP, XML, SMTP, SMP/E, and LE. Occasionally, you will find him as one of the instructors at the annual Vanguard Security & Compliance conference.


Prior to Vanguard, Schaefer worked at TeraCloud Corporation, Amdahl, and Dassault Systems of America. He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from California State University, Northridge.

John Connors

Vice President of Technology

John Connors has more than 35 years of cybersecurity experience. John joined Vanguard´s Professional Services Team as a Senior Professional Services Consultant in April 2002. Today, John has assumed leadership of technical operations for Vanguard and guides Vanguard clients with various enterprise security issues as customers struggle with integration of z/OS Security Server and numerous other enterprises security systems. Connors a recognized expert in multiple cybersecurity disciplines, including securing TCPIP and other communication protocols, securing UNIX implementation and evaluations of network-based security control systems.


Connors has a broad based technical background with expertise and certifications including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCP, MCP+I, MCSE), Cryptographic System Repairman, Computer Languages including .NET, C#, C++, ADA, PHP, Visual Basic, HTML, SQL, Perl, Dbase III, ACCESS; CISCO Firewalls, Switches, Routers, Frame Relay, ATM, Microsoft Information Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Site Server, VTEL Video Communications Systems, TC2000, Multi-point Conference units, AT&T Switches, Dimension 400, 2000, System 75/85, and G3.


Prior to joining Vanguard, Connors served for over 24 years in the United States Air Force where he was the Secure Communication Specialist/Superintendent of Network Operations. After a long, successful career with the military, he finally retired as Chief of Special Projects responsible for managing large scale command control communication and computer systems. John´s commercial background roles include Operations Manager and Chief Architect for a large ASP and Senior Systems Engineer for a major computer integrator.