Professional Services Team

The Vanguard Professional Services team is renowned worldwide for its expertise as security solutions professionals. Team members have on average 30 years of mainframe and enterprise security experience. Vanguard consultants work independently or with internal staff members to complete pre-defined and scoped security projects on time and on budget.

Dustin Hayes

Manager of Professional Services

Dustin Hayes joined Vanguard’s Professional Services team in Oct 2013.


Dustin first started his professional career managing UNIX systems for the United States Air Force. Most recently before joining Vanguard’s Professional Services team, Dustin was the architect responsible for the enterprise solution to meet the PCI-DSS Level 1 card processor compliance requirements, including the design and implementation of the infrastructure team to meet a mix-environment solution. Additionally he conducted all of the required penetration testing and vulnerability assessment processes.


Currently he has expanded his knowledge to include; z/OS, Solaris, Linux, Microsoft, VMware, PBX/VoIP Phone Systems, Cisco and Networking while continuing to focus on Security and GRC related issues. This specialized background has resulted in experience with multiple different Regulatory and Compliance projects. He has over 10 years experience maintaining online transaction based data centers in multiple states and countries.

Doug Behrends

Senior Professional Services Consultant

Doug Behrends joined the Vanguard Professional Services team with over 30 years of information systems experience in 2003. Doug is currently focusing on remediation work to assist Fortune 500 companies in improving their security environment. Major activities related to this have included evaluating and implementing role-based security access structures and converting production batch processes from a single user ID to unique user IDs by line of business.


Prior to joining Vanguard, he performed multiple IT functions such as Operations Manager, Office Systems, Application and Systems programming and DB Management. His breadth of knowledge spans across numerous verticals including manufacturing, insurance and financial services where his expertise lent itself to MVS system installation and maintenance, productivity improvement/automation, security assessment and product design.


Since 1997 Doug has focused his career solely on information security for z/OS and RACF. Before joining Vanguard as a full-time member of the Professional Services team, he contributed as a Beta tester for the Vanguard product suite. Today, in addition to his security activities, he continues to provide insight into streamlining and automating processes.

Jay Burrows

Senior Professional Services Consultant

Jay Burrows joined Vanguard Professional Services team in January of 2020. Jay has 10 years in the Information Technology field spanning across International private sectors as well as US Government and Military. Jay has over 5 years’ experience working exclusively in RACF and Information Security focused in identity management solutions, digital forensics, auditing/compliance, key asset protection, digital certificates, and more. Jay also has experience in z/OS systems programming, coding, networking, and some ACF2.


Since 2009, Jay has also been serving part-time in the Army National Guard for 7 years as a LAN/WAN network manager, 2.5 years as a Discovery and Counter Infiltration Cyber Analyst, and now most recently a Digital Communications Team Chief.


Jay maintains his CEH certification, Security +, as well as other US Military recognized certifications and he is currently in pursuit of completing his AAS in Computer Information Technology with a focus on Information Security.

Tony Nix

Senior Professional Services Consultant

Tony has been an Information Security Professional for over 30 years with expertise in RACF and mainframe security technologies.


Tony maintains a CISSP certification and received his Master of Science Information Technology degree from the University of Maryland University College and Bachelor of Science Information Technology degree from the California State University Long Beach. Prior to joining Vanguard’s Professional Services team, Tony completed a 20-year career with IBM servicing domestic and international security customers across government, financial, retail, services, and other industries. Tony has performed duties as a systems analyst, line and project manager, programmer, pre-sales technical support, and system deployment.


Tony lives in Southern California and is proud and fortunate to return to Vanguard as a member of the Professional Services team.

Stuart Walton

Senior Professional Services Consultant

Stuart Walton joined Vanguard’s Professional Services team in June of 2013 and has 34 years of experience in Information Technology.


Before joining Vanguard, Stuart spent 22 years with Blue Turtle Technologies supporting clients using a multitude of software products on various operating systems both in and out of the security arena. In 2003, when Blue Turtle became the South African distributor for Vanguard, Stuart continued working as a senior technical consultant and moved his primary focus to Vanguard software and services. His expertise includes dealing with government facilities, retail, finance, health, utility, metal industries and insurance companies.


Prior to 1991, Stuart worked as a Systems Network Programmer and Systems Programmer installing and implementing 3rd party software tools for a variety of companies.

Charles Dale Johnson

Professional Services Consultant

Dale Johnson joined Vanguard Professional Services team in October 2019. He has over 45 years’ experience in Information Technology. Over the last 35 years he has focused on Information Security. He is results-oriented accomplished in new process design and system development. He has led design and launch of leading-edge technology and business solutions. He has significant project management experience with Fortune 500 firms in application, security, data warehousing, and systems management. He is proficient in working closely with management, customers, end-users, development teams, sub-contractors and vendors in design, development and implementation stages.


While at IBM, he provided mainframe security support in ACF2, RACF and Top Secret Security. He contributed to maintaining audit readiness and was involved in implementing role-based access controls. He became a subject matter expert (SME) for department, providing senior-level advice on z/OS upgrades, installation of digital certificates, RACF DB expansion and reorganizations, adding new LPARs to RRSF network, Sysplex refreshes (flash), and DR exercises. companies.


During other parts of his career, he has performed security administration for AS/400, mainframe, Microsoft Active Directory, and Unix (AIX & SCO). He also provided security administration for applications such as Domino Lotus Notes, Mobius Products, Oracle Data Base, Oracle Financials, and Peregrine’s Service Center.


He has Bachelor of Applied Science and a Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC).

Genaro Lopez Baez

Junior Professional Services Consultant

Genaro Lopez Baez joined Vanguard’s Professional Services team on July of 2023. That same year, on May of 2023, he graduated UNLV with a degree in Computer Science. During his last two years at UNLV, Genaro was part of multiple organization with a focus on cyber security and obtain his CompTIA Security+ certification. Since then, he has created an interest for the cyber security assessment process, penetration testing, and network security.