Leadership Team

David A. Nelson, President

David A. Nelson, Jr. CISSP

President and CEO

Dave is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with over 25 years of cybersecurity and technology experience. He is a Fellow with the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and has led cybersecurity and technology organizations in both the public and private sector.

In 2008, Dave founded Pratum, which was one of the first pure play information security companies in the Midwest. With the mission of solving information security challenges based on risk, not fear, Dave built the Pratum team to provide organizations with objective assistance in addressing their cybersecurity challenges. Today Pratum is considered a leader in vCISO and managed security services with clients across the nation.

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Steve Healey, Chief Security Architect

Steve Healey, C|EH

Chief Technology Officer

Steve is a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) with over 10 years of technology and security experience. He has extensive experience with network and web application penetration testing, social engineering, forensics, and security architecture. Steve leads Pratum's Managed Security Services division including Managed SIEM and vulnerability scanning, as well as penetration testing services and incident response. Steve is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

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Megan Howard - Manager, Security Consulting

Megan Howard

Manager, Security Consulting

Megan is responsible for leading Pratum’s team of information security consultants as they deliver Virtual CISO, IT audit, IT risk management and incident response services. She is focused on team leadership, process improvement, and overall service delivery. Megan specializes in advising clients throughout the risk assessment and IT audit process, leading incident response teams, and leading organizations toward HIPAA, PCI and FISMA compliance.


Brigadier General David A. Cotton, USAF (Retired) - Strategic Security Advisor at Pratum

David A. Cotton, Brigadier General, USAF (Retired)

Strategic Security Advisor

David is a customer-centric cybersecurity, information technology, and change management senior executive with over 20 years of experience leading large, complex, diverse, global operations. He is the former Chief Information Security Officer for Iowa State University; a four-time Chief Information Officer while serving in the US Air Force, retiring as a brigadier general; a corporate cybersecurity VP for TASC Inc., a then-private defense and intelligence contractor focused on cybersecurity, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, geospatial intelligence, data analytics; and a member of the Defense Department’s Senior Executive Service and Deputy CIO for Information Enterprise

The Newton, Iowa, native is a graduate of Iowa State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and Master of Arts degrees in Computer Data Management and Personnel Management from Webster University, and Strategic Studies from the US Air War College.


Todd Robran - Director of Client Engagement

Todd Robran

Director of Client Engagement

As Director of Client Engagement for Pratum, Todd works to understand the unique needs of each of the company’s existing and perspective clients to ensure that their tolerance for risk and compliance needs are well understood and individually met.

Prior to joining Pratum, Todd was sales manager for a fortune 100 company where he spent seventeen years selling business to business by forming sustainable client relationships. He is also a certified six sigma black belt project manager with proven experience driving projects forward. As a project leader he has experience prioritizing, budgeting and presenting projects to executive boards. This experience has proven valuable in equipping Pratum’s clients to clearly communicate security risk and compliance to managers and executives.

Todd completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, and earned his masters of Science degree from University of Illinois. He lives in the Des Moines, IA area with his wife and three children.


Jordan Engbers - Director of Marketing and Business Development

Jordan Engbers

Chief Administrative Officer

Jordan is an innovative leader with a spirited drive and desire to connect with others. He has a passion for business strategy and collaboration. As CAO, he is responsible for overseeing the administrative functions of the company including accounting, HR, and marketing.

Jordan has a proven history of success in business administration and marketing. He is a former Project Manager and Creative Director for a leading technology company. Prior to his internal move to CAO at Pratum, Jordan was Marketing Director, where he was responsible for increasing brand awareness and building brand trust within the Information Security sector. During his tenure as director, he successfully developed and executed the company’s corporate rebrand.

The Iowa native graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drake University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He also earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Communications from Hawkeye Community College. He lives in Johnston, Iowa with his wife and daughter.

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