About Randy Franklin Smith

Randy Franklin SMith  

Randy Franklin Smith,
Cyber Security
Subject Matter Expert

Randy Franklin Smith is an internationally recognized expert on the security and control of Windows and Active Directory security who specializes in Windows and Active Directory security. He performs security reviews for clients ranging from small, privately held firms to Fortune 500 companies, national, and international organizations.


  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Microsoft Security Most Valuable Professional (MVP)
  • Systems Security Certified Professional (SSCP)

Industry Memberships

  • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Center for Internet Security (CIS)

Training Experience

Prior to launching www.UltimateWindowsSecurity.com and related courses, Randy accrued many years of experience training IT auditors on Windows security as the developer and primary instructor for MIS Training Institute's Windows and Active Directory audit curriculum.

Now, through courses offered directly, Randy trains dozens of internal auditors from organizations around the world, associates of the “big four” public accounting firms and bank examiners with the FDIC, OCC, FFIEC and other agencies such as NASA.

Randy is the designer and exclusive instructor for the Ultimate Windows Security seminars:

  • Audit and Assessment of Active Directory
  • Audit and Assessment of Windows Server
  • Audit and Assessment of Windows Workstations
  • Audit and Assessment of SharePoint
  • Security Log Secrets
  • Total Wi-Fi Security
  • Complete Windows Security

Information Security Author

Randy has written over 300 articles on Windows security issues, which appear in publications like Information Security Magazine and Windows IT Pro where he is a contributing editor and author of the popular Windows security log series. In 2003 Randy received the Apex Award of Excellence in the category of How-to Writing for his security feature “8 Tips for Avoiding the Next Big Worm.” He is also the publisher of www.UltimateWindowsSecurity.com and the Patch Observer newsletter which provides same-day, independent analysis of Microsoft security bulletins.


Randy Franklin Smith began his career in information technology in the 1980s developing software for a variety of companies. During the early 1990s, he led a business process re-engineering effort for a multi-national organization and designed several mission critical, object-oriented, client/server systems. As the Internet and Windows NT took off, Randy focused on security and led his employer's information security planning team. In 1997, he formed Monterey Technology Group, Inc. where he serves as President.

You can contact Randy at rsmith@ultimatewindowssecurity.com







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