Our Leadership Team

Karen L. Cole, CBCP, MBCI, CISA, CRISC (Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer)

KLCKaren’s role is to lead corporate strategy and day-to-day operations of the firm. She has an extensive background in risk management, information protection, business continuity, and IT Contingency Planning.

Ms. Cole is a national speaker on the topics of risk management and business continuity. She is also a Guest Lecturer in the Virginia Commonwealth University Fast Track Executive Masters in Science program. She is an active member of the Virginia Council of CEO’s, co-chair of the Richmond Technology Council (RichTech) Government Services Forum, and sits on the board of Safe Harbor, the shelter for victims of domestic violence in Henrico County, VA.

Joshua A. Cole, CISM (Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer)

jacJosh is in charge of driving Assura’s product and service strategies.

Josh’s professional background in privacy, security, IT infrastructure, and IT and business operations spans over 24 years. During that time, he has held senior positions in consulting firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton, and as Chief Information Security Officer for a national healthcare company. He has extensive experience in providing risk management and compliance solutions to senior leadership for clients in both the government and private sectors.

Josh is a member of the board of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia (PCAV).

John K. Brightly, CISM, CBCP (Vice President, Service Delivery)

John BrightlyWith over 35-years of experience in the information technology, security, and compliance fields, John is in charge of ensuring that Assura’s innovative services are delivered on time, on budget, and to each client’s satisfaction. Prior to joining Assura, John was the Chief Information Security Officer, Privacy Officer, and Internal Compliance Officer for LandAmerica Financial Group. In addition to his expertise in information security and privacy, John has extensive experience in data center management, business continuity, and IT contingency planning with positions at SunTrust Bank, PhilipMorris, American Tobacco, and Reynolds Metals.

John is a member of the Central Virginia chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), ISACA Virginia, and the Old Dominion Chapter of Association of Contingency Planners (ACP).