Title: 1)Owner 2) Technical Advisor
Company: 1)Foxwood Music 2) Vanguard
Location: Keyser, West Virginia, United States
Jeff Buser, owner of Foxwood Music and technical advisor at Vanguard, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in information security and music.
Mr. Buser has enjoyed nearly four decades of success as both an information security consultant and a professional musician. Raised by a family of artists, he began lessons at a young age and credits his childhood piano teacher, Evelyn Schraum, with encouraging him to develop a genuine love for the art. Mr. Buser studied music theory and computer science at West Virginia State University, Potomac State College and Fairmont State University, where he started his first experiments in IT by building modifications for a Star Trek-inspired video game that he had found on a library computer. He began his IT career in earnest in 1986 as a system administrator for Ray C. Lapp Air Conditioning, and joined Micro-Integration as a software engineer the following year.
From 1994 until 1996, Mr. Buser was a partner at Virtual Dynamics, leaving to pursue independent consulting until 1999, when he accepted his current position with Vanguard. His philosophy of practice is that professionals in the field need to do their due diligence to understand the way that issues of data privacy and data security overlap, and to help individual users navigate their rights while using systems in the most efficient ways. Mr. Buser holds numerous industry credentials, including as a certified information systems security professional and certified secure software lifecycle professional, and is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.
In addition to his work in technology, Mr. Buser is an expert sound engineer and music producer, and has been the owner of Foxwood Music since 2008. He has performed piano, guitar, and vocals in a number of progressive and alternative metal projects since the early 1980s, including The Klap, Dystroyer, and Bounty Hunter. Mr. Buser is best known for his time with gothic metal four-piece Phantasm, and Jaw, a “heavy alternative” band he recorded and performed with from 1999 until 2002. He also recorded several solo records, most recently “The Rise and Fall of Alexander” in 2011, a concept album based on the life of Alexander the Great. In his personal time, Mr. Buser enjoys merging his skills to create original music videos and downloadable content for video games, and has appeared at numerous conferences and events presenting on information technology. Within five years, he hopes to begin winding down his career in IT to return his focus to his passion; creating music.
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