Alissa Knight


Alissa Knight is a Partner at Brier & Thorn, Inc., and Chairwoman of Brier & Thorn's Board of Directors.

Alissa has a passion for helping clients secure their most valuable assets; the ideas they bring to market that change the ways in which we work, live, and play. A proven leader with deep domain knowledge in developing strong client relationships, she builds outstanding global teams and partnerships, bringing a disciplined focus to operations and execution.

Alissa leads marketing and communications activities globally, including image and market development, digital marketing, social media, corporate and financial communications, industry analyst and media relations, brand management, advertising and research.


As part of her other responsibilities in MARCOM, she also drives the delivery of IT risk management services to the global marketplace; creating the service roadmap for Brier & Thorn's portfolio of IT risk management projects and managed security services delivered from its global network of Security Operations Centers.

Alissa is responsible for shaping the strategy and vision for Brier & Thorn's global network of member firms, including working with partners to focus on action-oriented, enduring and repeatable results for clients, overseeing the execution of business plans and inspiring Brier & Thorn's global leadership and people.

Alissa drives innovation through Brier & Thorn's cloud SaaS business, global risk management consultancy, and managed security services practice; maximizing value from the fast-changing and dynamic ecosystem of information security controls; and leveraging emerging technologies to bring the newest innovations to clients globally. Alissa applies new technologies and architectural foundations in building IT risk management solutions for clients across borders and industries. In addition, Alissa is responsible for managing Brier & Thorn's strategic alliances, partnerships and senior-level relationships with leading and emerging technology companies, and runs Brier & Thorn's technology advisory boards as well as chairs its Board of Directors.


Prior to founding Brier & Thorn, Ms. Knight started and sold two previous companies to public companies in international markets, started a private equity fund investing in startups in Chicago, and worked with U.S. Intelligence Community in counterinsurgency operations support as a defense contractor. Ms. Knight is also recognized as having designed a distributed intrusion detection system framework for the US Air Force Distributed Missions Operation Network (DMO) and presenting an intrusion detection strategy to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Technology Insertion Panel, which was later approved for deployment across the Global Information Grid (GIG).

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