Steven Ryder

An IT expert who speaks on Cybersecurity Preparedness

Advising Planning Firms & Individuals Nationwide on Cybersecurity Issues

Steven and his firm, True North Networks, help financial services firms and advisers develop a solid cybersecurity plan

They help their clients be more productive by designing, delivering, and servicing tailored network solutions that address individual needs while exceeding expectations.

They have been providing IT Support such as technical help-desk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses since 2002. Proactive monitoring and virtual help desk services help reduce downtime and increase efficiencies for their customers.

While True North’s primary focus is supporting financial advisors, the company also has clients within the retail, manufacturing, construction and general service industries in over 23 states.

  • Cybersecurity Preparedness (for Financial Advisors)
  • Cybersecurity Preparedness (for Broker-Dealers)
  • Cybersecurity Preparedness (for Client Events)

“Steve has a great, interactive presentation style with clearly presented content on IT and cybersecurity. Steve has in depth knowledge of IT within the financial services industry as his firm has been servicing FINRA and SEC regulated firms for over 10 years. We would strongly recommend Steve presenting at any conference whose audience was business owners and top level executives.”

– Jennifer Goldman, CFP, President, My Virtual COO


“I have heard Steve Ryder speak on numerous occasions. He knows his business and clearly communicates what business owners should be doing to avert disaster, protect their data and other digital assets. He is particularly well versed on financial planning and investment advisory issues including the SEC’s current cyber initiatives. Steve frequently provides helpful tips and software recommendations that I have seen participants upload on the spot – providing, of course, that they have a safe internet connection.”

– Susan MacMichael John, CFP, AIF

“Steve is an engaging speaker on technology – he is anecdotedal in addition to prescriptive, which means his technology talks are interesting (and entertaining) not dry.  Steve is also intentional to provide actionable take aways which is another area that sets him apart.

 If you need someone who can relate a technology topic to an audience, Steve is a great translator.”

– Jo Day, Co-Founder, Trumpet, Inc.

Steven’s Audiences Have Included Members From…

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • FPA
  • Rotary Groups
Travels From:  New Hampshire
$5,000 and Under


Keynote Speaker Steven Ryder is the President and Founder of True North Networks, LLC. Starting in 2002, True North Networks has been providing straight answers and bright solutions to their technology clients throughout the country.

Prior to starting True North, Mr. Ryder worked in the financial services industry serving as Vice President of two banks, managing relationships with Fannie Mae’s largest New England clients, and was the CFO of the largest real estate company in New Hampshire.

Steven has been to El Salvador and Ecuador more than a dozen times not only building houses with his local Rotary group, but volunteering his time and donating equipment to many local schools within those countries.

His family is currently assisting a young woman in El Salvador attend college. Being a good corporate citizen within his local community and abroad is important to Steven, and he encourages the entire True North team to embrace these components in how they define success and support their community.


Nearly every day you hear about yet another breach happening at a name brand company or financial institution, but how many don’t we hear about? While the numbers are constantly changing, the statistics clearly indicate that over 75% of companies have experienced a security breach within the last two years. Many of these can be avoided by training, policies and enforcement, yet many companies feel they don’t have the time, expertise or money to properly put these items in place.

In this dynamic presentation your advisors will learn:

  • Things you can do to protect your network without breaking the bank
  • Techniques used by hackers to prey on human vulnerabilities
  • How to engage with your IT provider to actively monitor your network
  • Tips on how to work securely on mobile devices

Areas of expertise

  • Cyber Security Governance
  • Risk Assessment
  • Data Loss & Recovery
  • Laptop & Mobile Device Loss Mitigation
  • Network & Information Protection

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