My vision for every organization is to improve their security posture. I can achieve this by implementing the right tools with the right people at the right time. Pair my experience as an executive of Information Security with a strategic mindset, a tactical skillset, as well as team member cooperation, and I can help ensure the security of SECU. To better focus on information security and, consistently, deliver cost effective results, we will incorporate risk-based decision making with our aligned technology initiatives and business goals. Some recent successes: • Cost saving initiative at Bank of America saw a return on investments of $55 (mil) annualized by reducing redundant insecure external data exchanges with a secure data exchange- an excellent example of saving money while improving the security posture in just 5 months. • Focusing on budgeting, I was able to reduce duplicate security systems at Belk, saving an annualized $1.5 (mil) in IT spending for their Information Security department with zero negative impact to security readiness or risk. My ability to train, even at the Board of Directors level, allowed for executives to learn the complexity of Information Security while responding to a mock security incident. I believe in mentoring and coaching individuals to push themselves out of their comfort zone, so they can perform at their highest level. As a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer after 22 years, I continue to motivate and encourage employees to buy into the corporate vision and standards I expect the department to follow. My career has included leadership roles at large and small companies. I received my Bachelor of Science in Accounting from East Carolina University and am also a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). I am a founding member of the CISO Executive Network in Charlotte, NC and have recently completed the CISO Academy training with the FBI in Quantico, Virginia.
Following the presenter’s earlier thoughts on this subject, he will be joined by other CISO practitioners in a lively panel discussion to offer additional thoughts on this very important topic. Following the panel discussion the floor will be open for an extended Q&A session.