Michael Barba leads BDO Consulting’s National Security Compliance practice. In his role as practice lead, Mr. Barba’s responsibilities contribute to the National Security and economic stability of the United States of America. He has currently been appointed as an independent and neutral third-party Monitor reporting directly to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) Monitoring Agencies. He also continues to server as the independent and neutral third-party auditor of a telecommunications company to assess compliance with CFIUS National Security Agreement mitigation requirements.
With his responsibilities for as Head of Governance, Risk and Data Protection, Don Clewley oversees assessments, implementations, integrations, compliance and architecture for key areas at The Clorox Company. With 20+ years in IT, Don has held previous management positions with PwC, Bias Corporation, and KPMG, with responsibilities in security and other information technologies. Don has a Computer Science degree from the University of Maryland.
Paul Connelly is Vice President of Information Protection & Security and Chief Information Security Officer for HCA Healthcare. He leads the teams and programs for Cyber Security, Privacy, Identity & Access, Information Lifecycle Management, and Physical Security that protect the company’s 185 hospitals, more than 1200 outpatient and Physician clinics, 260,000 employees, and 31 million patient encounters each year.
Paul started as an information security analyst at the National Security Agency in 1984, spent nine years as Chief Information Security Officer at the White House, and six years as a partner leading an information security audit and consulting group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has led HCA’s program since 2002.
Highlights of Paul’s career include:
The first Chief Information Security Officer at the White House, serving under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.
The first civilian Presidential Communications Officer, leading communications and emergency support for the President during travel throughout the world.
Inducted into the White House Communications Agency Hall of Fame in 1998.
Winner of the top award for Information Security achievement in the federal government (Frank B. Rowlett Trophy) in 1992.
Winner of the Information Security Executive of the Year award for the private sector for North America in 2009.
Twenty-two members of Paul’s teams have been hired as Chief Information Security Officer at other organizations.
Paul is a graduate of the Naval War College National Security Studies program, has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Resource Economics from the University of Florida, and is part of the Leadership Nashville class of 2018. He is a member of the board of directors for Dismas House, a Nashville not-for-profit supporting men returning from incarceration.
A three-time CISO, Jesus “Laz” Montano has directed complex global information security for five FORTUNE® 500 Financial Services firms - Citigroup, Travelers, MetLife, Voya Financial (formerly ING) and MassMutual. He has led diverse international teams of hundreds of security professionals across 25 countries through technology evolutions, mergers and acquisitions, and increasing threat landscapes for over 20 years.
Mr. Montano is a board member of the National Technology Security Council since 2017. He has presented at numerous information security summits and other risk forums about topics ranging from cyber security threats, cyber regulatory and legislative matters and how to embrace diversity to address the critical cyber talent pool shortages.
He is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT). He was nominated as an “Information Security Executive of the year” by The Executive Network (T.E.N.) in 2009 and 2011. Most recently was recognized as one of the 100 Top Influential Hispanic Leaders for 2019 by the Hispanic IT Executive Council.
A highly regarded information security practitioner, Mr. Montano now heads up his own cyber security consulting practice (Montano, LLC) to help organizations evolve and transform their information security programs to meet the ever-changing cyber security threats globally.
Lynda has 30 years of experience in the IT Audit and Information Security. As Unum Group’s Chief Information Security Officer, Lynda has global responsibility for the Enterprise Information Security & Risk Management organization. Her responsibilities include IT governance and regulatory compliance, IT Global Risk Management, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Global Incident Management, Information Security Framework Management, Identity & Management, Security Incident Response, Application Software Security Assurance, and Network Security & Vulnerability Management.
Lynda holds a BS in Information Systems Management from University of New England and the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification.
Lynda’s professional affiliations include the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), FS-ISAC and the KnowledgeConnect Information Security Sharing Forum. She was one of ten women that received Insurance News Networking’s 2016 Women in Insurance Leadership Award. She has been a Governing Body Co-chair for the Atlanta CISO Executive Summit since 2010. She served as the conference chair for the 2016 FS-ISAC Spring Annual Conference. She received the 2009 CSO Compass award in recognition of visionary leadership in the Security field. She also won the 2008 ISE Southeast Award and was a 2005 ISE National Award Finalist. She has been asked to speak as an Industry Leader at the ISE Southeast Executive Forum, IDC-Security Forum in New York City and at the CSO Perspectives in Atlanta. She was profiled in Symantec’s CIO Digest and contributing author to “There’s A New Sheriff In Town” published by the Executive Alliance.
Deena Swatzie, CRISC, PMP – VP Performance & Compliance Management, SunTrust Bank. IT Risk and Compliance professional with a focus on technology risk, information security, governance and compliance. Area of expertise include: Collaborating with key technology, business and audit executives to evaluate and remediate control gaps to keep pace with changes in the underlying business and changes in technology; 12 years of Identity & Access Mgmt experience and an additional 5 years of consultative experience. Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).
Anil Varghese, a renowned industry veteran with over two decades of global experience in the information security arena - including stints at American Express and Sony - serves Exeter Finance as the firm’s SVP/CISO. Anil most recently served as the CISO for Service King (a Blackstone portfolio company).
Under his leadership, Anil had direct responsibility for setting strategic direction on IT risk, security, compliance, and privacy issues. He has been engaged to support sensitive M&A due diligence initiatives and fostered key strategic relationships with a keen eye towards the needs of the business. He has established credibility across corporate boardrooms by focusing on managing risk and not promoting fear. Anil also served as an esteemed thought leader and security evangelist across the industry for PayPal and others.
Anil serves as a go to advisor for Fortune 500 firms and startup clients alike on IT risk management matters, and is a sitting Cyber Advisory Board member at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Anil recently completed the Global Policy in Cybersecurity program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is an active member of the information security/assurance community, including roles as a presenter/speaker to ISSA, CISO Roundtable, InfraGard, ISACA, and the FBI.
Asst. Vice-Chancellor, IT Security/Chief Information Security Officer
Mary Dickerson is Assistant Vice-President/Assistant ViceChancellor for IT Security and serves as Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Houston and the University of Houston System. As CISO, she is responsible for strategic planning and implementation of information security practices, encompassing a range of activities from compliance to technical forensics. In her role, she also serves the University as a subject matter expert for the media on information security matters. Ms. Dickerson’s previous roles include IT Project Manager responsible for PCI Compliance for the University of Houston System as well as multiple enterprise projects and initiatives. In 2008, Ms. Dickerson was named to the PCI Knowledge Base “Panel of Experts.” Ms. Dickerson has a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston, Bauer College of Business. She is a Spring 2016 graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future Leadership Forum and is an active member in a variety of professional organizations. Ms. Dickerson holds a variety of industry certifications including: Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) as well as multiple FEMA National Information Management System (NIMS) certifications. A 19-year member of the Nassau Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Ms. Dickerson is also an Accredited Basic Firefighter for the State of Texas. Ms. Dickerson served as Chair of the Texas Cybersecurity, Education and Economic Development Council (TCEEDC) originally established in 2011 by Texas Senate Bill 988, and is currently Vice-Chair of its successor, the Texas Cybersecurity Council. She is also currently serving on the Greater Houston Partnership Cybersecurity Task Force, the FBI InfraGard Houston Chapter Board of Directors, the Texas CISO Council Leadership Team and the Eastwood Academy Cybersecurity Advisory Board, as well as other information security advisory committees, boards and special interest groups.
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