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North Texas ISSA Monthly Meeting for May 2015

May 21, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Roundtable Topic: Threat Against Our Well Being – The Most Effective Methods in Combating and Responding to the Cyber Attack

Presentation Description:
This ISSA Executive Roundtable will discuss various topics relevant to current threats against our Nation, our industries, our businesses, our customers, and us as individuals. This session will include topics around phishing / malware, emerging security strategies and standards, offshoring / third party risk management, incident responses around cloud technologies, personal privacy, and counter response tactics.

Panelists Bios:

David Stanton, Moderator, ISSA Executive Forum Director, Security & Privacy Director at Protiviti, and interim Director/CISO Healthcare ProviderDavid Stanton
David has more than 16 years of IT and IT Security consulting experience and received a BBA in Managerial Information Systems from Baylor University. He joined the Protiviti Dallas office in the IT Consulting practice focusing on Security and Privacy in 2013. Prior to Protiviti, David held the position of Data Protection and Privacy lead for a Fortune Global 500 consulting firm, acted as an interim Chief Information Security for a large entertainment company, and was previously Information Security Officer (ISO) for a top 5 US credit union. Currently, David is also the ISSA Executive Forums Director, is the interim Director / CISO for local Healthcare Provider, and regularly speaks to large audiences around top of mind security topics (including Cloud Security, Third Party Risk Management Forensics / Incident Handling, and Cyber Threats).

Parrish Gunnels, Panelist, Sr. Director and CISO of Information Security at Invitation Homes
Parrish-GunnelsParrish has more than 16 years of IT experience in various functions such as business analysis, project management, development, policy and process creation, business continuity management, internal / external audit, risk management and information security. He joined Invitation Homes, a Blackstone company, in February of this year. His experience includes working in multiple industries including financial services, telecommunications, and chemical manufacturing. Over the past few years, he has been focused on developing information security programs and securing existing networks through risk analysis, control definition, and user experience. Parrish holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Texas Christian University and certifications as a Professional Project Manager (PMP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Chris Ray, Panelist, SVP and CISO at Epsilon, Inc.

Chris-RaySince November 2011 and as CISO of Epsilon, Chris oversees many facets of information security, including security operations, incident response, identity management and regulatory compliance. Prior to Epsilon, Chris was the CISO at Aflac Corporation for 7½ years and responsible for Information Security and Software Change Management. He also started and oversaw the first infosec department at Healthsouth Corporation. Finally, Chris served as an active duty United States Air Force (USAF) enlisted airman and then officer for 13 years with another 8 years in the active USAF Reserves. He retired in 2009 after 21 years of service. For over a decade, he worked at the Air Force Information Warfare Center conducting global cyber-warfare and cyber-terrorism exercises to provide government agencies information warfare tactics, techniques and procedures. Chris holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification as well as an ISSMP concentration in management.

Ron Mehring, Panelist, Sr. Director and CISO of Information Security at Texas Health Resources

Ron-MehringRon Mehring serves as the chief information security officer / senior director, information security for Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. At Texas health Resources, Ron leads IT GRC, security architecture, security operations, and the IT BC DR program. His current initiatives are focused on improving team performance, improving resiliency management, integrating a threat-management architecture that accounts for present and emerging threats, and maturing a technology risk management program that is aligned with the strategic goals of the organization. Ron holds an MBA in Risk Management from NYIT and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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May 21, 2015
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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