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NTXISSA May 2017 Monthly Meeting

May 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

$10 – $30



NTXISSA – CISO Panel discusison
Lessons Learned – A Take on the State of Security from CISOs

Many organizations have fallen victims to sophisticated cyberattacks in the year 2016. As more and more high profile breaches (spanning many industries) come to light, the question is no longer, “WILL I be hacked?” but now, “WHEN will I be hacked?”
The panel will also discuss “What works” – real world practical experience responding to security threats and incidents and steps to take to limit the impact. Panel participants will share their plans for dealing with major security challenges in their respective industries in the coming few years. This session will be conducted in a Q&A style.


Chris Armstrong, NTXISSA Vice President, President Configuration Management User Group, Enterprise Architect
photo of Chris ArmstrongProven results oriented leader in the areas of Configuration Management, Information Security, and IT transformations. Chris brings over ten years enterprise experience with clients from transportation, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, and corporate.

Chris has engaged been engaged in dozens of large configuration management implementations and other projects ranging from information security to process improvement. For several years Mr. Armstrong has presided over the configuration user group helping hundreds of administrators and organizations

In addition to the Configuration Management User Group Mr. Armstrong is an active volunteer in several other organizations focused on Information Security and other causes. Chris resides in North Texas with his wife and two daughters.

You can contact Chris at [email protected] or http://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisarmstrongtx


George Finney – Southern Methodist University, CSO
Photo of George FinneyGeorge Finney, Esq., has worked in Cybersecurity for over 15 years and is the author of No More Magic Wands: Transformative Cybersecurity Change for Everyone. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for Southern Methodist University where he has also taught on the subject of Corporate Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Mr. Finney is an attorney and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional as well as a Certified Information Security Systems Professional and has spoken on Cybersecurity topics across the country. You can visit his blog and read his latest thoughts at www.strongestelement.com

Scot Miller – Health Management Systems VP, CISO
Photo of Scot MillerScot Miller, CISSP, CISM, is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Health Management Systems (HMS). He has presented on advances in Information Security and Technology Governance at consortiums in Florida, Texas, New York, Arizona, and Connecticut, and has been quoted in national magazines and other industry symposiums. Scot built a high performing Security Architecture team from the ground up, and this past year brought HMS’s Security Incident and Event Management program to a new level – in a project which also won him a CSO50 Award from a pool of national and international candidates for innovation and meaningful impact on a business. As a result of this program, HMS saw a decline of 300% in threat incidents year-over- year, among other positive impacts.

In 2015, the HMS Holdings Corp. Board of Directors selected Scot Miller, Senior Director of Security Architecture, as winner of the 2014 Galen D. Powers Award. Scot received multiple nominations, and his selection this year honors his unwavering commitment to serving HMS and its clients at the highest level of quality and ethics for the past five years. Scot was cited for his super cross-functional collaboration, his leadership and the Strategic Knowledge Map education series, together with his contributing roles as a member of the College Recruiting Team and Emergency Warden Team. His mentorship, knowledge-sharing, and experience with those throughout the corporation allows him to impact the organization beyond the bounds of title or role.

Scot’s team is responsible for defining, analyzing, and reducing risk as it relates to HMS’s infrastructure, business systems, and data security. Previous to his duty at the Irving, TX based Healthcare IT Services organization; he was the Head of Global IT Security for Alcon Laboratories, and Chief Security Architect at MassMutual Financial Group. Scot was also the VP and CTO for the CT chapter of ISSA during 2003 and 2004.

Joshua Danielson – Copart, Head of Information Security
Photo of Joshua DanielsonWith a decade of experience in both public and private sectors, Josh Danielson has served a variety of industries throughout his security career; from academia and government contracting, to the financial sector. Josh is an active member of the infosec community where he has participated in multiple volunteer events. Josh has received a Master of Science degree in Information Management from Syracuse University, and currently holds multiple certifications including CISSP-ISSAP and CISM.

Elliot Franklin, Omni Hotels, VP (Infrastructure & Security)
Photo of Elliot FranklinElliott has served the Technology and Security industry for the past 19 years. During this time he has developed a passion for helping business leaders achieve their goals through innovative, secure and cost effective solutions.

In his current role, he serves as the Vice President of Infrastructure and Security for Omni Hotels and Resorts where he leads the network, server, database and security teams. Prior to Omni, Elliott served as the Director of Risk and Security and Information Security Officer for Essilor of America. At Essilor, he was a member of the senior IT leadership team and partnered across the enterprise to identify and remediate risks to critical data, networks and systems. Through his innovative approach, Elliott helped perform a complete Infrastructure assessment to improve system performance and uptime, as well as partner with the innovation team to deploy agile, composable, cloud based web and mobile applications to increase customer engagement.

Prior to Essilor, Elliott built the Information Security teams at Whataburger Restaurants, the San Antonio Division of Hospital Corporation of America and Texas State University. While Risk and Security have been his primary roles, he has helped deploy, architect and update ERP systems as well as mobile applications and mobile device management. He has held various positions with local ISSA chapters and is passionate about teaching parents and children about staying safe online and avoiding cyber bullies.

Elliott holds a BBA in Management from Angelo State University and is a CISSP, a CISM, as well as an ISSA Fellow.

Roy C. Bené II, VP/Director – IT | Information Security Officer
Photo of Roy BeneWith over 23 years of IT and Information Security experience beginning in his military career, Roy is no stranger to the challenges faced from a security standpoint in the world of IT, today. For the past 2 years, Roy has been the IT director and ISO for NexBank SSB. During this time, he has implemented several changes to the bank’s infrastructure by deploying new, more secure, technologies, as well as made changes to the bank’s Information and Cybersecurity programs that have been key in keeping NexBank ahead of the curve. Prior to NexBank, Roy has spent a lot of his civilian career as an IT consultant. From 1994 to 2007, Roy enjoyed a very prosperous Naval Career.

Outside of his IT and Security career, he has truly lived his fantasy career. A Le Cordon Bleu graduate, he has cooked in 3 different countries and was awarded best home chef (instructor) in Fort Worth in 2015 by Thumbtack. He is generous with his time for charity work of various causes including Make-A-Wish, Habitat for Humanity, and, American Red Cross. He donates his time to disaster relief initiatives, as well as provides free IT support to churches and other non-profits who may not be able to afford IT services.

Reservation and Payment Information

You may reserve your spot by registering at Constant Contact before 9:00am the day of the meeting. We encourage you to register online even if you plan on paying at the door so that we will have a count for the restaurant.

Please note you are free to show up without registering and we will certainly try to seat you, but it is always possible we may need to turn unregistered persons away when seats run out – so please register.


Members who prepay online: $10

Guests who prepay online: $25

Anyone paying at the door: $30

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May 18, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$10 – $30
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