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NTXISSA May 2018 Monthly Meeting CISO Panel

May 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

$10 – $30


Arbor Networks

NETSCOUT Arbor is driven to protect the infrastructure and ecosystem of the internet. It is the principle upon which we were founded in 2000; and remains the common thread that runs through all that we do today. Our approach is rooted in the study of network traffic. Our suite of visibility, DDoS protection and advanced threat solutions provide customers with a micro view of their network enhanced by a macro view of global internet traffic and emerging threats through our ATLAS infrastructure. ATLAS delivers intelligence based on insight into approximately 1/3 of global internet traffic. Supported by our Security Engineering & Response Team (ASERT), smart workflows and rich user context, NETSCOUT Arbor’s network insights help customers see, understand and solve the most complex and consequential security challenges facing their organizations.

NTXISSA – CISO Panel discusison : ‘Emerging Practices for Proactive Security’


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George Finney – Southern Methodist University, CSO
Photo of George FinneyGeorge Finney is the Chief Security Officer for the Southern Methodist University and is the author of No More Magic Wands: Transformative Cybersecurity Change for Everyone. He has also taught in the SMU School of Engineering on the subject of Corporate Cybersecurity and Information Assurance.
Before joining SMU, George worked with several startups and global telecommunications firms designing networks, writing policy, hardening servers and educating users. George received his J.D from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and his B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
George is a member of the Texas CISO Council , a governing body member of the Evanta CISO Coalition, and an advisory board member for SecureWorld. He is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas, a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Certified Information Security Manager as well as a Certified Information Security Systems Professional.
George is frequent speaker on Cybersecurity topics across the country and he maintains a blog (www.strongestelement.com) where he writes on topics focusing on improving Cybersecurity awareness through a unique approach that combines neuroscience, psychology and wellness.

Jeffrey Kok – CIO Mill Creek Residential Trust
Photo of JJeffrey Kok Jeff Kok serves as the Chief Information Officer for Mill Creek Residential Trust with overall responsibility for Technology and Cybersecurity. Mr. Kok has been with Mill Creek since December 2015 and has developed a robust technology team to drive innovation and automation across development, acquisitions, construction,property management, and the national services functions.
Mr. Kok has three guiding philosophies for leading an organization:

1. People Matter Most
2. Simplicity
3. Empowerment
Prior to joining Mill Creek, from 2005 to 2015, Mr. Kok worked for Celanese International Corporation {NYSE: CE}, a global technology and specialty materials company that engineers and manufactures a wide variety of products essential to everyday living. Mr. Kok held a variety of positions at Celanese and ascended quickly through the ranks. His most recent role at Celanese was Head of Information Security (CISO). He led remediation efforts and developed the strategy for the company with regards to data classification, data protection,and monitoring.
Prior to Mr. Kok’s appointment to Head of Information Security (CISO), he established and managed a Vendor Management Office that drove tens of millions of dollars per year in savings to the IT budget through outsourcing and moving the entire SAP enterprise system to the cloud with a Platform as a Service model. Before taking on his Vendor Management role, Mr. Kok served as a Program Manager,Project Manager, Technical Analyst and Intern.
Mr. Kok graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems.

Brenda Magri, Director, Risk Management, Biller Solutions, Fiserv
Photo of Brenda MagriBrenda Magri is the Division ISO for the Biller Solutions Division at Fiserv. She works with CEOs, executives and industry consultants to help them to provide a secure high-volume transaction processing environment for their consumers.

She understands the rapidly changing landscape of regulatory environments as well as the intricacies of securing a consumer facing environment. Brenda has worked with both innovative start- ups to assist them through productizing their offering and large Fortune 500 organizations to improve their security profile. In her current role, she works with multiple industry sectors including: Retail, Utility, Healthcare, Banking and Financial Services.

Brenda participated in the Navy-Private Sector Critical Infrastructure War Games at the U.S. Naval War College in 2016 and 2017. She is a founding member of the Hitrust Third Party Assurance Council.

Brenda holds a BS in Security Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Resilience Studies (Counter Terrorism and Conflict\CyberSecurity Policy) at Northeastern University.

Jeff Schilling, SVP, CISO from Epsilon
Photo of Jeff SchillingJeff joined the U.S. Army right out of college, serving for 24 years in many IT service management, product management and Chief Information Officer roles, including managing cyber security operations at the enterprise/global level for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Army. After retiring as a Colonel, Jeff worked in cyber security for a Gartner quadrant-leading managed security service provider, reorienting his focus and knowledge base on the cyber threat to civilian industry.   

Before joining Epsilon, he was the Chief Security Officer for a market-leading cloud security company. This enabled him to embrace the strong gravitational pull of IT services moving to the cloud and learn the best strategies and architectures for providing best-of-breed cyber security in the cloud.
When Jeff is not at work, he enjoys time with his family and riding mountain bikes. Jeff’s philosophy is focus on security from the inside out versus the outside in. Don’t be afraid of complexity or change. Be someone the team can count on and always use your best judgement.

Dowell Stackpole – CISO Cyber Forward
Photo of Dowell StockpoleDowell Stackpole cofounded Cyber Forward in 2017 after retiring as Chief Information Security Officer for the Bass Companies in Fort Worth, Texas. In that role Mr. Stackpole defined the cyber security policies and protocols for the various Bass companies and established the Security Operation Center to monitor firm wide data and technology. Prior to assuming the CISO role Mr. Stackpole was the Managing Director of Trading Technology and Quantitative Analytics for Barbnet Investments, the Bass Brother’s investment firm. Mr. Stackpole played a leading role in defining the company’s propriety trading and risk technologies and was responsible for their continued development and operation. In addition, Mr. Stackpole’s team supplied the firm with ongoing quantitative research and analytics. Within the financial industry Mr. Stackpole has also worked for HBK investments and Taylor and Co. Prior to entering the financial industry in 1991, Mr. Stackpole worked for twelve years in the telecommunications industry designing and developing various technologies including communications network models, embedded systems and computer language compilers. Mr. Stackpole studied engineering at University of Texas at Arlington and theology at Liberty University.

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Members who prepay online: $10

Guests who prepay online: $25

Anyone paying at the door: $30

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May 17, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$10 – $30
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