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Norfolk Southern Corporation's CISO Darren Highfill Joins NTSC Board of Directors

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

ATLANTA (August 17, 2021) – Darren Highfill, Chief Information Security Officer at Norfolk Southern Corporation, has been appointed to serve on the National Technology Security Coalition’s (NTSC) Board of Directors. Representing the transportation industry, Highfill will help influence the strategic direction of the NTSC and join CISOs who represent a broad cross-section of enterprise companies. These CISOs have a vested interest in protecting the security of their customers and employees through policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.

“Federal and state cybersecurity laws, policies, and regulations powerfully affect how CISOs protect companies and mitigate risk,” said Highfill. “CISOs need a seat at the table when cybersecurity legislation is crafted, and that is why I’m excited to join the NTSC Board of Directors. With an industry-agnostic, non-partisan point of view, the CISO community will help educate lawmakers in Washington D.C. about pragmatic legislation and regulations needed to keep companies and consumers secure.”

Darren Highfill serves as the Chief Information Security Officer, protecting critical information assets, business systems, and computer hardware for Norfolk Southern Corporation. He is responsible for maintaining, developing, and leading the team of cybersecurity professionals comprising Norfolk Southern’s Information Security program.

Darren’s background is focused on cybersecurity for critical infrastructure and operations technology – in particular, within electric power transmission and distribution, with experience in the development and application of national and international cybersecurity standards as well as cybersecurity governance, architecture, policy, and risk management. He has been focused on cybersecurity solutions for critical infrastructure since 2004 and prior to joining Norfolk Southern Corporation in 2017, Highfill served as the lead Director for PwC’s Power and Utilities Cybersecurity consulting practice.

“Securing our critical Infrastructure is a major focus for the nation and Darren brings a tremendous amount of experience to the NTSC”, noted Patrick Gaul, Executive Director. “His background in securing utilities including within the electric power industry provides us with another expert voice to add to our coalition of senior technology security executives. It is imperative that the voices of the men and women in the trenches be heard in Washington, and we are honored to add Darren’s voice to the NTSC.”

The NTSC provides a platform for CISOs to advocate for beneficial legislative and regulatory policies. We encourage dialogue about cybersecurity issues, laws, and regulations through advocacy engagement with congressional members, regional CISO policy roundtables, and our National CISO Policy Conference.

Highfill joins a prestigious board of CISOs representing leading companies including Aaron’s, Inc., Aflac, Arizona State University, BNP Paribus, Cardinal Health, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Discover Financial Services, Dollar Tree, Edward Jones Investments, Eli Lilly & Company, Eonia Consulting, Equifax, Globe Life, Graham Holdings, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Hearst, Huntington Bank, ICE, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase & Co., LabCorp, Mastercard Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, McKesson, Motorola Mobility, NCR, NeilsenIQ, Oceaneering, Palo Alto Networks, Republic National Distributing Company, RedSeal, Inc., The Sage Group, State Street, Synovus, TaxSlayer, Technology Association of Georgia, TransUnion, Unisys, U.S. Bank, Voya Financial, and Western Digital.

About Norfolk Southern Company

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies, moving the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Norfolk Southern connects customers to markets and communities to economic opportunity, with safe, reliable, and cost-effective shipping solutions. The company’s service area includes 22 states and the District of Columbia, every major container port in the eastern United States, and a majority of the U.S. population and manufacturing base.

About the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC)

The National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the preeminent advocacy voice for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) across the nation. Through dialogue, education, and government relations, we unite both public and private sector stakeholders around policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.

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