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United Airlines CISO Emily Heath Joins NTSC Board of Directors

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

United Airlines CISO Emily Heath Joins NTSC Board of Directors

ATLANTA, GA (January 16, 2018 ) – Emily Heath, CISO for United Airlines, has been appointed to serve on the National Technology Security Coalition’s (NTSC) Board of Directors. Representing the travel industry, Heath 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.

“As someone with both Fortune 500 and law enforcement experience, I understand the implications of the current cyberthreat landscape,” said Heath. “It’s important that an organization like the National Technology Security Coalition gives voice to CISOs in Washington, D.C. to help influence policy that helps CISOs defend against these threats while making it as easy as possible to do their jobs. I look forward to working with my peers on the NTSC Board and helping advocate for policies that are beneficial to companies while mitigating the risk of cyberattacks.”

As United’s Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Heath oversees the airline’s global information security program as well as its IT regulatory, governance, and risk management functions. Prior to joining United Airlines, Heath was the Global Chief Information Security Officer at AECOM, a Fortune 500 architecture, engineering, and construction company where she led the information security, regulatory, and risk programs. She is also a former police detective from the UK Financial Crimes Unit where she led investigations into international investment fraud, money laundering, and large-scale identity theft cases—also running joint investigations with the FBI, SEC, and London’s Serious Fraud Office.

“It’s rare to find a Fortune 500 CISO with Emily’s law enforcement experience, especially with her understanding of financial crimes investigations at the highest levels of government,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “As our board considers legislation and policy that eases regulatory burdens on CISOs while also better protecting citizens, it helps to understand how a policy will impact different stakeholders. Emily’s multifaceted perspectives and insights will be a valuable addition to the NTSC Board.”

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.

Heath joins a prestigious board of CISOs from leading companies including Aaron’s, Aetna, Aflac, AutoNation, Cox Automotive, Discover Financial Services, Dollar Tree, Ellie Mae, Epsilon, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Huntington Bank, IAC/InterActiveCorp, Johnson & Johnson, Jones Day, MasterCard, MoneyGram International, Motorola Mobility, NCR, Synovus, TaxSlayer, Torchmark, TransUnion, Turner, US Bank, Voya Financial and Worldpay.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 744 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 507 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

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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