Board of Directors

The NTSC Board of Directors embodies a broad cross section of enterprise companies with a vested interest in protecting the security of their customers and employees. NTSC's board will influence the strategic direction of our organization.

Almir Hadzialjevic


VP of Enterprise Risk and

Security, Aaron's


Emily Heath


VP and CISO, United Airlines




Jasper Ossentjuk


SVP and Global CISO, TransUnion



Kevin McKenzie


CISO & VP of IT, Dollar Tree Inc.




Matt Fearin


CISO in Residence




Peter Chronis


CISO, Turner




Tim Callahan


Global CISO, Aflac




Bob Varnadoe


CISO, NCR Corporation



Geoff Aranoff


Vice President and Head of Information Security, Western Digital


Jim McJunkin


VP & CISO, Discover

Financial Services


Kevin Morrison


Head of Information Security, Jones Day




Michael Blache


CISO, TaxSlayer




Richard Rushing


CISO, Motorola Mobility




Tom Dager


CISO in Residence



Duaine Styles


CISO, Globe Life



Helen Patton


CISO, Ohio State

University


Ken Athanasiou


CISO, AutoNation, Inc.




Laz Montano


CISO, MassMutual




Mignona Cote


CISO in Residence




Ron Green


CISO & Group Executive, Mastercard



Elizabeth Joyce


VP& CISO,

HP Enterprise Services


Jason Witty


SVP & CISO, US Bank



Kevin Gowen


CISO, Synovus




Marene Allison


CISO, Johnson & Johnson




Patricia Smith


VP and CISO, Cox

Automotive



Selim Aissi


CISO, Ellie Mae



Almir Hadzialjevic

VP of Enterprise Risk and Security, Aaron's

Almir Hadzialjevic serves as the Vice President of Enterprise Risk & Security at Aaron’s, Inc., a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions with over 1,700 stores in 47 states and Canada. Almir primarily oversees the strategy and governance of the Company’s information security program, physical security, and strategic risk management. Almir’s strong business acumen and extensive background in the areas of technology, information security, and privacy allows him to deftly administer a comprehensive security program within the Company while simultaneously utilizing his refined skill set in audit, compliance, and risk management to provide strategic recommendations to the Company in the context of sound business solutions.

Prior to serving as Vice President, Enterprise Risk & Security, Almir served as the Director of IT Compliance, Information Security & Privacy where he pioneered the design and implementation of the Company’s security and privacy program.

Prior to joining Aaron’s, Almir worked for Ernst & Young, LLP as part of its Advisory Services- Information Security Center of Excellence practice, where he advised Fortune 500 clients in developing and maturing their enterprise technology and security strategies and compliance frameworks.

Almir received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to his degrees, Almir holds multiple professional designations, including Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).Almir is fluent in the languages of English, German, Bosnian, and Spanish.

Betty Elliott

CISO, MoneyGram International

Betty Elliott joined MoneyGram in April of 2015 as their VP, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). She leads the MoneyGram Information Security team whose responsibilities include managing security risk, security governance, forensics, security awareness, identity and access management, vulnerability management, security operations, security engineering, security architecture, internal fraud and agent victim fraud.

Previously, Betty came from Convergys and Stream as their CISO and CSO respectively and has led security teams at Fortune 500 companies including Ameriprise Financial, Allianz Life and Best Buy.

Bob Varnadoe

CISO, NCR Corporation

Bob Varnadoe is Chief Information Security Officer for NCR Corporation.His duties include overall information security and operational/IT aspects of NCR’s privacy program, IT risk management, and compliance company-wide, training and awareness for information security, and oversight of the deployment of security technologies.Bob works with NCR’s lines of business, Professional Services, Legal, Internal Audit, Customer Services and HW/SW Engineering to develop and build out our company-wide strategy for information security, and represents the IT organization in NCR’s Enterprise Risk Management committee.

Prior to NCR, Bob was with Fiserv Corporation where he was responsible for information security within Fiserv’s corporate risk organization. His team was responsible for information security oversight, governance, and strategy across Fiserv’s business units. The team also provided consulting to Fiserv’s divisions and operating units for information security matters. Over his tenure at Fiserv Bob has led teams focused on information security engineering and operations for network infrastructure, distributed systems, and mainframe systems. He has also led teams focused on application security testing and consulting, information security strategy, and built Fiserv’s security operations center.

Bob joined Fiserv through the acquisition of CheckFree Corporation where he was responsible for information security strategy within CheckFree’s corporate function. Prior to joining CheckFree, Bob was IT Director for an architecture and engineering firm in Atlanta. He has over 20 years of experience in data networking and information systems. 15 years of which were spent exclusively in the security field.Bob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Duaine Styles

CISO, Globe Life

Duaine Styles is a visionary security strategist who joined Globe Life in March 2015. Duaine holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas. His experience has spanned multiple finance, IT, and risk disciplines within the retail, finance, and healthcare industries.

Reporting administratively to the General Counsel / Chief Risk Officer and routinely updating Board Members on information security, he is implementing an enterprise risk management approach to information risk and information security governance. Current responsibilities include information security, privacy, business continuity planning, emergency preparedness, and breach management.

Prior to joining Globe Life, Duaine ran a consolidated security function and had the responsibilities of a Chief Security Officer as the VP Security at AmeriCredit / GM Financial for over 11 years.

Throughout his career Duaine has consistently focused on giving back to the profession through coaching his staff and mentoring fellow professionals to their potential, speaking at security conferences and participating in the governing body of various security focused events. He was also a founding officer of the ISSA’s Fort Worth Chapter (2007) and the Chairman of the Information Security Leadership Forum’s initial pilot chapter in Dallas (2013).

Duaine also holds the following active professional licenses and certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Chief Information Security Officer, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Internal Auditor, ITIL Foundations Certificate in IT Service Management, ISO27001 Lead Implementer, and SABSA Foundations.

Elizabeth Joyce

VP & CISO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services

Elizabeth Joyce is Vice President and CISO at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services. Joyce is responsible for building world-class, extensible security capabilities that protect HPE’s assets and workforce, as well as enable and extend business capabilities. All aspects of information security – strategy, architecture and operations; product security, information and threat management; governance, risk and compliance; third party assessment; identity and access management; security transformation and training – fall under her purview.

Previously, Joyce was the Chief Information Security Officer for HP’s Software Division, where she was responsible for end-to-end security and infrastructure services. She joined HP through its Autonomy acquisition where she was the Chief Security Officer and Group Operations Infrastructure leader.

Earlier on, Joyce held leadership roles at Iron Mountain as the Senior Vice President forWorldwide Service Delivery in charge of all aspects of post-sale delivery, and, at Symantec as Vice President & General Manager for Enterprise Services – Americas with P&L and operational responsibilities. She started her career as technical consultant for executive information systems,middleware solutions and security in the US and Europe.

Joyce has led large operational and small technical teams, and has successfully executed several turnarounds – improving solutions through innovation and focus on delivery excellence, ensuring customer satisfaction as a priority while meeting profitability targets.

Joyce holds a Ph.D. in information security from University of Plymouth, UK and BSc in Computer Science Honors from University College, Dublin.

Emily Heath

VP and CISO, United Airlines

Emily Heath is United’s Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer. In this role, Emily oversees the airline’s global information security program as well as the IT regulatory, governance, and risk management functions.

Prior to joining United Airlines, she 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. Before joining AECOM, Emily served in various IT leadership positions including Beachbody, LLC, a fitness and nutritional company best known for p90X, Insanity, and Shakeology. The company also worked with major movie studios in Los Angeles including MGM Studios and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Originally from Manchester, England, Emily is 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. She also ran joint investigations with the FBI, SEC, and London’s Serious Fraud Office.

Geoff Aranoff

Vice President and Head of Information Security, Western Digital

Geoff Aranoff joined Western Digital in February 2016 as Vice President and Head of Information Security. In this role, Mr Aranoff is responsible for developing and implementing the enterprise security strategy that protects the electronic assets and supporting infrastructure that includes the manufacturing and engineering systems, corporate systems, and intellectual property. His organization continually evaluates the ongoing internal and external risks to Western Digital and adopts long-term and short-term strategies to mitigate risks and threats within an appropriate budget. Mr. Aranoff leads the organization responsible for adopting and enforcing policies for internal and external risk management along with IT security including network, application, endpoint, and storage security.

Mr. Aranoff was previously the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Broadcom Corporation where he initiated and built the company's information security program. Mr. Aranoff developed enterprise security strategies that provided the necessary monitoring and controls for Broadcom’s intellectual property (IP). He also facilitated electronic discovery for litigations and electronic forensics for internal and external inquiries and investigations. Mr. Aranoff served six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and was activated for Operation Desert Storm in 1990.

Helen Patton

CISO, Ohio State University

With more than 20 years of experience in the Security, Risk and Resiliency profession, Helen Patton (CRISC, CISA) brings a wealth of experience in managing information, technology and operational risk for global organizations, and advocates using Information Risk and Security Management to enable the mission of the Institution.

Since July 2013 Helen has assumed the role of Chief Information Security Officer at The Ohio State University, where she works to enable a risk-aware culture. She manages the Enterprise Security team, and oversees Information Risk and Control Governance across University units. The Security team is responsible for Information Security policies and Standards, as well as providing Security products and services. Helen chairs the University Information Security Advisory Board, which governs the execution of the University’s award-winning Information Security Framework.

Prior to working at OSU, Helen spent nine years in a Fortune 50 Financial Services firm, where she was responsible for creating Risk and Resiliency programs and operations which delivered pragmatic risk delivery capabilities to internal and external clients.

Helen works to encourage collaboration across and between industries, to enable better information security practices. She believes in improving diversity in the Information Security profession, and mentors people interested in pursuing a career in Security, Privacy and Risk Management.

Helen has a Master’s degree in Public Policy, and holds certifications as a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified In Risk and Systems Control, from ISACA. She is also a member of the State of Ohio Attorney General Cybersecurity Advisory Board, the Information Systems Security Association, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, and the CISO Executive Roundtable.

Jason Witty

SVP & CISO, US Bank

Jason Witty is Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Security Officer at U.S. Bancorp, providing singular accountability for all information security controls in the company.An award-winning CISO, Jason was recognized as a 2015 “CISO Superhero” at I.S.E. North America; the 2014 I.S.E. North America People’s Choice Award winner; 2013 “CISO of the Year” by the Information Systems Security Association of Chicago and the Association of Information Technology Professionals; and one of Information Security Magazine’s 2013 “Security 7” representing the Financial Sector.He is a highly rated public speaker, frequently keynoting on cyber security topics at large events including CSA Cloud Summit, Finsec, Infosec Europe, RSA Conference, SecureWorld, and others.

Prior to joining U.S. Bancorp, Jason was the Senior Vice President and Cyberthreat Prevention Services Executive at Bank of America. He was responsible for a team of information security professionals spanning 8 countries who provided information security risk prevention and deterrence services, globally.He was simultaneously accountable for all information security controls outside of the United States for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, covering 48 countries.

Jason is a certified Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP) who has played major leadership roles in information security throughout his career. He has 23 years of information technology experience, 21 focusing on information security risk management. Before his role at Bank of America, Jason was the First Vice-President of Security Services for LaSalle Bank N.A. He also led the internal Information Security team at The Options Clearing Corporation and served as Director of Global Security Architecture for Aon Corporation at its world-wide headquarters in Chicago. He combines strong organizational management and leadership skills with a high degree of technical knowledge, the result of hands-on information security experience early in his career at Allstate Insurance, N.A.S.A. Langley, Siemens, and Jefferson Laboratories.

Over his career, Jason has been involved in 54 acquisition related network integrations, set up secure eCommerce environments, and led multiple cross-industry forums.

Providing industry leadership, Jason is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS/ISAC), a Board Advisor for ChicagoFIRST, Arbor Networks, and Qualys, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA.)He is also on the Program Committee of the RSA Conference (2013-2016) and serves as FBI’s Chicago Infragard Sector Chief for Finance.Previously, he was the Chicago OWASP Chapter President (2006-2010.)

Jasper Ossentjuk

SVP and Global CISO, TransUnion

Jasper Ossentjuk joined TransUnion in 2014 as the SVP and Global Chief Information Security Officer, bringing years of experience as an IT and information security leader. Jasper is a passionate and vigilant leader of information security. His information security responsibility for TransUnion spans across 30+ countries protecting over a billion consumer files and 50+ petabytes of data.

Before joining TransUnion, Jasper was an information technology and security leader at HSBC from 2002 – 2014. While at HSBC, Jasper served as the CISO for North America and later as the CISO for HSBC’s Global Retail Banking business overseeing the security for 50 million customers, 6000 branches, and 28,000 ATMs. Prior to that, Jasper held technology and leadership positions at Accenture as part of the Financial Services Practice.

Jasper holds a master’s degree in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business and a bachelor's degree with a dual major in Management Information Systems and Operations Management from the University of Arizona. He is also CISSP-certified.

Jim McJunkin

Vice President & CISO, Corporate Security Discover Financial Services

Mr. James W. McJunkin is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Discover Financial Services where he is responsible for second line risk management of Information Security. In total he is responsible for governance of the enterprise-wide Information Security program, internal investigations, external investigations, third-party vendor compliance for InfoSec, Business continuity, Executive protection, and physical security for the entire corporate enterprise.

Prior to Discover, he spent nearly 30 years in state and federal government as a law enforcement professional, beginning as a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police and then as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he served in the San Antonio, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. field offices. Mr. McJunkin also held significant leadership positions at FBI Headquarters within the Counterterrorism Division.

Mr. McJunkin served as a field agent in both the San Antonio and Atlanta Field Offices, along with the position of Supervisory Senior Resident Agent while assigned to the Atlanta field office. After the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, he was promoted to the Counterterrorism Division at FBIHQ where, over the course of just nine years, he held the positions of Unit Chief, Assistant Section Chief, Section Chief, Deputy Assistant Director, and Assistant Director at FBIHQ; and Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Acting Special Agent in Charge, and Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington (DC) Field Office, the FBI’s second largest. Mr. McJunkin guided FBI efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan in direct support of the US Military, and he supervised all FBI counterterrorism operations, worldwide. Mr. McJunkin has been recognized as the recipient of the US Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award; the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation by the Director of National Intelligence in connection with other Top Secret Counterterrorism assignments; and with the Presidential Rank Award. Mr. McJunkin is a 1982 graduate of Penn State University and in 2016 earned a CISO Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ken Athanasiou

VP & CISO, AutoNation, Inc.

Ken Athanasiou is Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer at AutoNation, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors for the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center. Ken has extensive experience in information security and risk management. His career includes senior positions with global companies in the retail and financial service sectors as well as thirteen years of service as an officer in the United States Air Force. Just prior to joining AutoNation he was the Global Information Security Director & Chief Information Security Officer for American Eagle Outfitters. Ken holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master's degree in Computer Resources Management and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).


Kevin Gowen

CISO, Synovus

Gowen joined Synovus in 1995 after a 16-year career with IBM Corporation where he served in various engineering and management positions. He began his career with Synovus in the Information Technology area as Vice President of Network Services and Support. He served in various leadership roles in Information Technology including Director of Technology and Strategic Infrastructure. Gowen was named Senior Director of Procurement in 2008 with responsibilities for procurement, contracting, and vendor management. He was named a Group Executive in 2011 and his responsibilities were expanded to include serving as Chief Procurement Officer and overseeing Synovus’ Corporate Real Estate group. Gowen was named Chief Information Security Officer in February 2015.

As Chief Information Security Officer, Gowen is responsible for all aspects of information security and business continuity including identity and access management, security architecture, security operations, IT risk assessments, audit and regulatory interface, disaster recovery coordination, business continuity planning, and crisis management. He is also responsible for setting the tactical as well as strategic direction for Synovus’ enterprise vision, strategy, and program to ensure that information assets and technology are adequately protected.

Gowen’s education includes:
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Synovus Leadership Institute

Kevin McKenzie

VP & CISO, Dollar Tree Inc.

Dr. Kevin McKenzie is Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Dollar Tree Stores Inc. Dollar Tree is a publicly traded Fortune 150 company with revenues in excess of $20 billion that encompasses both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar retail stores. Headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, Dollar Tree operates thousands of stores across all 48 states of the contiguous United States along with five Canadian provinces.

Strategically, Kevin is responsible for establishing the vision, mission, and security posture for the combined Dollar Tree enterprise and tactically accomplishes this through his oversight of Governance and Risk Compliance, Security Operations, and Network Security. Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in Management, a master’s degree in Industrial Management, and a Doctorate in Career and Technology Education from Clemson University. He also holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and ITIL professional certifications.

In addition to his corporate officer role, Kevin remains an actively engaged member of the faculty at Clemson University. He serves on the strategic advisory board for the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) and the technology advisory board for Tidewater Community College. Additionally, he’s also an advisory board member for tech companies in the security industry. He has helped author multiple Congressional testimonies and personally participated in a Congressional town hall event about information security topics.

In 2013, Kevin was named the ISE Southeast Executive of the Year Award Winner and, later that year, the North America Information Security Executive of the Year for the Public & Academic Sector by Tech Exec Networks (T.E.N.). That same year, Kevin also received the America’s Information Security Leadership Award (ISLA) by ISC2—representing all of North America, South America, and Central America. In 2017, Kevin was honored and recognized as a ‘Roaring 10’ award recipient of Clemson University where ten alumni are named annually who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational, and/or philanthropic endeavors while upholding the university’s core values of honesty, integrity, and respect.

Previously, Dr. McKenzie was CISO and Executive Director for the Office of Information Security and Privacy at Clemson University where he established the university’s strategic direction in information security, mentored and taught students as a Research Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, created a student-led Security Operations Center (SOC) designed as an immersive experience for the students, served as Chief Security Officer to multiple statewide healthcare organizations comprising more than $7 billion in healthcare transactions, and protected one of the nation’s premier higher education environments classified as a top-tier Highest Research Activity (R1) research institution under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Kevin Morrison

Head of Information Security, Jones Day

Kevin Morrison is the Head of Information Security at Jones Day, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the world with more than 2,500 lawyers in 44 offices in 20 countries. His background spans more than 19 years in IT with over 14 of those years in information and cybersecurity. Kevin’s passion for people and security has included building and leading teams focused on incident management, operations, DLP, mobility, forensics, policy, privacy, and business continuity in highly regulated environments across public and private industries.

Kevin has presented extensively within the IT and security community and has served on several advisory and governance boards. In March 2015, he was selected by his peers as the ISE® Southeast People's Choice Award Winner. He holds a B.S. in IT from UMass Lowell and an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University. He has also maintained CISSP, CISM, and CISA certifications.

Laz Montano

Chief Information Security Officer, MassMutual

Laz Montano currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for MassMutual and brings more than 25 years of information technology and security experience to his role. Previously, Laz served as the Chief Technology Risk and Security Officer for Voya Financial and was responsible for providing leadership, management, and strategy for all aspects of technology risk and information security.

Laz has also served as the Chief Information Security Officer at MetLife, a Fortune 50 financial services company spanning 46 countries with 70,000 employees, serving 90 million customers. He was accountable for the creation and maintenance of security infrastructure, information security policy, risk assessments, incident response, security awareness, and training programs.

Laz completed his undergraduate studies at Charter Oak College and the University of Connecticut, and he received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and holds Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) accreditation.

Marene Allison

VP & CISO, Johnson & Johnson

Marene N. Allison, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Johnson & Johnson, has responsibility for protecting the Information Technology (IT) systems and data worldwide through elimination and mitigation of IT risk. She co-leads the IT Risk Management Council and is a member of the Enterprise Compliance Council. Marene joined Johnson & Johnson in September of 2010. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Marene was Chief Security Officer and Vice President for Medco, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States. Marene was responsible for all aspects of the company's security, regulatory and compliance including physical and logical security, executive protection as well as HIPAA, Payment Card Industry, Medicare and prescription fraud and IT controls. Prior to that, Marene was with Avaya as head of Global Security where she worked on securing the World Cup network in Korea and Japan in 2002. Before joining Avaya she was Vice President of Loss Prevention and Safety for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. Before joining the corporate world, she served as a Special Agent in the FBI working on undercover drug operations in Newark, NJ and also working on terrorist bombings in San Diego, CA. She developed and participated in the nuclear terrorism exercise, Compass Rose ’88, the largest mock terrorism incident exercise by the federal government. Marene has a Bachelor of Science degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point, part of the first class to include women. She has served in the US Army in the Military Police at Fort Hood, TX, Fort Chaffee, AR and Fort McClellan, AL. She has served on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services appointed by the Secretary of Defense and the Overseas Security Advisory Committee appointed by the Secretary of State. She is a founding member of West Point Women and currently serves on their Board of Directors. Marene is married, has one son, and lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Matt Fearin

CISO in Residence

Matt has over 25 years of IT experience in information security, data privacy, enterprise risk management, product development & delivery, and resiliency. He is also a results-driven, direct, and passionate leader driving effectiveness and efficiencies into security functions. An executive leader with expertise and practical experience defining and implementing security controls that directly align to business strategies, he is an accredited Information Security Officer and best known for rebuilding teams, providing directional corrections, and aligning security teams with strategic initiatives. Previously, he was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Epsilon where he provided leadership and governance for Global Information Security, Data Privacy, Enterprise Risk Management, and IT Compliance functions. Matt maintains various professional affiliations including ISACA, InfraGard, OTA, Venture Capital and private company advisory boards.

Michael Blache

CISO, TaxSlayer

Michael Blache is the Chief Information Security Officer of TaxSlayer, a software development company specializing in tax preparation software for professional and individual tax preparers. Promoted to this role in 2015, Michael has been instrumental in organizing and structuring the organization’s first dedicated Information Security Department operating separately from the IT Department. Michael is responsible for the vision and mission of TaxSlayer’s Information Security team in regards to security operations, regulatory compliance, disaster recovery, and business continuity.

In 2004, Michael first joined the TaxSlayer team as an IT Manager. In his first six months on the job, he was promoted to the position of Director of Information Technology. During his 11 years as IT Director, he drove the transformation of the organization’s information technology infrastructure during a time of expansive growth. Michael was responsible for standing up TaxSlayer’s first network operations center allowing round the clock monitoring of critical systems. He was selected by TaxSlayer’s executives to receive the organization’s highly coveted “Moving Your Division to the Next Level” award in 2005 and 2012.

Prior to joining TaxSlayer, Michael worked as a network administrator for a managed service provider in the private sector and as an Information Technology specialist in the Navy and Air Force. With over 20 years of experience, his diverse background is a testament to Michael’s ability to adapt technologies to meet the operational and security needs of various industries.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree from South University and a Master of Science in Information Assurance degree from Norwich University. Michael holds several industry certifications, most notable of which is the Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification. Michael is an active member of the Greater Augusta ISSA Chapter and ISACA.

Mignona Cote

CISO in Residence

Mignona Cote is a proven problem solver with a unique ability to find, assess and fix information security vulnerabilities across a variety of industries. With more than two decades of experience in information security, risk management, compliance, and auditing, Mignona helps Fortune 50 companies ensure the security of their data. She has a proven track record of transforming technical operations and building strategic solutions for companies like Aetna, Bank of America, PepsiCo and Verizon. Her expertise spans incident response, vulnerability management, access management, vendor management, risk and compliance, as well as auditing. She has completely reshaped secured solutions throughout large enterprise networks.

Recently, Mignona served as the Chief Information Security Officer for two Aetna subsidiaries, PayFlex and Phoenix Hosting Services. As a Senior Director for Aetna’s Global Security, she also led Aetna’s Enterprise Risk & Compliance program where she was responsible for security education as well as policy management and evangelizing security among Aetna’s top corporate customers. As the security compliance officer, she managed compliance risk including industry and regulatory requirements.

Patricia Smith

VP & CISO, Cox Automotive

Patricia Smith is Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Cox Automotive, the world’s leader in automotive software solutions for auto dealers, consumers, financial institutions and OEMs. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises.Patricia was named to this position in June 2016.She is responsible for developing and managing the security strategy for Cox Automotive, as well as all aspects of risk management & compliance, security operations, security engineering & architecture, vulnerability management, business resiliency and security awareness.

Patricia has spent her last 15 years designing, building, and managing Information Security programs that focus on delivering innovative security solutions while partnering with the business to enable innovation and business success.

Prior to joining Cox Automotive, Patricia held positions including Vice President of Information Security & Risk Management at Dealertrack Technologies, where she was a founding member of the internet startup.Dealertrack Technologies was acquired by Cox Automotive in October, 2015.

Prior to joining Dealertrack Technologies, Patricia was an Internet Developer at Chase Auto Finance.

Patricia started her career in 1996 at the American Institute of Physics as an Internet Publisher.

Patricia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY.

She and her husband Robert, currently reside in New York with their two children.

Peter Chronis

CISO, Turner

Peter Chronis is the Chief Information Security Officer for Turner Broadcasting, a $10B media, sports and entertainment company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Pete is responsible for Turner’s information security operations, architecture, governance, compliance and business continuity programs designed to protect the company and its global portfolio of more than 100 brands.

Pete has more than 15 years of experience using technology to manage risk for telecommunications, retail, media, entertainment, financial and IT services companies. He is the inventor of several innovative proprietary IT security technologies that together have blocked more than 750 billion threats and prevented $100M in fraud.

Prior to Turner, Pete was the Chief Security Officer at EarthLink where he was responsible for the company’s security program and product portfolio. He also developed sophisticated proprietary fraud detection systems for Lynk Systems, an Atlanta-based financial services company that was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland and is now called WorldPay.

Richard Rushing

CISO, Motorola Mobility

Mr. Richard Rushing is the Chief Information Security Officer for Motorola Mobility LLC. Richard participates in corporate, community, private, and government security councils and working groups, setting standards, policies, and solutions for current and emerging security issues. As Chief Information Security Officer for Motorola Mobility, he has led the organization's security effort by developing an international team to tackle targeted attacks, cyber-crime, and emerging threats to mobile devices. He has organized, developed, and deployed practices, tools, and techniques to protect the enterprise's intellectual property worldwide. A much-in-demand international speaker on information security, Richard has spoken at many of the leading security conferences and seminars around the world.

Ron Green

Chief Information Security Officer and Group Executive, Mastercard

Ron Green is Group Executive and Chief Information Security Officer. He leads a global team that ensures the safety and security of the Mastercard network as well as internal and external products and services. He is responsible for Information Security Operations, Architecture and Engineering, Security Event Management and Incident Response. Mr. Green also oversees cryptographic key management, business continuity, disaster recovery, and emergency management.

Mr. Green joined Mastercard in 2014 after serving as deputy chief information security officer at Fidelity Information Services (FIS). There, he led a team responsible for North American Information Security Operations, including security architecture and engineering programs, security testing, and governance. Prior to this position, Mr. Green was Director, Investigation and Protections Operations at Blackberry where he was responsible for global cyber and physical investigations, security operations centers, network security architecture, technical surveillance countermeasures, and threat intelligence programs. He also served as a senior vice president across several areas at Bank of America.

Mr. Green has extensive experience working with international and federal law enforcement agencies both as a special agent in the United States Secret Service and as an officer in the United States Army. With the Secret Service, Mr. Green worked protection and fraud investigations. He was one of the first agents to receive formal training on seizing and analyzing electronic evidence, and he worked on a number of international cyber crime investigations. Mr. Green serves on several advisory councils including the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the Overseas Security Advisory Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point; is a graduate of the FBI’s Domestic Security Executive Academy; and holds a graduate certification in Information Assurance from George Washington University.

Selim Aissi

CISO, Ellie Mae

Dr. Selim Aissi is Ellie Mae’s Chief Security Officer. He is responsible for Ellie Mae’s Security Engineering, Operations, Strategy, Governance Risk & Compliance, and Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity.

Before joining Ellie Mae, Selim was the Vice President of Global Information Security at Visa. In that role, Selim transformed Visa’s information security program into the industry leader, led critical security programs including product security innovation, and enabled global growth and data center expansion. He also led the definition of security technologies for protecting Visa’s data, networks, data centers, digital wallets, applications, endpoint devices, and other core capabilities for corporate network as well as issuer- and consumer-facing products and services. Selim was recognized for leading company-wide security initiatives including Apple Pay, Visa’s APAC Data Center, and Visa’s Data Protection Programs.

Previously, Selim spent over 11 years at Intel where he held senior management and technology roles and championed several security technologies for Intel’s server, desktop, and mobile products. Prior to Intel, Selim held senior engineering positions at General Dynamics – Land Systems Division (M1A2 Battle Tank Vehicle Electronics), General Motors (Embedded Software Center of Excellence), and Applied Dynamics International.

Selim earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has filed over 100 patents in various areas of computer and information security, many of which are deployed in computing systems (e.g., Intel Trusted Platform Module, Trusted eXecution Technology) and consumer products (e.g., Visa Checkout, Apple Pay).

Selim serves on a number of advisory boards including startups (Black Duck Software, Dataguise, MagicCube), leading venture capital firms (Ten Eleven Ventures, BGV), and security organizations (UC Berkeley CISO Institute, Bay Area CISO Executive Governing Body, Intel Security Executive Advisory Board). He was named by IT Security Magazine as one of the “Top 59 Most Influential Security Experts” and was co-author of the book Security for Mobile Networks and Platforms (Artech House).

Tim Callahan

Global CISO, Aflac

Tim joined Aflac as the Chief Information Security Officer in April 2014. In this role, Tim is responsible for the Aflac Information Security Program, which includes Threat and Vulnerability Management, Security Operations and Incident Response, Information Technology Compliance and Risk Management, Security Engineering, and Disaster Recovery. Through the execution of the security program, Tim is the executive responsible for protection and availability of the information assets of the leading provider of supplemental and voluntary insurance products in the world. Tim leads various risk committees and structures to help business partners accelerate in a safe and sound manner.

Prior to Aflac, Tim was Senior Vice President, Business Continuity and Information Assurance at SunTrust Bank. Tim was responsible for SunTrust’s Corporate Threat and Vulnerability Management, Information Security Monitoring and Investigation, Business Resumption, Disaster Recovery, Incident Response/Crisis Management, Technology Risk Project Office, Records and Information Management programs. Tim led a team of professional risk managers in ensuring the protection, preservation, and availability of critical corporate information and resources. Tim integrated these functions building a capability that provided a unified approach in determining threats, developing mitigation strategies and solutions, and managing through incidents. Tim has successfully tested this integrated concept in the management of virus, weather, technology outages, and distributed denial of service attacks.

Prior to SunTrust, Tim served as First Vice President, Technology Risk Management, and Chief Information Security Officer at People's United Bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Tim was the executive charged with protecting People’s United Bank’s information, information systems, and technology. During his tenure, Tim built an effective technology risk management organization and led the company through a technology integration and organization program upon the acquisition of a bank of near equal size. Tim also served on the State of Connecticut Judicial Committee on Identity Theft to assist in building requirements for protecting sensitive personal information introduced into the judiciary through legal actions.

Tim was a career military professional serving in leadership positions throughout his 23-year career. In his final assignment, Tim was the program manager for a command risk management function at one of the US Air Force's Major Command Headquarters.

Tom Dager

CISO in Residence

With over 15 years of experience dedicated to information security, Tom has extensive experience defining and deploying cybersecurity strategies and programs for large, complex organizations. Recently, Tom served as the head of enterprise security for the Americas for Worldpay. In this role, he led a team of dedicated professionals focused on the cyber and physical security of Worldpay information, people, and resources.

Tom began his career as an information security professional while serving in the United States Army working for the Directorate of Information Management. Upon leaving the military full-time, he continued to serve in the National Guard for several years while working in law enforcement. In his work, he conducted criminal investigations and physical security assessments, and he participated in court proceedings on an ongoing basis.

Throughout his career, Tom has led information security organizations across multiple industries both regionally and globally, providing strategic direction and oversight to support board-derived business objectives—insuring they remain in compliance with regulatory and industry standards such as PCI, GLBA, NIST, and ISO 27000.

Tom attended Clayton University where he obtained a Bachelor of Information Technology and holds multiple industry certifications including CISSP, CISM, and SANS. He is also a member of the Delta Community Credit Union Supervisory Committee where he serves as a consultant on cybersecurity matters.