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Colin Anderson is VP of information technology and global CISO of Levi Strauss & Co., where he is responsible for information risk management and compliance for 2,700 retail locations across 36 countries. Prior to Levi Strauss & Co. Anderson was CISO at Safeway/Albertsons. Anderson has been an IT professional in information security since 1994, working for Safeway, Commerce One, Pacific Bell Network Integration and Bank of America prior to Levi Strauss & Co. Anderson is a recognized expert in information risk management and has received numerous industry awards including the 2014 Breakaway Leader Award.
Meg Anderson leads the Information Security & Risk and Data Services teams for Principal in the role of VP & Chief Information Security Officer. She is responsible for security operations and drives security strategy for the global Fortune 500 company. Her Data Services responsibilities include strategic and operational leadership for database services, content management, business intelligence and data protection. Meg participates on a wide variety of CISO councils, is a Board member of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and is currently Chair of the FS-ISAC Asset Manager Council. Previous to the role of VP & CISO, Meg acquired over twenty years of technical and leadership experience in insurance application development. Meg graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management Information Systems.
Matt is the Chief Information Security Officer for Hellman and Friedman. Prior to joining Hellman and Friedman, Matt served as the Chief Cyber Risk officer at Maxim Integrated. With expertise across multiple areas of information security, Matt is a seasoned business executive focused on building and leading high-performing teams to deliver success and achieve business objectives. He leverages his technical acumen to consistently drive innovation into his areas of responsibility while demanding increased value return throughout the organization. Matt’s main priority is to deliver pragmatic business driven security solutions and innovative strategies to manage risks, control costs and enable overall success.
Dr. Kevin McKenzie is Vice-President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Dollar Tree Stores Inc. Dollar Tree is a publically traded Fortune 150 company with revenues in excess of $22B that encompasses the 15,000+ retail stores of both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar across the United States and Canada. Kevin is also research professor and lecturer at Clemson University, teaching courses in management information systems (MIS), intermediate statistics, advanced business analytics and continues to collaborate in cybersecurity research areas. Prior to joining Dollar Tree, Kevin was CISO and Executive Director at Clemson University, where under his leadership created the university’s immersive Cyber Security Operations Center (SOC) for students. Additionally, Kevin also served as the CISO for the Health Sciences of South Carolina (HSSC) and had overall security responsibility for a multi-billion dollar government health care system. In 2013, Kevin was honored as the recipient of the ‘America’s Information Security Leadership Award (ISLA)’ by ISC2 and the ‘Information Security Executive of the Year’ for North America by Tech Exec Networks (T.E.N.). In 2017, Clemson University honored him as a ‘Roaring 10’ recipient for his impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Kevin has contributed as an author on multiple congressional testimonies covering cybersecurity and currently participates as a strategic advisor on several industry boards.
Michael Palmer is the Chief Information Security Officer for Hearst. A business leader with deep technical expertise, prior to joining Hearst Michael was CISO for the NFL where he determined its security strategy, policies and programs to meet the league’s corporate objectives while protecting its brand, intellectual property and assets. A proven leader, change agent and subject matter expert in risk management, Michael is a key member of the executive team. With more than 20 years professional experience across multiple industries including finance, insurance, technology and retail, Michael builds and oversees teams and budgets. Passionate about cybersecurity, he works closely with his peers, providing guidance and sharing information.
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Aimee Rhodes is Editor-in-Chief at securitycurrent. Previously, Aimee led marketing at several security companies including Corero Network Security, Inc., Xceedium, AlgoSec and Whale Communications Ltd., acquired by Microsoft. She also served as Vice President of Media and Editorial Content at GenerationA, where she was responsible for launching an Internet-based news and information portal. Prior to GenerationA, Aimee served as a foreign correspondent at the Reuters News Agency out of Israel where she interviewed leading politicians and influencers. Previously, she served as Director of Israel Radio's English News Service, where she was responsible for management and execution of four daily broadcasts, aired locally and internationally. Aimee also worked as an on air news presenter for Jerusalem Online, a globally broadcast current affairs program. She holds a Masters in Journalism and a Bachelors in Political Science both from Michigan State University.
David Sheidlower, CISSP, CISM is the Chief Information Security Officer for Turner Construction, one of the largest construction management companies in the United States. Previously he was CISO at BBDO, the world's most awarded advertising agency. Previousy he was (CISO) for Health Quest, the Mid-Hudson Valley's largest healthcare system. David also serves as a member of the State of New York Health Information Network Policy Committee. Prior to Health Quest, he was the Division Information Security Officer within the small business lending division of Wells Fargo Bank—the largest small business lender in the country. David writes and blogs on security with a focus on the intersection of cyber security and humanism, something he is uniquely qualified to write on. His past activities include presenting at the MIS Institute’s Big Data Security Conference, working with the World Health Organization on Functional Health Status Measures and teaching letterpress printing at the Naropa Institute’s Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado. David also blogs at www.cybersecrighthere.com . He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Health Service Administration from St. Mary’s College of California.
Hussein Syed is the Chief Information Security Officer at RWJBarnabas Health, an integrated healthcare delivery network in New Jersey. He is responsible for the organization’s information security program. Hussein and his team are responsible for security management planning and execution to align with the strategic goals of the health system. He has more than 22 years of experience in IT, of which 12 years are in information security. Hussein is on the CHIME/AEHIS board, and served as the chair of the board for 2015. He has spoken at Gartner, HIMSS, and TCG events and participated in other security related events.