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April 2, 2018: Jesus “Laz” Montano becomes head of enterprise information risk management and CISO for MassMutual

A long-time information technology executive, Montano– Underscoring the importance it places on comprehensive, robust information security and risk management capabilities, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) today named long-time information technology executive Jesus “Laz” Montano as Head of Enterprise Information Risk Management (EIRM) and Chief Information Security Officer. Montano reports to Mark Roellig, MassMutual’s Chief Technology and Administration Officer.

Montano will work closely with the executive leadership team at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company’s (MassMutual). He will direct a holistic risk management approach across the company, including managing operational and cyber security risks, ensuring all regulatory and compliance requirements are met, and overseeing the safeguarding of MassMutual’s information assets. Montano reports to Mark Roellig, MassMutual’s chief technology and administration officer.

“Laz brings to MassMutual both demonstrated expertise and a deep business insight, built on nearly 30 years of technology and cyber security experience, and we look forward to his contributions as part of our unwavering commitment to best-in-class EIRM practices,” said Roellig in a press release. “Importantly, Laz is also a tremendous advocate of fostering diversity and inclusion, a basic tenet of our organization.”

“Joining MassMutual is a great honor, and I am very excited to be part of an organization that feeds the very passion that has been at the center of most of my career – which is safeguarding customer’s information and empowering those around me to do the same,” said Montano in a press release.

Montano joins MassMutual from Voya Financial, where he served as CISO for the past four years, responsible for providing leadership, management and strategy for all aspects of the company’s technology risk and information security. Montano has also held technology security leadership roles at OpenSky, MetLife, The Travelers Companies and Lucent Technologies.

March 29, 2018: Marcura hires Richard Bell as its external data protection officer

In anticipation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations, which go into effect in May, The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing innovative business solutions to the maritime industry, appointed TenIntelligence Limited's Richard Bell as its external data protection officer (DPO).

Bell will serve as an independent consultant for the entire Group on matters related to GDPR compliance. He currently heads the TenIntelligence Security & Privacy practice, advising companies located in Europe, Middle East, and US on physical and cyber security matters. He served as the CISO and head of cyber security operations & investigations for Transport for London (TfL). He works regularly with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). He is a Fellow of The Security Institute and a Member of the Association of Security Consultants.

"Marcura has always endeavored to hold itself up to the highest standards of compliance for the benefit of its customers, and this is no different when it comes to meeting its obligations under the GDPR. The GDPR is considered to be the most stringent data protection law in the world, and with its upcoming implementation, the Group has now taken the necessary steps and initiated various measures to comply with it,” said Felix J. Antero, general counsel and chief compliance officer of the Group in a press release.

March 26, 2018: Troels Oerting will lead World Economic Forum’s new Global Centre for Cybersecurity

Oerting is joining the Forum from Barclays where he was Group CSO and Group CISO. Before that, he was at Europol where he held several roles including head of Europol’s Counter Terrorist and Financial Intelligence Centre and notably, head of the European Cybercrime Centre. He began his career in law enforcement and held multiple senior roles within the Danish National Police including Director, Serious Organized Crime Agency and Director of Operations, Danish Security Intelligence Service.

“The Global Centre for Cybersecurity is the first global platform to tackle today’s cyber risks across industries, sectors and in close collaboration with the public sector. I’m glad that we have found a proven leader in the field who is keen and capable to help us address this dark side of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, in a press release.

The Forum’s Global Centre for Cybersecurity offers the first platform for governments, companies, and international organizations to diminish the impact of malicious activities on web. It will focus on the following aims:

  • Consolidate existing cybersecurity initiatives of the World Economic Forum
  • Establish an independent library of cyber best practices
  • Help partners to enhance knowledge on cybersecurity
  • Work toward an appropriate and agile regulatory framework on cybersecurity
  • Serve as a laboratory and early-warning think tank for future cybersecurity scenarios

March 22, 2018: Sean Valcamp named VP, CISO at MGIC

Valcamp comes to Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC) from Avnet, Inc., where he held successive positions of increasing responsibility in the IT department. He served for more than 11 years as Avnet's global security leader and was named the company's first CISO in 2015. Valcomp has 28 years of experience in the technology industry and holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.

"Sean will be a great fit in his role at MGIC," said Greg Chi, senior vice president information services and CIO, in a press release. "His leadership credentials and wealth of experience in Information Risk Management and governance practices make him a valuable addition to our team as we support MGIC's ongoing growth. I am delighted to welcome Sean to the company."

March 27, 2018: Doug Yokoyama is the new CIO and CISO at Clarify Health Solutions

Yokoyama will lead data operations at this provider of machine-learning-enabled care optimization, leveraging best-in-class protocols and advanced technologies from a variety of industries to bring the highest levels of fidelity and security to healthcare analytics, risk stratification and care guidance.

With nearly 30 years of experience, Yokoyama has a proven track record for building scalable technology solutions that deliver operational effectiveness and impact for customers. Prior to joining Clarify Health, he was the senior vice president and CIO of Advent Software, a leader in automated portfolio accounting for investment management firms. As the CIO, he led the product development, IT, and data services teams

“With Doug on board, we have a leader with the experience and expertise to deliver the financial services and military-grade security that all healthcare companies should deploy,” said Jean Drouin, MD, CEO and co-founder of Clarify Health, in a press release. “Doug has deep knowledge and experience spearheading data governance process and harnessing both people and technology to advance organizational security measures. We welcome his expertise and contributions as we continue to empower healthcare organizations to succeed in a value-based world, both lowering costs and improving patient outcomes.”

“I’m inspired and impressed by the work the Clarify development and security teams have done to create a safe and scalable framework for processing and storing sensitive data,” said Yokoyama in a press release. “My goal is to continue building on this foundation to enable the company to serve our customers in new ways, including providing patients with more seamless and secure access to their own data.”

March 14, 2018: LenderLive promotes Ian Morgan to CISO

Morgan will be responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of this mortgage services provider’s information assets. He will partner with LenderLive’s business lines to strengthen existing security controls, setting the strategic direction of information security at LenderLive and adhering to regulatory requirements. He will report to CIO Lorie Helms.

Morgan joined LenderLive in September 2010. Throughout his career with LenderLive, he has held positions of increasing management responsibility within the organization. Most recently, Morgan served as vice president, Technology Solutions, where he guided the build-out of the company’s workflow system, strengthened the company’s eSign, eMortgage, and document imaging platforms, and strove to secure business systems by meeting comprehensive audit requirements. Prior to LenderLive, Morgan held IT management positions with Alameda Mortgage Corporation, Assurity Financial Services, LLC, Information Management Research and Optimus Corporation.

“Information security has become a critical and essential priority for our clients. By creating a dedicated executive level position, we are demonstrating our commitment to protecting client and customer information entrusted to LenderLive,” said Rob Clements, chairman and CEO of LenderLive, in a press release. “Ian is a perfect fit for this position. He’s a seasoned financial services veteran with deep industry knowledge in information technology and security. During his tenure at LenderLive, he has demonstrated proven success in building strong teams to achieve a streamlined and cohesive operation. I am confident that Ian will continue to be a critical contributor as we grow and evolve.”

March 12, 2018: OATI appoints Khalil Houri as CISO and Jerrod Montoya as deputy CISO

Houri and Montoya will lead a new security and risk management team at OATI, a provider of products and services for the energy industy. This team will be responsible for the overall governance of OATI security and risk management, which includes cybersecurity, physical security, vendor management, and security awareness and training. They will report directly to Sasan Mokhtari, president and CEO of the company.

The team will ensure applicable OATI security policies and procedures are in place, enforced, and coordinated across all OATI departments. Houri and Montoya will also interact with customers, regulator and industry groups, law enforcement, and other applicable security groups as needed.

“With the implementation of this dedicated team, OATI can further enhance security measures for customers in this constantly changing security paradigm,” said Mokhtari in a press release.

March 6, 2018: Eddie Saunier named CSO at Burr & Forman

Saunier will lead legal services firm Burr & Forman’s overall information security program and will assume responsibility for managing the firm’s technology and information management compliance and risk.

“Eddie’s devotion to managing and securing Burr & Forman’s systems and networking infrastructure with the utmost level of scrutiny furthers our confidence in his ability to meet all the information security needs of the firm and our client information,” said Burr & Forman CEO Ed Christian in a press release. “Eddie will ensure we are at the forefront of best practices to provide a consistent level of data security.”

Since joining the firm in 2002, Saunier has been responsible for managing the core servers and networking infrastructure as senior systems engineer. Saunier earned his undergraduate degree in materials engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

March 5, 2018: Florida Agency Network names Matthew Froning as CISO

Froning will drive title agency Florida Agency Network’s (FAN's) existing information security program and collaborate with the industry to implement best practices on information security.

"We are pleased to welcome Matthew to our team. His reputation, expertise and intimate knowledge of industry best practices will allow us to design and deploy a best-in-class, global security strategy," said Aaron M. Davis, CEO of FAN.

The former CIO of a leading information security consulting company, Froning has led the charge for improving security processes and procedures for organizations while tightening controls to protect from cyber attacks. A security industry veteran, he developed information security assessment processes which included guidelines and reports aligned with regulatory and ALTA Best Practices. Froning is an Air Force veteran and former federal agent who has investigated, managed and directed computer-related criminal, counterintelligence, counterespionage, fraud and undercover matters for both the federal government and the military.

"Florida Agency Network has been an industry leader in the approach to secure their systems, processes, and the consumer information they are charged with protecting. As part of the team, I look forward to helping FAN continue to enhance their security program and provide the best service and level of security possible for their clients," said Froning in a press release.

February 28, 2018: Richard Roberts takes on dual COO/CISO role at Stratus Interoperable

As a member of Stratus Interoperable’s executive management team, Roberts’ operations and cybersecurity experience will help drive product delivery and development with a focus on enhanced security at this provider of data integration and business intelligence services in the healthcare industry.

Before joining Stratus Interoperable, Roberts built a healthcare advisory company and spent 10 years at the nation’s largest private healthcare ITO/BPO organization. There he served as chief technology officer with responsibility for IT strategy, planning and cybersecurity for both corporate and customer initiatives. He oversaw enterprise-wide infrastructure architecture and standardization, integration, business transformation, and the development of enterprise application solutions.

“I’m very excited to join the SI Team. It’s my goal to leverage this opportunity to positively influence the quality of patient-centered healthcare, while helping drive Stratus Interoperable and the StratusLink platform to prominence in the healthcare technology industry,” said Roberts in a press release.

February 22, 2018: Lewis Brisbois hires Frank Gillman as CISO

Gillman will work closely with law firm Lewis Brisbois's Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practice to provide a suite of client services. He has more than 30 years of technology experience in the legal field, including 20 years in the CIO/CTO role for three notable AmLaw 200 firms, including Lewis Brisbois. He has led and implemented first-to-market initiatives for legal technology solutions during his various tenures in the infrastructure, telecommunications, mobility, and data security fields.

“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Frank in providing client services. With his operational experience and expertise, we are adding tremendous value to a variety of client engagements to better secure their networks and better prepare them to respond to data security incidents,” said Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Chair Sean Hoar in a press release.

As a part of the data privacy and cybersecurity team, Gillman provides clients with security control assessments mapped to information security frameworks, incident response planning, tabletop exercises, executive training in network security awareness, and information security policy and procedure development.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to evolve the traditional CISO role within a law firm to this expanded scope,” Gillman said in a press release. “What makes it doubly so is to be able to do it alongside some of the most talented lawyers in the data privacy and cybersecurity fields.”

February 12, 2018: Equifax names Jamil Farshchi as new CISO

Farshchi, who previously served as CISO at The Home Depot, will assume company-wide leadership of work already underway to transform the company's information security program and collaborate with the industry to share best practices on information security. He will be based in Atlanta, Georgia, and report directly to the CEO. 

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Jamil Farshchi, Equifax CISO

"We are pleased to welcome Jamil to our team and confident that he possesses the talent and skillset needed to continue our journey toward developing industry-leading security practices and, ultimately, to help us regain trust with consumers and customers," said Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr., interim CEO at Equifax, in a press release. "Jamil has a reputation for helping enterprises rebuild and fortify information security programs.  His expertise in risk intelligence and cybersecurity combined with his intimate knowledge of industry best practices will allow us to design and deploy a best-in-class, global security strategy to re-establish ourselves as a trusted leader."

Prior to his role at The Home Depot, Farshchi was the first global CISO at Time Warner, where he brought to bear risk-management techniques from the financial and government sectors to develop a model security program for the media and entertainment industry. Before that, Farshchi was the vice president of global information security at Visa, where he developed and implemented the firm's first global information security strategy; led efforts in mobile security, identity, and big data; and transformed its security program into a recognized global leader.

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