Brent Hutfless

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Brent Hutfless is an experienced CISO and technology leader. He is currently the founder of Cannon Reef, an IT and IT security consulting company focused on providing business leaders with insight and recommendations for technology and security challenges, projects and solution implementations.

Brent led the information security programs in his last three roles at a Top 100 U.S. Federal contractor and two U.S. Navy headquarters-level commands. A U.S. Navy veteran with more than two decades in manufacturing, healthcare, defense, aviation and training industries, his knowledge and leadership experiences have provided him an uncommon level of insight into technology and cyber-security in particular. He has successfully implemented security initiatives that align to NIST, ISO and HIPAA compliance frameworks, and advises organizations and industry groups on these and other GRC frameworks and regulatory requirements. He is comfortable presenting business, technical and security-relevant risk topics to executive leadership and board-level directors, and has a successful record of completing challenging security, technology, and core business projects and programs.

Most recently the IT Director at Austal, an Australian-headquartered shipbuilder and Top 100 U.S. Federal contractor, employing over 4000 US personnel in support of the Independence class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ship programs. Austal recruited Brent during a period of rapid growth to establish and manage a cybersecurity program that could meet strict DOD requirements as well as the tough restrictions imposed by the U.S. government due to foreign ownership. He later assumed the role of IT Director and the responsibilities for the network, system and asset teams in addition to the security personnel. The Austal security program has received six consecutive superior ratings by Defense Security Services, the highest score a company can achieve.

Brent holds a BS in computer science from Troy University, a MS in software engineering as well as a certificate in medical informatics from the University of West Florida, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). His publications include contributing to three editions of a Health Informatics textbook, a peer-reviewed study published by AHIMA, and numerous online articles. He has served as president, board member and cyber chair for the Gulf Coast Industrial Security Awareness Council, as a CIO panelist, presenter, and planning committee member for ITEN Wired, and held positions within the Gulf Coast Technology Council, the (ISC)2 Florida Panhandle Chapter, as well as maintaining membership in other industry organizations.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Brent Hutfless and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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