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JOHN PIRONTI

CGEIT, CISM, CISSP, CRISC, ISSAP, ISSMP

President and Chief Information Risk Strategist

John P. Pironti is the President of IP Architects, LLC. He has designed and implemented enterprise wide electronic business solutions, information security and risk management strategy and programs, enterprise resiliency capabilities, and threat and vulnerability management solutions for key customers in a range of industries, including financial services, insurance, energy, government, hospitality, aerospace, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, and information technology on a global scale. Mr. Pironti has a number of industry certifications including Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC), Information Systems Security Architecture Professional and (ISSAP) and Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP). Mr. Pironti frequently provides briefings and acts as a trusted advisor to senior leaders of numerous organizations on information security and risk management and compliance topics and is also a member of a number of technical advisory boards for technology and services firms. He is also a published author and writer, highly quoted and often interviewed by global media, and an award winning frequent speaker on electronic business and information security and risk management topics at domestic and international industry conferences.

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ED MINYARD

CBCP, CBCI, CRISC, CISM

Ed has over 35 years of experience in the consulting field with a keen focus on risk management, security, disaster recovery and processes related to business continuity. His certifications include: Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP); Certified by the Business Continuity Institute (CBCI); Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC); Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and others. He has been actively involved in providing leadership during some of the largest disasters ever to impact North America.

Ed is the founder of ResponseForce1 Corp (www.ResponseForce1.com), and has served in leadership roles within several of the world’s largest consulting and technology companies, including Accenture and Unisys.  As a Partner at Accenture, Ed was engaged in their Cyber Security Practice in the USA and Canada, as well as Business Continuity Planning for that same region.  As Managing Partner, North America for the Emergency Management Practice of Unisys, he oversaw the delivery of Emergency Planning, Preparedness, Response and Recovery Services to key Unisys clients, including the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and The City of New Orleans.

Ed is the author of After Disaster: An Insider’s Perspective from the Heart of Chaos, and is a frequent speaker on the topics of crisis management and preparedness.

RIC MESSIER

MS, GCIH, GSEC, CEH, CISSP

Ric Messier is a consultant, author and educator with well over two decades of experience in information security and information technology. He has worked in a variety of positions ranging from programmer to manager of a security engineering team at a Tier I Internet service provider. Ric has published several books on information security and digital forensics topics and has also published a number of training videos with O’Reilly on networking and security topics. In addition to consulting work with IP Architects, Ric is currently the Program Director for the online Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics programs at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. In that capacity, he not only runs both undergraduate and graduate programs but also created the first Information Security Operations master’s degree program.

ELLIOTT GLAZER

Elliott Glazer has significant experience and understanding of all areas of information risk management and security issues, and takes an approach to making security a business enabler by finding out of the box solutions for security related problems. Clients come from various industries including Finance and Banking, Healthcare, Legal, Retail and Higher Education.

Previously, Mr. Glazer was with Dun and Bradstreet as Chief Security Officer. In his role, Mr. Glazer was responsible for logical and physical security across the enterprise. Initiatives included risk reduction through critical processes related to application security, identity management, vendor security, threat assessment and management, as well as managing risk for social networking, mobile applications, and cloud solutions. Taking a business oriented approach to his security program, he was able to retain and regain over $120 million in revenues.

Prior to joining D&B, Mr. Glazer was a senior risk leader for JP Morgan Chase, involved in solutions for authentication, mobile security, and application security as well as regulatory compliance initiatives.

Mr. Glazer was also the Chief Information Security Officer for Huntington National Bank, a top 25 U.S. bank with assets over $50 billion. He led implementation of a top tier security program that succeeded in saving the company millions of dollars while also receiving zero findings in a review by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the regulatory body for the bank.

Mr. Glazer was also Director of Security Architecture for the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, a company that clears and settles over $2 quadrillion of value annually for the financial industry. He has also led Technology Architecture, Web Development, and Security for American Express.

Mr. Glazer has over 30 years of experience in software development, networks, technology architecture and security. He and his solutions have been recognized numerous times including winning a Smithsonian Laureate Award, Product of the Year, and nomination for Chief Security Officer of the Year. He is named on over 10 patents in security, privacy and business process solutions.

AL KIRKPATRICK

CISM, CISSP

Al is an industry-recognized executive manager and consultant with multiple certifications and skill-sets related to global information risk management and security, business continuity and disaster recovery, information technology strategy, governance, and risk and compliance. Al has significant experience with business-to-business and business-to-consumer industries including information technology, financial/banking, health, retail, business services, e-commerce, education and public utilities.

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