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NTXCSG January Monthly Meetup
January 25 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Topic: “Open Conversation of the Trials of Being a CISO”
The evening presentation will be a collaborative and interactive discussion on building an effective cyber security team . There are some powerful dynamics in bringing people together as a team; some good dynamics and some dynamics that can eat away at a team trust very quickly. Building together teams of exceptionally intelligent people is even more difficult. The speaker will address many of these dynamics in addition to introducing a number of topics such as building a trusted and trusting team, finding the right employees for your team, building a strong relationship with the Board, budgeting, establishing metrics and working with your boss. The speaker brings with him 40 years of experience in building security teams. The evening will include interactive conversations, role playing and an exercise that will explore team dynamics.
Sr. Director, Global Project Management
Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center
Currently working as the Sr. Director of Global Project Management for the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and an security advisor to a new startup, John South brings with him roughly 25 years of information security experience. He is also providing consulting services to several enterprises.
Prior to joining the FS-ISAC, he was the Chief Security Officer of Heartland Payment Systemswhere he led the company’s security and IT compliance programs whichencompassed the protection of highly sensitive data through risk and threat modeling and a compliance program that managed the internal, industry and regulatory compliance obligations.
Southserved on the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), the primaryindustry forum for collaboration on critical security threats facing the financial services sector.He also recently served on the Board of Advisors of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) to help strengthen security standards and protect cardholder data against threats worldwide.
Prior to joining Heartland in September 2009, South held information security leadership roles for a variety of companies including Convergys (Intervoice) and Alcatel-Lucent, where he spent several years in Antwerp and Paris leading Alcatel’s European information security operations.
Outside of the corporate world, Southhas beenan adjunct professor at the University of Dallas for the past 19 years. He currently teaches a course on the legal and compliance strategies forsecurity. He co-founded,with Dr. John Nugent,the university’s Cybersecurity Program, which focuses on corporate security and risk management. Since its inception, the program has been designated a National Security Agency Center of Excellence. Prior to teaching at the University of Dallas, South taught computer science courses at Eastfield College. He is currently studying Geospatial Analysis at Penn State’s Word Campus.
Additionally, Southhas been an active participant with the United States Secret Service North Texas Electronic Crimes Task Force since its inception in 2003.He is also the founding president of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s North Texas InfraGard Program, and is a member of the Information Systems Security Association and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
South has also been awarded the 2011 Information Security Executive (ISE) of Year Award for the Central United States and the ISE Central Executive of the Decade Award, both by The Executive Network, and was designated a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2012. In 2013, South was designated the CSO of the Year by SC Magazine. Heholds the CISSP and CISA designations and is certified as an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Service Manager.