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2015 Cyber Security Planning


Seminar Event Information

  • Cybersecurity Planning and Structure
  • Date: October 16, 2015
  • Venue: Gilruth Center, 18753 SpaceCenter Blvd; Houston, Texas 77058
  • Time: 8:30 – 9:00 Sign In & Networking, 9:00 - 11:30 AM Program
  • Speakers:
    • Ross Leo, Associate Director, Professional Training and Development
    • Mary Dickerson, Chief Information Security Officer

Bay Area Houston Advanced Technology Consortium, or BayTech, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All cancellations after Thursday, October 15, will be billed.

Why Should You Attend?

If you are an executive, decision-maker, manager, leader, IT professional – this workshop is for you. If your organization has information to protect – this workshop is for you.

Cybersecurity frameworks abound and are quite comprehensive; however, there has been no simplified reference describing the essential components of a modern information security program. Program leaders are often forced to blaze our own unique trail in the pursuit of stronger security and better protection of our organization's information resources.

Building a security program that will evolve and adapt is essential.

These talks will examine how to build a modern information security architecture and program that will both evolve and adapt to the rapidly changing cyber threat.


Ross P. Leo

Ross Leo Associate Director, Professional Training and Development Cyber Security Institute - University of Houston-Clear Lake

Mr. Leo has been in Information System for 38 years, and an Information Security professional for over 36 years. He has worked internationally as a Systems Analyst/Engineer, and as a Security and Privacy Consultant. Past employers include IBM, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Rockwell International. A NASA contractor for 22 years, from 1997 to 2002 he was Director of Security Engineering and Chief Security Architect for Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center. From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Leo was the Director of Information Systems, and Chief Information Security Officer for the Managed Care Division of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Having attained his CISSP status in 1997, Mr. Leo was asked to join (ISC)2 as Chairman of the Curriculum Development Committee, and served in this role until 2004. During this time, he formulated and directed the effort that produced what became the standard curriculum still used to train CISSP candidates worldwide. Since 2004 Mr. Leo has been involved in the development and evolution of a standardized curriculum in HIPAA Compliance. He has trained and certified nearly 5400 CISSP candidates since 1998, and nearly 2400 in HIPAA compliance since 2004.

As a founding member of the international Council on CyberSecurity, Mr. Leo was a participant in a three-year project to develop and co-author of the Department of Energy (DOE) –sponsored curriculum and skills requirements/certification report that is the foundation for future Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity practitioners' credentialing, experiential and educational requirements. Mr. Leo was requested to continue his role and participate in a follow-on effort sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will be conducted to accomplish the same objective for the remaining Critical Infrastructure sectors.

Mr. Leo is a past member of the IT Security Council for the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS). He is a member of (ISC)2, Project Management Institute (PMI), and the American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology (ABFET) for The American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI), and the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS). Mr. Leo holds certifications from each of these organizations, and is a Fellow of ABCHS.

Mr. Leo attended Graduate School at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Undergraduate school at Southern Illinois University.

Mary DickersonMary Dickerson Chief Information Security Officer University of Houston and University of Houston System

Mary Dickerson is Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Houston and the University of Houston System. As CISO, she is responsible for strategic planning and implementation of information security practices, encompassing a range of activities from compliance to technical forensics.

Ms. Dickerson has a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston, Bauer College of Business. She holds a variety of industry certifications including: CISSP, CISM and PMP as well as active professional memberships in Educause, InfraGard, (ISC)2 , ISACA, ISSA, PMI, and REN-ISAC. A 17-year member of the Nassau Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Mary is also an Accredited Basic Firefighter for the State of Texas.

Ms. Dickerson served as Chair of the Texas Cybersecurity, Education and Economic Development Council (TCEEDC) originally established in 2011 by Texas Senate Bill 988. She is currently serving on the FBI InfraGard Houston Chapter Board of Directors and the Texas CISO Council Leadership Team, as well as other information security advisory committees and boards.


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