Barry has been the Chief Information Security Officer for the MN Dept. of Human Services since 2003. He is responsible for information security and security technologies department-wide including the development and implementation HIPAA compliant security policy and security architecture. Barry has more than 25 years of experience in information technology and security. He holds an MS in applied mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (aka Virginia Tech), and the CISSP, ISSMP, CISA, and CISM certifications. He is a soccer coach in Apple Valley and serves on the soccer boards of the Valley United Soccer Club and Valley Athletic Association as director of coaching.
Barry will be presenting two sessions at this year’s Secure360 Conference:
Tell us a little about yourself
I’ve been in IT almost 30 years in a variety of roles including: software developer, sales engineer, ISP operations and security in industries like aerospace, software, ISP, financial and government. I love learning and keeping up with new developments. I listen to a couple of hours of security and tech podcasts everyday!
What’s the topic of your presentation at Secure 360
One on IT Consumerization and one on communicating and aligning security with management and business.
What do you hope that the audience will walk away understanding from your session?
There are no exact answers in our field. Among the best things we can do is to stay connected with our business partners, educate others and make risk-based decisions.
If you’ve been to Secure 360 before, what’s your favorite Secure 360 memory?
I’ve actually spoken at every Secure 360 conference! (and a number of spring ISSA conferences before that) Perhaps my strongest memory is a bit sad… I had a great, but brief, conversation with Gene Schultz between talks a couple of years ago. I didn’t get a chance to tell him the great story of how he actually inspired me to do my first conference talk about 15 years ago
Who do you most want to meet / see at this year’s Secure 360?
I look forward to touching base with old colleagues and definitely enjoy meeting new friends!
What’s the favorite technology that you use on a daily basis?
There are two items without which I cannot function… my android phone and my netbook… yes, a netbook! Now, if someone can just invent a battery that really lasts!
You can learn more about Barry by visiting his about.me page.