2019 Birmingham Cybersecurity Best Practice Exchange

    Incident Insights: Lessons from a Breach


    The Leadership Board represents the region’s most prominent organizations and thought leadership. Board members recommend and vet topics, speakers and industry partners, ensuring each Exchange addresses the region’s most significant concerns.

    Leadership Board


    Dr. Curtis Carver Jr., SVP & CIO, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    John Fallis, VP & CIO, Drummond Company, Inc.
    Michael A. Stoeckert, CTO, ProAssurance


    Ryan Allen, CISO, State of Alabama Office of Information Technology
    Brian Bates, CCO, UAB Medicine/UAB Health System
    Kevin Brooks, SVP of Information Technology , Books A Million, Inc.
    Ryland Byars, Director, Information Technology & Security, Medical Properties Trust, Inc
    Adam Creel, CISO, Drummond Company, Inc.
    Joe Dunsmore, Deputy CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
    J. Ashley Ewing, CISO, The University of Alabama
    Brian Fricke, EVP, Chief Security Officer & CISO, BBVA Compass
    Raymond Harris, CIO, ADTRAN
    Ellen Holladay, SVP & CIO, Motion Industries, Inc.
    Jeff Kennedy, CISO, Regions Bank
    Ryan Loy, CIO, EBSCO Industries
    John McGowen, VP & CIO, University of Alabama System
    William Miaoulis, CISO, Auburn University
    Mike Neighbors, Director of Information Technology, Coca Cola Bottling United
    Bryan Phillips, CTO, Hoover City Schools
    Kevin Ray, Director, Information Technology, O'Neal Industries
    Adam Robinett, CIO, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC
    Mike Rowell, SVP & CIO, Alfa Insurance
    Bob Sarnecki, SVP & CIO, Children's of Alabama
    Mark Stewart, CISO, Altec Industries
    Christopher Stockley, CIO, BL Harbert International
    Mitch Thomas, CSO, Encompass Health

    Kicking off with tapas and signature cocktails, attendees can connect with peers across industries.
    Note: Please arrive on time for pre-event hors d’oeuvres.

    Incident Insights: Lessons from a Breach

    No one wants to be the latest news headline. Learn from organizations that have put their incident response playbooks to the test.

    In this panel discussion, you’ll come away with:

    • Specific incident case studies
    • How adversaries are targeting companies and how to best defend your organization
    • Tactics for response, remediation, and future prevention


    Rob Ferrill, AVP & CISO, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Now comes your turn to share ideas. Each table is headed by a Discussion Leader, ready with questions based on the keynote panel topic. Tables will collectively brainstorm opportunities to address challenges addressed by the panel. Attendees will then switch tables twice to discuss a new set of challenges and questions with a different group of peers. This allows attendees to connect and have in-depth conversations with more peers bringing unique perspectives from across different disciplines and industries.

    Discussions will continue to percolate across the entire space as attendees have the opportunity to refresh drinks and tapas.

    The program closes by wrapping up the evening’s conversation into tangible takeaways to implement into your own organization.

    CTO, ProAssurance
    AVP & CISO, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Solutions providers are vetted to include only the organizations bringing the most successful and innovative solutions to market. Sponsors must be approved by the Leadership Board.

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    To learn more about the Birmingham Cybersecurity Best Practice Exchange or to answer any questions, please contact:

    Steven J. Bangsund, Executive Director
    Direct: 503.765.5117
    [email protected]

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