With the rise of data breaches, CIOs and CISOs are quickly learning that internal security breaches as a result of social engineering are occurring more often than they’d like to admit. And while everyone seems to be championing best practices for Cyber Security, awareness is not the same as changing behavior. It’s our human qualities that make us most susceptible to human engineers. If a company were to take the millions they invest in security technology and begin focusing on the people side, how much of a real difference can smarter awareness make?
Jeffrey Wright, VP & CISO, Allstate
Jeff Wright is Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Allstate Insurance Company. In this role he is responsible for the enterprise information security strategy to ensure the protection of Allstate information from all e... More View all posts
Jeff Wright is Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Allstate Insurance Company. In this role he is responsible for the enterprise information security strategy to ensure the protection of Allstate information from all external and internal cybersecurity threats, and leads the Information Security team in the execution of that strategy. Jeff works with leaders across Allstate in the development of secure business solutions, ensuring the protection of Allstate’s customer and corporate data. He is regularly called upon to speak to Allstate’s board of directors as well as asked to present his views on security issues in various industry publications and forums. Prior to his promotion to vice president in November of 2012, Jeff led significant advancements in information security at Allstate, including enhancements to the security variance and vendor risk assessment processes, and has overseen the onboarding of all critical Internet applications to the static code security-scanning program. He also collaborated with leaders in Infrastructure Services to build a dedicated Security Operations team, which has led to more effective security event detection and response capability. In 2007, Jeff came to Allstate from Abbott Laboratories, where he played a key role on the information technology security team. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine with a concentration in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. As the proud father of 3 children, Jeff is busy around the clock, protecting Allstate and enjoying time with his wife and children. Less View all posts
Derek Brink, Vice President, Research Fellow, IT Security and IT GRC, The Aberdeen Group
Derek Brink helps organizations to improve their security and compliance initiatives by researching, writing about and speaking about the people, processes and technologies that correspond most strongly with leading performance. He also hel... More View all posts
Derek Brink helps organizations to improve their security and compliance initiatives by researching, writing about and speaking about the people, processes and technologies that correspond most strongly with leading performance. He also helps solution providers to refine and communicate their value propositions and marketing messages to potential buyers by creating and leveraging high-quality, fact-based research content. In addition, he helps individuals to improve their critical thinking, leadership skills and communication skills by teaching graduate courses in information security at Brandeis University. His work combines a unique blend of analytical / technical background, excellent communication skills and extensive information security industry expertise. Derek Brink joined Aberdeen in 2007 with more than 20 years of experience in high-tech strategy development and execution, corporate / business development, product management and product marketing, including positions at RSA Security, IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard. Derek earned an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Applied Mathematics with highest honors from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Less View all posts