About The Speaker
Interim Executive Director/Technology Director
Storage Networking Industry Association

In addition to his role as Interim Executive Director, Rick also serves as Technology Director for SNIA. He is responsible for the coordination of all technical initiatives of the Association, including standards and testing development, as well as collaboration on trade shows and events worldwide. Much of this work is accomplished through member committees and the contributions of SNIA volunteers. Rick also manages SNIA’s Technology Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, part of an ever-expending global SNIA network of labs in Japan, China, and India. Rick is a member of many technical and marketing workgroups within the SNIA, and is a frequent presenter at SNIA and other technology events worldwide.

Prior to his work at SNIA, Rick served as CIO for several organizations over a 16-year career in technology and management, involving education, data processing, digital imaging, and systems integration. Rick served as founding chair of SNIA’s End User Council while serving as CIO for The Hill School, one of America’s leading educational institutions, named “the most wired school in America” by Yahoo’s Internet Life magazine in 2002. He led (as an unpaid volunteer) the technology and events management operation for the Bush-Cheney 2000 Transition Team in Washington, D.C. Rick has master’s degrees in business and technology management from The Wharton School of Business and the Graduate School of Engineering at The University of Pennsylvania, and has advanced degrees from Harvard University and The University of Florida. He has served as a professor and faculty member at several universities, lecturing in Computer Science and Management.

Topic Synopsis: Securing Storage:
Best Practices for Protecting the Digital Assets of Your Organization

While securing the storage in all of its forms may be tasks of the storage team, if that team fails, the CEO, CIO, or CISO may pay the price. C-Level security executives are leaders who set vision, choose information security models, define the security services, build a team, manage budget, run the business and prepare for potential crises, all for one purpose: to meet business and regulatory expectations. We want to understand storage security from the CIO and CISO’s perspectives, and to learn what they value and what they expect.

This session helps to understand the perspective of the security/technology executives. How do they see storage risk? What is their approach to mitigation? We will examine how they challenge conventional wisdom and adapt while assessing threats, assets and vulnerabilities. Then we will look at how they lead in the heat of an incident. Finally, we will provide specific recommendations and offer insight into the best ways for senior management to work with their security resources, all within the context of providing best practices for securing storage. Content presented at this session is part of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Storage Security Industry Forum approved vendor-neutral curriculum.