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L. WhitesideLarry Whiteside Jr.

Cyber Security Thought Leader and Recovering CISO

Larry is a Cyber Security Thought Leader and Recovering CISO. He has over 20 years experience in building and running cybersecurity programs in multiple industries to include DoD, Federal Government, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Critical Infrastructure. Larry is Co-Founder of Smart Hive, and the co-founder and vice president of the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), a not-for-profit that is attempting to increase the number of minority and female cybersecurity professionals through many different avenues to include scholarship, internship, and training opportunities.


Previously, Mr. Whiteside has worked at Optiv as VP, Healthcare and Critical Infrastructure, LCRA as CSO, Comodo as Corporate Strategy Advisor to the CEO, Lynx Technology Partners as CSO, Spectrum Health as both the CISO and the Director of Enterprise Operations, Visiting Nurse Service of NY as the CISO, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. as Deputy CISO, VP of Global Information Security (was CISO of Marsh prior to collapse of IT into single function); at Computer Horizons Corp. as a Practice Lead / Managing Sr. Security Consultant; at netForensics as a Director of Competitive Analysis and Technical Documentation; as Director of IT Security through BAE Systems at the Naval Strategic Systems Programs in Washington, D.C.; and at TruSecure Corporation as a Manager and Senior Security Analyst.


Mr. Whiteside started his career with the United States Air Force as an Officer and separated 2002. He held positions such as Chief, Information Warfare/Network Security Divisions at the Pentagon. He was also Chief, Network Security Division - Single Agency Manager at the Pentagon. He has also been an Information Systems Flight Commander and Chief, Network Control Center at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina.


In recognition for his achievements Mr. Whiteside has been nominated for the National Information Security Executive of the Year (2009, 2010). In the Air Force Mr. Whiteside has been honored as the Company Grade Officer of the Year for his units in 1997 and 2000.


Larry received his BS in Computer Science at Huston-Tillotson University in 1994 and is an active member in of various organizations, including Information System Security Association, Cloud Security Alliance, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and multiple industry based Security Committees committed to strengthening security in the public sector. He has briefed some of the highest levels of DoD, given lectures at various conferences to include the Gartner Security Summit, RSA, SC World Congress, Gartner Identity and Access Management Summit, and has been featured in many articles relating to Information Security and Risk Management.





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