About the Speaker
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    Chad Hicks
    CISO, MercuryGate International

    Chad is a proven InfoSec leader, with nearly 10 years' experience as a CISO. He has significant experience managing people, process, and technology to reduce risk and deliver business value. He has successfully led multinational companies through mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and rapid security certifications.

    An experienced engineer that has touched all facets of the IT infrastructure. From the server room to the board room, he can implement effective change throughout. This hands-on experience is a key differentiator when dealing with stakeholders in infrastructure and development organizations. Being able to empathize with the teams and understand what the impact a security control will have is not something many CISOs can articulate.

    Educating end-users as well as fellow staff is a key component of an IT leader. Chad has taken this to heart, and has spent countless hours dedicated to educating up and coming engineers, as well as business leaders. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Community College, and previously worked at UNC-Charlotte'a Belk College of Business.