About the Speaker
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    Samuel Blaney
    Director Cybersecurity, Georgia Technology Authority

    Sam is the Director of Cybersecurity & Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) at GTA and is a Chief Warrant Officer (CW3) retired. Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) Office of Information Security (OIS) is the premier strategic partner for all state and local government organizations in support of a strong State Cyber Security posture. GTA OIS, unifies all information security responsibilities for the state’s IT enterprise, including the Georgia Enterprise Technology Services (GETS) program, and GTA. The OIS team develops and maintains Cyber Enterprise Policies, provides support for Cyber Risk Assessments, facilitates Cyber Threat Information Sharing and is the lead organization for Cyber Incident Responses and Emergencies. He served in several military assignments including the Cyber Operations Planner Georgia National Guard Cyber Protection Team (CPT), Senior Cyber Operations Watch Officer assigned to Task Force Echo 780th Military Intelligence Brigade Fort Meade Maryland supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Sam’s education and certifications include a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) from Barry University in Miami Florida (CUM LAUDE), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Comp-TIA Security+, ITILv3 Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management, and eight Global Information Assurance Certifications (GAIC), Security Essentials (GSEC), Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA), Penetration Tester (GPEN), Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN) Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP).