About the Speaker
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    William Lidster, PhD
    CISO, AAA Washington

    William serves as the leader of AAA Washington’s information security and compliance efforts. He is responsible to establish a responsive, dynamic, and flexible cybersecurity program to meet continually changing information security, regulatory, and compliance needs in the organization.  William has been with AAA Washington since August of 2017. Other roles that William serves in the company includes coordinating business continuity program activities and leading the company through emerging privacy legislation management.

    In the evenings, William instructs graduate and undergraduate cybersecurity courses at the University of Washington and The Penn State University.
    William completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the US Military Academy at West Point. He subsequently earned a Masters in Management Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Maryland. In December of 2018, he completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from Capella University.

    Prior to William starting at AAA Washington, he served five years as the Manager of IT Security Engineering at Puget Sound Energy. Prior to that he also served as the regional Chief Information Security Officer for Providence Health and Services. He has also served in similar positions with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Chugach Electric Association, and the State of Alaska, Department of Public Safety.

    William served in the US Army from 1990 to 1996 as an officer in the Infantry and is a combat veteran for Operation Desert Storm.