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Mark Weatherford Inducted Into CSO HALL OF FAME

Mark Weatherford, AlertEnterprise CISO has been inducted into the CSO Hall of Fame. This recognition is bestowed upon the individuals whose work has advanced the CSO/CISO role, secured business, and inspired others in the industry. Mr. Weatherford will accept his award at the CSO50 Conference + Awards held on November 16-18, 2021.

Mark is a former member of the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council, a current member of the DOE Idaho National Labs Strategic Advisory Council, and has held numerous executive-level cybersecurity roles including, Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC); the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity in the Obama Administration; and the first Chief Information Security Officer in both the state of California and the state of Colorado.

“I attribute much of my professional success to simply caring about people,” said Mr. Weatherford. “Life is all about developing relationships and very few successful people do it all on their own. One of the greatest compliments I get today is when people say that what they remember most about me is that I cared and was always made time for them. My life goal is to simply be kind to people.”

Mr. Weatherford is a renowned leader with the ability to get teams to work together and support each other, developing incredible loyalty and becoming a force multiplier in information security. In both Colorado and California state governments, Mark was able to leverage the buying power, staffing, and budgets of more prosperous agencies to help smaller agencies and departments ­­­who had limited visibility and insufficient funding to accomplish their security goals. At NERC, Mark guided his team with the noble mission of ensuring the reliability of the power grid. Mark and his team delivered great success in the ever-evolving transformation of the electric utility industry by working daily with over 3,000 companies to raise the bar on cybersecurity across the nation.

“As organizations face new and evolving threats and shifting risks amid changing business conditions, the value experienced security leaders bring to the business has never been greater,” said Amy Bennett, Executive Editor of CSO. “Our CSO Hall of Fame inductees for 2021 have built their careers by innovating, leading, and contributing within the security community across many organizations. We look forward to recognizing them at the upcoming CSO50 Conference + Awards and hearing their perspectives on IT security, risk, and business leadership.”

About the CSO50 Hall of Fame

The CSO Hall of Fame recognizes leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of information risk management and security. The CSO Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the editors of CSO and its advisors and executives. Because of the connected nature of today’s business environments, managing the operational risk of any single organization is of vital importance. The CSO Hall of Fame inductees exemplify the qualities of leadership and excellence and, by their example, contribute to the improvement of security across all organizations. The 2021 awards will be presented at the CSO50 Conference + Awards.

About CSO

CSO is the premier content and community resource for security decision-makers leading business risk management efforts within their organizations. For more than a decade, CSO’s award-winning website (CSOonline.com), executive conferences, strategic marketing services and research have equipped security decision-makers to mitigate both IT and corporate/physical risk for their organizations and provided opportunities for security vendors looking to reach this audience.

To assist CSOs in educating their organizations’ employees on corporate and personal security practices, CSO also produces the quarterly newsletter Security Smart. CSO is published by IDG Communications, Inc. Company information is available at https://www.idg.com.

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About AlertEnterprise

At AlertEnterprise digital identity and trust are at the center of everything we do. Our mission is to bring people, processes, data and technology together in a unique way to help organizations protect what matters most. We call it Security Convergence. And we develop game-changing Security Convergence solutions that deliver identity governance, access management, Security intelligence and compliance validation across enterprise IT, HR, cyber and Physical Security environments.

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