Blake Holman

Session Title: Where Cyber Security Strategy fits in the mind of the CIO

Abstract: There is no doubt that Cyber Security Strategy is vital to every organization in today’s world. Whether the Cyber Security Strategy reports to or must collaborate with the CIO, many security leaders think they know what the CIO is thinking. Though they may be directionally correct, there is often enough misalignment to create issues. Join Blake Holman in today’s session to get into the mind of the CIO where Cyber Security Strategy is concerned and understand some of the ways the misalignment can occur and how you might be able to adjust.

Blake Holman is currently Chief Information Officer and HIPAA Security Officer at St. David’s Foundation in Austin, Texas. He has over 30 years of experience leading Information Technology Strategy, Development and Operations for several public and private companies in the Consulting, Telecommunications, Electrical Manufacturing, Financial Services and Non-Profit Healthcare industries. 

Blake holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, a Strategic IT Management Certificate from the Scandinavian International Management Institute and a Master of Science degree in Information Security and Assurance from Western Governor’s University. Blake holds a number of industry security certifications including C-CISO, CISM, CISSP, CDPSE, CEH and CHFI. Blake is currently pursuing an additional Master of Science Degree from Western Governor’s University in Data Analytics. 

In 2011 and 2012, Blake’s efforts as CIO of Ryan, LLC were recognized in the InformationWeek 500 listing of the most innovative business technology companies in the United States. In 2011, Ryan was ranked 130th, and in 2012, Ryan’s ranking rose to 98th. In both cases, Ryan was the highest ranked corporate tax services firm on the list. 

In December 2012, Blake was named by Computerworld magazine as one of its 2013 “Premier 100 IT Leaders.” The Computerworld Premier 100 IT recognition is an international lifetime award that shines a spotlight on technology and business leaders from a broad range of organizations. In November 2017, Blake was recognized by the Austin Chapter of the Society for Information Management as the Public Sector IT Executive of the Year in Austin, Texas. 

In October 2017, Blake co-authored the second edition of “What Every Engineer Should Know About Excel”, a work that was originally published by his late father, Dr. Jack Holman, a world-renowned professor of Mechanical Engineering at SMU. In 2018, Blake published his second work, “Information Security JumpStart Guide for non-profit organizations” aimed at providing non-profit organizations guidance on the vital first steps to initiating an Information Security program.