October 2019 Chapter Meeting

When:  Oct 17, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (MT)

A 2018-2019 global survey of IT professionals by the Enterprise Strategy Group found that 53 percent of those surveyed reported a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills at their organization.  This growing trend is putting pressure on security and audit teams to keep the talent they have or recruit new talent to help fill the gaps.  Join ISACA Denver as we look at what is being done in Colorado to help train the next generation of cyber security professionals, ranging from starting with middle school student engagement, to boot camps and all the way through a more formal higher education.


Bret Fund, CEO of SecureSet Academy
Bret Fund, CEO of SecureSet Academy

Bret Fund is the CEO of SecureSet Academy, a cybersecurity school that provides immersive, hands-on education programs that rapidly produce highly trained, relevant, entry-level professionals. He oversees the growth, strategy and financial operations for the company. As a former professor, he has a great passion for and a strong executional focus on providing students with a quality education and success in the placement process. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 2008 and spent 7 years as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado—Boulder. 

Mary Haynes, Vice President of Network Security Operations at Charter Communications
Mary Haynes, Vice President of Network Security Operations at Charter Communications

Mary Haynes is the Vice President of Network Security Operations at Charter Communications. Mary currently leads the network security program for Charter’s core networks and Spectrum services, including High Speed Internet, Telephony, and Video products. Her team is responsible for security standards, compliance, vulnerability and risk assessments, event monitoring and incident response. Mary is also responsible for Charter’s Customer Security Operations, Law Enforcement Response Team, Abuse management and botnet remediation programs.

Mary actively participates in a leadership role in numerous security organizations and associations, including the National Communications and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Communications Information Sharing Analysis Center (ISAC), Communications Sector Reliability and Interoperability Council Working Groups and Infragard. Mary is currently serving as the Communications Deputy Sector Chief for Denver Infragard.

As the founding member of Women In Security – Denver, Mary has organized the largest ISSA Special Interest Group. She also coaches an all-female CyberPatriot team for Highlands Ranch STEM High School.

Mary has been in the information security field since 1996 and has served in security leadership positions for Westar, CenturyLink, Sprint, Birch Telecom and AT&T. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baker University with a degree in Business Administration.

Norman Weeks, Senior Technology Executive, Serco International
Norman Weeks, Senior Technology Executive, Serco International

Norman Weeks is a proactive, result-driven senior technology executive with extensive experience in leading, managing and executing large-scale systems, architecture and ensuring IT return on investment is achieved / exceeded.  Norman previously held the position of the VP of Enterprise Services (enterprise infrastructure, enterprise data, enterprise application, product delivery, cyber operations / compliance, business services) at IQN (IQNavigator) a SAAS HR system for contracted / contingent labor force.  Norman led the Newmont Mining company Cyber security program.  Norman served as the Director of Network Operations, Cyber security operations and public radio safety network operations.   Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) in 2013 after 23 years of service with the U.S. Army.  There he held numerous IT leadership positions around the world and his last position, with NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs.  Norman is driven to serve and provide highest quality services and teams to meet the needs of the nation, state and leaders of tomorrow.  He earned Master of Arts degrees in both Information Management and Telecommunication and in Computer Resources in Information Technology from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and minor is Business Management from the University of Tampa.  Among other certifications, he is an IT Service Management / ITILv3 Expert; Lean Six Sigma-Black Belt; Project Management Professional (PMP); Agile Scrum Master; Cloud Master VMWare, and Command Control, Communication, Computer and Information Planner.  Norman also received executive MBA training in ULCA’s Anderson School and Executive Leadership training at Notre Dame.

Norman is currently working for Serco International supporting Government and Military IT systems.

Norman currently is an adjunct professor at Regis Univ for the Information Assurance Graduate Program, Computer and Information Sciences (CC&IS) and is developing a course for CU Denver.


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