Author - Tim Callahan
Tim Callahan joined Aflac as the chief information security officer in April 2014. He is responsible for the Aflac Global Security Program, which includes Technology Risk Management, Physical and Logical Information Asset Protection, the Information Security Program, Threat and Vulnerability Management, Cybersecurity Operations and Incident Response, Information Technology Compliance and Risk Management, Security Engineering, Business Resiliency and Disaster Recovery. He is the executive responsible for the protection and availability of the information assets for the leading provider of voluntary insurance in the U.S. He leads various security and risk committees and structures to help business partners accelerate in a safe and sound manner, while protecting Aflac clients.
Prior to joining Aflac, Tim was senior vice president, Business Continuity and Information Assurance, at SunTrust Bank. He was responsible for SunTrust’s Corporate Threat and Vulnerability Management, Information Security Monitoring and Investigation, Business Resumption, Disaster Recovery, Incident Response/Crisis Management, Technology Risk Project Office, Records and Information Management programs. He led a team of professional risk managers in ensuring the protection, preservation and availability of critical corporate information and resources. He integrated these functions, building a capability that provided a unified approach in determining threats, developing mitigation strategies and solutions, and managing through incidents. He has successfully tested this integrated concept in the management of virus, weather, technology outages and distributed denial of service attacks.
Prior to SunTrust, Tim served as first vice president, Technology Risk Management, and chief information security officer, at Peoples United Bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was the executive charged with protecting Peoples United Bank’s information, information systems and technology. During his tenure, Tim built an effective technology risk management organization and led the company through a technology integration and organization program upon acquisition of a bank of near-equal size. He also served on the State of Connecticut Judicial Committee on Identity Theft to assist in building requirements for protecting sensitive personal information introduced into the judiciary through legal actions.
Tim was a career military professional, serving in leadership positions throughout his 23-year career. In his final assignment, he was the program manager for a command risk management function at one of the U.S. Air Force’s Major Command Headquarters.
Tim is a sought-after and frequent speaker, panelist, moderator and chair at conferences, seminars and summits on several topics, including leadership, technology, information security, information governance, governance risk and compliance, and cybersecurity. He has chaired the annual IT Governance Risk and Compliance Summit for six years.
Tim is a recognized industry thought leader whose awards include: The Technology Association of Georgia - 2016 Georgia Game Changers - “Who’s Who in Information Security”; two IDG Enterprise’s 2016 CSO50 Awards for Aflac’s vulnerability management process and data management system, Evanta’s 2015 CISO Top 10 Breakaway Leader Award, 2009 Information Security Executive of the Year - Northeast People’s Choice Award, Digital ID World Industry Award for 2006 and 2007, and the 2006 Information Security Executive of the Year - Southeast People’s Choice Award.
Tim is a certified information systems security professional, certified information security manager, certified in risk and information systems control, a certified project manager and a Competent Toastmaster. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of the State of New York.