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Panel Discussion - Security Analytics and Threat Response

  • Ezell Center at Lipscomb University One University Park Drive Nashville, TN 37204-3951 (map)

Please join us at Lipscomb University's Ezell Center for a Security Panel Discussion on the topic of Security Analytics and Threat Response.  This event is hosted in conjunction with Women in Technology of Tennessee.


Sarah Kennedy
Security Vulnerability Engineer at HCA
Director of Membership at ISC2 Middle TN

Sarah Kennedy currently works at HCA, Inc. as a Security Vulnerability Engineer. She received her Master’s in Information Security from Lipscomb University and she received her undergraduate degree in Telecommunications Systems Management from Murray State University. In her free time she enjoys SCUBA diving, singing, reading fantasy and SciFi books, playing video games, and traveling.

Panel Participants

Ambareen Siraj, Ph.D. is the director of the NSA/DHS accredited Cybersecurity Education, Research, and Outreach Center at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) and associate professor with the department of computer science at TTU. She is also founder and chair of the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Initiative. Her research is in the areas of situation assessment in network security, secure communication in smart grid, and security education. She holds a PhD in computer science with a concentration in information assurance from Mississippi State University. She is the program director of NSA/NSF Gen Cyber Camps at TTU. She leads several NSF Projects including “Tennessee Cybercorps: A Hybrid Program in Cybersecurity.”

Michael J. Mangold, CISM Vice President, Information Security at Tractor Supply Company

Michael is an IT professional with over 10 years’ experience in IT operations and information security.  Currently Michael is Vice President, Information Security for Tractor Supply Company.  He is responsible for all aspects of Tractor Supply Company’s information security program including setting the information security strategy, risk management and compliance, implementation of security policies and supporting solutions, security operations, and business continuity and disaster recovery planning.

Prior to joining Tractor Supply Company, Michael led the Healthways’ Information Security group and was responsible for Enterprise Security for the Company.   Areas of responsibility include risk management and compliance, security architecture, security operations and policy administration. Michael joined Healthways in 2005 as a Programmer/Analyst.  Michael has held roles in IT operations management, system design and implementation, and information security.

Michael holds a Masters’ degree in Computer Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University. His professional certifications have included Certified Information Security Manager, Certified Ethical Hacker, Security Essentials Certification from GIAC, Cisco Certified Network Associate (R/S and Security), and Security+.

He is a member of the local ISACA and ISSA chapters.  Michael co-authored “Proactive Incident Response” published in the February, 2011 edition of the ISSA Journal.

Michael is also active in his community serving on the Metro Nashville Information Security Advisory Board and Nashville INFOSEC conference chair.  Previously, Michael severed as Sponsorship Director for the Middle TN ISSA and a soccer coach for the local YMCA.

Anca Pop is an information security, compliance and IT consultant. She is the managing principal consultant for Striker Advisory which has three different lines of business: strategic business alignment services, technology solutions and information security services. She has expertise in leading security and risk assessment projects, technology refresh projects, IT governance initiatives and policy and procedure documentation engagements. She also has expertise in technical project and project management and technical product development and management.

She most recently served in the role of Director of Product Development for Cybera, a leading provider of secure application networking services, where she performed high-level analysis of technology market trends and development of market strategies.

Additionally, Pop has served two of the nation’s leading healthcare companies. She has held the positions of Manager of Information Security as well as Director of Business Management for Platform Services for Emdeon, where she ensured regulatory compliance within the healthcare and claims processing arenas as well as IT Service Management and Compliance. With Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Anca held the role of Senior IT & Compliance Auditor, where she led technical quality and compliance efforts, with particular focus on vendor reviews. She diligently uncovered opportunities to enhance processes, while cultivating relationships within the Information Technology and Services (IT&S) group to align business objectives with technology practices.

Pop holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Computer Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University, an Associate degree in Computer Science from Washtenaw Community College, as well as an Associate in Engineering, Electrical Engineering from Universitatea Tehnică din Cluj-Napoca.

Joey Johnson is Chief Information Security Officer at Premise Health, provider of large employer sponsor health and wellness centers for employees. Joey is responsible for leading all organizational efforts related to security operations and engineering, information technology and security compliance, identity access management, policy development, security audit, and vendor risk management to meet challenging security and compliance demands. In his six years with Premise Health, Joey has been instrumental in implementing a proactive security and risk management environment focused organizational risk awareness that is transformative in the healthcare industry. He successfully launched a cutting-edge vendor and business associate maturity development program that dynamically empowered business partners of various scales and complexity to meet challenging security and compliance demands. Additionally, he has worked to develop a team driven by passion in security, with a focus on empowering and fostering women in the security field. In 2016 Joey was presented CISO of the Year award by the Nashville Technology Council. He has also been nominated as a finalist for the TEN I.S.E 2017 Southeast CISO of the Year to be announced in March 2017.

Prior to joining Premise Health, Joey was the Chief Security Officer for the United States Department of Commerce, Office of Computer Services. He has over 15 years of experience in the cyber-security industry including leadership roles in both the public and private sectors, with a focus on organizations in the federal government, information technology, healthcare, and transportation industries.  Outside of Premise Health Joey maintains an active leadership presence in the healthcare cyber-security industry participating in numerous steering and advisory committees with the National Healthcare Information Sharing & Analysis Center (NH-ISAC), various threat intelligence and sharing groups, security news groups, and private/public sector partnerships. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Law and Cyberwarfare helping to shape the future national and international regulatory landscape around cybersecurity, and also works as a senior advisory member on the E-Health Initiative Federal Executive Advisory Board on Privacy & Security. Joey additionally works as a technical advisor with various security & technology investment organizations and product companies, as well as frequently serving as a speaker at numerous security industry events.