Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford

Global Information Security Strategist

Booking Holdings

Mark Weatherford is the Global Information Security Strategist at Booking Holdings where he works with their brand companies that include,
Priceline, Agoda, Kayak, BookingGo, and OpenTable to create secure technology travel products for their millions of customers around the world.

He has held a variety of executive level cybersecurity roles including the Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at vArmour, a Principal at The Chertoff Group, and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he led the cybersecurity program and worked with over 3,000 electric utility companies across North America.

In 2008 he was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as California’s first Chief Information Security Officer and in 2011 he was appointed by President Obama as the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity.

As a former U.S. Navy Cryptology Officer, Mr. Weatherford led the United States Navy’s Computer Network Defense operations and the Naval Computer Incident Response Team (NAVCIRT).

Mr. Weatherford is an investor and on the Advisory Boards at a number of security technology startup companies.


Opening Keynote – IoT, Convergence, and Supply Chain Risk: Let’s not forget ‘the cyber’

Tuesday, July 30th
Despite the rapid evolution of security products and services, understanding and mitigating risk remains the most critical business requirement for security professionals today. In fact, clearly understanding risk is what separates the security professional from someone with a security title but no knowledge. Risk in the security space is complex because the threat and vulnerability landscape is so dynamic, the scope is so unpredictable, and IoT is changing the game. Two areas however have taken center stage in the risk arena – Security Convergence and the Supply Chain. The value and importance of security convergence has been well-established and most organizations have started down the path of bringing their OT, IT, and physical security environments together. However, the convergence journey requires technical, organizational, and cultural shifts that many companies have yet to reconcile. On the other hand, supply chains are the backbone of the global economy, and cyber-related disruptions are increasingly impacting the n-tier organizations in the overall supply chain. Unfortunately, today’s supply chain has become so complex that identifying and mapping the cyber risk requires new levels of skill and technology. Mark Weatherford is the Global Information Security Strategist at Booking Holdings and has held the highest security roles in a number of government and private sector organizations. This talk will highlight cyber-related convergence and supply chain events, identify various cyber-threats, and provide some insight into the things your company should be thinking about to mitigate threats in this space. Session Slides

View From the CISO’s Office

Tuesday, July 30th
As enterprises embark on digital transformation, leading organizations are emphasizing a converged risk management approach bringing new players to the decision-making table. Physical security solutions increasingly interact with critical data sources to deliver more value to an organization, so what are information security professionals interested in when interacting with their physical security counterparts and their partners? How can physical security provide value –and hence buy in – from these new decision makers – with often bigger budgets. A distinguished panel of executives from the office of the chief information security officer (CISO) from leading organizations discuss these questions and more.