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Houston Chapter Meeting - September 13, 2017

What Your Board Needs to Know about Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a critical issue that cannot be overlooked, which is why it is facing increased scrutiny in boardroom conversations. Cyber-breaches, cyber-attacks, cyber-assessments, and cyber-incidents impact shareholder value and are a serious threat to corporate brand reputation and trust. Organizations must be aware of how to mitigate and respond to cybersecurity threats both proactively and through corporate & board policy. Our esteemed panel will separate fact from hype and examine key aspects of what board members need to understand about cybercrime and cybersecurity, including highlighting various examples of security breaches and their negative impact on organizations. Finally, we will include specific details essential to a comprehensive cybersecurity board presentation.


Kevin Urbanowicz, Senior Manager of Cyber Risk Services at Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Kevin Urbanowicz has served as a Senior Manager of Cyber Risk Services at Deloitte & Touche, LLP since 2010 where he focuses on advising clients on managing their cyber risk. He helps lead Deloitte’s Oil & Gas group delivering industry solutions at some of the largest companies in the sector. He’s spent over 10 years in IT Security roles that include governance, strategy and architecture, business process optimization, and program management. Prior to joining Deloitte, he served as an IT Architect for Halliburton. Kevin received his BBA in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin. For more information about Kevin please click here.

Lavonne Hopkins, Associate, Baker Hostetler, LLP

Lavonne Hopkins is an attorney in the Houston office of Baker Hostetler, LLP, where she represents clients across numerous industries on complex data privacy, cybersecurity and technology matters. She regularly advises companies of all sizes on the creation, development and implementation of global privacy and security policies; cybersecurity and data privacy strategies; and technology agreements and terms of use. A pragmatic advocate, Lavonne stays abreast of the ever-changing technology landscape and the cybersecurity and data privacy issues her clients face. Prior to joining Baker Hostetler, Lavonne was a technology transactions and data privacy and cybersecurity attorney in the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins, LLP. Lavonne received her law degree from the University of Houston and engineering degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and Howard University. For more information about Lavonne please click here.

Matt Hartzell, Board Member, Allegiance Bancshares; Chief Administrative Officer at Smith & Associates

Matt Hartzell was appointed to the Board of Directors of Allegiance Bancshares, Inc., a super community bank based in Houston, in 2013 and currently serves on the Risk and FRAML Committees and as the Chair of the IT Committee. Matt is the Chief Administrative Officer of Smith, a global distributor of electronic parts, and oversees Smith’s legal, accounting, human resources, and IT departments. Matt joined Smith as General Counsel in 1998 and served as COO from 2008 to 2014. Before joining Smith, Matt was a shareholder with Hirsch and Westheimer, P.C. He received his BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and his JD from the University of Houston Law Center. For more information about Matt please click here.
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