Mark Ballister

Company: Paychex
Title: Security Intelligence and Response Manager
Class: Cyber Security: Sometimes, Your Gut Isn't The Only Thing Telling You

Mark J. Ballister is the Security Intelligence and Response Manager at Paychex responsible for Security Cyber Intelligence, Secure Data Transfer, Security Incident Response and Physical Security with over 20 years of real world experience.  In his role he is responsible creating the tactical and strategic security plans for the enterprise consisting of nearly 13,000 employees and 500,000 clients worldwide.
Mr. Ballister has achieved several industry certifications, most notably the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst, Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) and Certified File Transfer Professional (CFTP).  He is actively working towards the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) board Certified Protection Professional (CPP®) designation.  He is affiliated with several security organizations including ISC2, ASIS and ISACA. In his tenure, Mr. Ballister was a board member of the FBI Rochester InfraGard Chapter responsible for bringing quality security training and education to the Rochester region to help broaden the profession and increase the opportunity for local career advancement.   
Mr. Ballister, a US Army veteran serving four campaigns in Desert Storm, holds a baccalaureate degree from SUNY Brockport with a concentration in finance.

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We have come to NY Tech Summit for four years now and my team and I get a good variety of technical, business, and strategic sessions to complement our work objectives. I like that there is a balance of end users, consultants, and vendors to present and facilitate the sessions. The interaction is candid and engaging, but not a sales pitch. Being a regional conference helps, it is the right amount of time and location for a couple days to reenergize my team and refocus on our objectives. There seems to be quite a bit of peer discussion with a smaller conference, which I like.

- Randy
Director of IT