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Vauda will share about the unique way she stumbled down the information security rabbit hole that lead to her becoming the Information Security Officer for a billion-dollar company and successfully implementing a security program after a credit card compromise. The presentation will also cover the different career paths, education options, certification options, character-building needed to have the gumption required to be successful as a security leader, and the ropes to skip and ropes to know. It is Vauda’s hope that sharing her successes, mistakes, resources, and lessons learned from her career will inspire up-and-coming security professionals as well as make their paths easier to fill the looming security talent gap.
Vauda Jordan – Information Security Officer P.F., Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.
Vauda Jordan has over 16 years of experience in information security from leading teams in battling hackers as an incident response commander to developing and implementing security strategies and programs. Vauda is very passionate about security and privacy, and her personal motivation is to protect people and our country. Vauda was hired at P.F. Chang’s post-breach as the Information Security Officer to mitigate the impact from the breach and implement an information security program to reduce risk to the organization. She previously worked for the City of Phoenix, American Express, and other organizations. She holds a Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) degree from Arizona State University (ASU) and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree from University of North Texas (UNT). Vauda is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), ISSA CISO Executive Forum, InfraGard, and the Sonoran Desert Security User Group (SDSUG). Vauda is certified as a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Budo Bujinkan Taijutsu, a Japanese ninjutsu martial art, an NRA Distinguished Expert in pistol, and an NRA Marksman First Class in rifle. Vauda enjoys being a mom, martial arts, being out in nature, playing the cello, singing, mountain biking, archery, and shooting firearms.