Barry Suskind, Senior Director, Infrastructure Security, FINRA

I’ve been a security practitioner for over 25 years. My experiences in Infosec grew out of my work as a CAD/CAM/CAE systems administrator, running a variety of systems and applications before moving full time into Infosec as everyone was drawn to connecting to the Internet. I’ve built firewalls, made custom modifications to handle special requirements, managed antivirus, antispam and content filtering systems while understanding the nuances of balancing security and business needs.

This has culminated with my managing a team of Infosec professionals who maintain antivirus, antispam, content filtering, intrusion detection, data loss prevention systems and perform vulnerability assessments, approve changes to firewall rules and keep watch over systems, networks and activities looking for cyber-related malfeasance. This allows me to pursue new technologies, plan the security architectures for cloud deployments and BYOD in the enterprise.

I’ve managed to keep up with the ever changing technologies in the IT world. Always researching, always learning and always analyzing the activities on our network, systems and applications. I’ve been a CISSP since 1999 and understand the need to be nimble, keep up on the changing landscape and know the difference between marketing FUD and real security benefit. I always a quick study of complex environments with the ability to analyze where security weakness may lie or where suspicious activities may be occurring.