Fred Kwong, CISO, Delta Dental Plan Association

Fred Kwong joined DDPA at the end of May 2016, and has over 15 years of security leadership and management experience.

Fred is responsible for establishing and maintaining a corporate-wide information security management program to ensure information assets are adequately protected. He is responsible for identifying, evaluating and reporting on information security risks in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements. As the chief information security officer, Fred will proactively work with business units to implement practices that meet defined policies and standards for information security.

Prior to DDPA, Fred served as director of security strategy and architecture for Farmers Insurance, a subsidiary of Zurich Insurance. He was accountable for Zurich’s global privilege access program, developed their three-year cyber strategy and roadmap, and led the effort to launch Zurich’s first risk management program. Prior to his time at Farmers/Zurich, Fred worked for US Cellular and was accountable for their security practice, where he also led efforts to bring US Cellular into PCI 3.0 compliance for the first time.

Fred is a highly recognized thought leader in security and is often asked to speak and chair at national/international security conferences, including Evanta (now Gartner), Interop, Blackhat, Argyle, CBI, Security Shark Tank, and CampIT Conferences. He often participates in panels to discuss the latest security threats and issues with other thought leaders from United, GE, Transunion, Grant Thornton, Walmart and Motorola Mobility, to name a few. Fred has earned the CISSP, CISA, CISM, PMP and ITILv3f certifications and is Yellow-Belt certified in Six Sigma.

Fred also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Roosevelt and Benedictine Universities. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and professional communications, Master of Business Administration in management information systems from Roosevelt University, and holds his doctorate in organization development from Benedictine University.