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Information Security Management Executive

Superior, Wisconsin, United States
January 14, 2018

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Walt Swanson

**** **** ****** **** - ********, Wisconsin 54880

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Respected and results-oriented technology/security leader

Program Management • Crisis Management • Compliance • Innovation

Corporate technology and security leader who develops strategies that influence behavior, enhance a positive culture, increase employee engagement and protect workplace reputation. Adept at understanding the drivers that impact organizational success in a variety of industries including retail, financial services, banking, law enforcement and education.

Known for abilities to partner with executive leaders and deliver results. Sought out by executives for strategic technology/security counsel and recommendations on raising security awareness, communicating priorities, and enhancing corporate culture. Excels at quickly understanding business objectives and translating them into actionable technology/security plans that reach multiple stakeholders. In a crisis situation, provides a calm, stable presence and strong leadership that builds confidence and reduces risk.

A diplomatic leader skilled at guiding both clients and colleagues to consider alternatives that better serve their objectives. Leads teams who are recognized for strategic thinking, quality execution and excellent customer service.

Core Competencies

Information Security

Crisis Management

Program/Project Management

Executive Communications

Business Plan Development

Compliance/Risk Mitigation


Public Speaking/Presenter

Team Leadership

Performance Management

Professional Experience

SUPERIOR CHOICE CREDIT UNION, Superior, Wisconsin, 10/14 – 7/17

Executive Vice President/COO, 12/16 – 7/17

Senior Vice President/CTO, 4/15 – 12/16

Vice President/CTO, 10/14 - 4/15

● Directed 14 staff and managed Audit, Call Center, Cards (Credit and Debit), Compliance, Facilities, Information Technology and Security.

● Managed numerous large-scale projects including construction of a new credit union branch, managed logistics for the relocation of Administrative staff, and modernization of the main branch including technology, facilities and grounds, with a total budget of over 6 million.

● Revitalized outdated Information Technology and Security systems; updated related policies and procedures.

● Worked with our core financial processor to review configurations and operating procedures, verifying efficiency; translating business requirements between key stakeholders and the vendor to document and provide resolutions.

● Meet regularly with Federal, State and IT auditors/examiners to verify the credit union is operating within regulations and compliancy thresholds.

● Coordinated the EMV “Chip” Card deployment, managed relationships among vendors and Credit Union departments.

● Present reports regularly at Board Meetings and the Annual Meeting.

● Negotiate contracts and maintain vendor management documentation as required by Credit Union Examiners.

● Speaker on security topics for groups like the regional Credit Union Chapter.

● Architected operational and financial business cases for outsourcing IT operations including critical Credit Union Core Processing.

STATE OF MINNESOTA - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, St. Paul, Minnesota, 7/12 - Present

Interim Chief Information Security Officer, 7/13 – 9/14

Information Security Officer, 7/12 - 7/13

● Providing Information Security Department leadership to team of security professionals while ensuring the security of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities data and resources.

● Fostering a risk-conscious culture by collaboration with campus CIOs and ITS leadership to provide recommendations and counsel on information security issues.

● Responding to Audit findings, adapting/aligning policy framework, guidelines, and technologies, implementing remediation plans, and assuring audit and security compliance.

● Sourcing, recruiting, hiring, and on-boarding subject matter experts to strengthen the Information Security department expertise and security incident response capabilities.

● Serving on the Risk Management Workgroup, collaborating with Minnesota State campus CIOs and IT security staff, executing continuity, disaster recovery, and risk management plans, and optimizing audit compliance.

● Managing/administering $2.4-million operating and project budget, increasing project value, and consistently meeting targeted resource stewardship objectives.

● Supporting organizational diversity initiatives, mentoring and developing under-represented populations to increase Information Security diversity.

● Nominated by Deloitte for 2014 Oracle Excellence Award: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation.

● Directed the Identity and Access Management program (StarID) and increased participation from 8,000 users to 300,000 users in 24 months.

● Led the Vulnerability Management Team and subject matter experts for a coordinated system wide security effort to achieve Audit compliance-related objectives.

● Executed numerous new technology integration initiatives, developed business cases, secured budget approval, purchased, installed, and configured numerous programs including Security Incident and Event Management technologies (SIEM).

● Spearheaded development and documentation of the System Office Information Security Program.

● Frequent lecturer at numerous national/local conferences, community events, and presented Best Practices security and risk management concepts to technical and non-technical audiences.

STATE OF MINNESOTA - Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, Minnesota, 3/98 - 7/12

Data Center Manager/CISO

● Directed 13 staff and managed Data Center Operations with 100 servers and 3,000 clients in a 200 site environment.

● Developed/introduced/managed a Policy & Procedures Library to uncover and provide resolution of security issues.

● Managed numerous large-scale data center and network projects including restructuring the entire infrastructure while improving performance, security and operational integrity.

● Served as state-wide Hardware-Infrastructure Chairman and led multiple state-level domain teams to strategized/developed RFP proposals.

● Revitalized under-performing projects and re-energized staff to meet project deadlines.

● Developed/managed Network Services Area budget plans.

U.S. BANK, St. Paul, Minnesota, 12/96 - 3/98

Technical Consultant II

● Recognized for quickly troubleshooting problems and offering effective low-cost solutions.

● Acting Network Services Manager for eight months overseeing 8 analysts and providing guidance for regional LAN administrators to support server operations and 12,000 clients in a multi-site environment.

● Managed the server environment merger with US Bancorp, the largest directory services merger in Novell’s history.

FORTIS FINANCIAL GROUP, Woodbury, Minnesota, 4/93 - 11/96

SR LAN Analyst, 7/94 - 11/96

LAN Analyst, 4/93 - 6/94

● Led the LAN Services Team supporting operations and administration of servers, printers and workstations in a 925 client environment.

TARGET STORES, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1/88 - 4/93

Associate LAN Administrator, 1/92 - 4/93

Field Equipment Installer, 1/88 - 1/92

● Lead technician in corporate headquarters network consolidation project where 20 departmental file servers were consolidated into one single domain structure.



● Masters of Business Administration, October 1998

● Bachelor of Science in Business Management, August 1996


● Associate of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology, September 1984

Industry Certifications

● CISM Certification, April 2013

● CISSP Certification, July 2007

● MCSE 2000 Certification, December 2000

● CCNA Certification, June 2000

● MCSE+I Certification, September 1999

● CNE Certification, February 1997

Volunteer Activities

● Brule River Sportsmen’s Club Board Officer, August 2016

● Wisconsin Recreational Safety Instructor, October 2009

● Private Pilot, November 1986

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