Connie Barrera is the Chief Information Security Officer at Jackson Health System with over 24 years of experience in the IT industry. Connie has spent considerable time in almost every role within IT including endpoint support and architecture, systems engineering and architecture as well as her current role in security.

Most recently, Connie was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Citrix Technology Professionals (CTP) award, which recognizes the contributions of individuals who have invested a significant amount of time and resources to become experts in Citrix products and solutions. There are currently only 50 Citrix CTPs worldwide.

Connie holds the following certifications MCP, MCSE, CCNA, CCM, CCA, CRISC, CISA, CISSP, ISA, PCIP and CCP-M. As the CISO she is responsible for security architecture as well as developing policy and standards related to privacy, confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the IT services throughout the enterprise. To this end, Connie develops and maintains risk management, security awareness, and compliance programs to effectively deal with the implications of legislated requirements that impact security for the institution. This includes but is not limited to HIPAA, PCI, FDA Part 11 and the Red Flag Rules.

In addition, she is recognized on the conference speaking circuit, active with speaking engagements, delivering technical sessions at industry leading conferences including InfoSec World, Citrix Synergy, Mobile Security, ITAC and Fraud and Forensics Conference.

Connie is also very active in the community by mentoring young students through the IT Women organization, previously serving on industry chapter boards such as ISC2 and helping to organize industry events such as the 2014 Evanta CIO/CISO summit.

During 2013, Connie was nominated for the ISE Southeast Executive Awards Q1 and was a finalist in the ISE North America Executive Awards Q4.