Max M. Morris recently started his “second career” at Regions Bank, where he is a Senior Vice President and the Manager of Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence.  He joined Regions to help develop their first Cyber Threat Intelligence Team to more proactively identify risks and threats that could impact the company as well as lead efforts to design a Cyber Security strategy to help improve the bank’s overall security posture and risk reduction direction.  Max has been involved in various aspects of Information Security for over 18 years.

Before joining Regions, Max was a Vice-President with Wells Fargo for 26 years, most recently managing the company’s Cyber Threat Intelligence Team.  This Team, made up of specialized senior security analysts, was tasked with the responsibility of developing the tools and processes that provided the central, authoritative source for information security monitoring, assessment, communications and subject matter expertise.  These services helped protect Wells Fargo’s business units, partners, customers and brand by reducing the exposure to current and emerging computer security risks, increasing the awareness of these threats and helping facilitate the overall remediation efforts necessary to minimize the potential impact to the company.

Max has been heavily involved for several years in multiple capacities with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), a non-profit organization established under US Presidential Decision directive as the only industry forum for collaboration on critical information and physical security threats facing the financial services sector.  He served two terms on the Board of Directors, co-Chaired the Threat Intelligence Committee (TIC) for six years and currently sits on the TIC’s Executive Governance Committee.  He also represented the sector in the DHS sponsored Cyber Storm National Exercises, was elected to the FS-ISAC Crisis Management Leadership Team, chaired the Annual Member’s Conference for two years and developed and led a recurring Regional Outreach Program.

Max has been asked to participate in a number of security related events as a Subject Matter Expert in his field.  He sat on the Customer Advisory Boards for Symantec, iSight Partners and Shavlik.  He has presented on a wide range of topics, including Cyber Armageddon - Preparing For A Worldwide Internet Outage, Building An Effective Enterprise AV Task Force, Effective Threat Intelligence: How To Chart the Landscape and was the Keynote Speaker at Symantec's ManageFusion User's Conference.

Max has authored case studies, feature articles and editorials for both internal and external publications, contributed to multiple BITS papers and was a member of both the BITS’s Security and Risk Assessment Information Sharing Subgroup and the Internet Fraud Working Group.

In 2008 and 2009, Max was nominated for the North American Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Award.  Both years, Max was named one of the 5 Finalists for the Award which honors exemplary achievement and excellence in the management of enterprise-wide Internet and network security, recognizing outstanding leadership and a proven ability to develop innovative security strategies and solutions to meet business challenges in their organizations in the information security field.  Max was also nominated for the 2008 and 2009 Southeast ISE Award and named a Finalist both years.

Max has been recognized for his expertise, performance and efforts at First Union, Wachovia and Wells Fargo with multiple leadership and service recognition awards.

Max has been married to his wife Cindy for 28 years and has two children, Heather, 25, and Josh, 19 and their puppy, Trinity.  In his spare time, he has played soccer for over 30 years, enjoys reading, music and digital photography.