Tim Searcy joined Protective Life Corporation in 2002 as its first Information Security Officer with the challenge to create a formal security program from the ground up. Today, the mature program is charged with overall corporate responsibility for IT risk management and includes defense systems management and strategy, policy development, security architecture, identity and access management, incident management and investigations, security awareness, regulatory compliance, and disaster recovery.  Tim is responsible for providing leadership, strategy and direction for all information security and risk initiatives for the company. 

Tim has over 20 years of experience in information security and auditing in the financial services arena.  Prior to joining Protective, he served as a senior security architect and senior audit officer in the banking community.  He also served as a senior technical manager for an Internet startup company where he created their formal software quality assurance and technical support division. 

Tim is a native of Birmingham, AL and holds an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a BS degree in Mathematics from Birmingham-Southern College.  He also holds the CISSP and CISM designations.  He has been a frequent guest lecturer and invited guest speaker and host at conferences on information security, software engineering and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.