Cyber Security Initiative

An increasingly prominent issue facing businesses large and small today is Cyber Security. The Private Directors Association® has made Cyber Security a board governance information priority since 2016 and continues to expand its efforts in this area. Through webinars, white papers and other educational resources, PDA is providing the highest level of insights and guidance for private company owners. 

PDA has established a Cyber Security Leadership team consisting of a Strategic Council and an Oversight Board to assure timely and highly relevant communications to our Members. Below are the teams overseeing and advancing these efforts. 

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Cyber Security Upcoming Events

Cyber Security White Papers



Robert Barr
Co-Chair, PDA Cyber Security Initiative
Enterprise Strategy Director



Dave Tyson
Co-Chair, PDA Cyber Security Initiative
President, Apollo Information Systems
Former President & Chairman, ASIS International
Former Chief Security, SC Johnson, City of Vancouver 2010 Olympics

  Meister Diane M. Meister
Chief Strategy and
Development Officer,

Private Directors Association

Strategic Council 

Michael_Balboni_-_Headshot_pic Michael Balboni
Founder, Redland Strategies, Inc. 
Former Senator, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and Homeland Security Advisor, New York State
Karen_Bartuch_Headshot_12-2019 Dr. Karen Bartuch
Chief Customer Officer, SipScience
Auxiliary Board Member and Former Officer and Policy Advisor, Chicago Police Department

Doyle Edwin Doyle
Global Security Strategist, Check Point Software Technologies
Erstling Jay Erstling
Intellectual Property Counsel, Patterson Thuente Pedersen, PA
Espinosa Nick Espinosa
Founder, CEO and Chief Security Fanatic, Security Fanatics
Forbes Technology Council
BobKress Robert E. Kress
Co-COO and Global Risk Officer, Accenture Security 
matthew-rosenquist-li Matthew Rosenquist
CISO, Advisory Board Member,
Formerly Intel Cybersecurity Strategist
Phyllis_Sumner_Headshot_pic Phyllis Sumner
Partner and Chief Privacy Officer
King & Spalding
Jim_Trainor_Pic Jim Trainor
Former Assistant Director, FBI Cyber Division
Les Les Williams
Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Risk Cooperative
Patrick_Woods_Headshot_Pic Dr. Patrick J. Woods
Sr. Security Specialist, AWS Security
Former Chair of the FBI APB Cloud Computing Task Force
Former CISO, Missouri State Highway Patrol

Oversight Board

Brodsky Jay Brodsky
Chief Digital Officer, American Geophysical Union
Board Member, Rutgers Cybersecurity Advisory Board
Collin_Chung_Headshot_Pic Collin Chung 
Omni Group Consulting
Doug_Neal_Head_Shot Doug Neal
Former Board Chair, New York Mortgage Trust
Theiss Kim Theiss
Board Member, Chicago Advertising Federation 
Former VP, Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International
Welgan Jeff Welgan
Executive Director, CyberVista