Meet the Panelists:

Brian Barrios

Brian Barrios

Director, Threat Management & Intelligence | Southern Company

Brian Barrios is the Director of Technology Security for Threat Management and Intelligence at Southern Company, responsible for evaluating, monitoring and responding to internal and external threats, including the Security Operations Center, Incident Response, Threat Intelligence, Hunting, and the Insider Threat Program.

Previously, Brian worked for the MITRE Corporation where he led the nation’s first and only Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) dedicated to cybersecurity, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Here he led the creation of the first NIST Special Publication (SP) 1800 series documents, Cybersecurity Practice Guides, including NIST SP 1800-2, Identity and Access Management for Electric Utilities.

Brian formerly served as the Cyber Chief Engineer and Cyber Portfolio Manager within MITRE’s Center for National Security. Embedded in parts of the intelligence community, he specialized in cyber criminal and cyber counterintelligence matters. In this role, he led a team to set up the National Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), coordinated numerous large-scale incident response teams, created a security operations center, co-authored the nation’s first report on stolen intellectual property, “Intellectual Property Rights Violations: A Report on Threats to United States Interests at Home and Abroad”, and led the technical aspects of multiple global takedowns.

Earlier in his career, Brian worked at AOL as Postmaster within AOL’s Mail Operations, specifically focused on anti-spamming efforts. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Clemson University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

DaMon Ross Sr.

DaMon Ross Sr.

SVP | Head of Cybersecurity Operations

DaMon Ross Sr. is a seasoned leader in cybersecurity whose primary focus over the years has been cybersecurity operations and engineering in both financial and telecom sectors.

DaMon’s experiences include establishing and leading operational cyber teams at major corporations such as Fannie Mae, General Electric, and Capital One. In DaMon’s current role, he is leading the build out of a world class cybersecurity operations program for SunTrust Banks, Inc. DaMon established the initial cybersecurity operations center at Fannie Mae and also built Capital One’s Cyber Threat Intelligence program from the ground up. DaMon also holds a leadership role on Atlanta’s Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) where he sits on the CIKR/Cybersecurity Committee.

DaMon, originally from southeast Alabama, served in the U.S. Marine Corp and lived in the Washington, DC area for 20 years before relocating to Atlanta.

Dean Mallis

Dean Mallis

Chief Information Security Officer | MARTA

Dean has over 11 years of progressive cybersecurity experience in detecting and mitigating threats to enterprise network systems. He is a results-driven leader with a track record of identifying, investigating, and mitigating IT incidents in the private sector. Dean has assisted in the development and implemented of information security programs in mid-to-large size major corporations as well as completing several consulting projects. Currently, he is the CISO of MARTA and is building and maturing their Information Security program. His career has been progressive and competitive in the IT cybersecurity arena. Dean is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional as well as a Certified Computer Examiner.
Marty Smith

Marty Smith

Chief Information Officer | GreenSky Credit

Mr. Smith is a seasoned IT executive who brings more than 25 years of experience to GreenSky where he is responsible for the development and support of enterprise architecture, business systems and technology infrastructure. Over his career, Mr. Smith has created technology strategies for multiple high-growth ventures including IPG, ChoicePoint, and The Home Depot. As CIO of IPG, Mr. Smith provided the technology leadership to develop the infrastructure, products and data analytics to secure IPG’s leadership role as the Medical Device Implant Management solution for healthcare. At ChoicePoint, Mr. Smith presided over a technology strategy that supported millions of insurance, public record, background and drug-screening inquiries per day. Mr. Smith was also part of the leadership team in the technology department at The Home Depot during their highest growth years. He helped create the infrastructure that supported the company during a time when it opened a new store every 23 hours, hired 400 people per day and handled over 1,000 register transactions per second.

Mr. Smith earned an Associate’s degree in Computing Programming from ECPI and studied Computer Science at Southern Polytechnic State University. Mr. Smith is widely recognized for his technology accomplishments to help drive business value, most recently he earned the Georgia CIO Leadership award and was in the top 100 for the CIO.COM CIO 100 award

Stoddard Manikin

Stoddard Manikin

Director, Information Systems Security | Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Stoddard Manikin joined Children’s as the CISO and Director, Information Security in June 2012.

Stoddard has over 20 years experience in information technology, security, privacy, and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Children’s, Stoddard consulted for 14 years with 3 different firms including Ernst & Young, where he led the southeast area security and privacy services team as a Senior Manager.

Stoddard currently leads the information security function for Children’s and oversees 3 different teams including Cyber Security, Identity & Access Management, and IT Governance Risk & Compliance (GRC for short).

Stoddard has presented at multiple conferences including Georgia HIMSS, the Healthcare Cyber Security Conference, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) CISO Roundtable, Georgia Tech Information Security Leadership training, and the University of Michigan Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security Workshop, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, a Master’s in Business Administration with Highest Honors, and maintains security certifications including HCISPP, CISM and CISSP.

Since Stoddard join the organization, Children’s has been recognized with information security awards including:

Chief Security Officer Magazine Project of the Year in 2014 for our Mobile Device Security implementation;

Chief Security Officer Magazine Project of the Year in 2015 for our Epic Break-the-Glass implementation;

T.E.N. project of the year nominee for our Payment Card Security project helping us achieve PCI compliance;

and most recently as a T.E.N. Project of the Year Winner for our Mobile Clinician initiative.

Q3 Meeting

Wednesday, August 22


Georgia Technology Research Institute

250 14th Street, Atlanta, GA  32332

07:45-09:30 (starts at 08:30)

Q4 Meeting

Wednesday, October 24th


Georgia Technology Research Institute

250 14th Street, Atlanta, GA  32332

07:45-09:30 (starts at 08:30)


Free parking is available in the GTRI Conference Center Parking garage. The entrance to the garage is on 14th Street between the GTRI Conference Center and the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) building. Drive straight back between the buildings to the motion-activated swing-arm gate and proceed to the fourth and fifth levels of the parking garage. Take the GTRI elevator in the parking garage to the ground floor and walk along the sidewalk to the GTRI lobby entrance.


Nearby Overnight Lodging Accommodations:

Marriott Courtyard Georgia Tech

1132 Techwood Drive, Atlanta, GA 30318

404) 607-1112

Marriott Suites Midtown Atlanta

35 14th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

(800) 228-9290

Regency Suites Hotel

975 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 876-5003


Area Breakfast Dining

Early arrivals can enjoy a hot breakfast dining at the Silver Skillet

200 14th St Nw, Atlanta, GA 30318