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(In alphabetical order by first name)
Arvin is a graduate of Northern Illinois University’s College of Business with a bachelors degree in Management Information Systems and a graduate of DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media with a masters degree in Information Systems.
Throughout his life, Arvin has been a naturally inquisitive individual. As a result, he has a unique ability of not only understanding complex and technical issues but utilizing current IT solutions and capabilities with existing technologies to address the protection requirements of today’s cyber threats. Arvin is also known to create solutions when existing solutions can’t address current/future needs.
During his time at Boeing, he submitted 4 invention disclosures with 1 submission being granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office and was recognized with the prestigious title of ‘Boeing Inventor’ for his contributions.
Arvin is ISC2 CISSP certified, CompTIA Security+ certified and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor certified. He is currently working on obtaining the CCSP and CRISC certifications.
Outside of his professional civilian career, Arvin is proudly serving as a direct commission officer in the US Navy Reserves as a Cryptologic Warfare officer (Designator 1815). Additionally, he is a research fellow with the Cybersecurity Forum Initiative and guest lecturer at several universities across the State of Illinois.
In his spare time, he likes to keep physically active, collect guitars and vinyl records as well as work on classic and high end sports cars.
Fred Kwong – VP, Chief Information Security Officer, DeVry University
Dr. Fred Kwong has been in the information security and technology field for the past 20 years in working in education, financial, telecommunication, healthcare, and insurance sectors. He is an award-winning thought leader in security and currently works at a DeVry University where he currently serves as the VP and Chief Information Security Officer. He is a member of several advisory boards and is a frequent speaker at national security forums on cyber security and information technology and is often asked to consult on matters of security and leadership
Fred also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Roosevelt and Benedictine Universities. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and professional communications, Master of Business Administration in management information systems from Roosevelt University, and holds his Doctorate in organization development from Benedictine University. Fred has earned several certifications including the CISSP, CISA, CISM, CDPE, PCIP, PMP and ITILv3f.
Currently I am the IT and ITGC auditor for Richardson Electronics (RELL) (Critical Manufacturing). I also assist in the Cyber Security and responsible for the ERM reporting. As ESG is ramping up, I will be responsible to test the ESG for RELL. At RELL I am also on the Cyber Attack, Incident, and Hazmat Response teams. I have been an auditor throughout my career. This includes being a SOX Manager, Sr. Audit Manager, and Chief Audit Executive for two organizations for a total of 15 years. As a consultant, I acted as the Chief Audit Executive for another company. I also have been the plant controller of a steel plant and controller of two sales companies. My both my graduate and undergraduate degrees are from Western Illinois University. I am a Non practicing CPA and CFSA. I have been a member of InfraGard for 13 months.
Outside of RELL, I volunteer on as a trail patrol person for the Arboretum, active in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and active on my house of worship’s ERT, Usher, and Greeting teams. Married to a teacher and have Dachshunds.
Steve Weber is currently a Consulting Security Executive with IT Assurance. Steve previously served as Information Security Officer with Catamaran Corporation, a health service company. As Information Security Officer, Steve built Catamaran Corporation’s information security and IT compliance program over 6 years. This required extensive integration capabilities for complex IT environments in a heavily regulated industry with HIPAA, NIST, SOX, PCI, HITRUST and URAC compliance and external SaaS/SOC needs. At the time UnitedHealth Group’s Optum division acquired Catamaran in 2015 for $21.5B, the program was responsible for protecting 45M+ patient records and 1B+ annual business processing transactions. Steve has an additional 13 years of combined experience spanning the healthcare, manufacturing, judicial system, and the insurance industries. In addition, Steve previously held information security and IT audit management positions at CVS Health (Caremark), as well as senior positions at Sears and Arthur Andersen.
Steve’s prior Board experience includes serving as a board member of the International System Security Association (ISSA) Chicago Chapter for 6 years. Steve has been a member of the Infragard Illinois – Chicago Member Alliance Chapter for 8 years, ISC(2) for 15 years and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Chicago Chapter for 27 years.
Steve holds CISSP, CISM, and CISA professional certifications and has been a conference presenter and panelist for several local professional associations or industry events.
In the at Large role, Steve would like the opportunity to support the Chapter’s Board to further strengthen the public and private sector relationship through robust communication. His prior experience on the ISSA Chicago Chapter board and membership with other associations will be a source for additional ideas for members and partnerships, which will further support the Chapter’s continued growth goals.
Tiffany Bostrom is the Director of the Threat and Violence Risk Management team at Jensen Hughes. Her primary responsibilities at Jensen Hughes include managing a team of open-source analysts, research and analysis of open source information from social media platforms and other online media sources, supporting clients with time-sensitive intelligence related to workplace violence prevention, background investigations, behavioral threat assessments, crisis management and executive protection. She has been employed at Jensen Hughes since December 2015.
Prior to working at Jensen Hughes, she received her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Tiffany was a mental health professional at a juvenile psychiatric hospital in Streamwood, Illinois and a correctional officer for two juvenile correctional centers in St. Anthony, Idaho prior to working in the private sector. She has been volunteering as a member of the programming committee since 2015 and has been a board member and the co-treasurer/treasurer of the InfraGard Chicago Member’s Alliance since January 2019.
I am currently a Director at Large for our Chicago Infragard chapter, and it would be my honor to continue to serve the chapter and our members and the InfraGard mission!
Walter Lefmann is currently Director of Security at CTC Trading Group LLC, a capital markets trading firm. That role has included Information Security, Physical Security and Life Safety, Privacy, and BCP/DR.
He has been practicing cybersecurity with varying focus for his entire professional career. The balance has shifted back and forth over time between technology engineering/operations and security over the years, which has led to a well-balanced business-focused approach to security.
The professional journey to CTC came by way Goldman Sachs, Hull Trading Company, and Motorola; from an early career as an experimental physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Walter holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA in Physics from Columbia University, and a BS in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology.
While at Columbia University, Walter also served for five years as a volunteer NYC Auxiliary Police Officer and Sergeant. The experience of working closely with the public sector to serve and improve the community was tremendously rewarding, and has shaped a lifelong respect for the dedicated people who face the challenges of that service!
Walter participates in many professional and public/private outreach organizations, including FBI InfraGard (currently serving as a Chicago Chapter board member), US Secret Service Cyber Fraud Task Force, Chicago FIRST, FS-ISAC, the National Technology Security Coalition, and ASIS, and is one of the founders of the ChiBrrCon security conference.
Walter received the Infragard North Central Region “Meeting the Challenge” award for 2022, and the 2022 “Chicago CISO of the Year” award in the MIDCAP category.
Outside of work, Walter is an avid scuba diver (even diving in Lake Michigan … yes, it’s COLD!), sings tenor in the Harper Festival Chorus community group, and dances with his wife whenever he can.