Chad Adams (Speaker)
Mr. Adams serves as the Cybersecurity Advisor for Region VI, North/West Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). His program works to foster collaboration and coordination on cyber preparedness, risk mitigation and incident response, and to provide cyber security resources, including training, exercises, and assessments, in support of the nation’s Critical Infrastructure Key Resource sectors and with state and local governments. Mr. Adams joined DHS in 2011, and was a team-lead on the Cybersecurity Compliance Validation Team (CCV). In this role, Mr. Adams was responsible for auditing and ensuring CCV compliance by Federal Agencies within the U.S. Government. Prior to joining the DHS, Mr. Adams held several roles within the private sector to include Quest Software, Inc. where he was responsible for identifying and monitoring advanced cyber threats, discovery of cyber vulnerabilities, network security, Linux/Unix software testing, and responding to local security incidents. Mr. Adams also worked for Dell Inc, in Round Rock, TX as a Complex Systems Analyst. He assisted large organizations with hardware and software issues as well as network security, network configuration, and cybersecurity issues. Mr. Adams holds an B.A. degree in Information Systems Management from Southeastern Louisiana University and several industry standard certifications. He resides in the Tyler, TX area.