HDI San Antonio – CISO Cybersecurity Panel

Please join us Thursday, June 21 for a Cybersecurity Panel Discussion featuring local San Antonio area CISO’s and Cyber Security SME’s Jed Young, Andeavor, Mark Bennett, iHeart Media, Glenn Howard, IPSecure, Ron Schekman, Capital Group, and Brandon Pixley, CPS Energy.  

This is a great chance to network with fellow area IT leaders and learn about what is going on in the complex and ever-changing world of Cybersecurity.  Please find our panel Bio’s listed below.

This event is open to the public.  Free admission for members and member organizations.  Nonmember admission is $30 in advance.


  • Check-In and Networking 2:00 – 2:30 PM

  • Chapter Business 2:30 -2:45 PM

  • Cybersecurity Panel Discussion – 2:45 – 5:00 PM

Please join us in thanking our host, iHeartMedia, and sponsor for this event, ServiceNow.

Cybersecurity Panel Members

Jed Young is the Sr. Director and CISO for Andeavor, a multi-national Fortune 150 Energy Company. Jed has more than 30 years of success in operating and leading IT Operations and Architecture, with the last 8 dedicated to identifying, investigating, and mitigating digital security risks. He is currently accountable for Enterprise IT Risk Management responsibilities including: Cybersecurity Operations, Cybersecurity Architecture, IT Compliance and IT Governance functions. Jed has experience in Aerospace and Defense as well as Oil & Gas Industries.  Recently, Jed was invited to the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA), College of Business Cyber & Analytics Board of Advisors.  Jed holds a CISSP, an MBA from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Iowa State University.

Ron Schekman is an Information Security Manager at Capital Group, an international investment management firm. Ron has over 20 years of experience as an information security professional, serving in operational, architecture, and management roles during his career. He is currently responsible for delivering a variety of enterprise cybersecurity services at Capital, including Vulnerability Management, Ethical Hacking, Security Awareness, and Vendor/3rd Party Security. Ron has experience working in the Aviation, Telecommunications, and Finance sectors. Ron holds  CISSP, CISM, and CISA certifications, and has his Master and Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida.

Fun fact; Ron spent three summers in Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze during his tenure in the US Navy. Summer temps can get downright balmy, sometimes even getting above 32 degrees!

Glenn E. Howard is a Network Systems Manager with IPSecure Inc at Joint-Base San Antonio, Lackland.  As the Network Systems Manager, Mr. Howard Researches, develops, implements, tests, and reviews hardware and software information security requirements to protect critical Department of Defense (DoD) information and prevent unauthorized access. Mr. Howard Leads a team of system & network admins, programmers, ISSOs, ISSMs and ISSEs. He Hardens various operating systems, applications, and network infrastructure using NIST, DoD Security Requirement Guides, Technical Implementation Guides and Defense Security Service Office of the Designated Approving Authority Technical Security Configurations.

Mr. Howard is also a recently retired First Sergeant assigned to the 59th Medical Operations Group, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgery Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.   Mr. Howard grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and enlisted in the Air Force in 1997. He has served in various leadership roles at the squadron, detachment, brigade, joint special operations and numbered air force levels.  He has an extensive background in national-level intelligence and cyber operations. He has deployed for two operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has conducted offensive and defensive cyber operations around the world.  Mr. Howard currently holds a Masters degree in Cyber Security and Penetration Testing from National University in San Diego, California as well as a CISSP certification from ISC(2).

Brandon Pixley is Director of Threat Intelligence and Security Awareness at CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas.  In this capacity, his key responsibilities include gathering and disseminating physical and cyber security intelligence data to operational teams and educating the workforce on threats facing the industry and the company. Brandon is a U.S. Army Veteran having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he specialized in secure telephony switching. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Infrastructure Assurance from the University of Texas at San Antonio and received his CISSP in 2013.

What is it like to protect the coolest media and entertainment company in the biz? Just ask Mark Bennett. Mark Bennett is responsible for iHeartMedia’s global infrastructure and operations. iHeartMedia is a leading global media and entertainment company specializing in radio, digital, outdoor, mobile, social, live events and on-demand entertainment.

Protecting our multi-platform assets is an essential requirement in today’s digital world. Mark’s focus is on operating and developing cybersecurity programs that ensure iHeartMedia’s vast infrastructure, relationships, one-of-a-kind events like the iHeartRadio Music Festival, ground-breaking tech and products are secure at all times.