Cloud Computing Today: Myths and Realities

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Cloud Computing Today: Myths and Realities

May 9, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Rd Houston
TX 77056 USA

Presentation: Cloud Computing Today: Myths and Realities 

Speaker: Ross A. Leo – Director, The CyberSecurity Institute, UH-Clear Lake

Abstract: Cloud computing has evolved from a novel, though not a new, concept in outsourcing computing resources to much more of a mainstream solution for business and government. Like all technologies, it brings with it both innovation and frustration; the latter composed of overpromised benefits and underdelivered “miracles”. This presentation will be about some of both, and will seek to dispel a few myths and present a few realities in the hope of helping to ease the discomfort of “learning through experience”.

Bio: Mr. Leo has been in Information Systems for more than 40 years, and an Information Security professional for much of that time. He has worked internationally as a Systems Analyst/Engineer, and as a Security and Privacy Consultant. His past employers include IBM, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Rockwell International. A NASA contractor for 22 years, from 1998 to 2002 he was Director of Security Engineering and Chief Security Architect for Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center. From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Leo was the Director of Information Systems, and Chief Information Security Officer for the Managed Care Division of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Upon attaining his CISSP in 1997, Mr. Leo joined ISC2 (a professional role) as Chairman of the Curriculum Development Committee, and served in this role until 2004. During this time, he formulated and directed the effort that produced what became and remains the standard curriculum used to train CISSP candidates worldwide. He has maintained his professional standards as a professional educator and has since trained and certified over 10,000 CISSP candidates since 1998, and nearly 4200 in HIPAA compliance certification since 2004. Mr. Leo is an ISC2 Certified Instructor.

Mr. Leo serves as a member of advisory boards overseeing curriculum development and programs in the Information Assurance and Engineering areas; including Texas State Technical College and Voorhees College. In 2014, Mr. Leo joined the University of Houston-Clear Lake as Adjunct Instructor of Professional CyberSecurity Education, and was recently appointed to the position of Director of The Cybersecurity Institute.

Mr. Leo is a member of the Editorial Board for CRC/Auerbach Publishing. Mr. Leo’s industry guide, “The HIPAA Program Reference Handbook”, was published in January 2005. He is Series Editor and contributor for the “Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity Engineering Series” for CRC Press. In 2016 he provided the definitive entry on HIPAA/HITECH for the Encyclopedia of Information Technology, also by CRC Press.

He is a member of The Project Management Institute (PMI), and the American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology (ABFET) for The American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI). Mr. Leo has been accorded Fellow status for the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS).

Contact Information:

 Name: Ross A. Leo
 Title: Director
 Company: The Cybersecurity Institute, UH-Clear Lake

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Luncheon Meeting Schedule:


11:15 a.m. Registration / Networking
11:30 a.m. Luncheon / Networking
11:45 a.m. Chapter Business Meeting
12:00 noon Keynote Presentation
1:00 p.m. Adjourn Luncheon


  • Background in Information Security.


  • 1 CPE

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