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Robert K. West

Founder and CEO, Echelon One


Bob is responsible for creating and executing Echelon One’s corporate strategy.  He has over 25 years of experience in corporate and startup environments.

Bob is a frequent speaker on the subject of information security and risk, cloud computing, mobility, and on global policy issues such as payment fraud and critical infrastructure.   He is on the board of management for the Jericho Forum, advisory boards for Agilance, Air Patrol, CipherCloud, the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council and Trusteer. He has also been on the University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Liberal Arts and Education advisory board, Securent’s advisory board (acquired by Cisco), TriCipher’s advisory board (acquired by VMWare), a member of RSA Security’s Customer Advisory Council, and the ISS Customer Advisory Council.  Bob is a member of the IT Sector Coordinating Council, and is a member of the international cybercrime subcommittee.  He also has visibility into and advises key people that influence national legislation.  He is quoted frequently in the press including BusinessWeek, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.

Previously, Bob was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati where he was responsible for the enterprise information security strategy.  Prior to joining Fifth Third, Bob worked for Bank One in Columbus where he held several key leadership roles, including Information Security Officer for Bank One’s Retail Group. Prior to joining Bank One, Bob was a manager with Ernst & Young’s Information Security Services practice in Chicago, and a Senior Systems Officer with Citicorp International in New York and Chicago.

Bob received the 2004 Digital ID World Conference award for Balancing Innovation and Reality, and a 2004 InfoWorld 100 Award for implementing cross-company authentication using SAML and was a nominee for the ISC2 Senior Information Security Professional of the Year, 2011.  Bob graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in German and then received his Master of Science in Management Information Systems from North Central College.

Research notes authored:

Security Criteria For Selecting A Database: Oracle Database Server 11g vs. Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Written by: Bob West and David Mortman

Offshore Outsourcing Risks – Look Under the Covers, Written by Jennifer Kurtz, David Mortman and Bob West

A Framework For Purchasing Early-Stage Technologies, Written by: Renee Guttmann, Robert Rodriguez and Bob West

Fixing The Leak – An Enterprise Data Protection Approach, Written by: Bob West

FFIEC Authentication Guidance Update, Written by: Bob West

Contributing Author:

Security in a Web 2.0+ World: A Standards-Based Approach, by Carlos Curtis Solari, Wiley, ISBN-10: 0470745754, ISBN-13: 978-0470745755


Mobility in The Enterprise: Friend or Foe? 

In the last five years, we have seen the introduction of the iPhone, iPad, Android operating system and many other mobility-related innovations.  At the same time, most organizations are moving aggressively towards implementing mobile projects, including bring your own device (consumerization) initiatives.  In many cases, security issues are not being discussed, which makes it easy to expose an organization to additional risks.

This presentation will discuss the business drivers, security issues and a strategic approach for addressing mobility in the enterprise.