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Mark Gelhardt

Over 35 years of experience in providing Executive Level management in the Information Technology field as a CIO, CSO, and CISO.

Mark started his working career in the Army and retired as a Colonel (select). During his military service Mark held many different command and staff positions in many different fields to include Human Resources, Intelligence, Communications, Incident Response, Information Technology, and Information Security. The pinnacle of Marks career he was nominated and selection to work at the White House as the CIO/CISO equivalent, supporting President Clinton, the VP, the White House Staff, and the U.S. Secret Service managing all the classified automation and telecommunications. Mark is a combat veteran.

Since retiring from the service Mark has held multiple leadership positions in IT and InfoSec. CIO/CSO for World Airways – the largest US wide body long-hall charter airline. Deputy CIO (over Global Operations) and CISO for InterCall - the world’s largest conferencing company. Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for TravelClick - a Software as a Service (SaaS) company in the hospitality/hotel space. Consulted as the Acting/Interim CISO for the Georgia Lottery and NCR. Currently Mark is the Director Global PCI Security and Compliance for US Bank/Elavon – US Bank is the fifth largest bank in the US and Elavon is the fourth largest credit card processor.

Mark’s educations include being a Certified Chief Information Officer (C|CIO), a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Toastmaster Competent Communicator (CC). He holds Master Degree’s and is a graduate of both the National Defense University & University of Montevallo. Along with a Bachelor’s degree from the UofF.

Mark’s Honors include being a published Information Security and Cyber Security specialist, a noted speaker and panel member in the Information Security field. A CISO of the year finalist in 2013, a Global CISO of the year in 2014 finalist, and a National InfoSec Project award winner in 2013 and a finalist InfoSec Project award winner in 2015. His military honors include the Presidential Service Badge, the Legion of Merit, the Soldiers Medal (highest peace time valor award in the army), the airborne & air assault badges and many more.

Colonel Gelhardt continues to give back to his community as a volunteer in the Georgia State Defense Force holding the position as the CIO/CISO, handling Communications, Information Technology, and Cyber for the Defense Force (a Georgia National Guard auxiliary). Mark is also a Lt Col in the Civil Air Patrol (an Air Force auxiliary), for the largest and most active Squadron in the State of Georgia. Mark is also an active member of the International Toastmasters organization.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, August 9