Chris Ballister is an Associate Partner for IBM in the Cybersecurity & Privacy Service Area. His work focuses on the relationship of information security, IT governance, privacy, and risk management supporting the C-Suite throughout the public sector. Chris has served in government at the senior executive level as both a deputy and Chief Information Officer at the US House, White House, and Office of Inspector General at Health and Human Services. He has also been a CEO and President in industry building a small company supporting intelligence and cyber threat protection missions for the government. Chris is also a United States Naval Academy graduate with 24 years of service and a retired Navy Captain. He has a master’s degree from the George Washington University Department of Engineering in Information Management.