My Next Chapter – I’m Joining Altria

I’m excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position with Altria Group in Richmond, Virginia as an IT security architect and consultant in its enterprise IT Risk Management group beginning April 22nd. For those unfamiliar with Altria (previously known as Philip Morris), it’s a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Richmond which owns several tobacco companies and a winery, owns a financial services company, and has a 29% stake in SABMiller. I was impressed by what I learned of the organization’s culture and leadership and I decided the role was a great fit. Collaborating with IT and business colleagues on a range of information security risk management projects should be a lot of fun.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be honoring my commitments to complete client projects and coordinating the move to Richmond. I’ve enjoyed my time in San Antonio immensely and I will miss my regular face-to-face interaction with the local information security community. I met a lot of great people during my 2 1/2 years in the Alamo City and via my involvement with ISSA, the South Texas Security Leaders Forum, the Texas CISO Council, SAHA, and BSidesSanAntonio, as well as at local and regional events.

I’d like to thank my friends, family, and colleagues who were there for me while I focused on consulting independently through my company Befriend and explored other options. I’m grateful for those of you who provided guidance, served as a sounding board, partnered with me on consulting projects, let me know about prospective opportunities, and offered me positions with your companies. I have a great family and great friends and information security truly is a caring and collegial community.

My wife and I look forward to our return to Richmond. It will be nice to be so much closer to our family members in Richmond and elsewhere in Virginia. I’m going to miss working from my balcony in shorts and routine visits to the pool (and the loss of access to my wife’s employer Whataburger will be bittersweet), but life involves tradeoffs and I’m ready for the next chapter. :-) I’ll still be consulting through Befriend (albeit it on a more limited basis) and research, talks, and projects are underway so 2013 should be an interesting and exciting year!

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2 Responses to “My Next Chapter – I’m Joining Altria”

  1. Pebby says:

    Congratulations on your new position, Steve. I am glad that you came to San Antonio to head up UTSA’s security program. Thank you for your encouragement and pushing me in the right direction. I bet if you saw me now you would be amazed at the growth that has occurred because of you and your direction. I wish you all the best that life has to offer.

  2. Tim W says:

    Congrats! Glad to hear about it and don’t forget about the little people. I’ll hit you up next time I’m in the area and hopefully we can connect.

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