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Executive Profile: Thomas Varney of IBM

Thomas Varney serves as chief technology officer of IBM Corporation’s business consulting services, public sector. He assists federal, local and state governments on privacy and security.

Prior to joining IBM, he served as vice president of forensic services for Trustwave Corporation, where he was responsible for business development, marketing and delivery of IT security and computer forensic investigations to Fortune 100 firms.

Varney previously served as chief information security officer at McDonald’s Corporation. His responsibilities included security architecture, business continuity and resumption, security awareness and training, intrusion detection, incident response and data privacy for operations in more than 120 countries.

Varney was recalled to government service stemming from the war on terrorism, and for nearly two years served the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Coalition Provisional Authority, responsible for the fusion of intelligence, investigations and protective operations throughout Iraq.

Varney also served as a director with Ernst & Young’s Information Security and Computer Forensics practice providing support to Fortune 500 companies; a special agent in charge for the Department of Defense and special agent with the U.S. Secret Service.

Varney has received numerous awards for his work from the Department of Justice, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office and Department of Defense.

Varney is a frequent speaker on issues related to IT security, electronic evidence, risk management strategies and corporate governance. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Information Systems Security Association, American College of Forensic Examiners International, Information Systems Audit and Control Association and the High Technology Crime Investigators Association, where he recently served on the international board of directors.

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