As the Chief Security Officer of Heartland Payment Systems, John South leads the company’s security and IT compliance programs which encompass the protection of sensitive data through risk and threat modeling and compliance with internal as well as industry and regulatory obligations.
South served on the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), the primary industry forum for collaboration on critical security threats facing the financial services sector. He also recently served on the Board of Advisors of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) to help strengthen security standards and protect cardholder data against threats worldwide.
Prior to joining Heartland in September 2009, South held information security leadership roles for a variety of companies including Convergys (Intervoice) and Alcatel-Lucent, where he spent several years in Antwerp and Paris leading Alcatel’s European information security operations.
Outside of the corporate world, South is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dallas where he teaches a course on the legal and compliance implications of security. He co-founded, with Dr. John Nugent, the university’s Information Assurance Program, which focuses on corporate security and risk management. The program has been designated a National Security Agency Center of Excellence since its inception.
Additionally, South has been an active participant with the United States Secret Service North Texas Electronic Crimes Task Force since its inception in 2003. He is also the founding president of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s North Texas InfraGard Program, and is a member of the Information Systems Security Association and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
South has also been awarded the 2011 Information Security Executive (ISE) of Year Award for the Central United States and the ISE Central Executive of the Decade Award, both by The Executive Network, and was designated a 2012 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader. In 2013, South was designated the 2013 CSO of the Year by SC Magazine. He holds the CISSP and CISA designations and is certified as an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Service Manager.