Larry Whiteside Jr. currently serves as vice president, healthcare and critical infrastructure within
executive advisory in the Office of the CISO at Optiv. In this role, Whiteside focuses on helping security
executives in these focus areas develop a comprehensive security program that balances risk and aligns
with the overall business goals. He is responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive suite of
strategic services and solutions to help executives improve their security strategies through innovation.
Whiteside also is co-founder and executive vice president of the International Consortium of Minority
Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP).
Prior to Optiv, Whiteside served as the chief security officer at Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), an
organization that supplies cost-effective electricity for Central Texas, manages water supplies and floods in
the lower Colorado River basin, provides public parks, and supports community development in 58 Texas
counties. In this role, Whiteside was responsible for the protection of all corporate personnel and assets,
and led the Office of the CSO. Whiteside also worked at Comodo as corporate strategy advisor to the CEO,
Lynx Technology Partners as CSO, Spectrum Health as CISO and director of enterprise operations, and
Visiting Nurse Service of NY as CISO.
Whiteside started his career as an officer in the United States Air Force and separated in 2002. He served as
chief, information warfare/network security divisions and chief, network security division – single agency
manager for the Air Force at the Pentagon. In recognition for his achievements, Whiteside received the
Company Grade Officer of the Year award for his units in 1997 and 2000, and a nomination for the National
Information Security Executive of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Whiteside received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science at Huston-Tillotson University. He
is an active member in various industry organizations such as Information System Security Association
(ISSA), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and multiple industry-based security
committees dedicated to strengthening security in the public and private sectors. Whiteside is a wellrespected
security expert, having briefed individuals at some of the highest levels of Department of
Defense. He also is a thought leader in the industry with extensive experience presenting at conferences
such as the Gartner Security Summit, RSA Conference and SC World Congress, and has been featured in
many articles relating to information security and risk management.