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Lunch & Learn


Preparing For When You Get Breached

Let’s face it – your business will get breached. We’re going to help you prepare for the worst so that you’re ready for whatever 2024 brings. You’ll learn about:

Thursday, December 7

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Event Information

Join us for a lunch & learn on Thursday, December 7th from 11:30 AM – 1 PM CT at Paesanos 1604. Ernesto Ballesteros, the Cybersecurity State Coordinator of Texas will share what the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is doing to protect US businesses from cyber crime, federal resources that are available to you (that you likely aren’t taking advantage of). Aldridge CIO, Chad Hiatt, will teach you how you can prepare your business for an increasingly aggressive threat landscape. 


  • Top cyberattacks targeting businesses and US critical infrastructure
  • How ongoing geopolitical events are affecting cybercrime
  • Core security requirements to get cyber insurance now, and how we expect those requirements to evolve
  • Taking a multi-layered approach to security (swiss cheese model) to disrupt the attack process
  • The role executives play in protecting their business and creating an incident response plan
  • Recent cyberattack cases – how it happened, the damage, and lessons learned

There will be a Q&A and audience discussion following the threat update. We want to hear about what is on your mind and help you work through any security questions or concerns you may have.


11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Networking & Order Lunch

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch & DHS Cyber Threat Update Brief

DHS Cyber Threat Update








Meet the Speakers

Ernesto Ballesteros

Ernesto Ballesteros

State Cybersecurity Coordinator of Texas, Region 6, CISA, DHS

Mr. Ballesteros (Ballesteros) serves as the Cybersecurity State Coordinator (CSC) for the State of Texas at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in Region 6. As the CSC for the State of Texas, his role is to build strategic public and private sector relationships in Texas to facilitate the development and maintenance of secure and resilient infrastructure.

Previously, Ballesteros served the State of Texas, as the State Cybersecurity Coordinator and Chair of the Texas Cybersecurity Council, at the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). As the State Cybersecurity Coordinator, his primary charge was to oversee cybersecruity matters for the State of Texas and lead the Texas Cybersecuity Council to collaborate on matters of cybersecurity concerning Texas. 

Prior to serving in state government, Ballesteros’ career spanned several industries, including academia, financial services, private consulting, and public utilities. Of note, his prior professional roles included the following: Information Security Officer for the Alamo Colleges District (San Antonio, Texas); Information Security Officer at Jefferson Bank (San Antonio, Texas); Information Security Consultant at Omnikron Systems (Woodland Hills, California); Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems and Security at Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas); Director of the Center for Information Assurance Management and Leadership at Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas); and Information Systems Auditor for CPS Energy (San Antonio, Texas).

Currently, Ballesteros is an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law (San Antonio, Texas), where he teaches cybersecurity, information systems, and law.

Chad Hiatt

Chief Information Officer, Aldridge

Bryan Gregory

President, Aldridge

Getting There

Venue: Paesanos 1604

Address: 3622 Paesanos Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78231

Parking: Plenty of free parking around the venue.

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