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:

Tuesday, November 14

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Event Information

Join us for a lunch & learn on Tuesday, November 14th from 11:30 AM – 1 PM CT at Mesero in Preston Hollow Village. Dallas’ Cybersecurity Coordinator, Chad Adams, 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

We’ll have a group discussion following the brief from the DHS – this will be a great opportunity to hear how your peers are thinking about security and what they’re planning.


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



Supervisory Cybersecurity Advisor | DHS, CISA

Chad Adams, a Supervisory Cybersecurity Advisor for DHS/CISA Region 6 with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has over 23 years’ experience in Cyber Security, threat mitigation and analysis, risk management, advanced IT support, and complex system design and support. He is focused on support critical infrastructure owners and operators to manage cyber risk and create improvements with CISA Region 6.
More recently, Mr. Adams has worked in Government service with The Department of Homeland Security for over 12 years. He has held positions as a team leader in cyber security assessments, cybersecurity advisor, federal cyber security audits, and threat mitigation. Currently, he is a Supervisory Cybersecurity Advisor with DHS CISA Region 6, providing cyber support, cyber security assessments, cyber outreach, training, speaking engagements, and incident coordination with State, Local, and Federal organizations, and private Critical Infrastructure companies and organizations throughout CISA Region 6. Chad is also an active member of the FBI Cyber Squad in Dallas, TX and a member of ASIS International.

Prior to joining CISA, Chad worked for Quest Software, Inc. based in California, and Dell Computers in Round Rock, TX as a Unix/Linux complex systems analyst supporting Government and Large Sector organizations. He also served as a consultant for small and medium sector organizations, as well as a sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana investigating cyber & internet-related crimes.

Mr. Adams attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA and holds a degree in Information Systems Management and Security. He also holds various industry standard certifications in complex system design, support, security, management, network security, and IT support.

Chad Hiatt

Chief Information Officer, Aldridge

Bryan Gregory

President, Aldridge

Getting There

Venue: Mesero Preston Hollow Village

Address: 7825 Firefall Way, Dallas, TX 75230

Parking: Free parking around restaurant & free parking garage across the street

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