About A. Hoy & Associates
Andrea received her initiation into the information security community when her hard work and dedication earned her the role of Assistant Venue Manager/Supervisor at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. This position exposed her to the information security field and ignited a passion that has made Andrea, arguably, one of the leading women in her profession. She has not only served as an advisor to the Pentagon, but in 1991 Andrea received the Security Education Manager’s Award, presented to her by a representative from the Pentagon, acknowledging her work in applying Continuous Process Improvements to the implementation of information security resulting in cost savings for both industry and Government. She has been involved in numerous committees in Washington, D.C., to establish national and international information security policies. She has written, spoken on, assisted with, and helped companies establish policies and procedures that comply with the European Union Privacy Directive, the Data Protection Act of 1998, and the Wet Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (WBP) Dutch Personal Data Protection Act of 2000.
Andrea is CEO of A. Hoy & Associates, a thriving information security consulting firm that was established to provide essential information security expertise on immediate and specific information security. The services provided range from a quick policy review to wireless vulnerability risk assessments, computer forensics/investigations, senior management briefings, and assisting with developing a total information security strategic plan customized to the specific company culture quickly and efficiently with the utmost discretion.
As the President of Tysak, the security division of a leading international information technology education company, Andrea excels at education. She can often be found at speaking engagements throughout the nation to promote awareness of vulnerabilities and trends in the IT security field. She has been consulted on current information security issues in various newspapers and publications with speaking engagements and radio interviews on such topics as Hacktivism, Script Kiddies, Email Content Management, Email Relay, PDA Vulnerabilities, and Privacy and Computer Forensics. Andrea’s commitment to education has driven her to create a nationwide “Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Boot camp,” through her affiliation with Tysak, which addresses best practices of security management.
At the apex of her 15 plus years in the information security field, she has the distinction of being the first Chief Information Security Director and Data Privacy Officer for Fluor Daniel, a $12 billion dollar Fortune 200 company. In addition to this, she has helped provide strategic direction in information security and business continuity to such companies as Rockwell International, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Litton, and Pacific Life.
Andrea serves as President of the Orange County Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), an international association for information security professionals, where she has successfully tripled the membership in the last two years. She presently sits on the new CISO Executive Forum Task Force. This forum was established to bring together ISSA members that are CISOs, to give them an opportunity to network, share ideas, and improve upon their skills in this executive role.
She served on the Technical Advisory Board for RSA for 4 years and advised the International Board of Directors for PointSec / ProtectData of Sweden. She presently sits on the Board of Advisors for Encentuate, a global security identity management and provisioning company.
Andrea received a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Prior to that, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and entered into the honor society of Beta Gamma Sigma (the Phi Beta Kappa of the School of Business).