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Christopher Mitchell

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), City of Houston

Christopher Mitchell is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the City of Houston. Prior to his role as CISO, Chris was the Information Security Officer (ISO) for the Houston Airport System (City of Houston). He served in the United States Navy as an Operations Specialist (Surface Warfare/Aviation Warfare). Following his military career, Chris worked for a major aerospace and defense organization for over 14 years as Director of IT and Information Systems Security Officer. He holds several professional industry certifications including SANS GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC), GIAC Continuous Monitoring (GMON), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He earned BS and MS degrees from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University and he is a PhD candidate with a research focus on leveraging AI and ML to mitigate the cyber skills shortage. Chris completed executive programs at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School, Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business and Boston University Questrom School of Business. He is also a graduate of the FBI CISO Academy held at Quantico, VA.