Vice President of Technology, CISO
Andy Bennett is a straight shooting, boot wearing native Texan who rolls up his sleeves to build business-centric information security solutions. Andy works with Apollo's clients to help them fully understand their risk exposure and create a strategy to mitigate those risks in alignment with the needs and risk appetite unique to their business. From developing a strategic roadmap to reviewing and designing security architectures and how they fit into the broader enterprise, Andy ensures Apollo's clients are able to securely and confidently conduct their business and serve their customers. Andy specializes in incident response and preparedness and can help customers prepare to weather the worst threats cyberspace has to offer.
Andy Bennett has been in Information Technology since 1996 with experience in industries including retail, higher education, banking and finance, Fortune 500 consulting, oil and gas, applied research, law enforcement, and government.
Andy's professional credentials include business continuity and disaster recovery planning (CBCP certified), change management, enterprise architecture, enterprise operations (ITIL certified), cloud migrations, incident preparedness and response, security architecture (on prem, in the cloud and hybrid), regulatory compliance and industry standard assessments and certifications, vulnerability management, overall security program design management (CISM certified), and teaching security education at SHSU.
Andy’s recent achievements include leading the successful response to the August 2019 Ransomware attack in Texas, the implementation of a statewide Identity and Access Management system to deliver IAM, MFA and SSO to the entire state of Texas as a unified identity solution, and the design, negotiation, and implementation of a multi-billion dollar contract to deliver the next generation of IT and security services to every governmental entity in Texas.
Andy Bennett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Information Assurance and Security from Sam Houston State University. Andy is currently working on his PhD in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine.