Auston Davis 

Auston Davis has built a distinguished career and reputation as a recognized cyber-security industry expert. He is a highly sought-after industry speaker and was named to the prestigious Becker’s Review as “One of 32 CISO’s to Know in Healthcare” in 2018 and 2019 

He is the Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer and Head of IT Infrastructure at HeartFlow where he leads several teams to provide data assurance and reliability of HeartFlow’s network and data. Prior to joining HeartFlow. Auston served as Chief Information Security Officer at Stanford Children’s Health, where he was brought in to lead the company through recovery from multiple publicly reported breaches and bolster the overall security defense posture of the organization. His security expertise spans several industries from healthcare to high tech. His previous roles of note include Interim CISO and Director of Threat response and Investigations at Symantec,


Director of Global Cyber-Security and Investigations at Visa USA, Inc. and Senior Technical Manager (Application Security) at Merrill Lynch. Auston is a proud 23-year veteran of the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves. He retired in December 2013, after a highly decorated career. His career culminated in serving as a Special Agent-in-Charge with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) where he specialized in Counterintelligence and Computer-Crime Investigations. 

Auston also currently serves part-time as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at San Jose State University, where he has been teaching cryptology and computer security since 2015. He currently serves on several cyber-security and law enforcement boards and committees.
He received his Master of Science degree in Computing Information Systems from Boston University and Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Jose State University. He is an avid private pilot, enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family in his spare time.


Abstract: Cybersecurity as a Workforce Enabler during a Pandemic

We will discuss the role cybersecurity must play during the course of a pandemic to assist in controlling the spread. We will look at cybersecurity's role in helping organizations overcome regulatory challenges to enable work to take place safely from remote locations. We will also discuss the challenges cybersecurity teams must overcome to continue to protect an organization's data when there is no longer a "border" between the data and the rest of the digital world.