Bill Swearingen

Director, security, and information security in Overland Park, Kansas

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A talented, results-producing leader of high performance technical teams with a strong emphasis on Cyber Defense, Cyber Intelligence, Corporate Security strategy, data protection, and Information Systems engineering.

Bill Swearingen has 15 years of experience in information security and protecting critical infrastructure from advanced cyber threats. Bill's technical expertise and understanding of the inherit risks corporationsface today has given him a unique ability to build strong cyber defenses todetect, degrade, or disrupt cyber threats. Bill has a proven track record of creating, developing, and managing strong technical teams needed to provide Incident Response, Digital Forensics,Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, and Policy enforcement to large(Fortune 150) corporations.

Bill is the Director of Cyber Defense for CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and a recognized leader in the network services market. CenturyLink is a global leader ininternet service provision, cloud infrastructure, and hosted IT solutions forenterprise customers and governments. CenturyLink provides data, voice andmanaged services in local, national and select international markets throughits high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers forbusinesses and consumers.

Over the past few years, Bill has focused on reductionof Mean Time to Detect through the continuous development and improvement of real-timealerting utilizing OSINT, private, and internally developed threat intelligence,external partnerships, and Incident Readiness Exercises (IREs) that simulatereal attacks on the CenturyLink infrastructure.

Strong expertise in the following areas:

Security policy development & enforcement

Team building and management

Cyber Incident response

Corporate forensics

Penetration testing

Legal and regulatory compliance

Vulnerability Assessment

Information security risk assessment

Root cause analysis

Infrastructure engineering

  • Work
    • CenturyLink
  • Education
    • B.S. Management of Information Systems
    • B.S. Business Administration