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Chris Hetner Biography

Chris Hetner is the Senior Advisor to the Chair on Cybersecurity Policy. In this role he is responsible for coordinating efforts across the agency to address cybersecurity policy, engaging with external stakeholders, and further enhancing the SEC’s mechanisms for assessing broad-based market risk.

Hetner has over 20 years of experience in Cybersecurity, Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance. Prior to his current role he led Cybersecurity for the Technology Control Program within the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. He joins the SEC from Ernst and Young (EY), where he led the Wealth and Asset Management Sector Cybersecurity practice.  At EY, his team advised and delivered cybersecurity and risk management capabilities across major clients in the asset management, private equity, hedge fund, investment advisor, banking and capital markets, insurance, and broker/dealer industries.  In addition to leading the practice, he served as a senior advisor to a wide range of corporate senior C-level executives including Boards of Directors, Audit Committees, Chief Risk Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Information Officers and Chief Information Security Officers.

Prior to joining EY he was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at GE Capital where he was responsible for the global Cybersecurity program. Hetner supervised over 80 employees and oversaw a budget of $20+ million dollars. He led an organization that included security management, application security, third party security risk management, incident response, threat and vulnerability management, penetration testing, cyber intelligence, operations and security architecture.

Prior to GE Capital, Hetner led global information security risk and compliance programs for Citigroup focused on alignment to the Capital Markets, Investment Banking, Transaction Services, Operations, and Technology units. His leadership at Citigroup successfully reduced information security risk and addressed regulatory compliance obligations while enabling the business.

He holds industry-leading certifications including the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), NSA INFOSEC Assessment Certification and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager).

Hetner earned a M.S. in Information Assurance (Cum Laude) from Norwich University and a B.S in Security Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice The City University of New York.