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Roota Almeida

Lecturer; Chief Information Security Officer, Delta Dental of New Jersey and Connecticut

Roota Almeida is the Chief Information Security Officer at Delta Dental of New Jersey and Connecticut. Roota has been instrumental in helping to establish Delta Dental of New Jersey’s Office of Information Security and leading the development and implementation of enterprise-wide information security strategy, policies, risk assessments and controls, including leading the HITRUST Certification effort for DDNJ. She believes more women should be encouraged to pursue STEM careers and has started a summer internship program at DDNJ, Inc. specifically designed to give graduating female high school students insight into the field of corporate cybersecurity.

Prior to joining Delta Dental, Roota was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Covanta Holdings Corp., a leader in Energy-from-Waste. As CISO, she led all aspects of Information security and risk, including global information security awareness programs, policies, business continuity, and incident response teams.

Roota is a recognized industry thought leader who serves as a member of the Board of Advisors at several organizations, a governing body chair for Evanta’s NJ CxO Summits and other technology conferences, a faculty and a security awards judge.  Her in-depth experience and expertise in the field of information security and risk management can be measured by the various articles, eBooks, interviews, and podcasts she has to her credit. Roota focuses highly on building and encouraging new talent and solutions in the security arena. 

Roota holds CCISO, CISSP, CISM and CRISC certifications.


  • M.I.S., Computer Science, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India