Webster Names New Chief Information Security Officer
Webster Bank has named Brandon Swafford as senior vice president and director of corporate information security. In his role, he will be responsible for information security, engineering and operations and business continuity. He reports to Chief Information Officer Karen Higgins-Carter.
Swafford, 36, is a security and technology executive with more than a decade of experience, including financial-services security, counterintelligence, and legal electronic discovery.
Swafford began his career working on large litigation and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations. Later, he worked for a number of U.S. intelligence community and Department of Defense agencies as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Leveraging that experience, he built security technology and provided risk management to the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates. Most recently, Swafford served as the chief technology officer for insider threat at Forcepoint, a global security software and services company specializing in data loss prevention and insider threat.
“Brandon brings a depth of technical expertise in financial services security across a variety of disciplines,” said Higgins-Carter. “He is dedicated to ensuring we continue to protect our customers’ data to the highest possible degree and ensure the safety of their assets in our care.”
Swafford, a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, holds a bachelor’s degree in Legal Communications from Washburn University, as well as certifications in insider threat program management from Carnegie Mellon University. He received the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Team award and was member of several national-level steering committees. A regular speaker at security technology events, he was granted a patent related to behavioral analysis and blockchains.
Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, National Association and its HSA Bank division. With $27 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, financial planning, trust, and investment services through 163 banking centers and 326 ATMs. Webster also provides mobile and online banking. Webster Bank owns the asset-based lending firm Webster Business Credit Corporation; the equipment finance firm Webster Capital Finance Corporation; and HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, which provides health savings account trustee and administrative services. Webster Bank is a member of the FDIC and an equal housing lender. For more information about Webster, including past press releases and the latest annual report, visit the Webster website at www.websterbank.com.