Marilyn Thornton


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As an IBM Business Unit Executive, Marilyn Thornton and her team work face-to-face daily enhancing their clients’ mainframe security environments. A self-proclaimed "mainframe advocate" Marilyn actually has over 25 years’ experience in IT security across multiple platforms and has earned both Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications. In fact, she helped develop the first exam for the CISSP certification. During her career, she has held the position of IT Security Director for two Fortune 500 companies where she built IT security departments from the ground up. A lifelong learner, Marilyn has a master’s degree in E-Commerce from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Information Science from the University of North Florida. When she's not traveling for business or pleasure, she enjoys gardening and looking for sharks' teeth on the beach near her home in Florida.