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Andrea Watson is a trusted adviser, focusing on information risk management for her oil and gas, energy, and utility
clients. Her broad spectrum of experience addressing the needs of information risk management within these sectors
makes her ideally suited to advise HP's largest and most prominent clients on how to apply best practices for IT security,
regulatory compliance, security governance, and risk management. As an alumna of The Ashcroft Group, she has a
unique perspective on cyber threat intelligence and how companies should buttress their digital defenses to thwart
cyber attacks. Andrea's understanding of the security objectives sought by energy sector clients provides her with a
pragmatic point of view for recommending the right layers of defense in-depth solutions. Protecting clients' critical
infrastructure, assets, and information from cyber attacks is the IT assurance practice's prime directive. Andrea fulfills
this imperative by guiding CIOs toward a robust model that addresses security at all levels of the organization.
HP can deliver solutions that help clients defend proactively against the threat landscape that impacts clients'
ability to do business in a hostile geopolitical world. Our understanding and solutions around security can help our
customers achieve and accomplish that.
Andrea believes in helping her clients maximize their investments in security by minimizing the potential for
damage from threats and vulnerabilities. She strives to understand her clients' businesses and the challenges
they face, taking a consultative approach to their security needs.
Andrea's advice is tempered with authoritatively sourced and industry acknowledged security standards and
models consisting of ISO security series, NIST security publications, as well as HP's own Information Technology
Assurance Model (ITAM).
Ten years of security advisory experience
Diverse experience across an army of security technologies and solutions
Director of Consulting, The Ashcroft Group Consulting Services
Oil and gas
Areas of Expertise
Information risk management
Security and compliance
Led U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to CoE for security and compliance status among U.S. federal
Developed HP IT Assurance CoE for the energy sector, bringing focused industry-specific security solutions
for risk management, cyber threat intelligence, and GRC solutions
Led HP Security Task Force for the energy sector
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