As a member of the PCI Leadership Team at AT&T, Sherri Collis helps enterprise clients assess their PCI compliance and provide guidance on implementing state-of-the-art protection for their data. She’s a 20-year veteran of the IT industry and has been with AT&T for six years, since her division was VeriSign, Inc., a global security consulting practice purchased by AT&T.
In her tenure with AT&T, Sherri has led a number of PCI assessments for clients in the airline industry, including at one of the largest airlines. She’s also led PCI and gap assessments, plus remediation roadmaps for one of the worlds’ largest retailers as they integrated PCI compliance into their global operations. For a large insurance company, she served as their trusted advisor, implementing end-to-end encryption and tokenization of their credit card transactions to narrow the scope of their PCI environment and make transactions more secure.
Certified in ITIL foundations V2 and V3, Sherri’s specialty is IT business operations. She’s particularly adept at applying a business operations approach to PCI among an organization’s people, processes, and technology and provides guidance on the most efficient route to staying compliant in spite of ever-changing security and business challenges. Known for turning existing knowledge and procedure into managed, shared knowledge, Sherri has created a wiki site and procedural structure for the AT&T PCI practice to turn the “knowledge of one” into the “knowledge of the whole team.”
Before she came to AT&T, Sherri served as director, service management for Terremark Worldwide (now Verizon), where she was responsible for annual maintenance of SAS-70 type II certification, PCI standard compliance (CISP certification), Safe Harbor compliance and Microsoft Gold partnership. She also chaired the information security risk team and sat on the board of the security operation risk management team. Prior to Terremark’s purchase of Data Return, LLC, Sherri created the company’s information security policy and incident response plan, and was responsible for creating and maintaining the disaster recovery and business continuity program.
Sherri holds certifications as an ISO 20000 consultant, CISSP and QSA. She is a graduate of the Stagen, Integrated Leadership Program and the GlobalTec Training Institute, and has completed Personal Coaching for Securities Trading based on Technical Analysis curriculum. She has written and presented on a variety of topics, including PCI compliance, ITIL, IT governance, and Sarbanes-Oxley security and compliance.
When she’s not keeping her enterprise clients’ data safe, you can find Sherri singing and playing country, folk, classical or Christian music on any one of a variety of musical instruments. She plays the piano, dulcimer, banjo, mandolin and guitar – and enjoys hearing others play, most recently Zac Brown. A little known fact about Sherri is that she was one of six finalists out of over 10,000 entrants around the world, placing second, in an international typing contest in 1991.
She and her husband divide their time between the beaches of Galveston, Texas and the hills of Arkansas.