Andrea C Hoy

Andrea C. Hoy, CISSP, CISM, MBA

CEO of A.Hoy & Associates
President & Co-Founder Innovation Shipyard Alliance

Andrea is CEO of A.Hoy & Associates, a conglomerate of seasoned vCISOs. She is a fourth generation Los Angelean and was raised here in the heart of West LA. Even after moving, her family still commuted to Crenshaw for church where the congregation always thought of themselves as a ‘melting pot’, because of the diverse cultures represented. Her grandparents ran two businesses: one in Downtown and one in old Chinatown; always helping those in the community who needed help; starting a business or paying for an education. Her mom started “Friends of the Library” to help raise money for the local library. Today Andrea still feels that sense of community and the passion to ‘give back’ that her grandparents, and parents, instilled upon her but in the cybercommunity. Being the first person to coin the title ‘virtual CISO’ to provide any company from a Fortune 20 company (like the environments she established her expertise in) to a “gap” CISO during transition periods. She prides herself in helping small, medium and especially “startup” companies with an affordable CISO on an “as-needed” basis to establish and guide them through the very regulated cyber landscape; while helping new innovative technology businesses “go to market” using her network of like-minded constituents. In her spare time, she served as the International President of ISSA, a global information security professionals association in 91 countries and an advisor to Association of Women in Technology (AWT). But she realized, there is a gap on the care and nurturing of the entrepreneurial spirit in cyber, so she recently co-founded the Innovations Shipyard Alliance, 501(c)(3) to provide a forum for collaboration between new innovative technology companies and cybersecurity gurus, C-levels, ACs (angel capitalists) and most importantly our future-partnerships with local entrepreneurial minded students from local universities and colleges. Learn how together you and your companies can help in “Navigating the Future of Secure Innovative Technology” and creating a SoCal hub for cybersecurity technology through the eyes and souls of our powerful impactful women. 


Andrea Hoy, CISSP, CISM, MBA, a fourth generation Californian, received her initiation into the infosec community when her hard work and dedication for a safe international event earned her the role as an Asst. Venue Manager for the highly successful LA Summer Olympic Games. Andrea’s leadership positions include leadership roles for McDonnell Douglas, Rockwell, and Boeing NA. Her clients are from a diverse mix of industries that include Litton, Pacific Life, Genentech, Molina Healthcare, Activision, WAMU (now Chase), T-Mobile, Hamni, Uniti and East West Banks. Among her other accomplishments, she initiated the cybersecurity program as Chief InfoSecurity and Data Privacy Director for Fluor, a Fortune 20. She has served and been recognized as an advisor to the Pentagon, and as ISO for the 5th largest credit union as it went through its most major technology and growth past $10 billion in assets and 600,000 in membership. Ms. Hoy is the founder of A.Hoy & Associates, a “virtual CISO” provider as well as infosecurity consulting, GRC, incident response, training firm, assisting companies to establish policies and procedures to comply with NIST CyberSecurity Framework, top 20 Critical Controls, EUPD and privacy laws here and abroad to name a few. She represented the US as diplomat to China on eDiscovery and forensics.

She is also President/Chief Disruptor, and Co-Founder of the Innovation Shipyard Alliance.  The Innovation Shipyard Alliance, a not for profit organization that  has been formulated to provide an open forum for entrepreneurs and innovative technologies, the opportunity to learn or vet the cybersecurity ramifications of their technology in front of cybersecurity, risk, and privacy “C” levels, and senior cybersecurity engineers, while promoting students and emeritus cyber professionals’ involvement and educational opportunities in shaping these innovative technologies in our “sea’C’trials.” She encourages those that are retiring to join and network with the students and hopes that money raised can also help assist students pursue their dreams.

Andrea’s commitment to education has driven her to create a nationwide Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Bootcamp which addresses best practices of C level management for IT, risk, privacy and compliance, helping those that are given the “title” without the compensation and control to gain the positioning they deserve, others to compare and learn with their peers, and to help senior C-levels provide education for succession planning within their organization. To this means, she was a co-founder of the CISO Executive Forum now in its 9th year. She teaches both CISSP, CISM  for ISACA LA, and has taught at Cal State University Fullerton in their Certificate of Security Management program.

Andrea is actively involved in the community and has served as the International President of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) the community of choice for international cybersecurity professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk and protecting critical information, after serving as International Vice President, Chapter President, Orange County, and helping to charter the Ventura County Chapter and British Virgin Islands. ISSA members represent over 10,000 security professionals worldwide with 138 chapters in 71 countries. Ms. Hoy also chartered the Financial SIG actively creating relationships with the community, both law enforcement and industry.

She previously served on the Technical Advisory Board for RSA for 4 years, advised the International Board of Directors for PointSec/ProtectData of Sweden, as well as Board of Advisors for Encentuate, a global identity management and provisioning company, leading to its successful acceptance in the healthcare arena and acquisition by IBM (2008), and DigitalSafe in Switzerland. She served on the Board of Advisors for the Association of Women in Technology (AWT). She has previously been in the LA Times, Orange County Register: People in Technology to Watch”, MiCTa Radio, ABC, and KNX News Radio. Her focus now is providing CISOing for startups to ensure that cybersecurity is part of all new businesses versus an “after thought.”

Andrea received her MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and prior to that graduated Magna Cum Laude and was entered into the honor society of Beta Gamma Sigma, the Phi Beta Kappa of the School of Business with her Bachelor of Science from Cal State University Long Beach.