Ryan Boulais

VP – Shared Security Services; Thomson Reuters
Ryan Boulais is the VP of Shared Security Services for Thomson Reuters globally. He has been in this role since March 2017 and his areas of focus include Identity and Access Management, Security Platforms, Data Loss Prevention, and Security SW Development/Engineering. Prior to his current role, Ryan was with GE for 5+ years culminating in the VP of Global Security Operations role for all of GE. Here, he provided leadership and direction for all cyber security incidents across the company’s 9 businesses, 300K+ employees, and infrastructure both on premise and in Cloud environments. Ryan has also worked for companies such as Northrop Grumman IT-TASC and Scitor performing cost and risk analysis on US Intelligence Community Systems. He also spent several years in the Army as a Military Intelligence and Civil Affairs Officer, with assignments in Germany and the US, and military operational deployments in the Balkans and Baghdad, Iraq. Ryan holds a Master’s of Engineering degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He and his wife, Allison, have two children, Andrew and Lillian. He also enjoys traveling, yoga, and collecting antique maps.

Ryan's Session

Wednesday, June 26
4:25 - 4:50 pm
Radiant Logic Presents: “Go right to… Ludicrous Speed:” Transforming Identity at Thomson Reuters
In 2017, Thomson Reuters recognized the need to transform their internal IAM platforms, and processes and thus a 3-5-year journey began, modernizing Governance, Authorization, and Authentication. In 2018, TR sold ~50% of its company to Blackstone. Much of the legacy centralized IAM platforms went with the sale. Our multi-year journey was now reduced to about 14 months. While our timelines are bold, our team is presented with a career defining opportunity of replacing all of the Identity systems, at the same time, for a global company with thousands of applications and ~35K employees and contractors. While still in the middle of this journey, Ryan Boulais, VP of Shared Security Services at Thomson Reuters, will discuss the intricacies of obtaining Senior Executive and Board level buy-in for the transformation, finding both internal and external allies/partners to support the IAM cause, developing a detailed enough plan to begin execution, and using federated identity solutions to move at “Ludicrous Speed.”

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