Tom Malta

SVP & Head of EAM Access Controls; Wells Fargo
Tom Malta is the SVP and Head of EAM Access Controls at Wells Fargo where he oversees the delivery function of tools and services supporting the firm’s Identity and Access Management program.  

Tom’s extensive career in Financial Services Technology started long ago as a hands-on developer building and supporting front office trading systems for many of the top Wall St. Brokerages and Investment Banks. Shortly after moving to Goldman Sachs in 2000 to build out their Private Wealth platform, he landed in cyber security after 9/11, and has been there ever since focused on building and executing global identity and access management programs. Over the past 20 years he’s led many successful IAM Programs utilizing custom built as well as off the shelf technology supporting internal, external, and 3rd party/cloud identities alike. His recent passions include emerging technologies such as biometrics, AI, and next generation customer authentication solutions such as blockchain.


Prior to Wells Fargo, Tom was at Synchrony Financial where he acted as the Global Head of IAM and Chief Identity Architect responsible for developing and executing the firm’s IAM program. Mr. Malta also held similar Managing Director / Executive IT roles at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BNYMellon, Ally Financial, and Brown Brothers Harriman. Tom also participated as chair/co-chair of both Oracle and Computer Associates IAM Customer Advisory Board’s for many years and he is also an active customer advisory board member of the Identity Defined Security Alliance.


Tom lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Tricia and their two children, Christopher and Alexandria. His hobbies include wood-working, golf, snow skiing, and bowling.

Tom's Session

Thursday, June 27
10:30 - 11:20 am
What’s Old is New Again. Can Identity-Centric Security Finally Make Zero Trust a Reality?
Zero Trust is not a new concept. It was introduced almost a decade ago, when the economy was still recovering and Software as a Service (aka cloud applications) became the fast path to cost reduction. The number of IoT devices was 900 million compared to 11.2 Billion in 2018. With the explosion of cloud and connected things, Zero Trust is needed now more than ever. But how do we get there without upending decades of architectural decisions and security investments? It starts with the basics and ends with an approach that puts identity at the center of your security strategy, optimizing cyber security investments while controlling risk. Moderated by Julie Talbot Hubbard, Executive Advisory Board member of the Identity Defined Security Alliance, this panel of identity and security leaders from a cross section of industries will share their war stories, best practices and strategies for leading the change to an identity-centric approach to security.

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