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2023 C-SUITE Honoree Bryan Cassidy

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer & Information Security Officer Torrington Savings Bank Size of organization: $1B in assets; 127 employees Education: MBA, University of Hartford Click here to return to the honoree page
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Winner Category | CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, Private Company

Bryan Cassidy is the chief information officer and information security officer at Torrington Savings Bank. Cassidy is responsible for providing technology vision and leadership to support banking operations.

In his role, he oversees network infrastructure, application support, information security, data analytics and project management, while also supporting other areas focused on products and services and customer experience.

What have been your biggest professional accomplishments over the past year?

Being recognized and selected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to attend their Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Academy. It was an amazing opportunity to network with information security professionals, intelligence analysts and special agents.

Throughout the CISO Academy, we had candid dialogue on cyber and fraud threats, while reinforcing the importance of the partnership that public and private sectors play in protecting the critical sectors of the United States of America.

When not receiving threat briefings, we were able to spend time touring the FBI Academy to get a glimpse into the intensive training that trainees must go through.

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In what ways are you involved in the community?

I serve on the Board for the Shepard Meadows Equestrian Center, which provides equine-assisted services to children, youth, adults and veterans. I also serve as secretary for the town of Burlington’s Economic Development Commission.

I also donate blood every two to three months with the American Red Cross, with 22 pints donated since 2019.

On the job

Guiding business principle: Never settle with ‘good enough,’ be hyperfocused on continuous improvement.

Best way to keep your competitive edge: Not being afraid to innovate and take calculated risks; keep failures small and learn fast from them.

Best business decision: Working at a community bank, such as Torrington Savings Bank, and seeing firsthand how critical we are to serving the communities in our footprint — whether it is a first-time homebuyer, local business needing a loan to help expand operations, or assisting a nonprofit with a charitable contribution.

Personal touch in your office: A painting of a tree that my four-year-old son made with his handprints that reads, “No matter how tall I grow, I’ll always look up to you.”

Personal side:

City of residence: Burlington

Favorite way to relax: Hiking

Hobbies: Photography, skiing, hiking, running and biking

Last vacation: A long weekend trip to Bretton Woods (New Hampshire) with my family, as well as doing a 9-mile hike to the summit of Mount Monroe and Mount Washington

Currently reading: “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,” by David Epstein

Favorite cause: Shepard Meadows Equestrian Center

Second choice career: A skiing instructor

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