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Theresa Payton
Theresa Payton

CEO Fortalice Solutions

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Theresa Payton

As the star of the CBS TV series, “Hunted,” Theresa Payton identifies emerging trends and techniques to help combat cyber threats, from the impact of the Internet of Things to securing Big Data.

The first female to serve as White House chief information officer, and named #4 on IFSEC Global’s list of the world’s Top 50 cybersecurity influencers in security & fire 2017, Theresa is one of America’s most respected authorities on Internet security, data breaches and fraud mitigation. With real-world strategies and solutions, she helps public and private sector organizations protect their most valuable resources.

Drawing from her experience as a veteran cybercrime fighter and entrepreneur of her successful and rapidly-growing cybersecurity firm, Fortalice, Theresa masterfully blends memorable anecdotes with cutting-edge insights to heighten awareness of the perils of our uber-connected world. As she delves into the cyber-underworld and the new kinds of threats that can lead to tomorrow’s breaches and insider risks, she offers a proven blueprint for audiences to stay a step ahead with practical steps for thinking like the adversary, while managing cybersecurity risk.

Theresa’s distinct approachability, combined with her visionary perspective and easy-to-implement strategies, effectively prepare audiences for success in the ongoing battle against cybercrime.

George Beebe
George Beebe

Director of Intelligence and National Security  Center for the National Interest

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George Beebe

George Beebe is one of America’s most well-informed and insightful experts on international affairs and foreign policy. He has an especially strong background in cyber security, US intelligence, US-Russia relations, and the challenges of the changing international order. George Beebe is Director for Intelligence and National Security at the Center for the National Interest and President of BehaviorMatrix LLC, a technology company that mea- sures audience response to events, issues, and commer- cial brands.

Nicole Eagan
Nicole Eagan

CEO Darktrace

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Nicole Eagan

As Chief Executive Officer of Darktrace, Nicole Eagan has established the company as the global leader of AI cyber defense. Her extensive career spans 25 years working for Oracle and early to late-stage growth companies. Named 'AI Leader of the Year' in 2017, Nicole has introduced disruptive machine learning to enterprises of all sizes. Today, Darktrace has a valuation of $1.25 billion and counts Insight, KKR, Summit Partners, and Samsung among its investors. Darktrace’s innovative approach to cyber security has won over 100 awards and the company has been named to WSJ’s Tech Companies to Watch, Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and the CNBC Disruptor 50.

Dr. Rajiv Ramaswami
Dr. Rajiv Ramaswami

Chief Operating Officer, Products and Cloud Services VMware

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Dr. Rajiv Ramaswami

Rajiv Ramaswami joined VMware in April 2016 and has joint responsibility with Raghu Raghuram for all VMware’s product and service offerings and centralized services, support and operational functions. In this role, Ramaswami’s primary focus is on VMware’s product offerings. Prior to this role, Ramaswami led VMware’s Networking and Security business as executive vice president and general manager.

 

Before joining VMware, Ramaswami was executive vice president and general manager for the Infrastructure and Networking group at Broadcom Corporation for six years. During his tenure, the business grew from $1.6B to $2.6B and Broadcom became a leader in delivering merchant silicon switching solutions which have now been widely adopted in carrier, data center and enterprise networks, transforming how these networks have been built.

 

He previously served as vice president and general manager for switching, storage, data center and optical business units at Cisco for 8 years, and earlier in his career, worked at Xros (acquired by Nortel), Tellabs, and IBM Research.

 

Ramaswami received his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, of which he is a Distinguished Alumnus, and Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dave Lewis
Dave Lewis

Advisory CISO - Global Duo Security

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Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis has almost two decades of industry experience. He has extensive experience in IT operations and management. Currently, Lewis is a Global Security Advocate for Duo Security. He is the founder of the security site Liquidmatrix Security Digest and cohost of the Liquidmatrix podcast. Lewis writes a column for CSO Online and Forbes.

Elizabeth Zalman
Elizabeth Zalman

Co-founder & CEO  strongDM

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Elizabeth Zalman

Elizabeth Zalman is the Co-founder & CEO of strongDM, the definitive data security product. Previously she was Co-Founder and CEO of the cross-device profile company Media Armor. After its acquisition, she served as VP of Analytics at the acquirer, Nomi. Prior to Media Armor, she led the client analytics and media optimization team at Dotomi (now Conversant), generating an annual $500M in incremental revenue for 50 of the IR Top 100. With over 15 years' experience leading data-driven organizations, she is an expert in analytics, data privacy, and security.
 

John Willis
John Willis

Vice President of Devops and Digital Practices  SJ Technologies

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John Willis

John Willis is Vice President of Devops and Digital Practices at SJ Technologies. Prior to SJT he was the Director of Ecosystem Development for Docker, which he joined after the company he co-founded (SocketPlane, which focused on SDN for containers) was acquired by Docker in March 2015.  Previous to founding SocketPlane in Fall 2014, John was the Chief DevOps Evangelist at Dell, which he joined following the Enstratius acquisition in May 2013. He has also held past executive roles at Opscode/Chef and Canonical/Ubuntu. John is the author of 7 IBM Redbooks and is co-author of the “Devops Handbook” along with authors Gene Kim and Jez Humble.   

Ben Sadeghipour
Ben Sadeghipour

Hacker Operations Lead HackerOne

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Ben Sadeghipour

Ben is a the Hacker Operations Lead at HackerOne, the #1 most popular bug bounty platform by day, and a hacker by night. Prior to joining HackerOne, he has helped identify and exploit over 500 security vulnerabilities across 100s of web and mobile applications for companies such as Yahoo, Airbnb, Snapchat, The US Department of Defense, Yelp, Github, and more. He also invested time in the security community, by creating a community of 200+ active hackers who share ideas and their experience. He has also held a few free workshops  and trainings to teach others about security and web application hacking.
 

Ina Wanca
Ina Wanca

NYU Cybersecurity Professor & Founder  AI Governance

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Ina Wanca

Ina is a founder of AI Governance and a cybersecurity professor at New York University. Prominent cybersecurity and artificial intelligence scholar and advisor, known for groundbreaking contributions to social political, criminal justice, business issues, and her pioneering cyber-learning systems.

William Malik
William Malik

VP, Infrastructure Strategies  Trend Micro

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William Malik

Bill helps clients achieve an effective information security posture spanning endpoints, networks, servers, cloud, and the Internet of Things.  This involves technology, policy, and procedures, and impacts acquisition/development through deployment, operations, maintenance, and replacement or retirement.

During his four-decade IT career, Bill has worked as an application programmer with the John Hancock Insurance company; an OS developer, tester, and planner with IBM; a research director and manager at Gartner for the Information Security Strategies service and the Application Integration and Middleware service, and served as CTO of Waveset, an identity management vendor acquired by Sun. He ran his own consulting business providing information security, disaster recovery, identity management, and enterprise solution architecture services for clients including Motorola, AIG, and Silver Lake Partners. Bill has over 160 publications and has spoken at numerous events worldwide.

Bill attended MIT, majoring in Mathematics. He is a member of CT InfraGard and ISACA.

Shira Shamban
Shira Shamban

Head of Security Research Dome9 Security

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Shira Shamban

Shira Shamban is a security researcher and technical expert with a focus on threat intelligence. Shira started her professional career in cybersecurity as a military officer in the elite intelligence unit 8200 of the Israel Defense Force. During her 13-year service in the unit, Shira acquired hands-on experience in cybersecurity and intelligence operations while earning an engineering degree from Tel-Aviv University.
 
After her military service, Shira turned to security innovation in business. As the Data Initiative Lead at Dome9 Security, Shira is now leading the company's security research, in order to implement its results in Dome9's products and by that help organizations embrace the public cloud securely. Shira strongly believes in empowering women in the world of technology. She volunteers as a lecturer and a mentor in forums such as SheCodes and OWASP-WIA.

Nick Hayes
Nick Hayes

Senior Analyst, Security & Risk  Forrester Research

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Nick Hayes

Nick Hayes is a Senior Analyst on the Security & Risk team at Forrester Research. Nick’s research focuses on the intersection of security, risk, and reputation in today’s digital world. He helps security and risk pros improve the way they protect business assets and mitigate digital risks online, such as impersonations, account takeovers, data leakage, social engineering and other business compromise. Nick specializes in risk intelligence, social media security, and the human elements of cybersecurity.
 
He is regularly cited in major media outlets, including CFO Magazine, CNBC, DarkReading, Financial Times, NBC News, SC Magazine, and VentureBeat. He also speaks at range of leading industry and technology conferences throughout the year.

Rocio Baeza
Rocio Baeza

CEO and Founder  CyberSecurityBase

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Rocio Baeza

Rocio Baeza the CEO and Founder of CyberSecurityBase, a consulting practice that helps rising tech companies get started with information security. There are volumes of data security and privacy laws/regulations, frameworks, and standards, oftentimes overwhelming tech leaders with not knowing where to start, let alone implement foundational items needed to compete in the marketplace. CyberSecurityBase operates with a mission is to simplify security, teach that model, and empower tech leaders.
She studied Mathematics at the University of Chicago. Her professional background includes data analytics, product management, and IT compliance in the private sector. Her previous roles include analyst, consultant, manager, and Chief Security Officer. During this time, Rocio has observed that rising tech companies are in a unique position where they are offering innovative products and services, however, the traditional information security model is an immediate poor fit. This is leaving emerging tech companies AND consumers in a vulnerable position, and Rocio is on a mission to help change that.

Roy Katmor
Roy Katmor

CEO enSilo

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Roy Katmor

Roy Katmor is the CEO of enSilo. Roy is a 15-year seasoned product manager and security market strategist, combining strong technical knowledge with proven sales and marketing skills. Prior to enSilo, Roy led Akamai’s security strategy. Before that, he managed Imperva’s data security products and architecture management. Additionally, Roy held various product management and R&D leading roles at several international public and privately-held companies. Roy holds a BSc in Information Systems from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and MBA in finance and business strategy from the Hebrew University.

Adrienne McEwan
Adrienne McEwan

Cloud Security CSE Cisco

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Adrienne McEwan

Adrienne McEwan is a Consulting Systems Engineer at Cisco with several years worth of product knowledge pertaining to Internet based threats.  She worked on the Content Security team solidifying her knowledge with Web and Email based threats before transitioning to the Cloud Security team where she now focuses on DNS, Web, and Cloud application based threats. Adrienne is passionate about teaching endusers how to protect themselves from malware, ransomware, phishing, and Oauth attacks. Adrienne lives in the United States where she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and worldwide travel with her daughter.

Colin McKinty
Colin McKinty

Vice President of Cyber Security Strategy, Americas BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

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Colin McKinty

Colin McKinty, VP of Cyber Security Strategy, Americas at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, has held various roles at the company in the both the US and UK.  Upon completing a Masters of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, he then went on to receive his PhD from the University of Surrey (UK) in 2001.  He has spent more than a decade helping a wide range of customers enhance and protect their organizations with information intelligence and advanced analytic tools and processes.  He moved from the company’s HQ in the UK to the US in 2007 to run BAE Systems Applied Intelligence’s federal business, which led to a new role: Cyber Lead for the Americas. This enabled him to focus on supporting organizations in the commercial sector. Since 2013, he has been the driving force behind BAE Applied Intelligence’s success in breaking into the security market in the Americas. Colin has a strong technical background with many years of practical experience developing analytics coupled with the business experience needed to speak with decision makers at all levels of an organization.

Andrew Tsonchev
Andrew Tsonchev

Director of Technology, Darktrace Industrial Darktrace

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Andrew Tsonchev
Chris Stoneff
Chris Stoneff

VP, Security Solutions  Bomgar

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Chris Stoneff

Chris Stoneff came to Bomgar through the acquisition of Lieberman Software where he oversaw product management, quality assurance and technical support, and was responsible for meeting the real-world needs of the company’s customers. Mr. Stoneff has over 20 years of systems administration, consulting, training, and product management experience. An accomplished consultant and technical trainer, he has taught thousands of administrators on fundamental and advanced cybersecurity concepts and technologies.

Roger Johnston
Roger Johnston

CEO/Security Philosopher Right Brain Sekurity

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Roger Johnston

Roger G. Johnston, Ph.D., CPP is head of Right Brain Sekurity, a company devoted to security consulting, vulnerability assessments, and R&D.  Roger received his Bachelor’s Degree from Carleton College in 1977, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Colorado in 1983. 

Dr. Johnston was founder and head of the Vulnerability Assessments Teams at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1985-2007) and Argonne National Laboratory (2007-2015).  He has provided consulting, training, vulnerability assessments, and R&D on security for over 70 companies, NGOs, and government agencies, including IAEA, DoD, DOE/NNSA, NSF, Department of State, and intelligence agencies.

Roger has won numerous awards for his work.  He holds 10 U.S. patents, has authored more than 200 technical papers and book chapters, and has given 90+ invited talks, including 6 Keynote Addresses at national and international conferences.  Dr. Johnston has frequently been interviewed for his views on security by bloggers and journalists. He serves as editor of The Journal of Physical Security.

Sean Blenkhorn
Sean Blenkhorn

Vice President, Sales Engineering & Advisory Services eSentire

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Sean Blenkhorn
Steven Aiello
Steven Aiello

Chief Security and Compliance Architect AHEAD

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Steven Aiello

Steven Aiello is a chief security and compliance architect with AHEAD; a technology firm based out of Chicago. At AHEAD, Steven works closely with client’s infrastructure and security teams as well as critical infrastructure teams across security, storage and virtualization silos.
 
Steven previously was an enterprise architect at Online Tech in Ann Arbor, MI, a local managed service provider. At Online Tech, Steven was responsible for designing the company’s critical infrastructure including virtualization, storage and security initiatives across five data centers. Designs were in line with client needs, which included primarily banking and healthcare verticals. Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts in technology management, and a Master of Science with a concentration in information assurance from Eastern Michigan University.
 
His certifications include CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional), ISACA CISA, SANS GSEC, SANS GCIH, VMware VCP (VMware Certified Professional), VMware VCAP-DCD (VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Design), and Cisco CCNA (Cisco certified Network Associate).

Sandra Fathi
Sandra Fathi

President Affect

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Sandra Fathi

Sandra Fathi is President and Founder of Affect, a public relations and social media firm specializing in technology, healthcare and professional services. Sandra has spent the past 20 years helping technology companies achieve their communications goals. Starting her career as a reporter for a division of Ziff Davis and IDG Tech Network, she went on to work at a number of leading technology firms and one of the top global PR agencies, Edelman. Her clients have included Apple, EDS, Ericsson, Nokia and Microsoft, as well as innovative start-ups.
 
Sandra is an expert in media relations, crisis communications, brand reputation and executive visibility. She is a sought-after speaker and writer on brand reputation with commentary appearing in CNN, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., Huffington Post and U.S. News & World Report. Sandra also regularly provides training to c-level executives on corporate communications strategies – including crisis response in the digital age.
 
Sandra is currently on the board of PR Council and PRSA-NY and has been recognized as one of PRNews Top Women in PR, a PRNews PR Professional of the Year finalist, and a Bulldog PR Agency Professional of the Year. She holds a BA degree in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Nick Espinosa
Nick Espinosa

Chief Security Fanatic/CIO Security Fanatics

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Nick Espinosa

An expert in cybersecurity and network infrastructure, Nick Espinosa has consulted with clients ranging from the small business owners up to Fortune 100 level companies. Since the age of 9 he’s been on a first name basis with technology, building computers and programming in multiple languages. Nick founded Windy City Networks, Inc at 19 and joined forces in 2013 with BSSi2. In 2015 Security Fanatics, the Cybersecurity/Cyberwarfare division of BSSi2 dedicated to designing custom Cyberdefense strategies for medium to enterprise corporations, was launched.

Regular columnist, member of the Forbes Technology Council, on the Board of Advisors for both Roosevelt University's Center for Cyber and Information Security as well as Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, award winning co-author of a bestselling book, and host of The Deep Dive radio show, Nick is known as an industry thought leader and sought after for his advice on the future of technology and how it will impact every day businesses and consumers. Nick is an accomplished speaker and regularly speaks to audiences about Cybersecurity, technology and business management

Michael Knapp
Michael Knapp

Director of Sales Engineering Forcepoint

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Michael Knapp
Mark Hermeling
Mark Hermeling

Senior Director of Product Marketing GrammaTech

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Mark Hermeling

Mark Hermeling, MSc Mark has close to 20 years of experience in software development tooling, operating systems, virtualization and networking technology in safe and secure, embedded and real-time systems. He has worked on projects building automotive, networking, aerospace and defense and industrial devices in North America, Europe and Asia. Mark joined Grammatech in 2017 as Senior Director of Product Marketing, directing GrammaTech’s commercial software product and business development efforts. Prior to joining GrammaTech Mark worked for Wind River Systems (an Intel Corporation subsidiary), Zeligsoft and IBM Rational. He received a Master of Science degree in Computing Science from Eindhoven University of Technology for research into timing constraints overlaid on object oriented languages.

Morey J. Haber
Morey J. Haber

Chief Technology Officer BeyondTrust

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Morey J. Haber

With more than 20 years of IT industry experience, Mr. Haber joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition and currently overseas strategy for both vulnerability and privileged identity management. In 2004, Mr. Haber joined eEye as the Director of Security Engineering and was responsible for strategic business discussions and vulnerability management architectures in Fortune 500 clients. Prior to eEye, he was a Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. (CA), responsible for new product beta cycles and key customer accounts. Mr. Haber began his career as a Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Otavio Freire
Otavio Freire

CTO/President & Co-Founder SafeGuard Cyber

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Otavio Freire
Marcin Kleczynski
Marcin Kleczynski

Founder and CEO Malwarebytes

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Marcin Kleczynski

Marcin is the founder of Malwarebytes. He oversees the strategic expansion of the business, as well as the long-term vision for the research and development teams. Marcin has been recognized for his work in cybersecurity, receiving the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30, the Silicon Valley 40 Under 40, and numerous executive leadership awards including two Stevie awards for Executive of the Year. Marcin has delivered talks at TEDx, Collision Conference, Black Hat and CeBIT.

Keith Rayle
Keith Rayle

Strategist Fortinet, Inc.

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Keith Rayle

Over 20 years of governance and operational security experience. Executive level security consulting, to include program/portfolio creation and management. Provided board level reporting, security strategy creation and implementation, and global business security integrations. Acting CISO and Director of Security for large corporations. Led large multi-project teams at the program level, with oversight of multiple simultaneous and complex implementations of technical security projects. Designed and implemented most aspects of corporate security programs. Assisted large organizations in defining CISO responsibilities and requirements in order to provide alignment of security programs to business operations.

Consulting experience includes delivery of services to include large multi-project/multi-year programs. Provided executive advisory services in a variety of industries, to include retail, aerospace engineering, national/international banking, healthcare, manufacturing, logistics and transportation, federal/state organizations, and others. A wide range of regulatory experience includes PCI, SOX, FFIEC/FIDC, HIPAA, NERC CIP, and security framework knowledge extends to ISO/IEC 27001/27001, NIST, FISMA, OCTAVE and others.

Program level services for customers, including advisement to Fortune 100 executives (CIO and CISO), creation of corporate security programs and strategies, risk program operational definitions and implementation, and delivery of security/privacy framework implementations. Provided all aspects of creating and implementing multi-project technical programs, from requirements gathering to shifting systems into operational SDLC maintenance cycles. Created large risk management frameworks for global enterprises, to include complex operations such as mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

21-year military veteran as a nuclear weapons technician, threat officer, OH-58/AH-1/UH-60 pilot and operations officer.

David Dingwall
David Dingwall

Senior Cybersecurity Strategist HelpSystems

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David Dingwall

David has been embedded for three decades within the Identity and Access Management (IAM) marketplace, and with other cybersecurity infrastructures to support multi-national organizations’ business operations and audit requirements. His roles have previously included Consulting Architect, Business Development and Product Marketing. His industry experience includes working with Hi-Tech, Healthcare, Energy, Oil & Gas, FMCG, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Mining organizations and Government police and national security departments.

At HelpSystems David is part of our team of cybersecurity experts. David presents and writes on a variety of topics including cybersecurity industry trends, thought leadership and practical tips for organizations looking to improve their security posture and improve efficiency of security and system operations teams.

David Gold
David Gold

Vice President, Solutions Architecture ProtectWise

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David Gold
David van Schravendijk
David van Schravendijk

Product Marketing Manager Cisco Meraki

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David van Schravendijk
Gretchen Marx
Gretchen Marx

Director of Enablement IBM Security

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Gretchen Marx
Aditya Balapure
Aditya Balapure

Team Lead, Information Security Grubhub Inc

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Aditya Balapure

Aditya Balapure is an Information Security Specialist, Author, Speaker who is passionate about the continuously changing threat landscape of the cyber world. He is currently a Team Lead, Information Security at Grubhub Inc. A builder, breaker and cyber defender at heart Aditya likes to evangelize Information Security. With multiple years of experience in all forms of security, some of his core interests are in the field of Application & Cloud Security, Cryptography and Malware Research.

Bryan Christ
Bryan Christ

IAM Sales Engineer Hitachi ID

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Bryan Christ
Charles Stockwell
Charles Stockwell

CEO  The Security Stronghold

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Charles Stockwell

Charles Stockwell believes the human element can be your organization's best defense. While typically thought of as the weakest link, Charles has transformed the human element into a proactive security control countless times. He does this as CEO of The Security Stronghold, LLC where his team works with organizations in a variety of industries to transform their security culture and provide other security services, always focusing on the human element first. Charles has been featured in numerous industry publications and is always looking for the next challenge.

Dan Larson
Dan Larson

Vice President of Product Marketing CrowdStrike

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Dan Larson
Dave Ostertag
Dave Ostertag

Global Investigations Manager, Investigative Response Verizon

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Dave Ostertag
Georgiana Wagemann
Georgiana Wagemann

Regional Director Darktrace

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Georgiana Wagemann
Jared Phipps
Jared Phipps

VP Worldwide Sales Engineering SentinelOne

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Jared Phipps
Jason Mical
Jason Mical

VP of Technology Deep Instinct

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Jason Mical

Jason Mical is probably best known as the “Father of the SilentRunner® technology”, the industry’s first full packet capture, network forensics solution of its kind, developed by the NSA and Raytheon. He is also the co-creator of the Resolution1/Fidelis Endpoint Platform. He was responsible for the global management of the cyber security solutions and assists clients in such areas as electronic intercepts, intrusion analysis, malware eradication, incident response, security standards and guidelines. Jason also offers his expertise and consulting services to clients and other audiences on issues of both cyber and physical security investigations.

Jason has more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications fraud prevention, physical security management and cyber security investigations. During his career, he has developed and implemented overall cyber security, physical security, forensic investigation and fraud control programs for several global organizations and managed lawful interception operations to support federal agencies. He has developed security and fraud awareness training seminars for employees in private industry, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement.

Jason has been a member of the FBI Infraguard, United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, ISSA, HTCIA, ASIS, ANSIR and CTIA Fraud Task Forces.

Jon Bottarini
Jon Bottarini

Hacker and Technical Program Manager HackerOne

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Jon Bottarini
Laszlo S. Gonc
Laszlo S. Gonc

Co-Founder and Managing Partner Next Era Transformation Group

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Laszlo S. Gonc

Laszlo is a recognized senior executive with 30 years of progressive experience in business and information technology. He is responsible for helping organizations, corporate and non-profit alike, navigate the digital frontier advising on cyber security, IT risk mitigation, and building digital technology strategies that drive performance and business value. He has experience across a number of industries advising senior executives, developing security strategies, evaluating IT risk and spearheading critical security projects for senior leadership – including but not limited to healthcare, manufacturing, insurance, legal, mining, and banking.

Laszlo is a member of the Forbes Technology Council, PEER150 and sits on a number of nonprofit boards and committees. He served as Chair of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Chicagoland Executive Council for a number of years. As a member of FBI Infragard, ISSA and ISACA, he currently serves as Executive Vice President for the Chicago chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and Board Member for the Society for Information Management (SIM) Chicago.

In early 2016, he helped form the SIM International Cybersecurity SIG for senior technology leaders and continues to serve as Director of Strategic Programming and Content, collaborating to launch their first national virtual Cybersecurity Conference in 2017.

He is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, invited at professional associations, industry conferences and universities providing thought leadership on the state of cyber security, mitigating technology risk, and helping companies “Go Digital”.

Providing coaching and mentoring at Chicago’s technology incubation and innovation areas, he has experience with Business Model Generation, Design Thinking and Blue Ocean workshops. Laszlo holds a Bachelor of Science Commerce degree in Operations Management from DePaul University and is a certified CISSP security professional.

Meera Rao
Meera Rao

Senior Principal Consultant Synopsys Software Integrity Group

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Meera Rao
Mike Shine
Mike Shine

Manager, Systems Engineering Mimecast

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Mike Shine

Mike has over 15 years’ experience designing and implementing IT security solutions for major commercial organizations and he’s currently focused on making e-mail safer for businesses.  He actively participates in combating existing cyber threats and researching new threats out of Mimecast’s global headquarters in Watertown, MA.   Mike holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Valparaiso University and was born and raised on the south side of Chicago.

Nathaniel Eliot
Nathaniel Eliot

CEO The Greenfield Guild

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Nathaniel Eliot
Ron Schlecht, Jr.
Ron Schlecht, Jr.

Managing Partner BTB Security

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Ron Schlecht, Jr.

Ron Schlecht, Jr. is the Founder and Managing Partner of BTB Security, a cyber security focused services firm that specializes in proactively detecting threats as well as defending against and defeating cyber security adversaries. He uses his background in law enforcement, information security, and forensics to help organizations shield their assets, customers, and employees against security breaches.

Ron believes in going beyond the basics to develop and deliver unique services that protect and bring true business value to BTB’s diverse customer base. A frequent speaker at industry events, Ron constantly studies IT trends and developments to determine how every ‘next big thing’ in IT will affect BTB and their customers.

Before devoting his work fulltime to BTB Security, Ron developed and lead professional service teams by architecting and driving security organizations as a CISO at firms such as Ernst & Young, Black Rock, and KPMG. He is a certified CISSP, CCE, and is affiliated with InfraGard Philadelphia and ISFCE.

Ron holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Criminal Justice from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania—where he continues to serve on the college’s IT Advisory Board.

Tim Otis
Tim Otis

Incident Response Leader Check Point

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Tim Otis
Todd Bursch
Todd Bursch

Manager, Solution Architects Forcepoint

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Todd Bursch
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