Rachel McGonigle: Rachel is a graduate of Queen’s University and has extensive experience partnering with enterprise businesses and high-growth technology companies in the B2B and B2C space through her past work at Michael Page. She has focused on generating new business and nurturing existing client relationships to create long-term partnerships. In addition, Rachel is a recipient of the Dean’s special award at Queens University.
With 15+ years of rich cybersecurity sales and marketing experience, Erin Pullyblank joined Penfield.AI in early 2021 as Vice President of Marketing overseeing demand, growth, brand, and content for the company. Previously, as the Regional Marketing Lead for CrowdStrike, she built the Canadian marketing strategy and brand from the ground up, seeing the company through to its successful initial public offering. Prior to CrowdStrike, Erin developed the marketing approach for the Global Strategic Technology Partners in North America and APAC Channel for data classification, identification, and security automation leader, TITUS (now Help Systems). She has also held various leadership marketing and sales roles at CSC (now DXC) and MXI Security.
Kurt is a senior executive with diverse experience in leveraging technology to create a secure ecosystem for innovation, transformation, and co-creation.
Passionate about enabling high-performing diverse teams, Kurt enables a strong collaborative culture and successful business outcomes for key stakeholders. As Chief Cybersecurity Officer of Siemens USA, Kurt oversees the company’s largest market; $25B in products and services, and the IT infrastructure that supports key business objectives.
Kurt is also a Senior non-resident fellow with the Atlantic Council, where he addresses challenges facing America and its allies at the intersection of technology, business, cybersecurity, and international policy. Ultimately, producing recommendations that support the improvement of the US’ statecraft. Kurt also serves on the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority, the Commonwealth’s initiative to drive innovation and improvement of the tech economy.
Kurt serves on a myriad of other boards for educational institutions, private organizations, and industry associations.
Sajan Gautam is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Arvest Bank where he is responsible for development and execution of Information Security, Physical Security, and Business Continuity Program.
Sajan spent 20+ years in various information security roles. Sajan’s experience includes developing and implementing strategic and tactical information security programs. As such, he led various local and global cross functional projects and teams in execution.
He frequently participates in various inter-institution forums to discuss ideas, evaluate emerging practices and tools, and drive advocacy around Cybersecurity.
He has an MBA and CISO – Executive Education and numerous professional certifications such as CISSP, CCSP, CISM, and CIPP/IT. He has instructed, and guest lectured at universities on Cybersecurity topics and served as an advisory board member on a few.
Threat intel industry pioneer with 20 years experience in investment, growth and management of startup and growth stage cyber companies. Extensive practitioner and executive experience delivering Managed Services, software products and SaaS services in threat intel, threat hunting, and attack surface management. Significant practical experience in product and portfolio strategy, process design, and both buy- and sell-side due diligence. Passionate about applying analytical rigor, metrics, and whole-system thinking to solving business and cyber security problems.
Over the course of two years, Horne has established himself as one of the thought leaders around cybersecurity regulations and federal contract legislation. In his new role, Horne will continue to be an industry evangelist and educator for over 100,000 DoD Contractors comprising the DIB. These commercial businesses are actively working to comply with existing DFARS 7012 requirements and the forthcoming DFARS 7019, 7020, and 7021 final rulings that will fully integrate Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) mandates for future Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions.
Stephen is based in New York City and has helped a wide range of clients over the last 10 years to protect, investigate, and respond to events involving their digital interests. He has experience with leading data breach investigations, assessing electronic discovery and incident response capabilities, and analyzing collected information for evidence of fraud or theft. Stephen has advised clients during Anti-Trust matters involving HSR 2nd requests and Civil Investigative Demands, breach of contract, and Intellectual Property theft. He has also built multiple digital forensics labs and developed policies and procedures for his clients. He holds several digital forensics certifications and is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association and the Infragard Organizations.
Senior executive marketing expert with the ability to utilize exceptional leadership skills and insight to bridge creative, analytics, communications, events, GTM, and business management fields into comprehensive and cohesive marketing strategies. Repeated and proven success increasing profitability and productivity across diverse channels within the ecosystem. Excellent aptitude to quickly understand business priorities to make insightful and accurate decisions in the development and implementation of brand activation and marketing strategy. Domain expertise in cybersecurity, PLG, SaaS, and cloud-based technologies.
Mark Rasch is an attorney and author of computer security, Internet law, and electronic privacy-related articles. He created the Computer Crime Unit at the United States Department of Justice, where he led efforts aimed at investigating and prosecuting cyber, high-technology, and white-collar crime.
Greg is the CTO of Blueshift Cybersecurity, Inc. (BSC). BSC is a Security as a Service company whose goal is to bring advanced, SOC (Security Operation Center) monitored cyber-defense capabilities to organizations regardless of size. The problem that organizations face today is that while there are a plethora of tools available to large entities with established SOC capabilities to gather, decode, analyze and alert on security telemetry, the majority of organizations do not have the expertise or budget to stand up even basic SOC capabilities to monitor and facilitate actions based on this security telemetry, even if the telemetry is highly filtered and pre-analyzed by sophisticated algorithms and A.I.
Moty Cristal is the founder of NEST Group and the CEO of NEST Consulting. Following an illustrious career as one of Israel’s leading negotiation experts, Cristal established NEST in order to bring a unique systemic approach to the world of negotiation and the benefit of his experience and success to the private and public sector. From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Cristal served in various official negotiation capacities in Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office, and Ministry of Defense. Since 2001, Mr. Cristal advises, consults and trains business people, top managers, CEOs and senior government officials in US, Europe, Russia and CIS and Asia in analyzing, planning and designing complex negotiation and crisis management processes.
Jill Frisby-Czerwinski is a expert in Third Party Risk Management, and leads Crowe’s global practice. Jill helps run Crowe’s global TPRM center of excellence, a coordinated global function that serves clients with the right resources at the right time. Jill helps facilitate the firm’s partnerships with software and data providers, allowing for a more robust solution for Crowe’s clients.
Frank Angiolelli is a veteran Cyber Security Leader leading Security Operations, Threat Hunting and Incident Response on a global scale for some of a largest financials and government entities in the world. A Patented inventor, copyrighted author, Speaker and creator of “Judo Threat Intelligence” methodology, Frank has presented original content security research at some of the top industry and government forums.
Alexandra Ryan Experienced security leader with extensive expertise in Security & Compliance and Systems Implementation & Support. Collaborates with C-level management to ensure SROI and alignment with business needs. Liaises between auditing teams and IT for resources subject to government regulations and guidelines, including SOX, Cyber Security Standard 1200/1300 (NERC) and SAS70. Leverages business acumen and communication skills to effectively bridge business and technology.
Mary Bolaji Roberts
An innovative leader providing cybersecurity and information assurance to stakeholders through several years of security engineering, building effective security architecture and programs, managing security operation and ensuring continuous improvement.
Robert is a security expert and private investigator with 30+ years experience, #1 Best Selling Amazon.com author of 5 books, and the architect of the CSI Protection certification; a Cyber Social Identity and Personal Protection security awareness training program. He is a frequent speaker and media commentator, and CEO of Safr.Me and Head Trainer at ProtectNowLLC.com.
Steve Nicol has worked as a sales and marketing executive in several technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Western Digital, Systemsoft, and Accela Inc. In 1993 he co-founded Pumatech/Intellisync with Brad Rowe and helped lead the company through a successful IPO in 1996. Steve has a BA from Princeton University.
Matt Lee has dedicated the last 10 years to raising the security tide in the SMB market. His efforts have served in every capacity in a growing MSP that grew to support 20,000 endpoints. His leadership around technology direction and security/compliance protected and elevated over 17,000 people in Small to midsize businesses in five states. He has since taken on a new role as a force multiplier under Brad Fugitt as the Senior director of Security and Compliance at Pax8. He is driving the external thought leadership to empower MSPs to continue to grow in their security knowledge and operability. He lives to ensure his children maintain the same quality of life we do around technology, which is imperiled daily by threat actors.
Richard Melick has spent over a decade advancing through the security industry with his considerable experience and focus on the stories surrounding enterprise attack surfaces, hacking, and cyber attacks. He has presented various thought leadership to global audiences, including RSA, GISEC, Infosec London, and more.
Kevin Kerr Lead
Kevin has over 38 years of Public Sector and Private Sector Cyber-Physical Security Leadership experience to include C-level positions such as U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Chief Information Security Officer, Manager DOE Cyber Assessments and Penetration Testing, US Air Force Cyber Warfare Commander, and most recently he joined Trustwave SpiderLabs as a Lead Security Principal Consultant.
Tahseen Shabab is the co-founder and CEO of Penfield.AI championing Human-Machine Intelligence in Cybersecurity. Penfield.ai is backed by top US VCs, including 500 and a $4B NYC fund.
Prior to Penfield.AI, Tahseen was a Cybersecurity consultant for some of the largest clients in North America, including Royal Bank of Canada, IBM, a North American Government, a Fortune 60 Telecommunication firm in US, a Fortune 200 Financial Services firm in Canada, Multiple Health Insurance firms in Canada, a Fortune 600 Top Printing Services Firm in US and more.
Andrew is a Security and Compliance Subject Matter Expert: Extensive hands-on experience measuring, assessing, designing, implementing, improving, and managing Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) and cybersecurity programs. Well versed in aligning organizational controls with legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements, as well as, business goals and objectives. Consulting experience working with hundreds of organizations, of all sizes and across major vertical markets, using well-documented industry best practices and methodologies.
Dr. Rebecca Wynn
Dr. Rebecca Wynn is an award-winning Cyber Security Strategist with demonstrated success creating and executing enterprise programs impacting internal and client operations. My strengths are defining strategies, building organizations and practices, and restructuring operations and teams. I recover and initiate cross-organizational programs. Colleagues know me as an outstanding communicator with ability to partner with internal and client executives, technology/business stakeholders, and process owners to introduce structured, sustainable processes.
Mr. Alexander J. Urbelis is a CISO and cybersecurity attorney. Alex has been part of the information security community for more than 20 years and has deep and varied experience as a C-level officer in two of the world’s most distinguished international brands. Alex has also been in-house counsel, a private practice litigator, and a federal attorney.
As the Chief Information Security Officer of the National Football League, Alex controlled cyber risk and directed the NFL’s worldwide information security strategy for the protection of information assets within and without the NFL.
Carolina is one of Sweden’s most recognized experts when it comes to Human Threat Intelligence. With almost 20 years within the Swedish intelligence service, Carolina has a unique insight in the methods of espionage and how to counteract.
In 2016 she started the information security company Yobany, later Angelis & Hansen, to raise awareness on threat actors and the methods used to conduct espionage. Carolina is a well-known keynote speaker and published author in the spy fiction genre. Today, Carolina is leading Truesec’s Human Threat Intelligence unit, helping organizations to prevent and avert hybrid threats where methods such as infiltration, espionage, and threats against key people are common elements.
Jessica Nemmers is the Chief Security Officer of Elevate Credit, headquartered in Ft. Worth, Texas. As a CSO, Jessica focuses on building security programs that align with business objectives and compliance drivers to reduce the risk of business disruption, financial loss, or brand damage from a cyber-attack or data breach. Prior to her role as CSO in the financial industry, Jessica built a comprehensive security program for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, focused on the protection of critical systems on business and Operational Technology (OT) networks at more than 230 sites worldwide. With over 25 years in the IT industry, Jessica has led IT teams in the US, India, Romania, and Mexico and held both technical and non-technical positions, which has allowed her to leverage her unique ability to translate technical solutions to non-technical audiences. Jessica has been recognized for her work as a trailblazer in the field of cybersecurity and as a top business leader in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. As a former professional ballerina, Jessica works to address the cyber talent shortage by championing opportunities to attract talent from non-traditional fields into cybersecurity careers. Jessica is a co-author of the book “The CISO Mentor” where she shares her journey from ballerina to CISO.
Ms. Daruwalla is a Technology Executive with over 23 years of progressive experience across various organizational capacities including Product Management, Sales, Engineering, Consulting, Enterprise Architecture and Cybersecurity Advisory Services.Her unique Corporate experiences and Industry perspectives have enabled her to become a Trusted Senior Partner in driving outcome-based Cybersecurity, Technology and Business Transformation Programs; Her Ideas, Outside-In Thinking and understanding of Multi-Faceted Business and Technology domains have created opportunities for her as an Influential Change Leader and her eventual foray into Entrepreneurship with CyberMinds Consulting. Ms. Daruwalla is an avid speaker at Industry Conferences such as CyberTech and CISO Roundtables on diverse and relevant topics such as Data Privacy, Application Security, Blockchain and more. Ms. Daruwalla strives for: Innovation, Excellence, and Meritocracy; To be an Empathetic and a Trusted leader; Lead-by-example; Lead-through-empowerment. She is a strong believer in Giveback programs and has been active in mentoring and coaching Next-gen Cyber talent by partnering with local colleges.
Former United States Most Wanted, Brett Johnson, referred to by the United States Secret Service as “The Original Internet Godfather” has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for over 20 years. He built and was the leader of ShadowCrew, the precursor to today’s darknet markets. He was instrumental in developing many areas of online fraud while helping design, implement, and refine modern Identity Theft, Account Take Over Fraud, Card Not Present Fraud, IRS Tax Fraud, and countless other social engineering attacks, breaches, and hacking operations. Upon his capture, the United States Secret Service hired Johnson to work as a consultant and informant. Johnson worked with the Secret Service for several months before going on a cross-country crime spree, being placed on the US Most Wanted List, being captured again, sent to prison, escaping prison, being captured yet again, and finally accepting responsibility for his actions. Today, Johnson works as a security consultant and public speaker. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on cybercrime and identity theft. During 2017, He has been featured in the book, “Kingpin” by Kevin Poulsen and on numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, NBC, CNN Money, Wired Magazine, Vice, RT TV, ArsTechnica, The Independent, and more.
I help individuals and organizations reduce their chance of becoming the next Cybercrime victim without purchasing additional products or having a PH.D in computer science.
As a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent with 30 years of hands-on experience, I’ve seen major crimes ranging from terrorism to bank robberies to tracking down fugitives on the loose.
As fast-paced and horrific as cases were, none of them compared to the destruction that Cybercriminals make on both our economic security and interpersonal lives.
PRESCIENT is a Global Investigations, Intelligence and Cyber Services Firm —
Our Due Diligence, Investigations, Cyber, and Intelligence Practices help Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and financial institutions mitigate risk and uncover mission-critical information in a customized and cost-effective manner. Headquartered in Chicago, with offices in McLean, VA and Dublin, Ireland, Prescient’s team of former military personnel, intelligence officers, law enforcement agents, and corporate investigators boasts dozens of in-house foreign languages and decades of experience conducting due diligence projects, corporate investigations, and intelligence collection operations in over 110 countries.
Steve Cobb is One Source’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) bringing more than 25 years of leadership consulting surrounding IT infrastructure, cybersecurity, incident response, and cyber threat intelligence. Since joining One Source in 2015, Steve has been responsible for providing strategic IT consulting, delivering an increased organization efficiency and security for our customers. Prior to One Source, he was a Senior Security Engineer with Verizon Managed Security and a Senior Escalation Engineer with Microsoft. Steve serves on several CISO boards and a frequent presenter at conferences such as InfoSecCon, Cyber Defense Summit, and others. Steve attended UNC-CH, but left early to start his own IT company, and ultimately received his degree in Business from East Carolina University. Steve and his wife have two daughters and a son.
Ajay K. Sood
With over 20 years of real-life, in-the-trenches business experience in the IT security space, Ajay is a seasoned veteran when it comes to introducing disruptive security technology to the Canadian market. He currently serves as the Canadian Country Manager at Rapid7, where he is empowering clients to defend themselves from the pervasive threats to traditional and cloud infrastructures with best in class solutions and services. A seasoned leader, speaker and author, Ajay has enabled his clients to stay ahead of the curve in architecting and operating their cyber security defences. You can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter at @akssecure.
Ajay K. Sood has been published and quoted by numerous news sources (CTV, Global News, Financial Post, Reuters, The Hill Times, POLITICO, IT World Canada, etc.) Ajay has spoken and panelled at SecTOR and has sat on panels for Thompson Reuters and others, and is the Editor of Canadian Cybersecurity 2018 and 2020.
25 year experienced CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) specializing in GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance), PCI, Defensive (SOC / Intrusion Detection) and Offensive Security (Penetration Testing), Incident Response
Greg Fitzgerald is the Co-founder/CXO of Sevco Security, a cloud asset intelligence platform company and CEO & Chairman of Cyberforce Security LLC, a global distributor of next generation cybersecurity products. He was founding Chief Marketing Officer at Cylance, Inc., the first A.I. based endpoint security in the market. His leadership specializes in driving a company’s strategic positioning, brand, field engagement, and product go-to-market.
Mr. Wohnig is an internationally recognized cyber security and assurance leader having written, presented, and advised senior corporate and federal leadership on security and assurance issues across the energy sector and to the federal government for over 20 years. As a veteran executive he is called upon by high-performing organizations for his ability to achieve, integrate, and drive deep corporate business objectives in the face of globalized competition, rapid technological advances, rapid social/demographic change, and increased sophistication of cyber adversaries. Mr. Wohnig has advised clients across several industries, helping them understand their risk posture and to develop proactive security strategies and programs resulting in clear alignment of security investments to business value. Mr. Wohnig is one of the key figures shaping the discussion and practice of cyber security in the critical infrastructure and industrial control system arenas.
Mark Lynd (CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP) is Top ranked global thought leader, author, speaker and practitioner for, AI, Data Center, IoT, IIoT and Cybersecurity. He has been an accomplished enterprise CIO, CTO, CISO and Board Member for several large organizations. Mark has performed speaking and thought leadership engagements for Oracle, Intel, IBM, BDO, Cisco, Cohesity and others. He was named an Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of Year – Southwest Region” Finalist and presented the Doak Walker Award on ESPN’s CFB Awards Show to a national television audience. He served honorably in the US Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion & 82d Airborne.
As Vice President, Security Services of Cybersheath Services International, Mr. Herberger is responsible for the general management, go-to-market strategies, service delivery and day-to-day operational excellence of the company’s industry’s-first and still unique CMMC Compliance-as-a-Service business line.
Hands-on technology leader with proven ability to drive technical strategy and execution for diverse software product development initiatives. Effective communicator with experience in delivering presentations for conference audiences and investors. Technical areas of expertise include cybersecurity, Machine Learning (NLP, neural networks), and full-stack development.
An experienced security leader that focuses on building high performing and innovative security programs that are business focused. Passionate about delivering security solutions that are maintainable, deliver value to the organization, and are as transparent as possible to our customers both internal and external. More than 20 years of security experience in many security and technology domains and across various industries.
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Bob Gourley is an experienced CTO, author and entrepreneur with extensive past performance in enterprise IT, corporate cybersecurity and data analytics. CTO of OODA LLC, a unique team of international experts which provide advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy, due diligence and risk/threat management services. OODA publishes both OODAloop.com and CTOvision.com.
After starting his career as an engineer, he moved to IT for an investment firm that grew into a large, multinational corporation.
He had the opportunity to build out the technology framework of a new investment firm from scratch, without the baggage of legacy systems. After completing that project other firms started asking him to help them in the same way.
Dana has been posting helpful tips on how folks can better protect themselves, their families, and their businesses against cybercriminals, identity thieves, and scammers.
Her casual style and use of layman’s terms help her connect with her audience.
She developed her YouTube channel by providing security tips and interviewing cybersecurity professionals about CMMC (The Department of Defense’s new cybersecurity requirement).
Ed is a successful Cyber Security Recruitment expert who worked across the UK and the USA. For over 11 Years, he has paced mid-senior level Cyber Security, Information Security & eDiscovery professionals. Ed is lucky enough to be trusted by Senior level decision makers, many CISO’s, CSO’s, CTO’s, CIO’s, Partners, Global Heads and Company Owners who know, trust and use him to find them the most in demand Cyber Security Talent.
Ed client portfolio is unrivalled, many of his clients use him exclusively to hire for them and many of my candidates continue to use him throughout their careers. Ed spent years working hard to build a unique network which now allows him access to and relationships with the most in demand Cyber Security candidates in the industry and the top Cyber Hiring companies.
Business Enabler, Board Member, Technology Strategist, Information Security & Business Resilience Executive, Governance, Risk & Compliance Leader, Strategic Planner, Business Process Improver, Security Evangelist, Incident Response and Information Assurance Champion.
Mark is a master practitioner in Information Assurance (IA) and International Partnerships with over 39 years of government experience. He excels at orchestrating dissimilar groups aimed at fostering consensus to solve the toughest cybersecurity challenges. Mr. Loepker held many Executive level leadership positions throughout his career. Mr. Loepker currently serves as the Education Program Director to the National Cryptologic Foundation, focused on developing educational programs to be delivered from the new Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI). In this role, he focuses on ensuring that K-12/STEM initiatives are tightly aligned with national cyber curriculum standards, and that the CCEI becomes a national resource addressing workforce development and operational training requirements
Rube is a cybersecurity and privacy executive with over 26 years of diversified IT and business experience. Skilled at defining and executing global cybersecurity strategies aiming to manage risks to information assets fully aligned with IT and business goals. Expert at creating the vision for and building sustainable solutions that systematize processes, eliminate control redundancies, reduce costs, increase user accountability, and create competitive advantage for global organizations.
Olivia Rose is the CISO and VP of IT & Security for Amplitude. Olivia is a proven cybersecurity leader with 20 years experience building, transforming, and optimizing successful cybersecurity programs. Olivia possesses a unique blend of technical, governance, and business acumen and experience, enabling security initiatives to align with the business and demonstrate value. Olivia is frequently requested at speaker events and podcasts, and is regarded as a mentor and thought leader in the industry and a champion for diversity. Olivia holds numerous IT and security certifications, including CISSP, CISM, and CCSK, is an active participating member of several industry groups.
Tyler Cohen Wood
Tyler Cohen Wood is an internationally recognized cybersecurity authority with over 20 years of highly technical experience, 13 of which were spent working for the Department of Defense (DoD).
As a keynote speaker, author, national security expert, and overall cyber authority, she is relied on to provide unique insight into cybersecurity, cyber warfare, mitigating cyber risk, national security, and ensuring industries have the tools and knowledge they need to defend themselves in the digital world. Tyler was recently named as one of the top 10 cybersecurity keynote speakers in Onalytica’s 2020 report “Who’s Who in Cybersecurity and The Top Influencers and Brands” and by”Cybercrime magazine as one of the Top 30 Cybersecurity Experts to Follow In 2021”.
Visionary Executive, Web3Czar, Change Agent, Popular Speaker
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“I connect tech trend dots in the right direction. Faster and more accurately than others”
George Finney is the Chief Security Officer for Southern Methodist University and the author of “No More Magic Wands: Transformative Cybersecurity Change for Everyone.” He has also taught Corporate Cybersecurity and Information Assurance at the SMU School of Engineering. Before joining SMU, Finney worked with several startups and global telecommunications firms designing networks, writing policy, hardening servers, and educating users. He is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity topics across the country. His blog can be found here, where he focuses on improving cybersecurity awareness through a unique approach that combines neuroscience, psychology, and wellness.
Daniel is a cybersecurity professional with over 20 years of working experience serving a variety of FI, public sector and technology organizations across Canada, US and Europe. Outside of work, Daniel is a Dale Carnegie Leadership Graduate and volunteers as a graduate coach. He is passionate about leadership, communication and personal development and shares insights through writing, speaking and helping others.
Security researcher, published author, founder, investor, advisor, and hacker of all things. Strong background in reverse engineering and creative problem-solving skills. I’ve presented a variety of research at security conferences such as BlackHat, DefCon, RECon, Ekoparty, Microsoft Bluehat, ShmooCon, ToorCon, Virus Bulletin; and taught numerous sold-out courses on reverse engineering.
Reach out to me directly if you are aware of something that takes a current problem we face in the information security, cybersecurity, risk management, or physical security industry and adds value or attacks a threat/problem in a new innovative way with outside the box thinking.
25 year Communications/Technology Executive focused on developing award-winning sales teams.
Seeking continued personal development in leadership and technology arenas. Leveraging knowledge of carrier business to further their initiatives in Cyber Risk Management. Educating partners and organizations on the transformation in cyber security programs from a task/compliance based posture to a proactive/business risk posture.
Chris Zell is Vice President, Head of Information Security for the Wendy’s Company, where he leads a global team responsible for the security of almost 7,000 restaurants. Chris is also the Chair of the Wendy’s Veteran Employee Resource Group. He is a Veteran of the United States Air Force where he spent his 22 year career building, securing, and protecting Department of Defense networks from the most advanced threat actors in the world. He holds multiple industry certifications, including the CISSP, GSLC, and CEH, and a Bachelor’s degree in Network Design and Management from Western Governors University. Chris is passionate about getting involved in the information security community; he is on the Board of Directors for the Retail and Hospitality ISAC, the Executive Committee of the Cybersecurity Collaborative, and the Advisory Boards for the State of Ohio Cyber Range Institute and CyberOhio Initiative.
Ryan René Rosado
Enthusiastic Cybersecurity Professional with 10 years of experience. Ryan has led teams, and connected with clients, and stayed up to date with the trends to offer modernized and compliant solutions in the world of Cybersecurity. Ryan’s creativity and critical thinking stand out, whether in the articles she has published or the innovative business development solutions she has solutioned. She has held many leadership positions, including in EY’s Women in Cybersecurity and Young AFCEANs Chair. Ryan is driven to learn and execute in the cybersecurity arena. She began in cyber threat intelligence and has expanded through various capacities in cybersecurity to offer a well-rounded executive perspective to empower client’s and teams with their cybersecurity maturity and resilience.
Named a Top Cloud Influencer by Onalytica and “a major player in the cloud arena” by Silicon Republic, Jo Peterson is a visionary digital transformation expert, board member, advisor, philanthropist, and United States Air Force veteran. As Vice President of Cloud and Security Services for Clarify360, Jo and her team of solution experts design, develop and maintain future-ready cloud technology services that enable organizations to scale, compete and succeed in the digital economy. Jo’s background in engineering, combined with 25+ years’ experience in IT infrastructure and more than 10 years in cloud and cybersecurity, allow her to translate her customers’ needs into solutions that help them move the needle on their business objectives.
Committed to Integrity, Accountability, and Meaningful Connections.
Combining my 25 years of experience working in technology and staffing, my love for the cyber security community, and a genuine enthusiasm for people; I created Cyber Security Network (http://www.cybersn.com), a company transforming the way Cyber Security Professionals approach job searches. CyberSN.com will remove the frustration from job-hunting, and aid in interpersonal connections and education.
Troy joined Schneider Downs in 2011 and is currently responsible for managing the execution of information security and cybersecurity attestation engagements. As a leader in Schneider Downs’ SOC 2 practice, he helps clients manage their security program within the context of their overall risk environment. Troy’s areas of expertise include cybersecurity assessments, SOC 1 examinations, SOC 2 examinations, SOC 2 + examinations, CMMC, Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance, HITRUST assessments, HIPAA assessments, ISO 27001 assessments, and third-party risk management assessments. He has experience in a variety of industries including banking, cloud computing and software-as-a-service (SaaS), higher education, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and not-for-profit sectors.
The ONLY time that people hear about cybercrime and hacking is when the CRIMINALS win…NOT ANYMORE! Welcome to The CyberHero Adventures Show! Our mission is to shine the light on the unsung cyber heroes who toil in anonymity to keep us safe online at work, home and school. As a survivor of a devastating series of cyber crimes committed by trusted insiders, my team and I have pivoted from VICTIMS to ADVOCATES by creating our entertaining and engaging Show including the most amazing thought leaders throughout the cybersecurity and IT Communities. Check it out at cyberheroescomics.com!
Renana is a Cybersecurity executive with over 16 years of experience from the Israeli government, Big4 consulting, and Fortune 500 corporations. Renana started her career in an elite intelligence unit with the Israeli Defense Forces, where she received military-level training on Cybersecurity. Then, she joined EY and led complex engagements for fortune 500 clients, ranging from incident response, privacy, mergers and acquisitions, to security tool rationalization, crisis plan development, assessments, and audits. As part of her current role at Pyapal, she heads the global cyber defense program across PayPal and PayPal’s brands.
AJ Yawn is Co-Founder and CEO at ByteChek and a Founding Board Member of the National Association of Black Compliance and Risk Management Professionals (NABCRM). AJ has earned 6 AWS certifications including the AWS Solutions Architect-Professional and AWS Security-Specialty.
Prior to ByteChek, AJ spent over a decade in the cybersecurity industry both in the US Army and as a consultant. He is a regular speaker at SANS Cloud Security curriculum events such as BIPOC in Cloud Forum and CloudSecNext Summit and can be found teaching SEC557: Continuous Automation for Enterprise and Cloud Compliance at the SANS Institute.
With a rich background in traditional and Agile project/program management, technology, coaching, leading small and large teams, and education, I bring an innovative, unique approach to everything I do. I am passionate about creating cultures, products, and systems that yield positive impact and value to individuals and organizations. I do this through strong collaboration, continual learning, analytical thinking, creative problem solving, relentless focus on customer needs, and an emphasis on quality, security, and privacy. In my professional and personal life, I am dedicated to Agile principles, continuous improvement, learning, and transformation.
Vicky Ames is the Director of Information Security, Risk, and Compliance for United Therapeutics Corporation based in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is responsible for ensuring the secure management of UT’s infrastructure, systems and data to enable the company’s mission to develop innovative products to address the unmet medical needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening diseases.Ames has over 20 years of information security experience throughout leading industries. Prior to United Therapeutics, Ames operated as a direct consultant to the Chief Information Security Officer of the National Institutes of Health, focused on NIH compliance with FISMA. An expert on security solutions, Ames also served as Director of Information Security for Marriott International, where she provided guidance on balancing corporate and customer security with overall business requirements. Previously, Ames held senior positions with Emergent BioSolutions and MedImmune. In both roles, she led multiple concurrent efforts to develop security strategy roadmaps and implement company-wide security solutions and processes.
An award-winning executive, board member, public speaker and media/analyst source with 26+ years of IT outsourcing, cloud, security and SaaS industry experience, Tina Gravel is sought after for her ability to take complex cyber security topics and make them accessible to those that are not cybersecurity experts.
As Senior Vice President, Channels and Alliances for Appgate(a security software and solutions company), Tina helps partners and clients to unlock the power of innovative cybersecurity strategies (Software Defined Perimeter, Zero Trust, etc.) for their benefit worldwide. A natural seller with a soft spot for those with great ideas and ambitious start-up technology organizations, Tina dedicates countless hours mentoring others on how to increase revenue, monetize intellectual property, build productive teams and secure funding.
Nandita began her career as a software developer, building applications for organizations from investment banks, to hospitals and technology companies. With startup culture in technology becoming increasingly exciting, she made the jump to a startup security training organization, helping to build not only their developer training software but also expanding and supporting their customer base.
After consulting on training and compliance for companies including eBay, Target, Kelloggs, Equifax, HP Fortify and Royal Bank of Canada, she joined the newly established security operations team at NBCUniversal. It was an interesting learning experience strategizing and delivering training using threat intelligence and user behavior analytics on compliance and security best practices to the very diverse user base in NBCUniversal brands (Dreamworks, Fandango, GolfNOW, Universal Studios). She further explored security operations by joining Barclays Bank as they built out a complex global 24/7 SOC in 3 locations around the world to support not only internal functions but also operate as a service for clients.
Ian Thornton-Trump CD
Ian Thornton-Trump CD is an ITIL certified IT professional with 25 years of experience in IT security and information technology. From 1989 to 1992, Ian served with the Canadian Forces (CF), Military Intelligence Branch; in 2002, he joined the CF Military Police Reserves and retired as a Public Affairs Officer in 2013. After a year with the RCMP as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Ian worked as a cyber security analyst/consultant for multi-national insurance, banking and regional health care verticals.
Today, as Chief Information Security Officer for Cyjax Ltd. (UK) & Chief Technical Officer of Octopi Managed Services Inc. (Canada), Ian has deep experience with the threats facing small, medium and enterprise businesses. His research and experience have made him a sought-after cyber security consultant specialising in cyber threat intelligence programs for small, medium and enterprise organisations. In his spare time, he teaches courses for CompTIA, is an adjunct faculty member of the London Graduate School and owns a recording and live streaming studio in London, UK.
Naomi Buckwalter, CISSP CISM is the Director of Information Security & IT at Beam Technologies. She has over 20 years’ experience in IT and Security and has held roles in Software Engineering, Security Architecture, Security Engineering, and Security Leadership. As a cybersecurity career adviser and mentor for people around the world, her passion is helping people, particularly women, get into cybersecurity. Naomi volunteers with Philly Tech Sistas, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit helping women of color prepare for a career in IT and tech. Naomi has two Masters degrees from Villanova University and a Bachelors of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. In her spare time, Naomi plays volleyball and stays active as the mother of two boys.
cofounder and CEO appNovi
Joe spent the last two decades as a cyber security practitioner in various key roles as a software developer, engineer, architecture design and technical leadership. A few companies are AT&T, AlienVault, Tufin and vArmour . He cofounded appNovi when he came across a problem no one had solved: Enterprise despite deploying various systems have lack of understanding contextual exposure to cyber risk and vulnerabilities.
Aparna Kadari lead the Information Security Operations Support and Infrastructure and Endpoint Security Engineering team. She is a published poet and has four anthologies to her credit (Tall Towers (2001), Indian Serenade (2003), Serendipity (2017), Sovereignty (2019)). She serves as a mentor at Women in Technology (WIT) Mentor Protege Program and is currently the Vice-Chair. In the past she mentored STEMs girls via Girls in Technology (GIT) and led the Marketing and Communications function for pan-Asian leadership program, ASCEND for her organization. And she recently conceptualized SEA – Stop Elder Abuse and hopes to make it a larger community endeavor to bring heightened awareness in South Asian communities.
Chief Architect at Horizon3.ai
Naveen Sunkavally Chief Architect at Horizon3.ai, to take a deeper dive into the engineering side of this situation.
Chief Security Advisor of Microsoft
Joseph is the Chief Security Advisor of Microsoft for US Health & Life Sciences, where he advises payors, providers, pharmaceuticals, lab sciences, medical devices, and various research organizations.
Stephen G. Fridakis
Deputy Chief Information Security Officer of Verily
Mr. Stephen G. Fridakis is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer of Verily, an Alphabet Health Sciences company. He has responsibility for certifications, attestations, security risk and strategic planning. Prior to Verily, he was the CISO of the WW Int’l, HBO, United Nations UNDP, and FAO serving in NY and Italy. His long experience in IT security includes positions at VeriSign, Oracle, Netscape, and DHL. He holds post graduate degrees in Business Administration, and Computer Science, and multiple certifications in IT Security Management and Disaster Recovery. He has served in the USNR and is the holder of multiple patents in IT Security technologies. He is a volunteer EMT and lives in Austin, TX with his family.
VP of Engineering at FullArmor
Charles Davis, VP of Engineering at FullArmor is a Software Engineering Executive and Software Architect with over 20 years of experience designing and delivering new Security, Enterprise and SaaS technologies to market serving public and private sector needs. Currently has 7 U.S. Patents in the areas of Access Management, Identity Management, System Hardening and Secure Data Transport.
CEO & Co-founder of Horizon3.a
Snehal Antani is an entrepreneur, technologist and investor. He is CEO & Co-founder of Horizon3.ai, a cyber security company using AI to deliver autonomous penetration testing. Prior to Horizon3, Snehal served as the first Chief Technology Officer for Joint Special Operations Comman (JSOC). As a member of the Commander’s executive team, he led AI, innovation, and digital transformation initiatives for the command. Before joining US Special Operations, Snehal was CTO and SVP at Splunk, held multiple CIO roles at GE Capital, after starting his career as a Software Engineer at IBM. Snehal earned a Masters in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic University (RPI), a BS in Computer Science from Purdue University, and holds 16 patents.
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