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2015 Advisors

Andrew Borene

Andrew Borene, Esq.

Chair, Cyber Security Summit 2015,
IBM Federal Business Leader for i2 Safer Planet & Adjunct Professor of Organized Crime at American University

Andrew Borene provides executive leadership for IBM i2 Safer Planet & Smarter Government Federal. Mr. Borene’s business team is focused on helping federal agencies and systems integrators seize efficiency opportunities and meet challenges using big data and disruptive analytic technologies.

Mr. Borene is Chairman of and is a member of professional organizations committed to US leadership in areas of security and technology including the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Business Executives for National Security (BENS), the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA), the Intelligence & National Security Alliance (INSA), and the Center for National Policy/Truman National Security Project. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Borene held leadership positions at a reconnaissance robotics start-up, was a program manager for open-source intelligence at an international big data company, and served government customers with public finance investment banking services. For his leadership as the executive director of an industry organization to promote growth in high tech industries (and as a board member with the FBI’s InfraGard Alliance) he was recognized in 2013 by Minnesota Business magazine as one of the state’s 50 leading businesspeople, while leading corporate development at a company then-named #44 on Fast Company’s list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies.

Mr. Borene's government service includes a term-appointment as an Associate Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense and prior active-duty military service as a U.S. Marine military intelligence officer in Iraq and as the 1st Marine Division’s Headquarters Company Executive Officer at Camp Pendleton. He was also a U.S. State Department-funded Fellow for the study of post-conflict peace building operations in Northern Ireland.

A licensed attorney, Mr. Borene practiced law as a Counselor with Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s national security, cybersecurity and privacy practice group. He was also a judicial extern to U.S. District Court Judge John R. Tunheim. Mr. Borene has edited and published several books for the American Bar Association including The International Human Rights Law Sourcebook, The International Humanitarian Law Sourcebook, and The US Intelligence Community Law Sourcebook.

Mr. Borene’s public affairs experience includes television, radio, print, and public speaking. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal News, ABC News, Fox News, CBS, National Public Radio, BBC, Al Jazeera, CCTV, CTV, C-SPAN, and Voice of America, among others. A published author and editor, he has written book chapters, law review articles, and Op-Ed pieces for The New York Times, The Hill, The Washington Times, Federal Times, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, and other publications

As an adjunct professor, Mr. Borene has taught university courses on US National Security Policy, Transnational Organized Crime, and the US Intelligence Community at Macalester College, American University, and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School respectively. Mr. Borene holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a B.A. in Economics from Macalester College. He also completed an Executive Education program in international development finance at Harvard University.

He is married to Alice. They live in McLean, Virginia.


James Ryan

James Ryan, CSyP, CEA, PMP

Chief Strategy Officer, Cyber Security Summit; Owner & Founder, Litmus Logic, LLC

James Ryan is an nationally recognized cyber defense strategist and cyber security expert for companies.  After influencing $1B of implemented security strategies for the largest defense and financial institutions in the world, he is often called the ‘litmus test’ for whether a company takes security seriously or not.

In 2011 the DoD declared cyber space the fifth domain of warfare and since then James has shared his latest thinking cyber defense through broadcast media and leading publications including the History Channel, Bloomberg, Business Journals, C4ISR+Network, and the Economist.

In 2008 James pioneered a new approach to access control with NASA and EDS.  This approach has evolved into what is now called the Identity Credential and Access Management (ICAM) segment architecture and the Personal Identity Verification – Interoperable (PIV-I).  These approaches unlocked a multi-billion dollar market for managed services, software, hardware, and services.

James is now pioneering a nation-scale ecosystem for cyber security education that will close the cyber security workforce gap, integrating security into innovation and organization change processes, speaking across the country, teaching cyber security teams to perform under pressure like Navy Seals with psychological performance training, equipping cyber security professionals with world class leadership skills, and consulting to top defense and financial institutions to define, update, and implement the most effective and efficient cyber defense strategies.



Massoud Amin

Dr. Massoud Amin, D.Sc.

Chairman, IEEE Smart Grid; Chairman, Board of Directors, Texas Reliability Entity; Director, Board of Directors, Midwest Reliability Organization; Director and Professor, Technological Leadership Institute and ECE, University of Minnesota

Dr. Massoud Amin leads extensive projects in smart grids and infrastructure security and is considered the father of smart grid. He holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership at the University of Minnesota, directs the University’s Technological Leadership Institute (TLI), is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and professor of electrical and computer engineering. Before joining the University in 2003, he held positions of increasing responsibility at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto. After 9/11, he directed all Infrastructure Security R&D and led Grid Operations/Planning and Energy Markets. Prior to 9/11, he served as head of mathematics and information sciences, led the development of more than 24 technologies that transferred to industry, and twice received the Institute’s highest honor.


Ken M. Barnhart

Ken M. Barnhart

President & CEO, Occam Group

Ken is the founder and CEO of the Occam Group, and has significant experience in cyber security and cloud strategy.  He sits on several advisory boards and working groups and for over a decade, Ken has helped companies of all sizes design, host, and secure environments in private, public, and hybrid cloud models.  With over 20,000 consulting hours, Ken has helped hundreds of organizations use technology as a force multiplier to move their business strategy forward in a smart and safe manner. 

Giving back to our communities is core to the Occam Group culture, and Ken donates financially and with many weeks of volunteer time each year for the Wounded Warrior Project, Prison Ministries, Sponsoring development projects, and teaching leadership development throughout Africa.



Michael Benz

Michael A. Benz

Director, Information Technology, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

Michael A. Benz is the Director of Information Technology at Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, one of the largest and most respected commercial contractors in the America. Based in Minnesota, KA’s operations are supported by regional offices, extending their construction management capabilities from coast to coast.

Mr. Benz has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility across multiple industries in software development, expert systems, infrastructure architecture, ERP implementation, project management, IT leadership and strategic planning. He holds a bachelor's degree from Binghamton University in New York.



Jim Brzezinski

Jim Brzezinski

Region Sales Director, Tanium

Jim Brzezinski is a Region Director with Tanium. He is a veteran venture backed start up company operator, with 7 different Silicon Valley based companies. Jim has amassed approximately 20 years’ experience in Enterprise Software, SAAS, Big Data and Security.  Mr. Brzezinski experience is grounded in 16 years as start up operator with roles in Sales, Sales Leadership, Business Development, Alliances and Services. Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota where he was also a collegiate athlete.



Chris Buse

Christopher Buse, CISA, CISSP

Assistant Commissioner/CISO, MN.IT Services

Christopher Buse is the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Minnesota. In this capacity, Chris is responsible for designing and implementing the enterprise security architecture for state government. In addition, Chris is an Assistant Commissioner for MN.IT Services overseeing the IT Standards and Risk Management Division. His division includes Enterprise Architecture, IT Accessibility, Geospatial Information, Buy.IT, and Information Security. Previously, Chris served as the Manager of Information Technology Audits for the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. During his 19 years as an auditor, Chris planned and oversaw information technology audit work done on large government computer systems.

Chris is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Chris is active in many professional organizations and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. He also sits on the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) International Professional Influence and Advocacy Committee, and has held numerous Board of Director positions in the Minnesota Chapter.


Patrick Deegan

Patrick Deegan

CTO, ID3 Chief Architect

Patrick Deegan is the CTO of, Chief Architect for the Open Mustard Seed Project, and Advisor at R3, a consulting, exchanges and venture group empowering the next generation of financial services innovation. He earned a M.S. Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he also designed and implemented several humanoid robots including the uBot-5 and uBot-6. This work was subsequently utilized as the mobile dexterous base for the MIT Media Lab Nexi platform, named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2008.

Prior to joining the Open Mustard Seed Project, he co-founded digitROBOTICS, a start-up that developed mobile manipulation software in partnership with the NASA Johnson Space Center. He holds several patents and while at Rethink Robotics, helped to develop Baxter, a collaborative robot for workforce flexibility that was named TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012.

Open Mustard Seed (OMS) is an open-source framework for developing and deploying secure and decentralized cloud-based and mobile applications. Applied to Quantified Self, Personal Robotics and the Internet of Things, Open Mustard Seed intents to provide a powerful new self-deploying and self-administrating 'sovereign identity' layer for the Internet.  The aim is to give individuals and machines control over their identities and their data.  This enables the formation and self-governance of Autonomous Organizations, Authorities, and Enterprises for the origination and managed exchange of digital assets, cryptocurrency, cryptoequity, and personal information. Harnessing the latest advances in Trusted Computing and blockchain technologies, OMS forms the basis for the next wave in decentralized, responsive, and transparent digital ecosystems.



Douglas DeGrote

Douglas DeGrote

CISO & Director of IT Security & Risk Management, Xcel Energy

Douglas DeGrote is the Chief Information Security Officer and director of IT Security & Risk Management at Xcel Energy. In this role, he has leadership responsibility for developing and delivering IT security, disaster recovery and business continuity strategies for a major U.S. electricity and natural gas utility with operations across eight states. DeGrote and his team have a strong record of working together with internal and external experts as well as government entities to identify, assess, respond to and defend against ever evolving cyber threats and ensuring the reliability and resiliency of the energy grid.


Laura Élan

Laura Élan

P.E., Global Service Leader – eHealth, UL LLC

Laura Élan is a Program Manager with the Life & Health Sciences Business Unit of UL LLC and the Global Service Leader for UL’s eHealth and Interoperability Business. She is a former UL Associate with approximately 15 years’ experience in Medical Electrical Equipment, X-Ray, and Programmable Systems. Ms. Elan rejoined UL in 2012 and is currently supporting software certification and operational efficiency for the Global Medical Device organization. Ms. Élan’s experience is grounded in 12 years in senior leadership roles with R&D and Manufacturing organizations including Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Commercial and Consumer Electronics companies. She has led cross functional product development organizations as both a technical and project leader. Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.



Vanessa Esaw

Vanessa Esaw

Student, University of Minnesota; 2014 STEM Education Scholarship Fund Award Winner

Vanessa is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota majoring in computer science. This past summer, she did research in natural language processing at the University of Texas at El Paso. She was awarded fifth place for best poster presentation for her research “Determining the Proficiency of Bilingualism of English-Spanish Speakers.” She was also very involved on campus at her former school, Normandale Community College. She helped to establish the school’s local STEM club as secretary and assistant leader of a student-driven quadcopter project. She also re-created and built a foundation for Japanese Club as club president. She has committed more than 300 hours to community service projects and volunteering through the student organization Leadership Through Service. She intends to continue doing research in artificial intelligence and natural language processing through the National Science Foundation’s undergraduate program in the summer of 2015. After completing her degree, she intends to go to graduate school in computer science.



Steen Fjalstad


Security and Mitigation, Principal & President for MN ISACA
Midwest Reliability Organization, ISACA, InfraGard

Steen Fjalstad currently works for Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) as part of the Critical Infrastructure Protection team helping to secure the North American Electric Grid (‘The Grid’).  Working for MRO Steen has managed, led, and supported cyber security work with numerous North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) registered entities on critical infrastructure protection.  Steen coordinates with industry, local, state, and federal agencies to manage outreach efforts on threats & vulnerabilities to the Grid.  Steen also manages mitigation efforts with NERC registered entities.  Prior to joining MRO, Steen obtained significant experience as a security, audit, risk, and project manager with a focus on securing, designing, implementing, and auditing information technology systems.  Steen has served over one-hundred different organizations spanning three continents.  Steen holds a Masters Degree from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Security Technologies and a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Management Computer Systems.


Ron Fresquesz

Ron Fresquez

Industry Partnership Chair, Cyber Security Summit
CEO/Founder, TOSTA Information Security Training Services

Ron Fresquez began his Professional/Technical career with US West and has since held positions as Vice President of Sales for Young America Direct – the sixth largest Call Center in the US located in Minneapolis MN, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Database Network Services Inc. in Minneapolis MN a voice, fax, video and data communications service bureau.

As an executive on loan from Database Network Services Inc., Mr. Fresquez was contracted by a consortium of Independent Telco’s in North Carolina, as Vice President and General Manager, Ron was responsible for deploying the largest all media service bureau in the southeast telecommunications market.

Prior to forming The Open Source Technology Alliance Ron played a major role in three successful startups. He was co founder and Director of Sales for Roseville based Integral Business and Defense Solutions; an. Open Source Software Development, Systems Integration and Information Security consulting firm servicing the Department of Defense, (DoD) Aerospace, Telecommunications and Financial markets.

Currently, Ron is the CEO/Founder of The Open Source Technology Alliance (TOSTA) and TOSTA Information Security Training Services. TOSTA was founded in 2005 and is a collaborative exchange for Private and Public Sector organizations and Educational Institutions interested in furthering their knowledge and understanding of Open Source Software and Information Security.

Ron is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairs the Education Committee of UMSA, the Upper Midwest Security Alliance, he is also Chair of the local chapter of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. , a member of the Cyber Security Summit Board of Advisors, a member of the Board of Advisors for St. Paul College Computer Science Department, a member of the Board of Advisors of Advance IT, a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Center of Excellence and a member of the Board of Net Impact Minneapolis.

Ron graduated from the University of St. Thomas and has a Master’s Degree in Medical Technology Management. Ron lives in Edina Minnesota and enjoys sailing on Lake Superior; fly fishing, golf, collecting rare Audubon prints and spending time with his family.


Matthew Harmon

Matthew J. Harmon

Principal Consultant, IT Risk Limited, Lead Organizer, Security B-Sides MSP

Matthew J. Harmon began his career as a systems administrator and has been working on ANSI, ISO and ITU-T standards development in the IT Security, AutoID and Fraud Countermeasures committees as Chair, Editor and Subject Matter Expert since the late 90's. Since then he has helped organizations as a security consultant leading evidence based IT risk auditing and forensic investigations to all major industries.

Matthew has a deep passion for teaching. He regularly gives SANS lessons on DoD 8570 approved courses in offensive and defensive computer security, in addition to his own track of presentations on IT Risk, Cyber War, Exploits and Incident Response for groups such as the Cyber Securit Summit and Twin Cities based schools, universities and nonprofit organizations. Matthew is an active community organizer and started (ISC)2 Twin Cities followed by Security B-Sides MSP 2014 and now 2015.

In his free time, Matthew enjoys gardening, analyzing malware, building experimental systems, serving on advisory boards such as the Cyber Security Summit, and helping build the Minneapolis CERT.


Joe Holmes

Joe Holmes, MSST

Manager, Asset Protection – Operations, Best Buy Co., Inc President, ASIS Minnesota Chapter

Joe Holmes is an experienced Asset Protection Leader. He currently holds the position of Corporate Asset Protection Manager for Best Buy Co., Inc. Prior to Best Buy, he held roles as both Corporate Security Manager and Corporate & Supply Chain Security Manager at SUPERVALU. He also held multiple roles leading up to Corporal (Senior Supervisor) at the University of Minnesota Police Department - Security Monitor Program. He served 12 years in the Minnesota Army National Guard, retiring as Staff Sergeant, E-6, and served overseas in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008. Joe holds a Master of Science in Security Technologies and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.



COL Stef Horvath

Col. Stefanie Horvath, MSS

Colonel, MN Army National Guard

COL Stef Horvath is currently the J-6/CIO for the MN Army National Guard. She serves as the primary staff advisor to the Adjutant General, staff, and command officials on information technology (IT), communications, and information assurance.

COL Horvath has served as a signal officer for the majority of her career, responsible for data and voice communication networks and the security of those networks.

COL Horvath is the co-chair for the State of MN's Information Security Governance committee. COL Horvath has an undergraduate degree from NDSU and a Master's in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. She is the recipient of the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal.


Brian Isle

Brian Isle, P.E.

Senior Fellow, Adventium Labs/University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute

Mr. Isle is the co-founder and former CEO of Adventium Labs. Brian is a Senior Fellow at TLI teaching courses in information assurance and risk assessment, including red teaming methodology. Brian continues his research at Adventium with focus on assessment of critical infrastructure safety and security. Brian is currently supporting the DOE NESCOR program to improve the cyber security readiness of the next generation power grid. Brian held key roles on several security-related research programs including a DoD program focused on vulnerability assessment for force protection and a Department of Homeland Security program to apply advanced cyber protection technology to control systems for critical infrastructure. Brian is on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota chapter of the FBI sponsored InfraGard, on the Board of Advisors for UMN’s Engineering and Computer Engineering department, a member of the National Classification Management Society, a trained Facility Security Officer, and a professional engineer registered in Minnesota.


Joe Holmes

Lisa Jemtrud

Foundation Director, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota

Lisa Jemtrud is a fifteen year veteran of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). She holds a Master’s Degree in Administration and Justice with an emphasis in alternative dispute resolution and white collar crime. Lisa provides overall management, planning, budgetary oversight and leadership of the BBB’s educational Foundation. She oversees the design, delivery and quality of educational programs including the BBB Center for Character Ethics and the BBB Center for Fraud Prevention. She also spearheads partnerships and fundraising activities, and serves as BBB historian. Her past work at the BBB includes combating misleading advertising, investigating unethical business practices and conducting trend analysis. She continues to serve as the BBB’s liaison to law enforcement, business associations and educational institutions across Minnesota and North Dakota. Lisa is Past President of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals-MN Chapter and chairs the Coalition Against Marketplace Fraud, a regional law enforcement partnership. She is also active in the MN Fraud Enforcement Partnership, the MN Council of Nonprofits and the Midwest Society of Association Executives.



Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson, MSST, CISM

Chief Information Security Officer/Operations Risk Director, Bremer Financial Services, Inc.

Mike Johnson has worked in financial services for over 20 years, focusing on Security, Risk Management, Compliance, and IT issues. Mike has been with Bremer Bank, a $9 Billion regional financial services firm for 15 years, and is responsible for developing and overseeing Bremer's enterprise security and operations risk management program. Prior to Joining Bremer Mike was IT Director and Compliance Officer for Dean Financial Services in St. Paul, and spent 8 years as an FDIC Bank Examiner. Mike holds a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) designation from ISACA and a Master of Science degree in Security Technologies from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.


Eran Kahana

Eran Kahana, J.D.

Attorney, Maslon LLP; Research Fellow, Stanford Law School; General Counsel and Member of the Board of Directors, Infragard

Eran Kahana is a technology and intellectual property attorney with extensive experience advising clients in domestic and international settings. His practice focuses on cyber security, patent, trademark and copyright law. Eran also advises clients on a variety of e-commerce, licensing, joint development and consulting in diverse industries.

Eran serves as general counsel and on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter of InfraGard, a nonprofit partnership between the FBI and the private sector dedicated to the protection of critical infrastructure. In addition, he is a Research Fellow at Stanford Law School, where he writes and lectures on the legal aspects of using artificial intelligence.



Eran Kahana

Faisal Kaleem

Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University

Dr. Faisal Kaleem received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University. He joined Florida International University (FIU) in 1998 and served in the capacity of lecturer in School of Computer Science, College of Business Administration and as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has also served as a visiting professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Currently, he is serving as an Associate Professor in the Information and Computer Sciences department at Metropolitan State University and a Senior Fellow at The Leadership Institute (TLI) at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kaleem is an experienced lifelong cybersecurity practitioner. His research interests include multiple aspects of cybersecurity Computer and Network Security but more specifically in the area of mobile device security, mobile malware analysis and attribution, mobile forensics, and cybersecurity educational research. In the past few years, Dr. Kaleem has developed and taught several undergraduate and graduate courses (Ethical Hacking, Digital Forensics Engineering, Mobile Device Forensics, Malware Reverse Engineering, etc.) in the area of cybersecurity. During his 15 years tenure at FIU, he has established a solid track record in teaching. During this time he has received numerous awards including the best professor and the best course awards (cybersecurity) from various graduating cohorts. In recognition to his teaching, he has also received a university wide Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He continually appears on various news channels discussing various issues in the area of cybersecurity. He is also a certified trainer and currently holds various certifications in the area of security, networking, programming, and databases, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.



Michael Kearn

Michael Kearn, CISSP

Principal Security Architect, U.S. Bank Corporation

As a Principal Security Architect, Mr. Kearn is responsible for assessing and analyzing technology products and services. He is an information security subject matter expert supporting various businesses within the bank. Mr. Kearn brings more than sixteen years of varied experience in Information Technology to his current role.

Prior to joining US Bank early in 2012, Mr. Kearn held several positions with Wells Fargo & Company, including roles as an IT Auditor, Application Developer, Application Architect and VP of Information Security (ISO). Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2002, Mr. Kearn held various roles with US Bancorp Institutional Trust Operations.

Mr. Kearn graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN with a bachelor’s degree in International Economics. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and holds the Information Assessment Methodology (IAM) certification issued by the United States Department of Defense National Security Agency (NSA).



Ken M. Barnhart

David La Belle

Business Systems Analyst, US Bancorp Asset Management; NorSec LLC; Security B-Sides MSP

        David La Belle began his technology career with the United States Marine Corps. During his service he was tasked with various rolls within the technology field for Department of Defense (DOD), aviation, and civilian systems. He was responsible for managing more than 1 million dollars in assets spread across several continents, serving two tours in Iraq. 

Currently, David operates as a Business Systems Analyst with US Bancorp Asset Management, where he maintains the back end of various enterprise level financial systems. In addition to his “day job”, David is co-founder and working board member for NorSec LLC an ISAO organization, as well as, sits on the advisory board for the Cyber Security Summit. He also volunteers his time with Security B-Sides MSP helping with outreach and marketing. David is passionate about this industry and firmly believes that for it to grow, professional collaboration and improving the quality of our IT professionals needs to be a primary focus.

In his free time, David enjoys reading, longboarding, snowmobiling, motorcycles, working on vehicles, being outdoors, and traveling.




Chip Laingen

Chip Laingen

Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.); Executive Director, Defense Alliance

Chip Laingen is the Executive Director of the Defense Alliance, and Communications and R&D Director for Minnesota Wire. Defense Alliance is the region’s defense industry network, with members in 26 states. The Alliance won the Veterans Small Business Champion of the Year Award in 2007, and became one of the nation’s three Advanced Defense Technology Clusters in 2010. He is on the executive commission of the Minnesota Science & Technology Authority, the board of directors for AirSpace Minnesota, and was selected as an Executive Fellow for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership in 2012. In 2011, he joined the graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute. He is a past President of the Twin Cities Council of the Navy League and is the owner of Laingen Communications.

Commander Laingen is a 21-year Veteran of the U.S. Navy. A 1983 graduate of the University of Minnesota NROTC program, he earned a B. A. degree in International Relations. After being designated a Naval Aviator in 1985, he was assigned to various seagoing squadrons aboard carriers, cruisers, frigates and destroyers, amassing 3,000 fixed and rotary wing flight hours, including combat flight time during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991. He is also a qualified Officer of the Deck – Underway.

On shore duty, CDR Laingen was assigned to the NROTC Unit, University of Minnesota in 1991, where he served as Third Class Instructor/Assistant Professor of Naval Science and as Executive Officer/Associate Professor of Naval Science. He earned his M. A. Degree in Public Affairs from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and was a co-awardee of the Student Leadership Award upon graduation. He was awarded Navy subspecialty codes in General Political Science and Education. He served as one of the two annual Admiral Arthur S. Moreau scholars for Ph. D. study in International Relations and Strategy at the Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, earning the Navy’s National Security sub specialty code and Joint Professional Military Education. CDR Laingen was the Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the Secretary of the Navy during the tenures of the 70th and 71st Secretaries.

His final tour was as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Helicopter Training Squadron Eight in Pensacola, Florida. During his tour as CO the squadron was named the number one advanced squadron among 17 in the naval air training command, and received the Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award and the Secretary of the Navy Safety Award, as the squadron surpassed 900,000 mishap free flight hours. He retired from active duty in September 2004.

CDR Laingen's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with three Gold Stars and the Navy Achievement Medal with one Gold Star. He grew up in a Foreign Service family and lived in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Malta, and his hometown of Bethesda, Maryland. He is married to Laura Anne Jaszewski, a former naval officer (General Unrestricted Line) and registered nurse. They have three children, and reside in Woodbury, Minnesota.


Eileen Manning

Demetrios (Laz) Lazarikos, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CSLLP, IT Security Strategist,
Blue Lava Consulting, LLC

Chief Information Security Officer, vArmour

Laz works with Fortune 500 companies and emerging technology companies in building IT security, IT risk, and compliance solutions.

Laz is the former CISO and the visionary behind the Information Security and Compliance team for the Sears Online Business Unit. In that role, Laz drove efforts in creating an Information Security and Fraud big data platform to combat cyber criminal activities and protecting the international business unit. His work in the areas of quantifying loss exposure in dollars by implementing big data systems for Information Security and Fraud analytics have been widely praised by industry analysts at Gartner.

Prior to joining the Online retailer, Laz was the CISO for Silver Tail Systems where he built the Information Security and Compliance program from the ground up. Laz was hired post Series B venture-funding from Andreessen-Horowitz to promote the growth of marquee accounts in key verticals – Financial Services, Government, and eCommerce.

Laz is the inventor of several patents for controlling personally identifiable information, Information Security, and quantifying security risks. His involvement with security initiatives includes contributions for standards, policies, and frameworks regarding Information Security methodologies, Web application security, and IT risk.

While enlisted in United States Air Force (USAF), Laz was decorated twice, including two USAF Achievement Awards for using his expertise in the area of operational efficiencies, information technology, computer security, and leadership qualities at two highly visible USAF bases.

Laz is a Teaching Fellow at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management, holds a Master’s in Computer Information Security (MCIS) from the University of Denver, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University, and has earned several security and compliance certifications.



Eileen Manning

Loren Dealy Mahler

Vice President, MWW Group’s corporate communications practice

Loren Dealy Mahler is Vice President in MWW Group’s corporate communications practice. She works with a number of diverse clients, including large corporations and non-profits, to accomplish their business objectives through corporate reputation building, executive visibility and influencer engagement. Prior to joining MWW, Loren spent over a decade in Washington D.C. directing strategic communications initiatives. Most recently, Loren served as Director of Legislative Affairs on the National Security Council Staff at the White House, where she coordinated across multiple federal agencies to build support for national security, foreign policy and homeland security policy issues.

Previously, Loren was Director of Communications for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Defense, where she created legislative communications strategies to win support for multiple policy initiatives across a wide range of audiences. She also worked to coordinate strategic communications and legislative outreach on crisis issues, including the publication of classified government documents by Wikileaks in 2010. Before joining DoD, Loren was Communications Director for the House Armed Services Committee, where she coordinated all communications functions, including external communications around the Committee’s work on the annual defense bill.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Loren graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Sociology and Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy with a Masters in Policy Communications.



Eileen Manning

Eileen Manning

Executive Producer, Cyber Security Summit
President & CEO, The Event Group, Incorporated

Eileen Manning is a 30-year executive specializing in marketing and event management. She has served with a top advertising agency and spent over a decade in management at a Fortune 100 financial institution producing hundreds of business conferences ranging in attendance from 100 to 5,000; managing marketing services including communications, public relations, business television, video production, and graphic design; and directing an $11 million corporate travel department. In 2014 Eileen was an honoree of the Women in Business Award presented by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and in 2015 as an honoree of the Progress Minnesota Award presented by Finance & Commerce, an award that recognizes individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations that are driving business growth and economic development in Minnesota in innovative ways.

Eileen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cardinal Stritch University, graduating magna cum laude, and earned an Audio Visual Technology Degree from Hennepin Technical College, graduating summa cum laude. Eileen has also completed additional advanced business courses from the University of St. Thomas.


Jerrod Montoya

Jerrod Montoya, Esq.

Security & Compliance Attorney, OATI
Vice President, InfraGard Minnesota Members Alliance

Jerrod Montoya is an innovative attorney with a focus on the intersection of the law and cyber security. He provides counsel on legal, policy, regulatory, and strategic matters to a high-tech company that serves the North American energy sector. He is also Vice President of the InfraGard Minnesota Members Alliance, an FBI-sponsored nonprofit corporation that fosters critical infrastructure security through public/private collaboration. Previously, he served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mr. Montoya holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota, a Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law, and a Master of Science in Security Technologies from the University of Minnesota, Technological Leadership Institute.


Dave Notch

Dave Notch

Director, Information Protection and Business Resilience, KPMG

Dave has over 20 years of experience in the technology and security fields. He is currently Director of Information Protection and Business Resilience in KPMG’s Advisory Services division where he assists organizations with developing and executing business-centric information protection strategies. Prior to KPMG, Dave was President of Intensity Analytics, a security software firm that specializes in behavioral biometric authentication using keyboard input in addition to software that measures and monitors computer activity. Combined, these solutions provide real-time, continuous authentication and monitoring of all computer activity. Before Intensity Analytics, Dave was CISO of Thomson Reuters, where he was responsible for managing the corporate programs for information security, business continuity, disaster recovery and technology related audit and compliance activities.
Dave holds a Masters degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology.



Philip Schenkenberg

Philip Schenkenberg, J.D.

Attorney and Shareholder, Business Litigation, Briggs & Morgan, P.A.

Phil is co-chair of Briggs and Morgan’s Business Litigation Section. He is a member of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Group, which offers a full range of services to help clients prevent, prepare for and minimize the impact of data security breaches and cyber attacks. Phil practices principally in data security, telecommunications and general business litigation. He also serves as the firm’s Data Security Manager and chairs the firm’s Information Security Committee. In his practice, Phil represents clients in federal and state courts, and before the FCC and public utilities commissions.



Scott Singer

Scott Singer, MBA

Captain, United States Navy Reserve; Chief Security and Information Officer, PaR Systems, Inc.

Scott joined PaR Systems as the CSIO in March of 2010. Scott has responsibility for information systems, global quality, export control, security, and continuous process improvement. Before PaR, Scott spent 16 years with Medtronic in various leadership positions. Scott has held several infrastructure positions as Desktop Support Manager, Network Manager, and European Data Center Manager. His last IT position at Medtronic was as head of IT for a billion dollar division. In 2003, Scott changed Medtronic careers into quality where he was one of the early leaders that brought LeanSigma to Medtronic and developed the corporate shared services quality system. In that role he also drove a Medtronic wide systems development and validation methodology for IT systems. In his last two years at Medtronic, Scott led the global security function.

CAPT Singer is active in the Navy Reserve and has been involved in the Gulf War and Operations Enduring Freedom/Noble Eagle. Currently he is the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) for the state of MN. In his most previous role he was the Executive Officer for Commander Pacific Fleet Maritime Operations Center responsible for supporting the communications and cybersecurity needs of the Pacific Fleet. Prior to that he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Commander 5th Fleet in Bahrain as part of Theater Security Cooperation. Scott is an active participant in his community and serves on several boards including the Minnesota High Tech Association and the American Diabetes Association.

Scott has an undergraduate degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.



Kevin Spanbauer

Kevin Spanbauer

VP, Business Development, Intensity Analytics Corporation

Kevin possesses a track record of providing resources to technology companies with core competencies in business development and talent acquisition, but also acting as a business catalyst to connect clients to investor communities, customers, partners, and other technical resources.  He acts as a “Trusted Adviser” to software companies at various stages of growth.  Kevin has built some of the strongest relationships as anyone in Minnesota's software industry, with a particular emphasis in the security arena.  He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science & Mathematics, along with an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.


Kevin Spanbauer

Elizabeth Stevens

Director, Enterprise Resiliency & Response, UnitedHealth Group; President at InfraGard Minnesota Members Alliance.

Elizabeth Stevens is President of the InfraGard Minnesota Members Alliance and Director of Enterprise Resiliency & Response at UnitedHealth Group, and has focused her life’s work on safety, security, and corporate preparedness in a variety of industries. She received a B.A. from Macalester College and spent fifteen years with Northwest Airlines (NWA) where she served in both headquarters and field leadership positions. Among other accomplishments, Ms. Stevens led the development and implementation of a partnership program with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Air Line Pilots Association. Ms. Stevens was recruited in 2004 by Target, where she held the retailer’s first formal crisis management position, before moving to join the financial sector as Director, Business Continuity and Crisis Management at Ameriprise Financial. Ms. Stevens continues to work with government agencies and other organizations to advance critical infrastructure preparedness, improve collaboration and support disaster response.