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2015 Advisors

Andrew Borene

Andrew Borene, Esq.

Chair, Cyber Security Summit 2015
Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Adjunct Professor, American University

Andrew Borene is a Counselor with the international law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, DC, where he coordinates representation of companies and individuals in general business and legal matters, including investigations, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, national security, cybersecurity, privacy and data security. He also helps facilitate strategic relationships between public, private, and academic partners. Mr. Borene is an adjunct professor at American University, he has also taught at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs and at Macalester College. Mr. Borene serves on the Advisory Board for the Cyber Security Summit, is a Truman National Security Project Defense Council Member and is on the Veterans Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. As an Associate Deputy General Counsel at the United States Department of Defense, Mr. Borene represented the agency’s interests in classified court proceedings. He also served as a US Marine intelligence officer in Iraq. He was a U.S. State Department funded fellow for the study of post-conflict peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable John R. Tunheim, US District Court for Minnesota. He is the editor of American Bar Association legal reference books on human rights law, international humanitarian law and national security law. He has authored or co-authored articles on security, law and general business subjects. He also appears as a guest foreign affairs and security analyst for several international news networks. Mr. Borene holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, a B.A. in Economics from Macalester College, and completed Harvard University’s executive program in Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development. He serves on the Advisory Committee to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law & National Security.


James Ryan

James Ryan, CSyP, CEA, PMP

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

James is a cyber defense strategy implementation expert and author with over 15 years of experience delivering transformational business results for US federal agencies and critical infrastructure companies. In 2008, James worked with NASA, HP/EDS, TSCP, and others to define game-changing identity and credential management strategies — then pioneered the first implementations for early adopters. These strategies have evolved into Personal Identity Verification Interoperability (PIV-I) and the Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Segment Architecture. James holds a MSEE from Virginia Tech and is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP), Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA), and Project Management Professional (PMP).


Massoud Amin

Dr. Massoud Amin, D.Sc.

Director, Technological Leadership Institute, 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.


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.


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.


Steen Fjalstad


Security and Mitigation, Principal & Chief Administration Officer, 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

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 Harmon, CISSP, GSEC, GCIH, GCIA

Owner and Security Researcher, IT Risk Limited

Matthew is an executive advisor, security researcher, SANS instructor and mentor, auditor, penetration tester, incident handler, security architect and security team builder as well as international standards developer. He has consulted and advocated for many Fortune, governmental, campaigns, and not-for-profit organizations and is familiar with the day-to-day challenges of businesses large and small.  In addition to his role at his company, Matthew is also the President and Founder of the (ISC)2 Twin Cities Area Chapter, and sits on the board for the Upper Midwest Security Alliance (UMSA) and Whittier Business Association.


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.


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 Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP

Eran Kahana, Special Counsel in Maslon's Business & Securities Group, is an intellectual property attorney with a strong IT background and extensive experience advising clients in domestic and international settings. Eran focuses his practice on matters such as drafting and negotiating complex software, patent, and trademark licenses, joint development agreements, strategic partnerships, general and government procurement agreements, subcontract agreements, service agreements and a wide-range of e-commerce related matters. Through his many years of experience in managing and enforcing global copyright, trademark and patent portfolios, he also advises clients on a wide variety of IP needs, including branding, enforcement and strategy.

Eran is also a member of Maslon's Advertising & Marketing Group and has extensive experience in copyright and trademark law. He has substantial experience reviewing and negotiating licensing, agency/client, content and social media advertising agreements in both domestic and international settings. Eran also assists clients with a wide range of aspects relating to their marketing collateral and branding strategy. His many years of in-house experience as senior legal counsel provide his clients with a distinct advantage. Eran is a Research Fellow at Stanford Law School and a frequent speaker and writer on various intellectual property topics.


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

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. She 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.


Kathleen Moriarity

Kathleen Moriarity

Global Lead Security Architect, Corporate Office of the Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation

Serving as the IETF Security Area Director, Kathleen Moriarty is also the Global Lead Security Architect with the EMC Office of the CTO working on technology strategy and standards. Kathleen has been the primary author of multiple published standards and actively contributes to security standards activity in the IETF. Previously, as the Practice Manager for security consulting at EMC, Kathleen was responsible for oversight of key projects, and development of security programs, in addition to serving as the acting CISO of a global investment banking firm. Kathleen has also been the head of IT Security at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the Director of Information Security at FactSet Research Systems. Kathleen holds a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic 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, Director and Shareholder, Business Litigation, Briggs & Morgan, P.A.

Phil is co-chair of Briggs and Morgan’s Business Litigation Section and serves on the firm’s board of directors. 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. biography text


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.