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2014 Advisors

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

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.

Andrew Borene, Esq.

Defense Council, Truman National Security Project & Chairman, Robotics Alley

Andrew Borene is a defense industry executive, attorney and adjunct professor of public affairs with an interest in disruptive technologies. He is Director of National Security Solutions at Nuance Communications, Inc. He is also the Chairman of Robotics Alley (, President of the Twin Cities Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVSI) and on the Advisory Board for the Cyber Security Summit. He serves on the Truman National Security Project's Defense Council and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition's Veterans Council.

A U.S. Marine veteran who served in Iraq, Mr. Borene has more than 12 years of professional experience in business, law and government. He also has expertise in the national security enterprise, information workflow, government relations, capital markets and building strategic relationships between public, private and academic partners. Mr. Borene has taught as adjunct faculty at American University’s School of Public Affairs, Macalester College, and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a B.A. in Economics from Macalester College. Andrew has appeared on CNN, ABC News, Fox News, CBS, National Public Radio and BBC to provide commentary on legal and policy issues. A published author and editor, Andrew has written Op-Ed pieces for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Hill, The Daily Beast, and The Washington Times, among others.


Chris Buse, CPA, CISA, CISSP

Assistant Commissioner/Chief Information Security Officer, MN.IT Services, State of Minnesota

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

CISO and 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.

Matthew Harmon, CISSP, GSEC, GCIH

Owner and Security Researcher, IT Risk Limited
Matthew is an executive advisor, security researcher, 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, MSS

COL , 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, P.E.

Senior Fellow, Adventium Labs, Senior Fellow - University of Minnesota Technology Leadership Institute (TLI)
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

Senior Vice President, CISO/Director of Operations Risk, Bremer Banks
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, 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..Remove Chad Mead


Margaret Anderson Kelliher

President & CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association

Margaret Anderson Kelliher is the President and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). Together with the associations 350 member companies and organizations, Margaret works to fuel Minnesota’s prosperity through innovation and technology. United behind a common vision to make Minnesota one of the country’s top five technology states, MHTA members represent various technology sector, including IT, bio-sciences, advanced manufacturing, clean, green and edtech.

Prior to MHTA, Margaret served in the Minnesota legislature, including two terms as Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Characterized as the “calm inside the storm” by the Star Tribune, Margaret has demonstrated she is a strong, pragmatic leader. As House Speaker, she guided passage of a nation-leading renewable energy standard, built a broad coalition to enact Minnesota’s first comprehensive transportation funding bill in twenty years and was a champion of Minnesota’s Angel Investment Tax Credit.

In 2012, Margaret was appointed to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees. She chairs Governor Dayton’s Broadband Task Force, as well as teaches at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Minneapolis, the Greater Twin Cities United Way and Textile Center of Minneapolis.

Margaret graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Margaret and her husband live in Minneapolis; they have two college aged children.


Gopal Khanna

Managing Partner, The Khanna Group, LLC
Gopal Khanna is Co-Founder of the Cyber Security Summit, and served as Chair of the Board of Advisors from 2011-2013. He frequently consults, writes and speaks on Cyber Security, C-Suite strategies for information risk management and CIO strategies for securing IT Platform by drawing upon his unique expertise at the intersection of technology, government and business. Khanna is a Senior Fellow at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota, managing partner at The Khanna Group LLC and President & Chair of the Minnesota Innovation Lab. Earlier, Khanna served as CIO and CFO of the United States Peace Corp., and CFO for the Executive Branch of the Office of the President and Office of Administration.

Chip Laingen

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.


Jerrod Montoya, Esq.

Vice President, InfraGard Minnesota Members Alliance; Attorney

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

President, Intensity Analytics

Dave has over 20 years of experience in the technology and security industries and is currently President of Intensity Analytics, a software firm that specializes in developing solutions related to security analytics, behavioral biometric authentication and computer performance measurement.

Previously, he was CISO at Thomson Reuters and led the risk management programs concerned with information security, technology audit, business continuity, disaster recovery and electronic legal discovery.

Dave holds a Masters degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology.


John Orner

Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
John Orner is responsible for leading the treasury and investment operations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, including cash flow management, insurance and risk financing, investment portfolio management, and pension and 401(k) administration.

In a concurrent role in the Blues system, Orner is also President & Chief Investment Officer of Capital Asset Care, Inc., Blue Cross' wholly-owned registered investment advisory firm. Orner has also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the Blues system’s Blue Healthcare Bank, an Office of Thrift Supervision licensed bank headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Orner joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in 1989. Prior to Blue Cross, Orner worked for several investment banking firms in Minneapolis, leading initial public offering, fixed income trading and investment banking activities. Orner is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and has a bachelor degree.


Scott Singer

CAPT Scott Singer, USNR; 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.