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2015 Speakers

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    • Dr. Massoud Amin

      Dr. Massoud Amin

      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.


      Thomas Baden

      Thomas A. Baden Jr.

      Commissioner and MN State Chief Information Officer, MN.IT Services

            An experienced leader in government technology, Tom Baden was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in 2015 to serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Minnesota.

      Most recently, Baden served as the MN.IT Chief Information Officer at the Department of Human Services, the largest of the executive branch state agencies with the most significant IT footprint, including the Medicaid Management Information System, the integrated eligibility system (MAXIS), MNsure, the State’s child support system PRISM, and the state hospital system (known as Avatar).

      Baden’s 33 years of expertise in IT governance and management includes state service at the Department of Human Services, the Department of Employment and Economic Development, in addition to serving as MN.IT’s enterprise architect (then the Office of Enterprise Technology)


      Ken 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.

      Rozi Bhimani

      Rozi Bhimani

      Staff Attorney, Federal Trade Commission

            Rozi Bhimani is a staff attorney in the Midwest Region of the Federal Trade Commission. Her practice includes enforcement of FTC laws in consumer protection matters, including telemarketing fraud, illegal robocall schemes, and pyramid scams. Prior to joining the FTC, Rozi worked as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago. She graduated from the University of Minnesota law school and clerked for the Honorable Gerald W. Heaney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.


      John Bonhage

      John Bonhage

      Special Agent, FBI, InfraGard Coordinator

            John Bonhage graduated from Fordham University in New York City with a Bachelors Degree in History in 1991. Prior to joining the FBI in 1995, John was a teacher in Japan and Alaska and traveled extensively around the world, to include living in India, Nigeria and Japan for 16 years.

            Over the course of his 19 years in the FBI John has worked on violent crime, white collar crime, environmental crime, investment scams, counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations. Prior to becoming the FBI Minneapolis Infragard Coordinator in January 2015 John was the FBI Airport Liaison Agent Coordinator at Minneapolis International Airport (MSP) for FBI Minneapolis where he investigated matters ranging from crimes aboard aircrafts, airport insider threats, suspicious activity, and counterterrorism. He has traveled to Israel, Latvia, United Kingdom, and Thailand as part of his FBI duties and spent 5 months at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan in 2010 as the logistics officer for the FBI.

            In addition to his duties as an investigator he is also a Firearms Instructor, Assistant SWAT Team Leader, Special Agent applicant fitness assessor and a certified Wilderness First Responder.

            In his free time John enjoys canoeing in the Boundary Waters, being in the mountains, hiking, camping, and traveling.


      Robert Booker

      Robert E. Booker

      Vice President + Chief Information Security Officer, UnitedHealth Group

      Robert Booker is the Chief Information Security Officer for UnitedHealth Group. In this role, Mr. Booker is responsible for information risk management for all of UnitedHealth Group business segments. Mr. Booker has been with UnitedHealth Group since July of 2008.

      Mr. Booker’s responsibilities are focused upon information risk management in support of the trust and accountability that UnitedHealth Group delivers to bring quality, affordability, access and simplicity to the health care system. Mr. Booker’s role also requires the development of performance metrics for information risk within the organization and responsibility for cost management and service level management for delivered programs.

      Prior to UnitedHealth Group, Mr. Booker managed business continuity, security and governance programs for BT Americas – the U.S. division of British Telecom focused on international networking and IT services. Mr. Booker has built and managed numerous information security programs for companies both in the United States and around the world in a number of industries including energy, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, financial services, insurance, and professional services as well as state and federal government.

      Mr. Booker presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) and has been instrumental in establishing a common security framework for the health industry. In his career, he has also has presented at numerous security conferences including the MIS Training Institute’s CISO Summit, RSA Conference, Gartner Group’s IT Security and IT Summit Conferences, the Burton Group’s Catalyst conference, and the Meta Group’s Energy Information Strategies conference.


      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.


      Alejandro Borgia

      Vice President of Product Management, Symantec Corporation

      Alejandro Borgia is Vice President of Product Management at Symantec. He leads Product Management for Symantec’s CTO organization, which includes Symantec’s Security Technology and Response (STAR) division, a global team of over 600 security engineers and researchers that provides the underlying security technology across Symantec’s security products. He also leads Product Management for Unified Security, which is a big data security ecosystem of analytic applications that leverage rich intelligence from a broad range of security products to create better security outcomes.

      Prior to joining Symantec, Alejandro held a variety of leadership roles in both small and large companies, including Napster (while the company was owned by Best Buy), The Boston Consulting Group, Musicmatch (prior to its acquisition by Yahoo!) and Hewlett-Packard.

      Alejandro holds an engineering degree in Computer Science with highest honors from Princeton University, and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, where he served as student body president.




      Jim Brzezinski

      Region Sales Director, Tanium

      Jim Brzezinski is a Region Director with Tanium. He is a veteran venture backed startup 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 startup 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.



      L. Keith Burkhardt

      L. Keith Burkhardt , CISA, CISSP

      Vice President, Kraus-Anderson Insurance

      L. Keith Burkhardt, Vice President is responsible for Kraus-Anderson’s agency growth strategies including product development throughout all market sectors, for talent acquisition and M&A. recently, Mr. Burkhardt has developed Cyber Risk Strategies for the Agency Customers that unites Cyber Security Vendors, the FBI, and Insurance. He was recently quoted ‘...It’s gotten to the point where a company’s data may be more valuable than the company itself. Much of the insurance industry is just starting to deal with this fact...

      Previously Burkhardt was regional managing director of Wells Fargo Insurance Services, leading its 22 Upper Midwest operations and Minneapolis office for 9 years. During that period he lead National initiatives for Wells Fargo Insurance in Healthcare, Public Entity and Higher Education. He also served as managing director of Bloomington-based Acordia, developing its agency operations and market positioning; and as senior vice president of Memphis-based Sedgwick , directing its energy, transportation and healthcare production teams. In addition to his leadership roles, His experience ranges from 25 plus years working with Lloyd’s of London to managing and consulting on large claim events in excess of $20 million and up . He is a past member of the Chicago Lloyd’s Broker Association.

      Burkhardt earned a B.A. in Economics from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and a B.B.A. in Finance from SMU - Cox School of Business


      Chris Buse

      Chris 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.


      Barry Caplin

      Barry Caplin

      Vice President + Chief Information Security Officer, Fairview Health Services

      Barry is the first Chief Information Security Officer for Fairview Health Systems. He joined Fairview in 2013 and is responsible for enterprise information security and the security technologies, including the development and implementation of organization-wide security policy, security architecture, and consistent standards and procedures. This is a balancing act, supporting business objectives with the many difficult security challenges and compliance efforts relating to federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements, such as HIPAA and PCI.

      Barry has 30 years of experience in information technology, the last 20 of which has been focused on information security. He has worked in information technology and security positions at the State of MN, US Bank, US West/Qwest, Boeing Computer Services and United Technologies. He holds an MS in applied mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (aka Virginia Tech) and a BS in mathematics and computer science from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP), an information systems security management professional (ISSMP), a certified information systems auditor (CISA), a certified information security manager (CISM) and is active in the Minnesota chapters of InfraGard, the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

      He has recently retired from 14 years of coaching youth sports, primarily soccer, in Apple Valley and served as director of coaching of both the travel and community soccer programs. He continues his service on the board of directors for the Valley Athletic Association, which oversees the local travel and community sports.

      Follow him on Twitter @bcaplin and read his blog


      Steen Fjalstad

      Shéna Boswell Crowe

      Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

      Shéna Crowe is a Special Agent with the FBI in the Minneapolis Division. She is the Strategic Partnership Coordinator, engaging academic and business leaders to better understand and respond to the modern threat environment.

      Shéna started as a Special Agent in the FBI in 2002 in the San Francisco Division. Her work has included counterintelligence, counterterrorism and cyber investigations. In 2009, she was promoted to a Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC, where she worked on the Executive Staff for the Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch.

      Shéna and her family took the opportunity to move to Minneapolis in 2011.


      Michael Echols

      Michael Echols

      Director, Cyber Joint Program Management Office, National Protection and Program Directorate, US Department of Homeland Security

      Michael Echols is the Director, Cyber Joint Program Management Office (JPMO) within the Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) component at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this role, he leads two unique cybersecurity information sharing programs, Enhanced Cybersecurity Services (ECS) and Cybersecurity Information Sharing Collaboration Program (CISCP).

      Mr. Echols is developing and implementing cybersecurity strategies to assist DHS’ to meet its cyber mission by identifying opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of information sharing operations, technology and policy. He has led several White House national security initiatives. In his current role, he is the point person for the rollout of Presidential Executive Order 13691 – Promoting Private Sector Cyber Information Sharing.

      Mr. Echols is the former Chief of the Government-Industry Planning and Management Branch, NCS from 2009 - 2013. He chaired the Communications Sector’s Communications Government Coordinating Council (CGCC), and the Network Security Information Exchange (NSIE). Additionally, Mr. Echols managed the stand-up of the Joint Program Office under Executive Order 13618 supporting national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications. He managed the Committee of Principals (COP), 24 senior executive members of the NCS, and the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), 30 chief executive level NSTAC members representing IT, Defense and Communications companies that provide policy recommendations to the President.

      Mr. Echols has over 23 years of technology management experience that includes rolling out major optical networks nationally, research into the protection of critical networks, and cost-benefit analysis of capital projects. Mr. Echols has served as the DHS representative to the NATO CCPC in Brussels and consultant on matters related to CBRNE and cyber.

      Mr. Echols is a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative – Harvard Kennedy School of Public Health and the Federal Executive Institute. He holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Biotechnology, a Graduate Certificate in Technology Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; all from the University of Maryland.

      Mr. Echols is also the Chair of the U of MD Black Male Alumni Initiative and Expert in Residence programs.


      Steen Fjalstad

      Steen Fjalstad , MS, CISA, CISSP, CGEIT, CRISC

      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.


      Rodney Hite

      Rodney Hite

      Product Manager, Big Data Solutions, ViON Corporation

      Rodney is responsible for ViON's Big Data solutions focus. This includes systems upon which to store and analyze Big Data. He is responsible for providing requirements in system and software development that will provide operational users with functional capabilities that will increase effectiveness and efficiency. Rodney's background includes twenty plus years as a US Army Special Forces operator with duties including tactical level information discovery and analysis in such areas as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Rodney provided key architectural requirements for the development of the Army’s Big Data Intelligence system (DCGS Standard Cloud) for the Information Intelligence Warfare Division (I2WD) located at Fort Monmouth, NJ in support of the Department of Defense All-Source Intelligence Analysts. Most recently, Rodney held a position at Data Tactics as Manager, Operations and Integration for the Army Intelligence Big Data effort. Rodney has held positions ranging from Tactical Operations to Corporate Vice President.

      Stefanie Horvath

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      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.

      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.


      Michael Kehoe

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      Michael Kehoe, MBA, Hons.B.Sc.Eng. EE, MA

      Professional, IBM Worldwide i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis Leader,  IBM

      Michael Kehoe is the WW i2 Enterprise Insights Analyses Sales Leader for IBM. His responsibilities are to work with clients and deliver solutions that solve their challenges caused by their overwhelming data. Currently he is working with WW clients in developing the next generation Security Operation Centres (SOC). Understanding your adversaries, their threats and their methods to actively prepare to detect and defend against them.

      Previously Mike was a senior global product manager for Smarter Cities, where he led the delivery of product based solutions for world cities. His areas of expertise includes industrial control, business intelligence, enterprise process design, business strategy and technical opportunity realization.

      Mike has an honours degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity University Dublin and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Open University. He has written papers, redguides and has spoken around the world on what “becoming smarter” can achieve and is considered to be one of IBM’s foremost forward thinkers on this subject.


      Carlos Kizzee

      Carlos P. Kizzee, JD, LL.M

      Executive Director, Defense Security Information Exchange

      Carlos P. Kizzee is the Executive Director of the Defense Security Information Exchange. In that role, Mr. Kizzee is responsible for overseeing the administrative management and operations of the Defense Security Information Exchange, an organization focused on enhancing the cyber security of Defense Industrial Base entities through industry-led mechanisms involving threat information sharing, analysis, collaboration and informed mitigation.

      Before assuming the duties of his current position, Mr. Kizzee served as the Center for Internet Security’s Vice-President for Multi-Sector Initiatives where he was responsible for developing partnerships between the Center for Internet Security and its portfolio of threat intelligence/risk mitigation capabilities (including the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center) and other threat intelligence, analytical, data sharing, risk management, and operational organizations and mechanisms relevant to cyber security and critical infrastructure protection.

      Prior to that, Mr. Kizzee served within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the Deputy Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience Division, and the Program Manager for a Joint Program Office implementing key operational information sharing and information sharing support program activities associated with Public-Private threat information sharing, collaboration, and automation. Mr. Kizzee also served within DHS as the Director of Strategic Cyber Initiatives for the Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Protection Branch of the National Cyber Security Division, Counsel for the National Operations Center, Senior Counsel for Infrastructure Protection, and as a Senior Attorney-Advisor for the DHS Office of General Counsel, General Law Division.

      Before entering DHS, Mr. Kizzee served as Counsel for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Prior to 2003, he was a career Marine Corps attorney serving as a military attorney Prosecutor, Defense Counsel, Legal Assistance Counsel, and as a Federal Special Assistant United States Attorney in Arizona and in the Southern District of California. As a Marine Corps Officer, Mr. Kizzee also served as Commander of the Marine Corps’ Headquarters and Services Battalion on Okinawa, Japan. Mr. Kizzee’s final military assignment before military retirement was with the Navy Office of the General Counsel as the Marine Corps Deputy Area Counsel for the Pacific Area in Okinawa, Japan.

      A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Mr. Kizzee has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a Master of Laws from the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army at the University of Virginia’s School of Law.


      David Kushner

      David Kushner

      Director of the Big Data Analytics and Cyber Practice, ViON Corporation

      David Kushner is the Director of the Big Data Analytics and Cyber practice at ViON Corporation, responsible for helping customers and prospects develop enterprise Big Data and Analytic strategies targeting specific and current, high-value business and mission challenges. He has been instrumental in supporting cyber efforts within the DoD and commercial organizations by advising on the cross organizational impact of Big Data and developing a time to value approach where assisting organizations in deriving value from their investment in complex solutions is repeatable.

      Prior to ViON, Dave spent 10 years at EMC Corporation’s Information Intelligence Group, managing the OEM Business Development Team responsible for integrating security, enterprise content management and capture solutions into key vertical market partner offerings. Prior to EMC, Dave was with OTG Software, beginning in 1996 (acquired by Legato Systems in 2001) running their software distribution channel and subsequently began OTG’s Healthcare practice that created successful partnerships with the top 4 out of 5 largest Healthcare IT companies worldwide. Dave resides in Ashburn, VA and while not working, enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, Ethan and Dean, playing golf, skiing and promising his wife that the home projects she has requested will actually be accomplished flawlessly.


      Rafal Los

      Rafal Los

      Director, Solutions Research and Development

      Rafal Los brings a pragmatic approach to enterprise information security using his 15 years of technical, consulting and management skills. As director, solutions research and development at Optiv, Los helps organizations build mature, defensible and operationally efficient security programs. He is also responsible for driving the company’s solutions research for the information security community.

      Los previously worked at Acccuvant. Prior to that, he served as principal, strategic security services at HP Enterprise Security Services. Los developed a methodology for refocusing enterprise security programs through an assessment and threat-centric approach, directly aligning security to business value. While there, he developed new services-based offerings from concept through prototype and launch stages, and spearheaded a cross-business task team to develop new use cases for products and service offerings within the existing portfolio. Previously at HP, Los served several diverse roles including security strategist in enterprise security products where he advised customers on implementing practical solutions. He also wrote and maintained the top blog in HP Software, “Following the White Rabbit.” Prior to HP, Los held various positions at GE Energy, EnterEdge Technology and Envestnet PMC.

      Los is an advocate for focus on sound security fundamentals and for the principles of “appropriate security.” He is a contributor to open standards and various organizations such as OWASP and the Cloud Security Alliance. He has served as a speaker at conferences such as Black Hat, ISSA International and InfoSec World. In addition, he maintains a regular column in SecurityWeek and contributes to other community forums. Los received his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Concordia University.


      Adam Meyers

      Brad M Maiorino

      Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Target

      Brad Maiorino brings more than 20 years of experience in information technology, including a strong engineering background paired with a broad and deep perspective on technology risk and compliance. Across multiple global enterprises, Brad has transformed information security and risk organizations and cultivated cultures of security. In his current role, Brad is responsible for Target's information security and technology risk strategy, helping to ensure the company, their guests, and their team members are protected from internal and external information security threats.

      Prior to Target, Brad was the Chief Information Security Officer for General Motors, where he led the transformation of their global information security and IT risk organization. Prior to General Motors, he was the Chief Information Security Officer at General Electric. There he oversaw GE's global information security program across all lines of business and led the design and build of the GE Cyber Security Fusion Center, a state-of-the-art security operations center.


      Jeffery Man

      Jeffery Man

      Strategist & Security Evangelist, Tenable Network Security, Inc.

      Mr. Man has compiled a rich knowledge base in cryptography, information security, and industry/regulatory compliance standards. Most recently, he served as a QSA and trusted advisor helping his clients to architect information security programs to meet PCI security requirements. As an NSA cryptographer, he oversaw completion of the first software-based cryptosystems ever produced by the high-profile agency. As a Security Strategist for Tenable Network Security, Mr. Man offers his thirty two years of information security experience to help customers align Tenable products and services with the best practices that are required to maintain a viable security program. Tenable provides continuous network monitoring to identify vulnerabilities, reduce risk and ensure compliance. Our family of products includes SecurityCenter Continuous View™, which provides the most comprehensive and integrated view of network health, and Nessus®, the global standard in detecting and assessing network data.


      Adam Meyers

      Karl Mattson, CISSP, CISM

      Senior Fellow, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota

      Karl Mattson is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute (TLI)where he teaches cyber security and risk management. He has over 17 years’ experience as a leader and practitioner in threat intelligence, information security and risk management and has held positions in the financial, defense and retail industries. He is currently Senior Vice President and Director of Risk Metrics & Analytics at a large financial institution. He holds an M.S from Boston University, an M.B.A. from Auburn University, a B.A. from St. Mary’s University of Texas, and maintains CISSP and CISM certifications.



      Michael C. McCarthy

      Partner and Member of Firm Governance Committee, Maslon LLP

      Mike McCarthy is a partner in Maslon’s Litigation Group and a member of the firm’s Governance Committee. He represents clients in complex litigation and appeals. His practice has involved a range of substantive matters, including breach of fiduciary duty, securities and consumer fraud, environmental claims, medical-device liability, and antitrust. Mike has defended class actions in federal and state courts involving environmental claims, medical-device liability, securities and consumer fraud, constitutional rights, and antitrust violations. In addition, he has experience with and expertise in technologyrelated litigation (including patent infringement) and electronic discovery. Before joining Maslon, Mike served as a law clerk to Judge Gerald W. Heaney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


      Brad Mecha

      Brad Mecha

      Senior Cyber Defense Consultant, Cybereason

      Brad has spent the past decade in multiple capacities helping companies defend themselves against a wide variety of threats. In his current role as a Sr. Cyber Defense Consultant with Cybereason, a security startup leveraging behavioral analytics and machine learning, Brad is educating Security Teams on how to use turn key endpoint data analytics to augment and automate their defensive capabilities.

      Previous to Cybereason, Brad was a SOC/CIRT Consultant with RSA, the Security Division of EMC specializing in Response Optimization and Development, Threat Intelligence, Network Forensics and Malware Analysis. Prior to RSA, Brad was the CIRT Lead responsible for IR Program Development and Incident Detection for Rockwell Automation, a provider of Industrial Automation and Advanced Manufacturing headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.


      Erin Meehan

      Erin Meehan

      Program Lead of the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Cybersecurity Engagement Program, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications

      Erin Meegan is the Program Lead of the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Cybersecurity Engagement Program within the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C). In her role, Ms. Meehan has worked to build strong partnerships with associations such as the National Association of Counties, state chief information officers and chief information security officers, as well as governor’s homeland security advisors to help state and local governments strengthen their cybersecurity postures. To this end, Ms. Meehan’s program brings to bear all of the programs and resources CS&C has to offer.

      Adam Meyer

      Adam Meyer

      Chief Security Strategist, SurfWatch Labs Inc.

      Adam Meyer has served in leadership positions in the defense, technology, and critical infrastructure sectors for more than 15 years.
      Prior to joining SurfWatch Labs, Mr. Meyer was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for one of the largest public transportation systems in the United States. Preceding his role as a CISO, Mr. Meyer served as the Director of Information Assurance and Command IA Program Manager for the Naval Air Warfare Center, Naval Air Systems Command one of the Navy's premier engineering and acquisition commands.

      Adam Meyers

      Adam Meyers

      Vice President Intelligence, CrowdStrike, Inc.

      Adam Meyers has over a decade of experience within the information security industry. He has authored numerous papers that have appeared at peer reviewed industry venues and has received awards for his dedication to the field. At CrowdStrike, Adam serves as the VP of Intelligence. Within this role it is Adam’s responsibility to oversee all of CrowdStrike’s intelligence gathering and cyber-adversarial monitoring activities. Adam’s Global Intelligence Team supports both the Product and Services divisions at CrowdStrike and Adam manages these endeavors and expectations. Prior to joining CrowdStrike, Adam was the Director of Cyber Security Intelligence with the National Products and Offerings Division of SRA International.

      Richard Nash

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      Major General Richard C. Nash

      The Adjutant General, Minnesota

            Major General Richard C. Nash assumed duties as the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard on November 1, 2010.

      General Nash's military service began with his enlistment into the Infantry in 1972. He would later earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry following completion of the Officer Candidate School. General Nash has since commanded at all levels, from company to multinational division. He most recently completed a deployed assignment as Commander, United States Division - South supporting Operation Iraq Freedom in 2010. Prior to serving as the Adjutant General of Minnesota, Major General Nash served as the Division Commander of the 34th Infantry Division, Special Assistant to the Combatant Commander, North American Aerospace Command, United States Northern Command. He also served as the Commanding General for the Multinational Brigade (North), SFOR-14 in support of Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia Herzegovina, a tour he performed while serving as Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver) for the 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Division.

      Richard Nash

      Terrance C. Newby

      Attorney, Maslon LLP

            Terry Newby is a partner in the Litigation Group at Maslon LLP and focuses his practice on intellectual property, e-commerce, and complex commercial litigation matters. He has extensive IP litigation experience, successfully representing clients in state and federal courts throughout the country in a broad range of infringement matters involving patent, trademark, copyright, and trade dress as well as licensing disputes. Terry has also represented clients in complex commercial litigation matters, including insurance disputes, civil RICO claims, breach of contract claims, and class actions. Cyber security is a top concern for these clients.

      Richard Nash

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      Matthew G. Olsen

      Co-Founder and President, IronNet Cybersecurity; Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center

            Matt Olsen has worked for over two decades as a top government official on national security, intelligence and law enforcement issues.

            Appointed by the President to serve as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Olsen led the government's efforts to integrate and analyze terrorism information and coordinate counterterrorism activities for the past three years.

            Prior to joining NCTC, Mr. Olsen was the General Counsel for the National Security Agency. Mr. Olsen also served at the Department of Justice in a number of leadership positions and as a federal prosecutor.

            Mr. Olsen is a president and co-founder of IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology firm based in Washington, D.C. In addition, Mr. Olsen is a lecturer at Harvard Law School, a national security analyst for ABC News, and a strategic advisor to IBM i2.

            Mr. Olsen graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.


      Todd Rosenblum

      Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, U.S. Department of Defense; Senior Fellow, The George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security
      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 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.

      Peter Singer

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      P.W. Singer

      Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

      Peter Warren Singer is Strategist and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, founder of NeoLuddite, a technology advisory firm, the author of multiple award-winning books (including "Wired for War" and "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know"), and a contributing editor at Popular Science. He has been named by the Smithsonian Institution-National Portrait Gallery as one of the 100 "leading innovators in the nation," by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the ten most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity, and by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, of the people whose ideas most influenced the world that year. Prior to his current position, Dr. Singer was the founding Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. He was the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings' 98-year history. Prior to that, he was the founding Director of the Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World, where he was the organizer of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a global leaders conference. He has also worked for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. Singer received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard and a B.A. from the Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.

      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.

      Jay Spreitzer

      Jay Spreitzer, MS, GIAC, GCED

      Assistant Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank

      Jay Spreitzer has been with Wells Fargo for over 9 years, working as the Cyber Intelligence Coordinator. In his role, he routinely researches and analyzes cyber threat activities to produce threat intelligence reports and briefings for senior management and technology teams.

      Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Jay retired from 23 years in the U.S. Army working in a variety of electronic and technical fields. Roles included system administrator, database administrator, Information Assurance Security Officer, and culminating as Information Management Officer. As Information Management Officer, he managed and developed all facets of the organization’s information security program.

      Jay has completed his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security. Some of his other training includes Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, Advanced Security Essential, the Criminal Intelligence Analyst Course, and the FBI Citizen’s Academy. He holds the GIAC Enterprise Defender certification. He has over 18 years combined information security experience.

      Jay is a member of the FS-ISAC Threat Intelligence Committee, InfraGard Intelligence Committee. Jay also sits on the Board of Directors for the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association and Minnesota InfraGard

      Jay Spreitzer

      Patricia Toth

      Supervisory Computer Scientist, Computer Security Division, NIST

      is a Supervisory Computer Scientist in the Computer Security Division at NIST. Her current project areas include small business cybersecurity, and cybersecurity awareness, training and education. Pat is the lead for the Small Business Outreach efforts and the FISMA team. She serves as the Chair of the Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA) Technical Working Group, and Chair of the Federal Computer Security Program Managers’ Forum.

      Pat has worked on numerous documents and projects during her 20+ years at NIST including the Trust Technology Assessment Program (TTAP), Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS), Program Chair for the National Computer Security Conference, guidance documents including SP 800-53, SP 800-53A, SP 800-16 rev 1 and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). She is a recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold and Bronze Medal Awards.

      Pat holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Math from the State University of New York Maritime College. She served in the Navy as a Cryptologic Officer. Pat received a Joint Service Achievement Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her work on the rainbow series of computer security guidelines while assigned to the National Security Agency.