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2015 Speakers

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    • Dr. Massoud Amin

      Dr. 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.


      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)


      Andrew Borene

      Andrew Borene, Esq.

      Chairman of Robotics Alley & Advisor to the Cybersecurity Summit

      Andrew Borene is a defense industry executive, Adjunct Professor at American University, and Counselor to the international law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He currently serves as Director of National Security Solutions at Nuance Communications. His corporate career includes leading corporate development at a microrobotics startup and managing federal open-source intelligence programs for a publicly-held, international big-data company. He served as a civilian Associate Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense and is a former U.S. Marine Corps military intelligence officer. He is active within the leadership of leading public-private initiatives for improved US national security, global leadership and technology growth. Andrew is the editor of American Bar Association legal research books on human rights, humanitarian law and national security. A Minnesota native based in Washington, D.C., Andrew has published numerous policy articles and appears as a guest analyst on military, intelligence and veterans issues for several international news networks.

      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

      Chief Information Security Officer, Fairview Health Services

      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.

      Stefanie Horvath

      keynote speaker Keynote Speaker

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

      IBM WW i2 EIA Leader,  IBM Analytics Group IBM 

      Karl Mattson, CISSP, CISM

      Senior Fellow, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota

      Adam Meyers

      Vice President, CrowdStrike
      Philip Schenkenberg

      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.


      Todd Rosenblum

      President and CEO, National Security Outcomes LLC; Senior Fellow, The George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security
      Philip Schenkenberg

      Philip Schenkenberg, J.D,

      Attorney, Director, and Shareholder, Briggs and 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.