Interested in speaking in 2015 or beyond? Know someone who might be interested? Nominate them!
Chief Information Officer, Atomic DataSince the early nineties, Mark has garnered expertise in a diverse background of IT, law and business. Working his way up from a technologist at Atomic Data's sister company, The Foundation, Mark filled the role of Director of Special Projects with Atomic Data. In addition to owning Abbott Systems, Inc., Mark is the Chief Technology Officer at The Foundation and the Chief Information Officer at Atomic Data. Mark holds a Computer Science degree from Macalester College with a JD and MBA from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Dr. Massoud Amin
Director, Technological Leadership Institute, University of MinnesotaDr. 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.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital River World Payments
Souheil Badran is the senior vice president and general manager of Digital River, leading all aspects of the company’s global payments strategy, including strategic development, sales and marketing, product management, operations, mergers and acquisitions. Today, Digital River processes more than $30 billion in online transactions and offers global payments in more than 190 countries and over 170 currencies.
Souheil joined Digital River with extensive experience in high technology organizations – leading sales and marketing, product management, strategic development, mergers and acquisitions and high-growth initiatives. Prior to Digital River, Souheil was senior vice president and general manager of First Data Corporation’s e-commerce solutions group, a team that focused on e-commerce and card-not-present commerce. His specialty in international e-commerce also includes previous executive leadership positions at Rebtel, VeriSign, Digital Insight (acquired by Intuit) and Metavante Corporation (acquired by FIS).
Stewart A. Baker
Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington DC; Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security
and Former General Counsel, National Security Agency
Stewart A. Baker is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He returned to the firm following 3½ years at the Department of Homeland Security as its first Assistant Secretary for Policy.
At Homeland Security, Mr. Baker created and staffed the 250-person DHS Policy Directorate. He was responsible for policy analysis across the Department, as well as for the Department’s international affairs, strategic planning and relationships with law enforcement and public advisory committees. This work required a broad understanding of all aspects of the Department’s activities, including maritime regulation, customs enforcement, immigration, identity management, SAFETY Act implementation, money laundering enforcement, government contracts, and regulation of travel and air transportation, and its role in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”).
While at DHS, Mr. Baker led successful negotiations with European and Middle Eastern governments over travel data, privacy, visa waiver and related issues. He devised a new approach to visa-free travel, forged a congressional and interagency consensus on the plan and negotiated acceptance with key governments.
He also managed the passage and implementation of the SAFE Ports Act, led the Department’s policy effort to reform federal immigration laws, and transformed the Department’s role in CFIUS, helping to drive the first rewrite of the CFIUS law and regulations in a generation.
Mr. Baker managed one of the nation’s premier technology law practices at Steptoe before accepting the DHS post. Described by The Washington Post as “one of the most techno-literate lawyers around,” Mr. Baker’s practice covers national security, electronic surveillance, law enforcement, export control encryption, and related technology issues. He has been a key advisor on US export controls and on foreign import controls on technology. He has also advised companies on the requirements imposed by CFIUS. In addition, he was responsible for spearheading the government-private sector coalition that permitted major telecommunications equipment manufacturers and carriers to break the decade-long deadlock with law enforcement on wiretapping of modern technology, permitting successful implementation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (“CALEA”).
In 2010 Mr. Baker's memoir of his time at the DHS, Skating On Stilts: Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism, was published by Hoover Press. Drawing on his experiences, Mr. Baker examines the technologies we love–jet travel, computer networks, and biotech–and finds that they are likely to empower new forms of terrorism unless the United States changes its current course a few degrees and overcome resistance to change from business, foreign governments, and privacy advocates.
Senior Principal Marketing Manager, Nuance Communication Inc.
Like you, voice biometrics expert Brett Beranek, is fascinated by transformative technologies that have a real impact on our lives. With over a decade of experience in the biometrics and security space, Brett brings strategic and tactical insights to organizations wishing to deliver a better authentication experience to their customers. Prior to joining Nuance, Brett a technologist and entrepreneur by education and passion, successfully introduced several disruptive technologies to the health-care, IT and security markets. Brett has in-depth expertise with a wide range of security technologies, including facial recognition, fingerprint biometrics, video analytics and license plate recognition technology.
Andrew Borene, Esq.
Chairman of Robotics Alley & Advisor to the Cybersecurity SummitAndrew 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.
L. Keith Burkhardt
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
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.
Head of Cyber Intelligence, Deloitte & Touche LLPLance James is an internationally renowned information security expert. He has fifteen years of experience in programming, network security, digital forensics, malware research, cryptography design, cryptanalysis, and attacking protocols. He has provided advisory services to a wide range of government agencies and Fortune 500 organizations, including America’s top financial services institutions. Credited with the identification of Zeus and other malware, James is an active contributor to the betterment of security practices and counter-threat methods through active membership in a wide range of organizations, and through contributions to a number of industry books and publications, including Phishing Exposed (Syngress, 2005), Emerging Threat Analysis (Syngress, 2006), and Reverse Deception (McGraw Hill Professional, 2012). Publications currently in the works include The Threat Intelligence Handbook (No Starch Press) and Hacking Back: Offensive Cyber Counterintelligence (McGraw Hill). Keynote speaking engagements include the SC Congress eSymposium on Cyber Espionage, the First Asia HTCIA Conference (Hong Kong), Digital PhishNet (Germany/San Diego, CA), and SANS Conference (San Diego, CA). Prior to joining Deloitte, James was the Chief Scientist for Vigilant, Inc., co-founder and chief scientist of Secure Science Corporation, and senior threat analyst at Damballa.
Matthew Harmon, CISSP, GSEC, GCIH
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. Stefanie Horvath, MSS
Colonel, MN Army National GuardCOL 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.
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, J.D.
Attorney, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP
Eran Kahana, Special Counsel to Minneapolis law firm Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP, is an IP attorney with extensive experience advising clients in domestic and international settings. He focuses his practice on matters such as drafting and negotiating complex software, patent, and trademark licenses, joint development agreements, strategic partnerships, subcontract agreements, and service agreements. Eran has extensive experience managing and enforcing global copyright, trademark and patent portfolios, and advises clients on a wide variety of IP needs. Eran is a frequent speaker and writer on various intellectual property topics and a Research Fellow at Stanford Law School.
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.
Demetrios (Laz) Lazarikos, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CSSLP
IT Security Strategist, Blue Lava Consulting, LLC
Laz works with Fortune 500 companies and emerging technology companies in building IT security, IT risk, and compliance solutions.
Laz is the former CISO and the visionary behind the Information Security and Compliance team for the Sears Online Business Unit. In that role, Laz drove efforts in creating an Information Security and Fraud big data platform to combat cyber criminal activities and protecting the international business unit. His work in the areas of quantifying loss exposure in dollars by implementing big data systems for Information Security and Fraud analytics have been widely praised by industry analysts at Gartner.
Prior to joining the Online retailer, Laz was the CISO for Silver Tail Systems where he built the Information Security and Compliance program from the ground up. Laz was hired post Series B venture-funding from Andreessen-Horowitz to promote the growth of marquee accounts in key verticals – Financial Services, Government, and eCommerce.
Laz is the inventor of several patents for controlling personally identifiable information, Information Security, and quantifying security risks. His involvement with security initiatives includes contributions for standards, policies, and frameworks regarding Information Security methodologies, Web application security, and IT risk.
While enlisted in United States Air Force (USAF), Laz was decorated twice, including two USAF Achievement Awards for using his expertise in the area of operational efficiencies, information technology, computer security, and leadership qualities at two highly visible USAF bases.
Laz is a Teaching Fellow at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management, holds a Master’s in Computer Information Security (MCIS) from the University of Denver, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University, and has earned several security and compliance certifications.
Brian L. Levine
Trial Attorney, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (“CCIPS”), U.S. Department of Justice
Brian L. Levine serves as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (“CCIPS”). Prior to joining CCIPS, Mr. Levine served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Internet Bureau at the New York Attorney General’s Office; a county prosecutor in Detroit, Michigan; and a civil litigator in Silicon Valley. Mr. Levine has clerked for federal judges in the Southern District of Florida and on the Seventh Circuit. He earned his J.D. from New York University, and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Bruce Loppnow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate School, College of Business and Management, Cardinal Stritch University
Bruce G. Loppnow, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School in the College of Business and Management of Cardinal Stritch University. Dr. Loppnow is responsible for all graduate programs including the MBA with a Concentration in Information Security. Dr. Loppnow is also responsible for academic leadership of the university’s Minnesota locations. Dr. Loppnow has been teaching business and management to working adults in the university’s business programs for nearly 20 years.
Previously, Dr. Loppnow served as a hospital administrator, and as a hospital planning and marketing executive. Dr. Loppnow holds a Ph.D. with a specialization in Organization and Management, and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration. Dr. Loppnow’s doctoral research focused on implementation of clinical information systems.
Loren Dealy Mahler
Vice President Corporate Communications, MWW Group
Loren Dealy Mahler is Vice President in MWW Group’s corporate communications practice. She works with a number of diverse clients, including large corporations and non-profits, to accomplish their business objectives through corporate reputation building, executive visibility and influencer engagement. Prior to joining MWW, Loren spent over a decade in Washington D.C. directing strategic communications initiatives. Most recently, Loren served as Director of Legislative Affairs on the National Security Council Staff at the White House, where she coordinated across multiple federal agencies to build support for national security, foreign policy and homeland security policy issues.
Previously, Loren was Director of Communications for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Defense, where she created legislative communications strategies to win support for multiple policy initiatives across a wide range of audiences. She also worked to coordinate strategic communications and legislative outreach on crisis issues, including the publication of classified government documents by Wikileaks in 2010. Before joining DoD, Loren was Communications Director for the House Armed Services Committee, where she coordinated all communications functions, including external communications around the Committee’s work on the annual defense bill.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Loren graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Sociology and Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy with a Masters in Policy Communications.
Executive Producer & Co-Creator, 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.
Michael McCarthy, J.D.
Partner, Member of Firm Governance Committee, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, 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 claims of environmental claims, medical-device liability, securities and consumer fraud, constitutional rights, and antitrust violations. In addition, he has experience with and expertise in technology-related 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.
Kevin McPeak, CISSP, ITILv3
Technical Architect, Security Public Sector Strategic Programs, Symantec Corporation
Kevin McPeak is a Symantec Security & Mobility Architect who is focused on supporting US Government customers. In this capacity, he serves as a technical SME for reputation based malware filtering, endpoint management, endpoint security, data loss prevention, encryption, mobile device management, mobile app management, secure mobile content delivery, and new defensive technologies.
Kevin has two Masters of Science degrees, with one being earned at Johns Hopkins University and the other being earned at Virginia Tech. He is also currently a part-time PhD candidate at Virginia Tech’s northern Virginia extension campus.
Prior to working for Symantec, Kevin worked for several systems integrators to include CACI, Lockheed Martin, and AlphaInsight. Additionally, Kevin is currently an Army Reserve warrant officer (with over 21 years of continuous service) and in that military capacity he is a veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom (2003) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2010 – 2011).
Vice President of Corporate Development, BIO-key International, Inc.
As VP Corporate Development at BIO-key, Jay is responsible for strategic and corporate development, primarily in the Healthcare markets. With his extensive financial analytical experience, he also supports C-level management regarding BIO-key’s operational execution, as well as manage BIO-key investor relations.
Before joining BIO-key, Jay was Founder & Managing Partner of Sage Capital Advisors, which provides economic, capital market and strategic consulting services in the Security, Credentialing and Identity Management industries. Prior to that, Jay was SVP of Corporate Development for OTI-America, a leading provider of contactless smart card solutions. Previous to OTI, Jay worked as Finance Controller for a healthcare services firm and for many years as a Senior Research Analyst at various boutique investment banks. In June 2006, Jay published Secure Credentialing & Identification — Wall Street’s first and most comprehensive industry research overview of the Security, Biometrics, PKI, Smartcard, Credentialing and Identity Management industries. In 2003, he ranked in the 99th percentile of all securities analysts in North America. In 2004, he ranked in the 97th percentile. In 2005, the StarMine/Forbes Magazine Securities Analyst Ranking Survey named Jay “8th Best Stock Picker in North America.” Jay earned a BS-Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992.
Editor, Kaspersky Lab – Threatpost.com
Michael brings more than a decade of IT security news reporting to Threatpost. As an editor of Threatpost, he covers critical security issues, research, and cyber crime affecting businesses and end-users today.
Prior to joining Threatpost, Michael was Editorial Director of the Security Media Group at TechTarget and Editor of Information Security magazine where he won several ASBPE national and regional writing awards. In addition, Information Security was a two-time finalist for national magazine of the year. Michael has been writing for business-to-business IT publications for 11 years, with a primary focus on information security.
Earlier in his career, Michael was an editor and reporter at several Boston-area newspapers. He holds a bachelor's degree from Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass.
Director of Information Protection and Business Resilience, Advisory Services, 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.
Director of Incident Response, Mandiant, A FireEye Company
Chris Nutt is the Director of Incident Response. Mr. Nutt has ten years of experience in enterprise incident response, working with the federal government, defense industrial base, and Fortune 100 companies. He has extensive experience in incident response, computer forensics, and remediation planning.
He has led high visibility investigations into the theft of intellectual property as well as the theft of payment card industry information. He regularly assists organizations in developing remediation strategies designed to remove sophisticated attackers from client networks.
Mr. Nutt teaches computer incident response to the public and private sectors. He is responsible for development and delivery of technical content in the incident response training courses he teaches. In these courses, he instructs students how to collect and analyze information, and how to manage investigations.
Prior to joining Mandiant, Mr. Nutt conducted computer incident response for the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time there, Mr. Nutt advanced the Marine Corps incident response capability by developing processes and tools utilized during intrusion investigations across the worldwide deployment of Marine networks and communities of interest. In this capacity, Mr. Nutt was the incident response duty expert and responsible for coordinating efforts with Joint Task Force Global Network Operations, service level Computer Emergency Response Teams, and Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He has experience supervising and leading forensic analysts and incident responders, as well as software development teams.
Director, Cyberspace & Security Program
Truman National Security Project & Center for National Policy
Matt is the Director, Cyberspace & Security Program at the Truman Project and Center for National Policy. In this role, he leads the program’s Steering Committee and directs the organization’s cybersecurity policy initiatives. Matt has been published in multiple outlets including Roll Call, Politico, The Hill, San Jose Mercury News, and Christian Science Monitor. Previously, Matt served as the Director of Legislative Affairs at the Truman National Security Project. In that capacity, he ran the Congressional Security Scholars program and was the principal author of the Truman Security Briefing Book. Matt advises Members of Congress and congressional staff on foreign affairs and defense policy.
John Rome, J.D.
CEO and Founder, Intensity Analytics Corporation
Mr. Rome has a national reputation as a software architect and technology inventor. He holds a BA in economics with a concentration in mathematics, with honors, as well as a Juris Doctor degree, from the University of Minnesota. After passing the Minnesota Bar decades ago, John sidestepped the practice of law in favor of staying with software development, his lifelong passion. He has developed large-scale computer programs to automate virtually every facet of the practice of law and several other industries. Along the way, he launched five innovative businesses, descendants of which endure today. A veteran entrepreneur, his professional happiness comes from creating high-tech jobs — not to mention entire industry segments. Fluent in Microsoft technologies, when not creating new uses for automation helpful to the non-tech world, John spends hobby time developing spherical trigonometric algorithms to further his interest in astronomy. Some of those mathematics formulas have shown up in formally patent-pending software in the cybersecurity area. He is a noted speaker, having made over 250 presentations, and now is managing his company’s activities in the area of multifactor biometric authentication by means of keystroke patterns.
Charles Ross, CISSP, CISM
Sr. Director, Technical Account Management, Tanium, Inc.
Charles is the Sr. Director, Technical Account Management at Tanium, Inc. In this role, Charles is responsible for leading an engineering team that empowers Fortune 500 organizations with visibility and control of their endpoint environments at scale. The Technical Account Management team that Charles leads helps assess ongoing threats, define customer requirements/use cases, and deploy solutions to respond to the most complex IT problems in real-time.
Prior to joining Tanium, Charles was the Vice President of North America Technical Operations at McAfee. Charles led an organization chartered with helping McAfee customers and partners develop a strategic vision for security, compelling business cases, and the efficient positioning of products and services to achieve their critical security and business initiatives.
Charles has also served as a Security Consultant for Deloitte & Touché in their Enterprise Risk Services group. There he consulted with Fortune 500 companies to assess, develop, and implement world-class security programs.
Charles is a results-driven, recognized security executive who brings a unique combination of business acumen and security expertise with more than 12 years of experience in information security. He also holds several patents in the areas of information security assessment and optimization. During his frequent speaking engagements, he shares his pragmatic security executive’s perspective. He is a strong proponent of building a sustainable lifecycle around risk activities that is efficient, measurable, and executed with precision.
Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in economics from the University of Florida. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
Renault Ross, CISSP, MCSF, CHSS, CCSK, VCP5
Renault Ross is a United States Technical Architect for security and privacy supporting Public Sector strategic state, local and education department at Symantec. In this role, Ross provides information security and privacy thought leadership messaging and strategy, increasing Symantec’s presence in the health IT, education and state consolidation verticals. He joined Symantec in 2007.
Ross represents Symantec on panel discussions as well as at industry conferences and state CxO briefings around the country. His expertise lies in virtualization, mobility, cloud and cyber security, including enterprise security management best practices to address cyber security risk and drive up efficiencies.
Prior to Symantec, Ross worked as a global security architect and security engineer at a private company located in Atlanta, GA. His duties included establishing the organization’s first security program (Compliance, Vulnerability Management and Incident Response).
Ross holds many certifications including, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified HIPAA Security Specialist (CHSS), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Symantec Certified Specialist (SCS), Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), and VMware Certified Professional (VCP5).
Dr. Ron Ross
Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Information Technology laboratory, Computer Security DivisionDr. Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He currently leads the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of key security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical infrastructure. Dr. Ross has authored numerous cyber security publications and is the principal architect of the NIST Risk Management Framework. Dr. Ross also leads the Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative Working Group, a joint partnership with NIST, the Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community, to develop a unified information security framework for the federal government. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross served in a variety of leadership and technical positions during his twenty-year career in the United States Army. He is a three-time recipient of the Federal 100 award and has been inducted into the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame. During his twenty-year military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and as a senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. Dr. Ross holds both Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.
Brad Rossiter, MS, CISSP, CRISC, CISA
Principle Security Architect, Verizon Security SolutionsBradley Rossiter, an innovative expert in enterprise information security and business protection strategies, is currently providing thought leadership in the Cybersecurity services industry. His primarily responsibility is delivering the necessary technological and risk management leadership that allows global 1000 organizations to safely sustain a competitive marketplace advantage. Throughout Operation Ababil Mr. Rossiter was invited to speak about global network attacks to the USSS, DHS, and many business leaders across the globe. Mr. Rossiter received his MS in Management of Technology at the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute and also holds a BS in Computer Science and industry gold-standard certifications in information security and technology.
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).
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.
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.
Founder & CEO, LuciData Inc.
Jeremy Wunsch is the founder and CEO of LuciData Inc. With almost two decades of forensics, internal threat management and e-discovery experience, he is a leading authority in the development of internal threat management and data forensic solutions for companies and their legal counsel. In addition, he has served as an IP protection consultant for organizations of all sizes and across multiple industries. Most recently, he directed the creation of HelioMetrics to help transform data breach identification.
Jeremy is the author of numerous industry-related articles, a frequent national lecturer and quoted source, and is an adjunct professor teaching digital evidence analysis.