Mark Frantz is co-founder of BlueDelta Capital Partners, a growth capital firm focused on the U.S. federal government technology (GovTech) marketplace. Frantz serves on the board of directors or advisory board for numerous privately-held growth companies and nonprofit organizations, as well as on the Board of Directors for CSRA. Frantz has served as managing general partner of In-Q-Tel; principal with Carlyle Venture Partners; partner at RedShift Ventures; associate to the senior chairman at Alex. Brown; economic and technology policy advisor to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge; and associate director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs under President George H. W. Bush.
Steve Grobman is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) for McAfee. In this role, Grobman sets the technical strategy and direction to create technologies which protect smart, connected computing devices and infrastructure worldwide. He drives McAfee innovation and leads thousands of technical resources to deliver robust and sophisticated cybersecurity solutions that protect corporate and consumer assets. Grobman is a trusted advisor to the industry and media in the field of cybersecurity defense and the evolving threat landscape.
Prior to joining McAfee, Grobman was at Intel where he spent over two decades in senior technical leadership positions related to the field of cybersecurity. His roles varied from protecting Intel’s own assets as an IT security architect to building new security architecture into hardware and software as the chief architect for Intel’s vPro platform. After the acquisition of McAfee in 2012, Grobman moved into the CTO office to drive new research and innovation capabilities for the division and was named worldwide CTO in 2014.
He has published multiple technical papers and books, and holds 24 U.S. and international patents in the fields of security, software, and computer architecture, with another roughly 20 patents pending.
Grobman earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from North Carolina State University.
Palo Alto Networks
Mark D. McLaughlin became vice chairman of the board of directors for Palo Alto Networks in June 2018, following his retirement as the company’s chief executive officer and chairman of the board. McLaughlin joined the company as president and chief executive officer in 2011 and became chairman in 2012. Prior to that, he held a number of key positions at Verisign, including serving as chief operating officer, executive vice president of Products and Marketing, and head of the company’s Naming Services business.
Prior to Verisign, McLaughlin was the vice president of Sales and Business Development for Signio, a leading internet payment company. Before joining Signio, he was the vice president of Business Development for Gemplus, the world’s leading smart-card company. Previous to Gemplus, he also served as general counsel of Caere Corporation and practiced law as an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP.
For nearly a decade, McLaughlin has had the honor of serving as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, a body that for more than 30 years has brought industry chief executives together to provide counsel on national security policy and technical issues to the U.S. president and the national security leadership. Mark has served two-year terms as chairman and vice chairman of the NSTAC.
He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law and his B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as an attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and earned his Airborne Wings. McLaughlin currently also serves on the board of directors for Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM).
As chairman and chief executive officer of Tenable, Amit Yoran oversees the company’s strategic vision as Tenable works to empower organizations to understand and reduce their cybersecurity risk. Yoran brings to Tenable a unique blend of leadership in the private and public sectors. Previously, he served as president of RSA, leading its transformation into one of the most successful global security companies. Yoran joined RSA through the acquisition of NetWitness, the network forensics company he founded and led as CEO.
Previously, Yoran served as founding director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) program in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was also founder and CEO of Riptech, one of the first managed security service providers (MSSP), which was acquired by Symantec in 2002. Yoran currently serves as a board member and adviser to several security startups. In addition, he is recognized as a thought leader and influencer in the security industry, and is often sought out to provide expert commentary on his vision for the future of cybersecurity at industry events and in the media.
Federal Reserve System, National IT
Devon Bryan is executive vice president and chief information security officer (CISO) for the Federal Reserve
System. As CISO, Bryan oversees information security, including incident response, for the enterprise, ensuring information security architecture, standards, policies and programs remain effective and efficient. He was appointed System CISO in February 2016. Bryan came to the Federal Reserve from Fortune 500 payroll and human resources provider ADP, where he served as global chief information security officer. He led ADP’s information security strategy, collaborating across the company’s geographically dispersed business operations to ensure coordination, consensus, and effective execution across global operations. Prior to ADP, he served as the deputy chief information security officer for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after directing the IRS’s FISMA-compliant information security program and leading the IRS’s incident response team. His information security career began in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Captain and Lead Network Security Engineer . Bryan received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from South Dakota Technological University and a Master of Science, Computer Science from Colorado Technological University.
Volgenau School of Engineering
Kenneth Ball was appointed Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering in August 2012. He previously served as the L.S. Randolph Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech from 2004-12, overseeing rapid growth in the department with research expenditures increasing five-fold to approximately $20M, and with large increases in student enrollment. Prior to his appointment at Virginia Tech, he served for 15 years on the mechanical engineering faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering. He is recognized internationally for his research in computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer. He has chaired three international conferences, is a past associate technical editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, and has served on several other engineering journal editorial boards. He is very involved in engineering program assessment and accreditation activities, both in the U.S. and internationally, particularly in the Middle East. Dr. Ball has supervised 13 PhD dissertations and 29 MS theses. He has obtained externally sponsored funding (excluding high-performance computing grants) in excess of $20M for projects and program development in mechanical engineering, including the thermal/fluid sciences and nuclear engineering. The estimated commercial value of his supercomputer grants is in excess of $10M.
Howard Marshall was appointed as the new intelligence director for Accenture’s cyber threat intelligence services in July 2018. A recognized cybersecurity expert and strategist, Marshall has served in various leadership positions throughout his more than 20-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Marshall served as the Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Intelligence, Outreach and Support Branch. In that role, Marshall supported the Cyber Division’s mission to identify, pursue and defeat cyber adversaries targeting global U.S. interests by overseeing efforts to enhance strategic partnerships and intelligence coordination.
Marshall began his career as a Special Agent with the FBI in 1997. He was first assigned to the FBI St. Louis Division, where he worked on a gang and fugitive task force. He then moved to a white collar crime squad and conducted mortgage and bank fraud investigations. In 2003, Marshall was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI Cyber Division. In this role, he oversaw an international task force responsible for extraterritorial investigations and collaboration with Interpol. In 2005, he transferred to the FBI Memphis Division to supervise a public corruption squad. While there, he also served as the Crisis Management Coordinator and the Acting Chief Division Counsel. Marshall was promoted in 2008 to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Division, where he managed the white collar crime, intelligence and administrative program. In 2012, he was promoted to Inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. While there, he led inspections of field offices, legal attaché offices, and shooting incident review teams. After his time in Inspection Division, he became Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Louisville Division.
Prior to his appointment with the FBI, Marshall worked for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Little Rock, Ark. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas.
Amy Howland is the CISO for Perspecta. In this role, she is responsible for securing the Perspecta corporate network as well for the company’s Brand and Reputation as it pertains to cybersecurity.
Prior to this role, Amy Howland served as CSRA’s Chief Information Security Officer for over 2 years and was responsible for maintaining and securing legacy networks while overseeing the buildout of a brand new, secure CSRA hybrid cloud network. Ms. Howland was responsible for CSRA’s overarching information security compliance and risk management, which entailed strategically creating and implementing security policies, processes, and best practices while managing the security operations areas that protected CSRA data and systems as well as brand and reputation.
Amy has a Bachelor’s of Accountancy from the George Washington University and holds the following certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), and Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP). She was named one of CyberScoop’s Top Women in Cybersecurity in 2017.
Ms. Howland has over 20 years of experience supporting the private and public sectors (Civilian and DoD), respectively, serving in various roles as Director of Information Assurance and Cybersecurity. She started her career as a financial auditor and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with Ernst & Young, LLP before moving into its Security & Technology Solutions (STS) practice.
Outside of work, Amy spends time with her husband and two daughters and is a long-time member of both the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC2) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Invited)
Dr. John Zangardi is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Beginning in December 2017, he oversees Information Technology and its related security and management for the Department.
Previously, Dr. Zangardi served as Department of Defense (DoD) Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer and later the Acting Chief Information Officer. As the Principal Deputy and Acting DoD CIO, Dr. Zangardi advised the Secretary of Defense for Information Management / Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as nonintelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications.
Dr. Zangardi’s background includes acquisition, policy, legislative affairs, resourcing, and operations. He as served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations, and Space (DASN C4I, IO, and Space), he was responsible for providing acquisition oversight for C4I, cyber, space, business enterprise, and information technology programs. In 2014 and 2015, he additionally served as the acting Department of the Navy Chief Information Office (DON CIO).
Dr. Zangardi is a retired Naval Flight Officer and served in a variety of command and staff assignments. After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Zangardi was selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service (SES) and assigned as the Deputy Director Warfare Integration Programs (N6FB) within the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Communications Networks (N6) Directorate. With the stand-up of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Information Dominance (N2/N6), he was assigned as the Director for Program Integration and as Deputy to the Director for Concepts, Strategy, and Integration.
He is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University of Scranton. Dr. Zangardi was awarded a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from George Mason University.
Susie Adams is chief technology officer for Microsoft’s Federal Government business and brings with her over 30 years of IT experience. Adams joined Microsoft in 1999 and has held several leadership positions in Microsoft including the Director of the Microsoft Reston, Virginia Technology Center and most recently, the CTO of the Federal Civilian Business. Prior to Microsoft, she spent 16 years in the consulting arena working with customers in both the commercial and government sectors. She held a variety of management and leadership roles including practice manager, systems analyst and software developer. Adams is a past Fed100 award winner and has authored several books on the topics of software integration and web development. Adams is a graduate of George Mason University where she received a B.S. in information systems.
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Denise Peppard is corporate vice president and chief human resources officer for Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in global security.
In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of Northrop Grumman’s human resources strategy and programs. Her responsibilities include strategy; organization effectiveness; change leadership; performance management; talent development and acquisition; succession planning; executive development; training; labor/employee relations and compensation and benefits also include the company’s international operations. She is also a member of the company’s corporate policy council.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in finance and organization behavior from the University of Michigan.
Will Ackerly is the CTO and Co-Founder of Virtru. Prior to founding Virtru in 2012, Will spent eight years at the National Security Agency where he specialized in cloud analytics and security architecture. During his tenure at the NSA, Will invented the Trusted Data Format (TDF), an open standard used today by various government agencies for the secure transfer of data and a technical foundation upon which Virtru was built.
As the President and CEO of ThreatQuotient, John Czupak drives the company’s global expansion and manages financial growth. John has played a critical role in multiple companies that resulted in successful liquidity events. Prior to ThreatQuotient he served as General Manager for Cisco Systems’ Advanced Malware Protection (“FireAMP”) product line following its $2.7 billion acquisition of Sourcefire, Inc. John served in a number of additional roles during his 12-year career at Sourcefire, including Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development, General Manager FireAMP and Senior Vice President, International & Business Development.
Before Sourcefire, John was the SVP of Worldwide Sales for Mountain Wave, Inc., which was acquired by Symantec Corporation in July of 2002. Prior to Mountain Wave, John was the Vice President of Worldwide Channels for Riverbed Technologies, a leader in mobile and wireless computing. Earlier in his career, John was an original member of the management team and Vice President of Asia Pacific and Latin America for AXENT Technologies. John also serves as an Advisor and Board member to a number of technology companies, including Sonatype, PFP CyberSecurity and Cybrary.
Josh Stella is Co-founder and CTO of Fugue, the cloud infrastructure automation and security company. Fugue identifies security and compliance violations in cloud infrastructure and ensures they are never repeated. Previously, Josh was a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services, where he supported customers in the area of national security. He has served as CTO for a technology startup and in numerous other IT leadership and technical roles over the past 25 years
NTT DATA, Inc.
At the intersection of technology and innovation, you’ll find NTT DATA’s Shamlan Siddiqi in the fast lane. As NTT DATA’s public sector chief technology officer, Mr. Siddiqi drives the company’s technology vision, strategy and innovation to guide government clients to solutions that weigh future technologies against practicalities. To each engagement Mr. Siddiqi brings a unique perspective that combines extensive commercial experience with a solid understanding of government. The result is the best of both worlds—creativity and technology-forward solutions combined with a wealth of commercial lessons learned from which to draw a realistic path forward for NTT DATA’s many government clients.
Mr. Siddiqi is a sought after subject matter expert throughout the public sector. He was a key contributor to the State of Illinois, Blockchain Taskforce the Virginia Governor Elect’s Technology Policy Council, and is a member of the Council to Secure the Digital Economy, in addition to being a published writer/contributor and speaker.
With more than 20 years of experience in IT services, Siddiqi has served as vice president in the digital and cloud services practice at NTT DATA, where he led a team of consulting, solutions and service delivery professionals. Siddiqi also held the position of vice president of North America architecture and application development at NTT DATA. In this role, he established technology practices, including mobile, interactive web, user experience, architecture modernization and integration—achieving double-digit revenue growth while solving business problems across industries. Shamlan is an executive sponsor of Women Inspiring NTT DATA, (WIN) DC Chapter to identify and professional development, retention and recruitment of talented women across NTT DATA.
Prior to NTT DATA, Siddiqi served as senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where he led enterprise architecture and management consulting initiatives for public sector clients, including the Food and Drug Administration. Siddiqi has also held various technical positions as a developer, engineer and architect with increasing responsibilities at companies including American Management Systems, CGI and RWD Technologies.
Siddiqi is a recipient of the CIO Certificate in Federal Executive Competencies awarded by the CIO University and the George Washington University. He also holds a master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and a bachelor’s degree in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Shamlan was recently honored by his alma mater, George Mason, with induction into Prominent Patriots—an organization for alumnae that have achieved notable success in their respective fields.
Jonathan Bransky is a Senior Enterprise Security Advisor for Dominion Energy providing counsel on short and long term security topics and evaluate security strategies and issues impacting the different sectors of Dominion Energy’s business units. Before joining Dominion Energy, he spent 20 years establishing and leading PSEG’s cybersecurity efforts and consulted on IT Infrastructure technologies for large enterprises with Ernst and Young LLP and NetReference, Inc. He has a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, a MS in Operations Research from The George Washington University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Dr. John Everett is the deputy director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O).
Dr. Everett joined DARPA in February 2014 as a program manager. His research interests include cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. He started the Cyber Fault-tolerant Attack Recovery (CFAR) program in 2014, which is developing automated software rewriting techniques to protect legacy systems. In 2015, he started the Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) program to research technologies for detection of and recovery from a nation-state cyber-enabled attack on the US power grid.
Prior to DARPA, Dr. Everett led R&D groups at Raytheon BBN Technologies, BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies, and Xerox PARC in the areas of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Dr. Everett holds a doctorate in artificial intelligence from Northwestern University, a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
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