Navy Federal Credit Union
Ray Murphy is vice president, Information Security at Navy Federal Credit Union. Navy Federal is the world’s largest credit union with more than 7 million members and 15,000 employees. Murphy is a highly-accomplished information security executive with over 25 years of proven experience in contributing extensive information security acumen to the financial services industry. Murphy has held executive level positions at Fortune 500 corporations, including Exxon Mobil Corporation and MCI Telecommunications. He is a renowned information security subject matter expert and public speaker with speaking engagements that have included Washington Navy Yard Holiday Safety Stand Down, Office of Naval Intelligence, Suitland, Maryland Stand Down, RSA Conference, Symantec Visions Conference and the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit. Murphy earned his MBA from Sacred Heart University and his B.A. from St. Bonaventure University.
Coalition for Government Procurement
Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement and brings more than 25 years of high-profile government contracting experience. Waldron has extensive experience in General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule and IT GWAC Programs, including 20 years with GSA. At GSA, Waldron held several positions including senior assistant general counsel; director, Acquisition Management Center; and acting deputy chief acquisition officer, where he was responsible for the development, issuance and monitoring of acquisition policies and procedures governing GSA’s $60 billion procurement operations. Waldron was selected by the Executive Office of the President, to serve on the 14-member Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA) Acquisition Advisory Panel that provided recommendations to Congress and OMB on effective procurement of commercial services. Waldron is the host of the WFED radio show Off the Shelf and leading contributor to the FAR and Beyond blog.
As CEO and chairman of the Board of Telos Corporation, John Wood orchestrates the company’s support of corporations and governments worldwide in the critical areas of cybersecurity, secure mobility and identity. Prior to joining Telos in 1992, Wood worked on Wall Street. In 2014, he was appointed by executive order by Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Cyber Security Commission. He is founding chairman of the Loudoun County CEO Cabinet and was chairman of Loudoun County’s Economic Development Commission. Wood is chairman of the Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and served on the Board of Project Rebirth. He currently serves on the NVTC and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Boards.
Miles & Stockbridge
Veronica D. Jackson is an associate at Miles & Stockbridge and represents employers in a broad range employment litigation matters, including wage and hour disputes, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, ADA and FMLA litigation, and wrongful discharge. Jackson is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/U.S.) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). In the area of data privacy and security, Jackson counsels clients through data breach and cyber incident response efforts, including guiding clients through any necessary data breach notifications and representing clients in any subsequent regulatory and legal matters. Jackson also counsels clients regarding data security and privacy policies and provides training regarding data privacy and security best practices. Jackson earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.S. from Florida A&M 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.
U.S. Marine Corps
Dr. Ray Letteer is chief of the Cybersecurity Division of the Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Department at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. He is responsible for the overall creation, direction and execution of tasks and standards within the Marine Corps for cybersecurity. He is also directs the implementation of the DoD Risk Management Framework and is the appointed single Marine Corps Authorizing Official for the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). Previously, Dr. Letteer was as a federal contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton and SAIC and served in the intelligence, security and cybersecurity fields within the United States Air Force. Dr. Letteer was an adjunct faculty member of the National Cryptologic School at NSA and is presently an adjunct faculty member with Capitol Technology University.
Ken Bailey is a leader of technical information security teams and supporting intelligence analysis operations. As a CISO at Fortalice Solutions, Bailey develops custom cybersecurity monitoring products for client networks and performs risk and open source intelligence assessments and penetration tests. He also develops personal security protection services for high net-worth individuals to protect their communications. Most recently, Bailey served as the Washington, D.C. deputy director for the Executive Office of the President, where he built out the threat intelligence operations that protected the President both domestically and for foreign travel. Previously, while serving as Branch Chief in the Executive Office of the President, Bailey established the first 24-7 Security Operations Center for the White House and EOP networks. Prior to working in the Executive Office, Bailey served for the Congressional Research Service.
Dr. Michael Papay is vice president and chief information security officer for Northrop Grumman, delivering the company’s international information security program. He is responsible for strategy and vision for the company’s global computer and network information security systems; defining companywide policies for information security; and enhancing the security of Northrop Grumman’s products, services and infrastructure. Dr. Papay has 29 years of experience with Northrop Grumman developing engineering solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community, including intercontinental ballistic missiles; command and control systems; satellite and ground systems; airborne intelligence and surveillance; modeling and simulation programs; and cybersecurity solutions. Dr. Papay served on the 2012 U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Task Force on Cyber Skills. Dr. Papay has a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech.
Willis Towers Watson
Tom Finan is a practice leader with Willis Towers Watson. He previously served as chief strategy officer at Ark Network Security Solutions. Prior to Ark, Finan served as senior cybersecurity strategist and counsel with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate. While at DHS, he established and led the agency’s cybersecurity insurance initiative. Finan created DHS’ Cyber Incident Data and Analysis Working Group, a private-public forum that examined how a cyber incident data repository could help meet the information and analysis requirements of both insurers and cybersecurity professionals. He previously worked as the staff director and counsel for the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment with the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. Finan is a former assistant general counsel at the FBI.
Howard Marshall was appointed Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Intelligence, Outreach and Support Branch in August 2016. Marshall supports 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.
State of New Jersey
Dave Weinstein is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of New Jersey. As CTO, Weinstein is the chief executive of the New Jersey Office of Information Technology, the State’s cabinet-level information technology infrastructure agency. Prior to his 2016 appointment, Weinstein served as the State’s first Cybersecurity Advisor. Previously, Weinstein was a senior civilian at the U.S. Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Md., as well as a cyber risk management consultant with Deloitte. Weinstein has been recognized by Forbes as a “top 20 cyber policy expert” and has been featured in many media and academic publications, including CNN.com, The Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, Boston Globe and Slate. In 2017, Weinstein was named “State Executive of the Year” by StateScoop. Weinstein is also a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow with New America and has authored numerous cybersecurity publications.
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Brian Loggins is the lead for Strategic Analysis, Initiatives and Operations within the CIMS Division team at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. Loggins is responsible for coordinating the Division’s long range strategic plan, resource boards and planning cyber initiatives across the company, as well as overall operations of the CIMS Division strategy team. Prior to this, Loggins was director in the Integrated Intelligence Systems business unit (IISBU) within the Intelligence Systems Division. From 2011 to 2013, Loggins served at Booz Allen Hamilton as a principal leading business development for their NRO/NGA account and supporting Army geospatial business initiatives. Previously, Loggins was a Corps of Engineer Officer in the U.S. Army for 21 years. He served in various command and staff positions that culminated as a Lieutenant Colonel on the Army Staff in the Pentagon.
As CEO and co-founder of Virtru, John Ackerly is proud to be helping millions of individuals and thousands of organizations take control of the information they store and share online. A longtime privacy advocate, Ackerly was responsible for technology policy at the White House and was the policy and strategic planning director at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to co-founding Virtru, Ackerly was an investor at Lindsay Goldberg LLC, working with entrepreneurs to dramatically scale their businesses. Ackerly graduated from Williams College Summa Cum Laude, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School with Highest Honors.
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.
Strategic Cyber Ventures
Tom Kellermann is CEO of Strategic Cyber Ventures, a D.C.-based cyber investing firm. He is a noted cyber-intelligence expert, author, professor and serves as a Global Fellow for the Wilson Center. Previously, Kellermann served as chief cybersecurity officer for Trend Micro Inc., where he was responsible for analysis of emerging cybersecurity threats. Prior to Trend Micro, Kellermann was vice president of security for Core Security. Kellermann began his career as senior data risk management specialist for the World Bank Treasury Security Team, where he was responsible for cyber intelligence and security policy as he advised central banks around the world about their cyber-risk posture. He was also a professor at American University’s School of International Service and the Kogod School of Business and he co-authored the book, E-Safety and Soundness: Securing Finance in a New Age.
National Governors Association
Timothy Blute serves as director for the NGA Future office at the national Governors Association (NGA), where he will assist and advise governors and state officials on how emerging technologies will impact government and state economies, including identifying the opportunities and challenges associated with ongoing technological innovation. Previously, he served as program director for the NGA Center for Best Practices’ Homeland Security & Public Safety Division. Blute focused on cybersecurity, public safety communications and information sharing. Prior to NGA, Blute served as intelligence analyst in the Counterterrorism Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and detailee to the Office of the General Counsel at the National Security Law Branch. Blute holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in International affairs from the George Washington University.
Rohyt Belani is CEO and co-founder of PhishMe. Prior to PhishMe, Belani served as CEO of Intrepidus Group (acquired by NCC Group PLC), managing director at Mandiant (acquired by FireEye, Inc.) and principal consultant at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee). At PhishMe, Belani has led the company’s growth from concept to a company with over 400 employees, serving half of the Fortune 100. PhishMe has become as a global leader in phishing defense and secured $60 million in equity capital from reputed investors like Paladin Capital Group and Bessemer Venture Partners. The company has also received accolades including being featured on the Deloitte Fast500, Inc. 5000 and the Washington Business Journal’s best places to work. Belani often provides cybersecurity commentary for national media including CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, BBC World News, Washington Post and Harvard Business Review.
Craig Bowman is vice president of Verizon’s Cloud and Cyber Security – Advanced Solutions Division; providing strategy and engineering support for secure cloud initiatives in the public sector. Bowman speaks internationally on the subject of cybersecurity and has briefed congressional offices, senators, Olympic committees and international defense leaders. Prior to Verizon, he led the Defense and International Security Division of Adobe Systems. In that capacity, he helped to engineer secure content delivery systems for the most rugged security environments. Previously, Bowman was a software cybersecurity engineer for the defense and national security industry.
Matthew O’Connor is a product manager in the Google Cloud Office of the CTO based in Mountain View, Ca. He specializes in security, compliance, privacy, policy and large-scale software services. Prior to joining the Office of the CTO, O’Connor was responsible for Security and Compliance products on Google Cloud Platform. He established the key foundations for Cloud Compliance Program and many of the early Cloud Platform security Product. He also built products for Google Enterprise, having joined Google via the acquisition of Postini in 2007. Before Google, O’Connor held product management and engineering roles building scaled services at Postini, Tellme Networks, AOL, Netscape, Inflow and Hewlett-Packard. His career started as a U.S. Air Force officer on the MILSTAR satellite program. O’Connor has an executive MBA from the University of California and a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering from Santa Clara University.
Tiffany Olson Jones is CEO of Distil Networks, the leader in protecting websites, mobile apps and APIs from botnets and automated attacks. Jones has more than 20 years of proven business and operations experience within the information technology industry, the White House, government and U.S. military. Prior to Distil, Jones was at FireEye leading Global Strategic Partnerships and Alliance Operations. She joined the FireEye team through the acquisition of iSIGHT Partners where she was the Chief Revenue Officer & SVP of Client Solutions for iSIGHT. Prior to iSIGHT Partners, Jones spent over a decade at Symantec in senior roles. She also had a distinguished career in the government as Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection. In addition to her Deputy Chief of Staff duties, she contributed to the development of the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. Jones graduated from the Coast Guard Academy and received her commission as a Coast Guard Officer. Her military awards include Coast Guard Officer of the Year Award, a Coast Guard Commendation Medal and two Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
Palo Alto Networks
Rick Howard is the Palo Alto Networks Chief Security Officer (CSO) where he oversees the company’s internal security program, leads the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Team (Unit 42), directs the company’s efforts on the Cyber Threat Alliance Information Sharing non-profit, and hosts the Cybersecurity Canon Project. His prior jobs include TASC CISO, iDefense General Manager, Counterpane SOC Director, and Commander of the U.S. Army’s Computer Emergency Response Team. Howard holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and an engineering degree from the US Military Academy.
As president and chief operating officer of Tenable, Jack Huffard is responsible for driving all global revenue growth and leading the company’s corporate strategy and organizational growth. Before co-founding Tenable, Huffard was director of corporate development for Enterasys Networks, where he was involved with the acquisitions of Network Security Wizards and Indus River Networks. Before Enterasys, Huffard held various management and sales positions at John Hancock and Marriott Corporation. He received the 2013 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for defense and security, together with Tenable co-founders Ron Gula and Renaud Deraison. Huffard currently serves on the Washington & Lee University Entrepreneurial Advisory Board and the SunTrust Bank Greater Washington Advisory Board. He holds a B.S. from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from Babson College.
Monster Government Solutions
Susan Fallon is vice president of Global Strategy and Business Development for Monster Government Solutions, a business unit of Monster Worldwide Inc. Fallon is responsible for identifying new business opportunities, facilitating strategic partnerships and directing marketing communications to drive growth and sustainable differentiation for Monster Government Solutions globally. Prior to Monster, Fallon’s experience included an executive role at a venture-backed company that built the first global online talent and funding exchange for the R&D community; communications, IR and marketing positions with the Nasdaq Stock Market and National Association of Securities Dealers; and on the headquarters staff of Navy League of the U.S. Fallon serves on the boards of WIN Insights and TMGovU.org. Fallon works passionately on programs advancing Veterans employment for Monster and Military.com, and also serves on the task force for the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative, as a member of KKR’s Veteran Advisory Council and on the Advisory Committee for the University of Southern California’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families.
Cyber Human Capital LLC
Renee Brown Small, president and founder of Cyber Human Capital LLC, brings the best of two worlds to Cyber Human Capital LLC with a combined 15 years of experience within human resources and cybersecurity. A consummate HR professional, Brown Small has worked across all disciplines in the field of human resources. She has made significant contributions at Fortune 500 companies including Freddie Mac and Citigroup’s Investment Bank, Citi Markets and Banking. Brown Small’s business acumen and understanding of the increasing sensitivity surrounding confidential information naturally led her to work in the field of cybersecurity with Freddie Mac. She is a graduate of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University and holds an Insider Threat Program Manager (ITPM) Certification.
Fairfax County, Virginia
Michael Dent is the Chief Information Security Officer for Fairfax County, Virginia. Dent joined the county in 2002 after managing the security program for information technology at the Virginia Department of Corrections. Dent was the catalyst for establishing the enterprise-wide IT security mission, has developed a County-wide policy and comprehensive IT security and privacy program; and directs the development and enforcement of County-wide information security policies, standards and procedures. Dent is serving his seventh term as chairman of the Council of Governments Chief Information Security Officers group within the National Capitol Region. Under Dent’s leadership, the NCRNet is going through several processes to assess and address the current Cybersecurity Framework to ensure compatibility with the recent release of the National Cyber Security Framework. Additionally, since the NCRNet delivered one of the very first National Capitol Region Data Exchange Hubs, which allows participating jurisdictions the ability to securely share and exchange CAD to CAD (Computed Aided Dispatch) information to expedite 9-1-1 mutual aid response.
Crowell & Moring
Robert Burton is a partner with Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group. He is a nationally-recognized federal procurement attorney, an expert witness on government contracts issues in federal court and arbitration proceedings, and a leader who assists government contractors with navigating the complex procurement process. A 30-year veteran of procurement law and policy development, Burton served in the Executive Office of the President as deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), the nation’s top career federal procurement official. He also served as acting administrator for two years. As deputy administrator of OFPP, Burton was responsible for the government’s acquisition policy and procurement guidance to all executive branch agencies. He also served as the executive director of the Chief Acquisition Officers Council, managed the activities of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and the Cost Accounting Standards Board. Prior to OFPP, Burton spent over 20 years as a senior acquisition attorney with the Department of Defense.
Jim Gfrerer is an executive director in EY’s Cyber Program Management group. Gfrerer has more than 25 years in technology, management and leadership roles with a diverse background in government, military, academia and the commercial sector. In government, Gfrerer led multiple major HR IT efforts to include early web-based, mobile and Y2K program management efforts. Gfrerer has worked cybersecurity policy issues for the Department of Defense and as part of an interagency team working at the Department of State. Gfrerer has Board of Director experience around cybersecurity and digital matters and has worked with CIOs and CISOs on board-level matters. Gfrerer’s current major work is in the field of the industrial Internet of Things, working matters of IT/OT convergence and related cybersecurity efforts. Gfrerer earned his B.S. in computer science from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.S. in resource strategy from the National Defense University and a CIO Certificate from the National Defense University.
American Bar Association
Michael Aisenberg has a career-long record as a leader in Washington’s information technology policy community, bridging information technology interests in government and industry with public policymakers. Trained as an attorney, Aisenberg has held numerous leadership roles in industry and government policy bodies. He currently serves as chair of the Information Security Committee at the American Bar Association. Aisenberg directed government relations for VeriSign from 2000 to 2007 and Digital Equipment Corporation from 1981 to 1997. He graduated from the University of Maine School of Law and received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Advanced Cybersecurity Group
Geoff Hancock is the CEO at the Advanced Cybersecurity Group. He leads the organization in the development of cybersecurity best practice for commercial and federal customers. Hancock has spent 25 years in cybersecurity. His experience includes active defense, intelligence, conducting red/blue team operations, managing investigations and developing threat modeling programs across Department of Defense, Intel Community, civilian agencies and corporations. He serves on several federal/commercial task forces advising on operations, active defense and cyber-deterrence. He currently serves as a senior fellow at The George Washington Center for Cybersecurity, chairman of the Federal CIO/CISO Alliance and is co-chair of the Cyber Intelligence Task Force at INSA.
Tom Weithman serves as the president and chief investment officer for MACH37 and the managing director of the CIT GAP Funds. As a founder of MACH37, Weithman brings 12 years prior early stage and cybersecurity investment experience to his present role. Formed by Weithman in 2005, CIT GAP Funds has gained national recognition as one of the nation’s most active early stage venture funds and a premier provider of capital to cybersecurity startups. Through MACH37, Weithman has funded 50+ seed stage cybersecurity companies. CIT GAP Funds has provided early funding to 13 additional early stage cybersecurity companies including Invincea (acquired by Sophos), ADI (acquired by Silicom), SpydrSafe (acquired by Okta) and 4Front Security (acquired by Symantec). CIT GAP Funds active cybersecurity portfolio includes Distil Networks, DivvyCloud, ID.me, PFP Cybersecurity and ThreatQ.
Lisa Altman serves as senior vice president of Public Relations at Jaffe PR. Altman served as director of public affairs for Washington Metro/Virginia Region Operations of Comcast Corp. since 2005. She oversaw all internal and external communications. As the primary spokesperson for Comcast in the Washington area, she earned a reputation as a steadfast, well-informed and articulate source to key media both locally and nationally. Earlier in her career, she worked at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and Eisner Petrou and Associates where she provided communications support to clients. Altman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a concentration in public relations as well as a degree in women’s studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.
David Schaefer serves as president and CEO of AHT Insurance. Under Schaefer’s leadership, AHT has achieved national recognition as a “Best Place to Work in Insurance” and a “Top 100 Broker” for its technology and management liability insurance programs. Schaefer led the development of AHT’s proprietary D&O loss prevention program, Ensuring Integrity, which has been instrumental in helping clients minimize price increases on these policies. He also helped design MyRiskTracker, an insurance certificate management and compliance system for real estate and multi-national risks. Schaefer is a founding member and past chair of TechAssure and has testified before standing committees of the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget about corporate risk management and insurance issues. Prior to joining AHT in 1987, Schaefer worked in the information technology services group at McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
Department of Homeland Security
Emile Monette currently serves as cybersecurity and acquisition strategist in the DHS Office of the Chief Information Security Officer. Monette has unique experience with cybersecurity and procurement in the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government, including service as senior advisor in the Executive Office of the President, professional staff member with the House of Representatives Oversight Committee and as an active duty Air Force officer. Prior to his current role, Monette was advisor to the DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, where he led development and implementation of a government-wide supply chain risk management strategy to improve the cybersecurity of procurements of CDM products. He is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Andrew Girson is the CEO of Barr Group, a software engineering consulting and training firm known for its expertise in IoT security, safety and reliability. For over 25 years, Girson has gained significant experience through various engineering, management, and leadership roles within the embedded software industry. At Barr Group, Girson has led the company’s growing training and consulting practices for manufacturers of IoT devices while also building an internationally-known expert witness practice supporting attorneys involved in sophisticated IP and product liability litigation. Girson has served as a contributing editor and columnist and has recently written multiple articles on IoT security and safety and the impact of wireless and cellular technology on IoT. Girson holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.
Vijay Takanti is senior vice president of product development at Exostar. Exostar’s solutions, delivered via secure cloud to the aerospace, defense, life science and healthcare industries, span identity management, risk management, enterprise collaboration, and supply chain management. Exostar’s risk management solution, developed under Takanti’s leadership, allows companies including BAE Systems, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and more, to assess the cybersecurity maturity of their global, multi-tier supply chains, as well as determine compliance with DoD DFARS clauses that incorporate the 110 security controls found in the NIST SP 800-171 standard. The Institute for Defense Analysis has stated that Exostar currently has the largest database of supplier attestations for 800-171. Takanti came to Exostar in 2004 through its acquisition of Evincible Software, where he was founder and CEO. Earlier in his 25-year career, Takanti served as CTO at the Society of Worldwide Interbank Telecommunication.
Kelly Hood is a cybersecurity engineer with a unique combination of skills in chemical engineering and security standards. She supports federal and commercial clients to improve and implement security standards, such as the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. Hood is experienced with the Common Criteria commercial IT product certification and validation process through the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). She has contributed to the creation and update of requirements and assurance activities through participation in international technical communities to increase the overall security assurance of Common Criteria certified products including network devices, software applications, full drive encryptors, USB devices and multifunction printers. She is currently supporting the review of the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and has developed training modules to aid community members in implementing the Framework in their own organizations.
National Security Council
Grant Schneider serves as the Acting Federal Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council staff. In these roles, Schneider leads teams of cybersecurity experts who develop and oversee crosscutting policies to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity. Schneider and his staff seek to improve the nation’s cybersecurity in three ways: enhancing the overall defensive posture of federal and critical infrastructure cybersecurity; leveraging the expertise of the U.S. Intelligence Community to mitigate threats to federal cybersecurity; and leading an effective and efficient response to federal incidents.
Schneider played an instrumental role in the government-wide response to the OPM cybersecurity incidents in 2014 and 2015. Prior to joining the White House as Cybersecurity Adviser to the Federal Chief Information Officer in 2015, Schneider served for seven years as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s CIO.
Tim Marlin is senior managing director of Cyber & Professional Liability for The Hartford. Marlin has over 16 years of experience in cyber, technology errors and omissions, professional, and management liability insurance. He has held underwriting and product management roles within The Hartford as a manager in both D&O and Professional Liability groups, and as a claims consultant on the Technology E&O and Lawyers Professional Liability claims teams. Prior to joining The Hartford in 2004, Marlin was an associate of the law firm of Mendes & Mount, LLP, where he primarily represented clients regarding insurance coverage matters. He is a member of the New York Bar and has taught continuing legal education with regard to insurance coverage and professional liability.
U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC)
Karen Evans is national director for the U.S. Cyber Challenge, the nationwide talent search and skills development program focused specifically on the cyber workforce. She is also an independent consultant in the areas of leadership, management and strategic use of IT. She retired after 28 years of federal government service with responsibilities ranging from a GS-2 to presidential appointee as the administrator for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget. She oversaw the federal IT budget of nearly $71 billion, which included implementation of IT throughout the federal government. Prior to administrator, Evans was chief information officer for the Department of Energy and director, Information Resources Management Division, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice. She currently serves as director on the boards of NIC, Inc; Center for Internet Security; and the Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy.
Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD)
Dr. Kevin McGuire is a technology visionary who thrives on solving complex problems. Dr. McGuire is an industry-recognized cybersecurity expert with over 25 years of experience. His career is highlighted on helping organizations establish effective cybersecurity programs through a combination of technology, process and cultural initiatives. Dr. McGuire has been involved in many organizations from startups, to Fortune 500 companies, in such roles as CISO, CTO and CIO. He has won numerous awards and has applied for several patents in the areas of technology and cybersecurity. Dr. McGuire is currently working with the U.S. Navy as CIO for NSWCCD and is responsible for all aspects of cybersecurity, information assurance, and certification and accreditation. Dr. McGuire has a master’s degree in computer science from Hofstra University and a Doctorate from the University of Maryland with a concentration in cybersecurity.
Charles River Associates, Cyber Forensics
N. MacDonnell Ulsch is an internationally-acclaimed cyber threat and risk analyst. His work has involved nation-state transgressions against the United States Defense Industrial Base, as well as critical infrastructure and commercial resources. He has appeared on Fox News, ABC News and CBS News. Ulsch served as Trusted Advisor on the United States Secrecy Commission and as Advisor to the United States Treasury Department on Critical Infrastructure Protection. He is the former co-chair of the Cybercrime & Privacy Subcommittee of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association. Ulsch has authored two books, Cyber Threat! How to Manage the Growing Risk of Cyber Attacks and THREAT! Managing Risk in a Hostile World. Ulsch is a senior consultant in cybercrime at the litigation consulting firm of Charles River Associates and serves on the Board of the Cyber Research Institute at Mercy College.
Office of Management and Budget
Jeremy McCrary began his federal career as an operational contract specialist with the Department of Education before moving to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) at OMB, where he served from 2010 through 2013 as a procurement policy analyst, with duties focused on developing and drafting procurement policies in response to administration priorities. His portfolio at OFPP includes cybersecurity in acquisition, supply chain risk management and contractor ethics and conflicts of interest. In 2014 and 2015, he worked as an official in the Public Sector Integrity Division of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co Operation and Development in Paris, analyzing country procurement systems to offer recommendations for improvement and assisting in the development of the 2016 OECD Recommendation on Public Procurement before returning to OFPP in mid-2016.
Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc.
Girish Seshagiri is executive vice president and chief technology officer at Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc., a fast-growing provider of cybersecurity services to the Department of Defense and other civilian agencies of the federal government. Seshagiri is an early adopter of the apprenticeship dual model for skills formation. He is a staunch advocate of creating workforce capable of developing software which is secure from cyber-attacks. Seshagiri is currently providing the founding organizational leadership to the national rollout of the Community Initiative Center of Excellence for Secure Software (CICESS). Girish has an MBA from Michigan State University.
General Dynamics Information Technology
Robert Carey is vice president, cybersecurity, cloud and UC solutions within the Global Solutions Division of General Dynamics Information Technology. He is responsible for delivering cybersecurity, cloud and UC offerings to clients within the Department of Defense. Previously, he worked for CSC and Vencore leading operational units supporting the DoD and intelligence community. He retired from the DoD in 2014 after over 31 years of distinguished service. His most recent assignment was a 3 ½ year tour as the DoD Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer. Carey’s federal service began with the U.S. Army in 1982. He began his service with the Department of the Navy in 1985. He transitioned into the office of the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer in 2000. From 2006 to 2010, he served as the fifth Department of the Navy (DON) Chief Information Officer (CIO). Carey retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve at the rank of Captain in the Civil Engineer Corps.
Amazon Web Services
Doug VanDyke is general manager on the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Team, where he is focused on managing customer relationships with the U.S. federal civilian government and nonprofits. Prior to AWS, VanDyke spent eight years in sales leadership positions at Microsoft in the U.S. federal government business. Most recently, VanDyke was a senior director in Microsoft’s Department of Defense segment. His other responsibilities at Microsoft included serving as Microsoft’s account manager for the White House, both Houses of Congress, and other civilian agencies including the State Department and National Archives. Prior to Microsoft, VanDyke was a director and account manager at three internet startups, including one he co-founded, RitePage. He started his career as a software programmer in the airline industry for Andersen Consulting, now Accenture, where he helped design and deploy the first electronic ticketing systems for Air Canada, Delta and U.S. Airways.
Ross Nodurft serves as chief of the Cybersecurity Team, in the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer, within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In this role, Nodurft leads a team responsible for developing and driving implementation of cybersecurity policies for federal agencies. Prior to joining OMB, Nodurft spent seven years on Capitol Hill working on cybersecurity and national security-related legislation. Nodurft received his B.A. from the Catholic University of America and an M.A. in international political economy and development from Fordham University.
Amy Howland is CSRA’s chief information security officer and is responsible for CSRA’s overarching information security compliance and risk management, which entails strategically creating and implementing security policies, processes, and best practices while managing the security operations areas that protect CSRA data and systems. Howland has over 20 years of experience supporting the private and public sectors, respectively, serving in roles as director of information assurance and cybersecurity for Blue Canopy Group and Camber Corporation. Howland started her career as a financial auditor and CPA with Ernst & Young before moving into its Security & Technology Solutions practice. She is a senior member of the Information Systems Security Association of Northern Virginia (ISSA-NOVA), and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and ISC2.
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