BOARD OF ADVISORS
CYBERSECURITY INDUSTRY THOUGHT LEADERS
Our Board of Advisors have extensive and varied cybersecurity industry experience, and they provide us with invaluable advice and feedback on our special reports, community resources, and new content initiatives.
Cybersecurity Luminary, Founder of McAfee Associates
John McAfee is the legendary founder of his namesake anti-virus company — McAfee Associates — which he started up in 1987, led to a successful IPO in 1992, and grew to become the leading antivirus company before he departed in 1994. McAfee Associates ultimately sold to Intel Corporation (while still bearing John McAfee’s name) for $7.7 billion in 2010.
In 1994 John founded Tribal Voice, developer of the PowWow chat software — one of the early instant messaging programs. Many of the features found in contemporary instant messaging programs were first introduced in PowWow.
John invested in and joined the board of directors of Zone Labs in 2000, makers of firewall software, which was acquired by Check Point for $205 million in 2013.
Over the years John has pursued numerous business ventures, but his heart has always been in cyber. His most recent startup, Future Tense Central, is a privacy and security company which has developed and invested into several cutting edge technologies which protect users of mobile and web apps.
MGT Capital Investments, Inc. (NYSE MKT: MGT) recently appointed John McAfee as CEO. With John at the helm, MGT is in the process of acquiring a diverse portfolio of cyber security technologies.
Despite his busy schedule, John sets aside time to mentor tech startups and young entrepreneurs at The Round House incubator in Opelika, Ala.
John has been a keynote speaker at countless top hacker conventions and cybersecurity conferences globally, and he continues to be a major draw at tech and security industry events.
In 2016, John was a Libertarian candidate in the U.S. Presidential race. His Cyber Security Doctrine can be seen here.
Cybersecurity Expert & Thought Leader, Former White House CIO
In the wake of recent, debilitating cyberattacks at Anthem, Sony Pictures, Home Depot and Target and privacy breaches against prominent individuals in the public eye, Theresa Payton remains the cybersecurity and intelligence operations expert that people and companies turn to regarding efforts to strengthen their privacy and cybersecurity. Named one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine, she is one of America’s most respected authorities on security and intelligence operations. IFSEC Global ranked Theresa 4th among 50 of the world’s top cybersecurity professionals.
The first female to serve as White House Chief Information Officer, Theresa oversaw IT operations for the President and his staff from 2006 to 2008. Previously, she held executive roles in banking technology at Bank of America and Wells Fargo, facilitating her broad knowledge of cybersecurity risks and measures in the financial services industry. Currently, as the founder, president and CEO of a world class cybersecurity consulting company, Fortalice Solutions, LLC and co-Founder of Dark3, a cybersecurity product company, she remains the expert that organizations call for discretion and help understanding and improving their IT systems. Fortalice was recently named one of the Top 5 Innovative Cybersecurity companies in the D.C./MD/NoVa region and Theresa was recently awarded the Enterprising Women of the Year Award.
Theresa was recently featured as the Deputy Director of Intelligence Operations in the new hit show CBSʼ Hunted. She collaborated with cybersecurity and privacy attorney, Ted Claypoole, to author two books focused on helping others learn how to protect their privacy online. Hailed as ʻmust-reads,ʼ Privacy in the Age of Big Data and Protecting Your Internet Identity, outline peoplesʼ rights, as well as tips and strategies for building and maintaining a positive online image.
Theresa is often sought out by national and international media news outlets to explain complex security issues in business and consumer terms to get behind the hype to understand, in laymanʼs terms, how to protect your privacy and security. She has been a repeat guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox Business Shows, Fox News Shows, CBS Morning & Evening News, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC.
Recognized as a 2015 William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service, Theresa passionately protects her clients, from the board room to the conference room, and helps them understand the business risks to their organizationʼs cybersecurity. She and her team provide insight and methods critical to protecting people and organizations from rapidly evolving cyberattacks.
Co-Leader Global Cybersecurity Practice at Korn Ferry
Aileen Alexander is a Senior Client Partner and co-lead’s Korn Ferry’s Global Cybersecurity Practice. She is based in the Firm’s Washington, DC and is also a member of the Firm’s Global Technology and Information Officers Practices.
Aileen is a recognized leadership talent advisor and works with a diverse client base on the recruitment, assessment, development, and retention of information security and risk management talent at all levels, including the Board of Directors. Her clients range from large global corporations to high growth entrepreneurial companies, spanning all industries. In addition to Chief Information Security Officers and their key leadership, she also recruits cybersecurity consultants for leading professional services firms as well as top executives for cybersecurity technology companies and managed security services providers.
Prior to entering the talent management profession, Aileen worked in national security, most recently as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee of Armed Services in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this role, she consulted Members of Congress in their oversight activities as they related to the Department of Defense and some elements within the Department of Energy. Her expertise included global defense issues related to Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as nonproliferation and homeland defense programs and activities. She has also traveled around the world with a focus on military operations, and drafted legislation in the annual National Defense Authorization Act.
Previously, Aileen was a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and served in the U.S. Army as a communications officer.
Aileen holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and earned a bachelor of arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University.
Michelle Finneran Dennedy
VP & Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco
Michelle Finneran Dennedy currently serves as VP and Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s data privacy policies and practices, working across business groups to drive data privacy excellence across the security continuum.
Before joining Cisco, Michelle founded The iDennedy Project, a public service organization to address privacy needs in sensitive populations, such as children and the elderly, and emerging technology paradigms. Michelle is also a founder and editor in chief of a new media site — TheIdentityProject.com — that was started as an advocacy and education site, currently focused on the growing crime of Child ID theft.
Michelle was the Vice President for Security & Privacy Solutions for Oracle Corporation. This team worked closely with customers to enable them to proceed with the confidence that information is protected and accelerated as an asset. Before the Oracle acquisition of Sun, Michelle was Chief Data Governance Officer within the Cloud Computing division at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Michelle worked closely with Sun’s business, technical and legal teams to create the best data governance policies and processes possible for cloud computing in order to build trust for cloud environments through vendor transparency. Michelle also served as Sun’s Chief Privacy Officer.
Michelle is a sought-after and provocative public speaker, evangelizing new approaches and business justifications for soundly-defined, transparent security and privacy policies and systems that protect healthy, safe global businesses.
Michelle has a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree with university honors from The Ohio State University. In 2009, she was awarded the Goodwin Procter-IAPP Vanguard award for lifetime achievement and the EWF – CSO Magazine Woman of Influence award for work in the privacy and security fields. In 2012, she was recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of California’s Most Powerful & Influential Women. In 2014 she was cited as an AlwaysOn Power Player in On-Demand Computing and was honored as the Gold Stevie award as Woman of the Year in Technology.
Chair for Policy, Law and Ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University
Marc Goodman is a New York Times Best-Selling author, global strategist and consultant focused on the profound change technology is having on security, business and international affairs. He is the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and currently serves as the Chair for Policy, Law and Ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University. Over the past twenty years, he has built his expertise in international cyber crime and terrorism working with organizations such as INTERPOL, the UN Counterterrorism Task Force, NATO and the US Government.
Marc frequently advises industry leaders, security executives and global policy makers on transnational cyber risk and intelligence and has operated in more than 70 countries around the world. His professional experiences include working as a street police officer, undercover investigator and counter-terrorism strategist, as well as briefing myriad cabinet ministers and heads of government, including the White House. Mr. Goodman’s current areas of research include the security implications of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, crypto-currencies, synthetic biology, virtual reality and the Internet of Things.
Marc holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and a Master of Science in the Management of Information Systems from the London School of Economics. In addition, he has served as a Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford’s MediaX Laboratory. He is on the advisory board of The AI Initiative, part of The Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on International Security.
Marc is the author of Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World, from Random House/Doubleday. Future Crimes is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best-Seller, was selected as Amazon’s Best Business Book of 2015 and has been named one of The Washington Post’s Top Ten Best Books of 2015. Future Crimes is in its ninth printing and has been translated into 11 languages.
Marc has published widely on a variety of emerging technology issues including articles with the The Economist, Wired, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Oxford University Press, Jane’s Intelligence Review and the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. He has been interviewed by BBC, CNN, Fox News, NPR, NBC, PBS, the Washington Post, LA Times, Le Monde, Larry King, Tim Ferriss, and many others. A sought-after speaker, Marc’s TED talk “A Vision of Crimes in the Future,” has been viewed over 1.2 million times and translated into 26 languages.
Roger A. Grimes
CSO Columnist, Author of Hacking the Hacker, and Principal Security Architect at Microsoft
Roger Grimes is a contributing editor covering security for IDG’s CSO, and one of the most experienced writers in our field. He was the InfoWorld magazine computer security columnist for over 12 years, from 2005 to 2017.
Roger has authored eight books on computer security. His latest book, Hacking the Hacker, takes readers inside the world of cybersecurity and introduces them to twenty-six of the world’s top white hat hackers, security researchers, writers, and leaders, describing what they do and why.
Roger has been fighting malware and malicious hackers since 1987, beginning with disassembling early DOS viruses. He currently runs eight honeypots to track hacker and malware behavior and consults to companies of all sizes. A frequent industry speaker and educator, Roger currently works for Microsoft as a principal security architect — specializing in general computer security, identity management, PKI, Windows computer security, host security, honeypots, APT, and defending against hackers. He works with Fortune 500 and other strategic business partners, and helps to secure Microsoft as a part of MSIT.
Roger graduated with a B.S. in accounting from Old Dominion University. He holds more than 40 certifications including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), A+ Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Novell Engineer (3/4), Microsoft Certificate Systems Engineer(MCSE), Network+, Security+, and TruSecure Information Certified Security Associate.
VP, Cyber Threat Intelligence & Incident Response at American Express, Former Director of the US-CERT
Ann Barron-DiCamillo is Vice President, Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Response at American Express. She is a visionary Information Security Executive with 20 years of experience in operations and in the delivery of information security services.
Ann was previously Director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. As Director of the US-CERT, she headed DHS’s efforts to improve the Nation’s cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing and proactively manage cyber risks. Her responsibilities included driving the US-CERT mission, overseeing the 24×7 operations center, analyzing and reducing cyber threats and vulnerabilities, disseminating cyber-threat warning information and supporting incident response activities with government and critical industry partners.
Prior to DHS, Ann held leadership positions with the Department of Defense (DoD). She has been Chief Divisional Engineer, Branch Chief at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and before that Acting Chief of Anaytical, Simulation & Design Branch at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Ann is an Adjunct Professor at American University, Kogod School of Business, where she teaches Cybersecurity Risk Management & Governance for Graduates and Undergraduates. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, a Master of Science degree from American University and is a CISSP.
Fortune 100 Cybersecurity Executive & Investor
Robert Ackerman has been recognized as a Fortune 100 cybersecurity executive and is referred to as one of “Cyber’s Money Men” by major business publications for his experience and leadership in venture capital investing in Cyber Security start-up technology companies.
With 20 plus years of experience as a venture capitalist, Bob is the Founder and Managing Director of Silicon Valley-based Cyber Security venture capital firm Allegis Capital and the Founder and Executive Chairman of Founder’s Equity Partners, a direct secondary investment firm that also invests in cyber security companies.
In 2015, SandHill.com reported that Bob and Allegis Capital closed on $100 million for a fund that is investing into cybersecurity startups. The Wall Street Journal reported that the fund’s target was around $150 million.
Bob is a co-founder of DataTribe, an innovative new startup studio with the mission of combining Silicon Valley startup expertise with cutting-edge cybersecurity, big data, and analytics technologies emerging from government research labs around the Washington DC Beltway.
Prior to his career as a venture capitalist, Bob was a serial entrepreneur as a CEO and founder of two successful technology companies, including leading UNIX technology company UniSoft, and InfoGear Technology Corporation, the visionary creator of the original iPhones.
Bob has a degree in Computer Science and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the University of California’s Haas School of Business MBA program.
White Hat Hacker and DarkNet Researcher
Chris Roberts is a highly respected white hat hacker who gained global attention in 2015 for being accused of hacking into the entertainment system of a United Airlines plane in order to prove the linkage between its entertainment control system and flight control system.
At the recent WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Executive Forum in New York City, Chris was a speaker and subsequently featured in an exclusive interview with The Wall Street Journal “Inside the Mind of a Hacker“.
Chris is the Chief Security Architect at Acalvio, a Santa Clara, Calif. based company which provides solutions for detecting human cyber attackers within enterprise, industrial, and government networks. He was the founder of One World Labs in Denver, Colo., a highly respected darknet researcher, and provider of security services and threat intelligence.
Since 2002, Chris has been deeply involved with security R&D, consulting, and advisory services in his quest to protect and defend businesses and individuals against cyber attack.
As one of the most well known white hat hackers globally, Chris is routinely invited to speak at industry conferences. He’s been covered in the media by CNN, The Washington Post, WIRED, Business Insider, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, BBC News, and countless others.
Chris serves on the Hacker Advisory Board at MGT Capital Investments, Inc. (TICKER: MGTI), a crypto currency mining firm and one of the top bitcoin producers in North America — as well as developers of anti-hacking technology for home users, small businesses, and large enterprises.
Chris is credentialed in many of the top IT and INFOSEC disciplines and as a cyber-security advocate and passionate industry voice.
President & CEO at BluVector
Prior to her role at BluVector, Kris was General Manager of the IBM Security Services Division, charged with development and delivery of managed and professional security services to IBM clients world-wide. Before her role in Services, Kris was IBM’s VP of Information Technology Risk and Global CISO, responsible for managing, monitoring and testing IBM’s corporate security and resiliency functions globally, where she also acted as Chairman of IBM’s IT Risk Steering Committee, co-Chair of IBM’s Data Security Steering committee, co-Chair of the IBM’s Social Networking committee, and member of IBM’s Enterprise Risk Steering Committee.
Today Kris is a member of a number of external boards and advisory panels, including SC Magazine’s Editorial Board, and Grotech Ventures. Before joining IBM, she was the CTO, CIO and VP of Support and Services at Consul which was acquired by IBM in 2007 as well as VP of Security Assurance Services for TruSecure Corporation.
Kris is a recognized expert in the field on security, risk, compliance and governance, with appearances in Forbes, CNBC, NPR and USA Today. Within the past five years she has been recognized as 2015 SC Magazine Top 25 Security Managers, 2014 SC Magazine Power Player, 2012 Compass Award Winner by CSO Magazine, one of E-Week’s 2012 “Top Women in Information Security That Everyone Should Know”, Top 25 CTO by InfoWorld, as Top 25 Most Influential Security Executives by Security Magazine. Ms. Lovejoy holds U.S. and EU patents for Object Oriented Risk Management Models and Methods.
J. Alberto Yépez
Co-founder and Managing Director at Trident Capital Cybersecurity
Alberto Yépez is one of the early pioneers of the cybersecurity industry and has played significant roles as an entrepreneurial and public company CEO, board member, large company senior executive, serial entrepreneur, angel and venture capital investor.
Alberto is currently the Chairman of the Board of AlienVault, and Mocana. He is also on the boards of 4IQ, Bayshore Networks, Bluecat, Hytrust, and Mojo Networks.
In 2015, Alberto co-founded Trident Capital Cybersecurity a venture capital fund investing exclusively in cybersecurity companies.
Prior to this, Alberto joined Trident Capital as a Venture Partner in 2008 to assist with cybersecurity investments. After the close of Trident Capital Fund 7 in 2010, Alberto was promoted to Managing Director to continue build the cybersecurity franchise. Alberto led the investments in Solera Networks (acquired by BlueCoat), AlienVault (Chairman of the Board), BlueCat Networks and Mocana (Chairman of the Board). In addition, he started working with Trident’s Cybersecurity portfolio companies and joined the boards of Mojo Networks, HyTrust, Neohapsis (acquired by Cisco) and Qualys (Board Observer prior to IPO: QLYS).
In addition to these investment activities, Alberto has been active in the cybersecurity community as a consultant to the US Department of Defense as part of DeVenCI, member of the board of Advisors of the Security Innovation Network (SINET), active participant of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Partnership for Cyber Resilience and The Industrial Internet projects and Chairman of the Board of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC).
Before becoming a venture partner at Trident, Alberto was an angel investor and is a member of the boards of Coveo, Third Brigade (acquired by TrendMicro) and Vitria (taken private). In addition, Alberto made investments in Apigee (NASDAQ: APIC) and Securent (acquired by Cisco).
Concurrently, he held senior advisory and executive level positions in companies including Executive-in-Residence at Warburg Pincus in 2001, Executive Chairman of Thor Technologies (recruited by Bain Capital Ventures to lead the build up of the company) in 2002, CEO and Chairman of Thor Technologies in 2003 until its acquisition by Oracle Corporation in 2005. At Oracle, he was tasked with helping build up the Identity Management and Security business unit as Vice President and Senior Advisor.
In 1986, Alberto began his career at Apple, then in 1995, the year that Netscape IPOed, he founded Kapalua Consulting to build custom security solutions for leading companies using the internet for business. Later he established enCommerce, a commercial software company delivering a platform for managing secure access to websites. enCommerce quickly established itself as a global leader in the sector by landing the leading financial, telecommunications and manufacturing companies as customers. The company ultimately merged with Entrust in 2000.
Born and raised in Perú, Alberto earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Electronic Physics from the University of San Francisco; attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Lima, Perú.
Alberto is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco and a member of the Investment Committee of the University of San Francisco Endowment.
SVP / Chief Information Security Officer at Turner
Peter Chronis is Senior Vice President/Chief Information Security Officer and cybersecurity thought leader for Turner (formerly Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.), a $12 billion media, sports and technology company headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Pete is responsible for Turner’s information security strategy, operations, architecture, governance, privacy, compliance and business continuity programs focused on protecting the company and its global portfolio of more than 100 brands.
Pete has more than 15-years of experience using technology to manage risk for telecommunications, retail, media, entertainment, financial and IT services companies. He has developed a web of proprietary and commercial security technologies that, together, blocked more than 750 billion security threats and prevented $100 million+ in fraud.
Prior to Turner, Pete was Chief Security Officer — and before that VP Information Security and IT Risk Management — at Earthlink (now a division of Windstream), an IT services, network and communications provider headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., which serves more than 150,000 businesses and 1 million U.S. consumers.
Pete also developed sophisticated proprietary fraud detection systems for Lynk Systems an innovative, financial services tech start-up that was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2004 for $550M.
A frequent technology speaker, writer and security innovator, the Tech Exec Network recently named Pete Information Security Leader of the Year. His new book The Cyber Conundrum will be published in February 2018.
Pete earned a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from Georgia State University – J. Mack Robinson College of Business, and a Bachelor of Science – B.S., Political Science from Le Moyne College.
Cybersecurity & Privacy Expert, Former Reporter at The Wall Street Journal
Siobhan Gorman is a Director in the Washington DC office at Brunswick Group, an advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations: a global partnership with 23 offices in 14 countries. Siobhan focuses on cybersecurity and privacy, and specializes in breach preparedness, breach crisis response, and thought leadership initiatives in the cybersecurity arena. She has authored numerous articles on cybersecurity for the Brunswick Review.
Prior to joining Brunswick, Siobhan had a successful career as a reporter, most recently at The Wall Street Journal where she spent 7 years covering topics such as cybersecurity, data and privacy issues, terrorism, counter terrorism, and intelligence. Before that, Siobhan was a Washington correspondent for The Baltimore Sun covering intelligence and security. From 1998 to 2005, she was a staff correspondent for National Journal covering similar issues. She started her career as a research associate for a columnist at The Washington Post.
Siobhan won the 2006 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington Correspondence for her coverage of the National Security Agency and in 2000 received a special citation in national magazine writing from the Education Writers Association. She has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Siobhan has worked on confidential cybersecurity breaches, as well as preparedness projects in the airline, automotive, and retail sectors. She has also worked on public affairs and reputational projects in the financial sector.
VP Infosec, Consumer Unit at Symantec
Scott Behm is a VP at Symantec where he’s responsible for overseeing information security for the company’s consumer brands, Norton and LifeLock, which help protect a global community of more than 50 million people.
Scott was previously VP Cybersecurity Engineering and Operations at LifeLock, Inc. (now a part of Symantec) where he was the executive leader of Lifelock’s Enterprise Security and Cyber Defense Operations teams, which protect and defend the corporate network and respond to cyber threats against the LifeLock ecosystem.
Prior to LifeLock, Scott held several security leadership positions at BT, one of the world’s leading communications services and IT companies. His roles included Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Vice President Cybersecurity Practice, General Manager, Assure Intelligence (MSSP) and General Manager, Global Security Operations Centers. Before that, Scott spent 6 years at Counterpane Internet Security as Vice President Service Delivery. Managed Security Services — until the company was acquired by BT.
Earlier in his career, Scott held various leadership positions at McAfee, PeopleSoft and Qualys after serving as a carrier-based U.S. Naval Aviator, Air Reconnaissance community.
Scott is a Certified CISO (EC-Council), a CISM – Certified Information Security Manager (ISACA), and a PMP – Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute).
Scott graduated from the University Colorado Boulder with a B.S. in Business Management and Entrepreneurship.
Rebecca Hughes Parker
Global Editor-In-Chief for The Cybersecurity Law Report
Rebecca Hughes Parker is Global Editor-In-Chief for The Cybersecurity Law Report, an information service that provides business analysis of critical legal issues related to the cybersecurity, data protection and data privacy challenges facing entities across industries. Subscribers include major multi-nationals and law firms, among many others.
Rebecca manages a team of lawyers and journalists offering incisive, practical guidance on legal developments, compliance strategies and business practices with respect to global data protection and privacy laws. She spearheads the strategy of the publications, plans issues, sets editorial tone and cultivates source relationships. She develops articles with editors and reporters as well as outside expert authors, edits and writes extensively herself, and speaks on panels.
Unlike other sources, the insight within The Cybersecurity Law Report derives from their in-house legal experts, who leverage their extensive legal experience and networks to interview industry luminaries and procure expert perspectives.
The Cybersecurity Law Report is a part of Acuris, a leading provider of business intelligence and research for fixed income, transactions, infrastructure, compliance and equities with 700+ reporters, analysts and developers covering financial markets throughout Europe, Asia and America.
Prior to her current role, Rebecca was a litigator at Dentons, representing clients across a range of industries in federal and state cases and arbitrations.
Earlier in her career, Rebecca worked as a broadcast journalist at local news stations owned by Tribune Broadcasting (WB11 News at Ten) and Cablevision (News 12 Long Island).
Rebecca received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in government where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Independent. She received her law degree from Columbia University.
Dr. Eric Cole
Director of Research; Architecture Director of Cyber Defense Curriculum at SANS Institute
Dr. Eric Cole is CEO at Secure Anchor Consulting, a provider of information protection services to Fortune 500 corporations, as well as government, military, energy, IT and legal industries. He is a technology visionary and industry recognized security expert with over 20 years of hands-on experience.
Eric is Director of Research; Architecture Director of Cyber Defense Curriculum at SANS Institute, the most trusted and by far the largest source for information security training and security certification in the world. For more than 15 years Eric has been a lead instructor and course developer, and established “Security 401: SANS Security Essentials,” the most popular SANS Institute course — which introduces users to the critical components of network security. He was previously Dean of Faculty at SANS Technology Institute — an independent subsidiary of the SANS Institute — an accredited, master’s level graduate school focused exclusively on cyber security degree programs and research.
Eric was previously Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of the Americas at McAfee. As chief technology evangelist, he focused on identification and capture of intellectual property, as well as driving new innovations across the company, with the chief goal of positioning the company for acquisition. Intel acquired McAfee in 2010 for $7.68 billion.
Prior to McAfee, Eric was Chief Scientist and Senior Fellow at Lockheed Martin, where he performed research and development in secure network design, perimeter defense, vulnerability discovery, penetration testing, and intrusion detection systems. He played a lead technical advisory role in several security-focused projects for federal clients, including the intelligence community, Department of Defense, FBI Sentinel program, DHS Eagle program, Jet Propulsion Lab, FBI IATI program and the decommissioned Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Earlier in his career, Eric spent five years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a Program Manager and Technical Director. Eric’s time in the intelligence community solidified his desire to use technology in support of our country, and to protect both public and private resources from cyber adversaries.
Eric is a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President and several executive advisory boards. He has appeared on CNN, 60 Minutes, and the History Channel providing security expert insight. In addition, he has been published in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and IEEE Security and Privacy.
An accomplished author, Eric has written several books, including Hackers Beware, Hiding in Plain Site, Network Security Bible, and Insider Threat
Eric has a master’s degree in computer science from NYIT and a Doctorate from Pace University with a concentration in information security.
Larry Whiteside, Jr.
CSO and CISO Advisor, Co-Founder and VP at International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP)
Larry Whiteside Jr. is the founder and CEO at Whiteside Security. He has 20+ years experience in building and running cybersecurity programs, holding positions as Chief Security Officer and Chief Information Security Officer in multiple industries including DoD, Federal Government, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Critical Infrastructure.
Since 2009, Larry has advised a number of corporate security executives and companies across the cybersecurity industry on how to make Cyber Security a number one objective to their business. He has helped CEOs and board members of private cybersecurity companies achieve their goals in sales, marketing, and customer retention.
Larry is a Co-Founder and VP, and on the Board of Directors at the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), a 501(c)3 non-profit association that is dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cyber security students and professionals. The ICMCP was launched in 2014 to help bridge the ‘great cyber divide’ that results from the ongoing under-representation of minorities in the fast-growing field of cyber security.
Larry started his career as an officer in the United States Air Force and separated in 2002. He served as chief, information warfare/network security divisions and chief, network security division – single agency manager for the Air Force at the Pentagon. In recognition for his achievements, Larry received the Company Grade Officer of the Year award for his units in 1997 and 2000, and a nomination for the National Information Security Executive of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
A thought leader in the industry with extensive experience presenting at conferences such as the Gartner Security Summit, RSA Conference and SC World Congress, Larry has been featured in many articles relating to information security and risk management.
Larry received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science at Huston-Tillotson University.
Nada Marie Anid, PH.D.
Dean, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Nada Marie Anid, PH.D., is the first female dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (SoECS), Nada Anid oversees 80 engineering and computing sciences faculty members and nearly 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students at NYIT campuses located in Manhattan and Old Westbury, N.Y., Canada, China, and the Middle East.
Anid embraces NYIT’s forward-thinking and applications-oriented mission and is working on several strategic partnerships between academia and the public and private sector, including NYIT’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) and its three labs — one of which focuses on IT & Cyber Security. Under her leadership, in 2016, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designated NYIT as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through academic year 2021. NYIT is the first university on Long Island to receive this designation, and one of only eight in New York State.
Long an advocate for women pursuing education and career opportunities in STEM fields, Anid is an active proponent of K-12 education that encourages girls to experience the thrill of discovery and design. Her efforts to create a global community to support women in technology include her recent publication “The Internet of Women.”
In 2015, Anid was selected to receive a 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. She was named one of the top 50 most influential women in business in recognition of her business acumen, mentoring, and community involvement by Long Island Business News and as a third-time honoree, in 2013 was inducted into the LIBN Hall of Fame. She received the 2010 Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet) Diamond Award for her significant contributions toward the advancement of women in technology on Long Island and for her professional achievements in the technology field. She also received the first-ever Advocates for Science and Technology Award from the Science Museum of Long Island, and is an active member of the Long Island Regional Council’s Education and Workforce Committee, the NY State STEM Education Collaborative, and the Intrepid Museum’s STEM Advisory Committee.
A Program Evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), Anid also holds leadership positions in AIChE, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the US Deans Engineering Council and its Public Policy Committee, among others.
Anid earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-Stockholm).
Dr. David A. Bray
Chief Strategy Officer, MapLarge and Executive Director, People-Centered Internet
Dr. David A. Bray was named top “24 Americans Who Are Changing the World” by Business Insider in 2016. He has 20+ years of experience leading transformative human, technology, public, and private collaborations for both Fortune 500 companies and mission critical organizations.
David currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for the innovative geospatial analytics company MapLarge, in addition to leading as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition founded by Vint Cerf, co-creator of the internet. He also serves on multiple advisory boards and guest lectures at Harvard, Oxford, and Singularity Universities to executives, CEOs, and global leaders.
David led CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program’s tech response to 9/11, anthrax, West Nile, SARS, monkeypox, and other international outbreaks. He worked in Afghanistan in 2009; later receiving the DOD’s Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award. David served as Executive Director the first-ever Bipartisan Commission reviewing R&D efforts of the entire U.S. Intelligence Community; later receiving the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal.
As a non-partisan Senior Executive, David championed the efforts of positive #ChangeAgents to transform the FCC’s legacy IT to award-winning solutions in half the time at one-sixth the price in turbulent, resource constrained environments; later receiving the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2015 and the global CIO 100 Award twice.
David was named a non-partisan Eisenhower Fellow to meet with leaders in Taiwan and Australia in 2015 on multi-sector strategies for the “Internet of Everything” and later was chosen to be a Marshall Memorial Fellow to Europe in 2018 focused on the ethics of data and AI. He was named a 2016-2021 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. David has written 40+ scientific papers and has given multiple keynotes on new forms of leadership and the evolving impacts of emergent technologies on human communities, nation states, and global societies.
President of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), India Chapter
Benild Joseph, 25 years-old, is a Limca Book Record holder, Security Researcher, TEDx Speaker and renowned White Hat Hacker with definitive experience in the field of computer security in India.
He is currently working as Advisor, Information Security, Government of India and is also the President of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), India Chapter.
Benild is profiled in the book Hacking the Hacker — with 25 of the world’s best white hat hackers, and is also listed among the Top 10 Ethical Hackers in India by Microsoft Social Forum and Silicon India Magazine.
He was a speaker at The APWG Vienna Symposium on Global Cybersecurity Awareness Messaging at the United Nations, and he is a regular speaker at Information security & digital forensics conferences in India and abroad.
Benild is working with various corporate companies, law enforcement agencies and government organizations to combat cybercrime. He has also worked on various security projects at International Cyber Threat Task Force (CTTF) and Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI ).
He is the co-author of “CCI” a book written for law enforcement agencies in India.
Benild has discovered critical vulnerabilities in popular websites including Facebook, Yahoo, Blackberry, Sony Pictures, Tesco, AstraZeneca, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom. To his credit, he has many registered and pending patents in Cyber Forensic and Information Security domain. Benild specializes in Web Application Penetration testing and Digital Forensic Investigation.
His research interests include Internet Security, Data Forensic, Virtualization and Mobile Security. Benild has been interviewed by various newspapers and TV channels where he has shared his experiences relating to cyber attacks, latest vulnerabilities and cyber crimes.
Chief Information Security Officer of Elavon, SVP at US Bancorp
Phil Agcaoili is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Elavon — a top 5 payment processor used by more than 1 million businesses — and Senior Vice President at US Bancorp (NYSE: USB), the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. Phil is the former CISO of Cox Communications, VeriSign and SecureIT, and helped transform security at GE, Alcatel, Scientific-Atlanta, Cisco and Dell. He is a change agent, mentor, and innovator, trusted to keep the largest brands safe by establishing and maturing reasonable security practices. Phil’s teams are recognized for their achievements, and many of his leaders head other successful global teams.
Phil has impacted the privacy and information security industries for 25 years through his leadership and innovation in policy/standards bodies and industry think tanks. He’s a privacy/trust leader as a Distinguished Fellow and Chairman of the Ponemon Institute Fellows. He’s shaping payments security on the PCI Security Standards Council Board of Advisors. He’s shaped U.S. cybersecurity and privacy as Co-Chair of Communications Sector Coordinating Council and FCC CSRIC, and NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Communications ISAC, FS-ISAC and PPISC. He set cloud standards as co-inventor/author Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Controls Matrix and STAR trust registry, eDiscovery with EDRM, and privacy/security attestations through AICPA SOC 2 (SSAE 16 SAS 70). Phil served on advisory boards for CIO, CSO and Information Security Magazines.
A seasoned entrepreneur and trusted business advisor, Phil serves on Boards for several startups and venture funds. As a serial entrepreneur, he was involved in consecutive successful startups as an early member at Internet Devices (acquired by Alcatel), Chief Security Architect at Scientific-Atlanta (acquired by Cisco) and co-founded SecureIT (sold to VeriSign).
Phil won the inaugural Information Security Executive of the Decade Award, 2014 Top 25 Global Breakaway Leader Award, 2012 RSAC Excellence in the Field of Security Practices, 2010 Information Security Magazine Security 7 Award, 2009 ISE of the Year, and in the East Greenbush Education Foundation Hall of Fame.
Dr. Harvey Kushner
Director of the Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute of Long Island University
Dr. Harvey Kushner is an internationally recognized authority on terrorism, director of the Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute of Long Island University (LIU), Chairman of the Cyber Analytics and Criminal Justice Programs at LIU, and a Professor of Cyber Analytics and Criminal Justice at LIU.
Harvey is the author of five books on terrorism, His latest work is Holy War on the Home Front: The Secret Islamic Terror Network in the United States. Law enforcement agencies across the country and throughout the world have used Harvey’s analysis in Holy War on the connection between drugs and terrorism to guide their own investigations of the problem.
His best-selling Encyclopedia of Terrorism is considered the gold-standard of terrorism reference works, and has won numerous awards from such organizations as the American Library Association and the Library Journal. Harvey also edits issues on terrorism for the American Behavioral Scientist and serves on the journal’s prestigious editorial board.
Harvey has been a lecturer and/or consultant on terrorism to many organizations including: U.S. Probation Department; U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; U.S. Customs Service; U.S. DEA; Department of Homeland Security; USAF Special Operations School; US Army Special Operations Command; Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group; FBI National Academy; FBI Behavioral Science Unit; FBI Counterterrorism Division Fly Away Team; Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI; FAA, and others. He has done same for universities, police departments, and associations globally.
Media appearances by Harvey include The O’Reilly Factor, Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, and others. He has also been a contributor and guest host for FOX News Channel and MSNBC, as well as hosted a call-in talk show on the most-listened-to talk radio station in the country, WABC radio in New York. For many years, the Dr. Harvey Kushner Show was a fixture on WGBB, Long Island’s first radio station and one of the oldest in the country.
Harvey holds a BA in political science from Queens College of the City University of New York, and the MA and PhD degrees in political science from New York University.
John E. Dunn
Security Journalist, Former Co-Founder at Techworld and Computerworld UK
He was mostly recently security editor and co-founder at Techworld and Computerworld UK, published by IDG. He covers cybersecurity, computer networking and cloud systems. After authoring the War on Error blog for 11 years he now vents his personal views on the Captured User cybersecurity blog.
John helped launch Techworld in 2003, which delivers a unique blend of analysis, features and expert advice on topics including mobile, apps, AI, drones, cloud, cyber security, big data, wearable tech, social media, user experience, e-commerce and IT startups. Techworld has been an industry leader in business technology publishing for more than a decade.
A worldwide audience of CIOs, CISOs, IT leaders, and IT security practitioners, follow John’s breaking stories, insights, and unique observations.
For the past 14 years, John has written about the IT security economy, cybersecurity startups, emerging players, and major security vendors, IT security products and services, hacks and data breaches, ransomware, cybercrime trends in the UK and Europe, and the latest in mobile security and privacy.
John started in IT journalism as technical editor of Personal Computer Magazine in 1992, before progressing to become editor of Network World (formerly LAN Magazine), Network Week and startup magazine Tornado-Insider. He has also freelanced for a number of technical publications in the technology, science and business fields.
Dr. Anita D’Amico
Director at Secure Decisions, Former Founder and Head of the Information Warfare Team at Northrop Grumman
Dr. Anita D’Amico is Director at Secure Decisions and oversees all R&D and product development. She is both a human factors psychologist and a specialist in information security situational awareness.
Anita created the Secure Decisions division of Applied Visions, Inc. in 2000, to develop new technologies to enhance cyber situational awareness, and built it into a recognized leader in government-sponsored cyber security research. Secure Decisions has transitioned three network defense visualization technologies from the laboratory into operational use. Code Dx is the most recent transition success, bringing technology that offers an easy and affordable path to software assurance from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace.
Anita has conducted several cognitive and decision analyses of information security analysts. The results of one of those analyses were used to design a new visualization tool that has been adopted for use by the Department of Homeland Security at US-CERT. She has also led the development of technologies for improving the decision-making of network defenders through visualization, and assessing the mission impact of cyber incidents. Her work was nominated twice for best Small Business Innovation Research of the year by DARPA.
Prior to joining Applied Visions, she was the founder and head of the Information Warfare Team at Northrop Grumman.
Inc. Magazine Columnist Covering Cybersecurity
Joseph Steinberg is a highly respected cybersecurity expert, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He has been calculated to be one of the top 3 cybersecurity online-influencers worldwide.
Joseph is the inventor of several cybersecurity technologies widely-used today. His work is cited in well-over 100 published US patents. He has written several books (including the official study textbook for the CISSP-ISSMP exam used to certify CISOs) and hundreds of articles on information-security-related topics — currently for Inc. Magazine, and previously for Forbes — amassing tens of millions of reads.
A former child prodigy in information-security and hacking/cracking, Joseph has worked in the cybersecurity industry professionally since the mid-1990s, and managed security teams since 2000. Besides serving as the CEO of cyber-product companies whose technologies he invented, he serves as an expert witness and consultant on issues related to information security, and advises businesses and governments on other cybersecurity matters.
Joseph is founder and CEO at SecureMySocial, which addresses the business, legal, regulatory, physical, and human risks of social media by warning people in real-time if they post problematic material so as to ensure immediate removal.
He is an advisor to founders at several cybersecurity startups, including Gladius, developers of decentralized blockchain-driven DDoS attack detection and prevention technology which protects and accelerates websites for organizations of all sizes and types.
Joseph earned an M.S. in computer science from the Courant Institute at New York University (NYU), and is one of only 28 people worldwide to hold the suite of advanced information security certifications, CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP, and CSSLP, indicating that he possesses a rare, robust knowledge of information security that is both broad and deep.
Gary R. Hayslip
Co-Author of CISO Desk Reference: A Practical Guide for CISOs
Gary is co-author of the book ‘CISO Desk Reference: A Practical Guide for CISOs‘, an easy to use guide written by experienced practitioners for recently-hired or promoted Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), individuals aspiring to become a CISO, as well as business and technical professionals interested in the topic of cybersecurity, including Chief Technology Officers (CTOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Boards of Directors, Chief Privacy Officers, and other executives responsible for information protection.
As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Webroot, Gary advises executive leadership on protecting critical information resources and oversees enterprise cyber security strategy. As CISO, his mission includes creating a “risk aware” culture that places high value on securing and protecting customer information entrusted to Webroot. Gary is a proven cyber security professional, his previous information security roles include multiple CISO, Deputy Director of IT and Senior Network Architect roles for the City of San Diego, the U.S. Navy (Active Duty) and as a U.S. Federal Government employee.
Gary is involved in the cyber security and technology start-up communities in San Diego, he is an advisory board member for Cybertech, the parent organization for the Cyber incubator Cyberhive and the Internet of Things incubator iHive. He also serves as a member of the EvoNexus Selection Committee where he reviews and mentors Cyber Security and Internet of Things startups and he is an advisory board member for the Cyber Center of Excellence.
Gary holds numerous professional certifications including: CISSP, CISA, and CRISC, and received a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from University of Maryland and a Masters in Business Administration from San Diego State University.