David Shearer, Chief Executive Officer, (ISC)² Mr. Shearer has more than 30 years of business experience including the chief operating officer for (ISC)², associate chief information officer for International Technology Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the deputy chief information officer at the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the executive for architecture, engineering and technical services at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Shearer has been responsible for managing and providing services via international IT infrastructures, and he has implemented large-scale SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects. Mr. Shearer has led large geographically separated staffs that support global solutions. Mr. Shearer holds a B.S. from Park College, a M.S. from Syracuse University, management and technical certificates from the U.S. National Defense University, and he is a U.S. federal executive presidential rank award recipient. As (ISC)² Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Shearer is responsible for the overall direction and management of the organization and its Center for Cyber Safety and Education.
David Kennedy, QSA, OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, ISO 27001, GSEC, MCSE, Founder of TrustedSec, Binary Defense Systems and DerbyCon and a member of the (ISC)² Board of Directors David Kennedy is founder of TrustedSec and Binary Defense Systems. Both organizations focus on the betterment of the security industry from an offense and a defense perspective. David also serves as a board of director for the (ISC)2 organization. David was the former CSO for a Diebold Incorporated where he ran the entire INFOSEC program. David is a co-author of the book "Metasploit: The Penetration Testers Guide", the creator of the Social-Engineer Toolkit (SET), Artillery, and a number of popular open source tools. David has been interviewed by several news organizations including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Katie Couric, and BBC World News. David is the co-host of the social-engineer podcast and on a number of additional podcasts. David has testified in front of Congress on two occasions on the security around government websites. David is one of the founding authors of the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES); a framework designed to fix the penetration testing industry. David is the co-founder of DerbyCon, a large-scale conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to the private sector, David worked for the United States Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq twice for intelligence related missions.
Christopher Pogue, MSIT, CISSP, CREA, GCFA, QSA, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Nuix Chris Pogue is the Chief Information Security Officer, and head of the Cyber Threat Analysis Team at Nuix. He is also a member of the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, The International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. Chris is responsible for the company’s security services organization: he oversees critical investigations and contracts, and key markets globally. His team focuses on incident response, breach preparedness, penetration testing, and malware reverse engineering. Over his career, Chris has led multiple professional security services organizations and corporate security initiatives to investigate thousands of security breaches worldwide. His extensive experience is drawn from careers as a cybercrimes investigator, ethical hacker, military officer, and law enforcement and military instructor. In 2010, Chris was named a SANS Thought Leader. Chris served in the United States Army as a Signal Corps Warrant Officer and Field Artillery Sergeant. He distinguished himself as an Honor Graduate from a variety of Army Academies and Schools and received multiple awards and commendations for excellence.
Maj. Gen. Sarah E. Zabel, CISSP, Vice Director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), U.S. Air ForceAir Force Major General Sarah E. Zabel is the Vice Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this role, she helps to lead a global organization of military, civilian, and contract personnel who plan, develop, deliver, and operate joint, interoperable, command and control capabilities and a global enterprise infrastructure in direct support of the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, Department of Defense components, and other mission partners across the full spectrum of operations. Maj Gen Zabel leads the efforts of an 8,000 - member global organization and manages a $10-billion-dollar annual budget. Maj Gen Zabel earned her commission from the U.S Air Force Academy in 1987, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. She earned a Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has served within the communications and cyber field as the 43rd Communications Squadron commander at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, a computer security evaluator at the National Security Agency, a computer and network programmer, an Air Force Academy instructor, and as a staff officer at two combatant commands, the Joint Staff, and the Air Staff. She has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. Prior to her current assignment, Maj Gen Zabel was the Director, Cyberspace Strategy and Policy, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Maj Gen Zabel’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Excellence Award, and National Defense Service Medal.
Brigadier General (ret) Greg Touhill Greg Touhill is one of the nation’s premier cybersecurity and information technology senior executives. A highly experienced leader of large, complex, diverse, and global operations, in 2016 Greg was selected by President Obama as the U.S. government’s first Chief Information Security Officer. His other civilian government service includes duties as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center where he led national programs to protect the United States and its critical infrastructure. Greg is a retired Air Force general officer, a highly-decorated combat leader, an accomplished author and public speaker, a former American diplomat, and a senior executive with documented high levels of success on the battlefield and in the boardroom.
Paul Rosenzweig, Principal, Red Branch ConsultingPaul Rosenzweig is the founder of Red Branch Consulting PLLC, a homeland security consulting company, and a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. Mr. Rosenzweig formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security. He is as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University. Mr. Rosenzweig is a cum laude graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of Cyber Warfare: How Conflicts in Cyberspace are Challenging America and Changing the World and of two video lecture series from The Great Courses, Thinking About Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare and The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You.
Kevin Johnson, CISSP, GCIA, GCIH, GCFA, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Secure IdeasKevin Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of Secure Ideas. Kevin has a long history in the IT field including system administration, network architecture and application development. He has been involved in building incident response and forensic teams, architecting security solutions for large enterprises and penetration testing everything from government agencies to Fortune 100 companies. In addition, Kevin is a faculty member at IANS and was an instructor and author for the SANS Institute.
Rodney J. Petersen, Director of National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Rodney Petersen is the director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. He previously served as the Managing Director of the EDUCAUSE Washington Office and a Senior Government Relations Officer. He founded and directed the EDUCAUSE Cybersecurity Initiative and was the lead staff liaison for the Higher Education Information Security Council. Prior to joining EDUCAUSE, he worked at two different times for the University of Maryland - first as Campus Compliance Officer in the Office of the President and later as the Director of IT Policy and Planning in the Office of the Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He also completed one year of federal service as an Instructor in the Academy for Community Service for AmeriCorps' National Civilian Community Corps. He is the co-editor of a book entitled "Computer and Network Security in Higher Education". He received his law degree from Wake Forest University and bachelors degrees in political science and business administration from Alma College. He was awarded a certificate as an Advanced Graduate Specialist in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland.
Ronald Sanders, Vice President and Fellow, Booz Allen Hamilton
A Booz Allen Vice President and the firm’s first Booz Allen Hamilton Fellow, Dr. Ronald Sanders supports the firm’s most strategic clients in the areas of human capital, learning, and organizational transformation. He joined the firm after completing 37 years of federal service; 20 of those years were in senior executive positions. Before coming to Booz Allen, Dr. Sanders served as the US Intelligence Community’s (IC) Associate Director of National Intelligence and first chief human capital officer, where he played a key role in the establishment of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the integration of the IC. He also served as the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) first Associate Director for Human Resource Policy, with responsibility for all civil service policies and programs for millions of federal employees and retirees. Among his achievements at OPM, he led the creation of the Senior Executive Service’s revolutionary pay-for-performance system.
Adam Rak is a government relations professional with some 20 years experiencein public policy. He has worked for Congress, industry associations and a Fortune 500 company. Focused on the field of government relations, Adam has significant expertise on technology policy with a focus on security and privacy. Most recently Adam was the Regional Vice President, Silicon Valley for TechAmerica the nation’s largest high tech trade association. In this role he successfully led the organization’s program, advocacy and sales efforts in the association’s largest and most important market. Adam also led Symantec’s Public Affairs program building a global organization. In this role, he had responsibility for managing Symantec’s relationships with government officials and overseeing the company’s worldwide public policy agenda. In addition, he had responsibility for the management of Symantec’s corporate philanthropy, community relations and corporate social responsibility programs. Prior to joining Symantec, Adam worked in Washington, DC as a legislative aide for former Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly. Adam also worked at TechNet, as the State Public Policy Director. Adam is a past Chair of the Business Software Alliance’s Policy Council and he also helped found the Cyber Security Industry Alliance the only CEO led public policy and advocacy group exclusively focused on cyber security issues.He was elected in 2011 and is currently serving as a Trustee of the San Carlos School Board. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife Allison and three daughters.
Phil Bond is one of America’s most honored technology policy experts and leader of the firm that bears his name. A former US Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology, his 25-plus year career in Washington has included numerous citations for his leadership roles in the Executive branch, on Capitol Hill, at major high technology companies, and most recently as the CEO of TechAmerica, the largest technology advocacy association in the US.
Danielle Sheer General Counsel Carbonite, Boston, Massachusetts Danielle founded Carbonite’s legal department and led them through an initial public offering and NASDAQ listing. She is responsible for Carbonite’s worldwide corporate development and legal affairs. She advises the Company’s management and Board on legal, strategic, and corporate governance matters. Danielle has been named to the Boston Business Journal's "Forty under 40" list of emerging business leaders, honored by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an "Emerging Leader" and received the "Maverick of the Year" Stevie award for Women in Business. Prior to joining Carbonite, Danielle practiced corporate and securities law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. She holds a JD degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s from George Washington University.
Will Ackerly CTO and Co-Founder Virtru, Washington, District Of Columbia Will Ackerly is the CTO and Co-Founder of data security company Virtru and a former Cloud Security Architect at the NSA. Utilizing his brainchild, the Trusted Data Format (TDF), Ackerly established Virtru to sheathe individual pieces of data with encryption, to make it dramatically harder for anyone—a private hacker, a foreign state or one’s own government—to pilfer what users want to protect. Ackerly currently holds several patents and has over a decade of experience in computer and network security. He graduated magna cum laude from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Austin CarsonExecutive DirectorTechFreedom, Washington, District Of Columbia
Austin Carson is the Executive Director for TechFreedom, a non-partisan think tank focused on technological innovation and individual freedom. Previously, Austin was Legislative Director for Representative Michael T. McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. In addition to directing the Chairman’s legislative activities, he focused on technology issues including cybersecurity and financial services technology, and staffed the High Tech and Cyber Caucuses. He also served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Representative Blake Farenthold, covering technology, regulatory, and intellectual property issues. Austin co-founded the Congressional Tech Staff Association and is a current fellow in the Internet Law and Policy Foundry.
Leo Scanlon Senior Advisor Healthcare Public Health (HPH) Cybersecurity
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Maggie Amato Director of OperationsHCCIC Healthcare Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center (HCCIC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Maggie Amato is Director of the Healthcare Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center (HCCIC) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before joining HHS, Ms. Amato worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, providing innovative security and technology solutions to public sector clients including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Military Sealift Command. She also previously served as a legislative specialist at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a legislative assistant for the non-profit Federally Funded Research and Development Center, The MITRE Corporation. During her tenure at HHS, Maggie has been responsible for initiating, testing, and managing several innovative security solutions for the Department by forging relationships between key stakeholders within the Department and the private sector to produce results on time and under budget. Ms. Amato’s diverse skillset, dedication to the mission, and creativity have resulted in a proven track record of successful and groundbreaking projects that routinely exceed expectations.
Vik Sinha Cyber Threat CoordinatorDepartment of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)2 offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 123,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the public through our charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM. For more information on (ISC)², visit www.isc2.org, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook.
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