Honoring excellence in information security

Save the Date

Tuesday, March 05 2019


The mission of the SC Awards 2019 is to honor the achievements of companies and cybersecurity professionals striving to safeguard their business' and their customers' critical data in North America. 

There is also no greater excitement than receiving an SC Award. As always, the identities of the winners will be withheld until our spectacular event on March 5, 2019, in San Francisco. 

We hope you join us that evening for dinner, drinks, networking and more! 

Ticket info coming soon! 

Key Information


Finalists announced: December 2018

Awards ceremony: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tickets: Info coming soon! 

This gala evening is a must-attend for key info sec pros. Join the party to network with industry peers and thought leaders at this once-a-year-only celebration honoring the most outstanding brands and individuals in the IT security industry. 

Be there for dinner, drinks, networking and more - along with everyone you need to meet - in one spectacular setting during RSAC Week.


Finalists announcement: Finalists will be announced online at https://www.scmagazine.com/awards/ in December 2018. 

Winners announcement: Winners will be announced at the SC Awards 2019 Gala Dinner to be held on March 5, 2019 in San Francisco. Please contact Anna Naumoski at 646-638-6015 or anna.naumoski@haymarketmedia.com for further details.

Sponsorship questions: Please contact David Steifman at 646-638-6008 or David.Steifman@haymarketmedia.com 

Key Dates

Entries launch: August 2018

Jurors nominations launch: August 2018

Deadline for juror nominations: September 19, 2018

Entry deadline: October 3, 2018

Extended entry deadline (late fee applies): October 10, 2018

Finalists announced: December 2018

Awards ceremony: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Jury & Judging


All entries are reviewed and scored by two panels of jurors comprised of a range of cybersecurity industry luminaries - from current and former CISOs to vendor-neutral consultants or analysts to educators from academic institutions - all members of SC's audience. After averages for each category are tallied, finalists and winners are decided. Results are completely independent.

Financial/advertising considerations play no part in the results. That is, no one can "buy" a win by advertising, partnering or working with SC and its various team members.


To be considered as a juror for the SC Awards 2019, please click here and complete the application form by September 19, 2018. After this date, applications will be reviewed and jurors chosen by the editorial team to participate on the Trust Awards panel. If some applicants seem more appropriate for the second judging panel, which is responsible for deciding Excellence and Professional categories, they will be considered for inclusion by the VP of editorial.

Please understand that judging for the SC Awards is a serious commitment, requiring all panelists to devote some time to judge submissions fairly and objectively so that IT security solutions/services providers, industry leaders and their teams can be recognized and honored for their exemplary work and contributions to the wider field. We do expect a healthy interest from our SC audience to participate, but submitting an application does not guarantee a spot as a juror.

Roota Almeida is a dynamic senior IT Executive responsible for successful implementation of information security, risk and compliance systems and strategies across multiple industries with global operations.  Currently, she is the AVP -Head of Information Security at Delta Dental of NJ and CT, leading the development and implementation of enterprise-wide information security strategy, policies, risk assessments and controls. 
Prior to Delta Dental, Roota was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Covanta Holdings Corp., a leader in Energy-from-Waste. As a CISO she led all aspects of Information security and risk, including global information security awareness programs, policies, business continuity and incident response teams.
Roota has over 15 years of direct experience in establishing and maintaining global security strategies, architectures, standards, and compliance while driving the necessary cultural changes to affect measurable improvements in the organizations’ security posture.  Roota is a recognized thought leader in the industry and serves as a Co-Chair for Evanta’s NJ CxO Summits and Advisory Board Member for HMG’s CIO and CSO Summits. She is also a Governing Body Member for various other technology conferences. She is a frequent speaker at various conferences such as MIT’s CIO Symposium, HMG’s CIO Summit of America. Her in-depth experience and expertise in the field of Information Security and Risk Management can be measured by the various articles, eBooks, interviews and podcasts she has to her credit.

Roota Almeida

AVP - Head of Information Security, Delta Dental of NJ and CT

A seasoned cyber security professional with a thirty year track record of successes building “first of a kind security programs” in military, government, non-profit, healthcare, transportation and other private sector organizations. 
Ron Baklarz has CISO experience with the Naval Nuclear Program, U.S. House of Representatives, Prudential Insurance Company, American Red Cross, MedStar Health, and Amtrak.  
His recognitions and awards include: Westinghouse General Manager’s Award developing a first class ADP security program for the Naval Nuclear Program, recognition by Info World as Information Security Manager at the U.S. House of Representatives, Prudential Insurance Company of America’s Business Values Award for building, staffing and implementing a Secure Operations Center and forensic capability, CSO Magazine’s Compass Award: The Complete CSO  as a leader having demonstrated excellence in business acumen, security and risk management expertise, and leadership including vision and industry impact, Amtrak's  Presidential Safety and Service Award for Project Excellence, and EC Council’s 2013 CISO of the Year Award.

Ron Baklarz

Board Advisor, DTT

Daniel Basile

Executive Director, Texas A&M University System

Todd Bell

VP of Cybersecurity & Architecture, Intersec Worldwide

* 2018 Indianapolis Business Journal CTO of the Year Honoree
* Developed the strategy and led IT optimization which reviewed current state, pinpointed process waste reduction opportunities, and migrated to future state with reduced process waste and cost. Actual dollars realized from these optimizations and cost reductions (contracts, equipment, and related IT expenses) totaled as a 14% reduction to overall IT expenses for the year.
* Led the enterprise-wide development and rollout of cloud-based Microsoft SharePoint throughout the entire organization. This replaced a legacy on-premises intranet.
* Implemented tele-behavioral health throughout the organization to facilitate remote client visits and led the rollout of Skype for Business enterprise-wide to facilitate teleconferencing.
* Consolidated Informatics, Analytics, and IT to streamline and increase the effectiveness of overall support for all organizational EMRs, Analytics, and IT Infrastructure within one group.
* Currently leading the Enterprise Data Warehouse build to consolidate data from multiple EMRs, Financial system, and HR system; and leading the Data Governance plan with the goals of increasing data literacy and reducing data reporting inconsistencies

Bob Berbeco

CTO, Adult & Child

Benjamin Bergersen is an IT executive and cloud shared services security expert. As the first full-time CIO, Senior Agency Official for Cyber Risk Management for U.S. Trade and Development Agency, he transforms  services with a hybrid strategy of shared services and cloud services, resulting in increased savings and efficiency. Mr. Bergersen supports USTDA’s mission of helping companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services. 
Mr. Bergersen was the ISO for MAX.gov Cloud Shared Services for 180 federal agencies at OMB. He transformed MAX with continuous monitoring, enterprise risk management, and Agile SecDevOps. MAX.gov became the first federal agency FedRAMP authorized for SaaS. He received the (ISC)2 GISLA award.

Benjamin Bergersen

CIO, and Senior Agency Official for Cyber Risk Management, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Joshua Bregler was born in Tucson, AZ and raised in Alamogordo, NM. After completing four years of service in the United States Marine Corps as a Sergeant, Joshua transitioned back to New Mexico to work for the Department of Defense in its Research and Development IT space at White Sands Missile Range. This experience carried through to San Diego and on to Boston, including HewlettPackard, the Space and Naval Warfare Command, and the Defense Contract Management Agency. This led to a Security Architect position at Abt Associates, an international think tank based in Cambridge, MA. After experience as the Senior Director of Security for AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Joshua went on to work for the Air Force as a Division Cyber SME for the Battle Management Directorate. Joshua now works for Beyond Mission Capable Solutions as a Senior Cyber Engineer providing critical consulting services to the Department of Defense.

Joshua Bregler

Senior Cyber Engineer, Beyond Mission Critical Systems

Versatile and highly competent Enterprise IT Management and Security Professional with extensive experience in process improvement, risk quantification, organizational behavior/change management, and strategic planning. Skilled at maintaining for project success through consistent delivery to product and timeline expectations. Vital track record in providing leadership for strategic initiatives including Management Development, Project Management Best Practices, and Accountable Communications. Ability to analyze issues, devise continuous process improvements & incorporate initiatives to increase efficiency, streamline operations & decrease overall expenses with minimal resources.

Jon Bowker

CISO, Ingo Money

Miki Calero has been named one of the Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine, and a Top 100 City Innovator Worldwide by United Business Media (UBM) Future Cities, for advancing enterprise risk management through unified physical and cybersecurity.
As Chief Security Officer, he established an Enterprise Security Risk Management program that received CSO Magazine's CSO40 award for groundbreaking business value and innovative application of risk and security concepts at the 15th largest city in the US, Columbus, Ohio.
Miki's career spans the private and public sectors, including startup companies, Fortune 500 enterprises, and federal, state, and local government. His responsibilities have included protection of information systems, physical assets, and critical infrastructure in strategic, tactical, and operational capacities.
He consults and advises on security strategies for comprehensive asset protection, and promotes enterprise security and public private partnerships as keynote speaker at national and international events, and writer in various media outlets.

Miki Calero

Founder, Urbis Global LLC

Todd Caron

CISO, Align Credit Union

John is a seasoned Technology and Cybersecurity Executive, Military Veteran, and Cybersecurity Evangelist with experience both domestically and internationally. He is an MSI Senior Fellow™ with many years of experience in technical and cybersecurity related sales, support, and service delivery. 
He was a 2017 finalist for CISO of the Year from the EC-Council, and is a 2016 graduate of the FBI's Citizen Academy. He is a member of the CSA Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Working Group.
His experience includes several industry regulations and standards including HIPAA, HITECH, GLBA, ISO, FERPA, FCPA, FIPA, GDPR, NIST, SOX, NY DFS, and PCI.
He has had success building and aligning sales and channel partner programs to grow lines of business that serve healthcare, education, telecom, finance, retail, and various other industries. 
As a highly accomplished author, Mr. Christly’s articles have appeared in publications such as Security Magazine, Executive Insight Magazine, 24/7 Magazine, and the ISSA Journal. He is also a frequent speaker at international, national and regional healthcare and cybersecurity events.

John Christly

SVP of Cybersecurity and CISO, WHOA Networks, Inc.

Steve Cobb

Sr Technology and Security Fellow, One Source Communications

After graduating from Niagara University in 1993, Jonathan has been in the IT industry for over 25 years, initially working for several Buffalo businesses Colad and then Mod-Pac/Astronics. After working for several years in consulting, Jonathan joined his partners at ITX, a software development company focused on developing and hosting software product solutions to local and national clients. A remote-first organization based in Upstate New York, Jonathan focuses on solving challenging problems in team collaboration and information security in his dual roles as the CTO and CISO at ITX.

Jonathan Coupal


As an experienced Information Security professional, Leo has focused in IT Security Operations, IT Governance, Secure Development, Compliance, Risk and Privacy. throughout his career. His experience blends a diverse mix of small and Fortune 100 companies and a real-world understanding of the challenges and opportunities of implementing PCI, SOX, PII, HIPAA, NIST, and International regulatory requirements.  My goal is to provide strategic guidance as well as practical expertise in information security, compliance and risk management.

Leo Cuellar

Dir of IT Risk & Compliance, Taos

Alex is the chief security and risk officer for Commonwealth Financial Network, the nation’s largest, privately held dually registered independent broker/dealer-registered investment advisor. In this role Alex is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership on all aspects of the information security and enterprise risk management programs. Prior to Commonwealth, Alex was the senior information security officer for State Street Global Advisors and has 20 plus years’ international experience in technology and information security leadership roles across the financial services, insurance, and market research sectors. 
A former British army officer, Alex is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Information Security Leadership from Brandeis University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology with a minor in Business from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certifications, and FINRA Series 99 (Operations Professional) securities registration.

Alex Cunningham

Chief Security and Risk Officer, Commonwealth Financial Network

William Dailey

Director of Information Security / ISO, Transaction Data Systems

Shomiron is a highly experienced Intrusion Analyst, and has been building threat detection systems for more than a decade. He founded NETMONASTERY (NM) at the end of 2002, and set out to deliver quality attack detection products and services to its customers. Shomiron has the experience of building detection strategies for the most advanced security operations centers in the world. NM also owns one of the leading big data analytics platforms in dnif.it, this platform serves several industries like healthcare, insurance, transport, banking and media. Today NM works with happy customers and partners in more than 14 countries. Outside work he is a trained mountaineer with expedition experience in the high Himalayas.

Shomiron Das Gupta

Founder, CEO, DNIF

Stephen Davis

VP, Information Security & Privacy, Macmillan

Mr. Laszlo Dellei is experienced, certified and internationally recognized Cybersecurity, Security professional, with a multidisciplinary background, and last but not least he is an expert witness as well. Laszlo received B.S. degree in Information Technology the Dennis Gabor College and the MBA in Information Management specialised in Security from the Metropolitan University. As the Chief Security Officer of UNIQA INSURANCE HUNGARY,he is responsible for high‐priority operations in the following domains: Physical Security, Environmental Security, Cyber and Information Security and BCM. Laszlo is also a registered and active security expert of the European Commission. Furthermore, he is a member of the Hungarian Chamber of Judicial Experts, Gold Member of ISACA, member of the EC‐Council, and member of John von Neumann Computer Society. Moreover he is the author of numerous articles and presentations on IT security. He is one of the topic leader of ISACA’s Hungarian Information Security Landscape Survey for many years and member of the GDPR and Corporate Awards Working Groups of ISACA HQ.

Laszlo Dellei

Chief Security Officer, UNIQA Insurance Hungary

Rick is Chief, Cyber and Information Security for Crumpton Group LLC in Arlington, Virginia.  Rick provides strategic guidance for corporate CISOs, and acts as surrogate CISO for companies wishing to improve their IT security programs. Notable recent achievements include helping a customer stand up an intelligence-driven security operations center (SOC) and developing a Cybersecurity Master’s degree program for a prominent Mexican University.  Rick has run ethical hacking, incident response and forensics, and risk management teams throughout his career. Previously, Rick was the CISO of Digital Management, Inc. (DMI), and has held positions as a Risk Management consultant at Gartner, Chief Scientist for Lockheed Martin’s Center for Cyber Security Innovation, and Managing Principal in the Professional Security Services practice at Verizon.

Rick Doten

Chief, Cyber and Information Security, Crumpton Group LLC

CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, COBIT, CCISO  certified with 19+ plus years of IT experience and  14 years in the space of Information Security , Risk , Governance , IT Audit , Controls, Compliance. Excellent experience spanning all areas of enterprise security viz. Enterprise wide compliance assessment and advisory, IT Risk Analysis, IT Technology and process Audits, IT general controls, Vulnerability Assessment and remediation strategies, Enterprise-wide secure development cycles, Information Security, IT Control evaluations, IT Governance practices and Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery plans 

International / Global Awards & Recognition in Information Security:
•Harold Weiss International award for outstanding Achievement 2018, ISACA- For Sustained contributions to the IT GRC community through innovative concepts, Leadership and passion. The award is amongst ISACA’s highest honors and recognizes an individual for major contributions in the development and enhancement of the common body knowledge used by the association.
•CISO of the year Global Award - Finalist, 2013, EC-Council- For significant contributions made to the Information Security industry, showing tremendous professional growth and achievement, and promoting strong, innovative security practices.

Nikesh Dubey

CISO & Sr. Cybersecurity Specialist, AGC Networks, Inc.

Paul Dumbleton

Team Manager, Enterprise Information Security, Gordon Food Service

Steven Ferguson is a 22-year veteran of the IT industry. As the Chief Information Officer for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), he leads a talented team of IT professionals in support of TCSG’s technical education, adult education, economic development and workforce divisions across the 85 campuses of Georgia’s 22 technical colleges. Recently, he spearheaded the adoption and deployment of an award winning artificial intelligence chat bot, successfully championed a data center infrastructure consolidation initiative, standardized and expanded enterprise cybersecurity technologies and led the system through the rollout of a new mobile app to enhance the student experience. Ferguson holds an M.S. in Information Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University, a B.S. in Business Administration, Information Technology from Columbia Southern University, an A.S. in Engineering from Gainesville State College, and is a proud graduate of TCSG’s Executive Leadership Academy.

Ferguson is the only Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert employed by the State of Georgia, becoming CCIE #10202 in September of 2002, adding the coveted certification to a stable of certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco and Red Hat.

Steven Ferguson

Chief Information Officer, Technical College System of Georgia

Dr. Matt Franz currently serves as the vice president for information technology and emergency management at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio.  Clark State serves approximately 14,000 credit and non-credit students annually across four counties in Southwest Ohio.  Prior to working at Clark State, Dr. Franz served as the assistant director of information technology at a large career development school near Cincinnati.  He holds a doctorate of education in community college leadership, a master’s degree of science in administration, and bachelor’s degrees in management and management/computer information systems.  Additionally, Dr. Franz has post-graduate education in grant writing and project management. 

As part of his service to the College and its community, Dr. Franz serves on a number of local, regional, and national boards and committees.  He currently serves as vice president of the board of directors of McKinley Hall, a non-profit substance abuse support and treatment organization.  He also serves as the vice chair of the board of trustees at a local school district.  In addition to the above non-profit leadership roles, Dr. Franz also actively participates with the statewide Ohio Two-Year College Technology Council and the national AACC Commission on Research, Technology, and Emerging Trends.  Building effective and successful relationships is a primary focus for Dr. Franz.  Remaining engaged with the Clark State internal and external communities is essential to effectively serve students.

Matt Franz

Vice President, Information Technology and Emergency Management, Clark State Community College

Pamela Fusco has accumulated over 20 years of substantial experience as an Information Security and Risk Management Professional. She has held positions as the Chief Security Officer for Merck & Co., Inc., Digex Inc, and MCI Security Solutions, and as Executive Vice President, Global Information Security, at Citigroup. Fusco is certificated and accredited as a CISSP, CISM, CHS Level III, National Security Agency INFOSEC Assessment Methodology Auditor (AIM Auditor), National Cryptologic School Adjunct Faculty Certified Instructor (NSA/CSS/NCS), and has a MS in Information Management.

Pamela Fusco

Chairman, ICE2

Ajit Gaddam is the Head of Security Engineering at Visa, where he is responsible for building large scale machine learning driven defenses, leading engineering programs, and providing expert guidance on cybersecurity matters. He has presented at conferences worldwide including Black Hat, Strata Hadoop, COSO Dubin, and GCS Ukraine. Ajit has been quoted by major media organizations and his work showcased in security books, academic journals, and cybersecurity publications. He is an active participant in various open source and information security standards bodies, is a prolific inventor of disruptive technologies, and moonlights as an instructor.

Ajit Gaddam

Sr. Director, Head of Security Engineering, Visa

Tami Gallupe leads The Climate Corporation Cybersecurity Portfolio Management Office where she is responsible for strategy, prioritization, execution, and budget across all areas of Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, And Data Governance programs.  She joined Climate December 2014 as the company’s first Information Security Officer where she built a world-class cybersecurity team and a robust cybersecurity and data privacy program.  Her role spanned all security domains including Information Security, Product Security, Physical Security, Security Compliance, and Risk Management.  Ms. Gallupe also served on the Monsanto Information Security Office Leadership Team.
Tami brings more than 18 years of industry experience. Her technical and business knowledge includes expertise in product security, information security, and data privacy.
Prior to joining Climate Tami served as Oracle’s Director of Global Information Security &  Global Data Privacy where she created and managed security and privacy programs that increased security resiliency and regulatory compliance globally across the company.  She also held key positions in Microsoft’s Security Response Center and Oracle’s Global Product Security organization. while influencing industry direction in product security vulnerabilities’ management and played a key role in establishing Oracle’s Critical Patch Update program.
Ms. Gallupe holds a master’s degree in Information Security Management from Colorado Technical University and holds industry certifications including CISSP, CIPP/IT, CIPM, GISP, and others.   
Ms. Gallupe is a cybersecurity advocate promoting awareness of career opportunities and speaks regularly at conferences to raise awareness and promote industry engagement.

Tami Gallupe

Cybersecurity Portfolio Management Lead, The Climate Corporation

Terry is the founder of D6 Research a vendor-neutral research and advisory firm specializing in cyber security across the physical and digital domains. 
At D6 Research, his specific focus on practices and outcomes analysis, leading him to dedicate a few years to developing extensive threat, controls, deployment and financial models built on real-world organizational operations and data that are in use across some of the largest corporations.
Terry is frequently published in media and presents at various conferences including DEFCON, DerbyCon, Security BSides, ISC West. He’s a current board member of Security B Conferences of California and former board member of ISSA Orange County.

Terry Gold

Principal Analyst, D6 Research

Dr. Tyrone W A Grandison is the Executive Director of The Data-Driven institute, which is a  public health non-profit that helps policymakers create and implement effective programs and policies to solve their most critical problems, using the knowledge of the community, data and technology. Dr Grandison is also a 2018 Zhi-Xing Eisenhower Fellow. Dr. Grandison also advises the Government of Jamaica on their Information Technology strategy - as a member of the National Information and Communications Technology Advisory Council (2016-18). 
Dr. Grandison has over 25 years experience in software engineering, security and privacy. His work in database security and privacy has been internationally recognized as pioneering and impactful.
Dr. Grandison is a 2018 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, an IBM Master Inventor, a Distinguished Engineer of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has been recognized by the National Society of Black Engineers (as Pioneer of the Year in 2009), by the Federal Computer Weekly as a "Rising Star" (2016), and has received the IEEE Technical Achievement Award in 2010 for "pioneering contributions to Secure and Private Data Management". 

Tyrone Grandison

Executive Director, The Data-Driven Institute

Todd is a Manager in IT Risk Advisory, specializing in cybersecurity risk and controls. He is based in NYC and has over twelve years of cybersecurity technical product and program management experience delivering cyber solutions and developing thought leadership across multiple verticals, with focus on threat detection and response.

Todd Grober

Manager, Cyber & Technology Risk Management, Ernst & Young

Dheeraj Gurugubelli is a Senior Advisory Consultant with over 5+ years of cyber security experience.  Dheeraj specializes in cyber security transformation, cyber strategy, cyber incident response and management, and organizational cyber resilience. 
He has worked with some of the world's largest organizations to design, execute, and deliver a wide range of engagements involving cyber risk management, strategy and policy development, strategic and tactical cybersecurity operations, data protection initiatives, incident response, business continuity, disaster recovery, compliance management, program management, and business process design during his career. 
Dheeraj is a certified cybersecurity professional, a thought leader, and a published author. He has experience working with C-suite leadership executing projects for several Fortune 500 clients across various industries such as Financial Services, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Automotive, Retail, and Energy.

Dheeraj Gurugubelli

Senior Advisory Consultant, Deloitte and Touche LLP

David Hahn

CISO, Hearst.com

Aim High!, Inc., your contract CIO, provides IT services for a variety of small and medium businesses and work groups in large companies, focusing on Apple OS and iOS. This includes infrastructure planning, logistics, configuring and installing Workstation, LAN and WAN (especially network security/firewall) equipment; training, support and development. Aim High! Internet services provides LAN and WAN integration to companies throughout the world, specializing in customized solutions for customer needs, requiring a high level of customer interaction and understanding of not only technology, but business functions and interpersonal communications. 
Over 42 years experience designing systems and networks, training, supporting and using computerized systems including mainframes, mini computers, PC's and mobile devices.

Vincent Hamm

President, Aim High!, Inc.

In 2017 (ISC)2 named Dr. Mansur Hasib a “Rock Star” of cybersecurity and presented him an electric guitar along with the (ISC)2 Americas ISLA Award for leading the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology program at UMUC. In 2018 Global Cyber Startup Observatory inducted him into their Hall of Fame. In 2018 SC Magazine awarded UMUC Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program award.
Dr. Hasib also won 2017 Cybersecurity People’s Choice Award and 2017 Information Governance Expert of the Year Award. He has 30 years of experience leading organizational transformations through digital leadership and cybersecurity strategy in healthcare, biotechnology, education, and energy. He served as Chief Information Officer for 12 years. His seminal book Cybersecurity Leadership (available in ebook, paperback, and audio) has been widely acclaimed by practitioners and scholars alike and is listed among the best IT and cybersecurity books of all time. In 2013, as part of his doctoral work, Dr. Hasib conducted a national study of US healthcare cybersecurity and published the book Impact of Security Culture on Security Compliance in Healthcare in the USA and became one of the first few in the world to earn a Doctor of Science in cybersecurity.

Mansur Hasib

Program Chair, Cybersecurity Technology, The Graduate School, University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

Chetan is a senior executive with extensive Security, Leadership, Management and Consulting experience. Chetan brings his experience in Application Security, Data Protection, Cloud Security, Governance, Threat Management, DevOps, MicroServices, Identity & Access Management  and a passion for Continuous Improvement.

Chetan is passionate about transforming organizations so they maximize the value they deliver to the business by maintaining a continuous feedback loop and realignment of priorities with the business needs. With the end goal of creating more responsive, efficient organizations.

Chetan Jha

Senior Director Information Security, Experian

Dr. John D. Johnson is CEO and Founder Aligned Security, a cybersecurity consulting firm. He is also a founding board member of The Docent Institute, Security Advisor Alliance, Cyber Education Foundation, an advisor at Cybersecurity Collaborative, a member of SC Media Editorial Board, and serves on advisory boards for security and emerging technology companies. John is a cybersecurity professor at Excelsior College where he has developed and taught numerous graduate cybersecurity courses. He spent nearly 18 years as security architect for John Deere, where he managed security infrastructure and developed strategy and secure architecture solutions for protecting a global corporate network, endpoints, industrial systems and the supply chain. His experience spans the public and private sectors, as well as industry verticals: technology, manufacturing, finance, energy, healthcare, education. John was previously network security manager for the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and an experimental nuclear physicist developing radiation detection systems for nuclear remediation and non-proliferation.

John Johnson

CEO, Aligned Security

Peder Jungck is the vice president and general manager of the Intelligence Solutions business area within BAE Systems, Inc., a global aerospace and defense provider.  He currently serves as president of the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing cybersecurity by sharing threat information and collaborating on effective mitigations of cyber risk.  Previously he served as the Chief Technology Officer for BAE Systems' Intelligence & Security Sector.  He has served in a number of technology and leadership positions in Silicon Valley and Washington DC developing cyber security solutions for telecommunications, large enterprises and governments.

Peder Jungck

VP/GM Intelligence Solutions, BAE Systems, Inc.

Ashutosh Kapsé is the Head of Cyber security & technology risk at IOOF Holdings Ltd. IOOF has been helping Australian's achieve financial Independence since 1846 and is currently one of Australia’s largest non-banking financial institutions.

Ashutosh has 25 years experience in technology risk & has dedicated his career to helping organisations address security, risk and fraud issues. His expertise is validated through his certifications including CISM, CRISC, CISA, Cloud Security Knowledge Certification, ISO27001 Lead auditor etc. He has worked extensively, with organizations in the Government, Financial, Infrastructure and Utilities sectors and has proven track record in being able to present and influence at Executive management and Board level. In his spare time he volunteers as board member & chair of Risk committee at a not for profit aged care organization. He conducts CISM preparatory courses in Melbourne on behalf of ISACA and is currently the Vice-President of ISACA Melbourne chapter. He regularly speaks at international security conferences where he is known for providing insights and practical guidance in implementing "fit for purpose" cybersecurity & risk measures.

Ashutosh Kapsé

Head of Cybersecurity, IOOF Holdings Ltd, Australia

Aaron Kirby is senior vice president, Security Business Solutions for Mastercard Operations and Technology (O&T). In this role, he is responsible for leading Mastercard's Business Security Officer's and Business Security Engineering functions.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Kirby was responsible for the application development and support of the authentication platforms that support key business products including SecureCode, Biometric Authentication and the India UID Authentication Service Agency.
Mr. Kirby joined Mastercard in May of 2014.  Prior to joining Mastercard, Mr. Kirby was a Global Security Architect for IBM.  Before joining IBM he led the Online Authentication Strategy and Operations team for Capital One and worked in online security for the Wells Fargo Commercial Banking group.  He also spent a number of years as an information security consultant at Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. Kirby earned a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College, a Master of Computer Information Systems degree from the University of Denver and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.  He is an active volunteer for Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis and also served on active duty in the United States Army as a Combat Engineer.

Aaron Kirby

SVP Security Business Solutions, Mastercard

Experienced Chief Information Security Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications, financial and the technology industry for public billions dollar companies. A visionary entrepreneur with a passion and deep expertise in the Cyber Security field. During the last 20 years, served in the Israeli elite Intelligence Corps unit, 8200, co-founded Promisec – a twice in a row winning market leader in endpoint security management solutions as a top ten Deloitte Fast 50 (2010 and 2011), and held hands-on executive leadership positions in both emerging and corporate technology software and service companies. Proven success in managing companies, business units, development groups and complex projects. Unique business understanding in customer management, sales and GTM strategy.

Hilik Kotler


Curt Kwak, MBA, CHCIO, CPHIMS, has over 26 years of engineering and technology experience, which includes over 18 years of Information Technology management experience.
Curt currently serves the role of Chief Information Officer for Proliance Surgeons, a leader in specialty surgical services with over 240 Board Certified Surgeons. Previously, Curt was the Chief Information Officer for the WA State Health Benefit Exchange as well as the Chief Information Officer over the Western Washington region for Providence Health & Service.
Curt has contributed to the healthcare industry by providing views & opinions to publications such as Healthcare IT News, Information Week, Health System CIO, and Healthcare Informatics. He is an active member of both HIMSS and CHIME.
Curt earned his Executive M.B.A. from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering also from the University of Washington. He has successfully completed the CIO Institute Certification program from the Haas Business School at U of California, Berkeley. Curt is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and is also a CHCIO (Certified Health CIO). Curt is also a FELLOW, achieving the FELLOW Award with CHIME in 2017.

Curt Kwak

Chief Information Officer, Proliance Surgeons LLC

Award-winning software architect, a customer service activist, an IT project leader, an accomplished musician (in his own mind), a baseball enthusiast and daddy of two (the most challenging task of all)... currently the CIO of Metro MLS in Milwaukee, WI. Fascinated with real estate technology and the powerful role it plays in the everyday lives of people, organizations and industries. A technology focused project leader with one common goal - to scout for areas that better benefit the user experience. Devoted workgroup chair for RESO (Real Estate Standards Organization) and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). #technologyForTheBenefitOfHumanity

Past accomplishments include:
-IT Leadership award from SearchCIO-MidMarket.com (TechTarget) for work on the Fannie Mae Short Sale Assistance Desk software platform. Expediting short sales for thousands of families via MLS solutions nationwide.
-Responsible for the rebuild of MLS support services that culminated with several "Top Call Centers in America" awards from Benchmark Portal/Purdue University.
-Creator of a real estate related social media/Internet marketing application that became popular in the Chicagoland and Minneapolis area MLS markets.

Chris Lambrou

CIO, Metro MLS

Colonel Cedric Leighton is a Founding Partner of CYFORIX, a cyber risk and security solutions consultancy and the Chairman of Cedric Leighton Associates, LLC, a global strategic risk consultancy specializing in cyber risk.  He advises an international clientele on cyber strategies and the deployment of the newest cybersecurity technologies.  He was a member of the Federal Reserve Bank’s secure payments task force and serves on several advisory boards.
Colonel Leighton is a CNN Military Analyst, providing on-air commentary on military and international security issues to CNN's global audience.  He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.  He has also written for The Hill and Leadership Excellence Magazine.
Colonel Leighton served 26 years as an Intelligence Officer in the US Air Force.  A Middle East combat veteran, he also served at US Special Operations Command, witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, was a Squadron Commander and was twice stationed at the Pentagon.  His last military assignment was as the Deputy Training Director for the National Security Agency, where he championed training initiatives for the nation’s cyber warriors.

Cedric Leighton

Chairman, Cedric Leighton Associates and Founding Partner, CYFORIX

Chris Letterman is the Principal for Cyber Security at Wostmann & Associates providing Cyber Security consultation to clients across state and local levels of government and private sector. Previously, Chris served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Alaska until 2017. Chris got his start in technology while attending the University of Louisville and from there joined the US Navy where he served in the Naval Security Group Command. After leaving military service Chris worked for various communications companies in Alaska before moving to state government. While at the State of Alaska, Chris served on a Lieutenant Governor’s Security and Privacy committee that was the first formal push to establish statewide information security and privacy policies. He led the state’s Security Functional Workgroup and aided with planning the Security Framework that established the Information Security Management System (ISMS) for the Alaska Executive branch. While involved in these pursuits Chris also served as a Department Information Technology Manager at the Alaska Department of Education where he created onboarding processes with mandatory Security Awareness training (before it was cool). Later, Chris moved to the Department of Health and Social Services taking on the challenge of establishing a department-wide security and privacy office which oversaw the agency’s HIPAA compliance.
Chris holds CISM, CRISC, CGEIT, CSCS, CHP, CCNA, ITIL v3, and CSM. He has most recently participated in a 6-month Analytic Exchange Program with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Homeland Security exploring Vulnerabilities to Healthcare Information Technology.

Chris Letterman

Principal Cyber Security, Wostmann & Associates

Ariel Litvin

CISO, First Quality Enterprises

Gary D. Long, CISA, CISSP is an information security professional with over 25 years of combined US and global experience working in the public and private sector in information security consulting, sales, and management. Gary has served in such positions as Information Security Officer at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, and Principal at several information security consulting firms. Gary has provided Security thought leadership by speaking at forums, such as RSA Conference, mNext Forum, Executive Alliance Security Leader’s Summit, as well as offering commentary to monthly CSO Magazine articles. Gary is a Senior Member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), and a Gold Member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Gary Long

Principal, Long Professional Services

As a dedicated and accomplished IT Executive, Ryan Loy currently serves as the CIO for EBSCO Industries, a multibillion-dollar diversified conglomerate with businesses spanning the globe.  As a member of the EBSCO Leadership Team, Ryan is not only focused on enhancing the value technology can deliver but also in providing innovative strategies for business and technology solutions, to improve value-proposition, maximize profitability and energize and transform growth-oriented companies. 
Ryan has extensive experience, proven leadership capabilities and results-driven skills in Enterprise Risk Management, Governance, Information Technology Leadership, Cyber Security, Emerging Technology, Turnarounds, Merger/Acquisition/Divestiture, and Operational Excellence. Ryan also has hands-on experience with Data Privacy Regulations and helping organizations achieve Privacy Shield and GDPR compliance. 
Voted Top 100 CIO by Computer World for 2017, Ryan continues to lead the industry with the proven operational and executive expertise to drive a technology agenda focused on improving value, security and market differentiation.  Additionally, Ryan is a frequent Key Note Presenter at the Alabama IT Symposium, Cyber Security Summit and SC Magazine Cyber Security Judge.

Ryan Loy

Chief Information Officer, EBSCO

Michael Makstman

CISO, City and County of San Francisco

Aditya has over 13 years of work experience in cyber security and has developed information security programs at several fortune 50 enterprises. Aditya is currently working with the cyber security practice at Point72 Asset Management. Prior to Point72, Aditya has been instrumental in developing the cyber security functions at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Bloomberg LP. He has also worked as an Information Security consultant at Ernst & Young where he was tasked with providing cyber security advisory consulting to notable fortune 30 financial services institutions. Aditya is on several executive board panel including Zerofox, Rapid7 and FlashPoint.

Aditya specializes in incident response, security architecture, threat intelligence, cloud security, data privacy and information security program management. He has a Master of Science degree in Information Security from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and is passionate about technology/information security. Aditya also holds esteemed professional certifications such as CISSP, CISM, CISA, CFE and CEH.

Aditya Malhotra

VP, Point72 Asset Management

Richard, as Chairman of the Board of CinturionGroup, & as CEO of X-SES, offers over 20 years of broad executive leadership experience in the private and public sectors. He currently serves as a Strategic Advisor to: Pattern Computer; Hatha Systems; Consulsys; Auroras; INVNT/IP; the National Maritime Law Institute, and the Center for Understanding Change, a non-profit research center.
As Chairman & Co-Founder of CinturionGroup, he oversees the implementation of the Trans Europe Middle East Asia fiber optic cable system from France thru the Middle East to India and future points beyond. As CEO of X-SES Consultants LLC, he promotes comprehensive and sustainable corporate Information Technology governance programs that create effective software assurance, supply chain risk management, standards compliance, and procurement strategies. As CEO of Secure Exchange Technology Innovations, he focused on implementing international communications standards for emergency management alerting systems.
He served with distinction as Special Advisor to the government of Moldova on implementing their E- Gov. program and developing their national cyber security policy; Director of Global Cyber Security Management at the Department of Homeland Security; Legislative Affairs Officer at the National Security Agency; Deputy Director, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, & Associate General Counsel, Information Assurance, National Security Agency.

Richard Marshall

Chairman of the Board, CinturionGroup

Joshua is currently the Director of Security and Information Protection for the Omaha Public Power District. He currently leads the cybersecurity, corporate security, business continuity and disaster recovery functions for OPPD.  
Over the past 21 years Joshua has held a number of leadership positions in the IT, Information Security and Assurance areas for Charles Schwab, PeopleSoft, Safeway, Gap, University of Nebraska and Mutual of Omaha. Joshua also serves as an adjunct instructor in the University of Nebraska Omaha’s cybersecurity program.
Joshua has a degree in Finance from Xavier University and Masters in Information Systems from University of San Francisco.

Joshua Mauk

Director, Security & Information Protection, Omaha Public Power District

Sean McElroy has built engaging financial services products throughout his 20 year software engineering and cybersecurity career.  At Computer Services, Inc., he led the development team to create patented, first-to-market SaaS solutions for online banking document delivery, remote deposit capture, check item processing, and expedited payments.  In 2009 he co-founded Alkami Technology, where he served in roles ranging from CTO to CISO to build innovative solutions with Microsoft-based technologies at private-cloud scale.  At Lumin Digital, Sean is responsible for cybersecurity, risk management, and compliance programs to scale the next generation of cloud-based digital banking securely across global data centers.  Sean earned a BBA in Management and in Management Information Systems from the University of Oklahoma and currently holds the CISSP and CISM certifications.

Sean McElroy

Chief Information Security Officer, Lumin Digital

Zachery S. Mitcham is the Chief Information Security and Compliance Officer at North Carolina Central University, where he plays a significant role in the strategic planning and policy development for information technology security programs. Zachery has over 37 years of combined practical experience working in the field of operations and information systems security with the, University of North Carolina Wilmington, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, State of North Carolina University System, and the Department of Defense, which included accrediting sensitive compartmentalized Information facilities within the Central Region of Europe. Specifically, V Corps Headquarters. He is a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Army where he retired as a Major. He earned his BBA in Business Administration from Mercer University.  He holds an MSA degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Zachery graduated from the U.S. Army School of Information Technology where he earned a diploma with a concentration in systems automation. He completed a graduate studies professional development program earning a Strategic Management Graduate Certificate from Harvard University extension school. Mr. Mitcham holds several computer security certificates from various institutions of higher education to include Stanford, Villanova, Carnegie-Mellon Universities, and the University of Central Florida. He is certified as a Chief Information Security Officer by the EC-Council and a Certified Computer Security Incident Handler from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Zachery received his Information Systems Security Management credentials as an Information Systems Security Officer from the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems Accreditations Course in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Zachery S. Mitcham

Chief Information Security and Compliance Officer, North Carolina Central University

Travis Paakki is the interim Chief Technology Officer for Portland Public Schools in Portland, Oregon.  His passion for Information Assurance and 15 years of professional experience in the field has allowed him to see the training and tools evolve and improve advancing the profession.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science with a specialization in Information security from Western Governor’s University as well as an MBA.  At the moment, he is completing doctoral work focusing on large educational organization information assurance techniques.   He currently works in IT leadership at one of the largest school districts on the West Coast.

Travis Paakki

Interim Chief Technology Officer, Portland Public Schools

Christopher Paidhrin, is the Chief Information Security Officer for City of Portland, Oregon. For the past 17 years Christopher has been a nationally recognized healthcare Information Security authority, having received recognition, nominations and awards for service excellence, including NetworkWorld, ISE, SC Magazine, and Information Security magazine’s 2011 “Security 7” Award. Christopher is a regular media consultant and presents at numerous events across the U.S. Christopher is an advocate of IT Service Management (ITSM) best practices and process improvement, including learning organizations and knowledge management.

Christopher Paidhrin

Chief Information Security Officer, City of Portland

Mitchell Parker, CISSP, is the Executive Director, Information Security and Compliance, at IU Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Mitch is currently working on redeveloping the Information Security program at IU Health, and regularly works with multiple non-technology stakeholders to improve it. He also speaks regularly at multiple conferences and workshops, including HIMSS, IEEE TechIgnite, and Internet of Medical Things. Mitch has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Bloomsburg University, a MS in Information Technology Leadership from LaSalle University, and his MBA from Temple University.

Mitchell Parker

Executive Director, Information Security & Compliance, Indiana University Health

David Poe is the Chief Technology Officer at United Way of Greater St. Louis, where David leads strategic technology initiatives to help others live their best possible lives.
Over his 22 year career, David has worked in several other significant InfoSec related roles most notably as COO/CTO with UPIC Solutions providing technology services to support over $1 billion in U.S. nonprofit fundraising and as a founding member of Quest Diagnostic's Quanum Solutions, a cloud based Health Information Technology (HIT) solutions suite utilized by nearly half of all U.S. physicians and hospitals.  His experience spans a wide range of technology from software development, data integration, large scale private data centers, and cloud based systems to HIPAA, PCI, SOX, and other related industry and government compliance standards.
David serves as an IT Entrepreneur Network Startup Mentor, advocate for youth STEM programs, and nonprofit leadership volunteer.  Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, David, his wife Julia, and their two children are recent transplants that enjoy exploring all that St. Louis has to offer.

David Poe

CTO, United Way of Greater St. Louis

HealthITq founder Robecca Quammen is a forward-thinking and results-oriented industry leader recognized as an advocate for transforming health care with innovative information technology solutions. Known for leading organizational change initiatives that truly enhance the delivery of clinical care while helping to improve the bottom-line, Becky’s 30-year career in health care includes senior management positions in large provider organizations, at the nation’s largest health care software vendor, and with leading health care consulting practices.
A strategic thinker, Becky helps organizations navigate industry trends such as health reform and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. She combines the big-picture analysis of the industry with an intimate understanding of healthcare clinical processes, business management and information technology. As a result, Becky not only develops innovative, transformative strategic plans, she brings them to fruition – quickly and effectively. 
Becky’s knowledge covers many aspects of health care business management and information technology; strategic and tactical planning; business development and sales; operations and organizational development; product development and delivery; interoperability, cybersecurity, and emerging health care initiatives.

Robecca Quammen

CEO, HealthITq

Bhuvaneswari Ramkumar is service owner for a cryptographic key management system used by enterprise customers to protect their sensitive data. Some of their business requirements for such a service include having a multi-cloud platform approach, enabling BYOK (Bring your own keys), providing visibility into user-defined tenancy requirements, integrating transparently with heterogeneous data-stores, providing audit-trail with fine-grained filtering, among other things. This experience has helped her to understand the multi-dimensional nature of security requirements in enterprise deployments.
Ramkumar has about a decade of experience in the field of cyber-security, starting as a cyber-forensics researcher, publishing peer-reviewed articles and now as an engineer in the trenches. She has worked closely with enterprise companies and start-ups to better understand the security landscape and help customers secure their enterprises, networks, data and other resources.

Bhuvaneswari Ramkumar

Senior Engineer, GE-Digital

Todd Redfoot is the Chief Privacy and Risk Officer for GoDaddy. He leads an award-winning team of privacy and security professionals devoted to keeping customers, employees, and corporate systems protected.  In addition to protecting the data of over 18 million customers worldwide, he's also responsible for the physical security of more than 7,000 GoDaddy employees across the globe. 
Redfoot holds several patents in the security space, is one of the founding members of the Hosting Security Forum as well as the Vendor Security Alliance, and is a Governing Chair of the Phoenix chapter of Evanta CISO Summit.

Todd Redfoot

Chief Privacy and Risk Officer, Go Daddy, LLC

Phil Rizzo currently serves as the ASIS Assistant Regional Vice President for Cleveland/Akron & Canton, Ohio. He is the senior-most Security & Risk Executive for the E-data Law Group. He is a corporate trainer on topics including Active Shooter Risk Mitigation, De-escalation of Aggression, and Tactical Termination Techniques. He is a business professional first and an executive security professional second. Daily he is responsible for putting out fires while demonstrating security program value to the C-Suite, accountable for the development & oversight of P3 (policies, procedures & programs) intended for the mitigation and/or reduction of any issues regarding: compliance, operational, strategic, financial & reputational security risk strategies relating to the protection of the E-data Law Group's people, places & things. He possesses a clear grasp of how complex tactical objectives can contribute to the strategic execution of holistically securing the organization, while respecting the privacy and trust of internal stakeholders. He is a trusted advisor to senior leadership, facilitated by his superb interpersonal and transparent leadership skills. His Core Competencies are Physical Security, Enterprise Security Risk Management, and Data Asset Protection.He was a key presenter at The University of Akron Summer House of Worship Security Summit and the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Akron/Canton Chapter of ASIS (2014-17).

Phillip Rizzo

Chief Physical Security & Risk Mitigation Officer, E-data Law Group

Over 25 years in the cyber security domain at the National Security Agency / Central Security Service (NSA/CSS), U.S. Naval Security Group, Industry and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL). Successfully developed strategic plans and led implementation of technologies and standup of operations to streamline cyber operations within the Department of Defense (DoD), NATO and the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). Currently performing as Chief Scientist, Cyber Warfare Operations, where my primary focus is on identification and remediation of gaps in mission capability technology, operations and synchronization in both tactical and strategic environments.

Sandi Roddy

Chief Scientist, Cyber Warfare Operations, JHU APL

Vince has been a student and practitioner of IT security for over 20 years and now works with both public and private corporations leading IT security and regulatory compliance efforts as well as secure software development programs for a variety of development organizations. As with many in the security space, he wears several hats. He is the Director of Informatoin Security at Youniqe Products, consults with several companies to enhance their cybersecurity profiles, and is the CTO of SK2 Technology leading the development of high-security, session-based data-at-rest encryption applications.  

He is passionate about securing the enterprise, particularly in areas of new and evolving technologies.Vince regularly teaches both technical and non-technical audiences about the application of security principles to their environments.

Expanding on his background as a US Air Force Cyber-Warfare Technician, Vince also served as Senior Cyber-Security Analyst for BAE Systems on a $20 Billion national defense program. He now leverages his experiences across multiple engagements in the private sector. He has held his CISSP since 2012 and writes a weekly commentary on the state of security.

Vincent Romney

Director, Information Security, Younique Products

Marcus (Marc) Sachs is the Chief Security Officer of Pattern Computer. He is a retired US Army Officer and was a White House appointee in the George W. Bush administration. His private sector experience includes serving as the Deputy Director of SRI International’s Computer Science laboratory, as the Vice President for National Security Policy at Verizon Communications, and as the Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he directed the rebuilding of the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC). He was also the Director of the SANS Internet Storm Center and has co-authored several books on information security. He holds degrees in civil engineering, computer science, and technology commercialization; and is an avid collector of antique cipher equipment.

Marcus Sachs

Chief Security Officer, Pattern Computer

Nawras Said stands at the forefront of the fastest moving technology industry trend: Security, compliance, cloud services, AI, Blockchain, and infrastructure services. He’s spent the past five years evangelizing an industry-wide shift to the cloud and has helped numerous organization position themselves to leverage financial benefits from public and private cloud space.
A calculated risk-taker with deep tech industry knowledge, Nawras has championed many trend setting initiatives such as completing migrating to the cloud cloud for his enterprise and many other consumer customers; his channel incentive models have motivated organization as big as 50,000 end users to globally to embrace the cloud. 
Nawras is recognized within the technology industry for designing, benchmarking, and leading strategies within the commercial Cloud Services including Office 365, Azure, AWS and hybrid cloud. 
Throughout his 20-year tenure within the industry, Nawras has built a reputation for developing business strategies, incubating new business models, and advocating for strengthens security. He also developed and managed a profitable business model for high-end enterprise organizations by delivering efficient and lean services.
Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth, Nawras to be a key contributor to the network, security, and cloud technology industries.
Nawras’s experiences spans across multiple India tries to include manufacturing, pharmaceutical, finance, retail, telecommunications, and legal sector.
Nawras holds a BS in Computer Science.
An industry expert with more than 20 years of successful experience in security, infrastructure, compliance, & life cycle Management. Nawras has a proven ability to foster relationships with C-Suite and executives.

Nawras Said

CIO, Network Resource Group

Randy was an Industrial Engineer for the Youngstown Steel Co., a Sales Engineer for GATX, the Manager of Computer Security Planning for Mobil Corporation, and the Director of Information Systems Security for United Healthcare. In 1997 Randy became General Director, Information Security for General Motors Corporation responsible for GM’s information security strategy, programs, plans, and global information security posture. He holds several IT-Security Certifications and has traveled internationally for over forty-five years.  
Some of Randy’s other professional affiliations include: being a member of the Board Of Directors of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 from1989 to 2008; (ISC)2’s Treasurer; Chairman of (ISC)2’s Board Of Directors; and a four year member of the National Computer Systems Security & Privacy Advisory Board. Randy is also a presenter of the IT-Security Safe & Secure Program for children in the schools.
Randy has presented at major national and international IT-Security conferences, and is a published author, and publishes articles on IT-Security. Randy continues to do both IT-Security Assurance pro bono, and consulting services through his company, RNS Consulting. 
Randy also serves as the Marketing Director for a Global IT Educational Foundation, a member of SC Magazine’s Editorial Board, and a judge for IT-Security Awards for SC Magazine.

Randolph Sanovic

Owner, RNS Consulting

Steve Santorelli became a police officer in 1994, working in London, UK. He worked his way up through various detective grades and branches until he joined Scotland Yard’s Computer Crime Unit in 2000. During the following 5 years he specialized in malware and botnet cases and reached the rank of Detective Sergeant. Steve received several awards and commendations from various international law enforcement agencies and judges. He was also an associate instructor for the CISSP certification. Steve then left law enforcement to join the Microsoft Internet Crimes Investigation Team, based in Redmond, USA.
He spent the next 2 years investigating botnet cases which were then referred out to law enforcement officers around the world for further work and arrests. During this time he also developed the International Botnet Task Force, a unique group of industry and law enforcement from 35 countries, dedicated to working together to combat botnets and ruin the lives of botherders. He was also the lead investigator on the Zotob case.
Steve left Microsoft in 2007 to join Team Cymru, a small group of researchers who work to discover who is behind internet crime and why they carry out their activities. Still actively involved in investigations, he is currently a Team Cymru Fellow and the Director of Analysis and Outreach. This role enables him to contribute to using Team Cymru’s unique position and insight to improve lives around the world. 

Steve Santorelli

Director of Analysis and Outreach, Team Cymru

Stephen Sparkes

Managing Director, Head of Cybersecurity Technology, Bank of America

Richard Stanbridge talent exceeds 40 years of experience in marketing, financial services and manufacturing.  His experience includes marketing and sales programs for fortune 500 companies as well as small technology product manufacturing across international borders, all areas of corporate operations with particular strengths in areas of POS systems and technology.  In recent years, Mr. Stanbridge has worked with many franchise opportunities and understands the many facets of franchising startups.
Past President and one of the co‑founders of Fidelity Communications, combines his business education from the University of Michigan and Georgetown University with over forty years of experience in many areas of the telecommunications industry.  As an early marketing employee of MCI, he gained valuable experience in creating new business opportunities and implementing new products and services to an existing group of nationwide clients.  His exposure to the international marketplace as Vice President of the satellite division for Ford Aerospace, Starnet Communications, led to contacts in the areas of central office equipment and computer manufacturing.

Rick Stanbridge

Vice President / Chief Information Officer, Marco's Franchising, LLC

Bobbie Stempfley joined the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute as director of the SEI's CERT Division in June 2017. Stempfley previously served as director of cyber strategy implementation at MITRE Corp. and as acting assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary, Office of Cyber Security and Communications, Department of Homeland Security. In addition to her work at DHS, Stempfley previously worked in the DoD as CIO of the Defense Information Systems Agency and as chief of the DoD Computer Emergency Response Team, which she established.
Stempfley received her bachelor's degree in engineering mathematics from the University of Arizona and her master's degree in computer science from James Madison University. A recipient of many awards, she was recognized by CyberScoop as among the Top Women in Cybersecurity, by Federal Computer Week in the Fed 100, and by Information Week as one of the Top 50 Government CIOs.

Bobbie Stempfley

Managing Director, Carnegie Mellon University | Software Engineering Institute | CERT

Dona Stines

IT Manager, Rampart Supply, Inc

Priscilla Tate is the founder and executive director of Technology Managers Forum (TechForum), an association which has a current membership of over 800 IT managers who work for mid-range and F1000 organizations in New York. Prior to founding Technology Managers Forum in 1994, Ms.Tate had a career in enterprise technology management, working at Citibank, EF Hutton and Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now Chase). She was also a very active participant in the user group movement both in the US and in Europe. Today, Ms.Tate produces Security Forum, an invitation-only conference held twice yearly in New York City, and consults with companies who want to expand their reach into large enterprise organizations.
During her rich and varied technology career she has worked as an author and editor for numerous trade publications and she hosted and produced weekly radio shows and podcasts. She is a sought after moderator for industry panels, including the Computerworld Premier 100 and the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Both SC Magazine and the Global Mobile Awards have tapped her to serve as a judge of enterprise products and services.
Ms. Tate graduated from Duke University with a BA in History and an MA in Art History. She also studied at the Freie Universitat in Berlin with a scholarship administered by the Fulbright commission. She was a Columbia Fellow and did graduate work at Columbia University.

Priscilla Tate

Founder & Managing Director, TechForum

Dennis Thibodeaux is a security specialist and technical educator. His professional background includes extensive experience as an instructor and practitioner in information security, electronic commerce, network administration, incident response, and related areas. 
Dennis has trained employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Princeton University, Defense Language Institute, IBM, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the United Nations, NASA, all branches of the U.S. military, and hundreds of other security-minded organizations in the private and public sectors. He has also taught college students in Information Technology, Criminal Justice, and Paralegal Studies degree programs. 
He is a member of several professional societies including ISACA, ASIS International, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Prior to his information technology career, Dennis spent thirteen years in broadcasting, working in a variety of on-air and station management positions.

Dennis Thibodeaux

Tehcnical Instructor & Security SME, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

Richard Timbol is a Cyber Security professional with over 25 years of experience. He started his early career as an Enterprise Network Engineer in the pharma, financial, healthcare and retail industries but always had security as part of his network portfolio. He has been focused specifically on security for over 10 years and is known as a passionate evangelist on the subject of meaningful security in both home and the enterprise.
Currently the head of cyber-security at a well-respected global law firm, he has also directed departments in InfoSec Operations, Network Engineering, Messaging and End Point Support.
He has served on the New York State eHealth Information Privacy and Security Collaborative and on several security advisory boards, including currently, as the Chairman of Threat Intelligence Committee for the LS-ISAO.

Richard Timbol

ISSM / Head of Information Security & IT Compliance, Davis Polk

Krishna Vedula is a technologist at heart with a proven track record of building highly secure, scalable and reliable solutions to drive business value. He brings 20+ years of experience leading global technology organizations in financial payments, telecom, retail and manufacturing industries. His expertise includes leading organizations through transformational change, connecting technology to needs of the business, optimizing costs without compromising either employee engagement or customer experience. 

As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at 365 Retail Markets, Krishna and his team have created the most comprehensive full platform self service technology that connects people with products at work, transforming the way employees view the breakroom.

Krishna Vedula

Chief Technology Officer, 365 Retail Markets

Bruce coordinates all administrative and Internet technology at Alcohol Justice with over 30 years experience and oversees the organization's networking, IT support, security, and web application services. He is also a professional audio engineer, stage manager, T'ai Chi instructor and sits on several nonprofit boards like SF Community Land Trust and Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council. He is also on the founding design team for creating the country's first municipal public-owned disability cultural center. Also a lover of animals has both a dog and cat, and as an animal welfare advocate Bruce runs DogPAC of SF. Bruce holds a Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Social Work with a concentration in Social Development from San Francisco State University and a Life Coach.

Bruce Wolfe

CIO, Alcohol Justice

Lauren Zink is the Manager of Security Awareness at AmTrust Financial, a global Fortune 500 company in Northeast Ohio. She is an information security professional that has spent nearly a decade developing, expanding and maintaining security awareness, communications and education programs for large, global corporations.  Lauren enjoys focusing on the human aspect of security and has a strong background in teaching and training various age groups.  She thoroughly enjoys all aspects of both logical and physical security as well as educating employees on their importance. Lauren is an advocate for women in STEM and educating the younger generation about the opportunities available in tech.

Lauren Zink

Manager, Security Awareness, AmTrust Financial


Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Venue: InterContinental San Francisco  
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 

Time: 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Dress Code: Black tie preferred 

Tickets: Information coming soon!


If you are interested in sponsoring the 2019 awards please contact David Steifman at david.steifman@haymarketmedia.com or 646-638-6008.

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