Diana KelleyDiana Kelley

Diana Kelley is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Protect AI. She also serves on the boards of WiCyS, The Executive Women’s Forum (EWF), InfoSec World, CyberFuture Foundation, TechTarget Security Editorial, and DevNet AI/ML. Diana was Cybersecurity Field CTO for Microsoft, Global Executive Security Advisor at IBM Security, GM at Symantec, VP at Burton Group (now Gartner), a Manager at KPMG, CTO and co-founder of SecurityCurve, and Chief vCISO at SaltCybersecurity.

She is a sought-after keynote speaker, the host of BrightTALK’s The (Security) Balancing Act, co-author of the books Practical Cybersecurity Architecture and Cryptographic Libraries for Developers, instructor for the LinkedIn Learning class on Security in AI and ML, has been a lecturer at Boston College’s Masters program in cybersecurity, a 2023 Global Cyber Security Hall of Fame Inductee, the EWF 2020 Executive of the Year and EWF Conference Chair 2021-Present, an SCMedia Power Player, and one of Cybersecurity Ventures 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime.

Jeffrey E. ManJeffrey E. Man

Jeff is a respected Information Security advocate, advisor, evangelist, international speaker, keynoter, former host of Security & Compliance Weekly, co-host on Paul’s Security Weekly, Tribe of Hackers (TOH) contributor, including TOH Red Team, TOH Security Leaders, TOH Blue Team, and currently serving in a Consulting/Advisory role for Online Business Systems. Nearly 40 years of experience working in all aspects of computer, network, and information security, including cryptography, risk management, vulnerability analysis, compliance assessment, forensic analysis and penetration testing. Certified NSA Cryptanalyst. Previously held security research, management and product development roles with the National Security Agency, the DoD and private-sector enterprises and was part of the first penetration testing “red team” at NSA. For the past twenty-seven years has been a pen tester, security architect, consultant, QSA, and PCI SME, providing consulting and advisory services to many of the nation’s best known companies.
https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/83/
https://www.cybereason.com/blog/malicious-life-podcast-how-the-internet-changed-the-nsa

Toby ScalesToby Scales

Toby leads the Media & Entertainment vertical in Google Cloud’s Office of the CISO, where he focuses on driving strategic change across the content and enterprise security disciplines.
In his previous role at Microsoft and now at Google, he’s partnered with every major studio on cloud transformation initiatives across animation, VFX and post-production.
Before getting involved at the intersection of Hollywood and cloud, he ran the services arm of a major MSP in Manhattan (where he developed their cloud consulting practice), and before that founded and sold his own consulting firm in Seattle, Washington.
He now lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two sons– who are officially recognized as the World’s Best Kids.

Keyaan WIlliamsKeyaan Williams

Keyaan J Williams has been building and running cybersecurity and privacy programs for more than two decades. He spent many years at many departments of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta before starting his own global consulting firm. In addition to his day job, Keyaan actively serves as a board member for commercial and non-profit companies around the world. He also regularly shares interesting insights on LinkedIn based on ideas he has published in books and professional journals.

Shawn AndersonShawn Anderson

Shawn Anderson is the CTO and Managing Director at Boston Meridian. Shawn has over 25 years of experience in networking, cyber security, public speaking, systems engineering, and cloud computing. He is a former Marine who started working computer related investigations for the military. Throughout his career he has worked as a security analyst, engineer, security manager, Chief Information Security Officer, and Security Advisor.
Prior to Boston Meridian, Shawn was an Executive Security Advisor at Microsoft advising fortune 1000 companies on security, architecture design around zero trust, and cloud security solutions. He has helped guide customers, partners, and security providers in how to approach deployment, design, and implementation of security across their organizations. Shawn has also served as the CISO for both Raytheon’s Intelligence business and Babcock and Wilcox.
With his depth of experience, knowledge, and management capabilities he will lead Boston Meridians technology partnerships, security advisory services, and working to drive collaboration with industry partners. He is available immediately for discussions, executive briefings, and speaking engagements.
Shawn holds a BS in Computer Networking from Strayer University and a M.S. in IT Systems Management from the George Washington University. He also holds current CISSP and PMP certifications.
Email: [email protected]
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/shawnanderson

Richard GreenbergRichard Greenberg

Richard Greenberg, CISSP is a well-known Cyber Security Leader and Evangelist, CISO, Advisor, and speaker.
Richard brings over 30 years of management experience and has been a strategic and thought leader in IT and Information Security. His Project Management, Security Management and Operations, Policy, and Compliance experience has helped shape his broad perspective on creating and implementing Information Security Programs.
Richard has been a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for 15 years, Director of Surveillance and Information Systems, Chief of Security Operations, Director of IT, and Project Manager for various companies and agencies in the private and public sectors.
You may have heard Richard’s interview as a Cyber Security expert on Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy podcast: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/the-ron-burgundy-podcast-30270227/episode/cyber-security-47951911/.
Richard is the Founder and CEO of Security Advisors LLC, which offers fully-managed security assessments and network and software penetration testing services that allows organizations to continuously assess their internal and external cyber risk posture, and helps companies with compliance issues. He is also the CEO of Layer 8 Masters, which has been putting on the content-rich Planet Cyber Sec conferences and CISO-CIO Forums.

Richard is an Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Distinguished Fellow, one of only 64 worldwide, and has received their Honor Roll designation (only 55 worldwide). He has also been selected as a finalist for both the (ISC)2 Americas Information Security Leadership Award in the Senior Information Security Professional category and the Los Angeles Business Journal CIO of the Year in Security.
Richard has served on the OWASP Global Board of Directors, leads the OWASP LA Chapter, and has been Co-Chair of the highly successful AppSec California conferences. Richard also is President of the Information Systems Security Association Los Angeles Chapter and is Chair of their widely recognized annual Security Summit and CISO Forum.
Richard is dedicated to diversity in our field. He started and chairs the annual Women in Security Forum, and supports creating a more open and welcome community. Richard’s reach in the Southern California region is extensive. He has worked diligently to bring together the various Southern California IT and InfoSec organizations to enhance their collaboration efforts, to help reach new IT and InfoSec professionals.
Richard has been a published author and has spoken worldwide on Information Security, individually and on panels.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardagreenberg

John UnderwoodJohn Underwood

John Underwood is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in both physical and cybersecurity, having served in national security and private industry roles. Following his enlistment in the United States Army, he transitioned to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he held a Q clearance and supported the Department of Energy’s Stockpile and Stewardship, as well as Nuclear Nonproliferation programs.
Currently, John holds the position of Vice President of Information Security at Big 5 Sporting Goods, a publicly traded retail company. Before assuming this role, he served as the head of security for two multinational organizations, playing a key role in building and maturing their security, compliance, and privacy programs.
John is engaged in various industry and security communities and holds several certifications, including CISM, CIPM, and GSTRT. He serves as an advisor for a company in stealth mode and dedicates time to mentoring individuals in the early stages of their security careers.
On a personal note, John is committed to community involvement and service. He focuses on two areas of particular interest: promoting clean oceans and beaches, and funding books for local Title 1 school libraries.

Derek MelberDerek Melber

Derek has built a career out of public speaking, content creation, sales, marketing, and enterprise design around a core set of technologies like identity security, Active Directory/Azure Active Directory, cloud identity, PAM, CIEM, MFA, SSO, Group Policy, and other integrated technologies. Derek has worked for and with companies leading in these areas such as Microsoft, AWS, BeyondTrust, Quest, ManageEngine, Specops, Bloodhound, and more.
Derek has authored over 15 books, including The Group Policy Resource Kit and Auditing Windows Active Directory. Derek is always consulting with high profile prospects and customers that need to understand how different identity related technologies work together and what each component is responsible for. Consulting requires the ability to speak to the most technical person, as well as the least technical person, while still communicating the overall concepts and requirements to all levels. Derek maintains these abilities in oral and written forms, as well as mastering the art of communicating to audiences of all sizes to intertwine his knowledge, communication skills, and enterprise design understanding.
You can reach Derek at [email protected] and @derekmelber on LinkedIn.

Greg CarpenterGregory Carpenter

Dr. Carpenter is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in London and was selected the National Security Agency’s Operations Officer of the Year in 2007.
He serves on the Board of Directors for ATNA Systems and is a Senior Advisor for ARIC, Inc. He formerly sat on the Board of Advisors for EC-Council University and the International Board of Advisors for the Mackenzie Institute.

Jeff FarinichJeff Farinich

Jeff Farinich is a visionary technology executive with over 25 years of experience driving enterprise capabilities by leading IT and Security strategy, people, processes, and governance. Jeff was recruited at New American Funding in 2019 to transform IT and Security, building a security program from the ground up as the world locked down due to Covid and the mortgage industry experienced record growth. Jeff is also a member of both the Executive and Strategy C-level committees. Previously Jeff worked in various leadership roles at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, Cisco Systems, NDS Group and other organizations.
Jeff has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, a Bachelor of Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, and attended a CIO Executive Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management while working at NDS Group, a subsidiary of News Corporation. Jeff holds Project Management Professional, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Manager, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Boardroom Certified Qualified Technology Expert certifications.
Jeff lives in Orange County, California with his wife and daughter. He enjoys talking all things tech and public speaking whenever the opportunity arises.

Alexander BraehlerAlexander Braehler

Alexander Braehler is a Cyber Security Architect and a Wazuh Security Engineer with over 35 years of experience in IT/IS consulting for SMBs and enterprises. He joined the information security community in 2011 and has since been actively involved with various security industry organizations, including the Southern California chapter of HTCIA, where he served as 1st VP and Chapter President. Alexander is also an Infrastructure Liaison Officer with FBI Infragard, an active member of USSS CFTF, and the Cloud Security Alliance. He has been a key member of the conference planning committees for OWASP L.A. and ISSA L.A., two organizations that host events focused on information security and cyber threats.

Jackie KolterJackie Kalter

Jackie brings over 20 years of expertise in Cybersecurity and IT, where she has excelled in forging strong relationships and fostering collaborative environments. Her commitment extends beyond professional boundaries, as she is deeply passionate about raising awareness and educating others in the field of Cybersecurity. Jackie’s efforts are focused not just on enlightening people about Cybersecurity, but also on aiding them in fortifying their digital spaces and nurturing a sense of community.

Previously serving as the Vice President of the ISSA OC, she now holds the position of President at the Cloud Security Alliance in OC, and is a valued member of the Board of Advisors for CSA San Diego. Jackie’s professional journey spans across both large corporations and smaller entities. However, she finds unique joy and fulfillment in the dynamic environment of Cybersecurity Startups, dedicating herself to their growth and success.

Derek FisherDerek Fisher

Derek has gained accolades for his extensive expertise and decades-long journey across the engineering domains of hardware, software, and cybersecurity. As an author, leader, speaker, and university instructor, Derek brings a wealth of knowledge to the forefront of the industry. His commitment to enhancing information security has defined his career, steering high-performing cybersecurity teams and crafting strategic initiatives that effectively mitigate risks and safeguard sensitive data.

Derek’s has focused his efforts on bridging divides and uniting teams for cybersecurity success. Derek is adept at designing and implementing regulatory compliance systems and cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions, preventing security incidents, optimizing security postures, and streamlining organizational workflows. He has a knack for developing and maintaining corporate IT policies and standards pertaining to information security and his organizational influence encompasses the establishment of comprehensive enterprise security services, including innovative vulnerability management programs, pioneering bug bounty initiatives, and impactful security training. His understanding of regulatory compliance systems and cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions ensures that organizations are well-equipped to navigate the digital landscape securely.

Mike CassarMike Cassar

Mike Cassar is a highly experienced Information Technology and Cybersecurity leader with a robust background spanning over two decades. As a CIO/CISO, he spearheads comprehensive cybersecurity initiatives aligning IT strategies with institutional goals. Mike’s notable achievements include orchestrating a strategic information security program, implementing a unified risk-based control framework, and ensuring information assets’ confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Mike brings a unique blend of strategic vision, leadership, and expertise in risk management, compliance, and integration of people, processes, and technology, as well as proficiency in cyber readiness, incident response, security awareness, and endpoint security. He is eager to contribute his skills to the organization’s cybersecurity initiatives and welcomes the opportunity to discuss how he can meet its specific needs.

Shannon LietzShannon Lietz

Shannon Lietz is a 30+ year award-winning technology and security industry veteran. She is currently a member of It’s 5:05 the Podcast and startup founder.
Previously, she was the Vice President of Product and Software Security at Adobe, driving the security of Adobe’s products and software ecosystem. Ms. Lietz has held numerous roles throughout her career with a focus on Offensive Security, Application Security, Cloud Security, DevSecOps, and Threat Intelligence. In her recent role, Ms. Lietz operated a 24×7 DevSecOps team that specialized in Adversary Management at Intuit.
Shannon has worked for and consulted with many of the Fortune 500. Her work has been instrumental in changing how companies implement software security and has brought critical focus to security metrics. She holds 40+ Cloud Security patents, Start-up Advisor, Community Whisperer, RSA Program Committee, Glynn 100, and dedicates time to mentoring and coaching. Ms. Lietz is an IANS faculty member and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Mary’s College.

Kevin RigneyKevin Rigney

Experienced, driven cybersecurity professional with strong leadership partnering and communication skills over a 20-year cybersecurity career. Trusted to provide expert strategic and tactical security guidance to heads of technology product development, technology security infrastructures and corporate/government entity leadership for critical IT security risk decisions and analyses. Served as the inaugural CISO at a multi-billion-dollar public to private company and subsequently advised equivalent cyber leaders of large, international commercial and government entities. Utilizes positive leadership, practical methodologies, innovative initiatives, continuous growth/development and best of breed solutioning for today’s cyber challenges. Team builder with a constant eye on making a difference and achieving lofty goals!

Specific experience includes the following:
– Technology Security Consulting and Auditing professional for two large accounting firms supporting large multi-industry and global clients.
– Commanding Officer in the United States Navy for two Naval Computing and Telecommunications Area Master Station Units supporting real time and international exercise network resilience.
– Inaugural Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for a multi-billion-dollar retailer subject to an FTC Order, PCI, GDPR, CCPA, SOX standards; additionally served as the IT Internal Audit Director.
– President and CEO of CyberRig Consulting, LLC providing strategic and tactical real world cybersecurity guidance and leadership.

Experienced, driven cybersecurity professional with strong leadership partnering and communication skills over a 20-year cybersecurity career. Trusted to provide expert strategic and tactical security guidance to heads of technology product development, technology security infrastructures and corporate/government entity leadership for critical IT security risk decisions and analyses. Served as the inaugural CISO at a multi-billion-dollar public to private company and subsequently advised equivalent cyber leaders of large, international commercial and government entities. Utilizes positive leadership, practical methodologies, innovative initiatives, continuous growth/development and best of breed solutioning for today’s cyber challenges. Team builder with a constant eye on making a difference and achieving lofty goals!

Specific experience includes the following:
– Technology Security Consulting and Auditing professional for two large accounting firms supporting large multi-industry and global clients.
– Commanding Officer in the United States Navy for two Naval Computing and Telecommunications Area Master Station Units supporting real time and international exercise network resilience.
– Inaugural Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for a multi-billion-dollar retailer subject to an FTC Order, PCI, GDPR, CCPA, SOX standards; additionally served as the IT Internal Audit Director.

– President and CEO of CyberRig Consulting, LLC providing strategic and tactical real world cybersecurity guidance and leadership.

Genevieve McGintyGenevieve McGinty

Ms. McGinty has been in the Information Technology and Cyber Security industry for over 22 years.
She is currently working for Hoag Hospital, a recognized high performing hospital in the range County area as a Cyber Security Operations Manager. She is responsible for leading a team of cyber analysts and a MSSP focusing on protecting, defending, and continuous monitoring Hoag’s crown jewels.
Over the course of her career, she has helped many organizations with penetration testing, threat hunting and computer forensic investigations involving criminal and civil litigation.
Recently she created another company that offers Cyber Security Solutions here is our mission statement: At Genevieve Solutions, our mission is to empower organizations with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate the complex landscape of digital security and compliance. We are dedicated to delivering excellence in forensics, compliance, and penetration testing services, table-top exercise, dark web investigations etc…ensuring the protection and integrity of digital assets in an ever-evolving digital world.

Affiliations:
Genevieve McGinty is strongly involved in her local community and is a member of the following professional organizations. Her dedication to the cyber security industry is evident by her actions and commitment to stay involved and being recognized as a subject matter expert. Ms. McGinty was a past Director for Women in eDiscovery (WiE), has provided several presentations to the following organizations, ISSA, Boeing, WiE, Guidance Software Panel discussion, ELN Panel Discussion, as well as corporations and bar associations.

Howard ChenHoward Chen

Howard is an experienced cybersecurity practitioner specializing in governance, risk, and architecture spanning across multiple industries. In addition, Howard is a CMMC Certified Professional and serves as the Director of Education for the National Upcycled Computing Collective, a 501(c)3 non-profit computer science and engineering research institute, and is an organizer for RaiseMe, a volunteer organization focused on assisting veterans and engineers mature their infosec careers. Howard also helms Irvine Underground, one of California’s oldest hacker meetups.

Michelle FriendMichelle Friend

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science from ODU, an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and will graduate this Spring with a Master’s in Criminal Justice from USC.
Michelle’s expertise lies in developing, improving, and training teams on complex processes, including contract review and negotiation, RFP template creation and management, vendor management, and compliance. As a savvy negotiator, she has mitigated risks for multi-million-dollar agreements, including SaaS, OEM supplier contracts, and SOWs, resulting in thousands of annual cost savings.
Michelle’s compliance background includes mitigating risks by integrating legal considerations into incident response protocols, reviewing and assessing contractual obligations related to data security and privacy post-security incidents, conducting internal investigations into security breaches, collecting and preserving evidence while upholding legal and ethical standards, partnering with IT and InfoSec in conducting legal analysis of security incidents to assess potential legal implications and ensuring compliance with data protection laws, privacy regulations, and industry standards.

Kristie BellKristie Bell

KRISTIE BELL serves as an independent advisor to investors in the information technology sector and is the former Chief Executive Officer of ON2IT Inc., the North American business unit of ON2IT BV, a global managed cybersecurity services company. With more than 25 years in corporate executive roles, Kristie is a highly versatile, outcomes oriented executive with extensive experience in leading multinational teams and building strategic client and business technology partnerships across all industries. She is deeply passionate about cybersecurity and committed to working with organizations to utilize Zero Trust to strengthen their security postures.
In 2014, Kristie retired from IBM. During her tenure, she was responsible for billion dollar business portfolios and leading global teams that delivered creative solutions to difficult technology issues while maintaining the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Kristie served as Vice President in IBM’s Global Technology Services and Systems & Technology Groups, including leading IBM’s storage division in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

DeMarcus GilliardDeMarcus Gilliard

DeMarcus Gilliard, a seasoned Senior Account Executive at Orca Security, brings over 15 years of professional experience to his current sales role. His unique journey, marked by service as a United States Marine Corps Officer and academic rigor as a 2009 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, has profoundly shaped his professional ethos. DeMarcus’s comprehensive expertise in cybersecurity sales is a testament to his ability to adeptly navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of cyber threats. He excels in devising customized solutions that address the specific needs of his clients, fostering long-lasting relationships built on trust and results. Renowned for his ability to tackle complex challenges with unyielding professionalism, DeMarcus is committed to delivering exceptional outcomes. His career is a reflection of his belief in the symbiotic relationship between his clients’ success and his unwavering dedication.

Cuc DuCuc Du

Cuc currently serves as Cal State Long Beach’s Information Security Officer.  She has over 20 years of experience in governance, risk, and compliance.  At CSULB, Cuc is responsible for maturing the campus’ information security and privacy programs.  She also oversees security operations, awareness and education, compliance, and risk management strategies.  Prior to CSULB, Cuc has worked with a wide range of industries including automotive, financial services, healthcare, and security professional services, leading diverse, cross-functional teams in both private and public sectors domestically and globally.  Cuc is a lifelong learner and is driven to elevating cultural responsibility, stewardship, and advocacy through education and awareness.

Dennis StimpsonDennis Stimpson

Dennis Stimpson is Director, Western US at Zyston LLC. Dennis has 20+ years of global enterprise software experience in sales, marketing, software development, and operations. In both individual contributor, product specialist and leadership roles(Manager, Director, VP, Global Director) with companies such as IBM, BMC, BEA Systems/Oracle, JP Morgan Chase, and Insight. Prior to entering the software industry, Dennis was a Director of Engineering for United Technologies Corporation—Carrier Air Conditioning Business Unit. Where he led a team of engineers designing electrical controls and circuits for commercial and industrial HVAC machinery. 

As an undergraduate, Dennis studied electrical engineering at Texas A&M University. He also holds a master’s degree in marketing from Southern Methodist University and earned his MBA in Monte Carlo, Monaco from the University of Monaco. With a specialization in Private Equity + Luxury Goods & Services.  In his spare time, he enjoys fitness, reading, traveling, skiing, riding his motocross bikes, and spending time with family. While a native of Texas, he now resides in Los Angeles, California.

Irina KensingerIrina Kensinger

Irina Kensinger has been a Director of Cyber Risk and Assurance at British Telecommunications (BT) for the last 8 years leading British Telecom’s Top Tier Global outsourcing clients enabling security compliance. In this role, Irina influences contractual commitments and attainment for BT’s largest clients impacting risk management, cybersecurity operations, and successful functional operations.
Previously, Irina held IT Audit, Risk and Compliance roles at PWC as well as private industry companies in IT Risk and Compliance functions. Throughout her career, Irina has demonstrated her ability to develop strategies aligned to GRC maturity, build cross-functional innovative teams, and produce optimized solutions. Irina holds a Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) in IT Audit from Cal Poly Pomona and holds multiple industry certifications.