February 15 2023
Ira Winkler, CISSP is the Field CISO for CYE (pronounced Sigh) Security, former Chief Security Architect at Walmart, and author of You Can Stop Stupid, Security Awareness for Dummies, and Advanced Persistent Security. He is considered one of the world’s most influential security professionals, and has been named a “Modern Day James Bond” by the media. He did this by performing espionage simulations, where he physically and technically “broke into” some of the largest companies in the World and investigating crimes against them, and telling them how to cost effectively protect their information and computer infrastructure. He continues to perform these espionage simulations, as well as assisting organizations in developing cost effective security programs. Ira also won the Hall of Fame award from the Information Systems Security Association, as well as several other prestigious industry awards. CSO Magazine named Ira a CSO Compass Award winner as The Awareness Crusader. Most recently, Ira was named 2021 Top Cybersecurity Leader by Security Magazine.
Ira is also author of the riveting, entertaining, and educational books, Advanced Persistent Security, Spies Among Us and Zen and the Art of Information Security. He also writes for a variety of online sites, including RSA Conference, DarkReading and ComputerWorld, and for several other industry publications.
Mr. Winkler has been a keynote speaker at almost every major information security related event, on 6 continents, and has keynoted events in many diverse industries. He is frequently ranked among, if not the, top speakers at the events.
Mr. Winkler began his career at the National Security Agency, where he served as an Intelligence and Computer Systems Analyst. He moved onto support other US and overseas government military and intelligence agencies. After leaving government service, he went on to serve as President of the Internet Security Advisors Group, Chief Security Strategist at HP Consulting, and Director of Technology of the National Computer Security Association. He was also on the Graduate and Undergraduate faculties of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. Mr. Winkler was previously elected the International President of the Information Systems Security Association, which is a 10,000+ member professional association.
Mr. Winkler has also written the book Corporate Espionage, which has been described as the bible of the Information Security field, and the bestselling Through the Eyes of the Enemy. Both books address the threats that companies face protecting their information. He has also written hundreds of professional and trade articles. He has been featured and frequently appears on TV on every continent. He has also been featured in magazines and newspapers including Forbes, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Planet Internet, and Business 2.0
Malcolm Harkins Malcolm is Chief Security & Trust Officer with Epiphany Systems. He is responsible for enabling client growth with optimal information security infrastructure, systems, policies, and processes. He is also independent board member and advisor to several organizations. He is also an executive coach to CISOs and others in a wide variety of information risk roles. Malcolm engages in a wide variety of peer outreach activities to drive improvements across the world in the understanding of cyber risks and best practices to manage and mitigate those risks. Key areas of focus include the ethics around technology risk, social responsibility, total cost of controls, and driving more industry accountability.
Before becoming Intel’s first CSPO he was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) reporting into the Chief Information Officer. Malcolm also held roles in Finance, Procurement, and various business operations. He has managed IT benchmarking and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance initiatives. Harkins acted as the profit and loss manager for the Flash Product Group at Intel; was the general manager of Enterprise Capabilities, responsible for the delivery and support of Intel’s Finance and HR systems; and worked in an Intel business venture focusing on e-commerce hosting.
Malcolm previously taught at the CIO institute at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and was an adjunct faculty member at Susquehanna University in 2009. In 2010, he received the RSA Conference Excellence in the Field of Security Practices Award. He was recognized by Computerworld as one of the Premier 100 Information Technology Leaders for 2012. (ISC)2 recognized Malcolm in 2012 with the Information Security Leadership Award. In September 2013, Malcolm was recognized as one of the Top 10 Breakaway Leaders at the Global CISO Executive Summit. In November 2015, he received the Security Advisor Alliance Excellence in Innovation Award. He is a Fellow with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, a non-partisan think-tank providing on cybersecurity to the House, Senate, and a variety of federal agencies. Malcolm is a sought-after speaker for industry events. He has authored many white papers and in December 2012 published his first book, Managing Risk and Information Security: Protect to Enable®. He also was a contributing author to Introduction to IT Privacy, published in 2014 by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. The 2nd edition of Malcolm’s book, Managing Risk and Information Security: Protect to Enable®, was recently published in August of 2016. Malcolm has also testified before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the “Promises and Perils of Emerging Technology for Cybersecurity”. He has also testified at the Federal Trade Commission hearings on data security.
Malcolm is on the board of directors for TrustMAPP and the Cyber Risk Alliance. He is also an advisor to the Yahoo, Cyvatar, Safebreach, Arista Networks, BlackCloak, Eclypsium, Immersive Labs, as well as a few other emerging Cybesecurity start-ups.
Malcolm received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Irvine and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of California at Davis
Caroline Wong is a strategic cybersecurity expert with more than fifteen years of experience delivering global programs. Her practical knowledge stems from broad experience, including Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt, Director and BSIMM practice lead at Cigital, global product management at Symantec, and day-to-day security leadership roles at eBay and Zynga. As a thought leader with a passion for community building, Caroline hosts the Humans of InfoSec podcast and teaches cybersecurity courses on LinkedIn Learning. Caroline is the author of Security Metrics: A Beginner’s Guide, which was inducted in the Cybersecurity Canon Hall of Fame in 2022.
Javier A. González CISSP, CISA
Senior executive with over 25 years in the information and cyber security space with a passionate focus on technology, strategy, and business growth. Javier possesses strong acumen inclusive of architecting and executing strategic plans and cyber disruption & innovation roadmaps.
With a demonstrable leadership record centered in efficacy, he has successfully strategized a wide arrange of initiatives in the areas of governance, risk, and compliance, cyber security due diligence, and disruptive transformation. He enjoys vast experience as Chief Technology and Information Security officer, driving cost down, improving tech life cycle, and enhancing quality & efficiency of the security posture.
Presently, he served as the Mexico Chief Information Security Officer for a top 20 Global Bank.
Howard Miller is currently the Chief Information Officer at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Prior to joining UCLA, Howard was the Acting Chief Information Officer and CISO at the Columbia University School of Business, leading both the Information Security and Project Management Office functions.
Howard is an accomplished executive and senior IT leader with expertise in the design, development, and deployment of technical strategy and policy.
Howard holds an MBA degree in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Howard also has several professional certifications including a PMP, CISM and CRISC.
Howard enjoys spending free time with family, watching sports and staying fit.
Richard, a well-known Cyber Security leader, evangelist, advisor, and speaker, brings over 30 years of management experience, including being a CISO for 15 years. He is an ISSA International Distinguished Fellow, is on their Honor Roll, and is president of the ISSA Los Angeles Chapter. He has been on the OWASP Global Bd, and led the OWASP LA Chapter for many years.
You may have heard Richard’s interview as a Cyber Security expert on Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy podcast:
Richard is the Founder and CEO of Security Advisors LLC, which offers security risk assessments and network and application penetration testing, allowing organizations to continuously assess their internal and external cyber risk posture and meet compliance requirements.
No stranger to the boardroom, analyst, and investor community, Laz is an early stage investor and advisor to some of the most innovative companies in technology and cyber security. He is a Tech Partner at Rally Ventures and advises companies about trends with technology, cyber security, and go-to-market strategies.
Gal Shpantzer has been a full-time security consultant since the year 2000, providing (mostly good) advice to early-stage tech startups, security vendors, Ivy League universities, non-profits, and Fortune 50 clients.
Gal owns and operates a boutique consultancy focused on vCISO and Observability Pipeline services that enable modern, scalable, user-friendly, auditable, and forensically ready security programs. Gal leads security programs and projects that empower business and technical leadership to prevent, detect and respond to security incidents, including threats to confidentiality (sophisticated IP theft) and availability (DDoS, ransomware).
Arlene Yetnikoff is the Chief Information Security Officer for the California Institute of Technology. Arlene has worked in Information Security for many years as a leader, consultant, educator, and hands-on practitioner. Today, Arlene leads Caltech’s Information Security team, which also houses their identity managnement function . Arlene has previously taught numerous graduate cybersecurity courses at the University of Chicago and DePaul Univerity. Arlene is a CISSP and CISA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Computer Science, Telecommunications from DePaul University.
Mr. Kronick, an accomplished security executive, innovator and security architecture thought leader, joined Tutor Perini in Otober, 2022 as Head of IT Compliance, based in Sylmar, CA.
Mr. Kronick has over 25 years of professional experience in providing strategic and tactical privacy, security, risk management, transformation and forensics assurance services to healthcare, governmental and commercial entities; including:
CISO roles at Prime Healthcare, Gartner, CitiBank, Purdue Pharma and Estee Lauder, Advisory CISO at City of Hope;
3 years of significant expertise in public / private law enforcement liaison activities, 4 years in a “Big 4” public auditing firm (Deloitte), 8 years SOX, PCI and security compliance management, as well as 15 years of global security operations.
Mr. Kronick has filled several Interim healthcare CISO roles, was Chief Information Security Officer at Prime Healthcare; and had served executive roles, including Vice President at Coalfire Systems, leading the Western Security Practice. Mr. Kronick was also Senior Manager at Accenture, where he was responsible for healthcare security service delivery to many large commercial and government healthcare clients for 4 years.
Mr. Kronick’s education and certifications include MBA, CPA, PCI-QSA, PMP, CISA, CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, CRISC, CISM, CIPP, CPISM / A, Six Sigma Green Belt, ITIL V3 Foundations, SABSA Foundations, and COBIT Foundations. Mr. Kronick also teaches the ISACA CRISC Certification course for the Los Angeles Chapter.
Mr. Kronick received the 2008 Security Innovation of the year award from Gartner Group for his End User Security solution at a global cosmetics manufacturing company.
Sascha Schleumer is the Chief Information Security Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and an advisory board member for ISSA-LA. Sascha has spent over 25 years in various IT roles, implementing security solutions, leading software development, and designing IT infrastructure. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a CISSP certification.
With over 20 years of combined experience in the information technology and information security field, Quincey Collins (CISSP, CISA, CEH, GCIH, CIPP/US) brings a multi-dimensional perspective with an emphasis on information security operations, security controls assessments, auditing, compliance, vendor risk management, and IT operational risk management. Quincey spent 8+ years working for the United States Air Force and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Germany, Italy, and England. Quincey spent an additional 5 years supporting different commands and agencies within the Department of Defense in Europe as a contractor.
In his role as the Chief Security Officer for Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton LLP, Quincey is responsible for information security, privacy operations, and risk management strategy. He places a high emphasis efficient security operations, effective tooling, configuration management, process management, and team building.
Quincey holds a B.S. in Cybersecurity, and a M.S. in Information Technology with a specialization in Information Assurance from University of Maryland University College.
MBA, CISM, CRISC, CDPSE
CISO, County of Los Angeles
As Chief Information Security Officer of Los Angeles County, Jeffrey is responsible for all aspects of information security, including information security governance, strategic direction, executive advisory, program maturity, and adherence to federal information security policy. Jeffrey is also responsible for working with the County Chief Information Officer and providing information security leadership and advisory across the 34 disparate County departments. Other responsibilities include participating in information technology advisory bodies, and other committees or agencies involving County policies, plans, methodologies, and programs related to information security. With over 25 years of experience, Jeffrey has served as a consultant to several Fortune 500 organizations providing an array of services ranging from advisory roles to executive leadership to recommendations of technical solutions; he has experience in the automotive, healthcare, financial, technology, government and consulting industries. Jeffrey holds industry certifications CISM, CRISC, CDPSE and earned his MBA from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. He is an Adjunct Professor for Pepperdine Graziado Business school and an active member of several industry advisory boards including FBI Cyberwatch, Infragard, LA City CyberLabs, CIO Visions, Secure the Village, Pepperdine CyRP program, and a 2019 Government Technology award winner for Service, Support & Leadership. Fun Fact Ironman 140.6 Athlete.
Rosalia Hajek has been providing executive level leadership for Information Technology and Information Security teams for close to 20 years designing and implementing best-in-class, enterprise-wide, security, risk, and compliance programs at top-tier, global companies, both public and private. She is a Business-Driven Information Security Protagonist, who is passionate about driving alignment of top technology risks for varied industries like healthcare, insurance, gaming, hospitality and entertainment that has matured security metrics by more than 35% and has positively impacted more than 23M collective clients.
Currently she is the Business Information Security Officer for MGM Resorts International, where she leads a center of excellence to drive prioritized focus, to scale foundational security, privacy and compliance controls. Seen as a key partner, her mantra is “yes, and…” in finding security solutions which accelerate functional area strategic goals and strengthen foundational enterprise processes, like shortening and automating the new employee onboarding process.
Ms. Hajek has a MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and numerous certifications such as CISM, CSM, CSPO and PMP. She is a CISO Governing Board Member for Evanta SCAL CISO organization and has been on numerous discussion panels for Evanta, ISSA and IANS conferences speaking on cybersecurity, HIT, tech risk, women in technology/security/business, STEAM, and leadership topics.
As a former combat leader, Eric has experience and has received extensive training in Resiliency, Suicide Prevention and Intervention as well as Casualty Notification/Assistance. The US Military is a high stress environment in addition to the “normal” stresses associated with frequent relocations, new jobs and separation/reintegration situations.
A successful Technologist and Cybersecurity Leader with broad experience in Federal, State, Municipality and Aerospace, Eric (CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, SSCP) has over 25 years of experience developing and aligning Security programs with organizational needs by developing a deep understanding of the business, assessing potential operational impact, and participating in or driving organizational change. He is passionate about ensuring that security is “part” of the business and not just enabling it. As a trusted advisor, Eric listens to and works with the business to develop a proper and relevant security program based on threats to the business.
His previous experience includes Director of Cyber for the Institutional Compute Environment at JPL/NASA, CISO for the New Hampshire Army National Guard, as well as Operations Officer on a WMD HAZMAT Team and as an Army Counterintelligence Special Agent (Arabic Linguist.