May 3 2022
Ira Winkler, CISSP is Chief Security Architect for Walmart and author of You Can Stop Stupid. 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.
Tony Cole is a cyber leader with over thirty-five years of experience as a strategist, risk expert, advisor, and board member. Today, he’s the CTO at Attivo Networks, the global leader in identity detection and response, providing an innovative defense for protection against identity compromise, privilege escalation, and attacker lateral movement.
Prior to joining Attivo Networks, Mr. Cole held executive positions at FireEye, McAfee, and Symantec. He’s retired from the U.S. Army, where he worked in intelligence, communications, and cryptography around the world including building out the Network Security Services at the Pentagon. Mr. Cole served previously on numerous boards and government committees including Secure Elements, Bayshore Networks, Silent Circle, the (ISC)² Board of Directors as Treasurer and Chair of Audit and Risk, the NASA Advisory Council under appointment by the NASA Administrator, and the FCC CSRIC (Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council).Today he serves on the Advisory Board for TDI Security and on the Gula Tech Foundation Grant Advisory Board helping the Foundation give back to the community and drive a more diverse cyber workforce.
In2014, he received the Government Computer News Industry IT Executive of the Year award, and in 2015 he was inducted into the Wash 100 by Executive Mosaic as one of the most influential executives impacting Government. In 2018 he was awarded the Reboot Leadership Influencer Award by SC Media. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer networking and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)and a Digital Directors Network board certified Qualified technology Expert (QTE).
Rouman Ebrahim has been serving as the Assistant Head Deputy of the Cyber Crime Division in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since April 2021. In that role, he oversees day-to-day operations of eight attorneys and three staff members. Previously, he was the Deputy-in-Charge of the Victim Impact Program at the Van Nuys Branch where he supervised seven attorneys who prosecuted cases involving sex crimes, domestic violence, child abuse, hate crimes, elder abuse, and stalking.
In his over 23 years in the office, he has been assigned to East Los Angeles, Newhall, and Glendale Area Offices, as well as San Fernando Branch, Antelope Valley Branch, and Sylmar Juvenile. He spent eight years in the Sex Crimes Division and six years in the Cyber Crime Division as a trial attorney before being promoted to management in 2019.
Rouman is a graduate of USC and the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He is a regular instructor at the FBI’s Computer Analysis Response Team’s Moot Court instructions for Forensic Examiners and Computer Scientists in training. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional with an emphasis on U.S. privacy laws, standards, and practices.
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.
Michael C. Sohn
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Michael Sohn is currently an embedded FBI Cyber Division liaison to the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) in Los Angeles (NCFTA is a non-profit corporation, focused on identifying, mitigating, and neutralizing cybercrime threats globally). His investigative experience includes cyber terrorism, nation-state and criminal cyber intrusion matters. Prior to his employment with the FBI, he worked as a Cyber Counterintelligence Officer for the Department of the Army, a Counter Terrorism officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency, a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and a U.S. Army Officer. Mr. Sohn received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, Boston.
Deb Radcliff is an author, speaker, and analyst with extensive background in cybersecurity and cybercrime writing. In 1996, after researching a best-selling book about computer hacker Kevin Mitnick (Jon Littman’s “The Fugitive Game”), she decided to make cybercrime a beat. As a pioneering cybercrime journalist, she built relationships with cyberagents and leaders at the FBI, DoD, the Secret Service, CIA, NYPD, and many other local and federal agencies that were creating and growing their cyber units. Her articles are cited in numerous research papers and college textbooks. She’s spoken at West Point, won two Neal Awards for investigative business reporting, and was runner up for a third. In 2005, Radcliff stood up a new Analyst Program for the SANS Institute which she ran for 15 years before returning to her independent analyst roots.
Deb is now writing a cyber thriller series. Book one, “Breaking Backbones: Information is Power,” is available at Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Backbones-Information-Hacker-Trilogy/dp/1665701080/), and book two is underway.
Aaron Turner is a multi-decade cybersecurity veteran. From his days as an independent pen tester in the early ’90s, to his work at Microsoft as part of teams that developed technologies like Active Directory, Bit Locker and Windows Update, he was fortunate to help shape critical security improvements in enterprise technology. Aaron was invited to help build the first critical infrastructure cybersecurity research laboratory at the Idaho National Laboratory and spent two years digging into the vulnerabilities that exist in the utilities and services that make modern life possible. After leaving INL, Aaron became a serial cybersecurity entrepreneur, inventing technologies to give defenders the ability to keep up with attackers and building businesses to support the development of those capabilities.
He successfully started Terreo, a wireless intrusion detection platform developed with the US Secret Service to detect credit card skimmers in payment terminals and sold that to Verifone in 2015. He started Siriux in 2020 to focus on M365 vulnerabilities, grew that business and merged Siriux with Vectra in January 2022 to take Siriux’s M365 security capabilities to the next level.
Rafal Los is an industry innovator, strategist, and personality. His career spans 20+ years while working inside companies from the Fortune 10 to a firm of less than 10. Rafal’s strengths include strategic leadership in security products and services – focusing on market strategy, roadmap development and execution, process optimization, and cross-functional problem-solving. Recent achievements include delivering on a company strategy pivot from infrastructure provider to security-as-a-service by rebuilding pre-sales strategy and delivery; implementing significant changes in business process that led to the company’s ability to measure the direct impact of changes on sales and customer lifecycle.
Rafal is an active member of the Security Advisor Alliance, serving on the advisory board with the intent of creating innovative ways for security leaders to give back to their communities through service and knowledge sharing. Additionally, Rafal is a founder and host of the Down the Security Rabbithole Podcast – an industry podcast delivering a weekly office-friendly format since 2011 focused on thought leadership through interesting guests and topics.
Rafal’s career is about more than being a recognizable expert – it’s continually challenging accepted thinking and bringing people together to solve complex problems in innovative ways.
Carlos is a member of the Board of Directors for a privately held company and the former CISO at Devo and Executive Security Advisor at IBM Security. He is a proven executive, strategic leader and visionary with over three decades of security leadership roles with two decades of cybersecurity experience. He served 29 years in the US Department of Defense (Army) in multiple leadership, advisory and mentorship roles that includes CIO, Board Member, Advisor, CISO, Chief of Staff, Director of Cyber Operations and Public-Private Partnerships, and cyber instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. JC has led operations in high stress environments characterized by demanding standards and intense operational schedules. He possesses extensive experience in building strategic cyber programs at the Army/National level and leading professional Operations, Research and Technology teams in preparation for combat and support missions in the most hostile environments.
Carlos is cofounder of the Army Cyber Institute (ACI), the US Army’s cybersecurity career field (Cyber branch), Co-Founder and Chairman of the Joint Service Academy Cybersecurity Summit (JSAC) and CyCon US. The ACI is US national asset and cybersecurity think tank that is focused on preventing “Cyber Strategic Surprise” that would negatively impact the United States, allies, and its critical infrastructure. In the creation of the Cyber branch, JC addressed the challenges of culture, talent management, education and training, and operational roles and relevance of the positions. He is the first conference chairman of CyCon US, a joint endeavor with NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence that focuses on nation state cyber interests. As the JSAC co-founder and chairman (2015 and 2016), he organized an elite group of national leaders from government, private industry, and academia that focus on the future challenges of the cybersecurity discipline and domain.
Stephen E. Murphy
As a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Stephen Murphy and his partner, Javier Pena, targeted the world’s first narco-terrorist, Pablo Escobar, and the Medellin Cartel. Living and working alongside their Colombian National Police counterparts in Medellin, Colombia, as well as with elite U.S. military units, their efforts resulted in the dismantlement of the largest and most violent international drug trafficking organization of its time. This was a first in the field of international narcotics investigations. U.S. and international law enforcement agencies continue to utilize many of the strategies and innovative ideas that were created and implemented by Steve and Javier.
Steve began his law enforcement career in 1975 as a Police Officer in the City of Bluefield, WV. He then moved to Norfolk, VA, and was employed as a Special Agent for the Norfolk Southern Corporation. In 1987, Steve became a Special Agent with the DEA. His agent assignments included Miami, FL; Bogotá, Colombia; and Greensboro, NC. Earning progressive promotions and leadership roles, Steve served two tours in Atlanta, GA, where he was assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) office and led the Mobile Enforcement Team Program, and later created and directed the Atlanta Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Strike Force. In 2001, Steve was assigned to the Special Operations Division in Washington, DC, serving as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge and as the Executive Assistant to the Director. In 2009, Steve was promoted to the Senior Executive Service ranks as Deputy Assistant Administrator over DEA’s Office of Special Intelligence in Washington, DC, and later as the Special Agent in Charge/Director of the Department of Justice (DOJ), OCDETF Fusion Center, where he remained until his retirement in 2013, after 37+ years in law enforcement. Steve was the recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout his law enforcement career, to include the “DEA Special Agent of the Year Award,” the “DEA Administrator’s Group Achievement Award,” the “Director’s Award” from DOJ’s OCDETF Program, the “Distinguished Service Cross” from the Republic of Colombia (first time presented to a non-Colombian official), and the “International Award of Honor” from the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association.
Following retirement, Steve founded a private company that provides specialized training and solutions associated with drug related issues, law enforcement, intelligence, and investigations. Focusing on their overseas experiences, Steve and Javier provide keynote addresses worldwide that discuss their experiences, leadership principles, conflict management, and how to survive and succeed when faced with seemingly overwhelming odds. Audiences include corporate events, conferences, universities/colleges, performing arts centers, law enforcement, and non-profit/charitable organizations. Steve and Javier served as Technical Consultants for the hit Netflix series, Narcos, which is based on their activities in Colombia. They have appeared in numerous documentaries and programs. In late 2019, their book, Manhunters – How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, was released by St. Martin’s Press and is currently available in 13 countries.
In addition to keynote speaking, Steve and Javier continue their efforts to bring awareness to current drug related issues including the opioid/heroin/fentanyl epidemic, and deadly counterfeit medications illegally entering the U.S. They have spoken twice about these topics on Capitol Hill to members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and to the American Legislative Exchange Conference and other state level organizations. Steve serves on the Advisory Board of Verde Technologies, a company that produces drug deactivation kits.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bluefield State College. He is a graduate of several executive leadership programs at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University. Steve is married with four children.
John Furay is a Senior Special Agent in the United States Secret Service. He has a Bachelor’s degree, Masters Degree, Juris Doctorate, and a Doctorate in Public Administration. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Leadership in Homeland Security Program.
He is assigned to the Secret Service’s Los Angeles Field Office’s Cyber Fraud Task Force and Regional Digital Forensics Lab where he serves as an Electronic Crimes Special Agent in Digital Forensics and Cyber Crimes Special Agent working in the areas of State and Federal cyber crimes investigations, cyber and infrastructure security, and cyber intelligence and security. He has been with the United States Secret Service as a Special Agent since 1998.
From the United States Secret Service’s Los Angeles Field Office and its Cyber Task Force he is seconded to the Beverly Hills Police Department’s West Side High Tech Crimes Task Force and Digital Forensic Lab which is a cyber crimes task force with law enforcement partners for all of West Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. He has served on multiple task force and investigative assignments both nationally and overseas.
His responsibilities as a Senior Special Agent include protective operations and criminal investigations to include conducting Federal and State criminal investigations, cyber criminal investigations, critical infrastructure protection and intelligence, cyber and criminal intelligence and analysis, and performing digital forensic investigations pertaining to a host of cyber platforms, mobile, vehicle and wearable technologies, and local and national critical infrastructure systems.
Dave is a current and founding member of the Los Angeles County District Attorney (LADA) Cyber Investigation Response Team (CIRT). His unit is the law enforcement criminal investigation arm of cyber-attacks, intellectual property thefts, and network intrusions against Los Angeles County government technology assets and resources, including human resources. Dave has been assigned to CIRT for more than ten years. In this role, he is also a member of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Identity Theft Task Force and the United States Secret Service Los Angeles Cyber Fraud Task Force.
Dave has trained thousands of law enforcement professionals, Los Angeles County employee end-users, and County business enterprises and residents in the disciplines of cyber security, risk reduction, and Internet investigations. Before joining the LADA, Babcock was a Police Officer for the City of Glendale. He served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
April Sather leads the development, implementation and evaluation of campus-wide information security risk management processes and policy at UCI. In this role, she work closely with senior administration, academic leaders and the campus community.
She has over 20 years’ experience spanning post-merger integration, information technology, strategy, business process improvement, innovation and operations. Her career has included work in financial services, healthcare, professional services, real estate and education sectors. Prior to joining UCI, April was Chief Information Security Officer and Director, Innovation, Architecture and Security Services at Pacific Blue Cross in Vancouver, Canada. Earlier roles include positions at First West Credit Union, Deloitte, Sun Microsystems and Computer Sciences Corporation.
April earned her MBA from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelors of Information Technology and Bachelors of Commerce from Bond University, Australia. April is a member of ISACA, PMI, UC Women in Technology and a founding member of UCI Women in Technology.
Ms. Mary Wang is a software engineering manager at Northrop Grumman Space Systems. She has over 20 years of software engineering and cybersecurity experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Master’s in Business Administration. Her certifications include an ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and CompTIA Security+. She is the winner of the 2019 Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) President’s Award. She is also the WSC Southern California Chapter Operations Lead.
Ms. Wang has given multiple software engineering presentations at technical symposiums and cybersecurity presentations at local security organizations and conferences. She is an active member of OWASP Los Angeles, OWASP Orange County, ISSA Los Angeles, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Los Angeles, South Bay Web App Security Project (SBWASP) and Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu organizations.
She likes nature, travel and working out in a gym.
Dr. Hise Gibson
Dr. Hise O. Gibson is a Professor at the Harvard Business School in the Technology and Operations Management Unit. He graduated with a B.S. in Operations Research from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received his M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Masters in Operations from the Air Command and Staff College, and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Technology and Operations Management from Harvard Business School. He is a career military officer and master-aviator who has been awarded the Bronze Star medal. He has led large and small teams globally. His expertise is at the intersection of operational effectiveness and human capital development. He has also worked with midsize and large transportation and distribution organizations, retailers, finance, energy, and tech-startups on operational issues and pathways to better leverage their human capital in more effective ways to maximize the intersection of Technology, People, and Processes and leading through crises.
Richard Rushing is the Chief Information Security Officer for Motorola Mobility LLC. Richard participates in corporate, community, private, and government security councils and working groups, setting standards, policies, and solutions for current and emerging security issues. As Chief Information Security Officer for Motorola Mobility, he has led the organization’s security effort by developing an international team to tackle targeted attacks, cyber-crime, and emerging threats to mobile devices. He has organized, developed, and deployed practices, tools, and techniques to protect the enterprise’s intellectual property worldwide. A much-in-demand international speaker on information security, Richard has spoken at many of the leading security conferences and seminars around the world.
Ola Recently Transitioned to Cyber Security, coming from a diverse Background in Business, she has worked in Events Planning, Marketing, Non-Profit, Fund raising and ran Her own Business in Merchandising.
She has an MBA in General Business. She is passionate about building relationships, learning new things and meeting people. She is Specializing in Compliance and Webapp Testing. She is a member of Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC), Women In Cyber Security (Wicys) ISSA, IAPP, OWASP, and SBWASP, When Ola is not studying, you will find her actively Volunteering and Networking…she is also a Grace Hopper Diversity Scholarship Awardee.
SANDRA M. LAMBERT is the CEO of Lambert & Associates, where she specializes in information security and business continuity consulting, with clients worldwide (https://www.lambert-associates.com). Prior to consulting, she worked at Citibank and Security Pacific Bank as the Director of Information Security.
Ms. Lambert transformed information security from a perceived nuisance into a positive marketing feature that increased bank revenue. She served on the National Computer System Security and Privacy Advisory Board and is Vice Chair of the ANSI X9F4 Working Group on Cybersecurity and Cryptographic Solutions Standards. Ms. Lambert served on the National Academy of Sciences Systems Security Study Committee where she co-authored Computers at Risk: Safe Computing In The Information Age. She is the Founder of the Information Systems Security Association, is a member of the ISSA Honor Roll, and was elected their first inductee into the Hall of Fame.
She is the Chairperson of the ISSA Education & Research Foundation, which gives scholarships to cybersec students. Ms. Lambert holds an MS (Mathematics), MBA, and is a CISSP-ISSMP, Certified in Disaster Recovery Planning, CCP, CGEITand CISA.
Veronica Mitchell is the head of Cybersecurity at the City of Santa Monica, where she established and maintains a robust information security program for the City. She has over 20 years of cybersecurity professional experience. Ms. Mitchell holds an Information Systems & Public Policy, CISO Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College, Enterprise Cybersecurity Leadership Master Certificate from ICMA Professional Development Academy, Information Assurance (Cybersecurity) Master’s Degree from Walsh College and a Business Administration Degree in Management Information Systems from Wayne State University. She also earned an Enterprise System Graduate Certificate from Central Michigan University.
In addition, Ms. Mitchell certifications include an ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Computer Network Defense Architect (CNDA), ISACA Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer, Certified Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) – IT Service Management and Certified SAP Solution Consultant.
Ms. Mitchell has given multiple cybersecurity presentations at universities and local security organizations and conferences. She was the recipient of the Employee of the Year Award while employed at the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General. She was also the recipient of the 2017 ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ from the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) organization
Michael Wylie, MBA, CISSP is the Sr. Manager of a 24/7/365 global managed threat hunting team. Prior to his current role, he was the Director of Cybersecurity Services at a top 100 CPA firm where he built the offensive and defensive security service practices. Michael has developed and taught numerous courses for the U.S. Department of Defense, DEFCON, Moorpark College, California State Universities, and for clients around the world. Michael is the winner of numerous SANS challenge coin and holds the following credentials: CISSP, CCNA R&S, CCNA CyberOps, GPEN, GMON, GCFE, TPN, CEH, CEI, VCP-DCV, CHPA, PenTest+, Security+, Project+, CNVP, Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, and more. Twitter: @TheMikeWylie.