July 13 2022
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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.
ADRIANA SANFORD, J.D., DUAL LL.M. is a Chilean American international TV commentator, university professor, author, former Fortune 10 regional counsel, and global keynote speaker with the American Program Bureau – a global speaker and entertainment agency. She is also a former CNN Español analyst, who appeared regularly on cybersecurity and privacy issues to 93 million viewers throughout the Americas. Sanford has provided the keynote address at some of the world’s top technology, IT, cyber, security, legal, and compliance industry conferences, including for the SuperConference 2019 sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel on issues of importance to in-house counsel, such as the multi-jurisdictional practice of law.
Sanford has multiple law degrees and fluency in four languages. Academically, she obtained her university degrees from Georgetown Law, Notre Dame Law School, and Arizona State University, and attended the Concannon Program of International Law in London, England. Her research, scholarly work, and publications focus on laws, regulations, and policy at the international level, where multijurisdictional legal conflicts exist and possible outcomes for corporate noncompliance include high penalties, criminal liability, and physical danger for executives in foreign territories. Through her keynote addresses at 140+ industry conferences, as well as workshops, and her university teaching, Sanford has educated tens of thousands of professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, and the public at large on cybersecurity, global privacy laws, and global threats. She has also assisted global companies, such as Bupa Global Latin America, with specialized training in several jurisdictionsincluding in Miami, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.
Her extensive experience with higher education includes teaching 7,200+ graduate and undergraduate students and serving, in among other leadership positions, as a Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Talca in Chile; as Executive Director of Executive Education for OU’s Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business; as a Georgetown Law Dean’s Visiting Scholar; as a Senior Fellow at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Intelligence & National Security; and as ASU’s Lincoln Professor of Global Corporate Compliance & Ethics. She also founded and chaired OU’s Global Risks & Threats Series Leadership Forum, and co-produces and cohosts The Sanford & Hall Report, which has a global reach of 159 million and is featured by OU’s Michael F. Price College of Business. Sanford was featured in Women in Security: Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation in 2018; is the recipient of the 2019 Cybersecurity / Privacy Woman Law Professional of the Year Award.
She also co-authored two books on global threats and cybersecurity that were adopted by the Institute for Supply Management for its centennial anniversary. With her wealth of knowledge on privacy law and global threats, Sanford served as a member of the Advisory Committee for World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, and on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. She is licensed to practice law in California and serves remotely as Of Counsel on cybersecurity and global privacy laws for one of Chile’s leading law firms, Puga Ortiz Abogados.
Sanford is a keynote for Cybersecurity Women of the Year (CSWY) 2022 Awards GALA in Las Vegas, as well as a keynote for the 2022 ISSA-LA Security Summit XII in Santa Monica and is a featured speaker at the 2022 InfoSec World in Orlando. She has been invited to teach Internet Law in the Fall 2022 at USC Gould School of Law. Sanford is often described as having “the unique ability to speak to students, captains of industry, and academicians all in the same audience.”
Aaron DeSpain is a cyber risk professional with over 18years of experience in information security, primarily in healthcare. Aaron understands the importance of balancing business, patient care, and cyber security initiatives in a complex environment.
As Chief Information Security Officer, Aaron oversees, manages and is accountable for Hoag’s Corporate Information Security. He is responsible for the organization’s development and enforcement of security policy and strategy.
Aaron holds a Master’s in information assurance from Norwich University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems Management from Arizona State University. He also is a subject matter expert and develops and teaches cyber security courses for a major university system.
Brett Cumming is the senior leader responsible for Information Security at Skechers, a $6B+ athleisure brand with wholesale, retail, and ecommerce operations in more than 180 countries. As the Information Security Officer Brett runs a program that has global responsibility for cybersecurity operations, security architecture and engineering, digital security, privacy and compliance, and global security strategy.
Mr. Cumming’s experience working in both business and engineering focused tech roles provides a broad perspective that allows him to design and implement an information security strategy that successfully bridges risk management practices and business priorities, while remaining effective and adaptable to the various unique regional and business unit requirements around the world.
Having earned his B.S. in Business Administration (Management & Operations Management) from CSULB, Mr. Cumming also holds a number of professional certifications including CISSP, CISM, and 5x GIAC, in addition to being an active participant with the RH-ISAC, a governing body member of the Evanta SoCal CISO community, and a SANS Advisory Board member.
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.
Micki Boland is a global cyber security warrior and evangelist with Check Point Technologies Office of the CTO. Micki has over 20 years in ICT, system engineering and cybersecurity. Micki’s focus is helping customers, system integrators, and service providers reduce risk through the adoption of emerging cybersecurity technologies. Micki is an ISC2 CISSP and holds a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA with global security concentration from East Carolina University.
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.
Josh Sokol, CISSP, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Computer Science in 2002. Since that time, he has worked for several large companies, including AMD and BearingPoint, spent some time as a military contractor, and recently left a ten year career as the Information Security Program Owner at National Instruments in order to pursue a full-time role as the Creator, CEO, and CISO of the free and open source risk management tool named SimpleRisk. Josh has spoken on dozens of security topics, including the much-hyped “HTTPSCan Byte Me” talk at Black Hat 2010, and served for four years on the OWASP Global Board of Directors.
Jeff Crume is a Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor and CTO for IBM Security Americas with 39 years’ experience in the IT industry. He has a PhD in Cybersecurity and serves as an Adjunct Professor at NC State University. Jeff is the author of a book entitled “Inside Internet Security: What Hackers Don’t Want You To Know” as well as a contributing author to the “Information Security Management Handbook.” He is a member of the inaugural class of the NC State University Computer Science Alumni Hall of Fame where he has served on the school’s Strategic Advisory Board. He also serves on the editorial board for the “Information and Computer Security” research journal and is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He holds CISSP and ISSAP professional IT Security certifications as well as Distinguished Chief IT Architect credentials from The Open Group. Jeff lived in Beijing on assignment in 2006 and has worked with clients in 50 countries.
Brian Vasquez has worked in information security for over 10 years, and is currently the Information Security Officer for Citizens Business Bank. In this role, Brian leads organizational efforts around information security risk management. He holds a Master of Public Administration (information assurance and security management focus) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Cyber Defense where his research areas of interest include cybersecurity executive management strategies, cyber workforce issues, and human factors in cybersecurity. He is also holder of various professional certifications including CISSP, CISA, GCIH, GSLC, and GSTRT. Brian is passionate about giving back to the information security community and regularly volunteers with not only industry organizations such as ISC2 and ISACA, but also with his alma mater California State University, San Bernardino.
John Rojas has 20+ years of experience leading Information Systems and Cybersecurity teams in both private and public sectors. John’s leadership experience began as a United States Marine Corps communicator and then a Communications and Information Systems Officer. John leveraged the military leadership and technical experience to lead multiple IT teams to securely support mission accomplishment in various industries to include Marine Artillery, LA Fitness International corporate network and IT support, FedRAMP authorized communications systems, cyber and program management support for the U.S. Air Force (Los Angeles Air Force Base Information Assurance Office, Missile Defense Agency and the Global Positioning System (GPS) Program Office) and currently supporting Air Lease Corporation as a Vice President and Head of IT. John earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and two master’s degrees from Webster University while working fulltime. John resides in Torrance, California with his wife and two daughters. When not working or spending time with family, John enjoys running, riding bikes along the South Bay strand, softball and an occasional golf outing.
Larry Lidz is the CISO for Cisco’s CX Cloud. Over the past year and a half, he has built a team that covers all aspects of cloud security, from DevSecOps to compliance, while pioneering new approaches like automation and one of Cisco’s few bug bounty programs. The organization he leads protects and secures the front door to customers, one that is becoming increasingly critical to how Cisco delivers its as-a-service offerings.
Larry brings over 25 years of experience in Information Security, with practical experience communicating complex security issues to a wide variety of business, customer, C-suite, and Board audiences. He leads with the belief that security is a cornerstone of good business, not adjacent to it, and is a champion for hiring diverse talent to combat the growing cybersecurity threats facing today’s world.
Prior to joining Cisco, Larry served as the SVP & Global CISO for CNA Insurance, where he globalized and improved the security function, including implementing an effective security and IT assurance program, driving an exercise-based business resiliency program, innovating a multi-vendor SOC solution and regularly briefing the Board. He holds a BS from the University of Chicago and an MS from Northwestern University.