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.
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.
Matt Addington is the current President of International Affairs of Global Oil Management Group. He brings a high level of business acumen and a demonstrated history of success working in both operational and leadership roles in a highly competitive global market. Matt Addington is also a member of the Board of Directors of Triangle Lithium. His responsibilities include oversight of the execution and development of Triangle Lithium’s current projects in Argentina as part of the strategic vision of the company.
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.