December 6 2022
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Diana Kelley is the CSO2 (Chief Strategy Officer/Chief Security Officer) and co-founder of Cybrize. She also serves on the boards of Cyber Future Foundation, WiCyS, and The Executive Women’s Forum (EWF). 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.
Her extensive volunteer work has included serving on the ACM Ethics & Plagiarism Committee, Cybersecurity Committee Advisor at CompTIA, CTO and Board Member at Sightline Security, Advisory Board Chair at WOPLLI Technologies, Advisory Council member Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics, Bridgewater State University, and RSAC US Program Committee.
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, has been a lecturer at Boston College’s Masters program in cybersecurity, the EWF 2020 Executive of the Year and EWF Conference Chair 2021 and 2022, an SCMedia Power Player, and one of Cybersecurity Ventures 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime.
Mr. Bryan E. Hurd is a globally recognized computer forensics leader and expert in cyber crisis response, investigations, and operations to fight espionage, terrorism, organized crime groups and criminals. Bryan was the founder of the Cyber Counterintelligence program for the US Navy at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in 1994 and has gone on to hold executive positions as first Director of Intelligence for the Digital Crimes Unit within the Microsoft Cyber Crime Center, founding the computer forensics program at EDS (Now HP) and was the executive in charge of innovation for the entire US watchlisting system as the Chief of Operations, Director of Terrorist Identities at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) within the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
Bryan is a globally recognized keynote speaker, serves on several corporate boards, and leads some of the most significant breach responses in Canada and the US today in his role as Chief of Office, Seattle, at Aon Cyber Solutions (formerly Stroz Friedberg). He also works with global clients on testing, advisory, executive table tops and other efforts improving cyber security, including helping organizations (and entire states) in acquiring cyber insurance. https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryanhurd/.
A globally recognized software security expert, Dan Cornell has over 25 years of experience architecting, developing and securing software systems. As Vice President of Product Strategy at Coalfire, Dan works with customers and industry partners to help drive the direction of their product portfolio. Prior to its acquisition by Coalfire, Dan was a founder of and the Chief Technology Officer at Denim Group, where he helped Fortune 500 companies and government organizations integrate security throughout the development process.
Cornell is an active member of the development community and a sought-after speaker on topics of application and software security, speaking at international conferences including RSA Security Conference, OWASP AppSec USA and EU, TEDx, and Black Hat CISO Forum. He holds three patents in the area of software security.
Heather K. McMahon
Heather is a former DoD intelligence senior executive and seasoned combat veteran currently serving as a Professor of Practice at the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security and a consultant where she advising on national security, counterintelligence, human intelligence, insider threat, critical technology protection, supply chain risk management and industrial security concerns.A highly skilled human intelligence and counterintelligence officer with deep operational experience honed through close to three decades of world-wide service, Heather’s experience is particularly relevant today as companies struggle to balance risk and reward while defending themselves from the onslaught of threats from state-sponsored IP theft, cyberattacks and malicious insiders.
A West Point Graduate, she served extensively abroad in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Europe, and Asia while serving US Army at every echelon between platoon and corps, as well as in the intelligence community’s strategic enterprise, Heather transitioned to the technology sector before returning to serve the nation as a senior executive, where she served at the White House’s President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, and the Army Staff.
Heather earned a Bachelor’s of Science from West Point and is a graduate of numerous advanced intelligence community and military schools, to include Jumpmaster and Airborne School. She is an Advisory Board member at the Gula Tech Foundation, a civic effort focused on closing the cyber skills gap in America. She is also national security fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and serves as volunteer Senior Advisor the Maker Mask, a nonprofit technology-based effort to support effective community responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
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.
Jimmy Sanders, Head of Information security at Netflix DVD. Jimmy has spent his career creating holistic and innovative security program as well as learning security ideas from some of the industries brightest minds. In addition to his duties at DVD.com, Jimmy currently serves as the San Francisco Bay Area chapter president of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) since 2014. He is also on the ISSA International Board of Directors, a Board Member for the ISSA Education Foundation, a Board member of the Information Security Leaders Foundation (ISLF), and a member of the Office of the CIO. Furthermore, he has been a keynote speaker at BlackHat, RSA, SecureWorld, InfoSec World as well as other notable events.
Prior to DVD.com, Jimmy Sanders has also held key roles at organizations that include Samsung, Fiserv, and SAP. He is a Cyber Security Committee advisor for Merritt College, Ohlone College as well as on advisory board for other colleges and non-profits. Jimmy Sanders maintains the certifications of Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk Information and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM). He holds degrees in Psychology and Behavioral Science from San Jose State University.
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.
An experienced business owner and leader, Karla has experience running businesses in recruitment, ecommerce and cybersecurity. With an international network in cybersecurity, Karla is passionate about values-led leadership and people development.
Karla founded the international recruitment business, BeecherMadden in 2010 before overseeing the acquisition by Nicoll Curtin. As a Director for Nicoll Curtin, she expanded the company further before moving to the US to accelerate growth of the American business. In 2020 she joined Orpheus Cyber as COO. Orpheus are a threat intelligence company with a SAAS platform that helps organisations manage their own risk, and that of their third parties, with an easy to understand cyber risk score.
Karla is a judge for The Cyber Security Awards, The National Cyber Awards and The American Cyber Awards. She is the host of industry interviews on the Cyber Talks media platform, the Zero Hour Podcast and the Capital Tea Podcast. She is also an experienced speaker, on the topic of cyber security and women in technology. Her views are often sought and published on this subject, as well as entrepreneurship.
Karla was included in SC Magazine’s Top 50 Women in Security in 2019. She was a finalist for the Woman of Influence awards at the SC Awards Europe in 2022. She was a finalist at the Women of the Future awards in 2016, for Entrepreneur of the Year and a finalist in The Future Ladies Awards for Mentor of the Year in 2019. Under her leadership, Orpheus Cyber won Best Use of Machine Learning at the SC Awards in 2021.
John Dickson, CISSP
John Dickson is the Vice President of Security Solution Architecture at Coalfire. John, along with his two business partners Sheridan Chambers and Dan Cornell, led the successful acquisition of Denim Group by Coalfire in June 2021. He currently sits on the White House Working group for Software Security to implement the software supply components of the President Executive Order. John has been a trusted security consultant for Fortune 1000 companies for over two decades at companies such as Trident Data Systems, KPMG, SecureLogix Corporation, Denim Group, and now Coalfire. John is a former U.S. Air Force officer where he served in the Air Force Information Warfare Center and was a member of the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team. A Distinguished Fellow of the International Systems Security Association, he has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 1998.
Rita Gurevich is the CEO and founder of SPHERE, a leading identity hygiene company redefining how organizations achieve access controls across their environment.
Rita began her career at Lehman Brothers and helped oversee the distribution of technology assets after the organization’s bankruptcy in 2008. From this, Rita gained a deep understanding of analyzing identities, data platforms, and the overall application and system landscape distributed across buying entities. At the same time, the enhanced regulatory environment focusing on protecting data from misuse forced large enterprises to manage and control access more proactively across their on-premises and cloud environments.
With this knowledge, Gurevich founded SPHERE, an organization that provides critical governance, security, and compliance solutions centered around the age-old access control problem that organizations face. The company has developed a repeatable and effective approach to assessing, remediating, and managing access controls across any scope. Rita has driven the growth of SPHERE through its evolution to a cutting-edge software company that also provides services to its clients with the only end-to-end access management solution available today.
Gurevich is the recipient of multiple honors and awards including recognition from Ernst & Young for her entrepreneurial skills, SmartCEO, 40 Under 40, and many more.
Erin joined the Company in July 2021 as the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Alliances. In this role, Erin draws from her 25-year career serving as a transformational leader guiding organizational change as well as an Executive Leadership Coach developing other leaders. Erin is responsible for the development and implementation of Mandiant strategy, along with key alliances.
Prior to Mandiant, Erin was a top-ranking FBI executive driving federal cyber response strategies and operations in partnership with the private sector. This includes co-authoring and implementing the FBI’s first integrated strategy for Cyber, Counterterrorism, and Counterintelligence as well as implementing strategic and tactical cyber operations adopted by the National Security Council and executed in collaboration with Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities and allied nations. Erin was an FBI Special Agent and leader in four FBI Field Offices and five divisions at FBI Headquarters where she worked closely with other federal, state, local, and international governments. She led the FBI’s work with Fusion Centers, IACP, Major City Chiefs, and Major County Sheriffs. Her career highlights include large scale crisis management and trial work related to the Oklahoma City Bombing, 9/11, attacks against US Embassies, nation state cyber attacks against US critical infrastructure, threats following Covid-19, and threats to US elections.
During her six years in the FBI’s Senior Executive Service, Erin recently served in the Office of Private Sector where she improved intelligence sharing and threat preparedness with Fortune 500 company C-suite executives, and U.S. and foreign government counterparts. As a Section Chief and Deputy Assistant Director in the FBI’s Cyber Division, her efforts to counter cyber adversaries included directing synchronized actions with numerous global partner countries. As Director of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, Erin delivered the current, common threat picture across government.
Erin is the Executive Sponsor for Elevate, an initiative supporting women leaders in cyber. She serves on advisory boards for risk groups, CyberSAT, and a venture capital company; is an adjunct at George Mason law school and the National Intelligence University; and joined NSI as a fellow. She received her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Illinois, and she completed Executive Programs at the Naval Post Graduate School, Carnegie Mellon University, Kellogg School of Business, Harvard Business School, Ross School of Business, and the University of Southern California. She holds cyber security certifications, is a licensed attorney in Texas, and lives with her family in Northern Virginia.
Courtney H. Jackson, MSISA, CISSP, CISM, CEH, CHFI is the Founder and CEO of Paragon Cyber Solutions, LLC, an 8(a), woman, minority, veteran-owned, HUBZone certified Tampa, Florida-based small business specializing in information security and assurance.
Ms. Jackson has more than 20 years of certified hands-on experience in Information Technology and security, encompassing both executive leadership and entrepreneurship. Through her work, she helps government agencies and private companies to protect the integrity of their business operations throug specialized cyber security and risk management solutions.
Ms. Jackson got her start in Information Technology during her tenure in the U.S. Navy. After completing her military service, she took at entry-level position as an IT Help Desk Representative, impressively working her way up to the C-Suite in a span of a career before exiting the Corporate space to pursue her entrepreneurial endeavors full-time. Courtney’s unique journey has positioned her to mentor women in male-dominated industries by helping them shatter the glass ceiling that stands in the way of their career advancement to executive leadership roles.
Ms. Jackson is the recipient of the 2022 Cybersecurity Woman Entrepreneur of the year award. She serves on the Board of Directors as the Programming Chair for the Women in Defense Greater Tampa Bay and the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Florida Affiliate Board. She is also a member of the Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) and a fellow of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), a not-for-profit organization providing cyber warfare awareness, guidance, and security solutions through collaboration, education, volunteer work, and training to assist the U.S. Government, U.S. Military, commercial interests, and international partners.
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.
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