December 6 2023


Dr. Fred KwongDr. Fred Kwong

Dr. Fred Kwong has been in the information security and technology field for the past 20 years in working in education, financial, telecommunication, healthcare, and insurance sectors. He is an award-winning thought leader in security and currently works at DeVry University where he currently serves as the VP and Chief Information Security Officer. He is a member of several advisory boards and is a frequent speaker at national security forums on cyber security and information technology and is often asked to consult on matters of security and leadership.
Fred also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Roosevelt and Benedictine Universities. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and professional communications, Master of Business Administration in management information systems from Roosevelt University, and holds his Doctorate in organization development from Benedictine University. Fred has earned several certifications including the CISSP, CISA, CISM, CDPE, PCIP, PMP and ITILv3f.

Ira WInklerIra Winkler

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

John SappJohn B. Sapp

John is a multi-award winning, cybersecurity industry visionary and strategic global Information Security executive with 30+ years of experience, knowledge and expertise. He is a thought-leader and early adopter of emerging security technologies, adept at building and optimizing enterprise cybersecurity programs, communicating in a common language with business risk context and driving risk-based decisions at every level of an organization, which includes operational/technical, senior management, and executive management inclusive of the Board of Directors.

Throughout his career, John has helped multiple organizations (mid-size and large) develop a clear picture of their current cyber risk posture and cybersecurity capabilities, develop and executing a multi-year strategy to achieve the desired target state, while delivering an informed view of when, where, how and why to invest in people, process and technology to manage cyber risk.

Richard GreenbergRichard Greenberg

Richard Greenberg, CISSP is a well-known Cyber Security Leader and Evangelist, CISO, Advisor, and speaker.
Richard brings over 30 years of management experience and has been a strategic and thought leader in IT and Information Security. His Project Management, Security Management and Operations, Policy, and Compliance experience has helped shape his broad perspective on creating and implementing Information Security Programs.
Richard has been a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for 15 years, Director of Surveillance and Information Systems, Chief of Security Operations, Director of IT, and Project Manager for various companies and agencies in the private and public sectors.
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 fully-managed security assessments and network and software penetration testing services that allows organizations to continuously assess their internal and external cyber risk posture, and helps companies with compliance issues. He is also the CEO of Layer 8 Masters, which has been putting on the content-rich Planet Cyber Sec conferences and CISO-CIO Forums.

Richard is an Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Distinguished Fellow, one of only 64 worldwide, and has received their Honor Roll designation (only 55 worldwide). He has also been selected as a finalist for both the (ISC)2 Americas Information Security Leadership Award in the Senior Information Security Professional category and the Los Angeles Business Journal CIO of the Year in Security.
Richard has served on the OWASP Global Board of Directors, leads the OWASP LA Chapter, and has been Co-Chair of the highly successful AppSec California conferences. Richard also is President of the Information Systems Security Association Los Angeles Chapter and is Chair of their widely recognized annual Security Summit and CISO Forum.
Richard is dedicated to diversity in our field. He started and chairs the annual Women in Security Forum, and supports creating a more open and welcome community. Richard’s reach in the Southern California region is extensive. He has worked diligently to bring together the various Southern California IT and InfoSec organizations to enhance their collaboration efforts, to help reach new IT and InfoSec professionals.
Richard has been a published author and has spoken worldwide on Information Security, individually and on panels.

Gary HayslipGary Hayslip

Gary Hayslip is an experienced Global CISO with repeated success delivering innovative security programs to safeguard billion-dollar enterprises at every touchpoint. Intensely focused on driving continuous improvement that maximizes security program efficiency and minimizes costs. An insightful thought leader with proven business acumen and commitment to organizational mission, values, and goals. Demonstrated ability to collaborate at all levels to champion new ideas, gain buy- in, and build consensus. Hayslip brings this wealth of information technology, security leadership, and risk management experience to his role as the CISO, for SoftBank Investment Advisers – The Vision Fund & Vision Fund II and SoftBank Group International – The LATAM Fund, The Opportunity Fund, and The Tech Fund. Hayslip’s previous executive roles include multiple CISO, CIO, Deputy Director of IT, and Chief Privacy Officer roles for the U.S. Navy (Active Duty), the U.S. Navy (Federal Government employee),the City of San Diego California, and Webroot Software.
Hayslip is a proven cybersecurity professional; he has demonstrated an exceptional record of communication and public speaking skills; adept at presenting multifaceted security & risk concepts to audiences of varying knowledge levels. Hayslip has established a reputation as a highly-skilled communicator, author, and keynote speaker. Hayslip co-authored the CISO Desk Reference Guide: APractical Guide for CISOs – Volumes 1 & 2, The Executive Primer: An Executives Guide to Security Programs, and Developing your Cybersecurity Career Path. He also recently published The Essential Guide to Cybersecurity for SMBs, a guide specifically written for the security practitioners protecting startups and small businesses. These books are considered among the leading books on enabling CISOs to expand their leadership and business expertise. Hayslip is currently on four security & technology advisory boards and writes for Forbes Technology Council. Hayslip is an active member of the cyber community with memberships in the professional organizations ISC2, ISSA, ISACA, and Infragard. He currently holds several professional certifications, including CISSP, CISA, and CRISC and has earned a BS in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College and an MBA from San Diego State University.

Macy DennisMacy Dennis

Macy is a Global CSO and Partner at Ember River with corporate security experience, focusing on all aspects of cyber, information and physical Security. He has over 25+ years of experience in law enforcement, IT, and cybersecurity. He is a highly skilled communicator with the ability to work at all levels of the business, from “C-level” down to a “Security Professional/Practitioner”. Macy drives operational efficiency and effectiveness in his or his client’s programs to fund investment in security. Macy has been nominated in the past for the National Counterintelligence Award and supported many Federal Agencies and OGAs in their directives. Now May and his teams focus on solving complex problems for National Security, Critical Infrastructure, and the Commercial Sector by providing product engineering, cryptographic, security engineering, and intelligence services.

Nelson EstradaNelson Estrada

Nelson brings over 20 years of IT industry experience, a solid electronics background, and began his career as a PC integrator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems and has earned certifications from CISCO and CompTIA.
Throughout his career, Nelson primarily focused on networking and he had the privilege of working with notable organizations like IBM, Walmart, and the Mexican State government on various projects. He transitioned to the agricultural sector a decade ago, joining Andrew & Williamson Sales Co as an IT Manager in Mexico. Later, the company relocated Nelson to the US and promoted him to IT Director.
Currently, he oversees more than 350 users across multiple locations in California and Mexico, managingthe infrastructure and security of all their offices. His passion for cybersecurity and technology has also led Nelson to serve as a consultant for companies in the agricultural sector.

Alex WoodAlex Wood

Alex Wood has 20+ years of experience in Information Security and is currently the CISO for Uplight, a software company powering decarbonization of the power grid. Alex has managed security programs and services at companies across verticals, including telecommunications, energy, healthcare, entertainment, travel, and financial services. Additionally, Alex has served as a Director on the International Board of the Information System Security Association (ISSA), is Past-President of the ISSA Denver Chapter, and is Co-host of the Colorado = Security Podcast.

David SparkDavid Spark

David Spark (@dspark) is the founder and executive producer of the CISO Series, a media network for cybersecurity professionals. He also co-hosts many of our shows. Spark is a veteran tech journalist that’s appeared in many media outlets such as eWEEK, Wired News, Forbes, PCWorld, Clearchannel, and TechTV (formerly ZDTV). Spark is the author of “Three Feet from Seven Figures: One-on-One Engagement Techniques to Qualify More Leads at Trade Shows.” Outside of tech, security, and marketing, Spark squandered more than a dozen years working as a touring stand up comedian, a San Francisco tour guide, and a comedy writer for The Second City in Chicago.

Raffi ErganianRaffi Erganian

Raffi is a cofounder, responsible for architecting, developing, and maintaining the software platform at VULNERA.
Raffi has worked professionally in the cybersecurity services and software engineering fields for the past 15 years. He operated a consulting firm with cofounder Joe Luna for a number of years delivering offensive security services and bespoke engagements. Previous to the firm, Raffi worked at Optiv (formerly Accuvant) as a principal security consultant in the LABS consulting team.
Prior to Accuvant/Optiv, he worked as a software engineer at Boeing Defense Space Systems, building capabilities within an internal research and development team.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona.
In addition to managing and advancing technology efforts, he is a cybersecurity advisor to startups and businesses.

Joshua BaronsJoshua Barons

Josh Barons is an Information Security leader and trusted advisor who currently oversees the Information Security program for San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Prior to joining San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance he was Head of Information Security for Zocdoc. Previously, Barons served as Director of Information Security and vCISO for Abacus Group LLC, globally responsible for all aspects of Information Security and risk for the company and their clients. Earlier in his career, he held Information Security management positions for Sony Corporation of America, Condé Nast, and other technology and media companies. He has spoken at security conferences such as RSA, Zero Day Con, HMG and Evanta. He is CISSP and CRISC certified and holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Cornell University and a Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design.

Laz DemetriosLaz Demetrios

A recognized authority for building technical, cybersecurity, fraud, and data analytics solutions, Laz has more than 30 years’ experience in building and supporting some of the largest InfoSec programs in financial services, technology, retail, hospitality, and transportation verticals. Laz is the Co-Founder and President of Blue Lava, a SaaS business platform built with, by, and for cybersecurity leaders.
As a Boardroom Certified Qualified Technology Expert (QTE), Laz is no stranger to the boardroom, analyst, regulator, and investor community. Laz is an advisor to some of the most innovative companies in technology and cybersecurity. He advises investors and companies about trends with cybersecurity, technology, regulations, and go-to-market strategies.
Past roles include: CISO at vArmour, CISO at Sears, CISO at Silver Tail Systems (acquired by RSA/EMC), VP of Strategic Initiatives at ReddShell Corporation (acquired by TrustWave), Director of Technology at SGI, and the Director of Technology at EDS (acquired by HP).
Laz is a twice-decorated USAF veteran, inventor of several patents, published author, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, and an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Information Security from the University of Denver, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Billy NorwoordBilly Norwood

Cybersecurity and Risk Management executive with over 20 years of experience. Billy has worked in a variety of industries at start-ups as well as enterprise companies. His current role is CISO at FFF Enterprises which is a multi-billion dollar healthcare and pharmaceutical distribution and solution firm out of Southern California. He oversees cybersecurity as well as product security and physical security. He also co-leads the Privacy and Enterprise Risk Management programs with the Chief Compliance Officer.

Dan HoffmanDaniel Hoffman

Daniel Hoffman has had diverse career spanning over 20 years in the IT industry. Starting in 1995 at Symantec Corporation as a Support Engineer, he got interested in security working on products such as Symantec Antivirus for Mac and Disklock for Mac.
Transitioning to GoldMine CRM, he contributed to technical documentation, provided support for GoldSync Server, and played an integral role in developing the GoldSync 5.0 Technical Certification Exam and its accompanying web-based testing platform.
His professional journey further evolved as IT Director within the mortgage and finance sector, where he had to navigate the intricate landscape of compliance and fraud prevention across mortgage origination, underwriting, and secondary market industries.
Daniel served as IT Director at Burbank Dental Laboratories for nine years, managing security, infrastructure management, HIPAA and FDA 510k compliance standards across three campus locations.
Most recently, Daniel has been steering the IT initiatives as the IT Director at Burger Lounge involving the oversight of technology operations across 24 restaurants. Along with managing projects in emerging retail technology, he is also in charge of mitigating threats and fortifying IT and physical security measures tailored to the retail landscape.

Austin SteffesAustin Steffes

Austin Steffes is a Sales Engineer at Sonatype, dedicated to driving innovation and solving organizational challenges. With a keen interest in supply chain security, he leverages his understanding of current business processes to develop technical solutions. Prior to Sonatype, Austin held positions in Software Engineering and NLP Engineering.

Heath NeidduHeath Nieddu

Heath is an information security leader with over 15 years of experience building information security programs for multiple medium and large organizations in various industries. He is a veteran of the US Navy and has spent time within the US Government and Intel Community.
He has developed a reputation for creatively finding new ways to mature information security programs. Although known for his ability to find practical ways of implementing various aspects of GRC programs, Heath also has tactical experience in the areas of vulnerability management, threat modeling, and creating effective security metrics programs.
Heath has experience leading teams and overseeing projects in order to drive results and resiliency into an organization’s security program. He has a strong focus on enabling success by simplifying the complex, cutting costs, and saving time while delivering cyber security services.
Some of his more notable projects include creating a threat model for a global pharmaceutical company, conducting a security tools rationalization effort for a global financial firm, and integrating Splunk and Tenable for a global streaming media entertainment company. Heath has also been responsible for creating strategic information security roadmaps for a number of firms.
Education includes two business degrees (BS, MBA) and three information security certifications. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University.