December 6 2023
Dr. 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 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 B. Sapp
John is a seasoned, multi-award winning cyber industry visionary and strategic global Information Security executive with 30+ years of expertise who is a thought leader and early adopter, adept at optimizing enterprise cybersecurity programs. He is skilled at helping organizations develop a clear picture of their current cyber risk posture and capabilities, along with developing and executing a multi-year strategy, that delivers an informed view of how, where and why to invest in managing their cyber risks.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Shawn Murray is President and Chief Academic Officer at Murray Security Services and is assigned to the United States Missile Defense Agency. He is assigned as a Senior Cyber Security Professional and is an officer in the US Civil Air Patrol. His previous assignments include work with the US Army Cyber Command in Europe, US Air Force and with Commercial Industry in various roles in Information Assurance and Cyber Security. He has traveled the globe performing physical and Cyber Security assessments on critical national defense and coalition programs and has prepared reports for the House Armed Services Committee.
Dr. Murray has worked with NSA, FBI, CIA and the US Defense and State Departments on various Cyber initiatives and has over 20 years of IT, communications and Cyber Security experience. He has presented as a featured or keynote speaker for numerous conferences across the globe and enjoys teaching and presenting as a guest lecturer on Cyber Security, business and computer science courses at his Cyber Academy and for several universities. He has several industry recognized certifications to include the C|CISO, CISSP and CRISC. He holds several degrees to include an Applied Doctorate in Computer Science with a concentration in Enterprise Information Systems. He has been recognized as a top instructor for EC Council’s C|CISO and C|ND certification program and has a 98% pass rate.
Dr. Murray was recently re-elected as COO to the International Board of Directors for the Information Systems Security Association. He is a professional member of IEEE, ACM, ISSA, (ISC)² and is a FBI Infragard program partner. He enjoys spending time traveling with his family, researching and collaborating with other professionals in Cyber Security and Cyber Law and plays soccer on a local league in Colorado Springs.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Karen Worstell’s 30 years in the cybersecurity industry spans federal, public, and private sector across multiple industries. She has been a CISO for multiple iconic brands, led the security consultancy practice at SRI International, and conducted security research and engineering in the earliest days of cybersecurity as part of Boeing Research and Technology. Karen trained and served during a sabbatical from the Tech sector as a palliative care chaplain for regional medical centers and the VA of Portland, OR. She is a best-selling author and ISSA Distinguished Fellow and a frequent speaker on risk management, cybersecurity governance and oversight, and internal control strategies. Her passion is making companies, and individuals, more resilient.
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.