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Governor Rick Snyder
When Rick Snyder became Michigan’s 48th Governor in 2011, he pledged a commonsense approach to governing that focused on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems.
With the self-proclaimed moniker “one tough nerd,” Governor Snyder has focused on making government more efficient and effective for Michigan’s citizens. In the past seven years, the state has passed seven balanced budgets, eliminated a $1.5 billion deficit and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation.
Raised in a Battle Creek home known for a strong work ethic and service to others, Governor Snyder’s upbringing has aided in leading the state’s comeback. A homemaker and a small business owner, his parents demonstrated the value of hard work.
After graduating the University of Michigan, he joined accounting firm PwC (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). There, he met his wife Sue. They are the proud parents of Jeff, Melissa and Kelsey.
Following a successful career as partner at Coopers & Lybrand, Governor Snyder joined Gateway as President and COO. He later returned to Michigan to cofound an Ann Arbor-based venture capital fund.
The Governor’s background as a successful job creator has helped him better serve Michigan, producing results that earned him ‘Public Official of the Year’ in 2014 from GOVERNING magazine.
In the past seven years, Michigan created more than 500,000 new private sector jobs. In 2017, Michigan’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in 17 years.
He successfully implemented Healthy Michigan, an innovative and bipartisan plan that has provided affordable and quality healthcare for more than 600,000 hard-working Michiganders.
Among his greatest achievements, Governor Snyder built a bipartisan coalition of Michiganders to put Detroit back on a path to success.
With the Governor’s unwavering commitment, Detroit has emerged from bankruptcy as one of the greatest comeback stories in American history.
The Governor’s “Relentless Positive Action” has brought solutions to pressing problems and renewed optimism in Michigan’s future, setting the state on the best possible path for a future of endless prosperity.
State of Wisconsin
David Cagigal was appointed CIO for the State of Wisconsin in November, 2012. As the CIO, he also serves as Division Administrator for the Division of Enterprise Technology (DET). DET manages the state’s IT assets and provides technology to state agencies such as computer services, voice-data-video telecommunications, and print and mail services. David is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in information technology visioning, strategic planning and management. He is experienced in converging business strategies with ever-changing and innovating information technologies. He also identifies and implements the appropriate change management processes and risk mitigating strategies for each unique culture. David has held executive IT positions at Alliant Energy, DeVry University, DePaul University, Maytag and Amoco that crosses multiple industries and business functions.
He is passionate about education reform and 21st Century Learning Strategies through technology innovations in collaboration with teachers, administrators, parents, communities and most importantly students. His specialties are strategic planning, budget management, program management, business intelligence, data analytics, risk analysis, quality management, business continuity, disaster response, technology implementations and support, cybersecurity operations, and training / development of personnel.
David was honored to serve as:
Edison Electric Institute – Technology Advisory Council, Chair
University of Wisconsin, Erdman Center (MBA), Advisory Board Member
Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders
He currently serves as:
Wisconsin Homeland Security Council, Member
Wisconsin Cyber Strategy & Planning Working Group, Chair
UW-Whitewater Technology Program, Advisory Board Member
Wisconsin Broadband Stakeholder Working Group, Co-Chair
Wisconsin Digital Government Summit, Advisory Board Member
David holds a BS and MBA from DePaul University.
Chief Security Officer and Deputy Director
State of Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget
Rajiv Das is a senior Information Technology leader with broad-based management consulting experience who specializes in transforming organizations. He accelerates organization performance by defining strategies that align IT with the business, and driving large scale program implementations, technology integration, involving cross-functional, multi-vendor, and teams with large operating budgets. Rajiv is a collaborative and innovative business partner who builds and motivates highly successful teams and leaders to exceed customer expectations.
He has delivered large-scale programs, such as Delivery Executive (healthcare), transformed organization as CIO (Chief Information Officer – Teamster Welfare Fund), delivered business strategy and center of excellence for agencies as General Manager at the State of Michigan. In addition, he also is an adjunct faculty at School of Business at Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Michigan teaching graduate level courses on “Big Data”. His expertise spans over finance, healthcare and public sector verticals for large scale system integration, ERP implementation, business intelligence operation, etc.
In his current role as Chief Security Officer for State of Michigan, he is member of the senior IT Leadership team reporting to the Chief Information Officer, as part of Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Rajiv is responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of State of Michigan information and IT assets, as well as the following key assignments:
- Develop & deliver the tactical and strategic plan initiatives for cyber and infrastructure security
and enable the cyber security team with appropriate skills set and emerging technologies for tactical and long-term needs
- Collaborate with state, federal and private sector/corporate partners for cyber security initiatives
He offers thought leadership in assisting institutions with cyber security strategy framework and implementation. Rajiv is an alumnus of Michigan State University – Eli Broad College of Business, where he earned his MBA and is a resident of Okemos, Michigan.
David L. DeVries
DTMB Director and State CIO
State of Michigan
As Director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget and Michigan’s Chief Information Officer, David L. DeVries sets strategic direction and ensures delivery of services to approximately 50,000 state employees and 9.9 million Michigan residents. He oversees an annual budget of $1.4 billion and a department that supplies IT, procurement, cybersecurity, facilities administration and other business services.
Previously, DeVries led large organizations within the national security arena. He was CIO for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where he was principal adviser to the director on cybersecurity. From 2009 to 2016, he was CIO in the Office of the Department of Defense, culminating as the principal deputy DoD CIO for more than three years. He also served more than 29 years on active duty with the U.S. Army.
DeVries earned an undergraduate degree in engineering and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and in strategic studies.
Senior Policy Analyst, Homeland Security & Public Safety Division
National Governors Association
David Forscey is a Senior Policy Analyst at the nonpartisan National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, where he focuses on cybersecurity and technology policy for states. Before coming to NGA, he worked on surveillance reform, counterterrorism, and foreign policy as National Security Fellow for Third Way. He has also spent time at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the European Chemicals Agency. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2015, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia.
Assistant Vice President Cybersecurity
Paul Girardi heads a team of cybersecurity professionals that support the AT&T Global Public Sector. In this role, he leads a team of cyber professionals that consult, engineer, and operate security solutions.
Mr. Girardi, who has been with AT&T since 2002, brings a wealth of experience to his work for public sector clients and combines it with a passion for technology, innovation and service. He leads a team of cybersecurity professionals that support the Federal, State, and Local Governments. In this role, he manages a team of cybersecurity professionals: verifying compliance through certification, audit, and penetration testing; developing security solutions that protect against the latest cybersecurity threats; delivering reliable security services through security and network operations; and providing insights into emerging threats on the Internet.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Girardi led Business Development and Capture Management for the AT&T federal sector. In that role, he led an organization that explored the needs of federal customers and addressed them by advocating their requirements within AT&T, sourcing expertise and technology from centers of excellence that his team called upon to help develop solutions for federal agencies.
Previously, Mr. Girardi was Executive Director of Engineering at AT&T Government Solutions. In this capacity, he led a nationwide team of engineers who specialized in developing, selling, and delivering integrated IT solutions to the Federal Government. During his tenure, the organization helped Agencies harness converged Internet Protocol (IP), IPv6 and wireless technologies in support of effective business transformation.
Before joining AT&T, Mr. Girardi held an executive position at Qwest Communications where he was responsible for business development for the northeast territory of Qwest Solutions. Prior technical leadership positions at Lucent, Sprint and Rhythms have also contributed to his twenty plus years of Information Technology (IT) experience in both engineering and sales leadership roles.
Mr. Girardi holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; a Masters of Science in Systems Engineering in Command, Control, and Communications from George Mason University; and a Bachelors of Science in Physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Cybersecurity Program Director
State of Indiana
As Indiana’s Cybersecurity Program Director, Chetrice Mosley works collaboratively with public and private stakeholders to administer the development and implementation of the state’s cybersecurity strategy and policy through the Governor’s Executive Council on Cybersecurity. Prior to her current role, she was the Executive Director of External Affairs for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission where she led the public relations, policy, and consumer affairs divisions. Additionally, Mosley oversaw the Commission’s Continuity of Operations Plan and emergency management role with Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) Emergency Operations Center. She also served as a Steering Committee member and advisor to IDHS as the agency developed and implemented the first-of-its-kind Crit-Ex tabletop and operational exercise. Before her role at the Commission, she worked for the Indiana Department of Revenue where she was the Public Relations Manager over several strategic initiatives including the launch of Indiana’s Identity Theft Protection Program. An award-winning professional, Mosley has provided public relations and strategic consultation to a number of state agencies and organizations. Mosley earned her bachelor’s degrees with honors in communications studies and public relations from Indiana University.
VP/GM, Duo Security Business Unit
Dug Song is Vice President and General Manager of Duo Security, one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity providers in the world. In 2018, Duo was acquired by Cisco for $2.35 billion, making it the largest exit ever for a Michigan-based software company.
Founded in 2010, Duo protects more than 12,000 organizations against data breach by making security easy and effective. Duo’s Unified Access Security products verify the identity of users and the health of their devices before granting them access to applications – helping prevent breach and account takeover.
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Duo has more than 700 employees with offices in San Mateo, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Detroit and London. Prior to its acquisition by Cisco, Duo raised $119 million in total capital, backed by Benchmark, Geodesic Capital, Google Ventures, Index Ventures, Lead Edge Capital, Meritech Capital Partners, Radar Partners, Redpoint Ventures, True Ventures and Workday.
Dug is a renowned hacker and leading voice in the information security industry. He is often quoted on cybersecurity issues by international media, and appears onstage at industry events around the world.
Prior to launching Duo, Dug spent seven years as founding Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting 80 percent of the world’s Internet service providers, and helping to grow the company to $120M+ annual revenue before its acquisition by Danaher. He also built the first commercial network anomaly detection system, acquired by Check Point Software Technologies.
Dug is heavily involved in mentorship and fostering entrepreneurship in Michigan. He is a founding member of Ann Arbor’s a2newtech and an active participant in Tech Brewery, a2skatepark and the Entrepreneurs’ Foundation of Ann Arbor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan.
Joshua D. Spence
Chief Information Security Officer
West Virginia Office of Technology
Chief Information Security Officer West Virginia Office of Technology
Joshua Spence was named Chief Information Security Officer for the State of West Virginia, Office of Technology, in March 2015. Under his leadership, West Virginia has implemented a new cybersecurity strategy, resulting in capabilities enhancements in all four strategic initiatives (risk, outreach, protection, & operations). He holds expertise in cybersecurity strategy, risk management, certification & accreditation, cryptography, and incident response. Prior to his appointment as the State CISO, Spence served as the Cybersecurity Manager for the West Virginia Air National Guard, 130th Airlift Wing. During his tenure, the organization excelled at Department of the Air Force cybersecurity assessments and audits. Spence has also participated as an evaluator and on both red and blue teams during multiple Department of Defense cyber defense exercises. He maintains a drill status guardsman position with the West Virginia Air National Guard as a Cyber Operations Officer.
Spence holds a master’s degree in Information Technology Management from Marshall University. He has achieved numerous industry certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Incident Handler (CIH), Certified EC-Council Instructor (CEI), and Security+. In addition, Spence has spoken at numerous cybersecurity conferences and events and served as an adjunct professor for the University of Charleston. In 2016, he was name a recipient of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Thomas M. Jarrett Cybersecurity Scholarship.
Stewart Tan, CISSP
As a Solution’s Principal, Stewart brings a holistic approach to his clients’ greatest multi-architectural challenges with an emphasis on security. He brings 25+ years of security and compliance experience in the design and operations of integrated security for both datacenters and cloud environments. He has experience in assessments and operations of NIST, HIPAA, PCI and ISO27001 security programs. The solutions he architects and implements focuses around increasing his clients’ current IT investments while improving his clients’ security posture and decreasing his clients’ exposure to security risks.
His transformative experience and expertise and expertise include: – Security Breach Remediation while integrating with ITIL – Integrated Security, Risk, and Compliance Program strategy, design and implementation – Managed Security implementation and operations – Security Risk Assessment based upon HIPAA, NIST, ISO 27001and PCI – Security, Risk Management and Compliance design and implementation of Integrated Eligibility state healthcare system – Data loss prevention, network security, endpoint protection and security information and event management (SIEM) design and implementation
– Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery design and implementation – Creates innovative Security-as-a-Service offerings.
His security experience and expertise includes: Security Program, Security Operations, Enterprise Risk Management, SOX, PCI and HIPAA Compliance, Security Awareness, Incident Management, Threat Intelligence, Information Risk Management, Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery and operational assessments and audit preparation oversight. Integrated Security Solutions Design and Delivery, Secured Cloud Architecture.
Stewart is experienced in the development, implementation and operations of integrated security, risk management and compliance programs based around industry frameworks such as, but not limited to ITIL, ISO 27001, HIPAA and NIST. He has led global information security Program Teams for outsourced IT providers. Stewart has led audit preparation efforts around HIPAA and PCI. His experience spans across vertical that include healthcare, manufacturing and state government. He has acted in various CISO roles.
Principal, Cyber Risk
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Michael Wyatt is a Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory Principal in Deloitte & Touche LLP. Michael has over 28 years of professional experience and serves as Deloitte’s Advisory leader for enterprise security assessments for State Government. He also serves as the Cyber Risk leader for State of Texas and the State of South Carolina. Michael has led cybersecurity program development and assessment activities including statewide programs for the states of Utah and South Carolina. He is often called upon to provide testimony on state public sector cybersecurity legislation as well as provide insight to both executive and legislative branch representatives on leading practices and lessons learned for cybersecurity program improvements. In addition to his state public sector leadership roles, Michael serves as the leader Deloitte’s identity management practice.
Cybercrime Support Network
Kristin was elected to serve as a Washtenaw County Commissioner in 2008 and supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in growing cybersecurity outreach to state and local government officials. After elected office, she worked at the Center for Internet Security, focusing on connecting state and local governments to federal services and technology needed to improve cyber security.
As Director of Government Affairs at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Kristin worked with Google, FTC, FBI, SBA, DHS, NIST, congressional leaders and other key stakeholders across the country to educate consumers and businesses how to protect sensitive data.
As a thought leader, Kristin has been seen on the C-SPAN Network, local news outlets and called on by technology publications like SC Magazine and Government Technology to share best practices for online safety; being named an SC Media “Women in IT Security Influencer” in 2017. She is a national speaker, sharing cybersecurity best practices with elected officials, businesses and consumers. Her first LinkedIn Learning Course, Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Businesses: Essential Training teaches cybersecurity to SMBs based on NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
In 2017, Kristin was chosen for the 3rd cohort in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program which is a partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson to bring together a select group of leaders who share a desire to create positive change across our Nation.
To address the needs of cybercrime victims, Kristin founded the nonprofit Cybercrime Support Network (cybercrimesupport.org) and works with federal, state and local law enforcement and consumer protection agencies to help consumers and small businesses affected by cybercrime.
Breakout Session Speakers
Chief Security Advisory
Marine & Chief Information Security Officer providing cyber security solutions and guidance to government agencies & corporations. Shawn is a previous CISO at Babcock & Wilcox, Intelligence Business of Raytheon, and ran a government consulting practice providing training and guidance to “C” level security executives. Shawn received a BS in Computer Networking from Strayer University and a Master’s of Science in Information Systems Management from George Washington University. He holds certifications in security, program management, and information management.
Lalit K. Ahluwalia, CISSP, CIPP, PMP
Managing Director, North America Security Lead (Health & Public Sector)
Lalit is a Security executive and strong IT leader with professional track record of successfully establishing Cyber Security Programs and helping his clients be secure, vigilant and resilient in the face of constantly evolving cyber threat landscape. He leads the North America Security practice for Public Sector & Higher Education and diverse portfolio of security initiatives for Accenture. Lalit has extensive knowledge of the cybersecurity landscape and has served in almost every IT capacity, including Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO).
He has over 18 years of experience in the consulting space delivering and managing enterprise wide cyber programs ranging from Security Architecture, Assessment and Strategy, Identity and Access Management (IAM), Application Security, Security Information and Event Monitoring (SIEM), Information Security Policies and Standards, Information Asset Management, and data protection/privacy. He is a thought leader in cyber space and authored several white papers published in different media forums. Lalit is also an active speaker and contributes to various Cyber Security forums and conferences (NASCIO, NGA and Others)to help clients understand and develop enterprise cyber risk programs.
GRIMM Cyber Research
Matt leads the Embedded System Security practice at GRIMM. Matt’s expertise is in reverse engineering and vulnerability research of hardware, software, firmware, and specializes in systems where these intersect such as Industrial Control Systems (ICS), the Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, and aviation. Matt runs the cybersecurity research lab in Sparta, MI, a dedicated lab for reverse engineering large systems for purposes of vulnerability assessments, with ample classroom space where Matt and his team also develop hands-on courseware and train developers, engineers, cybersecurity professionals, and program managers on automotive, ICS, and IoT security. Matt’s ICS interest began twenty years ago when he first began helping government, industry leaders, and policymakers define strategies and frameworks for thinking about securing cyber physical systems (CPS). He is the former vice-chair of UCA International Users Group Advanced Metering Infrastructure security (AMI-SEC) task force and the Smart Grid Security working group. Most recently, Matt led the vulnerabilities team for the NIST cyber security coordination task force developing NISTIR-7628 for the security of CPS. You’ll often find Matt at hacker or automotive conferences providing entertaining talks about current and emerging threats. He was captain of three winning DEFCON Capture the Flag teams.
Michigan Cyber Range Business Development Manager
Tonia Cronin is the Business Development Manager for the Michigan Cyber Range and Program Manager for the Cyber Range Hubs. She works to build training programs and public/private partnerships with the aim of helping Michigan become the country’s epicenter for cybersecurity workforce development and talent retention. Through the Michigan Cyber Range, the nation’s largest unclassified and virtually accessible cyber training platform, Tonia works to build collaboration with educators, military organizations and private businesses. Her focus as a program manager includes building cybersecurity training programs from initial team selection through incident response and attack exercise scenarios with multiple vectors.
During her tenure at Merit, Tonia serves in an advisory role for the Michigan Financial Cyber Security Council, The Macomb Automotive and Defense Cyber Assurance Team and the Wayne County Cybersecurity Committee and helped establish the Michigan Financial Cybersecurity Council (MIFCC). In addition, she was program manager for the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps and established the State of Wisconsin SLTT cyber emergency response teams in partnership with the National Guard.
Recently, Tonia was awarded the Horizon Achievement Award from Women In Defense, a national security organization.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Pierrette Templeton is a creative director, designer and leadership expert with more than fifteen years in the field. She joins Merit from Crain’s Detroit Business, where she held the position of Creative Services Director. Her experience includes international broadcast production, b2b and b2c e-commerce platform creation, product packaging for national retailers, print magazine and newspaper design, infographics and responsive web design. She has been the recipient of multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, PRism, the National Academy of Television Officers and Advisors and was also an Emmy nominee. An instructor for How Design University, her most recent class covers New Management Fundamentals and the ways in which managers’ roles must adapt to the changing landscape of 21st century organizations. She also lead and managed the redesign of Crain’s Detroit Business, a 30 year-old news-magazine, in partnership with Ron Reason consulting. Using the Kotter 8-step change leadership model, Pierrette successfully rebranded the magazine, improved readability, and introduced new revenue opportunities. Pierrette graduated from the University of Toledo in Interdisciplinary Studies and earned the Magna Cum Laude distinction. She was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi and was named the Distinguished Graduating Scholar by the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning. Pierrette is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from the University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation.
Director of the Pinckney Training Institute
Dr. Jim Darga began his professional career at Ford Motor Company where he was primarily involved in engine development projects. His transition to public education started as an automotive technology teacher for the Detroit Public Schools specializing in electronic engine control systems. Currently Jim is the Director of the Pinckney Cyber Training Institute and Sentinel Center.
Brian Dudek is a Sales Engineer with Data Strategy. He graduated from Ferris State with a CIS degree in 1997 and has worked in the field for over 20 years. He is a CISSP and CISM. His specialties are in security, mobility, Microsoft, data center, and networking. He is also an adjunct instructor at Davenport University where he teaches classes around network design and security.
J Wolfgang Goerlich
SVP, Strategic Security Programs
J Wolfgang Goerlich supports information security initiatives for clients in the healthcare, education, financial services, and energy verticals. In his current role with CBI, a cyber security consultancy, Wolfgang is the senior vice president for strategic security programs. Wolfgang also leads the Academy teams, providing mentoring and guidance to the junior-level talent. He is an active part of the security community and hosts a popular YouTube video series. Wolfgang regularly advises on and presents on the topics of risk management, incident response, business continuity, secure development life cycles, and more.
Information Security Solutions Architect
Rebecca Harvey is an Information Security Solutions Architect and team lead with Data Strategy. She graduated from Michigan State with an ITS degree and has worked in the field for over 20 years. She is committed to helping clients secure their environments whether on premise or in the cloud.
Her specialties are: Identity governance and access management, CASB/ CSG, MSS, Governance and Compliance.
She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband and two sons.
Chief Information Security Officer
Kevin Hayes is the Chief Information Security Officer at Merit Networks, Inc. In this role, Kevin is responsible for the management of IT security controls and products, responding to information security incidents big and small, and providing security policy and strategy guidance to Merit members, system administrators, and management. No stranger to the nonprofit world, Kevin has previously worked at Wayne State University, creating and directing the team of cyber professionals dedicated to keeping the organization secure. Kevin holds both CISSP and CISM certifications, is a member of the Governor’s Cyber Civilian Corps, and has been heard talking about security issues from time to time on the Detroit television stations WDIV-TV and WXYZ-TV, as well as the Detroit public radio station WDET-FM.
Heimer and Associates, LLC
Karl Heimer is the owner/principal of Heimer & Associates, LLC, a consulting company. He is currently Senior Technical Advisor for Cybersecurity to Michigan’s MEDC Auto Office and the Michigan Defense Center; he also sits on the DHS Government Vehicle Fleet Managers’ Cybersecurity Steering Committee, the Advisory Board of Walsh College’s automotive cybersecurity program, Advisory Board Member of the SAE new journal of Transportation Cybersecurity and Privacy, as well as serving on the board of several start-up companies. He is a chapter author of a heavy vehicle cybersecurity book scheduled for release in September 2018. Karl founded the CyberAuto Challenge (now the SAE CyberAuto Challenge) while at Battelle and is also the co-founder (with Dr. Jeremy Daily, University of Tulsa) of the CyberTruck Challenge – both events sharing the goal of developing transportation cybersecurity skills in the next generation workforce and helping to forge mentor-protégé relationships between these students and industry experts.
Karl’s experience includes Sr. Research Director for Cybersecurity at Battelle where he started a commercial vehicle cybersecurity practice while simultaneously managing the global enterprise’s incident response to a critical network security requirement. Within the Department of Defense community, as both a contractor and a uniformed service member, he ran projects ranging from developing provably secure mobile communications platforms, creating secure architectures, managing special tool development activities, being a red team member, and managing cyber-forensics.
Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan
Jeremy Hendges, now serving as interim director for the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan, was appointed in March 2017 to serve as chief deputy director for the Department where he works to bridge the talent gap by bringing business and education together, and streamlining economic, housing and talent development programs to continue Michigan’s economic revival.
Hendges leads Gov. Rick Snyder’s Project Rising Tide program, which brings together the agencies under the department’s umbrella to provide technical assistance to Michigan’s small communities, so the state’s remarkable comeback can reach every corner of the state. He also has played a critical role in the successful implementation of the Marshall Plan for Talent, the state’s revolutionary approach to better prepare Michigan’s students and adults for the careers of today and tomorrow, as well as enacting the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance legislation, which has expanded career exploration and training to students and provided additional support to schools.
Hendges serves on the boards of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Michigan Land Bank.
Prior to joining the department, Hendges served in the Legislature for 12 years where he led and developed public policy to address issues facing Michigan’s continued economic success. During his time in the Legislature, Hendges worked for leadership offices in both the House and Senate.
Ann-Marie Horcher, Ph.D.
Central Michigan University
Dr. Ann-Marie Horcher received her PhD in Information Systems Security from Nova Southeastern University, a NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. She is currently the program director for the cybersecurity programs at Central Michigan University. Her current research includes IoT cybersecurity for the smarthome, technology to assist elderly and disabled, and security usability for mobile devices. Previously she was an information architect for a large international chemical company when she designed and implemented cybersecurity to protect intellectual property and business intelligence.
Director of Cybersecurity, Acting CISO
Scott is an experienced Information Technology and Cybersecurity leader with over twenty years of experience in various business and governmental sectors such as: Higher Education, State Government, Industrial, Health Care and Insurance. He is currently the Director of Cybersecurity and Acting CISO for Beaumont Health, a leading health care provider in Michigan. His team is responsible for Corporate Cybersecurity including: Information Security Governance, Risk and Compliance; Identity and Access Management; Incident Response; Forensic Investigations; Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity; and Cybersecurity Architecture and Engineering. Scott has been a conference speaker on various cybersecurity topics and is actively engaged in several public/private partnership initiatives. He has also been interviewed by several organizations such as the Wall Street Journal and The Detroiter Magazine. He has also been interviewed on WJR radio in Detroit for his work in educating the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.
Chief of Staff for the Office of the State Superintendent
Michigan Department of Education
Wendy Larvick is the Chief of Staff for the Office of the State Superintendent at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). She has served MDE since October 2012, initially as the Legislative Liaison for the department. Wendy’s previous work experience includes 10 years with the Michigan House of Representatives as a legislative and education policy advisor and five years as a middle school English and Social Studies teacher. Ms. Larvick earned a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University.
Associate Partner, X-Force Red
Thomas MacKenzie is an Associate Partner for X-Force Red, an autonomous organization within IBM that specializes in offensive security testing. He has been part of, managed and ran security testing teams of different sizes for various organizations.
His current responsibility covers the X-Force Red team in Europe, ensuring that client needs are accurately portrayed in any work being undertaken by the team and providing strategy and oversight for the region. He is also the focal for the automotive industry for IBM Security.
In his previous role, Thomas was responsible for the security testing programs of around 20 car manufacturers, focusing primarily on the vehicles but also encompassing standard IT.
Thomas also co-founded upSploit, an automated advisory management platform that’s concepts can be seen in most bug bounty and advisory management platforms around today. Speaking engagements include: Blackhat Abu Dhabi, Blackhat EU, DC4420, Bsides Chicago, DeepSec, 44con and various OWASP events.
William J. Malik, CISA
VP Infrastructure Strategies
Bill helps clients achieve an effective information security posture spanning endpoints, networks, servers, cloud, and the Internet of Things. This involves technology, policy, and procedures, and impacts acquisition/development through deployment, operations, maintenance, and replacement or retirement.
During his four-decade IT career, Bill has worked as an application programmer with the John Hancock Insurance company; an OS developer, tester, and planner with IBM; a research director and manager at Gartner for the Information Security Strategies service and the Application Integration and Middleware service, and served as CTO of Waveset, an identity management vendor acquired by Sun. He ran his own consulting business providing information security, disaster recovery, identity management, and enterprise solution architecture services for clients including Motorola, AIG, and Silver Lake Partners. Bill has over 160 publications and has spoken at numerous events worldwide.
Bill attended MIT, majoring in Mathematics. He is a member of CT InfraGard and ISACA.
Earl Matthews, Maj Gen (ret)
Chief Strategy Officer
Major General Earl Matthews USAF (Ret) is an award-winning retired Major General of the U.S. Air Force with a successful career influencing the development and application of cybersecurity and information management technology. His strengths include his ability to lead large-scale, diverse, global organizations that operate, extend, maintain and defend global networks. He has earned a reputation as a motivational leader and change agent focused on delivering technical innovations that resolve complex challenges.
Dedicated Dark Web Intelligence Analyst within the Michigan Cyber Command Center
Michigan State Police
Cyndi Millns, Cyber Curriculum & Instruction Specialist of Pinckney Cyber Training Institute and Professional Faculty of Cybersecurity at Washtenaw Community college in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Cyndi has been an instructor in Information Technology for the past twelve years. Her role began at Pinckney Community School where she took an existing Cisco Networking Academy class and transformed it to an approved state CTE program in Computer Networking and Cybersecurity based on industry demand for cybersecurity workers. In addition, Cyndi worked as an adjunct instructor at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), and began offering direct college credit through EMU in her high school courses. In 2016, she was the driving force behind a successful grant proposal to become the first Michigan Cyber Range Hub to be in a high school. The Pinckney Cyber Training Institute was launched in December of 2016 and it was Cyndi’s vision to build this into a program that would benefit not just high school students, but the community. Cyndi helped to launch an Early Middle College program with Washtenaw Community College effective Fall 2018 where students enroll in their junior year and earn an Associate’s Degree in Cybersecurity by the end of their last year in high school (year 13).
Cyndi recently accepted a full time faculty position at Washtenaw Community College, where she will continue to build the Cybersecurity pathway between high school and college focusing on cybersecurity in mobility and connected devices.
Wayne State University
Professor, Cyber Security Programs
Richard Schott is NOT retired. After more than 40 years as a cyber security practitioner, an IT auditor, and a cyber security consultant, Richard is now supporting
the Wayne State University (WSU) Michigan Cybersecurity Lab and Michigan Cyber Range Hub, and teaching cyber security classes at WSU. Richard’s long and hands on career helps him to prepare students for the actual challenges that they will encounter as they enter the cyber security workforce.
Andrews involvement with TEALS comes with a variety of technical educational experiences. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Michigan. He also received his Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University. As a face to face teacher, he taught STEM curriculum for 8 years at the Brandon School District and then was one of the first full time online teachers to be hired in Michigan as an instructor of Mathematics and Computer Science for Michigan Virtual. In his spare time, he ran a FIRST Robotics team and led them to great success both in Michigan and Internationally. In 2012, he was inducted into the Educator Hall of Fame for the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association and in 2016 was the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award winner for the State of Michigan. Andrew is excited to be involved with TEALS to help bring Computer Science to Every High School.
Sales Leadership, Strategy and Business Development
Rebeeca leads the State Digital Acceleration initiative for Michigan. She focuses on Cisco’s strategic partnerships with government, industry & academia to grow GDP, create new jobs and provide innovation and education across public & private sectors.