Cyber Summit Speakers


Featured Speakers

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a lifelong Michigander.  She is a lawyer, an educator, former prosecutor, State Representative and Senator.  She was the first woman to lead a Senate caucus. But the most important title she boasts is MOM. Inspired by her family, she’s devoted her life to building a stronger Michigan for everyone.

Governor Whitmer was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 and elected to the Michigan State Senate in 2006 where she served as the Senate Democratic Leader. In the 2018 gubernatorial election, Governor Whitmer won all 83 counties in the primary and won the general election with 53 percent of the vote. Since taking her oath of office, she has put together the most diverse cabinet in our state’s history and has signed executive directives to clean up our drinking water, end discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation and gender identity, secure equal pay for equal work, and expand opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses.

Governor Whitmer is committed to solving the problems Michiganders face every day. That means ensuring every Michigander has a great public education and a path to a good-paying job, every community has clean, safe drinking water, and everyone can drive to work or drop their kids at school safely, without blowing a tire or cracking a windshield.

Governor Whitmer and her husband Marc Mallory live in Lansing with her two daughters, Sherry and Sydney. Her three stepsons, Alex, Mason, and Winston all live in Michigan as well. Governor Whitmer earned a bachelor’s degree and law degree from Michigan State University.  Born and raised in Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer is honored to serve as Governor of Michigan.

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist has dedicated his career to fixing problems for hardworking families. From spearheading campaigns for equality and justice to harnessing technology to solve everyday problems for Detroiters, his focus has consistently remained on serving the public by getting things done.

Bringing Michigan’s state government fully into the 21st century is a top priority for Lt. Governor Gilchrist. He brings a lifetime of experience to the task, receiving his first computer at age five and setting up a computer lab in the community recreation center using computers that he built himself at age 16. Lt. Governor Gilchrist studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, graduating with honors, and later had a successful career as a software engineer at Microsoft, helping to build SharePoint into the fastest growing product in the company’s history.

During his time in Seattle, Gilchrist served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, where he helped launch a national text message program to recruit volunteers. He later served as the first Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., and spent three years as National Campaign Director at, where he spearheaded equity and justice campaigns, including fighting to expand Medicaid in states with Republican governors, like Michigan.

This eventually led to his serving as the first ever Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit, where he used public data and technology to address every day concerns the community was facing – including an app to report issues such as broken fire hydrants, potholes and broken street lights. This mindset of harnessing technology to solve problems will play a critical role in finding solutions to improve the lives of people across the state.

A native of Detroit, Lt. Governor Gilchrist’s parents are proud lifelong Detroiters. His mother worked at General Motors for 32 years and his father worked in defense contract management for the Department of Defense. His family was active in the community, including serving in leadership roles within their various neighborhood associations, as well as the church. Lt. Governor Gilchrist began speaking at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Detroit at age four, and later honed his skills under Dr. Frederick G. Sampson at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, currently reside in Detroit where they are raising their twins, Emily and Garlin III, and newborn daughter, Ruby.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel

A former criminal prosecutor and civil rights attorney, Dana Nessel was sworn in as Michigan’s 54th Attorney General on January 1, 2019.  Her core initiatives have been fashioned in the image of her promise to Michigan’s residents — to give the Department of Attorney General back to the people that it serves.  Attorney General Nessel’s consumer protection divisions have taken a lead role in fighting against companies that try to take advantage of Michigan consumers, whether it be through unfair utility rate increases or unscrupulous business practices.  She launched the Department’s Auto Insurance Fraud Unit to investigate and prosecute individuals and businesses that exploit Michigan residents and the system designed to protect the safety of Michigan’s drivers.  And, she established the office’s first Payroll Fraud Enforcement Unit to crackdown on individuals and businesses who try to cheat Michigan’s workers out of their pay and retirement benefits.

Since taking office, Attorney General Nessel has been a champion of the state’s most important resource – its Great Lakes.  Her environmental protection division is actively fighting to ensure clean air, water and energy for Michigan’s residents so that our most valuable assets are preserved for generations to come.  She has also joined the battle to combat the largest public health crisis in the nation – prescription drug addiction — and to stem the tide of Michigan’s biggest environmental crisis in decades – PFAS contamination.

As the State’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Attorney General Nessel launched Michigan’s Elder Abuse Task Force, in partnership with the Michigan Supreme Court, to stop the rise of crimes against one of the state’s most vulnerable populations.  She has continued the Department’s criminal investigations into the Flint Water Crisis and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  And, she has created a Conviction Integrity Unit to investigate claims of innocence so that even when we prosecute the state’s most heinous crimes, we can ensure the public’s trust in our criminal justice system.

A graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School, Attorney General Nessel lives in southeast Michigan with her wife, Alanna Maguire, and her twin sons, Alex and Zach.

Jocelyn Benson
Michigan Secretary of State

Jocelyn Benson is Michigan’s 43rd secretary of state and author of State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process.

Her focus for the Department of State is customer-service excellence, innovation, integrity and transparency, ensuring all citizens have equal access to the participation necessary to sustain our democracy.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and expert on civil rights law, education law and election law, Benson served as dean of Wayne State University Law School. When appointed dean at age 36, she became the youngest woman in U.S. history to lead a top-100, accredited law school. She serves as vice chair of the advisory board for the Levin Center at Wayne Law, which she founded with former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.

She is a founding board member and former CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit organization created to advance equality through sports.

Ron Bushar
Vice President & CTO – Government Solutions

Mr. Bushar is a seasoned, highly effective, and innovative cyber security leader with over 20 years of experience in cyber defense operations, cybersecurity consulting, and incident response services in both the government and commercial sectors. Mr. Bushar has a track record of successfully building strategic programs and dynamic teams that deliver innovative cyber solutions, ensure effective security, and minimize organizational risk.

Currently, Mr. Bushar serves as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Government Solutions at FireEye. In this role, he leads a global team of cyber experts who deliver FireEye’s unique platform of innovative security program capabilities and solutions to protect critical missions, infrastructure, and national security interests worldwide.

Prior to his work at FireEye, Mr. Bushar served as the Director of the Department of Justice Security Operations Center (JSOC) where he led transformative efforts to redefine and restructure key information security and cyber defense operation capabilities. Mr. Bushar also served as the Department’s Insider Threat Program Manager and liaison to the National Insider Threat Task Force. In previous roles, Mr. Bushar built and led expert teams of cyber defense operators, incident responders, and red teams at several U.S. intelligence and defense department agencies.

Mr. Bushar began his career in the United States Air Force serving as an officer in the Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron.

Mr. Bushar holds a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and a Certified Information System Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP).

Chris DeRusha
Chief Security Officer
State of Michigan

Chris DeRusha is the Chief Security Officer for the State of Michigan. Chris has broad experience managing cybersecurity and critical infrastructure programs, plans, and operations, both in the public and private sector.  Prior to joining the State of Michigan, he led Ford Motor Company's Enterprise Vulnerability Management program.

Chris has over eight years of Federal Government experience working at the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He served as a Senior Cybersecurity Advisor in the Obama Administration, where he led the implementation of the President's Cybersecurity National Action Plan and advised White House leadership on cybersecurity programs, investments and policy decisions.

He holds a Masters in Security Studies from Columbia University and a Bachelors in Business Administration from James Madison University.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
11th District of Michigan
U.S. House of Representatives

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents Michigan’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she has made it a priority to be a voice for the Midwest on issues that matter most to working families.

A member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Debbie is a leader on efforts to grow manufacturing, improve access to quality affordable health care, support seniors and veterans and protect the Great Lakes. Recognized as one of the 25 hardest-working Members of Congress, Debbie is focused on forging bipartisan solutions that support Michigan’s working families, including improving long-term care and ushering in the future of the American auto industry.

Before being elected to Congress, Debbie worked in the auto industry for more than three decades, where she was President of the General Motors (GM) Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs. She was also Chairman of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors.

An active civic and community leader, Debbie is a recognized national advocate for women and children. She successfully fought to have women included in federally-funded health research, and advocated for greater awareness of issues directly related to women’s health, including breast cancer and women's heart health. She is a founder and past chair of the National Women’s Health Resource Center and the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Debbie has also led a number of efforts and initiatives related to young people and education stemming from her role as a WSU Governor and co-chair of the Children's Leadership Council, a business-led advocacy group that promotes investment in early childhood education. She chaired the Michigan Infant Mortality Task Force, the Baby Your Baby public education campaign that reduced infant mortality rates in Michigan, and has served on the board of Michigan’s Children, the only statewide independent voice working to ensure that public policies are made in the best interest of children from cradle to career.

Tricia Foster
Director, Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB)
State of Michigan

Tricia L. Foster was named director of Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in January of 2019. In this role, Foster directs a staff of nearly 3,000 employees who provide business, information technology, procurement, retirement, financial and other administrative services for state government and oversees the department’s $1.3 billion budget.

Foster retired as senior managing director and chief operating officer of CBRB/Martin and CRBE/Grand Rapids, a commercial and real estate services and investment firm. Her comprehensive understanding of commercial real estate solutions developed over 23 years, beginning in her role as the firm’s accountant and expanding through leadership roles in each business line. From educational clients to investment clients; office, retail and industrial product owners to global corporations; federal, state, county and city public sector agencies to mid-cap companies; healthcare industry clients to banking clients, Foster served as a relationship liaison ensuring that service expectations were realized.

Foster graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Michigan State University. She also earned the certified property manager designation and is an accredited commercial manager.

Tom Guarente
VP, External Affairs & Alliances, Inc., US Public Sector

Tom is the Vice President of External Affairs & Alliances for the U.S. Public Sector business at FireEye. In his role he works extensively with State and Local Government, Education, and Healthcare leaders to help create the awareness and resources necessary to build a forward-leaning cybersecurity posture. Tom has more than 25 years of experience in helping clients transform their environments and cultures.

Before joining FireEye, Tom led regional and national teams in vertical markets that support both Public and Private Sector customers.

Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University, and holds multiple professional certifications in Leadership, Communications, and Public Speaking. He has served on non-profit boards and enjoys supporting multiple charitable causes.

Bryan Charles Kissinger, PhD
Vice President, Information Security

A hands-on, results-oriented senior information technology and business professional with over 20 years of experience leading global teams in the successful delivery of technology solutions that enable business value. Healthcare industry expertise coupled with Big 4 consulting leadership across emerging technology, financial, retail, and government sectors. A proven record of accomplishment in quickly assessing technology and security program maturity and developing multiyear road maps to achieve desired outcomes. A reputation for building programs and teams using a business-minded approach. Accomplished IT and security program designer utilizing practical solutions that deliver rapid return on investment.

Bryan is Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Trace3 based out of Dallas, Texas. He leads a team of professional security advisors focused on solving complex client security challenges, as well as managing Trace3’s internal security program.

Bryan joined Trace3 having recently held the role of Vice President, Chief Information Security officer, at Banner Health. Bryan was responsible for the overall IT risk and information security program and was accountable to the Board of Directors for designing ongoing IT risk management functions, security architecture and operations, policy development and implementation, and enterprise-wide security training and awareness initiatives. He has been an advocate for, and implemented many, next-generation security solutions focused on preventing and detecting current and anticipated threat vectors.

Prior to Banner Health, Bryan was Vice President and CISO at Sharp Healthcare in San Diego. He has held various leadership positions at Kaiser Permanente, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the Mayo Clinic and is a Navy veteran having served 7 years on active duty as a Surface Warfare Officer.

Bryan has earned a PhD in Information Technology Management, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Timothy Li

Timothy is a principal in Deloitte & Touche LLP where he currently serves as the Government & Public Services Cyber offering portfolio leader. In this role, he leads the strategy and delivery of Deloitte's Cyber solutions to federal, state and local governments, and higher education institutions.

Timothy has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and execution across both public and private sectors with an in-depth view of the integration of people, process, and technology. He specializes in collaborating with clients to help them solve their most complex enterprise-wide or mission-specific cyber challenges. His key focus areas include cyber strategy, data protection, cloud security, digital identity, and risk management.

Earl D. Matthews, Maj Gen, (Ret), CISSP
Chief Strategy Officer
Verodin, Inc.

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.

Congresswoman Haley Stevens
11th District of Michigan
U.S. House of Representatives

Congresswoman Haley Stevens grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and graduated from Seaholm High School in Birmingham. She earned a master’s degree in social policy and philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from American University.

Before being elected to Congress, Congresswoman Stevens served as the Chief of Staff to the U.S. Auto Rescue Task Force, the federal initiative responsible for saving General Motors, Chrysler, and 200,000 Michigan Jobs. She also played a key role in setting up the Office of Recovery for Automotive Communities and Workers, and the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy. After serving in the Obama Administration, Congresswoman Stevens worked in a manufacturing research lab focused on the future of work in the digital age.

Congresswoman Haley Stevens sits on the House Committee on Education & Labor, and the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology, where she also serves as Chairwoman of the Research & Technology Subcommittee. On these Committees, Congresswoman Stevens works to protect access to healthcare, promote manufacturing, expand educational opportunity, stand up for workers’ rights, and increase investment in critical research and development.

Congresswoman Stevens resides in Rochester Hills and attends Kensington Church in Troy.


Breakout Session Speakers

Lalit Kumar Ahluwalia
Managing Director – North America Security Lead (Health & Public Sector)

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.

Janelle Arbuckle
Economic Developer Senior
Macomb County

Janelle Arbuckle worked in the Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder, resolving constituent concerns; the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, helping businesses with pro bono services; the Detroit Regional Chamber; and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. She brings knowledge in state government, economic development and special events.

Arbuckle has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oakland University and a Master of Science in management, strategy and leadership from Michigan State University.

Sol Bermann
Executive Director of Information Assurance and CISO
University of Michigan

Sol Bermann is the Chief Information Security Officer and Executive Director for Information Assurance at the University of Michigan. He partners across the university working on strategic and operational IT security, privacy, compliance and IT policy matters that have a broad impact on the university community and U-M’s mission.

Prior to joining U-M, Sol was the Director of International Privacy at Walmart, and previous to that was Chief Privacy Officer for the State of Ohio (the first ever specifically appointed state CPO). He is former Associate Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and was an adjunct faculty member in OSU's International Studies Program, with a teaching focus on privacy, law, policy and civil liberties.

Sol is a frequent writer and presenter on issues related to privacy and information security, including co-authoring “Information Privacy: Official Reference for the Certified Information Privacy Professional.” He also actively participates in a number of industry working groups. Sol holds a B.A from Beloit College, a M.A. from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Vishal Bhushan
Senior Embedded Engineer
Trillium Secure, Inc.

Vishal Bhushan is a Senior Embedded Engineer at Trillium secure, Inc. Trillium secure, headquartered in Silicon Valley with North American Operations centered in Ann Arbor, delivers end-to-end cybersecurity and trusted data services for Automotive. His expertise is in embedded security to secure and protect the next generation of vehicles. Prior to Trillium Secure, Vishal received his B.S.E in Computer Engineering from University of Michigan.

Chris Burrows
Chief Strategy Officer

Chris Burrows, Senior Vice President of Security Solutions, provides CISO level advisory services and partners with clients to discover security gaps within current infrastructure, process, staffing, risk management, cyber security, compliance standards or business continuity plans. Prior to joining CBI, Chris Burrows served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the national award-winning Information Security Program at Oakland County. Chris has 29 years of experience in risk management, information security and IT operational roles.  He holds a CISSP and GICSP certification along with a MBA from Lawrence Technological University. Chris serves on many IT Security volunteer organization boards: Vice President for the Michigan InfraGard Chapter, Michigan Cyber Civilians (MiC3) Sector Chief, Cyber Patriots Advisor and Walsh College’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board.

Matt Carpenter
Sr. Principal Researcher
GRIMM Cyber Research

Matthew Carpenter is a Principal Security Researcher with GRIMM (SMFS, Inc.) in charge of their Critical Infrastructure team, performing deep security research on traditional computing systems, embedded devices, Internet of Things, and Control Systems of all flavors. Matthew's primary expertise is in reverse-engineering, vulnerability research, exploit weaponization, overall hacker techniques, developing training courseware, and teaching. He has enjoyed exploitation of hardware, software/firmware, radio and communications protocols, and today specializes primarily in the safety sectors such as automotive, aviation, ICS/SCADA, and Advanced Metering Infrastructure, as well as telecom, and traditional computing. Applying these skills to non-exploitation areas has uniquely positioned Matthew to provide insight and impact in risk analysis/mitigation, forensics engineering, malware analysis, and penetration testing at all levels (hw/sw/net/web/physical). Matthew is former vice-chair of UCAIUG AMI-SEC Task Force and SG Security, and lead the Vulnerabilities team for NIST Cyber Security Coordination Task Force developing NISTIR-7628 and Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). He is a former member of the Advanced Security Acceleration Project for the Smart Grid (ASAP-SG), and was the Red-team lead for Advanced Security Acceleration Project (AMI-SEC/ASAP). Additionally, he has ongoing involvement with security organizations in the Michigan area, including the Michigan Cyber Range, the Michigan State Police, and the West-Michigan Cybersecurity Consortium (WMCSC) where he has served as a Red Team Captain for their annual Red/Blue events for the past three years, and is a member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and InfraGard. Matthew is an entertaining and informative presenter, and is a repeat speaker at many Hacker/ICS/SCADA/Automotive conferences, domestic and abroad.

Laura Clark
Deputy Chief Security Officer
State of Michigan

Deputy Chief Security Officer for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, Laura Clark brings a unique blend of strengths that include leadership, vision, and strategic and tactical planning along with the ability to promote collaboration at all levels to support high-level, critical state-wide projects to successful completion.

During the 20 years Laura has served within the State of Michigan, she has steadily built her in-depth IT knowledge while serving in various leadership positions. She has led programs and grant managements supporting not only the State of Michigan, but also many vested local and federal stakeholders and users.

In 2017, Laura transitioned from the Center for Shared Solutions into the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) organization as the Division Director over Enterprise Services; this allowed her the opportunity to strategically establish an organization and service model that maximized the business value of IT. She identified opportunities and resources, and she implemented strategies that produced cost-savings, internal efficiencies, shared services, and partnership growth.

Her success as a division director opened the door to become the General Manager of the CTO Infrastructure and Operations area. In this role, she was responsible for the critical core IT backbone services supporting the State of Michigan’s central IT services, including network and telecommunications, data center operations, server and storage, and end user support. This position allowed her to continue her commitment to developing IT staff resources through driving collaboration and critical process design as well as understanding core competency needs at all levels of the operations.

As Deputy Chief Security Officer, Laura is responsible for Michigan Cyber Security and Infrastructure Protection Services and the deployment of their resources. Through Laura’s effective leadership, her team can ensure that critical processes are audited, reviewed, and designed for maximum effectiveness, and structures for all cybersecurity and infrastructure protection are effectively delivered and operationalized throughout the enterprise. Laura also supports the Chief Security Officer by providing well-developed and researched strategic recommendations on cybersecurity policy and future department direction.

Before starting her career with the State, Laura attended Michigan State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography with a specialization in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Ami Dotan
CEO & Co-Founder
Karamba Security

Ami has been Karamba Security’s co-founder and CEO since its inception in early 2016, helping the company become the world leader in automotive cybersecurity with world renowned OEMs and Tier-1s from Asia, Europe and US. Prior to co-founding Karamba, Ami was an early-stage, hands-on VC investor for 18 years, establishing the "start-up nation" VC eco-system by personally supporting global technology growth for 12 companies, including 6 IPOs (two unicorns) and 4 M&As. Before his VC career, Ami managed researchers and R&D departments at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems – Israel’s MOD Research and Development Center – where he led the development of state-of-the-art technologies and systems. In his last role, Ami was VP of Strategy at Rafael. Ami has a B.Sc.EE from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (NYU) and an MBA from LIU.

Eric Eder
Founder & President
Mi|HSOC powered by CyberForce|Q

Mr. Eder is the Founder and President at CyberForce|Q where he leads a talented group of information security professionals in providing exceptional quality service for various industries including healthcare via the Michigan Healthcare Security Operations Center (Mi|HSOC™) at its headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan.

In addition, Mr. Eder is a board member of the Michigan Healthcare Cybersecurity Council (MiHCC) – a nonprofit corporation supporting the citizens, patients, workforce and students of Michigan by protecting the critical healthcare information infrastructure.

Mr. Eder holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the Association for Investment Management and Research. He also holds a bachelor's degree with distinction from the University of Michigan and concentrated on insurance and risk management while earning a Master's in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management.

In his leisure time, Eric is an active endurance athlete. He has completed many ultramarathon and Ironman events. He is passionate about encouraging others to improve their quality of life through exercise and healthy eating. In 2015, Eric ran across Alabama to promote a healthier generation and in support of the 100 Mile Club.

Elaina Farnsworth
The NEXT Education
Lead Consultant
MADCAT Cyber Career Pathway Project

As CEO of The NEXT Education (, Elaina Farnsworth and her team are committed to developing the workforce of tomorrow, today. Elaina is internationally recognized as a speaker, writer and thought leader in the Autonomous Vehicle (AV), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and Cybersecurity industries. Elaina specializes in reskilling workforces for the future. She and her team continue to develop leading-edge training and certification programs for organizations including SAE international, New Horizon Learning Centers, CompTIA, and others.

Currently, she serves as the lead consultant for many national and state-based programs including the ITSA World Congress Future Leaders Program and Michigan Automotive and Defense Cyber Awareness Team (MADCAT). Elaina is also the Director of Global Communications by the Board of Directors of the International Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) and sits as an advisor to other educational institutions and non-profit organizations.

Patrick Garrity
Head of Product Marketing
Duo Security

Patrick is an expert on Zero Trust and leads Cisco's Zero Trust and Duo GTM initiatives. Prior to this role, he launched and accelerated Duo's European business and built the global SE organization at Duo. He is a Michigan native and an active mentor, investor, and advisor for security and technology companies.

Wolfgang Goerlich
Advisory CISO
Duo Security

Wolfgang Goerlich is an Advisory CISO for Duo Security. He has led IT and IT security in the healthcare and financial services verticals, and advisory and assessment practices in several cyber security consulting firms. He is an active part of the security community and hosts a YouTube video series. Wolfgang regularly presents on the topics of risk management, identity and access management, zero trust, incident response, business continuity, and more.

William Kimble
Chief Executive Officer
Cyber Defense Technologies

William began his professional career in the defense community, serving in the Radio Reconnaissance Company, 1st Radio Battalion Marine Corps Base Hawaii. During his enlistment he was heavily trained in surveillance and reconnaissance skills in addition to signals collection and electronic attack. William served aboard the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and completed several successful missions in the CENTCOM theatre during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Following his time with the Marine Corps, William transitioned into the defense industry and continued his education in the evenings.  At L3 Technologies, he was promoted from a system analyst to an information and physical security manager within the Intelligence Solutions Division.  While at L3, William worked with numerous federal customers and gained comprehensive knowledge of government security standards. William joined then EDS (subsequently Hewlett-Packard) as the sole information security engineer on a project within a large intelligence agency.  Subsequently at General Dynamics Automated Information Systems, William served as the technical lead for a process improvement team that created and implemented the entire information security RMF process for that agency.

In 2018 William Co-Founded VetCon in conjunction with CDT, Milton Security, and DefCon Hacking Conference to give veterans of the Information Security community a place to gather, network, and continue their successful transition from the military community to private.  Additionally, in 2018, William took over operations of the 20-year Information Security Conference, “InfoWarCon” (IWC).  IWC was originally started by an InfoSec veteran and author Winn Schwartau author of, “Information Warfare: Chaos on the Electronic Super Highway, CyberShock, Pearl Harbor Dot Com, and Analogue Security”.

Inspired by his entrepreneurial spirit, William co-founded CDT to improve the operational effectiveness of information security throughout the government and commercial markets.

William has a B.S. in Business Management with an IT minor from George Mason University. His technical certifications include: CISSP, CEH, PMP and RMP.

Jack Kufahl
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Health Information Technologies and Services Department
Michigan Medicine

Jack Kufahl is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining the Michigan Medicine information assurance program. He directs all information assurance activities across the academic medical center to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of electronic information and IT/Information Service (IS) resources critical to the tripartite mission of patient care, research, and education at Michigan Medicine. He also fulfills the role of the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Health Information Technologies and Services department of Michigan Medicine largely focusing on cross divisional strategies and performance improvement.

Additionally, he is one of the incorporating officers of the Michigan Healthcare Cybersecurity Council, Vice-President, and current Chairperson of the Board of Directors. The MiHCC is a public-private partnership in the State of Michigan and the healthcare industry supporting the citizens, patients, workforce, and students of Michigan. MiHCC seeks to protect the critical healthcare infrastructure and institutions of Michigan by providing relevant knowledge, meaningful relationships, and information security services to the partnering individuals, agencies, organizations, and vendors.

Steve Lackey
Chief Technology Officer
Cyber Defense Technologies

Steve started his career in the telecommunication industry as a hardware technician testing data/voice card voltage threshold. In the years leading up to the proliferation of the internet, he made significant architecture and engineering contributions to some of the first circuitry which enabled the network of the world wide web. He has also architected many large virtual environments and networks for critical infrastructure and command & control-based networks operating in high security settings under NIST RMF.

His interests later pivoted to security and information assurance and he transitioned to General Dynamics Automated Information Systems where he honed his tradecraft as an Intelligence Community penetration tester specializing in both defensive and offensive cyber operations. Steve met the CDT co-founders while at General Dynamics. His training, certifications and professional experience has transitioned him from a jack-of-all-trades into a master of one: hacking. Steve holds some of the most coveted hacking certifications in his field including: OSCE, OSCP, OSWP, and is a well-recognized security researcher, responsibly publishing multiple Zero Day Exploits.

While the CTO, Steve still rolls up his sleeves: he is CDT’s lead security researcher, directs the company’s research and development efforts including generation of customized code for next-generation capabilities and contributes on CDT’s Direct-Action Team providing acute services to those with immediate triage needs.

Brian Laskowski
Threat Analytics Team
Michigan Security Operation Center (MiSOC)

Brian works in the Department of Technology Management and Budget (DTMB) providing threat hunting, intrusion detection, automation, scripting, adversary emulation, threat intelligence, and tier two incident response services. He has presented research and taught at the Converge information security conference in Detroit for the past 2 years on topics like malicious crypto mining and memory forensics. Previous work includes identity and access management at Jackson National and Linux systems administration at LiquidWeb.


Nancy Rainosek
Chief Information Security Officer
State of Texas

Nancy Rainosek is the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Texas at the Department of Information Resources. She has over 30 years of IT experience in Texas state government and private sector consulting. Prior to joining DIR, she served as the deputy Chief Information Security Officer and the Enterprise Security Operations Manager for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, a $30 billion enterprise. She was pivotal in the creation of the enterprise security program at HHSC and the foundation of their advanced SOC. She was an IT Audit Manager and Information Resource Manager at the Texas State Auditor’s Office.

Craig Rawlings
VP of Product Development
Trillium Secure

Craig Rawlings is the VP of Product Development at Trillium with extensive industry experience in information security solutions for IoT verticals including smartphones and connected vehicles. He has held senior Product Management positions for connected security solutions at Blackberry and Rambus prior to joining Trillium. Craig's background includes participation with a number of standards bodies including ETSI, Global Platform, and GSMA. His formal education includes a BSEE and MBA from BYU.

Tamara Shoemaker
Director, Center for Cyber Security & Intel Studies and Founder of the MI CyberPatriot Program
University of Detroit Mercy and MCISSE

Tamara Shoemaker began her professional career as Lead Investigator and owner of Quest Private Investigations. After twelve years in the Criminal Justice world she brought those talents to the Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy. An accomplished investigator and entrepreneur, Tamara handles all aspects of running the Center, coordinating all interactions with state and federal agencies, as well as international, educational and business contacts for the Center. She is also President of the Michigan Midwest Regional Chapter of CISSE (MCISSE) a coalition of businesses and institutions of higher learning.

As a founding Board Member of the Midwest CISSE Chapter, she has helped form partnerships with schools and industry, across the region.  She and her husband Dr. Daniel Shoemaker travel extensively spreading awareness of the work that the UDM Center has carried out in Cyber Security Education for such entities as the Department of Defense. Her primary mission has been to address the critical shortage of specifically educated and trained Cyber Security professionals and to increase the diversity in that workforce.

Tamara Shoemaker has become an evangelist for the CyberPatriot Program, founding the Michigan CyberPatriot program to grow the number of teams participating across Michigan. In 2017 MCISSE was honored to become the 12th Center of Academic Excellence with the National CyberPatriot program for the work Tamara spearheaded. Two years ago, the state of Michigan partnered with her on this project and have supported its growth across Michigan.

Daniel Shepherd
CSIS Security Group

Daniel, Director with CSIS Security Group, a leading pure-play cybersecurity services company, headquartered in Denmark. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of Agile Response Technologies, a Copenhagen-based company that develops and commercializes an incident response and threat hunting platform. Prior to starting Agile in 2017, he served as Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director of LATAM for S21sec. Earlier in his career Daniel was a management consultant, working on strategic growth and operational performance improvement projects.

Latchezara (Zara) Smith
Strategic Programs Manager
Michigan Small Business Development Center

Zara is responsible for the development, implementation and advancement of key network programs, including the SBDC export program, cyber security program and market research services. Zara’s professional background includes 15+ years of business planning and strategy development, project management and program development, international business, data analytics and technology strategy. Her unique set of skills allows her to work within the complex SBDC network and be able to relate to small business clients. Zara is a graduate of Grand Valley State University’s M.B.A. program, and in 2013, she achieved her NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) certification.

Amanda Stoel
Department Specialist
Michigan Department of Education

Amanda Stoel is a Department Specialist at the Michigan Department of Education. She works with educational leaders across the state to explore the effective use of technology to support learning and learners.  It is her vision to bring awareness of, remove barriers to, and enhance the use of technology through authentic collaboration.

Amanda administered Michigan’s largest state funded technology grant, the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant, and continues to support the sustainability and growth of the project beyond the grant.  Amanda currently administers the FIRST Robotics, Minecraft: Education Edition, and Title IV-Effective Use of Technology grants.  She is also a staff member for the MiSTEM Network and serves on the Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process Executive Steering Committee.

Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Community Development from Central Michigan University.

Michael Stone
Senior Counsel
Warner, Norcross & Judd

Michael Stone is a Senior Counsel with Warner, Norcross + Judd; where he is the co-chair of the firm’s Aerospace and Defense practice group.  He also currently serves as a Major General in the Michigan National Guard, commanding a Task Force for domestic response nationally.  He was an original member of the Michigan Governor’s Cyber Executive team.  He is the Cyber Task for Chair for the National Guard Association of the United States; working in tandem with the National Governors Association on Cyber policy.

Scott Taber
Cybersecurity Awareness Program Specialist
Michigan Small Business Development Center

Scott Taber is the Cybersecurity Awareness Program Specialist of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC), a statewide network that provides consulting, training and research to assist small business to launch, grow, transition and innovate. Scott is passionate about raising awareness of every day cyber-threats and trends among the Michigan small business community. He has experience with the following: network security, data protection, disk encryption, mobile device security, incident response, and risk assessment.

Luke Thelen
Cyber Incident Response Specialist
Michigan State Police

Monitored the network for the State of Michigan Security Operations Center for seven years working doing vulnerability management, Intrusion Detection & Prevention, Firewall audits, and other tools to keep people and their data safe.  Five years ago I moved over to the Michigan State Police, Cyber Command Center to take on a new challenge as an Incident Response Specialist doing computer and network forensics.

Jennifer Tisdale
Associate Principal
GRIMM Cyber Research

Jennifer Tisdale is the Associate Principal for Embedded Systems and Advanced Transportation Security Programs at GRIMM, a cybersecurity research and engineering firm. Previously, Jennifer served as R&D Program Manager of Vehicle Product Cybersecurity at Mazda North America. While at Mazda, Jennifer bridged the gap between R&D and Government Affairs, focused on cybersecurity for connected and automated vehicles. Prior Mazda North America, Jennifer developed the Cyber-Mobility program for the State of Michigan through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC). In this role, Jennifer created Michigan’s economic strategy focused on cybersecurity in support of the future of transportation mobility for automotive, aerospace and defense industries.  Additionally, Jennifer serves on several non-profit boards and advisory committees, and is the current Cyber Director for the National Defense Industrial Association (MI). Jennifer is charged with developing industry programming in support of the U.S. Military’s cyber-physical security initiatives including leading the Cyber Military Vehicle Industry Collaborative (MVIC).  The MVIC was established to provide the U.S. Army Futures Command with industry recommendations for product security validation, prior to systems integration. Recently voted one of SC Magazine’s “Women to Watch” in Cybersecurity, Jennifer challenges the negative narrative often associated with hackers, and volunteers with several non-profit, STEM programs encouraging students and teachers to embrace cybersecurity education for embedded systems.

Patrick Vowles
Product Manager
IBM Security NA

Patrick has over 25 years of hands-on IT, product management and marketing experience, gained from developing and deploying innovative networking, security and compliance solutions. After several years in support and technical sales in the UK for key LAN/WAN vendors, he moved to the US to support network infrastructure sales in New York City. Later at a global ISP, he created an entire managed security and remote access service, much of which is still in service. While at RSA he developed continuous monitoring and GRC for cloud offerings, while contributing to such projects as the Cloud Security Alliance Consensus Assessment Initiative. Patrick is now Team Lead for North America Marketing at IBM Security, helping shape and deliver compelling messaging to its clients.

Meredith Ward
Director, Policy & Research
National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)

Meredith Ward is the Director of Policy & Research for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and has served at the association since 2013. Meredith has over 17 years of experience in state, local, federal and international professional associations. Prior to her current position, Meredith worked in government and media affairs in Washington, DC, and acquired over 10 years of experience building relationships with Members of Congress, their staff and members of the media. Meredith has worked extensively on issues related to IT acquisition, cybersecurity, criminal justice, workforce and state technology. Meredith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with an emphasis on Government, from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Patrick Westerhaus
CEO, Co-Founder
Cyber Team Six

Patrick, CEO and Co-Founder of Cyber Team Six, heads up the cyber anti-fraud technology and services company, headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Prior to starting Cyber Team Six, Patrick was at Wells Fargo for three years where he built and led the Cyber Crime Intelligence Unit. From 2004-2015, Patrick was as a Special Agent for the FBI where he worked major white-collar crime, cyber enabled fraud & espionage investigations, and created the virtual currency team within the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task

Force. Earlier in his career Patrick was a forensic accountant for KPMG, and he maintains a CPA and CFE/CAMS designations.