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Governor Rick Snyder
As Michigan’s 48th Governor, Rick Snyder has implemented a commonsense approach to governing focusing on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems.
A self-proclaimed “one tough nerd,” Governor Snyder has focused on making government more efficient and effective. Since he took office, the state has passed seven balanced budgets early, eliminating a $1.5 billion deficit, and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation.
Governor Snyder was raised in Battle Creek where his parents demonstrated the value of hard work, which was instrumental in leading the state’s successful comeback.
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, Snyder joined Gateway as President and COO. He later returned to Michigan, cofounding Ann Arbor Spark.
Since Snyder took office, Michigan has created well over 500,000 private sector jobs and successfully implemented Healthy Michigan, an innovative and bipartisan plan providing affordable, quality healthcare for more than 650,000 hard-working Michiganders. With his unwavering commitment, Detroit went through a successful bankruptcy and has become one of greatest comeback stories in American history.
The Governor’s “Relentless Positive Action” mantra has brought solutions that have changed the quality of life of Michiganders and renewed optimism in our state’s future.
Rod J. Rosenstein
Deputy Attorney General of the United States
United States Department of Justice
Rod J. Rosenstein is the 37th Deputy Attorney General of The United States. As Deputy Attorney General, he advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing Department of Justice policies and programs and in providing overall supervision to all organizational units of the Department of Justice.
Mr. Rosenstein has spent over 27 years in government service. After graduating from the Wharton School of Business and Harvard Law School, Mr. Rosenstein started his legal career in 1989 as a law clerk to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Mr. Rosenstein began his career with the Department as an attorney with the Attorney General’s Honors Program and previously served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland from 2005 to 2017.
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Jason Bilnoski is a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) of the FBI Detroit Division, managing criminal and national security computer intrusion investigations. In addition, SSA Bilnoski supervises the investigative activities of the FBI Detroit Division’s Cyber Task Force, compromised of federal, state, and local investigators.
Prior to this role, SSA Bilnoski worked in a supervisory capacity in the Cyber Division where he oversaw investigative and intelligence work related to cyber crimes in both public and private sector. SSA Bilnoski utilized sophisticated cyber network exploitation tools in an effort to thwart these actors. SSA Bilnoski has worked closely with the United States Intelligence Community partners, private sector organizations, international law enforcement and intelligence partners to counter the efforts of sophisticated cyber actors targeting the United States.
SSA Bilnoski entered on duty as a Special Agent with the FBI in 2008. Prior to his Detroit and Cyber Division assignments, SSA Bilnoski was assigned to the FBI’s Memphis Division where he worked on a variety of criminal investigations targeting major criminal organizations. While in the Memphis Division, SSA Bilnoski was also a member of the FBI’s SWAT team and a member of the Operational Medical Program. SSA Bilnoski has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center Award for Countering Technical and Cyber Threats.
Prior to joining the FBI, SSA Bilnoski was a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service and a local law enforcement officer. SSA Bilnoski holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master’s from Loyola University New Orleans.
National Governors Association (NGA)
Timothy Blute serves as program director for the NGA Center for Best Practices’ Homeland Security & Public Safety Division. Blute focuses on cybersecurity, public safety communications and information sharing.
Prior to joining NGA, Blute served as intelligence analyst in the Counterterrorism Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, detailee to the Office of the General Counsel at the National Security Law Branch and intern for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Blute holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in International affairs from the George Washington University.
IBM Global Partner Cloud Security Services & Chief Information Security Officer Cloud & SaaS
Mr. Cass is the Global Partner of Cloud Security Services & Cloud CISO. He has global responsibility for all aspects of cloud security practices, processes, and policies across the IBM Cloud & Security Services Unit. Mr. Cass serves as a regulatory SME and an Executive Steering committee member for IBM’s International Banking Customers. David is an active contributor to the FS-ISAC on Cloud Compliance and Security for financial services firms, and works closely with U.S., and International Regulators.
Previously Mr. Cass served as the SVP & Chief Information Security Officer for Elsevier. Where he lead an organization of experienced legal, risk and security professionals that provided data protection, privacy, security, and risk management guidance on a global basis for Elsevier. He also served as the HIPAA officer for Elsevier. David has over 4.5 years of experience running a regulated FTSE 100 enterprise in the cloud.
David has extensive experience in IT security, risk assessment, risk management, business continuity and disaster recovery, developing security policies and procedures. He has played a key role in leading and building corporate risk & governance and information security organizations in the financial sector. As the Senior Director of Information Security Risk and Governance for Freddie Mac, David rebuilt the risk and governance function and developed a team to provide risk assessments, methodologies, tools, services, and training to improve the organization’s capabilities and maturity. Prior to that he was Vice President of Risk Management for JPMorgan Chase, and was responsible for providing an accurate assessment of the current risk management state, contributing to the future direction of risk management, continuity and disaster recovery capabilities for the organization.
David has a MSE from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MBA from MIT. He is also a frequent speaker at high profile industry conferences, and serves on the Board of Directors for a public corporation. In addition, David is a member of the editorial board for The Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare.
Chief Security Officer and Deputy Director
State of Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB)
Rajiv Das is a senior Information Technology leader with broadbased 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. Collaborative & Innovative business partner who builds, and motivates highly successful teams and leaders to exceed customer expectations.
He has delivered large scale programs as Delivery Executive (healthcare), transformed organization as CIO (Chief Information Officer – Teamster Welfare Fund), delivered business strategy & center of excellence for agencies as General Manager at State of Michigan. In addition, he also is an adjunct faculty at School of Business at Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Michigan.
In his current role as Chief Security officer for State of Michigan, he is member of the senior IT Leadership team as part of Department of Technology, Management and Budget with State of Michigan. Rajiv is responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of State of Michigan information and IT assets.
‐ Develop & deliver the tactical and strategic plan initiatives for cyber and infrastructure security
‐ Collaborate with state, federal and corporate partners for cyber security initiatives
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 more than 49,600 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.
Former Head, Civilian Department of Cyber Bureau and Associate, ICT, IDC
Mr. Rami Efrati (Colonel Res.) an expert in Cyber Technology Strategic Methods, is the former Head of the Civilian Division of the Israel National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Mr. Efrati is also the Founder and President of Firmitas Cyber Solutions – a company that focuses on providing a holistic technological approach for the security of mission- critical infrastructure sector & Internet of Things.
Mr. Efrati has served in the Israel Defense Forces for more than twenty eight years. He commanded numerous prestigious operational and technological positions in Military Intelligence and received the Creative Thinking Award from the Director of Military Intelligence.
Mr. Efrati also has 18 years of civilian experience and has been involved in entrepreneurial activities with both start-up and established companies in the Cyber-Security, High Tech and Bio-Technology sectors.
Mr. Efrati is currently serving the community as the Immediate Past District Governor of Lions Clubs in Israel.
Wayne County Executive
Warren C. Evans was elected as Wayne County Executive with a strong mandate from voters to restore fiscal responsibility and ethical leadership to Michigan’s largest county in 2014.
Under Mr. Evans’ leadership as County Executive, fiscal stability was restored as Wayne County completed a consent agreement in just 14 months when many thought the County was headed to bankruptcy.
Mr. Evans was honored with the 2016 County Executive of the Year award by the National Organization of Black County Officials for his work to turn around Wayne County’s finances and improve operations.
His dedication to public service began as a jail deputy for the Wayne County Sheriff. He became the youngest-ever sergeant at age 26 and youngest-ever lieutenant at age 28. In 2003 he was appointed Wayne County Sheriff and was elected to a full term in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.
Mr. Evans earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Madonna University, a Masters of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Detroit and a Juris Doctor degree from Detroit College of Law.
Born in Detroit and into a family where public service was a duty, Mr. Evans lives in Detroit with his wife, Renata Seals-Evans, and enjoys spending time with his daughters Erikka and Nikki and his seven grandchildren.
Alison Gleeson is Senior Vice President of the Americas organization, the largest of Cisco’s four geographic regions, responsible for more than $25 billion in annual sales for the company. In her role, Gleeson leads nearly 9,000 employees across 35 countries and 5 theaters. These theaters include Canada, Latin America, U.S. Commercial, U.S. Public Sector, and the Global Enterprise Segment.
Gleeson is a highly regarded international speaker about the drivers for digital disruption across industries, the role of technology as a competitive differentiation, and empowering women in technology.
In Gleeson’s 20 years at Cisco, she has led several top-performing organizations by focusing on a customer-first mentality, data-driven initiatives, and forward-looking strategies. Over the last three years, she has been instrumental in evolving Cisco’s go-to-market, strengthening relationships with top partners, and collaborating internally and externally to spearhead innovative solutions with our customers.
As an advisor to the Global Commercial business at Cisco, Gleeson ensures consistent execution across the geographic regions through a set of processes, programs, and roles to increase growth potential for the company.
Gleeson maintains a commitment to professional development and inclusion and diversity in the workplace. In 2017, she received Diversity Best Practice’s Above and Beyond Legacy Award for her work in advancing women in IT roles. Today, she holds the positions of Global Executive Sponsor and Board President for Cisco’s Connected Women’s Network, an organization with 7,000 members worldwide.
Gleeson also serves on the Broad College of Business Alumni Board for her alma mater, Michigan State University.
General Joseph L. Lengyel
Chief National Guard Bureau
Department of Defense, National Guard Bureau
Gen Joseph L. Lengyel was sworn in as the 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) on 3 August 2016. As Chief, he ensures nearly 450,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel are accessible, capable and ready to protect the homeland and to provide combat resources to the Army and the Air Force.
Prior to his assignment as the CNGB, General Lengyel served as the Vice Chief of National Guard Bureau (VCNGB) from August 2012 through August 2016.
Gen Lengyel is a Texas National Guardsman and a seasoned pilot. He is an F-16 command pilot with over 3,000 hours and a civilian Airline Transport Pilot, with an accomplished career flying for Delta Airlines.
Last but not least, Gen Lengyel is a devoted Red Sox fan!
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Julie Porro joined JetBlue as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in 2017 where she is responsible for managing and mitigating the company’s exposure to Information Security (IS) and cyber risk stemming from its often innovative IT and business practices. Prior to joining JetBlue she served as Regional Head of IS Risk (Americas) at Deutsche Bank.
Julie is an accomplished professional with proficiency in information risk, cyber-security, privacy, compliance, and enterprise IT infrastructure and operations. Julie built her career through hands-on technical and management experience in the industries of financial services, management consulting and consumer goods. She holds a Master of Information Systems Management from Stevens Institute for Technology and the credentials of a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Michael R. Singer
In his current role, Michael is responsible for protecting the internal enterprise and security oversight for FirstNet. He has been granted several U.S. patents and has a strong background in data analysis, network security and technology development.
Michael joined AT&T in 1990, supporting application development. He served in a variety of roles in the network services organization including technical support, switch engineering, volume forecasting and technology planning. During his tenure, Michael has managed a variety of work centers responsible for provisioning, web hosting, security operations and technology development. Since 2002, Michael has been focused on delivering security capabilities. He led the development of AT&T’s security operations, threat management platform and various managed security services.
Michael earned an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems from the Bloch School at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Michael has given numerous security talks at industry conferences including InfoSec, Mobile World Congress, the Gartner Risk Summit and the AT&T Cyber Security Conference. He has supported not-for-profit, Renew International, as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2012.
Michael’s U.S. patents include:
- Method and Apparatus for Suppressing Duplicate Alarms
- (#s: 7408458, 8248227, 8643485, 9,286,784)
- Method and Apparatus for Generating a Reconnaissance Index (#7590113)
- Method and Apparatus for Detecting Anomalous Network Activities (#7930746)
- Method and Apparatus for Integrated Network Security Alert Information Retrieval (#8146146)
- Method and Apparatus for Distributing Network Security Advisory Information (#8176078)
James L. Turgal, Jr.
Managing Director, Cyber Risk Services
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Jim is a Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory Managing Director in Cyber Risk Services at Deloitte & Touche LLP where he advises executives on cyber risk and crisis management issues. Through incident response planning, cyber war-gaming, board education and other strategic efforts, he helps clients minimize the business impact of cyber threats through better preparedness and collaboration, both internally and externally. Jim joined Deloitte after a distinguished career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he served as the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI responsible for the cyber risk, defense and resiliency for the agency and leading Cyber Crime Investigative and Forensic Operations.
Brigadier General (Ret), Strategic Initiatives, United States Cyber Command
Brigadier General (Retired) Guy Walsh serves as an Advisor to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland. He also serves as senior manager, CYBERCOM Guard and Reserve Directorate, advocating for advancing policy and law to protect and defend U.S. critical infrastructure. Mr. Walsh has developed engagement strategy and training initiatives with the National Guard, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense, DHS, FBI, State/local governments and private sector. For six years, he has served as a deputy director for U.S. Cyber Command’s Tier 1 Joint and Combined exercises, CYBER FLAG and CYBER GUARD. Mr. Walsh also served as co-founder and Deputy Director, Capabilities Development Group (CDG) which focuses on technology aspects of cyberspace operations to develop new capabilities, transition existing technologies to the operational environment and facilitate the development of training and advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). General Walsh graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of California. He is a Command pilot having accumulated 4200 flight hours and 100 combat missions including 79 A-10C Close Air Support missions supporting U.S. and NATO ground forces in Afghanistan. General Walsh commanded at the Squadron, Group and Wing Level to include being the first Commander of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing, Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2009-2010.
Chief, CSA Field Operations, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications
Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Willke serves as the Eastern U.S. Supervisory Cyber Security Advisor and Chief of CSA Field Operations, within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity & Communications (CS&C). His program coordinates cyber preparedness, risk mitigation and incident response, and provides cyber security resources, including assessments, to critical infrastructure and state and local government. As the Nation’s first and foremost at-large “ambassador” for DHS cyber security programs, Mr. Willke has led many significant, first-instance efforts: from large-scale, regional cyber security risk analyses to technical mitigations for significant cyber events to rendering policy and practical assistance to state Homeland Security Advisors, emergency management officials, public utility commissions, and hundreds of Chief Information Security Officers.
Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Willke led field studies and research projects in cyber security for over 10 years while in the Software Engineering Institute’s CERT® Division. Three of his proudest achievements while at CERT were in creating the OCTAVE™ suite of information security risk assessments, in leading the DHS cyber investigative efforts related to the 2003 Northeast U.S. Power Outage and in drafting all of the key cyber findings in the joint DOE-DHS final “Black Out” report, and in developing the Cyber Resilience Review – a practical evaluation method based on the CERT Resilience Management Model™.
Mr. Willke served in the United States Air Force as a law enforcement specialist at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY. Recognition of his skills with IT networks, database design and programming, and security management led him to serve as his unit’s IT operations and cyber security manager – a position previously reserved for only senior enlisted personnel.
Mr. Willke holds a M.S. in Legal Studies, specializing in Homeland Security, from California University of Pennsylvania, a professional certificate in Information Protection and Security from the University of New Haven, a B.S. in Information Systems Technologies from Southern Illinois University, and an associate in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force. He has been happily married for over 23 years and is the proud father of his one and only daughter.
Associate Managing Director, Cyber Security and Investigations, North America
Keith Wojcieszek is an Associate Managing Director in Kroll’s Cyber Security and Investigations practice, based in Washington, D.C. Keith joined Kroll from the United States Secret Service, where he served with distinction for 15 years. Keith is a strategic problem-solver, who draws on not only his wealth of advanced technical expertise, but also his extensive experience working with diverse international stakeholders on complex transnational investigations and initiatives.
Most recently, Keith led the USSS Cyber Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigation Division, where he managed the agency’s national response to cyber investigative initiatives focused on protecting the financial infrastructure of the United States. In this role, Keith also coordinated complex international investigations that targeted transnational organized crime networks with an emphasis on cyber and information security. Under Keith’s leadership, a number of these cases resulted in the apprehension of highly sophisticated cyber criminals who collectively were responsible for causing over $1 billion in financial losses.
Previously, Keith served with the USSS Cyber Intelligence Section, leading top-priority initiatives and multi-agency efforts, international and domestic, to apprehend high-value targets of cyber investigations across the world. These cases resulted in the arrest of several criminals who caused financial losses of more than $800 million. During this time, Keith also headed the Cyber Incident Operations Center, which had responsibility for coordinating the investigation and response to attacks on the financial infrastructure of the United States that inflicted hundreds of millions of dollars of losses. The investigations spearheaded by this group resulted in 19 individuals being taken into custody and prosecuted.
Earlier in his career, Keith led several domestic and global investigations working with the U.S. Department of Justice Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) and Office of International Affairs (OIA). From 2004-2010, Keith managed the Electronic Crimes Task Force in support of all electronic crimes investigations, computer forensic examinations, and cell phone data extraction in the Louisville Field Office District. In this role, he also established the operation of a forensic laboratory; provided expert testimony in multiple state and federal cases; and coordinated training for USSS agents, local law enforcement, and industry representatives.
Ron is the former Founder & CTO of CloudLock. Since CloudLock was acquired by Cisco in Aug 2016, Ron has become a critical member of Cisco Cloud Security team responsible for technology vision and continuous innovation.
Prior to founding Cloudlock, Ron was Director of Product Management at Interwise (acquired by AT&T), and held varied Engineering Management positions in Private and Military sectors such as the Israeli Air Force Software Development unit, where he worked on the development of mission critical intelligence systems. Ron has over 20 years of experience building complex software systems and product platforms.
Ron was named a CTO of the Year Finalist for the 2014 MassTLC Leadership Awards and Winner of the 2014 Golden Bridge Awards. He has been featured in SecurityWeek, TechCrunch, Boston Business Journal, and more. Ron has spoken at Dreamforce 2014, as well as the 2014 MassTLC Security Conference: Building Security into an Insecure World.
Ron has a BA in Computer Science from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and is a graduate of MAMRAM (Elite software developer program at IDF Computer & Technology Unit)
Breakout Session Speakers
Owner and President
Advance Resources and Consulting
Thys DeBruyn is President and co-founder of ADVANCE Resources and Consulting, a Michigan consultancy that helps Michigan companies protect their technology, their information and their people in risk-prone markets, particularly China.
Thys spent 23 years in the CIA, most of those living and working in Asia, before joining the consulting world in 2008. He has worked with small, medium-sized and Fortune 100 companies in the aerospace, agriculture, automation, chemical, computer, energy, heavy equipment, home appliance, insurance, pharmaceutical and financial services industries.
Glen B. Gainer, III
President and CEO
National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)
Glen B. Gainer, III had been affiliated with NW3C for many years before taking on the leadership role as NW3C’s President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Mr. Gainer was a member of the NW3C Board of Directors since 1994 and served as Chairman of NW3C’s Board of Directors for over 18 years.
Prior to becoming NW3C’s President and CEO, Mr. Gainer served as West Virginia’s 19th State Auditor. He was first elected in November 1992 and re-elected November 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. As State Auditor, a position he held for over two decades, he served as the State’s official bookkeeper, Chief Inspector and Supervisor over Public Offices, Securities Commissioner, and Commissioner of Delinquent and Non-entered Lands. Before that position, Mr. Gainer worked for the state Treasurer’s Office and the state Department of Energy.
During his tenure as State Auditor, Mr. Gainer held many leadership positions on several national boards and associations, including Chairman of NW3C’s Board of Directors; past President of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers; past President of the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council; past president of the National Association of State Comptrollers; and member of the National Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants and he was also listed in Who’s Who in American Politics. Mr. Gainer also served on many state Boards and Committees including Vice-Chairman of the West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board; Trustee on the West Virginia Investment Management Board and Chairman of its Audit Committee; Trustee of the West Virginia Board of Treasury Investment and Chairman of its Investment Committee; Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Appeals Board; and a member of the Board of Public Works.
Mr. Gainer earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Charleston and attended the Washington Center for Learning. Mr. Gainer is also active in local church and community activities.
J Wolfgang Goerlich
VP, Strategic Security Programs
Prior to joining CBI, Wolfgang has held roles such as the VP of Consulting Services, Security Officer, and Vice President. He is an active part of the security community. He co-founded OWASP Detroit and organizes the annual Converge and BSides Detroit conferences; and regularly presents at regional and national conferences on topics ranging from risk management, incident response, business continuity, secure development life cycles, and more.
Dr. Greg Gogolin
Ferris State University
Dr. Greg Gogolin is a professor in Information Security and Intelligence at Ferris State University. Dr. Gogolin was the initial author of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in Information Security and Intelligence, which are ranked in the top 25 nationally. He is a Distinguished Professor and Fulbright Scholar (Universidad de Chile), and has taught in Latin American, Asia and Europe. During this time he has taught the entire Federal cyber crime forces in Chile and Perú, as well as various Federal intelligence angencies. Dr. Gogolin has received funded research grants for the National Science Foundation and other organizations, has numerous publications, and has presented at multiple conferences and locations within the United States and Internationally. His primary technical and research interests are Digital Forensics, Business Intelligence, and Project Management.
Vice President & CISO
Jackson National Life
Guillermo has been with Jackson National Life Insurance since July 2014 and is responsible for the design, execution and implementation of the cybersecurity program across all of the enterprise. He has more than 16 years of progressive experience across multiple information security domains within different geographic scope.
Prior to joining Jackson, Guillermo worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Webroot, HP (managing the Bank of America account) and Citigroup. He has consulted for large financial organizations and hedge funds including ING, BNP Paribas, E*TRADE and Bridgewater Associates.
Additionally, he designed the global security strategy for BHP Billiton in Australia and Singapore.
Guillermo holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Management from Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM). He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Information Security Practice Lead
Rebecca Harvey is an Information Security Specialist with Data Strategy. She believes that traditional Information Security methods, focused on each layer individually, do not work and that security needs to be woven into the ecosystem as a whole. She feels that in order to keep our organizations safe, we need to have a zero trust model which relies on the architecture, automation, and intelligence of the ecosystem or immune system. In order to do that, she feels that we need to build a system that leverages interoperable IS technologies that remember, learn, and grow to address the ever-changing threat landscape.
She graduated from Michigan State with an ITS degree and has worked in the field for nearly 20 years. She is committed to helping clients secure their environments whether on-premise or in the cloud.
Dr. Guy Hembroff, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics and Director of ICC Cybersecurity Center
Michigan Technological University
Dr. Guy Hembroff is an associate professor at Michigan Technological University in the United States. He serves as founding director of the Medical Informatics graduate department and director of the Cybersecurity Center within the Institute of Computing & Cybersystem. Dr. Hembroff’s research interests include cyber security, biometric development, predictive data analytics, clinical simulation using mixed-reality, and mHealth application development.
Bob Kalka, CRISC
Vice President of the IBM Business Unit
Bob Kalka, CRISC, is Vice President of the IBM Security Business Unit. Bob is responsible for IBM’s global technical professionals, strategic client initiatives and enablement programs. He has also been intimately involved for the past two decades in developing IBM’s overall strategy for its comprehensive security-related investments.
Bob has been involved in the information security industry for 23 of his 27 years with IBM. He has held a number of leadership positions in product management, sales, business development, marketing management and product development. He is a frequent international speaker on the relationship of business with Information Technology risk management, cloud computing and cognitive security, and has had numerous papers and articles published on these topics. He also holds a United States Patent related to secure distributed computing software.
Bob received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Organizational Change and Development from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Bob also holds a certificate in strategic marketing planning from the Indiana University Graduate School of Business.
Bob is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) by ISACA. He is an active member of the Industry Advisory Boards for the Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Department of Computing Security at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
Scott LaVictor is CEO at Arbor Insight, a software company that combines Artificial Intelligence and Subject Matter Expertise to uncover better information from human-computer interactions. Scott and his team recently launched Neighborhood Watch for Corporations™, a platform that helps identify, prevent and mitigate critical incidents.
Prior to Co-Founding Arbor Insight, he spent over 13 years in the U.S. national security community. More recently, he managed Corporate Investigations for a Fortune 150 manufacturing firm. Scott continues to share his passion for proactive risk management, national security and assisting veterans as a guest speaker and leader for local and regional support organizations.
Research Vice President
Pete Lindstrom is Research Vice President for Security Strategies. His research is focused on digital security measurement and metrics, digital security economics, and digital security at scale. Mr. Lindstrom is responsible for driving the vision of enabling digital transformation through proper technology risk management that makes efficient and effective economic decisions supported by evidence and outcome analysis leading to a security model that aligns with the 3d platform.
Prior to joining IDC in 2014, Mr. Lindstrom accumulated 25 years of industry experience as an IT auditor, IT security practitioner, and industry analyst. He has extensive and broad expertise with a variety of information security products, but is best known as an authority on cybersecurity economics issues, such as strategic security metrics, estimating risk and return, and measuring security programs. He has also focused on applying core risk management principles to new technologies, architectures, and systems, focusing on the use of virtualization, cloud security, and big data. He has developed the “Four Disciplines of Security Management” (a security operations model), and the “5 Immutable Laws of Virtualization Security,” which was integrated into guidance from the PCI Council.
Mr. Lindstrom is a frequent contributor to popular business and trade publications. He is often quoted in USA Today, WSJ Online, Information Security Magazine, VAR Business, Searchsecurity.com, and CSO Magazine. His columns and articles have appeared in Information Security Magazine, Searchsecurity.com, ISSA Journal, and CSO Online. Additionally, Mr. Lindstrom is a popular speaker at the RSA Security Conference, InfoSec World, ISSA International Conference, and many regional conferences.
In addition, to his extensive industry experience, Mr. Lindstrom served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Notre Dame.
Director, Government Affairs & Policy
Thomas MacLellan is Director of Policy and Government Affairs for Symantec where he focuses nationally on the cybersecurity policy challenges facing state and local governments and higher education. Thomas has nearly 20 years’ experience working nationally across a range of areas including cybersecurity, electronic crime, forensics, public safety broadband, justice information sharing, prescription drug abuse, privacy, energy assurance, as well as others. Most recently, he was director of National Homeland Security Policy and Government Affairs for FireEye. Prior to that he was Director of Homeland Security and Public Safety for the National Governors Association.
In addition to training governors and other senior leaders on cybersecurity and disaster response, Thomas directed the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC), the official body for states’ homeland security advisors. He also created the first national effort aimed improving states’ cybersecurity. He established the first national network of governors’ criminal justice policy advisors; co-created the NGA Prescription Drug Abuse Policy Academy; and helped staff the Council of Governors that resulted in the ratification of the Joint Action Plan for State-Federal Unity of Effort for Cybersecurity, a national strategic framework for how states and the US Government coordinate on cybersecurity.
Thomas is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Naval Postgraduate School Executive Leaders Program in Monterey, California.
Juliet Okafor, JD
VP of Global Business Development
Fortress Information Security
Juliet “Jules” Okafor is experienced consulting professional in the security and investigations industry. In her role at Fortress Information Security, she is responsible for customer development, relationship management, leading sales and marketing teams, with a primary focus in third-party risk and next-generation vendor monitoring. Ms. Okafor also serves as a Strategic Advisory Board Member of the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), which is dedicated to the academic and professional success of Minority Cybersecurity students and professionals. She is also a member of Women in Technology and the National Association of Professional Women.
Katherine L. Pullen
Warner Norcross & Judd
Katie Pullen is a litigator with a focus in automotive, commercial, healthcare and intellectual property law. Her practice involves thorough research, sound strategy and zealous advocacy throughout the entire litigation and dispute resolution process. Naturally persuasive, Katie advocates on behalf of her clients and provides a variety of specialty services that span across multiple industries. From corporate disputes to trademark and copyright infringement and cases arising under the False Claims Act, Katie skillfully crafts arguments designed to solve even the most complex matters. Katie’s practice also involves helping automotive clients with contract disputes, stop-shipment threats and litigation matters involving recalls. Above all, Katie relishes in the strategic process of each project and thoroughly enjoys delivering exceptional results for her clients.
Kevin Richards is Managing Director for Accenture’s global security strategy and risk business and leads the security practice for North America – with responsibility for overseeing Accenture’s business in the United States, the company’s largest cybersecurity market, and Canada.
As a senior member of Accenture’s global security leadership team, Kevin oversees overall client value delivery, account management, client satisfaction, sales growth, revenue and profit for Accenture’s suite of security offerings in North America. These differentiated offerings drive transformational value and productivity for clients across strategic industry groups– and are delivered through Accenture’s Global Delivery Network, which consists of more than 50 delivery centers across five continents.
Kevin is an information risk management professional with over 27 years of experience in information security and enterprise risk management. Working with large multi-national corporations, as well as the United States Department of Defense and other U.S. Federal agencies, Kevin provides an array of technical and pragmatic perspectives on building and protecting an organization’s critical information assets.
He often serves as an expert resource for journalists and is a frequent speaker at national and international security and IT conferences covering various cyber security topics. Kevin has published numerous articles on information security and is a regular contributor to monthly security periodicals. Publications include The Washington Post, USA Today, Vancouver Sun, CIO.com, SC Magazine, and the ISSA Journal.
Kevin is a prior International President for and a Distinguished Fellow of the Information System Security Association (www.issa.org) and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University.
Jay R. Taylor
Jay R. Taylor is CEO & President of EagleNext Advisors LLC, focused on driving better board governance through ethics and risk-enabled decision making.
Formerly with General Motors Company, he held executive roles leading the Strategic Risk Management and Global Audit Services functions. Taylor is an author and frequent speaker on topics including risk management, technology risk, and internal audit, and is the former Chairman of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ International Advanced Technology Committee. He holds four professional certifications, is a Board Governance Fellow in the National Association of Corporate Directors, and an Advisory Board member for two technology companies.
Incident Response Specialist
Michigan State Police
Mr. Thelen has worked for the State of Michigan Security Operations Center for 7 years working with vulnerability management, Intrusion Detection & Prevention, Firewall audits, and other tools to keep people and their data safe. A little over 2 years ago he 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.
Brian D. Wassom
Partner and Chair, Privacy and Cybersecurity Litigation Group
Warner Norcross & Judd
Brian litigates disputes and counsels clients in a wide range of commercial and intellectual property matters. He has developed a particular focus in matters of creative expression, commercial identity and privacy, which spans the legal doctrines of copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity rights, advertising, journalism and related fields. A futurist at heart, Brian has become a globally recognized thought leader in the brand-new legal issues raised by augmented reality and other cutting-edge emerging media. He regularly publishes blogs and speaks on these topics to industry groups, legal education seminars and conferences across the country. An accomplished litigator, Brian has achieved victories for his clients in federal and state trial and appeal courts across the country. He was also instrumental in helping launch Michigan’s first “business court,” and remains active in statewide efforts to nurture this new approach to resolving business disputes.