Borderless Cyber 2021 Speakers
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Scott Algeier, Executive Director, IT-ISAC
Scott Algeier is the Founder, President and CEO of cybersecurity consulting firm Conrad, Inc. and Executive Director of the IT-ISAC. With the IT-ISAC, Algeier facilitates cyberthreat information sharing among leading technology companies and partners and oversees the daily management of the organisation, including implementing enhanced information sharing and analysis processes and capabilities.
Jennings Aske, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Office, NewYork-Presbyterian
Jennings R. Aske is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer for NewYork-Presbyterian. In this role he is responsible for leading the hospital’s information security and enterprise risk management programs. Mr. Aske joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2015. Previously, he served as Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer of Nuance Communications. Prior to working at Nuance, he served in Chief Information Security Officer roles at Partners HealthCare, UMass Memorial Medical Center, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Mr. Aske received his Bachelor’s and Master’s from the State University of New York, and his law degree from Boston University School of Law at which he was also an editor at the American Journal of Law & Medicine.
Doug Austin, Enterprise Solution Architect, SAIC
Douglas (Doug) Austin is an enterprise solution architect at SAIC focusing on information security product and service development. SAIC is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation’s digital transformation. Doug is part of SAIC’s team participating with the Open Cybersecurity Alliance. Doug frequently contributes to large enterprise proposals and he consults with Federal program teams on a regular basis. He has been working in IT for about three decades, with proposal contributions that have supported at least 750,000 end users and contributed $2.5b to his employers’ bottom lines. His largest clients and engagements have been with French and US telephone utilities, as well as the US Departments of Justice, Education, DHS-TSA, and various components of the Department of Defense, he has done program work with The Millennium Challenge Corporate and USAID. When he is digging deeply into technical matters, Doug specializes in operating systems, servers and SOC tools. He was the editor for the first wave of SANS’s online GIAC curriculum.
Tracy Bills, Senior Cybersecurity Operations Researcher, CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Tracy A. Bills is a Senior Cybersecurity Operations Researcher at the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center hosted at Carnegie Mellon University. She has over 20 years of combined experience in cybersecurity and intelligence analysis. She has helped build and mature national-level cybersecurity information sharing programs. Tracy has worked extensively to assist both public and private computer security incident response teams (CSIRTs) and security operations centers (SOCs) to develop, implement, and refine effective processes. Currently, her focus is on helping national-level CSIRTs build capabilities and capacity. Her previous professional experience includes being the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (MS-ISAC) liaison to the Department of Homeland Security where she served as the link between Federal Government and State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal (SLTT) Governments for cybersecurity awareness. Prior to that, Tracy was a Senior Cyber Threat Analyst in the Department of Defense (DoD) providing situational awareness and understanding of cyber threats impacting DoD networks. She holds a B.A. in Intelligence Studies, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and possesses the GIAC Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership (GSTRT) certification. Tracy is also on the Board of Directors of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST).
Chris Blask, Global Director for Industrial Control Systems Security, Unisys
A well regarded figure, Chris has been involved in the ICS and information security industries for more than 25 years, spanning the breadth of the cybersecurity spectrum. He invented one of the first commercial firewall products, built a multibillion-dollar firewall business at Cisco, co-founded an early Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) vendor and co-authored the first book on SIEM. He chairs the Industrial Control System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Certified ISAOs (Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations) and is involved with a wide range of national and international cybersecurity efforts. Chris lives in Orlando, Florida.
James Cabe, Senior Channel Architect, CyberX – a Microsoft Company
Born in Oakridge, TN (The Secret City), James Cabe spent the early years of his career in Cambridge MA working for BBN Planet (Autonomous System 1 on the internet). Then setting course for New York and private network security consulting for legal firms, commodities trading networks, and large global retail. After a move to Houston, TX he began a career in energy operations in deep wate renewables, and international infrastructure made up the better part of the next decade. Then finally having a lot of fun working for cyber security companies as a Subject Matter Expert and Evangelist for mega-corporation security architecture, encryption, authentication, and next generation security. The decision to change automation and controls came from his experience in the field and at the Vendor.
Dan Cimpean, General Director, CERT-RO
Dan accumulated over 20 years of experience in cyber security, risk management
in Brussels, Bucharest and internationally. He led professional teams supporting
European Institutions, National Cyber Competent Authorities, and large corporates
in defining and implementing cyber security policies, strategies, operational and
technical measures. In May 2020 he was appointed as General Director of CERT-RO
by decision of the Romanian Prime Minister, with the mission to transform this
organisation. Dan is member of the Management Board of the European Union
Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), member of the Governing Board of the European
Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (ECCC). He
is also Chairman of the Governance Board of the EU CEF Telecom Cybersecurity
Joshua Corman, Senior Advisor and Visiting Researcher,
Joshua Corman is a Founder of I am The Cavalry (dot org), and serves as Chief Strategist for CISA regarding COVID, healthcare, and public safety. He previously served as CSO for PTC, Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative for the Atlantic Council, CTO for Sonatype, and other senior roles. He co-founded RuggedSoftware and IamTheCavalry to encourage new security approaches in response to the world’s increasing dependence on digital infrastructure. His unique approach to security in the context of human factors, adversary motivations, and social impact has helped position him as one of the most trusted names in security. He also serves as an Adjunct Faculty for Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College, and was a member of the Congressional Task Force for Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity.
Carol Cosgove-Sacks, Senior Advisor on International Standards Policy, OASIS Open
Carol Cosgrove-Sacks, Ph.D, Senior Advisor on International Standards Policy, represents OASIS to European and international organizations, the business community and NGOs. She contributes to promoting the policy relevance and visibility of OASIS in international processes and assists with OASIS strategic business development and networking with governments and trade associations throughout Europe. She is based in Geneva, where she works as a business consultant especially regarding the WTO and international supply chains. She is also a Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, and travels frequently to Brussels. She is a regular public speaker, particularly about international trade logistics, e-business and e-government. Her credentials include a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in economics and a Ph.D. in international trade development. She speaks English, French and German. Read more about Carol.
Cassie Crossley, Director Product & Systems Security, Schneider Electric
Cassie Crossley, Product & Systems Security Director at Schneider Electric, is an experienced cybersecurity technology executive in Information Technology and Product Development. She has many years of business and technical leadership experience in secure software supply chain, cybersecurity, product/application security, software/firmware development, program management, and data privacy. Ms. Crossley has held previous positions at Ceridian, Hewlett-Packard, McAfee, Lotus, and IBM. She has an M.B.A. from California State University, Fresno, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Technical and Professional Communication with a specialization in Computer Science.
Neal Dennis, Threat Intelligence Specialist, Cyware Labs
Neal Dennis has worked in cyber intelligence for over 19 years in various roles. He has worked with customer success and clients, helping them map out new intelligence workflows and has also built out several intelligence analysis programs for Fortune 500 companies. Neal started his career as a SIGINT specialist while serving in the United States Marine Corps. and later supported cyber initiatives for USCYBERCOM, STRATCOM, NSA, 24th Air Force, USAF Office of Special Investigations, and JFCC-NW.
Scott Dickerson, Executive Director, Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MTS-ISAC)
Mr. Scott Dickerson is the Executive Director of the Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MTS-ISAC) and brings a combination of government, private sector, and consulting experience to the cybersecurity, intelligence and information sharing disciplines. He has served in leadership positions in the public and private sectors and has developed cybersecurity strategies and risk management programs focused on safeguarding maritime critical infrastructure. Scott organizes the annual Maritime Cybersecurity Summit and is focused on helping to build the maritime cybersecurity community. Mr. Dickerson holds multiple industry certifications and Master’s degrees in Cybersecurity, Business Administration, and International Policy and Practice.
Bob Dix, Senior Vice President-Strategy & Public Policy, Information Technology Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC)
Bob has a career in senior executive roles in both industry and government. Prior to IT-AAC, Mr. Dix served for 11 years as the Vice President, Global Government Affairs & Public Policy for Juniper Networks. During that time, he was a strong advocate and participant in public-private partnerships in support of national security, serving as Chair of the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security and the IT Sector Coordinating Council. Previously, Bob served as the Staff Director for the House Oversight Subcommittee on Technology and Information Policy during the 108th Congress. He is currently the Co-Chair of the CMMC Center of Excellence.
Allan Friedman, Director Cybersecurity Initiatives, U.S. Department of Commerce, NTIA
Dr. Allan Friedman is Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the US Department of Commerce. He coordinates NTIA’s multi-stakeholder processes on cybersecurity, focusing on addressing vulnerabilities in connected systems and across the software world. Prior to joining the Federal Government, Friedman spent over 15 years as a noted cybersecurity and tech policy scholar at Harvard’s Computer Science Department, the Brookings Institution and George Washington University’s Engineering School. He is the co-author of the popular text ‘Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know,’ has a degree in computer science from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University. He’s known to be quite friendly for a failed-professor-turned-technocrat.
Faye Francy, Executive Director, Auto-ISAC
The Executive Director serves the global automotive industry by providing strategic leadership and vision to foster collaboration for mitigating the risks of a cyber-attack. The Auto-ISAC was establish in 2015 with the goal of developing a more resilient global automotive industry through member collaboration and sharing of timely cyber threat information. Faye is actively engaged with private-sector stakeholders, partners and government agencies to facilitate information sharing to help strengthen the industry’s capability and capacity to detect, prevent, respond to, and mitigate disruptions related to the connected vehicle and supporting infrastructure. The Auto-ISAC is a non-profit organization operating in Washington, D.C. Previously Ms. Francy stood up and led the Aviation-ISAC while at the Boeing Company. She held numerous leadership positions before retiring from Boeing, including Cyber ONE Leader, Director Enterprise Technologies, Director of Networked Systems Research in Phantom Works and Director for Air Traffic Management. Ms. Francy has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics and Master of Science in Forensic Chemistry.
Jane Ginn, Cyber Threat Analyst, Cyber Threat Intelligence Network (CTIN)
Ms. Ginn has over 30 years of international business experience in engineering consulting, cybersecurity and threat intelligence. She serves as Secretary of the OASIS Cyber Threat Intelligence – Technical Committee (CTI TC) on STIX/TAXII standards development. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Cyber Resilience Institute (CRI), the primary sponsor of the c-Watch online training program and the Sports-ISAO. She also served for 4 years as a member of the ENISA Threat Landscape Stakeholders’ Group. She serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Computer and Information Science Department at Gannon University.
Charles Hart, Senior Researcher, Hitachi America
Charles Hart is a longtime technology professional with a focus on software engineering, cybersecurity, quality, supply chain, and trust. Currently a senior researcher with Hitachi America, Mr. Hart is a contributing member of the U.S. Department of Commerce NTIA Software Transparency project, and a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium as a contributor to the Trustworthiness Task Group. He is also a delegate to Automotive ISAC and leads and participates in several standing committees and working groups. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hart held a variety of positions at Hitachi over the past 12 years, including executive management positions in software, solutions, and quality at Hitachi Data Systems. Mr. Hart held senior technical and
management positions at Symantec, Veritas, CenturyLink, and Digital Equipment, and founded and managed the cybersecurity teams at Massachusetts Financial Services and Storage Networks. Mr. Hart is a graduate of Boston College.
Bente Hoff, Director, Norwegian National Cyber Security Centre
Bente Hoff director of the Norwegian National Cyber Security Centre and has more than 20 years of experience from digitalization processes and cyber security, both in private and public sector. She holds Master of Science from NTH/NTNU and a Master’s degree in Technological Leadership.
Elvis Hovor, Vice President of Product, TruSTAR
Elvis Hovor is the VP of Product at TruSTAR (Acquired by Splunk) where he leads the company’s overall product and innovation strategy. Driving TruSTAR’s long-term roadmap and vision for accelerating security operations in the enterprise. Before joining TruSTAR, Elvis was with Accenture Technology Labs where he led several cybersecurity initiatives in Threat Intelligence and Security Automation. He has published several conference proceedings, and has spoken at technical and hacker conferences such as ShmooCon and BlackHat USA. Elvis holds a B.S. in Computer Science, a M.S. in Information Security from Johns Hopkins University.
Peder Jungck, Vice President and General Manager, BAE Systems Intelligence Solutions
Peder Jungck is Vice President and General Manager of BAE Systems Intelligence Solutions business. His business provides innovative mission-enabling solutions and services to enhance the collection, analysis, and processing of intelligence and facilitates the secure exchange of data. He also serves as President of the Information Technology – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC), an influential not-for-profit organization composed of member companies dedicated to enhancing cyber security by sharing threat information and collaborating on effective mitigations of cyber risk. Mr. Jungck is an entrepreneur and technology leader who pioneered high‐speed content-based networking and cyber security systems to meet the needs of government, carriers and large enterprises. He has been a guiding architect at several networking, security and data intelligence companies where he earned 28 patents and co-authored multiple peer reviewed papers and books. He is an Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) board member and also serves on several advisory boards supporting his passion for cyber and STEM. Peder received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Beloit College in mathematics and computer science. He attended Clarkson University for electrical and computer engineering and currently serves on the Dean’s Leadership Council for Clarkson University’s Coulter School of Engineering.
Bob Kolasky, Director of National Risk Management Center, U.S. DHS CISA
Bob Kolasky was selected to lead the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) National Risk Management Center (NRMC) in 2018, at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As Assistant Director, he oversees the Center’s efforts to facilitate a strategic, cross-sector risk management approach to cyberthreats and physical threats to critical infrastructure. The Center provides a central venue for government and industry to combine their knowledge and capabilities in a uniquely collaborative and forward-looking environment. Center activities support both operational and strategic unified risk management efforts.
Norma Krayem, Vice President and Chair of the Cybersecurity and Digital Innovation, Van Scoyoc Associates
Norma Krayem is Vice President and Chair, Cybersecurity, Privacy & Digital Innovation at Van Scoyoc Associates. She brings over 20 years of experience using her diverse background to help public/private clients navigate complex global and geopolitical cybersecurity issues. She created one of the first-ever cyber-practices in an AmLaw 100 law firm in 2005, working within critical infrastructure CISOs, CIOs and the C-Suite to address the intricacies of cyber, privacy and technological innovation matched with global risks, trends and compliance issues to create bespoke cutting edge ERM business plans. During her extensive career in DC, she’s held executive level positions at the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Transportation. She is a member of the Chatham House and is an active speaker on cyber-risks around the world.
Sean Lyngaas, Senior Reporter, CyberScoop
Sean Lyngaas is CyberScoop’s Senior Reporter covering critical infrastructure. He was previously a freelance journalist in West Africa, where he covered everything from a presidential election in Ghana to military mutinies in Ivory Coast for The New York Times. Lyngaas’ reporting also has appeared in The Washington Post, The Economist and the BBC, among other outlets. His investigation of cybersecurity issues in the nuclear sector, backed by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, won plaudits from industrial security experts. He was previously a reporter with Federal Computer Week and, before that, with Smart Grid Today. Sean earned a B.A. in public policy from Duke University and an M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Guy Martin, Executive Director, OASIS Open
Guy Martin, the OASIS Executive Director, is responsible for the organization’s overall operation. Guy brings a unique blend of 25+ years’ experience as both software engineer and open source strategist to OASIS. He has built open source programs for companies like Red Hat, Samsung and Autodesk and was instrumental in founding the Academy Software Foundation while Director of the Open Source Office at Autodesk. He was also a founding member of the team that built the Open Connectivity Foundation while at Samsung, helping to successfully integrate FRAND standards with open source reference implementations. He is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in technology and an accomplished public speaker. An avid, lifelong sports enthusiast, Guy is based near Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, U.S.A.
Robert Mayer, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity & Innovation, USTelecom Association
Robert Mayer is Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity & Innovation with the USTelecom Association with responsibility for leading cyber and national security policy and strategic initiatives. He is the current Chairman of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC), which represents the broadcast, cable, satellite, wireless and wireline industries in connection with the DHS and public-private partnership activities across the U.S. government. Mayer also serves as Co-Chair of the Department of Homeland Security’s ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force, which is now in its third year and focuses on developing strategic and operational best practices to manage supply chain risk.
John Miller, Senior Vice President for Policy and General Counsel, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
John Miller is Senior Vice President for Policy and General Counsel at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the preeminent global technology trade association. Miller leads ITI’s Trust, Data, and Technology policy team, driving ITI’s global strategy on cybersecurity and supply chain security, privacy, and data protection, government access to data and encryption, artificial intelligence, 5G, Internet of Things, cloud and other technology, internet, and data policy issues. A recognized global expert and industry leader on technology policy, Miller has testified before the US Congress and participated as a keynote speaker or panelist at major events globally, and co-chairs the Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force.
Andreas Mitrakas, Head of Unit “Market, Certification & Standardisation,” European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)
Dr. Andreas Mitrakas is Head of Unit “Market, Certification & Standardisation” in the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). He co-chairs the Stakeholders Cybersecurity Certification Group (SCCG). Prior to joining ENISA, Andreas served as General Counsel in Globalsign and as a Senior Counsel in Verizon (Ubizen). Andreas is a qualified lawyer and holds a doctorate degree in Law from Erasmus University of Rotterdam, a. M.Sc. in Strategic Quality Management, from University of Portsmouth an LL.M. in Computer science and Law from Queen’s University of Belfast and a first degree in Law from University of Athens.
Zach Nelson, Lead Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst,
Bradford Regeski, Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst, Health-ISAC
Bradford Regeski is a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst with the Health-ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Center), working at the Threat Operations Center in Titusville, Florida. Brad comes from an incident response and reverse engineering background, earning his degree at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia, his hometown.
John Riggi, Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk, American Hospital Association
John Riggi, having spent nearly 30 years as a highly decorated veteran of the FBI, serves as the first senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk for the American Hospital Association and their 5000+ member hospitals. John leverages his distinct cyber, criminal investigation and national security experience at the FBI and CIA to provide trusted strategic cyber and risk advisory services to the nations’ hospitals and health systems. His trusted access to healthcare leaders and government agencies enhances John’s unique national perspective on cyber and risk issues and greatly contributes to the AHA’s policy and advocacy efforts. John represented the nation’s hospitals in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on cyber threats to hospitals in Dec. 2020. John is the recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Special Achievement in Counterterrorism and the CIA’s George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the CIAs highest award in this category. John presents extensively on cybersecurity and risk topics and is frequently interviewed by the media.
Thomas Schmidt, Subject Matter Expert, Industrial Automation and Control System, German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
Thomas Schmidt works in the ‘Industrial Automation and Control Systems’ section of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). His focus is the automation of advisories at both sides: vendors/CERTs and asset owners. Schmidt has been a member in the OASIS Open CSAF technical committee, and key in bridging this work with the NTIA SBOM work.
To increase security of ICS and the broader ecosystem, BSI responsibilities cover many areas including establishing trust and good relations with suppliers and users. BSI also conducts committee and standardization work and works with academia to improve education in ICS cyber security.
Vaugh Shanks, CEO, Cydarm Technologies
Vaughan Shanks is the CEO of Cydarm Technologies, a company that is enabling security operations to perform better and faster via a secure case management platform. Prior to Cydarm, Vaughan worked as a software engineer in a range of Federal Government positions, working with organisations in Defence, intelligence, and law enforcement, in both a Public Service and private sector capacity, in Australia and the USA. Vaughan has a PhD in Computer Science from RMIT University.
Steve Shirley, Executive Director, National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ND-ISAC)
Steve is Executive Director of the National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ND-ISAC) and vice chair of the Defense Industrial Base Sector Coordinating Council (DIB SCC). ND-ISAC’s 100+ member companies share cyber threats and collaborate on technical solutions to defend their enterprises. Before ND-ISAC Steve led the DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3 and its cyber threat sharing program with Defense companies (now ~800) and the DoD’s Vulnerability Disclosure Program. Steve retired in 2004 from the US Air Force as a colonel and as vice commanderfor the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).
Duncan Sparrell, Founder, sFractal Consulting LLC
Duncan Sparrell is a seasoned (aka old) network security evangelist with 40+ years of expertise in conceiving, developing and delivering state-of-the art software platforms. Duncan graduated from Rensselaer with Bachelor and Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering back when computers were the size of buildings and were programmed with punch cards. He joined AT&T Bell Labs before many conference attendees were born and is now enjoying retirement and having time to get more funny letters after his name (CSSIP, CSSLP, CCSK) and to go to hacker conferences. Duncan has been doing cybersecurity since the first Gulf War where he “prepared the battlefield” (ie hacked into adversary computers) that helped him recognize how easy it is to attack and how hard it is to defend. Working as the lead architect in AT&T Chief Security Office, Duncan architected many of AT&T’s network security technologies and programs. In 1994, the US Government awarded Duncan the Intelligence Seal Medallion and in 2010 AT&T awarded him the AT&T Science and Technology Medal. Duncan has published numerous articles and holds 7 patents.
Allan Thomson, Chief Architect Threat Defense, Avast
Allan is an industry veteran with over 30 years experience, joined Avast in Aug 2020 as Fellow, Chief Architect Threat Defense. He currently leads the strategy & architecture for Threat Defense and has also been involved across additional initiatives including M&A technical due diligence, supporting SMB technology strategy, as well as technical partnership architectures. He also chairs the Avast patent committee and has recently introduced a program overhaul. Allan is a very active inventor himself where he has 52 granted US & EU patents. Prior to Avast he was CTO LookingGlass Cyber Solutions for 7 years, where he lead technology covering organic R&D as well as leading the technology due diligence of 3 acquisitions, 2 of which were in adjacent markets allowing LookingGlass to expand its strategy into new cyber security areas. Allan has been a very active contributor to standards throughout his career, including cyber security standards at IETF, Wireless standards at IEEE and Wifi Alliance. He’s a peer-nominated Distinguished Contributor to STIX2/TAXII2 CTI standards and was co-chair of STIX2/TAXII2 Interoperability Committee. Currently, he is co-chair of CACAO, a Cyber Security Orchestration standard for security playbooks.
Jeff Troy, President, CEO, Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (A-ISAC)
Since Jeff took the leadership role in October 2016, the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (A-ISAC) has grown over 90%. Jeff has initiated intelligence development projects, and built a community of communities to include working groups for network security architects and compliance leaders to supplement the AISAC core Intelligence Analyst and Product Security communities. Concurrently, Jeff is a Senior IT Risk Manager for General Electric Aviation. GE seconded Jeff to the A-ISAC. While at GE, from 2011 through 2016, Jeff held various team leadership roles to include cyber intelligence operations, incident response, and custom tools development. In his role as a Sr IT Manager, Jeff interfaces with private and public partners on strategic initiatives to reduce IT Risk. Prior to joining GE, Jeff spent 25 years as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He retired as the Deputy Assistant Director for Cyber National Security and Cyber Criminal Investigations.
Christopher Wlaschin, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Election Systems & Software
Chris joined ES&S in April 2018. He is responsible for driving company-wide security efforts including product, operational and infrastructure security. Prior to joining ES&S, Chris was the Chief Information Security Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. where he oversaw cybersecurity efforts for the Department. He has held other senior cybersecurity leadership positions in both the public and private sector including the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Research Corporation, and the University of Nebraska. Chris served with the United States Navy for over 20 years in a variety of leadership positions. He earned his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education from Southern Illinois University. He also holds a current CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification.
Chris is the Vice Chair of the Election Industry – Subsector Coordinating Council (EI-SCC) and an Emeritus Member of the Federal Advisory Board for the Dell/EMC Corporation.
Virginia Wright, Energy Cybersecurity Portfolio Manager, Idaho National Laboratory
Virginia “Ginger” Wright is the Energy Cybersecurity Portfolio Manager for Idaho National Laboratory’s Cybercore division within its National and Homeland Security directorate. She leads programs focused on cybersecurity and resilience of critical infrastructure for DOE, DARPA and other government agencies including DOE’s CyTRICS™ program. Ms. Wright’s recent research areas include supply chains for operational technology components, incident response, critical infrastructure modeling and simulation, and nuclear cybersecurity. Ms. Wright has a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems/Operations Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Neal Ziring, Technical Director, National Security Agency (NSA)
Mr. Neal Ziring is the Technical Director for the National Security Agency (NSA)’s Cybersecurity Directorate. In that role, he is responsible for a wide variety of technical assessment, external engagement, workforce developments, and strategic direction issues for NSA’s cybersecurity mission. In his past position, he served as the Technical Director of the NSA Capabilities Directorate. In that role, he tracked technical initiatives, promoted the professional health of a diverse technical staff, and served as liaison to various external partners. Prior to the formation of the Capabilities Directorate, Mr. Ziring served as Technical Director of the Information Assurance Directorate for five
years. His personal expertise areas include security automation, IPv6, cloud computing, cross-
domain information exchange, data access control, and cyber defense. Prior to coming to NSA in 1988, Neal worked at AT&T Bell Labs. He has BS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and an MS degree in Computer Science, all from Washington University in St. Louis. Since then, he has also taken classes from Columbia University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and George Washington University.