Security Consultant; Shuriken Cyber
Jill is a strategic cybersecurity and digital risk Advisor to CISO, CSO, CRO leaders, Boards of Directors and their stakeholders. In this role, she leads strategic risk guidance and technology innovation programs to align clients' cybersecurity programs with their enterprise business strategy and digital transformation initiatives. Bringing 35 years in security practice, Jill is an expert in cybersecurity resiliency and enterprise risk program development for clients in government, research and corporate organizations. Her background spans sectors across the range of financial services, retail, medical device, manufacturing, critical infrastructure, energy, health care, education and security technology innovation industries. During her spare time, Jill serves in multiple volunteer leadership roles in the community, including Board Secretary, InfraGardMN Alliance; President, WiCyS Minnesota; Board Director, Upper Midwest Security Alliance (UMSA) and CISO Collaborative, Twin Cities. This year marks her 7th year with the Cybersecurity Summit Think Tank and Advisory Board.
Professor | Cofounder/Past Chairman CSS
Dr. Massoud Amin
Dr. Massoud Amin, IEEE and ASME Fellow, is a professor of electrical & computer engineering (ECE), and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor Award Recipient, at the University of Minnesota. He is widely credited as being the father of the smart electric power grid (https://tli.umn.edu/tli-blog/inspiration-behind-smart-grid-series-defining-moments), and a cyber-physical security leader, who directed all security-related R&D for all North American utilities after the 9/11 tragedies. He was asked to take on this role after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. He was already working with federal agencies on related matters then. In fact, he was at a meeting less than a mile from the Pentagon, discussing disaster risk management with White House OSTP, U.S. DoD officials, and representative of other agencies when the terrorist attacks took place on September 11, 2001. Read full bio at https://massoud-amin.umn.edu.
Anne C. Bader is Principal, Bader Resources, LLC, Founder of The International Cybersecurity Dialogue, a Senior Associate Fellow of the Institute of Statecraft, London and an Associate Expert, Defense Security Emergence Team (EESD) Cnam, Paris. Previously, Mrs. Bader served as a Senior Research Fellow and Director, Advanced Research Assessment Group, The Defence Academy of The United Kingdom, UK; Visiting Programme Director, Wilton Park; Executive Vice President, The Fund for Peace; Vice President of the Atlantic Council of the United States; Trinity College and Business Executives for National Security, US. A citizen of Canada and the United States, she received a NATO award and is an Honorary Citizen of Hungary.
John Bonhage graduated from Fordham University in New York City with a Bachelors Degree in History in 1991. Prior to joining the FBI in 1995, John was a teacher in Japan and Alaska and traveled extensively around the world, to include living in India, Nigeria and Japan for 16 years.
Executive Director, Archimedes Center for Healthcare and Device Security
Bill Aerts is Executive Director of the Archimedes Center for Healthcare and Device Security at the University of Michigan. He provides leadership in supporting members and remaining active in the medical device security community. Bill retired in 2016 from Medtronic where he was Director of Product Security within Medtronic’s Global Security Office. Prior to that, he helped to build Medtronic’s original Information Security Program. Bill has created and championed information and product security programs in the insurance, transportation, retail and healthcare industries throughout his 30+ years of experience.
Principal Consultant, IAM Advisory | Cybersecurity | eDiscovery/ESI Consultant
Karen is an experienced consultant helping clients understand the intersection of a mature Identity and Access Management program, cybersecurity strategy, data protection, align to meet business objectives. IAM impacts the end user experience, employee retention and ultimately the customer experience. IAM also plays a key role in incident response and investigations. Frequently sought out to resolve critical client issues, attend key client meetings, formal presentations, and public speaking. Adept at explaining technology to all levels of business users and counsel.
Prior to co-founding NaviLogic in 2014, Bob was a former CISO and current contract VP & CISO. Today Bob serves as advisor and advocate to NaviLogic’s customers and personnel. Bob is also an honored, and long time member of the Minneosta ISSA chapter.
Vice President, Optum Technology
Gretchen Block began her professional journey at John Deere HealthCare in 1995 with roles in IT Asset Management, Computer Operations,and Security. Gretchen joined UnitedHealth Group in 2006, as part of the acquisition of John Deere Healthcare with UnitedHealth Group. With Optum she has been a part of the Enterprise Security organization, working specifically with risk governance, compliance, and threat management in support of the broader cybersecurity program. Currently, Gretchen leads the enterprise policy and risk governance teams, including security oversight for the enterprise supplier base. Gretchen has become a global leaders at Optum|UnitedHealth Group driving technology risk management across business towners and geographies.
VP & CISO, Boston Scientific
Leadership roles in medical device and enterprise cybersecurity. Diverse experience in the healthcare industry, managing risk by carefully balancing safety, people, processes and technology controls to protect against, and respond to cyber threats.
Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer, National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Andrew Borene, JD, CISSP has experience leading advanced technology, high risk, and rapid growth initiatives for companies such as Symantec, IBM, LexisNexis, Booz Allen Hamilton and Wells Fargo. Most recently, he was turnaround CEO of Cipherloc Corporation. Previously, Senior Director of Symantec’s National Security Group (NSG). He has been a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) as a consultant, and an Associate Deputy General Counsel at the Pentagon. He is a former U.S. Marine officer.
Senior Manager, Mayo Clinic
Debra Bruemmer is a Senior Manager at Mayo Clinic within the Office of Information Security. She is accountable for leading a team to address cyber security resiliency for foundational assets (e.g. servers, workstations, applications, medical devices, IoT devices), maintain secure identity and access management practices, and uphold security principles in network segmentation. Debra received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Winona State University, a Masters in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University, and is CISSP certified.
Chief Technology Officer, Chief IT Architect US State and Local Government and Education, Tanium
Gary Buonacorsi has nearly two decades of experience in the IT industry as a transformational leader for Government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. As Tanium’s SLED Chief Technology Officer and Chief IT Architect, Gary is responsible for thought leadership in the public sector, SLED business strategy, and guiding customer security and operations transformations. Additionally, he defines long-term goals for the State and Local Government vertical, leads industry discussions, and conducts conference keynotes and seminars. Gary comes to Tanium with a wide range of experience. Most recently he served as the State and Local Government CTO for Dell Technologies. Additionally, Gary’s career includes positions as CTO and CIO at the States of Nevada and Texas, along with Senior Director and Managerial roles at Dell EMC, Oracle and Merck-Medco.
VP, Deposit Administration Manager, Bremer Bank
In her role as Deposit Administration Manager, Laura oversees a team of over 55 Bremer employees managing transactions, payment services, loss prevention, electronic services, card services and deposit administration. Laura holds an MBA from Concordia University - St. Paul and a BASc in Business Administration and Management from University of Nebraska. Laura holds an Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP) certification through Nacha.
SVP, Chief Information Security Officer, Old Republic
Christopher Buse serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. In this capacity, Christopher is responsible for designing and implementing the enterprise security architecture for the company. Christopher also served as Assistant Commissioner and Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Minnesota’s central technology agency, known as MN.IT Services. Christopher’s career in government also included several roles in the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor, where he oversaw information technology audit work done on large government computer systems. Christopher Buse graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Since graduation, he has supplemented his accounting degree with numerous computer science and management information systems courses. Christopher is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive), Certified Information Systems Auditor, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
API Problem Solver. Okta, Inc
D. Keith Casey
Keith Casey currently serves on the Product Team at Okta working on Identity and Authentication APIs. Previously, he served as an early Developer Evangelist at Twilio and before that worked on the Ultimate Geek Question at the Library of Congress. His underlying goal is to get good technology into the hands of good people to do great things. In his spare time, he helps build and support the Austin tech community, and blogs at CaseySoftware.com. He is also a co-author of “A Practical Approach to API Design” from Leanpub.
Solutions Architect, BlackBerry powered by Cylance AI
Tom Cameron spent 15 years in the Intelligence Community as a U.S. Navy Cryptologic Technician and DoD contractor with Northrop Grumman. He was deployed worldwide supporting cryptologic missions during Operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom, East Africa, and European theaters. He and his wife, Loretta, met while stationed together in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and have two sons both born in Puerto Rico. Tom is from St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a member of InfraGard and ISSA. Tom started his SE career with Symantec, was Mandiant SE of the Year in 2014, and is currently an SE for Blackberry by way of the Cylance acquisition.
FBI Computer Scientist, FBI
Aaron McKee Campbell
Aaron Campbell is a Computer Scientist with the Minneapolis FBI and an FBI Adjunct Instructor. His experience in the cyber security arena include digital forensics, malware reverse-engineering, and red-team/penetration testing. Aaron has served the Minneapolis FBI for a little over 2 years, and assists primarily with investigations into criminal/national-security cyber intrusions.
SVP, Director of Specialized Business Solutions, Bremer Bank
Joe is responsible for leading a team focused on providing meaningful treasury management solutions to commercial, business and agricultural customers. His focus area is working with customers and internal partners to provide a strategic roadmap, evaluating current and future solutions that bring value to Bremer’s core customer segments. Before assuming his current role, Joe led specialized banking, treasury and payment solutions teams at Bremer Bank. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Crookston and is a Certified Treasury Professional.
Director, Supply Chain and Technology Security Office of the National Cyber Director, Executive Office of the President, White House
Professor, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Sean S. Costigan is the Director of ITL Security and a Professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He is an expert in emerging security challenges and a sought-after speaker on matters of technology and national security. His current focus is on the nexus of cybersecurity capacity building and new challenges. He is the lead for NATO’s cybersecurity curriculum and is widely published on national security matters relating to information security and hybrid threats. In addition to his work for the Marshall Center, he is presently serving as the Senior Adviser to the NATO/PfPC Emerging Security Challenges Study Group, where he heads cybersecurity education efforts; Publisher of Defense Press; Adviser at Multivariate, and an Associate at the consultancies of Vision Foresight Strategy and i-Intelligence.
CISO, Mayo Clinic
SVP, Chief Security Officer, Mandiant
Tim is a seasoned security leader with over 20 years of experience building and running cyber security programs, large and complex incident response and breach investigations, and threat and vulnerability assessments. He has deep experience in cyber-threat intelligence, reverse engineering, computer forensics, intrusion detection, breach prevention, and applying six sigma/lean process to security. He is author/co-author of 17 books to date as well as regular training and speaking engagements at information security conferences. Currently Tim is Chief Security Officer for Mandiant. There he and his team defend Mandiant from some of the most sophisticated adversaries in the world.
Sam Curry is CSO at Cybereason, and President, Cybereason Government, Inc. Curry was also CTO and CISO for Arbor Networks (NetScout) and was CSO and SVP R&D at Microstrategy in addition to senior security roles at McAfee and CA. He spent seven years at RSA variously as CSO, CTO and SVP of Product and as Head of RSA Labs. Curry also has over 25 patents in security from his time as a Security Architect, has been a leader in two successful startups and is a board member of the Cybersecurity Coalition, of SSH Communications and of Sequitur Labs (in the IoT security space) in addition to a number of advisorships across the security spectrum. Curry is also a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute.
Senior Director, Cyber Security, Target
Jennifer Czaplewski is an innovative cyber security leader known for building and delivering critical security functions. She is an industry leader in DevSecOps and frequently shares insights at thought leadership forums like RSA, the Cyber Security Summit, DevOps.com and All Day DevOps. She is a patent holder and her work has been featured in SC Magazine and Dark Reading. Jennifer is currently a Senior Director in Target's Cyber Security team, leading Product Security, Vulnerability Management and Endpoint Protection. She is the 2021 co-chair of the Cyber Security Summit.
Security Director, Optum Technology
Mary Diner is currently a Security Director at Optum with primary responsibility for leading the UHG enterprise security roadmap, strategy and portfolio management. Mary has over twenty years of leadership experience in broad security experience with roles in architecture, program management, product management and operations. Mary lives in the Twin Cities metro area.
Assistant Chief Information Officer / Chief Technology Officer, City of San José
Jerome A. Driessen is a future-oriented technology executive, drawing on strong business acumen to deliver solutions that have organization-wide impact. Jerry brings to the table 25 years of experience, mostly within the public service sector, where he has built a reputation for achieving measurable business results through innovation and technology implementations. During his career, Jerry has honed expertise in pioneering new policies, practices and programs to optimize operations. He is known for championing large-scale business transformation by building and leveraging internal and external relationships at all organizational levels. Creating strategic partnerships to advance initiatives is where Jerry excels. He is routinely entrusted to direct major initiatives to enhance service delivery across departments and draws on his relationships and communication skills to get the job done.
Director , Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Ms. Easterly was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Ms. Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to protect and defend civilian government networks, manage systemic risk to national critical functions, and collaborate with State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial partners as well as with the private sector to ensure the security and resilience of the Nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure. Before serving in her current role, Ms. Easterly was the head of Firm Resilience and the Fusion Resilience Center at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks. Ms. Easterly joined the Firm in 2017 to build and lead its Cybersecurity Fusion Center, the operational cornerstone of its cyber defense strategy. Ms. Easterly has a long tradition of public service, to include two tours at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism, and earlier as Executive Assistant to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in the George W. Bush Administration. A former member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, she also served as the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency. A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Ms. Easterly retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Ms. Easterly was also instrumental in the design and creation of United States Cyber Command. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, Ms. Easterly is the past recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship, the National Security Institute Visiting Fellowship, the New America Foundation Senior International Security Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship. A distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ms. Easterly holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award and the Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award.
Government Solutions Lead , Zoom Video Communications
Stephen Ellis serves as Zoom's Government Solutions Lead. He manages market development and strategy across Zoom's Federal, State, Local and Global government portfolio. He is a recognized public sector IT thought leader and frequent speaker in media interviews and at events & symposia serving this vertical. Stephen comes to Zoom with a robust career history in the government space, most recently with Dell. He has also worked at Deloitte, and as a contractor to the Federal Government, Microsoft, and businesses now part of General Dynamics and Boeing.
Acting United States Attorney , U.S. Department of Justice
W. Anders Folk
Anders is the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Before returning to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2018, Anders was a partner at Stinson LLP, where his practice focused on internal investigations, securities and complex civil litigation, cyber security, white collar crime and civil and criminal government investigations. Anders has also worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney specializing in national security matters and a Marine Corps Judge Advocate.
Managing Director, Mandiant
Mr. Ford is 20-year veteran in cybersecurity, incident response, and intelligence led cyber operations in both government and commercial sectors. Prior to joining Mandiant, Mr. Ford served in executive leadership roles for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at FBI Headquarters’ Cyber and Special Technologies Divisions as well as field offices gaining experience on the front lines. Mr. Ford served as the responsible executive to the U.S. Cryptologic Centers for strategic and tactical oversight of global cyber operations and key asset protection. In these roles. Mr. Ford developed the framework used by the U.S. Government to manage risk of cyber threats supporting government and critical infrastructure capabilities receiving recognition by the White House National Security Council and the United States Congress. Currently, Mr. Ford serves as Managing Director of Global Strategy and Operations for Government Solutions at Mandiant. Mr. Ford is the Mandiant responsible executive to multi- & bi-lateral strategic partnerships throughout the world. In these roles, Mr. Ford leads global teams of cyber experts who not only respond to the largest breaches and crisis events world-wide, but also delivers executive thought leadership, national capacity capabilities, and unique security program capabilities and solutions to protect critical missions, infrastructure, and national security interests worldwide. Mr. Ford serves as an adjunct professor teaching advanced curricula on cybersecurity and risk frameworks at St. Mary’s University. Mr. Ford is a graduate of Harvard, John F. Kennedy School on Cybersecurity Policy; a graduate of Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business in Strategic Change Leadership; and a graduate of Carnegie Melon University’s series on Insider Threats. Mr. Ford is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and a Leadership Professional in Ethics and Compliance (LPEC) professional. Mr. Ford also holds several Global Information Assurance Certifications (GIAC). Mr. Ford is the recipient of the Director of National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction and Meritorious Unit Citation.
VP of Business Development, Ambient Consulting
Amy is the Vice President of Business Development for Ambient Consulting where she is spearheading the highest growth and retention Ambient has seen in its 20 years. Amy is a proud Gustavus alum and wife, mom to two fun toddlers, and she’s passionate about missions work through River Valley Church.
Co-Founder and CEO of SecurityStudio and FRSecure, recovering CISO, practicing vCISO, hacker, UNSECURITY author, podcaster, and speaker. Dedicated to serving our communities and fixing what’s broken. Too many stories and memories to mention in a short BIO. Always #MissionBeforeMoney
Chief Information Security Officer; Founder, Prescryptive Health, Inc.; Enterprise Knowledge Partners, LLC
Mary Frantz is the CEO of Enterprise Knowledge Partners, LLC (EKP). She has performed and led advanced ethical hacking (red teams), security assessments, managed multiple incident investigations for companies. She was the primary technical cyber expert in the Equifax, Yahoo and many other high profile breaches and security incidents. Mary holds 4 bachelor degrees and two masters degrees and various active and non-active certifications in systems auditing, ethical hacking, penetration testing, forensics, engineering and architecture. She is a national advocate and mentor of women and minorities in STEM, a Board Officer for the Minnesota Academy of Science, board advisor for the Minneapolis Cyber Summit, and an elected School Board Director for MN District 719.
Cyber Security Advisor – Region V, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Mr. Gabbard is a part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as a Cybersecurity Advisor (CSA) for Region V (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI). Based in Minneapolis, MN, he supports the mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure. Prior to joining CISA, Chris served as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Ramsey County. Prior to being a CISO, Chris worked as an IT auditor and risk manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, ING, and US Bank. Mr. Gabbard is a Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), has Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting and Management Information System from the University of Northern Iowa.
Sailesh (Sai) Gadia is a partner in KPMG’s cyber security practice based in Minneapolis. He works with a number of large local and global organizations across a range of industries to help design and implement strategies to protect their data and technology assets from cyber and broader technology risks.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Internet Security
John Gilligan, President and CEO of the Center for Internet Security has 25+ years of managerial experience in leading large organizations with expertise in cybersecurity, business strategy, organizational innovation, and program implementation. Gilligan served as the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Energy. He was a member of the Cyber Security Commission (formed to advise the 44th President) and was an advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on IT reform. He currently serves on the boards of the Software Engineering Institute, Isobar Inc., and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.
VP, Business Strategy, SentinelOne
David has more than 17 years of experience in enterprise information security. He brings a strong track record of innovation and customer focus to SentinelOne, where he currently serves as VP of Business Strategy. David helped define the network detection and response market and has helped many organizations develop detection and response strategies and embrace cloud-delivered, big data technologies. Before SentinelOne, he was the VP of Product and Solutions Architecture at ProtectWise and helped launch and build the company from stealth to a successful exit to Verizon. He led Firewall Product Management at McAfee and has held various roles in sales engineering, product management, and technical support at ForcePoint (Websense), Intel Security, McAfee, and Secure Computing. David currently lives in Minneapolis, MN, and has a BA in Political Science/International Relations from Carleton College and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Interim CISO, North Dakota
Mr. Michael Gregg leads the cyber operations team for the state of North Dakota. He has authored/co-authored more than 25 books, testified before U.S. Congress as an expert witness on cyber security, and has also spoken at major security conferences.
Area Manager and Business Consultant at Greenville Area Small Business Development Center, SBDC
Earl joined the South Carolina Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) as an experienced business counselor from Dayton, Ohio with over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship consulting. He holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership and currently runs his own internet-based company. He has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years in sales, business services and ecommerce. Earl is a U.S. Air Force veteran and was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC in the late ‘80s. In his past career experience, Earl has held certification as an Internet Webmaster, served as an IT Director of a small industrial distributor and created and facilitated ecommerce training programs used by the South Carolina and Ohio SBDC network. Earl has been awarded the Small Business Administration’s SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award, the SBA Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year, the Ohio SBDC Peer Recognition Award for Mentorship, the Ohio SBDC State Star Award, and the South Carolina SBDC Statewide Leadership Award.
Ted is dedicated to protecting what matters across operational sectors. His extensive background in maturity and compliance program audits at Bureau Veritas and Shell spanned across 3 sectors and 5 continents. An avid startup enthusiast, he believes reallocation of limited human capital should be the centerpiece of innovation within established markets. SecurityGate.io is his third compay, and as Co-Founder and CEO he guides company product, sales, and partnership strategy. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a veteran of the US Army as a reconnaissance and surveillance expert.
CISO, State of Montana
Andy Hanks is a business-driven cybersecurity executive with 28 years of experience in information technology, a Master of Science in Information Systems, and multiple cybersecurity certifications. As Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Montana, Andy is responsible for managing and maturing Montana’s information security program to protect citizen's data. He partners with state and federal agencies to identify threats, mitigate vulnerabilities, and reduce risks within the State; and he collaborates with national cybersecurity leaders to develop and implement best practices across the country. Andy represents Montana’s cybersecurity interests in the State Legislature, State Information Technology Manager’s Council, and the State Information Technology Board. He is chair of the Montana Information Security Advisory Council; a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center Executive Committee; a member of the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council where he also serves as Vice Chair of Cyber Security Working Group; and is a member of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Program Committee.
Sr Solutions Engineer, Avanan, a Checkpoint Company
Michael Hansen is a Salt Lake City, Utah based Sr. Solutions Engineer with Avanan, a Check Point Company. Michael has over fifteen years of experience working in cloud technology with a career focus in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics. At Avanan Michael helps organizations protect their users, data, and SaaS platforms from cyber attacks. Even outside of work Michael is a self proclaimed password hygiene evangelist, an avid skier, photography enthusiast, and is happiest while spending time with his family. (PS - Michael will be a first time father, please share parenting tips.)
Senior Vice President Management Liability and Client Experience, Marsh & McLennan Agency
Dan Hanson is Senior Vice President of Management Liability for Marsh McLennan’s Upper Midwest region. In this role he leads a team of 22 technical experts that specialize in developing risk management programs, placing insurance, and providing claims advocacy on Cyber, Directors & Officers, Errors & Omissions and related lines of insurance for Marsh McLennan Agency Clients.
Judy Hatchett is the VP Chief Information Security Officer at Surescripts. She sets the vision, develops plans and oversees the execution of Surescripts' Enterprise Information and Physical Security, Business Continuity and Risk Management Programs to ensure comprehensive, high-quality and effective risk and information security management in support of business goals. With 15 years in cybersecurity, she has held leadership roles overseeing global teams for governance, cybersecurity and HIPAA compliance and identity management in both the manufacturing and retail industries.
Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations; Executive Director Enterprise Services, U.S. Cyber Command, MNIT
Brigadier General Stefanie Horvath
Brigadier General Stefanie Horvath provides guidance, leadership, and oversight to the Joint Staff and advises the Office of the Adjutant General on joint matters for 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen on ready units, providing a competent ready force, optimal force structure, and cyber response. Her responsibilities include emergency response operations, government relations, strategic planning and international affairs. Horvath joined the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1989 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1991. She has both in a full-time capacity and as a traditional Soldier. She has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade levels and completed deployments to Kosovo in 2003-2004 and Iraq in 2009-2010. Her most significant awards include the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters. General Horvath has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Criminal Justice from North Dakota State University and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. She holds numerous professional certifications in information security. In her civilian occupation, she serves as the Chief Business Technology Officer (CBTO) for the Minnesota Boards, Councils, and Commissions (MBCC) and the Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO) for the State of Minnesota. She is also Program Chair of the Cyber Security Summit, a consortium of industry, government, and academic leaders working together to improve the state of cybersecurity on the domestic and international level.
Director , Technological Leadership Institute at University of Minnesota
Allison Hubel, PhD
Allison Hubel is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hubel’s research focuses on the preservation of cells used therapeutically. She is a fellow of ASME and AIMBE and a National Blood Foundation Scholar.
Chief Product Officer , Cofense
Keith Ibarguen is the Chief Product Officer for Cofense, the leading provider of enterprise email phishing detection and response solutions. In Keith’s role, he is responsible for the strategic planning, architecture, development, deployment and security of the suite of Cofense products. Keith joined Cofense in 2018, bringing over 25 years of diverse software and cyber security expertise working with customers, setting strategic direction and executing advanced solutions that solve customer needs. Prior to Cofense, he led activities with the DoD, the Intelligence, Law Enforcement Communities, not for profit, and commercial firms, most recently serving as Chief Engineer for the Law Enforcement and Domestic Security Division at the MITRE Corporation.
Assembly member, 44th District; Chair, Select Committee on Cybersecurity , California State Assembly
Jacqui Irwin was first elected in 2014 to represent California’s 44th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village. As the former Mayor of Thousand Oaks, Irwin understands the importance of working across party lines at the national, state, and local level to help make her community one of the safest places to live and raise a family. In her first term in the Assembly, Irwin successfully authored numerous pieces of legislation into law and brought vital state funds back to her community. Through her leadership funding was allocated for the creation of the CSU Channel Island School of Engineering and for innovation centers on UC campuses to transform UC research into products. Her legislation created tax-free savings accounts for the disabled, increased the cybersecurity of state agencies, and removed barriers for military service members seeking mental health services. Irwin continued her focus on ensuring safety for California families with laws that protect children from unsafe products, assist law enforcement investigating online crime, and empower parents to safeguard their child’s identity. Irwin also championed the environment with laws that expanded the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, promoted renewable energy resources, while also leading efforts to utilize the local brine line to bring purified water to local farmers. Assemblymember Irwin currently chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee, and is a member of the Agriculture Committee, Business & Professions Committee, Higher Education Committee, and the Privacy & Consumer Protection Committee. Assemblymember Irwin also chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Cybersecurity, and Co-chairs the National Conference of State Legislatures Task Force on Cybersecurity. These roles have allowed her to help lead national and statewide efforts to improve our cybersecurity policies. Her career in public service began on the Thousand Oaks City Council, where she was first elected in 2004. Irwin served two terms as mayor of Thousand Oaks. On the City Council she was a strong advocate for the preservation of open space and responsible development, while working tirelessly to ensure that families had a safe community. Prior to her public service, Irwin was an employee of Teledyne Systems. She also worked as an engineer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. She has been honored as Assemblymember of the Year by TechNet, the Woman of the Year for the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Champion for College Opportunity and Student Success by the Campaign for College Opportunity, and received the California Bear Award for her service to the California National Guard. Assemblymember Irwin holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from UC San Diego. While earning her degree, Irwin was an All-American swimmer and competed in the national championships all four years. A proud mother of three young adults, Jacqui Irwin and her husband Jon have lived in Thousand Oaks for nearly 20 years. In addition to her work in the Assembly, Irwin has been appointed by the Assembly Speaker to serve on the Governor’s Military Council, the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the State Public Works Board, the Inter-Agency Council on Veterans, and the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.
Principal Innovation Architect, Oracle
Shruti Iyer is a Principal Innovation Architect supporting Clinical Innovations in the Health Sciences Global Business Unit (HSGBU) at Oracle. Shruti has over seven years of experience at Medtronic as a demonstrated subject matter expert in end-to-end medical device product development. Her past work focused on late stage heart failure therapies, assessing product and cybersecurity risk, and better understanding barriers to market adoption. Shruti has an M.S. in Medical Device Innovation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she was a Technological Leadership Institute Fellow. She has a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is a thought leader with passion to empower patients to be in control of their health. Shruti is energized about driving complex and critical decisions in a highly regulated environment. Shruti is a team-oriented and strategy-focused leader with the ability to transform abstract and complex challenges into tangible and simple solutions.
Director of Graduate Studies and Renier Chair, Technological Leadership Institute
Mike Johnson holds the Honeywell James J. Renier chair in security technologies and is a senior fellow at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota where he is responsible for developing security curriculum for the security technologies master’s degree program, driving critical infrastructure protection and security industry issues discussions and training future security leaders. Mike has also spent more than 25 years as a security and risk management leader in the corporate environment, most recently as CISO of Bremer Bank.
Executive Assistant Director, FBI
Darrin E. Jones
Darrin E. Jones was appointed as the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s Science & Technology Branch in April 2020. In this capacity, he supervises the executives and operations of the FBI Laboratory Division (LD), the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), and the Operational Technology Division (OTD).
Principal Information Security Analyst, Mayo Clinic
Sarah Jopp is a Principal Information Security Analyst at Mayo Clinic, having worked in multiple roles over the past 15 years including Internal Audit, Enterprise Analytics and Reporting, Compliance, Risk Management, and Clinical Information Security. In her current role Sarah utilizes her project management and information security experience to facilitate the implementation of the Cybersecurity Resilience Program which reports asset and fleet level cybersecurity risk metrics to the organization. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and also holds the CISSP certification.
Eran Kahana is an experienced attorney concentrating his practice on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and intellectual property law. He counsels clients on a wide variety of matters related to cybersecurity, privacy, technology law, artificial intelligence, trademarks, patents, and copyright issues. In addition, Eran is a fellow at Stanford Law School and an advisory board member of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Law Society. He also serves in a variety of cybersecurity thought-leadership roles in which he publishes and lectures on the intersect between the law and artificial intelligence and is the co-author of the book The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines, a publication of the American Bar Association. Eran is a graduate of the FBI's Citizen Academy and works closely with the FBI, Department of Justice, Secret Service, and colleagues from the private and academic sectors to promote and sustain cybersecurity best practices. To that end, Eran serves as general counsel of InfraGard (Minnesota Chapter), and as a member of the governance committee of the InfraGard National Members Alliance, a public-private sector organization affiliated with the FBI. He also serves on the Advisory Board of MN Cyber, an organization dedicated to position Minnesota as a national leader in cybersecurity. Eran has been interviewed on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, privacy, and technology law for Bloomberg Law, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), KABC Radio, WCCO Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Star Tribune, TheStreet.com, Stanford University Radio, KZSU FM, Twin Cities Business magazine, and Quartz.
Professor, Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity Graduate Director, Cyber Operations Program Executive Director, MN Cyber Co-Founder and Executive Board Member, Minnesota Cyber Careers Consortium (MNC3), Metropolitan State (MN) University
I have been an Educator / Trainer / Consultant in the area of Information Technology/cybersecurity for over 18 years. I have developed and taught several courses in the area of computer networking, databases, programming and information security. I am also a certified trainer, a freelance technical consultant and currently holds various certifications in different technical filed, including the world-renowned Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. Research Interests/Specialties: Security: Cyber-Security, Smart Grids Security, Health Informatics, and Computer & Network Security Forensics: Computer and Mobile Forensics, and Mobile Malware Analysis & Reverse Engineering Wireless Communication: Vertical Handoffs in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks Artificial Intelligence: Application of Fuzzy Logic and Adaptive Neuro Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS) Executive Director MN Cyber
Reader in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity, Portsmouth University
Dr. Vasileios Karagiannopoulos
As Director of Information Security at Hennepin Healthcare, Yan leverages 25 years of experience in technology and information security to build a state-of-the-art security program. Yan frequently presents at conferences globally on topics including advanced security and governance, application security, and the evolution of the security industry.
Director, HealthCare Sales, Ordr
Darrell Kesti is the Regional Sales Manager with Ordr Inc, based out of Minneapolis, MN. Darrell has 19 years of Cyber Security and Network expertise with a current focus on Health Care Delivery organizations of all sizes bringing his technical background and business outcome approach to these organizations. Prior to his role at Ordr he has held technical and account management roles at ForeScout Technologies, FireEye, Mandiant, F5 Networks, and Secure Computing. Darrell earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
MS-ISAC Member Programs Manager, Center for Internet Security
Eugene Kipniss is Member Programs Manager for the MS-ISAC. He works managing the Nationwide Cybersecurity Review (NCSR), a self-assessment for our nation’s State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal (SLTT) governments that allows them to measure their cybersecurity maturity and build a roadmap to a stronger cybersecurity posture.
Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, MS-ISAC, Center for Internet Security
Carlos P. Kizzee is the VP, Stakeholder Engagement with the Center for Internet Security’s Multi-State ISAC. Previously, Carlos served with the Retail & Hospitality ISAC as VP, Intelligence; building and supporting retail and hospitality industry security collaboration; and with Defense Security Information Exchange as Executive Director, promoting threat intelligence sharing and collaboration within the defense industrial base and actively supporting the development and establishment of the National Defense ISAC. Prior to those roles, Carlos served with the Center for Internet Security’s Vice-President for Multi-Sector Initiatives, and within the Department of Homeland Security as the Deputy Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience Division, and the Program Manager for a Joint Program Office implementing key operational information sharing and information sharing support program activities associated with Public-Private threat information sharing, collaboration, and automation. Carlos also served within DHS as the Director of Strategic Cyber Initiatives for the Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Protection Branch of the National Cyber Security Division, Counsel for the National Operations Center, Senior Counsel for Infrastructure Protection, and as a Senior Attorney-Advisor for the DHS Office of General Counsel, General Law Division. Carlos is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served as a career Marine Corps Officer. He received a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a Master of Laws from the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army at the University of Virginia’s School of Law.
Information Security Director, Hennepin Healthcare
Over the past 20+ years, Yan has worked through many IT and security evolutionary trends, learning different ways to evaluate, understand, and remediate cybersecurity risks. As a consultant, Yan performed many security and regulatory assessments on frameworks including HIPAA/HITECH, HITRUST, PCI, NIST-CSF, ISO, and DEA EPCS. As the Chief Information Security Officer for a technology and cloud provider, Yan led all aspects of information security, privacy, and regulatory compliance while mentoring and developing team members. Yan is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on topics ranging from advanced security and governance to application security and evolution of security industry as a whole.
Principal Technologist, Global Quality - Product Security Office, Medtronic
Judd is a Principal Technologist in Medtronic’s Global Quality - Product Security Office. He focuses on post-market cybersecurity concerns, including vulnerability disclosures and incident response. Prior to his time at Medtronic, Judd worked for a healthcare delivery organization and was involved in cybersecurity work spanning from network security to the patient’s bedside. He also holds a MS in Medical Device Innovation with a Minor in Cybersecurity from the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute.
Robert M. Lee is the CEO and co-founder of the ICS cybersecurity technology and services firm Dragos. He gained his start in the U.S. Air Force as a Cyber Warfare Operations Officer where he spent most of his career at the National Security Agency where he built and led a first-of-its-kind mission hunting and analyzing state actors targeting ICS. He is also a Senior Instructor at the SANS Institute where he authored the Forensics 578 course on Cyber Threat Intelligence and the ICS 515 course on ICS network monitoring and incident response. He may be found on Twitter @RobertMLee
VP, Global Services Technical Operations, Blackberry
Tony has more than fifteen years of professional research and consulting experience pursuing his passion in all areas of information security. As an avid educator, Tony has instructed thousands of students at many venues worldwide, including government, universities, corporations, and conferences such as Black Hat. He takes every opportunity to share knowledge as a contributing author to Hacking Exposed 7, and is also a frequent blogger, researcher, and author of white papers on topics ranging from Citrix Security, the China Chopper Web shell, and Cisco's SYNFul Knock router implant. Over the years, he has contributed many tools to the security community such as UnBup, Forensic Investigator Splunk app, and CyBot, the extensible Threat Intelligence Bot framework designed for anyone from a home user to a SOC analyst.
Managing Director, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, EY
Brian L. Levine is a Managing Director at EY Parthenon, where he leads a group focused on cybersecurity and data privacy, primarily in the context of corporate transactions, such as acquisitions, divestitures, and IPOs. Prior to joining EY, Mr. Levine served for seven years as Senior Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section ("CCIPS") and National Coordinator for more than 300 federal prosecutors who focus on computer hacking, intellectual property prosecution, and the lawful gathering and use of digital evidence. Prior to joining CCIPS, Mr. Levine served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Internet & Technology Bureau at the New York Attorney General's Office; a county prosecutor in Detroit, Michigan; and a civil litigator in Silicon Valley and New York. Mr. Levine has clerked for federal judges in the Southern District of Florida and on the Seventh Circuit. He earned his J.D. from New York University and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
SVP of Strategic Sales, Island
I am a relationship-driven sales leader with 20+ years experience, the last decade being directly focused in cybersecurity. I deliver value to my customer engagements by bringing a keen focus on and understanding of the client’s business drivers, underlying concerns around security issues, and the intricacies of the solutions decision making process. I apply my vast experience in solving business challenges by developing and executing actionable strategies for impact based on a client's specific organizational challenges, and excel in communicating the business value of adding security technology to meet the needs of customer IT organizations. I am respected as a trusted advisor to customers and colleagues alike for bringing a proven, consultative approach to customer communications, strategic business planning, resource optimization, hiring and developing talent and contract negotiations.
VP, Enterprise Chief Information Security Officer, 3M
Tris Lingen joined 3M in late October 2018 to lead the design and implementation of an Information Technology Risk Management framework. In October 2019, she became the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the enterprise. In this role, she is addressing evolving security architecture, associated tool sets and related security processes. She oversees the information security practices of 3M, ensuring effective global adoption of industry security best practices and alignment with legislative, regulatory and industry compliance requirements. Prior to joining 3M, Ms. Lingen was executive vice president and CISO for TCF Financial Corporation. In this role, Ms. Lingen was responsible for the design, implementation and management of a comprehensive information security infrastructure for the company, including information technology risk management, operational control infrastructure, vendor risk management and process management for legal and regulatory requirements. Previously, Ms. Lingen held several information security and technology roles in the manufacturing and health care industries, including Ecolab and BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota. Additionally, she served as a senior manager specializing in information security and risk management assurance with Ernst & Young, LLP. She began her career as a national bank examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency. Ms. Lingen is a graduate of the St. Cloud State University with a degree in finance. She holds numerous certifications, including Certified Risk and Information Systems Control Manager (CRISC), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA) and Certified Internal Auditor. She also participates in several Security Boards and Advisory Customer Boards to collaborate and provide industry leadership.
DevSecOpps Transformation, Contrast Security
Larry is a thought leader on DevSecOps. At Comcast, he launched and scaled the DevSecOps Transformation program over five years, and is now at Contrast helping organizations empower development teams to take ownership of security. Larry was a founding Director at Carnegie Mellon's CyLab and co-led the launch of Build-Security-In initiative.
Co-Founder, Executive Producer, Cyber Security Summit
Eileen Manning is a 30-year entrepreneur specializing in strategic planning and marketing with a focus on technology events. She has worked at a top advertising agency and spent over a decade in management at a Fortune 100 financial institution producing hundreds of business conferences ranging in attendance from 100 to 5,000; managing marketing services including communications, public relations, business television, video production, and graphic design; and directing an $11 million corporate travel department. Eileen has been honored with a Women in Business Award; Progress Minnesota Award recognizing entrepreneurs and organizations that are driving business growth and economic development in Minnesota in innovative ways such as creating the Cyber Security Summit. Titans of Technology and an international Enterprising Woman of the Year Award. She is a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy and an active Board Member.
National Practice Director- Payment Security, Fraud, and IAM
Risk management, information security, and physical security specialist with extensive military combat arms and corporate information security experience. Former Marine NCO and Navy Officer holding the military occupational specialties: 0311 (infantry), 8541 (scout/sniper), 8654 (Recon Marine, Airborne/Scuba qualified), 8154 (security forces) with combat experience in Operation Continue Hope; Mogadishu, Somalia, and experience with foreign military units. In early 2001, transitioned into the information security industry while contracting with Visa USA. One of the original members of the team that worked with Visa to rewrite the CISP (now PCI DSS) in 2001. Conducted one of first two PCI (then CISP) assessments in 2002. Founded a QSA firm and conducted or managed over 100 assessments from 2002 until 2004. Former MasterCard SDP team member and Original member of PCI SSC. Former QSA trainer who trained over 2,800 QSAs worldwide from 2007-2009. From January 2007 - Sept 2009 was the Visa Inc. CISP trainer responsible for training over 10,000 people worldwide on PCI DSS and related topics. Creator of the CPISM and CPISA certifications. Published numerous articles and have spoken at scores of events on the topic of PCI DSS, and payment card security. Specialties: Physical security, Information Security, Privacy, military operations, PCI DSS, Payment Card Security, Payment card risk
Director of Incident Response , Blue Team Alpha
Peter is an Information Security Professional with 20+ years of Information Technology and Cyber Security experience. Peter has held roles handling various aspects of large and complex information security programs, most recently as Information Security Officer for a cybersecurity consulting firm and is currently Director of Incident Response with Blue Team Alpha. Peter has deep experience serving as an information security advisor and consultant, as well as experience with leading and managing Incident Response and Recovery teams. His responsibilities have included GRC, GDPR, PCI, SOC2, audit, risk assessment and remediation, vulnerability management, vendor management, security awareness programs and has taught in the MBA program for Cardinal Stritch University. He is constantly learning and is an evangelist for strong security awareness programs. Peter holds a Bachelor’s in Management of Information Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University (WI). Certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Evolve Security Certified Professional (ESCP) CMMC-RP
Vice President, Insikt Group, Recorded Future
District Director, SBA
Brian McDonald is the District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Minnesota District. Under his leadership, McDonald’s team facilitates SBA-backed loans, advocates and trains small businesses for federal government contracting opportunities, and works to improve entrepreneurial development and strengthen business growth in all 87 Minnesota counties.
Mountaineer & Cyber Professional
Louise McEvoy has worked to empower women in cyber security for 15 years. She likes taking risks outside of work - mountain biking on weekends and climbing the world’s highest mountains on vacations. Louise’s personal life goal was to climb Everest and she realized that goal when she summited on May 16, 2018. Louise is dedicated to helping others reach their “summit” and has spoken to many groups and organizations on that topic, knowing that sometimes the hardest things in life are also the most fulfilling. Join us for a very enriching account of Louise’s Everest Summit journey and how her experience and learnings tie directly into cybersecurity leadership, risk management and goal setting. The Power and Peril of Connection theme for this year’s summit could not be more fitting backdrop to this powerful lunchtime keynote.
Sr. Director, Information Security, Sleep Number
Tina is a highly accomplished Senior Information Security & Compliance Executive and Entrepreneur with more than 15 years of success in the retail, banking, technology, and medical device industries. Tina is currently the Sr. Director of Information Security at Sleep Number Corporation and has held executive cyber security leadership positions at Best Buy, Inc., Shutterfly, Inc. and Target Corporation. She built and led her own consulting firm, Beacon Information Security, LLC, a highly-credentialed, multi-industry cyber security advisory and consulting service. Tina specializes in cyber security and privacy program building and maturation, cyber security risk management, enterprise security policies, security awareness, phishing programs, mergers & acquisition security evaluations, and recruiting/building high-performing and diverse teams. Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior & Management from St. Scholastica and a Master of Business Administration from Augsburg University. In addition to holding an MBA, Tina maintains active CISSP and CIPP/US certifications and is a part-time adjunct Cyber Security instructor at Dunwoody College in Minneapolis and serves on their advisory board. She is currently the Vice President of the newly formed Minnesota Chapter of the WiCyS (Women in CyberSecurity) National Organization in addition to a Think Tank member for the Cyber Security Summit, a large conference in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area going on its tenth year and was the keynote speaker at “Cyber Now – Birmingham, AL” in April 2018. She has been featured as a speaker at a number of highly attended conferences, including; GSX Las Vegas, ISC2 Security Congress, Secure 360 Minneapolis, Cyber Security Summit and the Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Conference. A devout hockey, choir and theater mom, Tina is married with three children and resides with her family in suburban Minneapolis. She is also active in supporting & performing in local stage arts, including music and theater, delivering performances in both lead and supporting roles.
VP, CISO, CWT
Harshal is a respected information security leader with more than a decade of leadership experience spread across Risk Management, Security Governance, Compliance Management, Payment Security and Security Office. He has held various consulting and leadership roles across the globe delivering high value security consulting projects and building up a security program from ground. Harshal is currently Chief Information Security Officer, Vice President at CWT where he is responsible globally for information security and risk program interfacing with business and stakeholders for aligning security with the business objectives and delivering a sustainable and secure environment. Before joining CWT in 2014, he held consulting roles in KPMG, Verizon and Wipro Consulting Services. Apart from CWT, Harshal sits on various advisory boards and is a sought-after speaker at reputed industry forums and conferences
Director of Cyber Threat & Fraud Intelligence , Target
Ryan is an intelligence professional with over 18 years of analytical, operational and leadership experience in both US Government and Military, as well as private sector organizations. For the past 11 years Ryan has been in the cyber intelligence space working for The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) supporting the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC); The Department of the Treasury supporting the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF) addressing financial sector cyber intelligence requirements and law enforcement investigations; The Bank of New York Mellon, as a VP of Cyber Intelligence helping establish the institution's cyber intelligence program; and Target Corporation leading the cyber threat intelligence program. Previously, Ryan served as an intelligence collection & analysis asset for over 7 years with the US Army in the Military Intelligence field, completing two deployments to Kosovo as part of Task Force Falcon, and one deployment to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he led a team of analysts responsible for Brigade level intelligence collection & analysis of terrorist organizations operating in the Iraqi area of operation. Ryan kicked off his career in technology after the military as an information technology technician supporting all IT operations of Philadelphia Park (Parx Casino & Racetrack) in Philadelphia, PA.
VP, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Best Buy
Adam is the CISO at Best Buy where he leads a team of seasoned, risk-minded practitioners ensuring that systems and information assets are protected. He is passionate about risk management and information security, while also acting as an enabler as the business transforms, innovates, and pursues new strategic growth opportunities. Adam received his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Iowa State University and was an information security consultant at PwC prior to joining Best Buy in 2015./p>
Director of Graduate Studies for the MS in Medical Device Innovation Program, Technological Leadership Institute - University of Minnesota
Daniel Mooradian is a seasoned leader of medical device product development with VP and C-suite level experience. He is a successful inventor and entrepreneur and proven leader in medical device commercialization. He is the founder/president of The Simpatico Group LLC and chief science officer at Innova Medical.
Deputy Assistant Director, Insider Threat; Deputy Director, National Insider Threat Task Force , National Intelligence and Security Center
Ms. Rebecca Morgan serves as the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) Deputy Assistant Director for Insider Threat and as the Deputy Director of the National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF). NITTF is an interagency task force co-chaired by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Department of Justice.
Senior Principal Engineer TLCP, Optum Technology
David Mott is part of the Optum’s Technology Leadership Development Program. He has held several key roles in his 17 years with UHG, most recently focusing on public cloud security architecture and engineering. His current role is Enterprise Cloud Security Architect for Optum where he provides reusable cloud security patterns to application teams while driving cloud security visibility for his enterprise partners. David's subject matter expertise in public cloud security allows him to take new business use cases, quicky ascertain engineering risks and solutions, partner with technology leaders and help teams understand the risks and mitigating controls when making critical decisions businesses about using public cloud.
Assistant Minority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives
Rep. Jim Nash is a 4th term member of the MN House of Representatives serving the communities of Western Carver County Rep. Nash works in the cyber security industry for FRSecure and advocates for cyber security everywhere. When not working at the House or FRSecure he loves to hunt, fish, and cook. Nash lives in Waconia with his wife and 6 children.
Director, Defensive Cyberspace Operations, MoneyGram
Director, Cyber & Technology E&O, Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
Mario Paez is a Director of Cyber and Technology Errors & Omissions (E&O) at Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He specializes in management and professional liability insurance with a focus on technology errors & omissions, professional liability and network security & privacy liability insurance coverages. In this role, he assists in developing Cyber/Technology practice strategies, and provides consultative services, market negotiation, policy analysis and placement, contract review, and claims advocacy services on behalf of clients. He assists clients with analyzing professional liability and network security risks and provides risk management consulting for a variety of industries focusing on risk transfer and breach response solutions. Mario has more than 18 years of experience in the insurance industry, the last 15 as the National Practice Leader and Advisor in the Technology & Professional Risk Practice at USI Insurance Services. Prior to joining USI Insurance Services, Mario was an underwriter at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in the Executive Protection Practice (Minneapolis, MN) and also spent time as the National Assistant Product Manager for Cyber Risk at a global insurance company. He speaks on various panels relating to the topics of professional liability and network security & privacy liability for all industry classes. He has spoken on behalf of RIMS (Risk & Insurance Management Society), Lexis Nexus, ACI, PLUS (Professional Liability Underwriting Society) and numerous national industry associations. He also conducts seminars on behalf of our local and regional offices. In 2017, he was also recognized by Insurance Business Magazine America as a Hot 100 award recipient. Mario received his certification as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Mario also received his Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) designation from the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS). Mario earned his B.A. in Economics with an emphasis in Finance from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN (cum laude) and his M.A. in Politics, Economics and Business (MBA equivalent) from Claremont Graduate University/Drucker School of Management in Claremont, CA (summa cum laude).
VP, CISO, Bremer Bank
Milinda Rambel Stone
Milinda Rambel Stone is responsible for the enhancement and operational oversight of an enterprise security program for Bremer. She is an executive security leader with extensive experience building and leading security programs teams. Milinda has more than 20 years of experience in creating and managing large-scale information security programs in technology, healthcare, and financial services. Her passion is about leading and mentoring others on the importance of information security.
Director, Cybersecurity Strategy, Proofpoint
Brian Reed is our Director of Cybersecurity Stategy at Proofpoint. He comes to Proofpoint from Gartner where he focused on a wide variety of topics - cloud security, data security, incident response, insider threats and security awareness. Since 2015, he published over 50 thought-leading research notes at Gartner, including Cool Vendors reports, Market Guides for Digital Forensics and Incident Response Services and Security Awareness Training, Risk Management research, as well as the last two Gartner Magic Quadrants for Enterprise DLP. Previous to Gartner, he spent over 15 years in a variety of business development, product management, sales and system engineering roles, at companies including Sourcefire (acquired by Cisco), HP, McAfee and Internet Security Systems (acquired by IBM). He is well known in the information security industry and has spoken at numerous Gartner events, as well as other industry events globally. Brian also serves as an advisory board member and holds a BA degree from The University of Georgia and an MBA from Kennesaw State University.
CIO , North Dakota Information Technology Department
Shawn Riley was born to a broken and abusive home. Shawn overcame the challenges of his youth and adopted a growth mindset and “we can make the world a better place” attitude. At the age of 16 he started a technology company. Later in his career he entered the private sector and worked as a thought leader for companies like IBM and the Mayo Clinic. His career has included massive change and transformation initiatives spanning multibillion-dollar organizations. In 2017 Shawn was appointed by Governor Doug Burgum to lead the state of North Dakota’s technology services as the Chief Information Officer. He is always looking to connect with others who have a “we can change the world” attitude as he strives to be a servant leader and improve lives, empower people, and inspire success.
CEO, Security Journey
Chris Romeo is CEO and co-founder of Security Journey and is a builder of security culture influencing education. His passion is to bring security culture change to all organizations, large and small, by providing gamified security programs. Chris is a highly rated industry speaker and trainer, featured at RSA Conference, OWASP Global AppSec, and ISC2 Security Congress. Chris was the Chief Security Advocate at Cisco for five years, empowering engineers to shift security left in all products and led Cisco’s security belt program (Cisco Security Ninja). Chris has twenty-three years of security experience, holding positions across the gamut, including application security, security engineering, and incident response. Chris holds the CISSP and CSSLP certifications
Enterprise Sales Executive, Zoom Video Communications
Chief Information Security Officer , Allina Health
Experienced Chief Information Security Officer with a demonstrated history of working in financial, retail, and hospital & health care industries. Skilled in Risk Management, Security Governance and Regulatory Management , Identity Management and Cybersecurity. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Sciences focused in Management Information Systems from Central Michigan University.
Principal Security Strategist, Recorded Future
Jason Steer is a Principal Security Strategist at Recorded Future, where he’s responsible for employee education & awareness, monitoring our key technology partners and a member of the CSIRT. He has previously held positions at a number of successful security companies over the past 15 years, including IronPort, Veracode, and FireEye. Jason’s expert commentary has been featured in BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera, and he has worked with both the EU and UK Governments on cyber security strategy. Jason holds a Degree in Management Information Systems.
Partner, Litigation & Cyber Security , Taft Law
Phil is the Minneapolis practice leader for the Taft law firm’s Privacy and Data Security practice. Phil concentrates his cybersecurity practice on contract negotiation, data governance, transactional due diligence, and breach response. Phil is a Certified Privacy Professional/ United States (CIPP/US), a member of InfraGard (Minnesota chapter), serves on the Cyber Security Summit's board of advisors, and is a legal resource for the Minneapolis Chapter of the CISO Executive Network. Phil also litigates complex disputes in Minnesota and throughout the country. Taft has over 600 lawyers across its Midwestern footprint.
President, G5 Consulting & Engineering Services
David Schultz has 25 years of automation and process control experience across many market verticals. He currently works with manufacturers to help them develop and execute strategies for digital transformation and asset management. He is a member of International Society of Automation (ISA), Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) and Project Management Institute (PMI). Extensive market knowledge of the process industries, including pharmaceutical, food & beverage, pulp & paper, power generation and mining. Considerable experience in the complete oil & gas vertical, including production, pipeline, process and marketing. Solutions expert in many technologies including automation, measurement, and control. Specific solutions include IIoT, MES, SCADA, DCS, PLC, flow meters, instrumentation, control valves, pumps, and filtration/separation. My purpose is to help others develop and execute strategies to create a competitive advantage. Much of my focus is in resolving manufacturing inefficiencies and improving process reliability. While other strategies exist these are more assured. I look forward to helping you succeed.
Chief Security Architect , Optum Technology
Richard Scott holds the position of Chief Security Architect for Optum. In this capacity, Richard leads a SPACE security team (Strategic Programs and Cloud Engineering) that examines the threats posed to applications in public cloud platforms, the complexities with migrating to the cloud and the benefits for adopting cloud native security capabilities. His team focuses on being able to partner with technology and cloud platform partners to challenge how Optum takes advantage of cloud services and solutions with a strong interest in delivering a safe and secure digital healthcare pathway for healthcare providers, users and innovative engineering teams. Previously, he was the Chief Security Office at Kroll, in which Kroll took its first steps moving sensitive applications to public cloud, along with understanding the underlying business challenges of public cloud adoption. Richard recently participated in a roundtable to discuss JAMCovid security related issues and how governments can proactively take proactive measures on supply chain for cloud applications. Richard is originally from London, England, but now resides in Minnesota.
Regional Director, Axonius
John Seaman, is based in Austin, Texas. When he was a kid, John would build computers out of old and spare parts his dad would find. Since then, he has educated himself - both formally and informally - in business, technology, software engineering, and cybersecurity. John's experience spans the endpoint security, SIEM, and DevOps spaces. When he isn't serving his clients, John enjoys trail running and spending time with his wife and three children
Strategic Product Mktg Director, Armis
As Strategic Product Marketing Director for Armis, Sumit is focused on aligning the value of the Armis platform to the specific needs and use cases that exist in the Healthcare industry. With 20 years of experience in Health IT and Information Security, Sumit is passionate about creating cohesive security strategies and architectures that balance innovation in technology with human factors and bridging those with enterprise and clinical risk. Prior to Armis, Sumit has served as CISO for leading healthcare organizations in the US and most recently as the Chief Technology Strategist for McAfee.
Senior Director Technology, Target
Tom has spent most of the last 20 years leading Enterprise IAM initiatives and teams for large, multinational businesses. He has deep experience in all aspects of IAM and enjoys the challenge of delivering business value through technology and innovation. Tom is currently Sr Director, Technology at Target Corporation where he has spent the last four years working to modernize, simplify, and extend Target’s IAM capabilities. Tom's mission with his team is to find that optimal balance between Security and User Experience through technology, process optimization, and lots of empathy.
President, CyberNINES, Ret. USN Captain
Scott is the President of CyberNINES which focuses on providing consulting services to support the DOD (Department of Defense) supply chain in meeting cyber security requirements for protecting CUI (controlled unclassified information). Most recently Scott was at PaR Systems, where he was the VP and Chief Information Officer since 2010. At PaR, Scott had responsibility for information systems, global quality, export control, security, and continuous process improvement. Previously, Scott spent 16 years with Medtronic in various leadership positions including the European Infrastructure Manager, the Vascular division CIO, and the head of global security. CAPT Singer retired from the Navy Reserves in January of 2018. He most recently was mobilized to active duty to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and then FEMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as the Department of Defense liaison to FEMA. He has served on active duty for Operations Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom and in the Gulf War for Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Most recently he was the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) for the state of MN. Prior to that he was the Executive Officer for Commander Pacific Fleet Maritime Operations Center responsible for supporting the communications and cybersecurity needs of the Pacific Fleet. Some of CAPT Singer’s awards and medals include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and Combat Action Ribbon. Scott is the past president and currently on the executive leadership board for the Minnesota Technology Association (mntech) formerly MHTA, past President of the UW Madison NROTC Alumni Association and board member of InfraGard. He was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) for his second consecutive term. Scott has an MBA in Information Systems from the University of MN and BS is Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Senior Information Security Analyst, ITS4, Threat and Vulnerability Management, MNIT Services
Nancy Skuta is a Senior Security Analyst on the Threat and Vulnerability Management Unit for the State of Minnesota, MNIT Services. In her role, she is involved with scanning over 60,000 State IT assets. Nancy is leading the charge to communicate security vulnerabilities to IT teams for remediation and resolution.
Global Deputy CIO, Zoom Video Communications , Zoom
Gary Sorrentino currently serves as Global Deputy CIO for Zoom Video Communications. A former Managing Director for J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management, Gary was the Global Head of Client Cyber Awareness and Education. For over 12 years, Gary was the Chief Technology Officer for J.P. Morgan AWM’s global technology infrastructure initiatives, where he managed its Data Privacy program and was responsible for Infrastructure, Application and End User Technology Production Support. In 2014, he assumed a new role as the lead for their Cybersecurity efforts and developed a firm wide “Protect the Client” Cyber program designed to raise cybersecurity awareness among employees and clients. With almost 40 years of experience in Information Technology, Gary has served in various other IT leadership positions in firms across the financial services industry. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2005, Gary was Head of Global Infrastructure and Head of Technology Efficiencies at Citi Private Bank, where he was responsible for Global Infrastructure Support and strategic technology initiatives. Other roles he has held include Global Technology CFO at Credit Suisse and North America IT Controller at UBS
VP Cyber Risk, Kroll
Ryan Spelman is a Vice President with the Cyber Risk practice of Kroll. Ryan has over 15 years of experience in helping organizations identify and implement ways to improve their cybersecurity. Prior to joining Kroll, Ryan was with the Center for Internet Security (CIS), where he oversaw the creation of risk assessment software that was used by insurance companies to underwrite thousands of local governments across the country.
Director of Healthcare Product Management, Ordr
Benjamin Stock is the Director of Healthcare Product Management at Ordr. Previously, Ben worked as the Director of Clinical Equipment Systems and Project Support at SSM Health St. Louis, MO. With more than 18 years of experience in healthcare technology management, his wealth of knowledge in the Clinical Engineering space allows him to be a wonderful advocate for Ordr healthcare customers. Ben is also a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET).
Assistant Commissioner, State Chief Information Security Officer, State of Minnesota, MNIT Services
Rohit Tandon is the Chief Information Security Officer of the State of Minnesota. Rohit has 15 years of information security industry experience in both the public and private sector. Rohit has worked for Mayo Clinic Rochester to build secure systems for Electronic Health Records and championed Medical Device security. Before he joined the State of Minnesota to protect his fellow Minnesotan’s data, Rohit served as the Information Security leader at Strategic Education Inc (SEI) where he merged the information security departments of Capella Education Company and Strayer Education, Inc. into a combined post-merger organization. He is also an adjunct professor for the past eight years at Metropolitan State University where he enjoys sharing his knowledge to build the nation's future cyber workforce.
Editor and Publisher, Upsize Minnesota
Andrew Tellijohn is editor and publisher of Upsize Minnesota magazine. He’d written for the magazine off and on since its inception before being part of a group that acquired the magazine earlier this year. Tellijohn has been a business writer in the Twin Cities for 20 years, first with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and then as a freelancer.
Executive Director, Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Governance, Risk & Compliance, ECS
Shayla Treadwell is a results-oriented thought leader with experience in Cybersecurity governance, compliance, and integrated risk management who takes an organizational psychology approach to influencing cyber hygiene and culture. She is adept in navigating complex problems and is adept in formulating strategic solutions to build success.
Sr Director Product and Solution Evangelism, Ordr
Jamison brings 25+ years of IT/Security experience spanning large organizations like Sprint, SUN Microsystems and Palo Alto Networks where he led the OT/IoT business development unit and startups like Infoblox where he was the security evangelist for many years. His deep desire to understand a customer’s internal and external problem set make him an empathic speaker and his experience in many roles spanning sales, channel, BD, and evangelism make him a capable and competent industry visionary. With hundreds of public speaking engagements including the EU congress at the Hague and a special briefing for Homeland Security and select members of the US Senate, he has addressed CISOs and legislators alike. He lives a thousand feet above Denver, Colorado with his wife Sarah and dog Sookie. Jamison is an avid martial artist, nature enthusiast, and freemason.
Sr. Manager for Solutions and Architectures for World Wide Technology (WWT), State & Local Government and Education (SLED), World Wide Technology
Wade Van Guilder
Mr. Van Guilder is a seasoned technical leader with over 25 years of experience in the industry. As a Principal Advisor at World Wide Technology (WWT) for State & Local Government and Education (SLED), Mr. Van Guilder is responsible for WWT’s Cyber Security strategy for SLED. In this role he spends much of his time consulting with Sr. Technical and Business Leaders in the SLED Market to help identify and deliver cyber solutions that serve the needs of these customers. In support of the Public Sector market, Mr. Van Guilder has served on multiple technical advisory councils focused on helping various OEMS improve the impact they have on serving our government. He is passionate about making mission impact through the effective use of secure technology. Before joining WWT, Mr. Van Guilder spent 4 years at Symantec leading the Department of Defense (DoD) Engineering Team and consulting with customers to align Symantec’s solutions to serve the DoD’s Mission. Prior to that he spent 3 Years with Red River, a Federal Technical Integrator, and 14 years with Cisco Systems. In those roles he led worldwide teams and developed mission impacting IT solutions focusing on the Department of Defense, Federal Healthcare, and Service Provider markets. Early in his career, Mr. Van Guilder served as a telecommunications professional and network engineer at SUPERVALU, NordicTrack and Minnesota Power. Mr. Van Guilder graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Computer Engineering Degree, holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and maintains his Professional Engineering (PE) License in the state of Minnesota for electrical engineering. He was born and raised in MN and currently lives in the Twin Cities area with his wife and 3 boys.
President & COO, Beryllium Infosec Collaborative
With over 25 years of experience across various industries including Finance, Oil and Gas, Healthcare and Manufacturing, Paul has been actively working within the Nation’s critical infrastructure, addressing challenges, providing guidance, insight and innovation in Operations Technology, Industrial Controls, IoT, IIoT, SCADA cyber security knowledge, expertise, and education.
Senior Engineer, ReliaQuest
Alex is a Sales Engineer with a CISSP at ReliaQuest. He supports the pre-sales pipeline in the Midwest. In his time at ReliaQuest he has held numerous roles in the threat detection space including managing ReliaQuest’s detection architecture offering for over 200 customers. Prior to joining ReliaQuest, Alex worked in the Security Operations Center for a Class One railroad in a few roles that spanned engineering and analysis for SIEM and EDR. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from North Dakota State University. He currently resides in Monticello, MN with his family.
Senior Vice President, The Linux Foundation
Derek E. Weeks is the world's foremost researcher on the topic of DevSecOps and securing software supply chains. Since 2014, he has championed research and reporting on the state of open source software supply chains, developer best practices, and adversary attack methods. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President at The Linux Foundation. Derek is also the co-founder of All Day DevOps, an online community of 95,000 IT professionals. In 2018, Derek was recognized by DevOps.com as the "Best DevOps Evangelist" for his work in the community.
Managing Partner , Applied Control Solutions, LLC
Joe Weiss is an expert on instrumentation, controls, and control system cyber security. He has published over 80 papers on instrumentation and control systems, control system cyber security, chapters on cyber security for Electric Power Substations Engineering and Securing Water and Wastewater Systems, coauthored Cyber Security Policy Guidebook and authored Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats. He has amassed a database of 12 million actual control system cyber incidents. He is an ISA Fellow, Managing Director of ISA99, a Ponemon Institute Fellow, and an IEEE Senior Member. He was featured in Richard Clarke and RP Eddy’s book- Warning – Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes. He has patents on instrumentation, control systems, and OT networks and is a registered professional engineer and has CISM and CRISC certifications.
CISO, Minnesota Judicial Branch
Gretchen White currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for the Minnesota Judicial Branch (MJB). Over the past four years, she has focused on building the Branch’s Cyber Security culture and team by investing in technology and people. Gretchen empowers teams to take smart risks, embraces automation, and drives continuous improvement.
Lead Security Architect, Best Buy
Clark Whiting, BS Physics College of Charleston, CISSP. 35 years broad background in IT software development, systems architecture and IT Security with focuses in PCI and healthcare compliance. 6 years US Navy Submarines. Developed a meditation practice that goes back to the 70’s beginning with Transcendental Meditation in College. Graduate of the Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach Meditation and Mindfulness Teaching program. Defining books “Autobiography of a Yogi” Yogananda, “Journey of Souls” Michael Newton. Defining Movies: Matrix. Interests: Peeling off the layers of everything and getting at the heart of things.
Commander, 91st Cyber Brigade, Virginia Army National Guard; DHS
Col. Teri Williams
Colonel Teri D. Williams was commissioned in 1997 as a Signal Officer. She was assigned to 124th Signal Battalion, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood where she served as a Signal Platoon Leader. In 2001, Colonel Williams transitioned to the Corps of Engineers, attending the Engineer Advanced Course in 2001. She then served in various positions at the 112th Engineer Battalion including Company Commander for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 112th Engineer Battalion. She held a second command in order to stand up Charlie Company (Signal Company), 37th IBCT. Colonel Williams was then mobilized to Afghanistan in 2008 and 2012 as the S6 for the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Upon redeployment, Colonel Williams was appointed as the Executive Officer of the 16th Engineer Brigade and took command of the 112th Engineer Battalion in September 2014. During that time, she also served as the Cyber Lead, CND-T/DCO-E (Defensive Cyber Operations) for the Ohio National Guard and in 2016 Colonel Williams was assigned as the G6/J6 for Joint Forces Headquarters, Ohio National Guard. She commanded the Information Operations Support Center in the Virginia National Guard from July of 2018 to October 2019. On November 1, 2019, she took command of the 91st Cyber Brigade/Virginia National Guard. Additionally, Colonel Williams has also served as the Officer in Charge for the national Cyber Shield Exercise 2017-2020. A lifelong learner, Colonel Williams is a graduate of the Naval War College with a Masters in National Security and International Studies, and also has a Masters of Science in Information Systems Security from University of Maryland University College. She holds numerous civilian Information Technology certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) and Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), and multiple COMPTIA certifications to include Sec+. She has also earned the FA30, Information Operations Functional Area. Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, German Urkunde Efficiency Award, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal, and Tvagrensmarket (Swedish) Gold Award. Colonel Williams is a member of the National Guard Association of the U.S., Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Signal Corps Regimental Association, Old Crows Association, and the Military Cyber Professionals Association.
Operations Director of Mortgage, Trust and Insurance , Bremer Bank
Meredith Winegar has over 20 years of experience in banking and finance and currently oversees operational and compliance risk, account and loan origination, financial transactions and workflows for the Mortgage, Trust and Insurance groups. She is heavily involved in strategy, technology and the customer experience. Meredith holds a B.A. in Marketing with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems and Psychology from Bemidji State University.
CISO, Skyline Technology Solutions
Ira Winkler, CISSP is CISO of Skyline Technology Solutions and Author of You Can Stop Stupid. He is a leader in the human aspects of cybersecurity. He is a multiple award winning, bestselling author, received many lifetime achievement awards, and is consistently a top-ranked keynote speaker at major events. Ira's next book, Security Awareness for Dummies should be released in January 2022.
SVP, Community Sales and Support Manager, Bremer Bank
Robert and his team deliver comprehensive insurance programs to meet small business operational risk management needs with the right balance of coverage and cost. Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and earned an MBA from St. Thomas University. Robert also holds a Consultative Sales Designee distinction as well as a Professional Training certification from the University of Minnesota.
Associate State Director, Minnesota Small Business Development Center
Lyle Wright is the Associate State Director of the Minnesota Small Business Development Center program (MnSBDC). The SBDC program is a nation-wide program funded in part by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) designed to help entrepreneurs start and grow successful small businesses. He has thrived in the MnSBDC program for thirteen years.
Director, Threat Management , Surescripts LLC
Michael is the Director of Threat Management for Surescripts. He has over 30 years in the IT and Security Industry and has spent the past 15 years penetration testing, red teaming, and building those teams from scratch for various organizations. Now running a Purple team he is focused on combining offense and defense to increase security and reduce risk while supporting business goals. He is an active member in the security community and volunteers to work at DefCon villages and The Diana Initiative when not in virtual lockdown mode.