Group Chief Executive
Ronan is an accomplished executive with over 20 years experience in the tech industry. Ronan is currently the CEO of Smarttech247, a multi award-winning managed cyber security company that specializes in the delivery and management of complex cybersecurity solutions worldwide. Ronan is also the CEO & founder of Getvisibility, a leading AI data governance & security software company.
CEO Strategic Cyber Ventures
Hank Thomas is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Cyber Ventures (SCV). Hank leverages 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, military intelligence, management consulting, and business to identify, assess, invest in, and mature differentiated business and technology teams positioned to revolutionize the cybersecurity landscape. Hank serves as a member of the SCV board of directors and on the boards of cybersecurity product companies TrapX Security, ID DataWeb, E8 Security, and Polarity. All are a part of the SCV portfolio of companies.
Chief Security Officer
Rick is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Palo Alto Networks where he oversees the company’s internal security program, leads the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Team (Unit 42), directs the company’s efforts on the Cyber Threat Alliance Information Sharing Group, and hosts the Cybersecurity Canon Project. His prior jobs include the CISO for TASC, the GM of iDefense, the SOC Director at Counterpane and the Commander of the U.S. Army’s Computer Emergency Response Team. Rick holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and an engineering degree from the US Military Academy.
Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, CISA
Brian Harrell was appointed by the President of the United States in December 2018 to serve as the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection. Brian now serves as the first Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security within the newly renamed U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Recently recognized as Security Magazine's Most Influential People in Security, Brian is the former Managing Director of Enterprise Security at the Duke Energy Corporation. He is also the former Director of the Electricity ISAC and Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he was charged with helping protect North America's electric grid from physical and cyber-attack. Brian has spent time during his career in the US Marine Corps and various private sector agencies with the goal of protecting the United States from security threats.
Executive Assistant Director (Acting) - Cyber Directorate Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Special Agent Laukik Suthar was selected as the Executive Assistant Director (Acting) of the Cyber Directorate in September 2019. He serves as the senior expert and criminal investigative advisor for worldwide law enforcement and counterintelligence cyberspace investigations, operations, and digital/multimedia forensics to detect, deter, and neutralize criminal and foreign intelligence threats to the Department of the Navy.
Prior to his current assignment, Special Agent Suthar served as Assistant Director of the Cyber Directorate, leading the Cyber Operations Field Office, the Cyber Program Management Division,
the Cyber Capabilities Integration Division, and the Cyber Threat Analysis Division. His additional former leadership positions include serving as Special Agent-in-Charge and Assistant Special
Agent-in-Charge, Cyber Operations Field Office; Division Chief, Mission Integration Center, National Security Directorate; Deputy Assistant Director (Acting), NCIS Cyber Directorate; and Supervisory Special Agent, Pacific Cyber Operations Squads.
Special Agent Suthar has more than 16 years of Federal service. He has directly supported NCIS partners in former assignments, including Senior Advisor and member, Cybersecurity Readiness Review, chartered by the Secretary of the Navy; membership on the Cyber Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hawaii; NCIS Liaison to the U.S Cyber Command J2X/Joint Functional Component Command-Network Warfare, Fort Meade, Maryland; and Liaison to the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, Washington, DC.
Special Agent Suthar has a Master of Forensic Sciences degree with a concentration in High Technology Crimes from George Washington University; and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Tulane University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Department of Defense Certified Computer Crime Investigator, and alumnus of the George Marshall Center, Program of Cyber Security Studies. He has received the Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal, the Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award, the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, and other awards.
Director of Security / CISO
Jackie Groark is Director, Security/CISO for Veristor, a provider of transformative business technology solutions that helps customers accelerate the time-to-value for the software, infrastructure and systems they deploy. Groark fuses a strategic view of security operations with decades of cyber threat experience as she helps customers chart a course for comprehensive business protection. Prior to working with Veristor, Groark held cybersecurity positions at Southern Company, where she helped secure one of our nation’s most critical infrastructures – the electric grid.
Simone Petrella is CEO at CyberVista, where she leads the development and delivery of cybersecurity training and education curriculums as well as workforce initiatives for executives, cyber practitioners, and continuing education.
Previously, Simone was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she helped build the firm's cybersecurity practice in the commercial sector focusing on the creation of cyber fusion centers and the integration of cyber threat intelligence, security operations, and cyber defense operations into effective cyber security operations. For a decade she led the firm's all source cyber threat intelligence business in the national security and Defense sectors, where she built out a threat capability and team with in depth subject matter expertise in all aspects of cyber threat intelligence, including intelligence support to both defensive and offensive operations. Her areas of specialty included predictive cyber intelligence based on an understanding of the threat adversary and developing service offerings to integrate intelligence into exercises to provide realistic cyber scenarios. Simone received her J.D. with honors from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law and graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government and a M.A. in International Law and Policy. She is a member of Women in International Security and is admitted to the New York Bar. A native of New Jersey, she has resided in Washington D.C. since 2000.
Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer
Kostas Georgakopoulos is the Chief Information Security Officer at Procter & Gamble based out of Cincinnati, Ohio and leads the company’s Global Information Security Program. Mr. Georgakopoulos is responsible for the firms Information Security Governance Framework, as well as developing, mentoring and managing a team of Information Security professionals to proactively address advanced persistent threats, blended targeted attacks, and application security threats.
Prior to Procter & Gamble Mr. Georgakopoulos served as the Americas Head of Security Technology at UBS where he provided subject matter expertise to senior management in the development, implementation and maintenance of the firms Enterprise Information Security Framework.
Earlier in his career, he served as CISO at NASDAQ OMX where he led the organization through a targeted APT breach and worked closely with the NSA, DHS, the FBI and US-CERT.
Mr. Georgakopoulos has also built and led security programs at Bank of China, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and People’s Bank.
He has spoken at various security forums including at RSA 2014 and has taught Cybersecurity courses at Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University.
He has earned a master’s degree in International Law & Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from UCONN.
Research Scientist, Applied Identity Intelligence
Ralph is a Research Scientist focused on Applied Identity Intelligence at Facebook. Previously he was the Co-Founder and CTO of Confirm.io, an ID authentication company, which Facebook acquired in March of 2018. As an entrepreneur, he has had multiple exits over the last 25 years as he founded Blue Hill Research, Delfigo Security, Invenio and NTA and served as a public company CTO/CIO at Brooks Automation, C-bridge Internet Solutions and Excelon Corporation.
As the longest serving Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Ralph pioneered research on artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, mobile, neural science, and security technologies at the MIT Media Lab and Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) department. He holds a Sc.D. in information systems and is a graduate of the management program GPMD-MBA at IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain.
As an author, Rodriguez co-wrote Windows NT Security - Step by Step and Computer Incident Handling – Step by Step, both published by the SANS Institute. Most recently Rodriguez collaborated with famed attorney and author Andy Updegrove as the technical ghost writer of two cyber-thriller novels called The Doodlebug War and The Lafayette Campaign.
From 2001-2018, Rodriguez served on the Board of Directors at the Academy of Applied Science as well as the Boards of Veramark Technologies, Inc. (OTC: VERA) and the Technology Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA). In 2005, he was inducted as a Member National (MN) Fellow in The Explorers Club in New York City. He is a US Army intelligence veteran of the Persian Gulf War in 1990, as well as a holder of 20 US patents and international patent applications.
Senior Security Strategist, Leader, Technical Storyteller
Doug is a Senior Security Specialist team at Splunk, part of a diverse, high-performing team focused on helping security and business executives manage risk and secure strategic initiatives.
He has authored patents, articles, and books on subjects including cybersecurity, enterprise architecture, IT governance, human factors, photographic lighting and 3D printing for fine art. An accomplished technical storyteller, he regularly speaks on cybersecurity to executive, business, practitioner and end-user audiences.
Doug earned his Bachelor’s in Computer Science, Anthropology, and Psychology, and Master’s in Engineering Management from CU Boulder, and continues to support educational programs. He lives in the Colorado forest with his wife and their four-footed children, spending as much time as he can in the Rocky Mountains not doing cybersecurity.
Senior Director, Offensive Security
Trevin Edgeworth is Senior Director of Offensive Security Operations for Symantec and is responsible for building and leading teams that perform a broad range of adversary emulation and ethical hacking engagements against Symantec information systems and products to identify and address key gaps and strengthen Symantec’s resilience to advanced cyber threats.
Trevin is a passionate and driven cyber security leader with over 20 years experience. Prior to joining Symantec, Trevin built and led red teams for two Fortune 100 financial institutions, Capital One and American Express and has led other programs, including Cyber Threat Intelligence, Counterintelligence, Cyber Deception, Hunt and others. In addition to finance and tech, Trevin has worked in a variety of other verticals, including biotech and hospitality.
Trevin lives in Northern Virginia but has lived most of his life on the west coast in California and Arizona. He is an avid college football fan (Pac12) and also a self-professed Super Mario Kart champion and asserts that the three tenets of Super Mario Kart Mastery are shellmanship, lack of hubris and proper manipulation of the “B” button.
Derek is the CTO at Getvisibility, an AI data security and governance software company that uses Machine Learning to discover, classify and protect unstructured data. Derek has managed distributed development teams and built enterprise software solutions for 18 years as a CTO. He has worked in multiple industries from media and television to telecoms, finance, oil and cyber-security. Derek has managed large projects with vendors spread globally and delivering products from consumer electronics to high frequency trading software.
Partner - Cybersecurity and Risk
Mike Pappacena is a Partner at ACA Aponix, the cybersecurity and IT risk division of ACA Compliance Group. In this role, he performs cybersecurity risk assessments, conducts vendor due diligence, and contributes to policy authoring, staff training, and product development.
Prior to ACA, Mike served as a project manager for Jefferies LLC and worked on several compliance initiatives. In addition, he spent fifteen years at Goldman Sachs, where as a vice president in the Technology Division, he managed development teams supporting the firm’s Legal, Compliance and Audit, Sarbanes-Oxley, Operational Risk, and Technology Risk departments. He also managed Fundamental Equities and Alternative Investments in the GSAM division. Earlier in his career, Mike worked as an engineer at Long Island Lighting Company (now PSEG).
Mike earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Pratt Institute and his Master of Business Administration degree (Finance concentration) from Adelphi University
Director of DarkLabs
Garrettson Blight leads Booz Allen’s DarkLabs community, an elite team of security researchers, penetration testers, reverse engineers, network analysts, and data scientists dedicated to stopping cyber attacks before they occur. He has 15 years of experience partnering with clients in both the public and private sectors, with a particular focus on work with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence community.
Andrea Little Limbago
Chief Social Scientist
Andrea Little Limbago is a computational social scientist specializing in the intersection of technology, cybersecurity, and society. She is the Chief Social Scientist at Virtru, where she researches and publishes on the geopolitics of cybersecurity, global data protection and privacy trends, workforce development, and usable security. Her writing has been featured in numerous outlets, including Politico, the Hill, Business Insider, War on the Rocks, and Forbes and she is a frequent speaker at industry, government, and academic conferences. Andrea is also the Program Director for the Emerging Technologies Program at the National Security Institute at George Mason University. She previously was the Chief Social Scientist at Endgame, a cybersecurity software company. Prior to that, Andrea worked at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) as a computational social scientist. While at JWAC, Andrea received the Command’s top award for technical excellence for her analytic support across the Department of Defense. Andrea earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Principal and CISO
Benjamin Eason serves as Principal and Chief Information Security Officer of The Carlyle Group, based in Washington, DC. Mr. Eason leads the security teams that enable business leaders to make informed, risk-based decisions and protect Carlyle’s critical information assets. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2012, Mr. Eason was the Security Engineering Branch Chief for the Administrative Office of the US Courts. Mr. Eason also served as a Director at Corporate Executive Board (now Gartner), consulted for Protiviti, and managed his own businesses. Mr. Eason holds a B.S. in Management from the University of New Orleans.
VP, Cybersecurity Intelligence Group, JPMorgan Chase
Caitlin Dolan is a Vice President in the Cybersecurity Intelligence Group at JPMorgan Chase. In her current role, she directs intelligence collection, analysis, and develops proactive defensive and remediation strategies for cyber threats emanating from Eastern Europe. These threats include advanced cybercriminal organizations and Russian state-sanctioned adversaries, as well as emerging threats to SWIFT and other payment processing systems. She is highly experienced in various aspects of cyber threat intelligence and has acted as an operations manager, cybersecurity consultant, and an anti-money laundering analyst. Prior to her current tenure at JPMC, Caitlin helped build Booz Allen Hamilton’s cyber threat intelligence capabilities in Singapore, and assisted several Fortune 500 companies, government organizations, and international law enforcement agencies. Caitlin holds a B.A. in International Studies and Diplomacy from The College of New Jersey and obtained her GIAC Incident Handler certification in 2017.
Director of QRadar Security Intelligence Product Management and Strategy
Chris Meenan the Director of QRadar Security Intelligence Product Management and Strategy within the IBM Security division. He has over 15 years experience in product management and been involved in developing, managing, releasing and selling software products for over 25 years. Chris has a extensive market, domain, and customer knowledge in IT Security, Customer Relationship Management and Telecom OSS solutions. Chris holds a 1st Honours degree in Physics, and has a PhD in telecommunications.
Vice President, Coalfire Labs
Mike Weber is responsible for the oversight of Coalfire Labs operations, including penetration testing, application security assessments, and research and development. He leads a team of over 50 security professionals.
Mike has 20 years of experience in senior security positions in various technical fields, including enterprise security planning, network engineering, vulnerability and risk assessment, penetration testing, system administration, and programming. He is an expert in the development and management of information security programs tailored to highly regulated industries such as government, healthcare, banking, and utilities.
Prior to joining Coalfire, Mike was the FSO and Director of Information Security Services at Critigen and CH2M HILL and served on a contract basis as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the state of Colorado. Previously, he held positions including Computer Security Manager at the Department of Energy’s Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site and as a programmer and QA specialist at Via Systems.
Director, Incident Response
James Perry is an Incident Response Director for CrowdStrike Services based out of Washington D.C. James has over 15 years of experience in Cyber Security. He currently advises senior executives on cyber incident response strategies and leads teams of technical staff who perform intrusion investigations, malware hunting and advisory services.
James holds a M.S. Information Systems and Technology from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in System Engineering from The University of Virginia.
CEO and Co-Founder
Paul Battista is CEO and Co-Founder of Polarity, creator of the world’s first commercial memory augmentation platform. Prior to Polarity, Paul was an intelligence officer for the United States Government and participated in all elements of the intelligence cycle from planning operations through dissemination to senior policy makers in the White House. Before his government service, Paul was a senior engineer for Aetna Inc., a penetration tester, and incident responder for multiple Fortune 100 customers.
Dr. Maria F. Trujillo
Faculty Director of the M.P.S. in Technology Management & M.P.S. in Systems Engineering Management
She has a 30-year journey of solving problems at the intersection of knowledge, technology and adult learning.
How do we build organizational capacity? How do innovative processes ‘stick’ and become locally sustainable? How do we ensure technological growth for all? Dr. Trujillo’s career has been a constant search to answer these questions from different jobs and vantage points: in the early 90s working in the Global South as an engineer connecting Colombia to the Internet with a 1+millUS investment that produced the largest university network at its time; as a Research Assistant for the Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer instructing faculty of the School of Public Health in the University of Kinshasa on how to use technology in their classrooms; as a Teaching Assistant to the President of Tulane University in New Orleans discussing about leadership in the developing world; as undergraduate and graduate advisor to students majoring in International Development; as Adjunct Professor in Tulane University teaching ICT4D; as a survivor of Hurricane Katrina; as a Senior Technical Associate promoted to Vice President of Emerging Cross Cutting Technologies in CAMRIS International; as the Deputy Director of Capacity Building of the 100-millionUS GMS project that provided technical assistance to Global Fund recipients; and then today, as Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the Technology Management and Systems Engineering Management Masters Programs (400+ students) of Professional Studies in School of Continuing Studies in Georgetown University where she has taught: Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), Ethics for Technology Managers, Managing Diverse Organizations in a Flat World, Global Innovation: The Silicon Valley Effect, and Capstone. As Faculty Director, she is responsible for curriculum development and oversight; and development and oversight of adjunct faculty and staff.
She holds a PhD in International Development and Technology Transfer from Tulane University, an MS in Artificial Intelligence in Knowledge Based Systems from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad del Valle in Colombia, South America.
Jeff is a Managing Director and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at BNY Mellon. As CISO, he is responsible for defining, building and operating a highfunctioning, enterprise-level cyber-security organization that securely enables BNY Mellon's core businesses, protects the assets of the company and its clients, and preserves shareholder value. The security organization collaborates with a wide range of internal and external clients to securely enable new technologies and securely drive innovation across all BNY Mellon platforms and services. Jeff is also a member of the senior leadership team for BNY Mellon's Client Technology Solutions group. Previously, Jeff led the Cyber Financial Services practice at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. During his 18 year tenure with Booz Allen, Jeff provided cyber security services and expertise to a wide range of financial institutions as well as other commercial and government clients. His experience includes providing cyber security support to many of he top U.S. and global financial institutions and helping complex financial services organizations establish comprehensive cyber security strategies, to providing technical assessment services such as penetration testing and dynamic web assessments for mission critical platforms and applications. In his role at Booz Allen, Jeff led a number of regulatory compliance and cyber security engagements for BNY Mellon, establishing a strong foundation for his current role as CISO. Mr. Lunglhofer has held a variety of technical cyber security certifications over the course of his career, and received his undergraduate degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.