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Former CSO, SAP
Deputy ISO, Nike
VP, Deputy CISO, Walmart
Director of Security, Netflix
President / CEO & Founder, CrowdStrike
CISO, Wells Fargo
Head of Security, Spotify
VP, CISO, Aetna
CSO, Boston Scientific
CISO, Samsung Semiconductor
CISO, Motorola Mobility
CIO, Stanford Health Care
CSO, VP Architecture & Analytics, ABB Ability
VP, CISO, Juniper Networks
VP, ISO, LifePoint Health
Former CISO, Zscaler
CISO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
CISO, VP Information Security, Burberry
CISO, Levi Strauss & Co
VP, Technology and product security, CISO, ADT
VP, CSO, Zuora
VP, CSO, CDK Global
VP, CISO, Paylocity
VP Information Security & Privacy, Graham Holdings Company
CISO, Managing Director Senior Advisor, Bank Julius Baer
VP, CISO, Delta Dental Insurance Company
CISO, Head of InfoSec, BYTON
CISO, Blackhawk Network
Managing Director, NightDragon Security
Co-Founder & Former CTO, Imperva
Chief Financial Officer, Exabeam
Partner, Fortium Partners
Co-Founder & General Partner, Crucyble
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Justin Somaini is the Former Chief Security Officer (CSO) at SAP. He headed SAP Global Security (SGS) unit, sitting on the board of Products & Innovation. With more than 17 years of information security experience, he was responsible for SAP’s overall security strategy, ensured that SAP and its customers had a consistent and convenient security experience, and established SAP as a recognized and trusted leader in the industry.
Before joining SAP in 2015, Justin was Chief Trust Officer at Box, the world’s leading enterprise software platform for content collaboration. In his position he was responsible for working globally and collaboratively across Box’s growing customer base, technical-operations, and business-development teams to ensure the company is consistently delivering on its information security commitments, investing to meet the rapidly evolving security environment, and building transparent, deeply trusted relationships with its customers. Prior to Box, Justin held the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Yahoo!, driving security planning and operations for the company. Prior to Yahoo!, he was CISO of Symantec. He developed the company’s Information Security Enterprise Risk Management process, worked cross-functionally to manage critical incidents to resolution, and drove implementation of controls for both a significant threat environment and regulatory needs. In addition to his roles at Yahoo! and Symantec, Justin was Director of Information Security at Verisign and an advisor to Qualys, Palo Alto Networks, Sentinel Labs, SourceClear, Solve Media, and others.
Justin holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Drexel University, Philadelphia.
Rob Geurtsen is a 32 year technology veteran and has held various roles in information security since 2009. Currently, he is the Deputy Information Security Officer at Nike Inc. In this role, he is responsible for all Cyber Security Operations functions including monitoring, incident response, intelligence, cyber data analytics, attack surface management and security technology services.
Rob joined Nike Europe in the Netherlands in 1993 and held several management and strategy roles in both IT and Global Operations. In 2004 he and his wife relocated to Beaverton, Oregon to join the team at Nike’s world headquarters.
Adam Ely is an entrepreneur and operations executive having founded a security product company and held leadership roles with several Fortune 100 companies. Ely is currently Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer with Walmart. Prior to this role he co-founded Bluebox Security, acquired in 2016, was the CISO of Salesforce’s Heroku business unit, and led security and compliance at TiVo and within The Walt Disney Company.
In addition to his current role, Adam has served as an advisor to companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 on operations, go to market, and technology.
Brooks Evans is the Director of Security at Netflix. Prior to joining Netflix, Brooks was a Security Incident Response Manager at Apple, Chief Security Officer at Arkansas Department of Human Services and Sr. IT Security Analyst at Alltel.
He holds a Master of Science in Information Assurance from University of Advancing Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Andy Ellis is Akamai’s Chief Security Officer, governing the safety, resilience, and compliance of its planetary-scale network. He is the designer of several critical Akamai technologies, including its secure TLS acceleration network and many of the core components of the company’s web security solutions.
Andy is a frequent speaker on issues of internet security, safety, and risk management, has participated in the FCC-CSRIC and NIAC, and is an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman-Klein Center on Internet & Society. He is a graduate of MIT and a former US Air Force officer, the recipient of the CSO Magazine Compass Award, the Air Force Commendation Medal, The Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, and the Spirit of Disneyland Award.
Serial entrepreneur George Kurtz is the CEO and co-founder of CrowdStrike, a leading provider of next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence, and services. Kurtz is an internationally recognized security expert, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He has more than 23 years of experience in the security space, including extensive experience driving revenue growth and scaling small and large organizations. His entrepreneurial background and ability to commercialize nascent technologies has enabled him to drive innovation throughout his career by identifying market trends and correlating them with customer feedback, resulting in rapid growth for the businesses he has run. His prior roles at McAfee, a $3 billion security company, include Worldwide Chief Technology Officer and GM, as well as SVP of Enterprise.
Prior to joining McAfee, Kurtz started Foundstone in October 1999 as the founder and CEO responsible for recruiting the other six founding team members. Foundstone, a worldwide security products and services company, had one of the leading incident response practices in the industry, and was acquired by McAfee in October of 2004. Kurtz has been quoted or featured in many major publications, media outlets, and television programs including CNN, Fox News, ABC World News, Bloomberg, CNBC, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Network World, and may others. He also authored the best-selling security book, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.
Tom Chowanski has been in the information security industry for over 20 years and currently is the Chief Security Information Officer – Community Banking, Consumer Lending and Operations at Wells Fargo. During his tenure as a senior security leader at GE Capital and Wells Fargo, he has designed, defined and deployed effective cyber and technology risk mitigation strategies and solutions.
He also served as trusted advisor to entrepreneurs, senior executives and boards on navigating the cybersecurity landscape, both in legacy and innovative business environments.
Tom Chowanski is Harvard University graduate and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
David Hannigan is currently the Head of Security for Spotify. He leads all aspects of information security for the company.
Prior to joining the Spotify he was the Chief Cyber Risk Officer for Capital One, where he defined and built the second line function at the bank. During his time at Capital One he also served as CISO and the head of Security Engineering and Application Security. David has a seasoned career as a CISO, holding that role at Sears Holding Company, Zappos and Covance. He is a progressive information security executive who has experience building and running world-class information security organizations. David also has experience building a startup security company and is dedicated to helping other startups improve their products. He is passionate about information security and evangelizing how it helps companies move faster.
David received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Roger Hale is Chief Information Security Officer at Informatica. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the high-tech field and brings specialization in merging information security, customer advocacy, and service delivery with the agility of cloud services.
He has a proven track record of delivering effective strategies that align information lifecycle management with business objectives, information assurance, and risk management.
Kurt Lieber is the Vice President, CISO responsible for Risk Management, Identity & Access Management and Program Management Office within Aetna’s Global Security team. Kurt has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology and Information Security across multiple industries including health care, retail and financial services.
Kurt was formerly with Kaiser Permanente where he had responsibility for IAM as well as HIPAA remediation. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Kurt worked for Target Corporation, where he was accountable for the company’s IT Security program and led the technology team responsible for their Payment Card Industry (PCI) program. Prior to Target, had roles with Goldman Sachs and Accenture.
John L. Sullivan is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of Boston Scientific (BSC). Prior to joining BSC, John was the CSO of Starbucks for a number of years. John spent 10 years in the US Marines prior to becoming a Special Agent with a US Government agency. John left the government to earn a Masters Degree in Government at Harvard University where he earned the Deans List Award for Academic Achievement. John also has a MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is an advisor to several startups in Boston and Seattle and in addition to his advisory role with YL Ventures, he is a Board Advisor to several other Venture Capital firms in Boston and New York. He resides on the South Shore of Massachusetts with his wife and two young daughters.
Jay is the CISO for Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., based in San Jose, CA. Prior to his current role, Jay was a Risk Manager with the HP Global Cyber Security Team leading risk assessment efforts across the business.
Jay also spent 17 years working in Cyber Security and IT in the military and government, where he spent 13 years as an active duty Marine specializing in Information Assurance and Computer Network Defense (IA/CND) and another four years as a government civilian performing computer forensics and developing Cyber policy with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). While at NCIS, Jay worked as the Cyber Security Liaison to the Department of the Navy CIO, as part of the NCIS, Global Cyber Operations team, where he provided Cyber Security guidance and direction, Cyber Intelligence briefings, and updating/authoring policies and procedures related to Incident Response for the Navy and Marine Corps. He also provided direct support in the development of the Department of Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection policies and planning.
Jay also served as a Ministerial Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Interior and was responsible for the development of an IT and Communication Education and Training program for the Afghan Police Force in 2012.
Richard is the Chief Information Security Officer for Motorola Mobility. Richard participates in several corporate, community, private, and government Security Council’s and working groups setting standards, policies, and solutions to current and emerging security issues. As Chief Information Security Officer for Motorola Mobility, he has led the security effort by developing an international team to tackle the emerging threats of mobile devices, targeted attacks, and cyber-crime. He organized developed and deployed practices, tools and techniques to protect the intellectual property across the worldwide enterprise. A much-in-demand international speaker on information security Richard has presented at many leading security conferences and seminars around the world.
George Do has been working in the information security field for over 20 years concentrating on a wide range of areas including development and transformation of information security programs. He has extensive experience in executive IT governance, risk, compliance (GRC) and audit, information security frameworks, systems and network security, incident response (IR), system forensics and investigation, intrusion detection (IDS), intrusion prevention (IPS), penetration testing, and perimeter security firewall/VPN technologies.
Joining Equinix in 2009, he developed a new Global Information Security Program from the ground up to ensure business risks are adequately managed. Working across functions, the global program included areas such as the authoring of global security policies, directing and managing numerous global security infrastructure projects, adherence to audit and regulatory compliance, and development and execution of a global information security strategy and roadmap.
Before joining Equinix, George worked at Exodus, Savvis, Century Link and Tivo in senior security roles both as a principal consultant consulting with customers to secure their organizations. Previously, he worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) based at Ames Research Center coordinating with agency officials to protect government information assets. His experience for NASA’s Center of Excellence for Information Technology include projects on the development of agency-wide security policies, deployment of various IT security technologies such as firewall and intrusion detection systems, and development of an incident response capability.
Eric has over thirty years of experience in leading hospital operations and information systems management functions. He is the Chief Information Officer at Stanford Health Care (SHC), and manages all information technology functions, information security and biomedical engineering.
Prior to SHC, Eric served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Chicago Medicine. Before UCM, he served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven, CT and held other positions at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Nebraska Medical Center and William Beaumont Hospital. Eric is also a former Director of TeraMedica Inc. He is a Fellow in the Healthcare Information and Management System Society and Fellow of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
Eric holds an MBA from the Advanced Management Program, Broad School of Management at Michigan State University and a BS in Business Studies from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.
Ahsan Mir is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Autodesk. He has over 15 years of progressive experience in Information Security strategy and operations. He has significantly and consistently transformed the security direction and capabilities of his employer organizations. His experience resolves around bootstrapping to maturing security programs that implement pragmatic security in line with the business objectives of the company. He has built programs that protect organizational digital assets and services from all aspects of security risks, including Intellectual Property protection, product and business services application and service security, data security and privacy, Incident management, compliance and security assurance. Ahsan is a security practitioner with deep technical and leadership experience. He is comfortable with articulating business risks to the Board of Directors or Executive team or rolling up his shelves to work on Incident Response, red teaming or Security Operations. Ahsan has post graduate degrees in Computer Science and Information Security. He is also a visiting faculty member at Merritt College Oakland, California in a Cybersecurity program.
Satish joined ABB in February 2017 as Chief Security Officer and Group VP Architecture and Analytics, ABB Ability, re-sponsible for the security of all products, services and cyber security services. Satish leads the Architecture, Security and Analytics for ABB Ability. Satish brings to this position a background in computer programming and more than 25 years of experience in security and analytics.
Prior to joining ABB, Satish was the Vice President of Technology at Vidder Inc., a security startup that provides unified access control across internal networks, clouds, and external users.
Before that, Satish spent 21 years at Cisco, the world’s leader in networking and communications technologies. At Cisco, he led engineering organizations including Orchestration, SDN, NFV and Cloud Virtualization, as well as Security and Media Experience in emerging technologies and businesses.
Satish holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Calicut in Kozhikode, India and a Master’s of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition, Satish holds three patents in computer networking and has 17 patents filed in the field of video analytics.
Sherry Ryan is Vice President and CISO of Juniper Networks. Previously, Sherry held similar positions at Blue Shield of California, Hewlett-Packard, Safeway and Levi Strauss where she established and led their information security programs.
Sherry holds the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification from ISACA, and the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification from ISC2. She is a member of the High Tech Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). Sherry was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Internet Security.
Sherry has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, and earned her MBA from the College of Notre Dame. She also holds the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight from Carnegie Mellon University.
Andy Heins is Vice President and Information Security Officer for LifePoint Health. In his role, he manages teams responsible for cybersecurity, information protection and governance, information security risk management and information security awareness. LifePoint Health owns and operates 89 community hospitals in 30 states.
Prior to joining LifePoint Health, Andy served in roles in Information Security Compliance at Community Health Systems and Information Security and Internal Audit roles at Hospital Corporation of America.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Computer Information Systems from Murray State University. Andy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional “CISSP” and holds an Executive CISO Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. Andy serves on numerous technology and academic advisory boards.
Michael was previously the CISO at Zscaler, a company that has pioneered the Security-as-a-Service space. As a member of the founding team, he spent a decade building Zscaler’s research team, driving the security model and evangelizing the vision. Prior to Zscaler, Michael helped build SPI Dynamics (acquired by HP) and iDEFENSE (acquired by VeriSign). Following Zscaler’s successful IPO in March 2018, Michael chose to pursue his passion for angel investing on a full time basis. He seeks out passionate entrepreneurs ready to disrupt key components of the security ecosystem. Michael is an active investor who looks for founders desiring mentorship alongside financial capital.
Yaron Levi is the Chief Information Security Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC). In this role he manages a team responsible for information risk management, cyber defense, regulatory and compliance, architecture and engineering, and identity and access management for an organization that provides health insurance for about 1 million members and over $2B in annual revenue.
Prior to joining Blue KC, Yaron was a Director of Information Security for Cerner Corporation; an Information Security Business Partner for Intuit; an Information Security Architect and Product Manager for eBay; and a Director of Cloud Security for ANX.
Yaron is a Research Fellow for the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). The Research Fellow designation is the highest honor and distinction that can be given to a CSA research volunteer who has demonstrated significant contributions to CSA research. Yaron is a co-chair and lead architect of the Cloud Enterprise Architecture. Contributor to the Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire (CAIQ), Cloud Controls Matrix and Promoted the CSA as best practice in various cloud projects with various Fortune 500 companies.
Yaron is the co-founder of the Kansas City CISO forum, B-Sides Kansas City, and is a frequent speaker on Cyber Security Architecture, DevSecOps and Cyber Defense.
Yaron holds a B.A in Social Sciences and Management and is a graduate from the FBI CISO Academy.
Dean Atkinson is an accomplished Chief Information Security Officer experienced in developing and implementing information risk management strategies that reflect business needs. Combining a technical background with excellent academic credentials and strong leadership skills he is experienced in building and leading technical teams and change. Prior to joining Burberry, Dean was the Global Head of Cyber Security Operations at Thomas Cook. In addition, Dean’s past experience operating in the Signals Intelligence environment as a British Army Officer and with Deloitte have allowed him to develop a deep insight to the cyber threat environment and arm him with the skills to identify and focus cyber security activities to address key risks and successfully engage the C-suite.
Colin Anderson is the Global Chief Information Security Officer at Levi Strauss & Co. In this role he manages an international team responsible for information risk management, regulatory compliance, and IT enterprise risk management for a global organization with $5B in annual sales and over 2700 company owned and franchise retail locations in 42 countries around the world.
Prior to Levi Strauss & Co., Mr. Anderson was the CISO at Safeway a position he held for 6 years. In addition to holding leadership roles in Information Security at Levi Strauss & Co., Safeway, and Commerce One; Mr. Anderson previously led Network Engineering for Bank of America Capital Markets.
Mr. Anderson is a frequent speaker on information risk management and other risk and compliance topics, and an elected independent non-executive Vice Chairman for the non-profit retail cybersecurity organization R-CISC. Mr. Anderson holds both a B.A. in Finance and M.S. in Information Systems.
Brian Lozada has more than 15 years of experience developing and maintaining information security programs for some of the world’s top brands. Brian is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at Dataminr. Previously, he was Chief Information Security Officer at Zocdoc, Abacus Group, and Condé Nast. Brian led the company’s integration of information security efforts in the development of next-generation digital products and services.
Brian has held several senior information security management positions at Sony Music Entertainment, and Vonage. He is CISSP certified and has a B.S. in Information Security and an M.S. in Homeland Security from Monmouth University.
Ryan Fritts is the VP of Technology and Product Security and CISO at ADT. His current role at ADT is primarily focused on responsibility for product security. He works with the product teams on the electronic digital security side and the physical security side of the products we sell, doing product evaluations and managing a lab that does our own internal penetration test for products. Also, he is responsible for technology in the company’s emerging cybersecurity offering. Prior to joining ADT, Ryan worked at Stanley Security for seven years, in a sales operations and hybrid-IT role.
Pritesh Parekh is VP and CSO at Zuora. Pritesh joined Zuora in 2013, with 18 years of experience in building and managing enterprise security programs, the last 12 years of which were spent leading security for Cloud platforms.
Prior to joining Zuora, Pritesh led the worldwide Security and Compliance for ServiceNow. He has extensive experience in Cloud Security, IoT Security, DevSecOps, Compliance, Data Protection, Security Architecture and Risk Management for Financial Institutions, SaaS & Cloud Providers.
He is heavily involved in the security industry and his impact as a thought leader has been widely recognized. He is a frequent speaker, panelist, keynote at Security conferences and a contributor to several publications.
Craig is currently the Vice President and Chief Security Officer at CDK Global. A native of England, Craig joined CDK with over 15 years of experience leading security across both the public and private sectors. Craig started his career with British Military Intelligence and has more recently held CISO and CSO roles for various global FTSE and NYSE listed businesses including Arriva Group PLC, Wolseley Group PLC and Monster Worldwide.
Craig has spent 15 years building holistic security functions that combine the range of security disciplines under a single effective function. His wide ranging experience has allowed him to build truly business aligned security teams that achieve demonstrable results in risk reduction and demonstrate an ability to align security as a differentiator in the market place.
Craig brought to CDK extensive security experience and qualifications, including being a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He lives in Fareham, England with his wife Kerry and their two young children. In his spare time, he is an avid runner, having competed this year in a number of Ultra-Marathons.
Craig’s rare combination of business experience and expert security knowledge consistently allows him to demonstrate the ability to position security as a business enabler and not simply a ‘cost centre’. An enigmatic and inspirational leader in the field, he is often called upon to represent his views in industry leading publications and through high profile speaking engagements.
Bradley J. Schaufenbuel is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at Paylocity. Prior to his current role, he held security leadership positions at Sidley Austin LLP, Midland States Bank, FirstMerit Bank, Midwest Bank, Zurich Financial Services, Experian, and Arthur Andersen LLP.
Bradley is the author of multiple books (including two “For Dummies” titles) and has had numerous articles published in professional journals on a wide variety of topics related to information security and governance. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar.
Bradley holds twenty two professional designations in the areas of information security management, IT compliance, fraud examination, IT audit, computer forensics, ethical hacking, business continuity planning, project management, cloud security, and process improvement, including the C|CISO, CISSP, CISM, CISA, CCSP, CIPP, CSSLP, PMP, CRISC, CGEIT, ISSMP, ISSAP, CFE, C|EH, CBCP, CCSK, DFCP, CIFI, CSOXM, CSOE, ITIL v3 Foundation, and Six Sigma Black Belt.
He holds an MBA from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and a JD and an LLM in information technology and privacy law from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Bradley has served as a director on several corporate and non-profit boards, is a regular speaker at industry conferences, and has served numerous clients in the legal, financial services, and healthcare industries as a freelance consultant.
Stacey Halota is VP, Information Security and Privacy at Graham Holdings Company, a diversified education and media company whose operations include educational services; television broadcasting; online, print and local TV news; home health and hospice care; and manufacturing. She joined the company (then the Washington Post Company) in 2003, and leads the development and implementation of information security and privacy programs across the company.
Stacy has more than 25 years of experience in the information technology, security and privacy field. Before joining Graham Holdings, she served as the federal government and southeast region leader of Guardent (now part of Verisign), a security and privacy consulting and managed security services company.
Prior to Guardent, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Technology Risk Services consulting practice, working with federal government and Fortune 500 clients.
Stacy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). She serves on the advisory board of CyberVista.
Joshua Danielson is the Chief Information Security Officer at Copart [NASDAQ:CPRT]. With a decade of experience in both public and private sectors, Josh has served a variety of industries throughout his security career, from academia and government contracting, to the financial sector. Josh is an active member of the infosec community and currently sits on several advisory boards. Josh has received a Master of Science degree in Information Management from Syracuse University and holds multiple certifications including CISSP-ISSAP and CISM.
Michael Meli is the Chief Security Information Officer and Managing Director Senior Advisor of Bank Julius Baer. He is a senior security expert with a solid and proven track record. He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of information security, safety and IT audit within numerous large companies, including banks.
He held over 4 senior management positions as IT auditor, CISO and CSO and has a proven experience in restructuring and managing agile, business enabling, security organisations.
Michael holds a master’s degree in Information and Technology Management of the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and he is an active member of the Information Security Form (ISF) Council representing the Swiss, German and Austrian chapter.
Award-winning executive Tom Baltis transforms cyber security into a powerful brand differentiator driving customer acquisition and retention. Mr. Baltis currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Delta Dental Insurance Company, the largest dental insurer in the country. With 15 years of leadership experience, he has established and led world-class information security organizations at Fortune 100 companies in healthcare, financial services, defense, and other highly regulated industries. Very active in the startup community, Tom is sought out by top-tier venture capital firms to identify winning product ideas and future market disruptors. As a trusted advisor, he helps emerging and established technology companies raise capital, accelerate revenue growth, and achieve leading market share.
Tom envisions cyber security as creating business value and competitive advantage. This vision is realized by continuous innovation, most recently in machine learning-powered immunity to adaptive threats, secure serverless computing and microservice architectures, and integration of security into continuous development. A frequent speaker at conferences and industry roundtables, he has been recognized internationally by business leaders, industry analysts and government regulators for promoting cross-sector collaboration in the fight against cyber crime, enabling business strategies through security innovation, and elevating cyber security to a brand-level issue.
David Tsao is the Head of InfoSec and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at BYTON, an electric vehicle company that designs cars as a fully connected smart device on wheels. Prior to joining BYTON, David was the Global Information Security Officer (CISO) at Veeva Systems, and was responsible for the overall security of Veeva’s cloud-based products and corporate IT ecosystem. David also spent 12 years at Gilead Sciences, where he established and led their enterprise-wide information security and privacy programs.
Vijay Bolina is the Chief Information Security Officer at a global Financial Tech company based out of the San Francisco Bay Area where he leads security, production IT, and corporate IT teams that operate and protect the products and services of one the largest global prepaid and financial products network.
Previously, Vijay worked at Mandiant leading some of the largest data breach investigations in history. Prior to Mandiant, Vijay worked as a contractor in the Washington DC metro area responding to data breaches perpetrated by some of the world’s most sophisticated nation states targeting US Government Agencies (USGAs) and Military. Vijay is a frequent speaker at industry events and also act as an advisor for early stage cyber security startups.
Ryan Gurney is the Chief Security Officer for Looker, a leading business intelligence platform based in Santa Cruz, CA.
Ryan has over 15 years experience in Information Security. Before Looker, Ryan was the VP of Security at Zendesk where he established their security and compliance functions and played a key role in the Company’s successful IPO. Additionally, he held Security Engineering leadership roles at Engine Yard and eBay. Beyond building security, Ryan has also managed IT organizations and led large consulting engagements with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Ryan relishes building security programs from scratch, making implicit risks explicit, scaling startups, building out product security features, advising businesses, and coaching and mentoring tomorrow’s security leaders.
Billy Rios is the founder of Whitescope LLC, a startup focused on embedded device security.
Billy is recognized as one of the world’s most respected experts on emerging threats related to Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Critical Infrastructure (CI), and, medical devices. He discovered thousands of security vulnerabilities in hardware and software supporting ICS and critical infrastructure.
Billy has worked at Google where he led the front-line response for externally reported security issues and incidents. Prior to Google, Billy was the Security Program Manager at Internet Explorer (Microsoft).
Ken Gonzalez has been a senior operating executive at technology companies for over 20 years. He has led the strategy and corporate business development functions for Siebel Systems (Oracle), McAfee, Avast and FireEye.
During his career he has completed over 40 acquisitions, 23 in cyber security. He has created, managed and grown numerous strategic go-to-market partnerships from technology integration, to OEM, to resell, to two-tier distribution.
Prior to joining NightDragon Security, Ken was a Managing Director at Forgepoint Capital.
Ken is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Amichai Shulman is co-founder and former CTO of Imperva Inc. With 25 years of domain experience, Amichai is a leader in research and innovation in data and application cyber security. He has led the definition, creation and ongoing innovation of Imperva’s various products since inception. Prior to founding Imperva, Amichai was CTO and co-founder of a boutique cyber security services company, specializing in penetration tests for large organizations and consulting to the government and financial sector. Amichai started his information security career in the IDF, where he held various positions engaging in defensive research and the design of secure military systems and specification of information security solutions for the military.
Amichai Shulman is actively investing in and consulting to a number of cyber security startup companies, including Lacoon (sold to Checkpoint) and SkyFence (sold to Imperva). Additionally, over the past 17 years he has been working closely with students in the Technion – Haifa, engaging them in hands on cyber security projects as part of their B.Sc program. Amichai has given multiple conference presentations over the past years in top-tier cyber-security venues such as RSAC and Black Hat.
Amichai holds a B.Sc and an M.Sc degree from the Technion – Haifa.
Manish has more than 20 years of experience working with high-growth technology and cybersecurity companies. Before joining Exabeam, he held senior roles at Proofpoint with responsibility for financial strategy, corporate planning, M&A, and investor relations. Previously, he worked at HP, Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan. Manish has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from IIT, India.
Tim Mather is a Partner at Fortium Partners. He is a long-time information security practitioner and served in a number of senior security roles. He was Chief Security Strategist at PatternEx, CISO at Cadence Design Systems, CISO & VP of Security at Splunk and VP of Technology Strategy at Symantec. In addition, he served as Chief Security Strategist at RSA Security, and Head of Information Security at VeriSign and Apple.
He has co-authored two books on information security: “Cloud Security and Privacy: An Enterprise Perspective on Risks and Compliance” (O’Reilly) and “The Executive Guide to Information Security: Threats, Challenges, and Solutions” (Addison-Wesley). Tim is a CISSP, CISA, and CISM.
He holds Master’s Degrees in Information Assurance from Brandeis University, National Security Studies from Georgetown University, and International Policy Studies from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Brian brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership, founding, and building to his role as Co-founder & General Partner at Crucyble.
Previously, Brian was CISO at Lending Club (LC) and has held leadership positions at Uber, Netflix (NFLX), and ForeScout (FSCT). Brian has helped design, build and secure systems for the US Department of Defense, Global Finance, and Technology companies at scale.
He has enjoyed speaking on innovation and maturing security organizations at the RSA Conference and National Press Club. Brian is regularly asked to speak at security conferences, as well as, brief Board of Directors and Executive Management teams. Brian has worked with Federal Agencies and Policy Advisors to influence actionable change in national security policy. Brian is an active advisor and mentor to several startups and founders in Silicon Valley where he resides with his wife and two children.