Alejandro N. Mayorkas
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Alejandro Mayorkas was sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security by President Biden on February 2, 2021.
Mayorkas is the first Latino and immigrant confirmed to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security. He has led a distinguished 30-year career as a law enforcement official and a nationally-recognized lawyer in the private sector. Mayorkas served as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2013 to 2016, and as the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services from 2009 to 2013. During his tenure at DHS, he led the development and implementation of DACA, negotiated cybersecurity and homeland security agreements with foreign governments, led the Department’s response to Ebola and Zika, helped build and administer the Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking, and developed an emergency relief program for orphaned youth following the tragic January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Mayorkas also created the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate to better ensure the integrity of the legal immigration system.
Mayorkas began his government service in the Department of Justice, where he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, specializing in the prosecution of white collar crime. After nearly nine years as a federal prosecutor, he became the youngest United States Attorney in the nation, overseeing prosecutions of national significance, including the investigation and prosecution of financial fraud, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, public corruption, violent crime, cybercrime, environmental crime, international money laundering, and securities fraud.
Mayorkas received his bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from Loyola Law School.
Co-founder, President & COO
Michelle Zatlyn is co-founder, President, and COO of Cloudflare, the Internet security, performance, and reliability company on a mission to help build a better Internet. Cloudflare is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NET). Prior to co-founding Cloudflare, Michelle held positions at Google and Toshiba and launched two successful startups. Michelle currently serves on the board of directors for Atlassian and the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Foundation. Michelle has been named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and was part of Marie Claire’s 7th Annual New Guard. She holds a B.S. degree, with distinction, from McGill University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was awarded the Dubilier Prize for Entrepreneurship.
President / CEO & Founder
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 29 years of experience in the security space, including extensive experience driving revenue growth and scaling organizations across the globe. His entrepreneurial background and ability to commercialize nascent technologies have enabled him to drive innovation to market throughout his career. His prior roles at McAfee, a $2.5 billion security company, include Worldwide Chief Technology Officer and GM as well as EVP of Enterprise.
Prior to joining McAfee, Kurtz started Foundstone in October 1999 as the founder and CEO responsible for recruiting the other 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 many others. He also authored the best-selling security book of all time, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.
CISO & Head of IT
Abhi is the Chief Security & Information Technology Officer at Helix Biotech, where is responsible for driving IT and Security strategy for the Company. Helix is a genomics startup focused on population health, clinical genomics, and consumer DNA insights.
Abhi has gained experience working at fortune 100 companies where he has implemented and managed global security and privacy programs, deployed cyber security capabilities, developed product security portfolio, established governance risk compliance models, and rolled out information governance and record management programs.
Abhi is well versed in prevailing regulations in Technology, Healthcare, Financial industries such as EU GDPR, US HIPAA, GLBA, China Cybersecurity regulations and has worked extensively in negotiating on data security and privacy matters with the US, EU and APAC regulators.
SVP/Chief Security Officer
Mr. Archer’s responsibilities include securing and protecting all of Sallie Mae’s systems and offerings, and for security initiatives across the company. Prior to Sallie Mae, Archer was the Chief Information Security Officer at Intuit and prior to joining Intuit, Archer was managing director at Global Competitive Strategies, LLC. Previously, Mr. Archer was Senior Vice President for Global Interoperability at Visa International and before Visa, at the Fidelity Brokerage Company; he was senior vice president of information security and technical risk. For his work in the U.S. Intelligence Community earned Mr. Archer the National Performance Review Hammer Award, a Distinguished Service Award from the Central Intelligence Agency and a Meritorious Unit Citation from the National Security Agency. Mr. Archer was also named the 2011 North American Information Security Executive of the Year.
Board Member, Nike, SolarWinds, and WorkBoard & Former Vice Chairman & Managing Principal,
VP, Combat Systems
Chief Information Security Officer
Tim Brown joined SolarWinds in 2017 as vice president of security and is now the CISO for SolarWinds, overseeing internal IT security, product security, and security strategy. After the SUNBURST attack in December 2020, Tim Brown led the response and remediation efforts. Tim has spoken to thousands of customers and has been instrumental in all customer remediation support and services. He has worked closely with the SolarWinds® CEO in designing the future state of security and their “Secure by Design” philosophy. This new philosophy on software design will not only benefit SolarWinds but the industry as a whole, and it sets a precedent for responses to future cyberattacks. As a former Dell Fellow and CTO, Tim deeply understands the challenges and aspirations of the person responsible for driving digital innovation and change. Tim has over 25 years of experience, and his trusted advisor status has taken him from meeting with members of Congress and the Senate to the Situation Room in the White House. He’s also an avid inventor and holds 18 issued patents on security-related topics.
Founder and CEO
Yuriy has led the Advanced Threat Research team at Intel Security and microprocessor security analysis team at Intel Corporation. He also created CHIPSEC, the open-source firmware and hardware security assessment framework.
Partner and Head of Research
Wing Venture Capital
Rajeev Chand is a Partner at Wing responsible for research. He previously served as Managing Director at Rutberg & Company, where he built the firm from a startup to a global platform with differentiated thought capital and senior executive relationships. He co-created Rutberg’s summits, including the flagship Wireless Influencers, and hosted and interviewed the most influential leaders in business and technology.
Previously, Rajeev worked in venture capital, private equity, and strategy consulting. Rajeev holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
VP, Chief Information Security Officer
Susan Chiang is the Deputy CISO at Cloudflare, overseeing engineering, operations, and technical program management functions across the Security organization. She started her career in management consulting at Deloitte Consulting where she focused on strategy and operations across M&A, Tech, and healthcare. After a stint in go to market strategy at Salesforce, she found her calling in Security as a part of the security leadership team at Uber.
Director Auburn University McCrary Institute
for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security
Frank J. Cilluffo is the Director of Auburn’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security. He serves on the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission and previously led efforts on cyber, supply chain, and economic security for DHS’ Homeland Security Advisory Council. Cilluffo routinely advises senior officials on national and cybersecurity strategy and policy and has publicly testified before Congress on dozens of occasions on a wide range of issues related to cyberthreats, counterterrorism, security and deterrence, weapons proliferation, intelligence and threat assessments, and emergency management. Cilluffo previously served as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security immediately following the attacks on September 11.
Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology
Jerry is currently the Vice President and Chief Security Officer for a Fortune 500 utility services provider in Northern California and is responsible for the physical and cyber protection of the electrical grid and gas pipeline services for more than 17 million Northern California customers. With more than 16 years of service, Jerry served as the cybersecurity executive for several federal Executive Branch Agencies to include NASA and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Jerry is a combat decorated Marine and served worldwide as a counterintelligence and counterespionage officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Jerry is a Fellow with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) a Washington, DC Think Tank, a Senior Fellow with CivilianCyber, and serves on the Professional Advisory Board with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Security and Intelligence, Prescott, AZ. Jerry holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Uniform Police Officer training course.
George D DeCesare
Senior Vice President,
Chief Technology Risk Officer
Founder and Managing Member
Ten Eleven Ventures
Alex is the Founder and Managing General Partner of Ten Eleven Ventures, the industry’s original venture capital fund focused solely on investing in digital security. The firm invests globally and is stage agnostic. Since its founding, Ten Eleven Ventures has raised nearly $500M, invested in 35 cybersecurity companies, and achieved exits including Darktrace (LON: DARK), KnowBe4 (NASDAQ: KNBE), Ping Identity (Vista), and Cylance (BlackBerry).
The founding of Ten Eleven brought together Alex’s experiences in finance, investing, software, and security operating roles in Silicon Valley. In 2002, Alex co-founded PGP Corporation, a company that combined the vision for a new security company with the secure email standard OpenPGP. Alex was the critical business architect of the hybrid structure that combined an innovation-led startup with assets from Network Associates (McAfee). He served as a founding board member, CFO/VP of Business Development, and was a vital member of the executive team as it pioneered the encryption and data protection marketplaces. In 2010, Alex was the COO when Symantec purchased it.
After PGP, Alex continued his involvement with security companies as an angel investor, independent director, entrepreneur-in-residence at Khosla Ventures, and security deal team consultant to private equity firm KKR. The experience of simultaneously working on venture and growth opportunities within the cybersecurity sector was formative to Ten Eleven’s unique investment strategy.
Alex also worked at Embark (The Princeton Review), PeopleSoft, OneID and was an investment banker with Robertson, Stephens. Alex received his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Management & Technology program with a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the Moore School and a B.S. in Finance from the Wharton School.
Chief Information Security Officer
United States Postal Service
Heather Dyer was named vice president, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in January 2022. She has acted in this role since November 2021. Dyer recently served as the director, Identity and Access Management in the CISO organization, where she was responsible for modernizing the Postal Service’s internal and external identity and access management programs to ensure our most critical systems and data are secure across the enterprise. Dyer has also served as the manager, Mail Entry, responsible for ensuring revenue for over $46 billion in commercial mail revenue, as well as developing and deploying a modernized payment platform under payment modernization.
Dyer is a 22-year postal employee with extensive experience within the organization. Most recently she has served as the director, Retail where she is responsible for 30,000 retail locations with a combined annual revenue exceeding $13 billion.
Heather is a graduate of the management leadership program, advanced leadership program, executive foundations program, and senior executive assessment program. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and is pursuing her master’s degree in cybersecurity.
Chief Technology Officer
Maintain and evolve security of the platform and architecture
Internationally respected information security leader and cryptographer, recognized as the “father” of SSL
Invented several industry and government standards
Served as CISO, Chief Scientist, CTO, as well as founder and CEO of numerous key organizations including Netscape, Securify, RSA
Inventor of the Elgamal Digital Signature scheme, the basis for DSA
Chief Information Security Officer
David has a long history in Information Security and viewed as a trusted business partner addressing the ever growing and complex Cybersecurity landscape. He is the CISO at CDK Global a leader in the software and technology for the automotive industry. His career includes Financial Services at Silicon Valley Bank, and past with Wells Fargo Bank, Software Product and Services with Intuit (makers of TurboTax and Quickbooks), and large diversified Media/Data company with Hearst Corporation with large stakes in TV, Newspapers, Magazines, Healthcare, Transportation and Financial (Fitch Ratings). He has deep experience with Fraud, Identity, Building SOCs, Next Gen SOCs and advanced monitoring (SOAR) strategies, App Sec and Cloud enablement work. He speaks at industry conferences and has a trusted network of key industry leaders all focused on securing their companies.
Vice President and Chief Security Officer
Brian currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Security Officer (CSO) at AVANGRID, an energy company with assets and operations in 24 states. He is responsible for the companies physical & cybersecurity, security compliance, intelligence, and fire protection
In 2018, Brian was appointed by the President of the United States to serve as the sixth Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He spent time during his career in the US Marine Corps and various private sector agencies with the goal of protection the United States from security threats.
Patrick Heim is a senior security executive with over two decades experience spanning venture investing, Fortune 500 enterprises, cloud providers, early-stage security technology companies, and consulting. He co-founded SYN Ventures in February 2021.
Patrick has been investing professionally since 2017, and has been advising and investing in security companies for decades prior. Mr. Heim was Head of Trust and Security at Dropbox. He also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Trust Officer at Salesforce.com as well as holding Chief Information Security Officer roles at Kaiser Permanente and McKesson Corporation.
Patrick is currently also a partner at ClearSky. He serves as a board director for: Netography, Query.ai, SynSaber, AppOmni, Mitiga, TrackerDetect, Phylum, and Okera and has previously served on the boards of Accurics, Preempt Security, Ticto, Cylance, Solebit, BigID, and ZeroNorth.
Patrick holds a B.S. from Indiana University in marketing as well as an MBA in international business / finance from the joint University of South Carolina / Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien IMBA program.
CIO & Chief Information Security Officer
Patricia Hinerman (she/her) is Chief Information Officer of IPG, responsible for developing, implementing, and supporting enterprise applications that are used across IPG and our companies globally.
Patricia has more than 25 years of technology expertise and has served in a number of technology roles within IPG since 2008, in a number of technology roles, most recently as IPG’s Chief Information Security Officer. In this role, she led a global team of information technology and cybersecurity professionals playing a key role in business value protection across IPG. Patricia managed IPG’s cross-discipline incident response function and together with her team, deployed a Socratic style to govern and balance systemic cyber risk integrating their perspectives throughout IPG’s enterprise risk management practices; IT operations; cybersecurity resiliency; privacy/regulatory programs; third-party risk management; and SOX, audit, and compliance requirements. And in 2019, she was responsible for IT diligence for the multi-billion dollar acquisition of Acxiom into the IPG portfolio.
In addition to her thorough and thoughtful leadership, Patricia is an involved corporate citizen and community member. She has been named a “Woman Worth Watching in STEM” by Profiles in Diversity Journal, a “Top 100 CISO” and a “Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity.” She chairs the IPG Women in IT resource group, volunteers on the Executive Committee of C-Sweet, and advises the founder of Back to Work Solutions on topics including COVID testing for schools, camps, and businesses.
Before joining IPG, Hinerman was the IT Director for Finance Systems at Covance and at AT&T where she served as a member of the technical staff in various roles managing requirements, developing software applications, and measuring IT performance. Ms. Hinerman began her career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as part of their research staff.
Patricia received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Scranton and an MBA from Rutgers University. She completed Qualified Technology Expert Certification, Digital Directors Network in 2021. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and 3 children.
Group Chief Privacy Officer
Ramy Houssaini is the Global Chief Cyber and Technology Risk Officer and Group Data Protection Officer for BNP Paribas. He is a member of the firm’s RISK Executive Board. He is an internationally recognized executive with a unique background in Cyber Security, Data Privacy, Operational Risk Management and Technology. He has extensive global experience in the Financial Services, Consumers Goods, Telecom and Healthcare industries.
Prior to his current role, Ramy served as the Vice President of British Telecom in Europe, the Regional head of the Cyber Practice for Accenture and as the Vice President for Global Risk Management at Visa Inc. He is an active member of several industry boards and forums with a focus on Operational Resilience, Data Privacy and Cyber Security. Ramy is a member of the G7 Cyber Security workgroup and also serves on the Risk and Compliance Committee of the Board of a California based healthcare company and the advisory board of several start-ups focusing on optimizing operational risks.
GVP and Chief Information Security Officer
Aaron Hughes is Group Vice President and CISO for Albertsons Companies. In this role he is responsible for enabling the business and securing the infrastructure, digital assets, and payments for a network of over 2200 supermarkets operating under 20 brands across the United States.
Chief Cybersecurity Officer
Managing Director Digital, Data and Analytics Transformation
Chief Information Security Officer
Raytheon Missiles and Defense
Pete Kim is the Chief Information Security Officer for Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies. He leads the company’s information and cybersecurity strategy, enterprise risk management and compliance programs to protect a broad portfolio of advanced defense technologies for 30K employees in 30 states and 28 countries. Pete is a retired United States Air Force Colonel and former Senior Executive Service member who has pioneered military cyber operations and strategies in the Air Force and the Department of Defense.
Prior to joining Raytheon in 2018, Pete was selected as the first Air Force Chief Information Security Officer in 2016 after successfully leading a global cybersecurity task force for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force in 2015. He established cybersecurity policies and compliance programs and oversaw the execution of global cybersecurity programs and operations for Air Force missions for nearly 700K personnel around the world. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2008 to 2010, he shaped national cyber strategies and policies at the White House in multiple government interagency forums. He was also on the Joint Staff team that established United States Cyber Command where he was subsequently assigned as a Division Chief in the Operations Directorate, leading and participating in full-spectrum cyber operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism and national defense. As the Commander of the 92nd Information Operations Squadron from 2006 to 2008, he led several innovative teams to implement combined intelligence and cyber hunt operations with military and law enforcement partners to secure and defend national assets from adversary computer network exploitation. These operations culminated in what are known today as Cyber Protection Teams at United States Cyber Command.
Pete is a recognized leader in cybersecurity nationally and in the state of Arizona. He is passionate about mentoring and providing opportunities for the next generation of cyber professionals. He currently advises several cybersecurity startups and is on the board of two cyber non-profits, the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance and AZ Cyber Initiative. He is also on the cybersecurity advisory board for the Department of Management Information Systems at the University of Arizona.
VP, Product Security Engineering and
Chief Technology Officer
Joe Levy joined Sophos as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in February 2015. In this role he leads the company’s technology strategy worldwide, driving product vision and innovation to both enhance and simplify IT security. Joe brings more than 20 years of leadership and development expertise, focusing on information security. Prior to Sophos, Joe was CTO for Blue Coat Systems following the company’s May 2013 acquisition of security analytics pioneer Solera Networks, where he had served as CTO since 2008. Prior to Solera, Joe was CTO of SonicWALL (acquired by Dell), where he led research and development teams with concentrations in the areas of next-generation firewalls, deep packet inspection, cryptography and
secure remote access. Earlier in his career, Joe spent six years with the security-focused, value-added reseller OneNet, where he led product and service design and development, including managed services. Joe has participated in various industry certification and design consortiums, and he holds several security, networking database and virtualization patents. He has co-authored a book on the topic of wireless network security, covering many of the secure wireless innovations he and his architectural teams have designed. Joe holds a BA from Queens College, NY.
Chief Security Officer
Jason Lish is currently the Chief Security Officer of Lumen Technologies, a leading telecommunications and Technology company that provides innovative networking, edge cloud, connected security and collaboration solutions to customers worldwide. After beginning his career in the United States Airforce, where he served as a Systems and Intelligence Analyst, Jason went on to hold senior security-oriented leadership positions at several prominent corporations including Advisor Group, Alight Solutions, Charles Schwab, and Honeywell International. Jason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems, Information Technology, from Bellevue University, and an MBA at Ottawa University. He also completed executive education in cybersecurity and national policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, is a FBI CISO academy graduate, and holds several industry certifications. Jason is also an advisory board member and private investor for several security startups, Private Equity, and Venture Capital firms.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Shehzad Merchant serves as Chief Technology Officer of Gigamon bringing over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Prior to joining Gigamon, Shehzad served as the CTO at Extreme Networks, and is the author of several networking and communications patents. He is a frequent speaker at various industry events including Interop and Open Networking Summit, and has been engaged with many standards bodies including the IEEE, IETF and ONF. Prior to Extreme Networks, he was the co-founder and VP of Products at Polytime Systems, following on from various senior architectural and research roles at Allied Telesyn, Nevis Networks and SRI. Shehzad holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from USC and an Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai.
SVP & Chief Information Security Officer
As the Chief Information Officer for Equinix, Michael is responsible for leading Equinix’s global cybersecurity and risk programs. His responsibilities include leading the company’s information and cyber security strategy, enterprise risk management and compliance programs. Michael oversees Equinix’s security across product development, Operations, IT, compliance and business continuity teams to assure the company has a world-class approach to securing its global assets as well as providing the most secure and compliant environment for over 10k customers and partners in over 250 global datacenters and 400K interconnections.
Michael has extensive experience in enterprise IT support and has held several executive roles with Microsoft, Fireeye and EMC. He has extensive experience overseeing global cybersecurity programs and advising large enterprises, governments and regulators across global markets.
His roles include:
-Microsoft holding various leadership roles including Regional CIO for Asia and EMEA, Asia Chief Cybersecurity Officer, and Global Director of Cloud Internet and Security Operations.
-Fireeye serving as Vice President of Cloud and Intelligence Services leading all cloud-security operations supporting FireEye’s threat intelligence backbone and cloud services of Threat Analytics Platform, Email Threat Prevention, Mobile Threat Platform and Cloud Endpoint Security.
-EMC serving as an IT and Services Leader responsible for their EMC Proven platform resulting in a CIO100 industry recognitions, and digital transformation programs securely digitizing over 200+ enterprise processes.
-Digital Realty where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer.
Michael is an industry recognized innovative IT and Security leader and serves as an Independent Director to F5 Networks and advisor to several security and IT startups, and venture capital firms.
Michael has dual degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of New Mexico.
VP, Cyber Security
Erik Naugle is an attorney and technology leader currently serving as Intuit’s Vice President of Data Security and Use. Previously, he helped to guide Intuit’s connected services journey into the public cloud. Prior to joining Intuit, Erik held several senior leadership positions at Science Applications International Corporation where he led the team, which implemented and
operated the company’s cloud-based SmartGrid as a Service.
Seasoned litigator, supervisor, and manager with over 33 years’ experience in both U.S. Attorney’s and District Attorney’s Offices across the nation. Extensive experience conducting corporate investigations and working with internal security and legal personnel. Supervised 15 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. Lead prosecutor and trial attorney in the BALCO anabolic steroids cases, numerous economic espionage and trade secret cases, and the first indictment and convictions of “Anonymous” activists in the nation. Personally prosecuted and tried cases including murder, tax evasion, money laundering, arson, computer hacking, export violations, cryptocurrency crimes, FCPA violations, theft of trade secrets, and economic espionage. Possess Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) clearance. Interviewed on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and KQED’s “Forum” programs about computer hacking and intellectual property crimes in Silicon Valley.
Founder & Managing Partner
Jim Pflaging the managing partner at Cynergy Partners a cyber advisory firm focused on helping clients accelerate growth, create compelling exits, and better respond to board-level cyber governance. He serves on the board of directors of CoalFire, ConnectWise, Imperva, SailPoint, Secure Code Warrior, Sophos, and Veracode. Jim is also an Operating Advisor at Thoma Bravo and board member and advisor to many emerging cybersecurity firms and their financial sponsors. He has over 30 years of Silicon Valley experience including 15 years as CEO of cybersecurity and data management companies.
Nominee for Supervisory Board of Directors
Board Member, Kimberly-Clark and
Affirm & CEO
Christa Quarles serves as Corel’s CEO and sits on the company’s Board of Directors. Joining Corel in 2020, Christa is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience leading companies and spearheading financial and operational initiatives. As CEO of OpenTable, she led a period of transformational change, successfully navigating the company’s transition to cloud-based, small business solutions, and drove meaningful bottom- and top-line growth across its global operations. Christa also recently served as an Operating Partner at Advent International. Prior to joining OpenTable, she served as Chief Business Officer of Nextdoor, a marketplace connecting local communities to small businesses. Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Vice President, Interactive Games at The Walt Disney Company, where she led Disney Interactive to profitability. Christa also served as Chief Financial Officer of Playdom, which was later acquired by Disney. Prior to that, she held the role of Partner in Equity Research covering the internet sector at Thomas Weisel Partners LLC (now Stifel Financial). Christa also currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Affirm and Kimberly-Clark. She received a BS in Economics and German from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief Information Security Officer
Pavi has over two decades years of experience working in the software and security sector. Prior to Upstart, Pavi served as Global Head of Security at Anaplan where she was responsible for driving and managing security initiatives across the corporate and product platforms as well as governance, risk and compliance. Previously, she served as Senior Manager of Information Security at LinkedIn, Manager of Product Security & Vulnerability Research at VMware, and held senior technical positions at Determina, Vitria Technology, and 3Com Corporation.
She is a Board Member of the Bay Area CSO Council and Co-Author of Purple Book, a collection of top security leaders’ perspectives, best practices, and case studies. She was also instrumental in founding The Purple Book Community, a network of security leaders and practitioners dedicated to improving software security by creating awareness, sharing challenges, and promoting best practices.
Pavi holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Madras in India and a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University in California.
Chairman & Founder
CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER OF SINET
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-Leader in the advancement of innovation within the international Cybersecurity domain
-Strategic adviser on the development of global public private partnership models
-Connects early stage companies to investors and industry & government buyers
“The mission of SINET is to advance innovation and enable global collaboration between the public and private sectors to defeat Cybersecurity threats.”
SINET is a platform that connects the ecosystem of the entrepreneur; industry and Government buyers, venture capital, innovators, investment banking, system integration, policy, legal, academia and the science communities as well as the Federal Government’s civilian, military and intelligence agencies.
SINET hosts trusted Summits, Workshops and Public Private Partnership Dinners at the highest executive levels in; Paris, Singapore, Toronto, Silicon Valley, Scottsdale, London, Tokyo, Washington, D.C. and New York City.
Since 2001 Mr. Rodriguez has advised and coordinated the public – private sector outreach for The United States Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, SRI International, Stanford University, United Kingdom Government; Cabinet and Digital Culture, Media and Sport Department, Australian Government DATA 61 & AustCyber, UNC Charlotte, The Department of Defense, United States Postal Service and The Department of Energy and has participated as a member of the US Air Force Cybersecurity Advisory Board. He has been called upon numerous times by private industry and the Federal Government to help advise and build private sector outreach initiatives with corporations, the entrepreneurial and venture capital communities.
Previously, he served 22 years as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service where he held a number of executive leadership positions within the Presidential Protection, Protective Intelligence, Inspection and Criminal Investigation Divisions and the Counter Assault Team. His executive protection experience spanned 10 years at the White House serving Presidents Ronald W. Reagan, George H. Bush, William J. Clinton and numerous Heads of State. He serves on numerous Cybersecurity Advisory Boards and advises various governments on their private sector outreach strategies.
Chief Information Security Officer
As the Lenovo CISO, Jason Ruger protects Lenovo customers, employees and shareholders in over 150 countries. Mr. Ruger is responsible for enabling new products and services that leverage IoT, artificial intelligence and 5G at the world’s largest computer maker. An expert in cybersecurity, cloud and mobile, Mr. Ruger has over 30 years of experience at Lenovo, Google, Motorola, Symantec and Apple.
Mr. Ruger is the Chief Financial Officer of the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA), a non-profit organization on a mission to create a more secure world through government and private sector partnership.
Mr. Ruger holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Chief Information Security Officer
I am a leader who leads a world-class security organization by building and implementing custom methodologies and frameworks that balance information protection, business agility, innovation, and risk.
Energetic, visionary strategist qualified by over 30 years of ground-up success in information security. A continuous learner with a passion for innovation in information security and risk management with the ability to drive bottom-line business contributions, optimize security investments, avoid losses from security incidents, improve customer retention, enhance business decision making, and reduce corporate liability. An inspiring leader and articulate communicator with the proven ability to recruit, develop, and retain top talent. Exceptional levels of integrity, work ethic, passion, and drive to achieve goals.
A business and technology visionary with executive and hands-on experience in automating and managing multi-billion dollar enterprises. A strong record of success in deploying robust and flexible IT security architecture and infrastructure to provide future growth and reasonable costs. Experience with emphasis on e-commerce security and operational compliance. I have provided strategic direction to the board of trustees, the board of directors, and senior management on technological and security issues and challenges.
Specialties: Startups, Wireless Security, Targeted Attacks, APT, Malware, Botnets, Information Security, Pen-Tester, Red-Team, Wifi Guru, Information Warfare, Cyber-Threats, World-Class Security Conference Speaker, Android, Malware, Mobile Devices, Risk, GRC, User Awareness, and Education
Global Head of Application Security
Head of Information Security
Founder and Managing Partner
Evolution Equity Partners
Chief Security Officer
Nick Shevelyov is a specialist in cybersecurity, information technology, data privacy, and risk management with 25+ years’ experience—from an engineering to executive and board advisory level. He has served as Chief Security Officer and Chief Information Officer at Silicon Valley Bank for the past 15 years, now working in an Advisory capacity.
A guest speaker at a variety of industry events, Nick has an undergraduate degree in economics, an executive MBA, and CISSP, CIPP, and CISM industry certifications.
Assistant Director for the Office of Investigations
United States Secret Service
David M. Smith is a senior executive and special agent with over 20 years of public service with the U.S. Secret Service. Mr. Smith began his career in 2001 as a special agent assigned to the San Francisco Field Office. He subsequently served on the Presidential Protective Division, followed by a highly competitive assignment in the special projects section of the Office of
Investigations. In 2014, Mr. Smith was promoted to the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office, where he directed numerous protective visits and criminal investigations. While in this supervisory role, at one of the largest and most dynamic Secret Service field offices, he was concurrently selected to be a Shift Leader for the Candidate Nominee Operation Section within the Dignitary Protective Division. As a Shift Leader, Mr. Smith was responsible for overseeing and coordinating the protection of a leading presidential candidate during the 2016 Presidential campaign. In 2016, Mr. Smith was selected by the Office of Professional Responsibility for the role of Assistant Inspector within the Inspection Division. Following his tenure in the Inspection Division, Mr. Smith held numerous supervisory assignments at U.S. Secret Service headquarters including: the Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of Safety, Health, and Environmental Programs Division, the Senior Executive Service (SES) position of SAIC of the Criminal Investigative Division, and SES position of Deputy Assistant Director within the Office of Investigations.
In March 2022, Mr. Smith was named the 28th Assistant Director of the Office of Investigations, where he leads the global investigative mission of the Secret Service, consisting of 161 offices and over 3,000 personnel. A native of Miami, Florida with roots in Georgia, Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Central Florida.
Chief Security Officer
Justin Somaini is the Chief Security Officer at Unity Technologies, an American video game software development company.
With over 17 years of information security experience, Justin is a distinguished global security executive with a long record of transforming companies’ security functions and driving security as a competitive differentiator. Prior to Unity, he served as Chief Security Officer at SAP, Chief Trust Officer at Box, Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo and Symantec, Director of Information Security at VeriSign, and held leadership positions at Charles Schwab and PwC.
Justin is the Founding Partner of Somaini LLC, a strategic security management consulting firm, and an advisor to dozens of security companies including Orca Security, Qualys, Palo Alto Networks, Sentinel Labs, SourceClear, Solve Media, and others.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Drexel University in Philadelphia
Evolution Equity Partners
Karthik is a Partner at Evolution Equity Partners. He leads investments in cybersecurity, enterprise software, IoT, cloud and analytics primarily in the United States and Israel, and brings over 15 years of investment, entrepreneurial, operational, M&A and investment banking experience to this role. Prior to joining Evolution, Karthik led Cisco’s cybersecurity acquisition and investment team. During his time at Cisco, Karthik helped build Cisco’s current extensive cybersecurity portfolio through numerous strategic acquisitions. He led several marquee transactions, including the acquisition of Duo Security, OpenDNS, Lancope and Cloudlock with a cumulative transaction value of over $3.75B. Prior to Cisco, Karthik held several roles over years as an entrepreneur, a technologist and an investment banker.
Chief Security Officer
Leading global teams in the areas of Intelligence, Investigations and Operations with a specific focus on every financial product, service, and/or surface in the Meta eco-systems. I have responsibility to include threat intelligence and hunting teams; end-user safety, HSM/root-key security management, resilience, BC/DR, signals monitoring/IR, insider threat, etc.
Prior to my time at Meta, I was Detective, working every kind of crime to include all violent part 1 (homicide, terror, etc). I spent time in special teams (narcotics, SWAT, and gang) and on sunny Santa Cruz days, rode a motorcycle in tight pants and tall boots as a motor.
I built and funded a non-profit; The Capitola Public Safety & Community Service Foundation, which is on its 18th year. Its focus, to serve disadvantaged youth, shut-in elderly and promote community policing/outreach.
I founded and successfully exited two software companies, built and sold a financial services firm focused on hedging unique corporate risk, and was a co-founder of a chemical engineering firm.
My formal studies include paleography, language (Spanish/Italian) and criminology. I’m the recipient of a Medal of Merit, the Red Cross Hero Award and two California State Congressional/Assembly Awards.
I have two fantastic teenage boys, operate a small family farm and am a classic car enthusiast. Outside of being a Dad, serving others in the pursuit of remarkable or worthy causes is my passion.
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Stephen Ward is a Managing Director at Insight. He joined in 2021 to focus on investments in cybersecurity. Prior to joining Insight, Stephen was Chief Information Security Officer at The Home Depot, where he provided progressive direction over cybersecurity and technology risk. He is also a Board Member of Mimecast and served on the board of Cloudknox, which recently sold to Microsoft. His innovative approach has led to malware related patented technology and he has received award recognition from his industry peers in cybersecurity.
He has over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, physical security, fraud and technology risk acquired throughout his career in both the public sector (U.S. Secret Service) and the private sector (JPMorgan Chase and TIAA). He has spent the past 10 years as an advisor to founders of startup companies helping them with strategy, product and business development. He is a passionate autism advocate inspired by his amazing son and the need for all special needs children to live incredible lives. Stephen believes that technology is truly changing the world with astonishing benefits, but that it will never take the place of compassion, empathy and understanding of others’ differences. Stephen is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and graduate of Seton Hall University.
Chief Security Officer
Mark Weatherford is the Chief Strategy Officer at the National Cybersecurity Center, the
Chief Security Officer at AlertEnterprise, and the Founding Partner of Aspen Chartered,
where he provides cybersecurity consulting and advisory services to public and private
sector organizations around the world.
Mark has held a variety of executive level cybersecurity roles including an appointment
by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as California’s first Chief Information Security
Officer, Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and
an appointment in the Obama Administration as the first Deputy Under Secretary for
Cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Mark is a former naval cryptologist where he served as the Director of Navy Computer
Network Defense Operations and Director of the Navy Computer Incident Response
Chief Information Security Officer & Chief Data Privacy Officer
Global Director of Cybersecurity Operations
Troy Wilkinson began his career serving others as a Law Enforcement officer. He commanded a Joint Terrorism Task Force, was a lead bomb investigator, and violent crime and homicide detective however his greatest achievement in the field of law enforcement came from his ability and skill investigating and prosecuting child pornography and other electronic crimes.
Wilkinson was recruited by the U.S. State Department to train police officers in Kosovo on cyber investigations. Working under the George W Bush and Obama presidencies, he was a top U.S. cyber investigator seconded to the United Nations and European Union to lead investigations into political corruption, organized crime, war crimes, financial crimes and terrorism. Together with a team of international investigators, Wilkinson built the first IT forensics lab in the European Union Mission in Kosovo. After returning home to the U.S, Wilkinson co-founded Axiom Cyber Solutions, with a mission to develop intelligent, automated, and self-healing cyber security platforms to help secure America’s businesses against cybercriminals. He exited the company in June 2019 when Axiom was acquired by a private equity firm.
Wilkinson is currently the Global Director of Cybersecurity Operations with Interpublic Group, a Fortune 500 company. Prior to his current position, Wilkinson served as the Chief Information Security Officer for International Cruise & Excursions.
Wilkinson is a worldwide speaker on cybersecurity, co-authored an Amazon Best Seller, and has been featured on NBC, CBS, and Fox news stations. He is a consultant with several VC firms and has contributed to numerous national syndicated publications on cybersecurity topics
including ransomware, DDoS, cyber-crime trends, and cyber security careers.