Chairman and Founder, Security Innovation Network (SINET)
Robert Rodriguez is the Chairman and Founder of the Security Innovation Network™ (SINET) whose mission is to advance innovation and enable global collaboration between the public and private sectors to defeat cybersecurity threats. Mr. Rodriguez is internationally recognized for his ability to build communities of interest and trust between disparate groups. He leads and develops global collaboration models that
Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President of R&D;, Synthetic Genomics Vaccines, Inc.
Dr. Peterson has over 20 years experience in industrial research and development in the areas of molecular biology, nucleic acids and genomics product and technology development. His experience encompasses clinical diagnostics, life science research tools and pharmaceutical discovery technologies and market segments. Prior to joining SGI, Dr. Peterson led Genomics and Synthetic Biology R&D at Life Technologies, a global leader in life science research tools. Prior to Life Technologies, Dr. Peterson held research and development positions with increasing responsibilities at Genicon Sciences, Trega Biosciences, Hybritech and Gen-Probe where he focused on product and technology research, development and commercialization. Dr. Peterson was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne Germany and received his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.
CEO, Resilience Technology Corporation
Adams joined Resilience in October 2015. Adams is a 4 time Venture backed technology CEO specializing in Cyber Security. Adams was voted one the Top 50 Non-Technical Entrepreneurs in Tech Industry history. Mr. Adams is also the Managing Director for Cyber Security consultant Trestles Group International. Previously he joined Cyber Security firm AirPatrol in 2012 as a seasoned executive with an extensive background in the growth of software, mobile and network security companies. Over the course of the past two decades, Mr. Adams has led numerous technology firms, transforming the organizations from startups into high-growth global enterprises. While at AirPatrol, he succeeded in selling the company to Sysorex Global Holdings. Prior to taking the helm at AirPatrol, Mr. Adams served as Chairman of mobile tech startup KaaM, Inc., CEO of network security developer, High Tower Software, and president and CEO of mobile device security firm, Puresight, Inc. All three companies sold to large public companies. He was also started cyber security heavyweight Websense, Inc. where he led the company from pre-revenue to a $1 Billion initial public offering. A frequent executive speaker and consultant on the subjects of startup acceleration, business transformation, successful exits and Cyber Security, Mr. Adams holds a Presidential and Key Executive MBA from Pepperdine University and sits on the university’s Board of Advisors.
CyberTECH 2015-2016 Executive Director
Shirley Adams is a seasoned executive with over twenty years’ experience delivering on-target action strategies for small and large organizations. She specializes in Strategic Planning, Operational Effectiveness, Knowledge Management, and Business Development. Shirley is the Executive Director for CyberTECH, a global cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) business network. Shirley is also involved with various organizations including the Air Transport Association (ATA), the National Defense and Industrial Association (NDIA); former Chairman of the Board, and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA); current AFCEA International Regional Vice President for the South Western Region and Past President for the San Diego Chapter. Shirley received a BA in Marketing and Management from Northwood University.
CEO, CyberUnited, CyberTECH Co-Chairman and Founder
Darin Andersen is a distinguished Internet of Things (IoT) and cybersecurity professional with over 15 years of experience in the security industry. In 2013, Mr. Andersen founded CyberTECH (CyberHive and iHive Incubators), a global cybersecurity and IoT network ecosystem providing cybersecurity and IoT resources, strategic programs and quality thought leader IoT Forums across the nation. Darin is also founder of CyberUnited, a cybersecurity, big data and predictive analytics consulting firm. Before founding CyberUnited, Darin was the GM, North America for Norman Shark, a forensics malware analytics company, recently acquired by Blue Coat Systems. Prior to Norman Shark, Darin was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at ESET, an award winning and antivirus solutions company. While COO at ESET, Darin created the “Securing Our eCity” initiative. The initiative, now an independent Foundation, was recognized by The White House as the “Best Local/Community Plan” DHS National Cybersecurity Awareness Challenge. Mr. Andersen is a distinguished Ponemon Institute Fellow. He received the Internet of Things award at the 2014 Cybersecurity Awards and was named Top Influential by The San Diego Daily Transcript for 2015. Darin received an MBA in Finance and Operations Management and 2nd Masters in Information Systems and Operations Systems both from University of Southern California.
President and CEO, CleanTech San Diego
As President and CEO of CleanTech San Diego, Jason leads several initiatives critical to the mission of the organization, including the EDGE biofuels initiative, advocacy efforts, and economic development programs. In addition, he is President and CEO of the CleanTech Education Foundation, designed to develop education and workforce development programs aligned with the mission of CleanTech San Diego. In 2012, Jason was appointed by the Mayor of San Diego to the City’s Sustainable Energy Advisory Board and also serves on the County of San Diego’s Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to joining CleanTech San Diego, he served as vice president of business development for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and worked at the Texas State Capitol as Legislative Director for State Senator Frank Madla. Jason received a degree in Corporate Communications from University of Texas at Austin.
Information Security Evangelist
Bill Bonney has been engaged in connecting and securing systems and networks for over 25 years. His current focus is working with colleagues and industry experts to improve the information security posture of companies, individuals and devices (things) through security initiatives in threat intelligence, targeted asset protection, information security education and awareness and behavior modification. Bill spent a decade with Intuit, the leader in personal and small business financial services, developing game-changing programs in identity management, cloud security and risk management. Bill receieved a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Operating Partner, Accelerate-IT Ventures Managing Director, Accelerate-IT
Emmanuel is a software and SaaS executive with 20 years of successful strategic business and corporate development, P&L, sales and marketing, and international expansion leadership experience with high growth technology companies and start-ups. Emmanuel specializes in leveraged go-to-market strategies (Affiliates, VARs, OEM, Strategic Partnerships), and an expert in ecosystem assessment for sales channel growth and alignment targeting strategic combination. Mr. Boucaud serves on a number of boards including EvoStream, Chef’s Roll and Perfectna, Inc. Emmanuel received a degree in Economics from Occidental College.
Vice President of Government Relations & Marketing, Sutherland Global Services
Charles (Chuck) Brooks serves as the Vice President for Government Relations & Marketing for Sutherland Global Services. Chuck leads Federal and State & Local Government relations activities. He is also responsible for the Marketing portfolio (Media, PR, Digital Outreach, Thought Leadership, Strategic Partnering, Branding) for the Federal and State & Local markets. Chuck is also an Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Technology Partner network and serves on Boards to several prominent public and private companies and organizations. Chuck has extensive service in Senior Executive Management, Marketing, Government Relations, and Business Development and worked in those capacities for three large public corporations. In government, he served at the Department of Homeland Security as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Science & Technology Directorate. He also spent six years on Capitol Hill as a Senior Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter where he covered foreign affairs, business, and technology issues. In academia, Chuck was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught graduate level students about homeland security and Congress. He has an MA in International relations from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Political Science from DePauw University, and a Certificate in International Law from The Hague. Chuck is widely published on the subjects of innovation, public/private partnerships, emerging technologies, and issues of homeland security and cybersecurity
President and CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
Mark has spent the past 18 years designing systems to support career advancement and economic opportunity for American workers. He has served in numerous public sector leadership positions and as a consultant throughout the country. Most recently, Mark was recognized as The San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired Non-Profit CEO, as well as one of The Daily Transcript’s Top Influential. Mark has an advance certificate from in Performance Management and Non-profit management from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and was selected to be a fellow for Non-profit Leaders at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
President, CyberFlow Analytics
A veteran of Cisco and Microsoft, with more than 20 years in business and software engineering, Tom has deep expertise in delivering Cloud-based software products and large scale software systems to large enterprise and service providers. Currently, Tom is the President of CyberFlow Analytics, a cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) analytics company. Previously, Tom was President of LonoCloud, a Cloud PaaS company. Tom has a degree in Biology and Mathematics from California State University, Fresno and a Masters in Engineering and Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Executive Editor, San Diego Business Journal
Reo Carr leads the online and digital media efforts for all four California Business Journal (San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Business Journals) publications. He also serves on the Director of Pediatric Bioscience, Inc. Board, Member of the Advisory Board at Crossflo Systems, Inc. and the Bank of America Local Market Selection Committee. Reo is a judge for the annual Athena Awards recognizing outstanding women in technology in San Diego County. Previously, Reo served as Co-Chairman of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders Civic Leadership Economic Development Program for the City of San Diego. Reo has also served on the Board of United Thru Reading, San Diego Fleet Week Foundation, the CONNECT Unmanned Systems Forum, and the Board of Advisors of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, The Ronald McDonald House, the Children’s Initiative and America's Promise and on the host committees for the Kyoto Laureates Symposium, the San Diego Symphony, the Mental Health Association, and the American Heart Association. Reo received a degree from San Jose State University.
Co-Founder and CTO, AttackIQ
Stephan has been in involved in security research for the last 15 years and has presented at numerous conferences including: Black Hat, CanSecWest, RSA, RECon, AusCERT, ToorCon, SecTor, SOURCE and PacSec. His specialty is in writing research tools and investigating next generation emerging threats. He has released public analyses on various vulnerabilities and malware. Prior to venturing off to create a security startup, Stephan was Director of Research and Development at IOActive, prior to that, Stephan was the head security researcher at Websense for 6 years and a security software engineer for 4 years working in research and product development at eEye Digital Security. Stephan has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of California.
Director, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
As Director of San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Tom works to maximize the region's economic prosperity and global competitiveness. Mr. Clancy also formed TAO Venture Capital Partners, which provides capital and advisory services to entrepreneurs pursuing global market opportunities in Information Technology, Internet, Media, and Consumer Services. Previously, Mr. Clancy was a General Partner and Managing Director at Enterprise Partners Venture Capital and also served as a Venture Partner at Enterprise Partners. He is the Chairman of Software San Diego, and serves on the Board at WineDirect and Brightcloud. Tom received a degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Vice President and Global Government CTO, FireEye, Inc.
Tony Cole assists government agencies, corporations, and system integrators around the globe in understanding today’s advanced threats and their potential impact. Prior to joining FireEye, he ran McAfee’s Global Government security consulting services, and also held numerous other positions, including leading a large Government focused consulting group and a lead technical program business development role at Symantec Corporation. Mr. Cole is retired from the U.S. Army and has over thirty years experience in a variety of IT and security environments including communications, intelligence, and cryptography. Mr. Cole speaks at security conferences across the globe and has been a contributing author to the SANS Institutes’ publications and classes. He’s been published in many trade magazines and he previously advised investment and venture capital firms on security technology on Wall Street and was on the advisory board for Secure-Elements Incorporated prior to its sale to Fortinet. Mr. Cole has advised the U.S. government and its allies on security matters by invitation through panels, groups, and advisory councils many times and is currently serving on the NSTAC IoT subcommittee. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Networking and is a former President of the Information Systems Security Association-District of Columbia and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Senior Sales and Business Consultant, TriNet
Shannon brings over 14 years of management and business development experience working with C-level executives to maximize their Human Capital investment. Shannon manages all aspects of a complex sales process from business development to contract negotiation while collaborating with internal service team. Her specialties include building strong business relationships, negotiation, sales, marketing, and networking, identifying key business needs. Prior to joining TriNet, Shannon was the Business Consultant at Administaff, and the Business Development Manager at Workforce Guardian. Shannon also is a Board Member of the San Diego Venture Group, a non-profit organization designed to bring together people in San Diego who are interested in new enterprise and the process of creating it. Shannon attended the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and received a degree in Health Science from California State University, Fresno.
Principal, Coherent Insights
Dan Corcoran is a business technology professional and IT Specialist with 20+ years experience in Information Security, Personnel Security, Physical Security, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Networks, IT Risk Management, Audit Compliance, Financial Regulatory Compliance, and Information Security Governance. Dan is the Principal at Coherent Insights, a cybersecurity consulting practice enabling senior business leaders to make informed risk acceptance and mitigation decisions. Prior to Coherent Insights, Dan was an IT Security Engineer at Qualcomm. Prior to Qualcomm, Dan was the Group Information Security Officer at Intuit. Dan received a Certificate for Instructional Technology from Florida State University and a degree in Computer Science from University of New Mexico.
Deputy Security Director, ABS
Mike Davis has over 20 year’s experience in Information Technology (IT) and Information Assurance (IA) technical and operational leadership positions in many diverse government and commercial programs, projects and venues. He also provides a security, cyber and IA Professional web site to facilitate cyber information sharing, is the Platform Chief Systems Engineer (CSE)(Technical Authority) for C4ISR in Navy large deck ships and aircraft ship integration at SPAWAR Headquarters where he also completed a tour as the Senior IA Technical Authority. Mike is a retired Navy Engineering Duty Officer (technical and acquisition manager), having served in submarines, destroyers and amphibious class ships. He currently serves as the San Diego ISSA Vice President and Technical Advisor for “The Security Networks”, both proactive local security professional groups, and was recently the Technology VP for the local INCOSE chapter. Mike is a 30+ IEEE member who earned graduate degrees in Management and Electrical Engineering and has SysEngr and CISSP certificates.
Strategic Planning, Intel Corporation
Ozzie Diaz has amassed his senior executive experience across the Mobile & Wireless, Fortune 100, Service Provider, Government, Smart Grid, Big Data Analytics and Security industries. Ozzie has led the evolution and growth of Liquid Grids’ social media analytics and intelligence cloud-based solution and business while serving as CTO. He now advises many early stage startups, entrepreneurs, venture capital and analyst firms on industry trends and companies. Ozzie has over 25 years career experience with both Fortune 100 companies and early stage venture-backed companies. Ozzie’s industry standards activities include North American IPv6 Task Force Mobility and Wireless Subject Matter Expert and Steering Committee Member, Silicon Capitol (Wireless Sacramento) Advisor and Wireless Subject Matter Expert, California IPv6 Task Force Steering Committee Member, Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) Steering Council Member. Ozzie published a paper on the “Utility of Broadband Wireless: A Technology Roadmap for Disaster Response” for homeland defense in cooperation with the Worldwide Consortium for the Grid (W2COG) and an industry-wide team of subject matter experts. Ozzie has several inventions and patents pending on new connected device concepts and connected device management architectures. Ozzie received a technology degree from National University.
Chief Executive Officer, Technology Growth Engineering
Alex Eckelberry is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Technology Growth Engineering focused on the art and science of engineering rapid growth through a holistic approach to corporate and product strategy, marketing, sales and finance. Most recently, Alex was the President of the security business unit for GFI Software, subsequent to the acquisition of Sunbelt Software in 2010, where he was CEO for eight years. Alex is actively involved in the software security area and wrote a blog for many years, Sunbelt Blog. He often speaks on security issues, and has been interviewed for national publications, radio and television, including appearances on Good Morning America and CBC Canada. Alex has also held positions at Bulldog Capital Management, Mijenix Corporation, Quarterdeck Corporation (now part of Symantec), Aegis Development, and Borland International. Alex attended Eckerd College and received his Product Management Certification from Pragmatic Marketing Certified.
Managing Director, MaFe, LLC, CyberTECH 2015-2016 Events Chair
Maggey Felix is the Managing Director for MaFe, LLC, an independently owned and operated Marketing and Operations Consulting Firm that provides strategic, measurable, quality and innovative solutions for high tech, cybersecurity and IoT companies. Prior to founding MaFe, LLC, Maggey was the Director of Marketing and Operations at CyberTECH, a global cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) network. Previously, Maggey was the Director of Marketing and Operations at CyberUnited, a cybersecurity intelligence consulting firm.
Maggey specializes in the organization and implementation of marketing systems, marketing and social media campaigns, strategic planning and partnerships, event planning and execution, project and product marketing management and corporate identity management. Prior to joining CyberUnited, Maggey was the Marketing Manager for Norman Shark, a forensics malware analytics company, recently acquired by Blue Coat Systems. In 2011, Maggey worked for Congressman Michael McCaul, U.S. Representative for Texas’s 10th Congressional District where she assisted with cybersecurity research and legislation. Maggey received a Political Science degree from Texas A&M University.
Executive Director, Securing Our eCity Foundation
Liz Fraumann is the Executive Director of the Securing Our eCity (SOeC) Foundation, a non-profit providing cybersecurity awareness, education and preparation for business and individuals. Previously, Fraumann was the Director of Marketing at ESET, North America. Liz is a seasoned veteran of the high-tech industry, with a background in marketing and marketing communications with industry giants such as NCR and IBM, as well as smaller organizations. Liz had provided independent marketing consulting, and gained experience in the non-profit sector with organizations such as UNIX International and the Australian UNIX User Group. Under her direction, the Australian UNIX User Group hosted their largest conference and exposition and started state chapters across Australia. The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Ms. Fraumann as "Business Leader of the Year – 2011."
Program Manager, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Tom Fries is currently a Program Manager at General Atomics Aeronautical. Recently transitioned from Marine Corps active duty, his last position was the Chief of Staff and Executive Officer at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, CA. During his Marine Corps career, Tom worked as a Program Manager for the Joint Strike Fighter; a multinational, multibillion-dollar program focused on the design and acquisition of the Marine Corps’ future jet aircraft. He has also worked as a director of future operations where he managed planning and future requirements for a 10,000-person team. Tom is certified through the Marine Corps as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is an adjunct professor for Marine Corps College of Continuing Education and Training. Mr. Fries received a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Temple University.
Subject Matter Expert-Intelligence and Investigations, Dell SecureWorks
Araceli Treu Gomes serves as a cybersecurity strategist and subject matter expert for Verizon; providing strategic security expertise to leadership teams within Verizon, and counseling global organizations on preventing advanced attacks. Previously, she held technical and leadership positions, including Strategic Security Advisor for a Fortune 100 company, Engineering Director at a large defense contractor, Deputy CSO for a multinational financial services organization, and Chief Security and Privacy Officer at a major content delivery network. She designed early DDoS, extrusion prevention, and network forensics tools for Internet backbone providers. She holds certifications in privacy and computer forensics, and serves on IEEE Cybersecurity SIGs and ISSA boards locally and nationally. - See more at: http://www.rsaconference.com/speakers/araceli-treu-gomes#sthash.sdhnW8Mc.dpuf
Chief Information Security Officer, City of San Diego, Co-Chair, CyberTECH, Co-Chair, CyberTECH 2015-2016 CISO Round Table
As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the City of San Diego, Gary advises the City of San Diego’s executive leadership consisting of Mayoral, City Council, and 40+ city departments and agencies on protecting city government information resources. Gary oversees citywide cyber security strategy and the enterprise cyber security program, operations, compliance and risk assessment services. His mission includes creating a “risk aware” culture that places high value on securing city information resources and protecting personal information entrusted to the City of San Diego. Gary is on the Board of Advisors for Brier and Thorn and is the Co-Chair for the Critical Infrastructure Workgroup at the Securing Our eCity Foundation. Gary’s previous information security roles include multiple CISO, Director of IT, Senior Network Architect and Senior Information Security Analyst roles for the U.S. Navy (Active Duty) and the U.S. Federal Government. Gary has a degree in Information Systems Management from University of Maryland University College, a Masters in Business Administration from San Diego State University and an Executive Project Management Professional Certificate from University of California,
Director, Technology and Innovation, Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO)
Mr. Jacobs is responsible for leading the planning, development, maintenance, and use of the Department’s Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA). The BEA, required by statute, is utilized by the Department to guide and inform defense business system investment decisions of more than $7B annually. Prior to being selected as the Director, Technology and Innovation, Mr. Jacobs served as Chief Business Enterprise Architect for the Department of Defense. Previously, Mr. Jacobs held various positions within the Department of the Navy (DON) including, DON Chief Enterprise Architect, Department of the Navy Next Generation Enterprise Network Task Force Lead, and Heavyweight Torpedo Engineering Manager. In the latter position Mr. Jacobs was responsible for all hardware, software, and electronics upgrades for the Fleet’s premier submarine launched torpedo. Prior to these assignments Mr. Jacobs held various engineering and project management positions within the DON. Mr. Jacobs is the recipient of a Fed 100 Award, a Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, and a Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Associate Vice President and Chief of Strategic Initiatives, Webster University
Dr. Thomas Johnson leads the Cybersecurity Program at Webster University’s Walker School of Business and Technology. He serves as Associate Vice President and Chief of Strategic Initiatives at Webster University. Dr. Johnson previously was as a member of the Electronic Crime Task Force, U.S. Secret Service New York and San Francisco field offices, and a member of the FBI Infraguard program. He was a member of the Information Technology Working Group, and served as Chair, Task Force Group on Combating High Technology Crime for the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Johnson was an advisor to the Judicial Council of California on the Court Technology Task Force. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the SANS Technology Institute. He received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Michigan State University and his Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mark Kohlheim Vice President, Client Executive for SPAWAR, Affiliated PEO's and Systems Centers
Mark Kohlheim is the Vice President, Client Executive for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEO’s) and associated Systems Centers and also the general manager of the San Diego office. He previously served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Cubic Defense Applications, Inc. where he was responsible for leading process improvements in engineering, manufacturing, and quality assurance and information technology across its global business units. Much of his career; however, was in the service of his country. In the Navy, Captain Mark Kohlheim served on numerous tours in a variety of positions. His commendations include the Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various unit and expeditionary awards. Kohlheim prioritizes supporting educational and outreach organizations and serves on the advisory board for SDSU’s School of Engineering. Mark received a MS in Computer Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a BS in Business Administration from Oregon State University.
Mentor At-Large, Larson Mentoring
Don has been an artist and storyteller for years, starting the Time Out Of Mind website and blog over ten years ago. Don has openly shared his ideas and art at no cost. Don has experience in Fortune 100 global enterprises and smaller organizations, and enjoys leading teams as a Manager or Director. Don is a certified Project Manager, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), and passed two Six Sigma Total Quality certifications. Don has held positions at Digital Passages, Twin Oaks Toastmasters, ieWild, Inc., IBM Global Services, EveryDay Objects, Inc., and A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Program Manager, SPAWAR, Chair Membership Selection Committee
Ed Lazarski has over 25 years of Naval Service in leadership positions with increasing responsibility encompassing global operations, resource planning, program management (PM), and technical expertise. His experience includes serving as Senior Project Manager, U.S. Navy Chief Information Officer Staff, Deputy Director, Navy IT Support/Customer Service, and Program Manager at SPAWAR. He also has several certifications including: CISSP Network Security Certification ISC2 and Navy Program Manager, Level III Department of the Navy. Ed has also has over 8 years experience with non-profits that include the San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC), Community Programs Committee, National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, and President of a Homeowners Association. Ed received a Management Studies and Political Science degree from Dickinson College, a Masters in Business Administration and Management from Central Michigan University, and completed studies at Defense Acquisition University and the Naval Postgraduate School.
Marketing Manager, Cox Business
Becca Linekin is an enterprise telecommunications marketing expert and Marketing Manager for communications service provider, Cox Business. Becca has proven success with marketing program development, marketing communications, large event management, direct mail, advertising, public relations, new product introduction, sales tools and support, marketing collateral, lead generation, and website development. Prior to joining Cox Business, Becca as the California Center Director for Empowered Girl Alliance, Director at Large for Women Worldwide West Coast, Inc., Co-Founder of Winter Sky Marketing, and Senior Manager of Strategic Marketing for Nortel Networks. She received a degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University and a Masters of Business Administration from San Diego State University.
Senior Director, Third Party Advisory & Private Equity Americas, HCL Technologies
Shevy is currently a Senior Director with HCL Technologies Limited (HCL) responsible for driving Sourcing Advisory and select Private Equity relationships in the Americas. Shevy supports HCL’s Large Deals Team, Business Units, Service Lines, Industry Verticals, and Sales Force in accelerating top-line and bottom-line growth, including expanding customer relationships in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Shevy brings 20+ years of technology leadership experience, both from an Executive Advisor and from a digital technology thought-leadership perspective. As a member of HCL's advisor relations team, Shevy is focused on managing strategic Sourcing Advisor and Private Equity relationships influencing RFP invitations and multi-billion US$ pipeline growth in Total Contract Value managed services opportunities. Shevy currently serves on multiple advisory boards and chairmanships for leading organizations in cyber security, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations in education helping K-12 students to improve their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). He received a degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Director of Information Security/Information Security Officer, West Development/West Health Institute
Gary has over 32 years of IT experience with the last ten years heavily concentrated on networking and security.
Currently he is Director of Information Security for West Development where he oversees security for restaurants, hotel, senior living facilities and various other business entities. In addition, he is the Information Security Officer for West Health Institute, a local non-profit that is working to improve health care to seniors.
Previously Gary worked for a local defense contractor where he held a top secret clearance and managed a large network and all cyber security initiatives.
Gary is the local FBI Infragard Sector Chief for the commercial sector and belongs to various local IT and cyber security organizations. He is a Certified GSEC/GIAC Professional with SANS, a highly regarded security organization.
CEO, The Global McDuffie Group, Former Lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education
Ernest L. McDuffie is a native of Atlantic City, New Jersey. He is a thought leader in the area of Cybersecurity awareness, education, training and workforce development. His current role as founder and CEO of The Global McDuffie Group (TGMG) a LLC formed in Virginia in November of 2014, is the culmination of 44 years of learning, experiences, leadership and service. TGMG is focused on the assessment and evaluation of cybersecurity, awareness, education, training, and workforce development environments. The highlight of his professional career to date is the past five years spent as the Lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, (NICE). As a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) he was selected to lead this all of government national campaign designed to improve the cyber behavior, skills, and knowledge of every segment of the population, enabling a safer cyberspace. During his tenure NICE grew from a little known Federal government focused component of a larger mostly classified program established under the Bush 43 administration called the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI); into a nationally recognized initiative whose National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) has for the first time provider the nation with a comprehensive, current, and living decomposition of the complexities of today’s cybersecurity workforce. Under his leadership many productive public-private-partnerships were enabled with the importance of academia, industry, and government working together at the center of these efforts. Prior to this he held a number of important positions such as: the Associate Director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD); the Deputy Director for the Office of Naval Research (ONR)’s – Science and Technology for America’s Readiness (N-STAR) Initiative; and the Lead Program Director for the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Immediately after receiving his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida in 1995, he spent seven years as an assistant professor of computer science at Florida State University (FSU). His professional career also includes positions as: Technical Coordinator for Cyber Security and Information Assurance Interagency Working Group (CSIA/IWG) and Software Design and Productivity Coordinating Group (SDP/CG) and Federal Agency Administration of Science and Technology Education and Research Community of Practice (FASTER/CoP) for ITS Corporation, a QinetiQ North America Company, in support of the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology R&D from 8/06 to 2/08; Deputy Director, N-STAR Naval Research – Science & Technology for America’s Readiness at the Office of Naval Research from 8/04 to 8/06; Lead Program Director for the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program at the Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation from 8/02 to 8/04; Programming/Operational Assistant for CaPE Project at the National Center for Atmospheric Research from 06/91 to 09/91; Computer Programmer/Analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration from 09/88 to 08/90; Associate Engineer Satellite Operations for Real-Time Telemetry Data Analysis at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc. from 01/80 to 01/81; and Analyst/Programmer as an Electronic Intelligence Operations Specialist for the US Air Force assigned to the National Security Agency from 06/77 to 11/79. Ernest is also a member of the following professional societies, IEEE Computer Society, ACM - Association for Computing Machinery, ISAI - International Society of Applied Intelligence, ASEE - American Association of Engineering Educators, and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Computer Science Honor Society). He currently serves on the following boards: Energetics Technology Center (ETC) Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, http://www.etcmd.org/; National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College, http://www.NationalCybersecurityInstitute.org; Alliance for the Advancement of African-American Researchers in Computing (A4RC) Advisory Board, http://www.a4rc.org/; Mississippi State University Research & Technology Advisory Council (RTAC), http://www.msstate.edu/; National Association of Counties Cybersecurity Task Force, http://www.naco.org/; Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Cyber Committee, http://www.afcea.org/; Commonwealth of Virginia’s Semper Secure Board of Directors, http://www.sempersecure.org/; Advisory Board of HOLISTiC: Human & Organizational Learning – Integrated Studies in Cybersecurity (NSF Award#1241647); Advisory Board of the Alabama R11 EPSCoR program, http://www.tuskegee.edu/epscor_program.aspx; An internationally published author of technical articles, book chapters, and popular magazines features along with numerous panel and conference presentations as well as keynote addresses rounds out the activities of his professional career to date.
Chief Executive Officer, CONNECT
As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CONNECT, Greg McKee brings nearly 30 years of experience in the healthcare, investment management and investment banking industries to CONNECT. He was co–Founder of Global Bio Link, a global Specialty Pharma company focused on the commercialization of novel and niche compounds in markets outside the United States. Prior to Global Bio Link, Greg was Chairman and CEO of Akela Pharma Inc. and its predecessor company, Nventa Biopharmaceuticals. Previously, Greg held roles as Head Corporate Development, Valentis, Inc., and Senior Management roles with Genzyme Corporation in the US and Asia. Greg lived and worked in Japan and in Singapore for nine years and speaks fluent Japanese. An active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO)/World Presidents Organization (WPO), Greg earned a B.A., Economics from the University of Washington, a M.B.A from the Wharton School, and a M.A., International Studies from The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.
President and CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership
Kris Michell oversees the day-to-day operations of the 300+ membership organization with responsibility for implementing the Board’s Strategic Plan for downtown overseeing the $6 million Clean and Safe program; a 24/7 operation of maintenance and safety services.Prior to her selection as President/CEO, Kris served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Jerry Sanders where she ran the day-to-day operations of the Mayor’s Office implementing the Mayor’s ambitious agenda for city government. As past Vice President of the Sickels Group, she oversaw risk management with government approval/entitlements for key projects. Kris is proud to serve on the boards of: San Diego County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, United Way of San Diego County, San Diego Foundation Regional Vision Group, She is a member of a variety of organizations including the Downtown Rotary Club of San Diego 33, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee, and the Ending Homelessness Leadership Team.
President and CEO, Biocom
President and CEO since 1999, Mr. Panetta has been responsible for leading Biocom's efforts to position the regional life science community to achieve global success. Joe is active on various boards, business coalitions and committees addressing issues pertinent to the life science industry. In January 2014, Mr. Panetta was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, which serves as the governing and oversight Board for the CA Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and is responsible for providing grant funding under the $3 billion CA stem cell initiative. He is a past chairman of the board of the San Diego Workforce Partnership and sits on the boards of directors of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Cleantech San Diego, and CONNECT. He is a member of advisory boards of the pharmacy school at UC San Diego, the engineering school at San Diego State University, and the college of science and mathematics at Cal State University San Marcos. Joe received a degree in Industrial and Environmental Health from the University of Pittsburgh and a Biology degree from Le Moyne College.
CEO and Founder, Tuliva
Jonathan Parnell is the Founder of Tuliva and serves as the CEO and Chairman of the Board. He oversees the overall company from a financial, growth, strategic and visionary perspective. Jonathan drives new technologies into all business units and is responsible for the aligning of Tuliva's offerings with the current needs of industries, corporations and government.
Jonathan Parnell, at the age of 5 began his education in computer sciences and information technology when enrolled in an S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. This program was designed to evaluate the aptitude of children at that age for computer sciences and information technology. For the next 10 years his youth was intertwined with the computer sciences and it became a part of him. At the age of 15 his passion for programming lead into his passion for data, the information sciences and how it all could be used synergistically to solve problems.
Tuliva, Inc. was formed in 2010 after over 15 years in IT. Since 2010, Jonathan’s focus has been on cloud architecture and design to meet the ever evolving needs of the world. He soon realized that with all that was being designed there was still a lack of qualified and skilled engineers to build, manage and support the IT needs of the world. Tuliva Academy, within Tuliva was then formed to train and certify today’s workforce. Tuliva Bridgeways was then formed under Tuliva to then place the engineers into industries, corporations, government and projects to create the future.
Jonathan’s overall goal is to create the future and solve the issues facing today’s world. "This is done by the innovation and ingenuity of information technology. Through S.T.E.M. initiatives, training our current workforce and evolving our current technologies Tuliva will reach this goal."
Professor, National University Founder and Board Member, Cyber Security Institute of San Diego
Dr. Gordon Romney is a full Professor of Cyber Security in the Computer Science, Information and Media Systems Department (CSIMS) of the School of Engineering, Technology and Media (SETM) of National University, La Jolla, California. Chief Research Scientist for Cyber Security Institute of San Diego and SETM Security and Network Labs, and Curriculum Architect for the Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance program that is on track for designation by NSA/DHS as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and CAE-Research. Other Research and professional experience in Cyber Security and Information Assurance include Security Architect (BYU university), e-Commerce (iBoku and iMarkr), Healthcare (ARCANVS; Certification Authority for Healthcare jointly with GTE and Unisys; Medical Economics’ Red Book), Banking (VP of Citibank, member of first ATM design team; President of Bancology, Inc., a processing company for thirty banks), Digital Publishing (Electronic Publisher for Medical Economics), Computer Graphics (U of Utah), Computer Manufacturing (NCR/ADDS, created one of first PC clones), and International Business (Managing Director of a worldwide data service provider; Personal Computer Architect for ACER Corporation, designed ACER’s first PC family). Dr. Romney received a Physics degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah.
Founder and CEO, Cypteron Inc
As Founder and CEO of Cypteron Inc, Sid is a leading security expert with over a decade of experience in the security and cloud software space. Crypteron Inc. is the maker of cloud security products like CipherDb, CipherStor and CipherAuth. Sid has engineered the largest deployment of secure boot devices on the planet whose deployments include commercial phone manufacturers as well as government agencies. He has also designed the growth strategy for ecoATM’s founders, which then sold for $350M a year later. Prior to founding Crypteron, Sid was a Senior Staff Applications Engineer for Broadcom Corp and was a Marketing Consultant at EarthRisk Technologies. Sid has a Masters in Electrical Engineering (Security) from The University of Southern California and an MBA from UCSD’s Rady School of Management.
Vice President, Services, Kio Networks
Matt Stamper oversees the design and development of the company’s cloud-based managed services and security solutions. As a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) with extensive public-company experience, Matt brings a depth of understanding of IT best practices, managed-services technologies, and compliance requirements to redIT’s clients. Prior to joining redIT, Matt served as Vice President of Development for CFO Strategies, leading the development of the company’s IT governance software for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and risk-management. As part of his work with CFO Strategies, Matt provided advisory services to public companies supporting both domestic and international engagements. Matt currently serves as the president of the San Diego Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and is a co-chair of the InfraGard Telecommunications sector. He is an instructor on Cloud Security and Governance for UC San Diego’s Extension Program, ITIL Foundation certified, a CIPP-US, and a frequent speaker at IT-focused events. Matt received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at San Diego, where he graduated Cum Laude and with Honors and Distinction in Political Science. Matt’s graduate studies include a Master of Arts in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications sponsored by AT&T. Matt is fluent in Spanish.
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Cooley, LLP, CyberTECH 2015-2016 Startup Events Chair
David Titus has been an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and civic leader. In September 2014 he joined Cooley LLP as Senior Vice President, Business Development in San Diego. With 800 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, London and China, clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, often where innovation meets the law. Mr. Titus is co-founder and managing partner of Windward Ventures. The firm invested in 24 Southern California early stage companies, of which three remain active in the portfolio. From 2011 to 2014, he also served as the president of the San Diego Venture Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the venture capital ecosystem in San Diego. He has been a board member for over 25 companies, including two public companies and is currently Chairman of PerfectForms, Inc. Mr. Titus is a member of the Board of CONNECT and former officer of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists. He has served as an advisor to numerous business organizations including the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Corporate Directors Forum and Alliance Healthcare Foundation. Prior to entering the venture capital business, Titus was a founder and senior vice president of his own start-up, Silicon Valley Bank, where he led the technology division. Mr. Titus has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
System Engineer, Illumina
Uyen is a Software System Engineer for Illumina,a global leader in genomics. Uyen is a hardworking professional who possesses excellent time management and adaptable skills, analytical and technical problem solving skills, effective communication skills, and is self motivated to work independently or within a team. Uyen’s plans to utilize her technical engineering and creativity skills toward new innovations that make the personalized medicine revolution possible.
VP of Operations and Customer Experience, ThreatSTOP
Mr. Wallace is a seasoned technologist with 25 years of hands-on experience in data security, network operations, and telecommunications. He has provided senior technical leadership for early-stage companies in the ISP, managed hosting, and data center services industries. He has also held both military and civilian positions in communications, network operations, and data security. Steve recently joined ThreatSTOP as the VP of Operations and Customer Experience. Prior to joining ThreatSTOP, Mr. Wallace was CTO at AIS Data Centers where he was responsible for managing and growing the engineering team and the company’s high availability service infrastructure. Prior positions include serving as the Chief Technology Officer for both Complex Drive Data Centers and Cari.Net. He founded American Digital Network and was the principal architect and engineering operations manager. Mr. Wallace holds a BS in Computer Engineering from California State University at Long Beach, and is the recipient of the 2013 IT Executive of the Year award from the San Diego Business Journal.
Managing Partner, Applied Control Solutions
Joe Weiss is an industry expert on control systems and electronic security of control systems, with more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry. Mr. Weiss serves as a member of numerous organizations related to control system security including the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Control Systems Security Working Group (CSSWG), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee (TC) 57 Working Group 15 - Data and Communication Security, and other industry working groups. Mr. Weiss was involved in the development of, and participated in, the April 2002 White House Conference on CIP developing Secure Digital/Electronic Process Control Systems for the Nation's Critical Infrastructure. Joe has published over 60 papers on instrumentation, controls, and diagnostics including a chapter on cyber security for Electric Power Substations Engineering and the book Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats (ISBN 978-1-60650-197-9). He was tasked to write the White Paper on Industrial Control Systems Security for the Center for Strategic and International Studies Blue Ribbon Panel preparing cyber security recommendations for the Obama administration. Joe is a distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute and has received numerous industry awards, including EPRI Presidents Award (2002) and is an ISA Fellow, Managing Director of ISA Fossil Plant Standards, and an IEEE Senior Member.
Chief Risk Officer, centrexIT, CyberTECH 2015-2015 CISO Round Table Co-Chair
Ford Winslow is the Chief Risk Officer at centrexIT, a security–focused Cloud Managed Services Provider. Ford has over 15 years working in regulated IT organizations of all size in the financial services, biotech and healthcare industries and speaks frequently on Health IT topics. Prior to centrexIT, Ford founded Abnology, a cloud provider for highly regulated companies where he created the Trusted Health Cloud. Ford is also co-author of the Good Informatics Practices series of books providing industry guidance on topics including: Risk Management, Cloud and Infrastructure, Validation and Verification, Data Management, Training, and Security.
Marsha Wilson, Solutions Team Lead, Chef Software
Marsha Wilson has over 15 years tackling fundamental business issues including managing risk, increasing revenues, controlling costs necessary for companies and clients to meet their strategic and financial goals. She enjoys working in a team with top management, providing leadership to diverse, functional groups, and growing individual team members to their utmost potential. Marsha’s direct, substantial experience covers medical device compliance management, enterprise-level risk governance implementation, security systems design and organizational management. She speaks English and Chinese Mandarin and is a US Army veteran. Marsha received an English degree from California State University, Northridge, a certificate in Client Server Technology from the University of California, San Diego, and a MBA in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide.