Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Bank
Daniel Burks is the chief privacy officer for U.S. Bank. Safeguarding all customer information - both consumer and business accounts - is a commitment of U.S. Bank and its bankers. As CPO, Burks leads a team of professionals responsible for helping the bank’s many lines of business meet this objective and according to a surveys by the Ponemon Institute, the U.S. Bank has been ranked the Most Trusted Bank in Consumer Privacy Protection for five consecutive years.
Burks has an extensive background in the financial services industry which includes 30 years of experience in privacy, risk management, business technology design and financial systems integration. He holds an MBA from Butler University in Indiana.
CISO, State of Minnesota
Christopher Buse is the CISO for the State of Minnesota. In this capacity, Buse is responsible for designing and implementing the enterprise security architecture for state government. Before accepting this position, he served as the manager of IT audits for the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. During his 19 years as an auditor, Buse planned and oversaw IT audit work done on large government computer systems.
Buse is a CPA, CISA and CISSP. He is active in many professional organizations and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. He also sits on ISACA’s International Professional Influence and Advocacy Committee and has held numerous board of director positions in the Minnesota Chapter.
CSO, McAfee, Inc.
Brent Conran is the CSO at McAfee, Inc. In his role, Conran leads operational risk management activities to enhance the value of the McAfee brand, ensuring the development and implementation of global security policy, standards and procedures. Responsible for safeguarding the company’s assets, intellectual property and computer systems, he works closely with McAfee employees and executives, government agencies, as well as local, state and federal law enforcement to ensure optimum security.
In his previous role, Conran held dual responsibilities as both the CIO and the CISO for the US House of Representatives, where he managed the IT operations necessary to facilitate a robust computing environment for the Members of Congress.
Conran is a member of the (ISC) Government Advisory Board, the world’s largest body of information security professionals. In 2010, he received the Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT award for IT Innovation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Townson University and has earned numerous certifications in the security industry, including CISSP, CISA, CISM and CCSE.
Former CEO & Founder, PGP Corporation
Phillip Dunkelberger is currently the CEO of LNR Consulting and was recently president and CEO of PGP Corporation (acquired by Symantec). Previously in his career, Dunkelberger held the positions of COO of Vantive Corporation, a vendor of enterprise customer relationship management (CRM) software products and president and CEO of Embark, a SaaS-based college recruitment and admissions software company. He was also VP of Sales at Symantec and held senior management positions at Apple and Xerox.
Dunkelberger serves on the TechNet CEO Cybersecurity Task Force, is a founding board member of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance and currently serves as the chairman of the Cybersecurity CxO Council, within TechAmerica. He has a BA in political science from Westmont College.
ISO, Wells Fargo: Rural Community Insurance Services
Miles Edmundson is the information security officer at Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS). RCIS is owned by Wells Fargo and is the largest crop insurance company in the world.
His career in information security started more than 10 years ago when he began external and internal vulnerability testing of financial institutions. Quickly realizing that sitting quietly in a room with computers and not talking to anyone for 40 hours a week was not for him, Edmundson migrated to policy, procedure and social engineering engagements. He spent three years as Carlson’s information security manager, and in this role he championed information security across their global organization.
Edmundson has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and an MBA in business finance from the Carlson School of Management.
CISO & Compliance Officer, VP - Retail Market Development, Legal & Pharmacy Systems, SUPERVALU INC.
Gary Eppinger is the CISO and VP of enterprise security, real estate, market development, legal and pharmacy systems at SUPERVALU. In his current role he provides vision and leadership for IT process compliance and security initiatives along with providing IT leadership to other areas of the company. Eppinger is also responsible for global IT business continuity and reports to the CIO for SUPERVALU.
Eppinger has an extensive background in enterprise information security, auditing, disaster recovery programs, risk management, IT controls and processes. He has significant experience leading complex global change management programs at several fortune 100 companies.
VP, Strategy & Marketing, RSA, The Security Division of EMC
Brian Fitzgerald is the VP of strategy and marketing at RSA, The Security Division of EMC. In this role, he is responsible for strategic initiatives; thought leadership; corporate field, solutions, channel, and partner marketing; corporate and marketing communications; interactive and web programs; press and industry analyst relations; and RSA conference events worldwide.
Fitzgerald has 25 years of experience in strategy and marketing leading the direction and key initiatives of organizations. Prior to joining the RSA division, Fitzgerald was the senior director of marketing for eBusiness and customer intelligence at EMC Corporation. His responsibilities included positioning, branding and demand generation, and he also played a major role in corporate-wide positioning exercises. Fitzgerald also oversaw the development of EMC’s global database marketing infrastructure, designed to enable cross-selling and customer segmentation strategies, and in earlier roles at EMC he managed the marketing communications, public relations and analyst relations teams.
Before joining EMC, Fitzgerald was president and chief creative officer of Reale/Fitzgerald where he led efforts within web, print and interactive marketing, and also provided brand consulting and positioning services to clients in retail, higher education and related fields.
Fitzgerald holds a B.A. in English from Boston College.
VP & CISO, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Steve Jensen is the VP and CISO for Ameriprise Financial. Jensen has more than 23 years of experience in IT with an expertise in information security.
Previously, Jensen was the CISO at Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. He began his career in 1989 with IBM working both in the development lab as well as in the field. In 1993, he left IBM and served as the VP of information security services for U.S. Bank. He joined Ecolab In 2002 as the director of global security and later the director of development for sales, service and marketing. Jensen has extensive experience in identity and access management, threat and vulnerability management, IT risk and compliance management, business continuity planning, and disaster recovery.
Jensen has a B.A. in computer science from the University of Minnesota and holds CISSP, CISM and CRISC designations.
Michael L. Kearn
Security Architect & ISO, U.S. Bank
As a senior security architect, Michael L. Kearn is responsible for assessing and analyzing technology products and services. He is an information security subject matter expert supporting various businesses within the bank. Kearn brings more than 13 years of varied experience in IT to his current role. Prior to joining US Bank early in 2012, he held several positions with Wells Fargo & Company, including roles as an IT auditor, application developer, application architect and VP of information security (ISO). Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2002, he held various roles with US Bancorp Institutional Trust Operations.
As an active member in the information security community, Kearn is a member of the Minnesota InfraGard Alliance where he served as chairman and the cyber security lead for the group’s intelligence committee until 2012. He is a graduate of the FBI Citizens’ Academy and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Law Enforcement Academy and is an active member of both academies alumni associations. Kearn has been a featured presenter to government agencies, including law enforcement and military personnel, on various information security topics, and a featured keynote speaker at many information security events.
Kearn graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN with a bachelor’s degree in international economics. He is a CISSP and holds the Information Assessment Methodology certification issued by the U.S. Department of Defense National Security Agency.
SVP, Director Enterprise Risk Services, U.S. Bank
Bob leads the Enterprise Risk Services division of Corporate Risk Management at U.S. Bank. His group consists of the Enterprise Privacy Office, which is responsible for managing risks and controls around information privacy and accessibility; Enterprise Security Services, which is responsible for corporate security, crisis management, and managing the Office of Enterprise Fraud Management. Kellner’s group also manages programs that assesses risks of business changes and third parties. Lastly, the eGRC platform and discipline are managed within his group.
Kellner is an officer of U.S. Bank and is a member of the Corporate Risk and IT Governance Committees. He has more than 20 years of experience in large corporations in finance, accounting and risk management practices. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and ISACA, holds CPA and CMA professional certifications and has a master’s degree in finance.
VP & CISO, Carlson
Kathy Orner is VP of enterprise services and CISO for Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company that encompasses more than 1000 hotels and more than 900 T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants. She is responsible for the global information security strategies and programs for Carlson’s hotels, restaurants and travel businesses. She also chairs the Information Security Council and is responsible for creating and maintaining the global policies and environment that safeguard the assets, confidential information and intellectual property of Carlson.
Before joining Carlson, Orner held positions at United Health Group, most notably as its first CISO. Shealso spent many years with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota in various IT leadership roles including CISO and Deluxe Corporation. Her extensive IT leadership experience includes IT operation, change and service management, configuration management, help desk management, desktop services, voice and data networks, security operations, disaster recovery, and software quality assurance. She also has an extensive governance and audit background.
Orner holds a B.S. from Mankato State University.
Dr. Larry Ponemon
Founder, Ponemon Institute
Dr. Larry Ponemon is the chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, a research think-tank dedicated to advancing privacy, data protection and information security practices. Ponemon was formerly a senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers where he founded the firm’s global compliance risk management group.
Ponemon was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Online Access and Security for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and to the Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee for the Department of Homeland Security. He is considered a pioneer in privacy auditing and the responsible information management framework and was named as one of the ‘Most Influential People for Security’ by Security Magazine. He is an editor for Computerworld, CSO Magazine, BNA and other leading publications and a frequent commentator for CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many other media outlets.
Ponemon earned his Ph.D. at Union College. He has a master’s degree from Harvard University and attended the doctoral program in system sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. Ponemon earned his bachelor’s with highest distinction from the University of Arizona. He is a CPA and a CIPP.
CISO, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Patrick Reidy has more than 15 years of experience in information assurance. He has led the development of the FBI’s data protection, insider threat, advanced cyber threat auditing and enterprise risk management capabilities, including analysis, investigation and response to computer security incidents. Reidy holds a master's in information assurance from Eastern Michigan University and is pursuing his master's of science in strategic intelligence at the National Intelligence University.
Author, Information Security Futurist
As an acknowledged global expert in the field of information security, Winn Schwartau has testified before Congress, advised committees and consulted as an expert witness. Called “the civilian architect of information warfare,” Schwartau is one of the country’s most sought-after futurists on the topics of information security, infrastructure protection and electronic privacy, and author of “Information Warfare: Chaos on the Electronic Superhighway” and “Information Warfare: Cyberterrorism, Second Edition,” among many others.
Schwartau provides asymmetric, often controversial perspectives on security, information warfare, privacy, culture and how they all fit together. His highly influential writing, interviews and profiles have appeared in Orbis, Wired, The NY Times, Information Week, Network World, ComputerWorld, Network Security, The St. Petersburg Times, Internet World, Virus Bulletin, Security Management, Infoworld, PC Week, and dozens of magazines around the world. He independently consults for private and government organizations, constantly pushing the envelope of understanding and thought.
Schwartau was voted one of the Top 5 Security Thinkers for 2007 and one of the Top 20 security industry pioneers by SC Magazine in 2009, and named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People for 2008 by Security Magazine.
Senior Security Analyst, Palo Alto Networks
Wade Williamson has extensive industry experience in intrusion prevention, secure mobility and both wired and wireless networking. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, he led the product management team at AirMagnet, Inc., including the company’s flagship wireless IPS solution. Williamson is a steady and active researcher of new threats and techniques used to compromise enterprise networks and mobile end-users. He also brings well-rounded experience from silicon-valley visionaries Netscape and Sun Microsystems. As an expert in the field, he leads Palo Alto Networks’ threat review series, which provides analysis and best-practices in response to the latest industry threats. Additionally, he is an ongoing contributor to Security Week, covering the topic of modern malware.