Dr. Edward G. Amoroso
SVP & CSO AT&T
Dr. Edward G. Amoroso serves as SVP and CSO for AT&T Services, Inc. His responsibilities include real-time security protection of AT&T's network and computing infrastructure, including mobility services; security policy, planning and architecture for AT&T's enterprise; security support for AT&T's IPTV and entertainment initiatives; and lead design, development and operations support for AT&T's managed and network-based security services.
Amoroso’s 24-year career at AT&T began at Bell Laboratories where he worked on securing the Unix operating system, as well as numerous federal government security initiatives. More recently, he has championed AT&T's network-based security strategy centered around emerging in-the-cloud protection services such as Network-Based Firewall and DDoS Defense. He recently published Cyber Attacks: Protecting National Infrastructure.
Amoroso holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the Columbia Business School. He has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stevens for the past 20 years and his work has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Network World and the New York Times.
Senior Security Architect, Enterprise Solutions Services Group SHI International Corp.
David Beidelman has responsibility for providing technical security sales assistance, in addition to designing and delivering IT security infrastructure solutions. Leveraging over 20 years of IT experience, his responsibilities include strategic planning, creation of SHI Intellectual Property and information security architectural design and delivery for the Enterprise Solution Services group, as well as providing expertise on security solutions delivery and infrastructure design to SHI’s enterprise customers.
Beidelman comes to SHI from a large healthcare provider where he was responsible for designing and delivering technical vulnerability assessments and penetration tests, computer forensic investigations, incident handling and security systems design. He also successfully launched a security consulting practice at IntegraOne to provide security design and analysis services to K-12 school districts and public sector service organization.
Beidelman’s accomplishments include Active Directory design and deployment, architecting high availability security solutions, redesigning complex logging and reporting environments and managing an enterprise Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) environment. His vast experience in multi-platform and multi-vendor enterprise environment has enabled him to architect solutions that significantly reduced operational costs and build the foundation for greatly improving security and overall risk to high value computing assets.
Chief Security Officer Honeywell Specialty Materials
Derek Benz currently serves as the CSO for Honeywell’s Specialty Materials business, overseeing both physical and cyber security elements of the Honeywell Global Security program. These elements include business continuity, strike action, guard management, facility security, M&A, intellectual property controls, regulatory compliance, incident response and risk management. Benz also has corporate responsibility for security policy, compliance, procurement and awareness. He currently sits on the leadership staff of the business CEO.
Benz previously served as CISO for both the Specialty Material and the Transportation Systems business units, as well as CISO for Honeywell’s ACS business. In the CISO capacity, he oversaw the execution of Honeywell’s cyber security services for
the business which included risk assessments, M&A integration, application and infrastructure security, incident response, and investigations as well as policy and standards.
Benz has worked in both the corporate and the consulting fields. Along with security, he is an internationally published author. His Grey Griffins series for Young Adults has sold one million copies to date.
Benz received his B.A. from Hillsdale College and holds an Executive M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Austin P. Berglas
Coordinating Supervisory Special Agent Federal Bureau of Investigation
Coordinating Supervisory Special Agent Austin P. Berglas entered the FBI in 1999 after serving as an Officer in the United States Army. In 1993, Berglas was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and served in various roles as a light cavalry officer to include deploying to Haiti in 1995 as part of Operation Uphold Democracy. Berglas eventually separated from the United States Army after having obtained the rank of Captain. In 1999, Berglas graduated from the FBI Academy and was assigned to the New York Field Office where he served as Crimes Against Children Coordinator. While serving in this capacity, Berglas was responsible for the coordination and investigation of crimes to include, sexual exploitation of children over the Internet, international and domestic kidnapping and sex tourism. In May 2006, Berglas was promoted to supervisor of the New York Office Computer Crimes Squad. As the Cyber Crimes Coordinator, Berglas was responsible for supervising investigations into unauthorized computer intrusions, intellectual property rights violations and internet fraud, extortion and gambling. In early 2009, Berglas was tasked to create and lead a new Cyber Branch consisting of three operational squads and one computer forensic/photographic and multi media squad. Berglas currently assists in the management of all national security and criminal cyber cases in the New York Field Office and was recently the recipient of the 2010 Director’s Award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation.
Chief Information Risk Officer JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Anish Bhimani is the Chief Information Risk Officer of JP Morgan Chase & Co. In this role, he has global responsibility for ensuring the security, controls and resiliency of the firm’s computing environment, and supports the firm’s corporate risk management program. He is also a member of the JPMC technology leadership team.
He was selected as Information Security Executive of the Year for 2008 by the Executive Alliance, and named to Bank Technology News’ ‘Top 25 Innovators’ list for his novel approach to information risk management.
Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Bhimani served as a senior member of the Enterprise Resilience practice in Booz Allen Hamilton, helping Fortune 100 companies improve the resiliency of their infrastructure. Prior to that, Bhimani served as SVP and CTO of Global Integrity Corporation (an SAIC Company) and Predictive Systems. During his tenure at Global Integrity, he also led the team that developed the Financial Services ISAC. Earlier in his career, Bhimani worked in the security and fraud reduction practice at Bell Communications Research.
Bhimani received a Sc.B. in Engineering from Brown University and an M.S. in Information Networking from Carnegie-Mellon University.
VP, Risk Mgmt & CSO The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Dennis Brixius joined The McGraw-Hill Companies as Vice President and Chief Security Officer in 2004. In this role, Brixius is responsible for establishing a complete information security program to limit technology-based security problems, protect the McGraw-Hill intellectual property rights, ensure business continuity and protect the privacy of its customers. His role also accommodates information risk analysis and assessment, developing security and risk management among internal technology groups, consulting with business units regarding their changing business and technical plans to ensure that information security issues are addressed early in a project’s development and educating senior management about changes in technical, legal and regulatory arenas affecting information security and business continuity. Brixius received the SC Magazine Awards 2007 for CSO of the Year and was also nominated for the 2007 Information Security Executive of the Year for both the TriState and National levels.
Prior to joining The McGraw-Hill Companies, Brixius had a proven track record of solving IT-related business and security problems. Most recently, he was Director of Enterprise Architecture and Chief Information Security Officer at Praxair, Inc. He has occupied senior information management positions at TRW, Inc., BP and two consulting firms. Brixius has a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and an M.B.A. from the University of Delaware.
CISO ITT Corporation
Mark Connelly is responsible for information security and risk for ITT Corporation and is the leader for the enterprise information security team. The team is responsible for all IT security and risk governance, security consulting services throughout the project life cycle, security architecture and security operations center resources to ensure IT information assets are protected. Connelly also represents IT on the ITT Risk Oversight Committee providing the senior leadership with an enterprise risk management view of overall ITT risk.
Connelly was Managing Director at Credit Suisse responsible for global IT infrastructure risk and security. He was instrumental in delivering new innovative solutions in risk and security and a key member of the risk governance committees at Credit Suisse. He drove the deployment of new IT risk/security solutions, policies and standards and thus significant business value throughout the firm.
Connelly holds an M.S.E.E. from the Server Institute at Washington University, in St. Louis, a B.A. from Washington University, and an M.A. from the University of Missouri.
Chief Technologist & Managing Partner SHI International Corp.
Henry Fastert has overall responsibility for the SHI Enterprise Solution Services Group. Leveraging more than 25 years of IT experience, his responsibilities include both strategic and operational direction for ESS, as well as providing expertise on infrastructure design, data center consolidation and technology consolidation to SHI’s largest customers.
Fastert comes to SHI from Unisys, where he was responsible for their North American professional services organization. His responsibilities included business development and service delivery, as well as providing deep expertise on ERP, business intelligence, infrastructure design and data center consolidation. Prior to joining Unisys, Fastert spent five years as VP and Chief Technologist for Melillo Consulting.
Fastert’s accomplishments include architectural design leadership for ERP and business intelligence deployments at a broad spectrum of companies including Merck, Bristol-Myers Squib, Lucent, Lederle Labs, Avaya, Benjamin Moore and Barr Laboratories. He is also recognized for his experience in data center design, data center operations, data center consolidation and technology consolidation. This experience has allowed him to play a major role in some of the largest data center consolidation initiatives in the industry, including BMS, Lucent, Avaya and AT&T.
Special Agent Federal Bureau of Investigation
Anthony Ferrante is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has been working with computers and network security for 21 years. He is currently assigned to the cyber branch of the New York Field Office in New York.
Currently, Ferrante is assigned to a National Security Cyber Section, focusing all of his attention on counterterrorism and counterintelligence cyber matters. On a daily basis, Ferrante is charged with identifying, investigating, characterizing, disrupting and defending physical and cyber intrusion matters in the United States and abroad. In addition, Ferrante has lead the way in the researching and educating members of the nation’s critical infrastructure on the world most recent cyber attacks and emerging cyber threats.
Ferrante is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and teaches network security and network penetration testing at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In addition to teaching at Fordham University, Ferrante is Co-Director of the Fordham University Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence, leading a group dedicated graduate students in the research and education of secure computing and emerging technologies.
AVP Information Security and IT Compliance Tokio Marine Management, Inc.
Hank Gruenberg is responsible for IT compliance and information security at Tokio Marine Management, Inc., a property casualty insurance company. His background includes having founded and developed JetAlerts, Inc., which tracks commercial aviation in the North American airspace. He also remediated IT controls to achieve regulatory compliance, established program management office functions, was a management consultant and has managed all technology departments.
Using ITIL best practices, Gruenberg has re-engineered a variety of IT processes with primary focus on information security management, access management, configuration management, change management and release management. This included developing or incorporating tools to help automate these operations.
Gruenberg published, “Establishing the Year 2000 Testing Environment,” Year/2000 Journal in1999. Gruenberg graduated from Villanova University with an M.C.S and from Temple University with a B.B.A. He is a certified Information Security Manager, certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls, Project Management Professional, and ITIL Foundation v2 and v3.
Former CISO CIGNA Corporation
Craig Shumard is a recognized thought leader and spokesman in the area of information protection. Featured in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, InformationWeek, Information Security Magazine and CSO Magazine, his work and contributions to the information security industry earned him the coveted 2010 ‘ISE Luminary Leadership Award’ presented by T.E.N.
Shumard has dedicated more than two decades to protecting private, sensitive and confidential information as CISO of CIGNA Corporation from 1999 until his retirement in 2010. In this role, he was responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of a corporate-wide information protection strategy, which addressed all matters related to safeguarding and protecting business and individual information for more than 65 million health plan, insurance and financial customers.
As the CISO, Shumard re-engineered the Information Protection Practice to ensure the delivery of security services through a risk-based program that cost effectively implemented security controls to protect company assets and aligning to business requirements and objectives. This innovative risk-based approach encompassed and combined business processes as well as technology to safeguard business information.
Under his leadership, CIGNA was ranked first in IT Security in the 2006 InformationWeek 500, and Shumard was named one of security’s thought leaders, being awarded the 2006 ‘Security 7’ by Information Security Magazine. He also earned the 2005 ‘Information Security Executive of the Year Tri-State Award.’
CISO McDonald's Corporation
Marc Varner serves as the CISO for McDonald’s Corporation. In this role, he has responsibility for the protection of the information assets of the company, as well as the strategy and implementation of all access systems surrounding directories, identity management, authentication and authorization. Varner has more than 17 years of experience in the technical, operational and program management aspects of information security, privacy and architecture.
Prior to his current position, Varner has led various security and architecture functions in the professional services industry at Deloitte Global and Navigant Consulting as well as in the ﬁnancial services sector with Discover Financial and Morgan Stanley. Prior to his work there, he was based in London with Arthur Andersen where he directed the development of the information security program for Andersen in the EMEIA region.
Senior Solution Architect, Enterprise Solutions Services Group SHI International Corp.
Garth Whitacre has more than 16 years of operational IT administration, network and communications installation experience. His IT expertise includes: policy and procedural development (including NIST/FISMA, DIACAP, DoD, and the newly coalescing CSA standards), server and network security implementations, infrastructure management, IT help desk management, VSAT technology deployment and IT product lifecycle management. Currently, his responsibilities include strategic planning, information security architectural design and delivery for the Enterprise Solution Services group; most recently he has been architecting the security topology for the SHI cloud service offering.
Prior to joining the SHI team, Whitacre’s job experience included five years as a United States Army officer and more than ten years serving in and leading IT teams with Perot Systems, Net Direct Systems, and L-‐3. Most recently, he managed the security consultant group for the United States Air Force Central Network Operations Security Center (USAFCENT NOSC). For the past year, Whitacre has been leading the security aspects for SHI’s cloud to include the selection and architecting of all security controls to be leveraged within the environment.