Vice President, CISO, AEG Worldwide
Bently Au is the Vice President and CISO for AEG Worldwide. Previously, he served as CISO for Toyota Motor Sales Inc., the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. He established the enterprise information security program, with overall responsibility for information risk management, security compliance, threat management, and education and awareness. His team also provided consultative services to high-risk business areas as well as security incident and investigation services.
Au's information security experience broadened from a technical focus on network security in 1997 to include privacy, investigations, policy and standards development, and SOX compliance. In his 21 years at Toyota he has held positions in application development and IT research and development, giving him a wide breadth of experience, business knowledge and relationships that facilitate the teamwork needed to advance information security initiatives. Au earned a B.S. in mathematics from University of California, Los Angeles and also holds CISSP and CISM certifications.
Israel Barak is a cyber defense and warfare expert, with his extensive background established at the Israeli Defense Forces and the Government of Israel. As Cybereason’s CISO, Barak is at the forefront of the company’s security innovation, as well as research and analysis of current and evolving advanced threats.
He founded and headed the Israeli Defense Forces red team unit, as well as established and operated various cyber warfare teams. As part of his various roles, he developed cyber warfare infrastructure and proprietary technologies, including leading development of proprietary cryptographic solutions, research and analysis of security vulnerabilities, information security products and technologies, and managed enterprise-wide large scale development and implementation projects of cyber technologies.
Barak spent years training, guiding and professionally mentoring new personnel; providing in-depth cyber expertise as it relates to cyber warfare, cyber security and threat actor’s tactics and procedures.
CISO, Creative Artists Agency
Jeff Blair has been with Creative Artists Agency for the past 15 years, currently serving as CISO. In this capacity, he heads information risk management efforts, with responsibilities for the management and implementation of information security, identity and IT legal compliance services. Previously, Blair has held consulting positions with Sprint and Bell Aliant.
Comedian, Panic Squad Improv Comedy
Andrew Bright has been a professional comedian with The Panic Squad Improv Comedy for 20 years. He has had the privilege of performing across the United States and Canada for diverse events ranging from local churches and businesses to large national conferences and top Fortune 500 corporations. Live audiences have ranged from the six people who attended his first show to more than 35,000.
Out of a combined passion for improv comedy and professional development, Bright created a number of workshops and keynote sessions that use improv comedy to teach key elements of teamwork and leadership.
Understanding how to lead, follow and function within a team is essential to succeeding in improv. In improv comedy, momentum is everything. There is no time to hold a meeting, vote for the best idea or dissect a personality test. He believes the key is knowing how to work as a team so you can succeed in the moment.
In 2017 Bright released his first book, “Improv Leadership — A Comedian’s Guide to Effective Leadership in an Unscripted Workplace.”
Director, Cybersecurity Center, Interim CIO, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Bill Britton is the interim CIO and cybersecurity center director at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. As chief technologist, he’s responsible for managing the university’s information technology enterprise, while also building the Cybersecurity Center into a nationally prominent education and research facility.
Throughout his career, Britton has worked to research, develop and implement new technologies. From the inception of cyber, he has been on the forefront of developing new cybersecurity concepts.
Before joining Cal Poly, Britton spent three years with Parsons, developing cyber strategy tools and processes for government, civil and critical infrastructure clients. He was first introduced to cybersecurity during his 20-year career as an intelligence officer and an electronic warfare officer in the United States Air Force. During his time with the Air Force, Britton became director of mission planning, a technology-driven role that highlighted his skills as a self-starter and risk-taker.
Britton has a master’s certificate in program management from Villanova University, a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from Joint Military Intelligence College, a master’s degree in history from California State University, Stanislaus, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Elon University.
Vice President of Technology Strategy, Thales
Sol Cates is vice president of technology strategy for Thales e-Security and formerly Vormetric’s chief security officer. As VP of technology strategy, he and his team focus on bringing new innovations to market. By focusing on the underlying problems of the industry, the team brings security solutions to security professionals to help them become successful in today’s challenging environment, in which they often have very little control. As a former CISO and CIO, Cates has a unique perspective on how technology, people, process and governance impact how successful security teams can solve real world problems.
The technical depth and understanding of the information security space Cates has developed over the last 20 years is rooted in the intelligence community, financial services industry and large enterprise organizations. He is sought after to speak on a wide range of technology, regulatory and strategy topics. Sol also regularly consults with CISOs, CIOs, investors and industry analysts on IT and cybersecurity trends and issues.
Prior to joining Vormetric in 2003, he held technical sales, engineering and support leadership roles at Tripwire, Symantec, SignaCert and Spectra Physics, and also consulted for many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies on cybersecurity.
SVP & CISO, Information Security, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust
Nikolay Chernavsky is an SVP & CISO at Private National Mortgage Acceptance Corporation (PennyMac). In this capacity, Chernavsky develops cybersecurity strategies to improve the information security posture at PennyMac. Namely, he incorporates various threat intelligence components to create risk-based, adaptive information security controls in order to prevent and proactively respond to cybersecurity threats. As cybersecurity space continues to evolve, so must the cybersecurity defenses of each company.
Prior to joining PennyMac as an SVP & CISO, Chernavsky was director of cybersecurity, architecture, risk and engineering at Amgen Inc. During his tenure at Amgen Inc., Chernavsky was involved in the formation and development of all facets of information security.
In addition to being the director of cybersecurity architecture, risk and engineering at Amgen, Chernavsky was actively involved in the information security community. He participated in the Health Care Group, hosted by McKinsey Co. in New York, where he would discuss and provide his input on a variety of information security subjects.
Chernavsky holds an M.S. degree in computer information systems, with a concentration in security, from Boston University and a B.S. degree in computer science from Belorussian National Polytechnic University. He also holds several information-security professional certifications.
SVP & CISO, Live Nation Entertainment
Jonathan Chow is the senior vice president and CISO for Live Nation Entertainment. He is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the enterprise-wide information security strategy and information security program for Live Nation Entertainment and its subsidiaries worldwide.
Chow was given the Top 10 Breakaway Leaders prize at the 2014 Global CISO Executive Summit. In 2012, he was announced as the ISE West People’s Choice award winner.
Director, Information Security and Compliance, Lucky Brand
Matt Crouse is the director of information security and compliance for Lucky Brand, where he is responsible for building a cutting-edge cybersecurity program for a “cloud-first” organization. He has more than 10 years’ experience building and maintaining security and compliance programs for both public and private companies and has a substantial track record in PCI, EMV, Tokenization, IT General Controls and developing cybersecurity policy for retail organizations.
Prior to Lucky Brand, Crouse built the information security and compliance function at Smart & Final, where he was responsible for cybersecurity, software quality assurance and technology compliance.
President and CEO, Guidance Software
Patrick Dennis is president and chief executive officer for Guidance Software, directing the company’s strategy and operations worldwide.
Before joining Guidance Software, Dennis served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of EMC’s cloud management division, where he focused on helping enterprise IT groups make hybrid cloud computing a meaningful part of IT strategy, and was responsible for long-range planning, mergers, and acquisitions, and divisional strategy.
Prior to his tenure at EMC, Dennis was group vice president of North American storage sales for Oracle Corporation, where he led the development of Oracle’s commercial business in North America. Earlier in his career, he held leadership and technical roles at Eastman Kodak.
He holds a B.S. in information technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is a member of the American Economic Association.
VP, CTO/CDO/CIO, IMAX Corportation
Sean Flynn is the vice president of global IT infrastructure and operations at IMAX, with more than 20 years of information and studio-technology experience.
Flynn has an extensive background in leading global information and production-technology divisions across all studio businesses as well as a proven track record for delivering results through collaboration, executive buy-in, technical and business leadership. He works with all studio-technology customers to ensure their needs, requirements and workflows — current and future — are correctly captured, driving technology solutions and strategy.
Previously, as chief technology officer for Marvel Studios, he oversaw all information and studio technology, software development and security (digital, physical, content protection) teams for its theatrical, television and animation divisions.
He spearheaded the studio’s digital-security efforts to protect Marvel IP throughout the production lifecycle, from pre-production to distribution. His digital-security efforts include developing the digital portion of Marvel’s vendor-audit program, which was subsequently adopted by The Walt Disney Studio.
Director of Professional Services, Proficio
Steve Groom, director of professional services for Proficio, is a proven leader in the information security industry, with more than 15 years of security practice management experience. He has focused in the areas of information security, IT governance and risk management.
Groom and the Proficio security team are committed to helping clients protect their businesses by identify their critical assets and creating customized security strategies that will stand up to today’s volatile business environments and beyond. Proficio’s approach allows clients to make informed decisions about their information security programs and effectively secure what matters most.
Founder & CEO, Herjavec Group, Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank
Robert Herjavec is founder and CEO of Herjavec Group, a global leader in information security specializing in managed security services, consulting, delivery and incident response for enterprise level organizations. His ability to interpret industry trends and understand enterprise business security demands has helped him achieve the profile of a global cybersecurity expert. He has served as a cybersecurity advisor for the Government of Canada, participated in the White House Summit on cybersecurity and recently joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Task Force for Cybersecurity. His views on the threat landscape, on emerging technologies and on the need for a proactive security framework are regularly profiled across print, digital and television mediums. He shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs each week as a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit Shark Tank.
Worldwide Chief Security Advisor & Practice Manager, HP Inc. Print Security Solutions
As worldwide security practice manager and business development at HP, Michael Howard leads a worldwide team of security professionals that supports HP’s growth around print enterprise security and business solutions by educating and supporting customers in creating comprehensive security policies to protect their printing environment. At a higher level, he provides leadership and guidance to HP security business units to ensure HP’s leadership role in security is maintained.
Howard began his career in the security and high-technology field in 1981 with the U.S. Navy as a cryptologist. Over a 16-year period, he held numerous positions in the Navy in both operational and development roles, working on projects to improve overall secure communications. Howard then worked with the Department of Defense in the security field for five years before joining the private industry, where his focus has been on enterprise solutions for major corporations.
Howard joined HP in 1999 to support enterprise security and solutions for imaging and printing. In January 2012, he moved into the role of worldwide security practice lead after serving as the business development manager for security solutions for seven years.
Howard holds a bachelor’s degree in network engineering from the University of Maryland.
SVP, CISO, MGM Resorts International
As CISO for MGM Resorts International, Scott Howitt is accountable for creating, implementing and overseeing a wide series of strategies and programs to limit information security risk across the enterprise. He is responsible for providing leadership, development and direction to the information security/compliance team, and for directing IT security governance and incident response efforts. He also coordinates companywide risk and security efforts that are consistent with regulatory and legislative requirements, as well as corporate strategy and policy.
Prior to joining MGM International, Howitt was VP and CISO at JCPenney Company Inc. In that role, he managed the teams responsible for security engineering, threat intelligence, identity and access management, compliance and risk management, and business continuity.
As director of information security at Alliance Data, Howitt was responsible for all aspects of corporate information security, security awareness training, compliance and incident response. He also served as CIO at Benefitmall and CTO at jobs.com.
Howitt is a board member for the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center, a nonprofit dedicated to public and private security information sharing. He holds CISSP certification and a B.A. in physics from the University of Texas.
Director of Security, Riot Games, Inc.
Christopher Hymes is currently the director of security at Riot Games, developer of League of Legends with more than 67 million monthly players across the globe. At Riot, Hymes is responsible for helping drive security throughout the company and to help make Riot the most player-focused game company in the world. Prior to Riot, Hymes was director and head of information security at Hulu, where he was responsible for implementing and scaling the Hulu information security program. He began his career in the consulting and financial services world, doing everything from penetration testing to security architecture to attack detection.
CISO, Herbalife International of America, Inc.
Darrell Jones has worked in information security for more than 19 years. He has worked as both a leader and consultant in numerous industry verticals. He is currently the head of information security for Herbalife International Inc. In this role, he was challenged to build a global, world-class IS security and risk management program from the ground up. His role includes responsibility for policy, awareness and compliance in the areas of information security and risk globally. The role spans all company operations in more than 90 countries around the globe. Before assuming this role in 2010, he had responsibility for the IS infrastructure security for Kaiser Permanente, and has previously held a variety of other positions in IT security. Jones is active in the Cloud Security Alliance and Information Risk Executive Council. He holds a master of information technology and an MBA, both from Regis University, and is enrolled in law school.
Vice President, Securonix
Aarij Khan is vice president at Secuornix. With more than 15 years of leadership experience at high growth, innovative security companies, Khan has a deep understanding of the security market and critical cybersecurity challenges.
Previously, Khan led marketing efforts at RiskIQ — a leader in digital risk management — where he was responsible for product marketing, analyst and public relations strategy, channel marketing, field marketing and growth. Before that, he led product marketing and solution marketing at Tenable Network Security and ThreatMetrix and spent more than four years at ArcSight/HP. There he was instrumental in the definition and launch of ArcSight Express, the rapid adoption of ArcSight ESM, and ArcSight’s recognition as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM for four years in a row.
Khan holds a bachelor of science in computer engineering from Cornell University, a M.Sc. in economics from the Catholic University at Leuven in Belgium, and a MBA from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Director, Technology Risk Management, FIS Global
Andy Kim has more than 15 years of cybersecurity, IT audit, security operations, business continuity planning and disaster recovery experience within the banking, investment management, insurance and healthcare industries. Originally from a high-availability, mission-critical Internet infrastructure background, Kim has implemented enterprise-class cybersecurity programs within large franchise risk banking organizations to small entrepreneurial pre-IPO companies. This unique set of experiences allows Kim to provide a tailored approach to technology risk management, balancing risk with strategic business growth.
CISO, Mattel, Inc.
Jill Knesek has served as vice president, information security and chief information security officer of Mattel since 2015. She is responsible for the overall implementation and execution of the enterprise-wide information security strategy and program, which includes monitoring and management of the Mattel infrastructure and technologies.
Knesek also provides oversight of Mattel’s governance, risk and compliance program, which includes compliance for PCI, SOX and other regulatory requirements as well as development of policies, standards and the global security awareness program. In addition, Knesek also leads the data privacy office and is responsible for the implementation and execution of the data privacy strategy and program globally, which includes compliance, as well as other privacy regulations.
Prior to joining Mattel, Knesek served as a special agent for the FBI, assigned to the cyber crime squad in the Los Angeles field office. She was the case agent for several high-profile cases, including the infamous Kevin Mitnick and Mafiaboy investigations.
Throughout her more than two decade cybersecurity career, she has held positions as chief security officer and head of global security practice for BT Global Services, Cable & Wireless and Exodus Communications.
Vice President/General Manager, Cloud Security Practice, Forcepoint
Kris Lamb is vice president and general manager of Forcepoint’s cloud security practice. He brings more than 15 years of cybersecurity leadership in technology research, product development and delivery and market strategy in both public and private companies. He has extensive experience in network, host and application security, with a focus on building and delivering innovative solutions required to meet the dynamic, changing security landscape. He most recently led Forcepoint’s threat protection and security labs organization.
Prior to joining Forcepoint, Lamb served as VP of engineering at Bastille Networks. He has held several executive management and leadership positions at market leading companies in the security industry including VP of engineering, VP of product management, and CTO roles at Arbor Networks, IBM and Internet Security Systems. He began his career leading the mission to build, scale and grow X-Force — Internet Security Systems’ world renowned and first of its kind security research organization.
Lamb holds a M.A. and B.A. in communications from University of Georgia.
SVP & CSO, Universal Music Group
Arthur Lessard is SVP and CISO for Universal Music Group. He is responsible for developing and implementing policy and practices to protect UMG’s intellectual property and other critical business information, as well as leading the company’s IT security group, establishing data security policy, ensuring compliance, implementing information security best practices and developing a blueprint for information security throughout the enterprise.
Lessard brings more than 15 years of experience in IT and security, including building and leading information security and risk management teams in support of maturing the overall security posture of an organization.
Prior to UMG, Lessard worked at Mattel as CISO, responsible for information security governance, architecture and operations for the global organization. His background also includes serving as head of worldwide security and network infrastructure for Technicolor, responsible for the protection of customer content and intellectual property throughout the various Technicolor services organizations. He also led The Walt Disney Company’s IT security policy and strategy organization, was head of IT security architecture for Disney, and served as director of security and network infrastructure for Questia Media Inc.
Lessard received his Ph.D. from UCLA in computer networking and has developed and taught information security courses for UCLA’s computer science department.
Director of Customer Service and Solutions, Onapsis, Inc.
Shane MacDonald is the global customer solutions manager at Onapsis, and brings more than a decade of experience in cybersecurity and data warehouse management. At Onapsis, he leads a global team of sales engineers responsible for customer growth and success in SAP cybersecurity and compliance.
MacDonald joined Onapsis from RSA where he managed North American pre-sales for the company's identity management business unit. He has also held sales engineering and technical consultant roles at EMC and Aveksa (acquired by RSA).
MacDonald holds a B.S. in business administration from Boston University.
Not totally dissimilar to Alexis de Tocqueville, Thornton May is a traveler with a keen eye, good manners, great ears and a sense of the bigger picture.
May’s Management Lab research program at Cambridge Technology Partners was one of the first corporate sponsors of the Black Hat Conference, a program designed to bring security enthusiasts with names like Dark Tangent and Death Veggie into close juxtaposition with corporate and law enforcement professionals. May was the chief awareness officer at Guardent, a managed-security services startup backed by Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates and Charles River Ventures. The firm was later sold to Verisign.
May has keynoted conferences on security, delivered lectures to federal agencies and frequently appears as an expert commentator in the security trade press. He combines a scholar's passion for empirical research, an entrepreneur's capacity for opportunity identification and a gift for storytelling.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie-Mellon University, May studied at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan.
IT Sec. & Compliance Ofc., Legendary Entertainment
A highly accomplished information security leader with more than 15 years of experience protecting information assets, risk management, incident management and compliance management, Dan Meacham is recognized as a top contributor to the information security community through support and advisory board membership at the University of Dallas, Texas A & M University, UCLA Extensions and VHA.
Meacham’s enterprise-wide security and risk management strategies set the standard for enterprise security operations in large public, private and not-for-profit organizations. Meacham has managed domestic and international investigation teams and budgets. Some of his career highlights include developing a national information security architecture model for healthcare, CISO finalist for the United Nation’s World Health Organization (2006) and transforming a 32% PCI compliance program to 97% compliance in less than 12 months. Meacham is a founding Co-Chair of the Evanta Southern California CISO Executive Summit.
Director, Information Security, Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Michael Mongold is the director of information security for Deckers Brands, where he is responsible for all aspects of Deckers’ global information security strategy. With more than 16 years of information security leadership experience, he has worked both as a leader within the security technology industry and as security practitioner. Mongold has been a member of numerous conference governing bodies, boards of security organizations, spoken at BSides conferences, and participated in security industry panels across the U.S.
Prior to his current role at Deckers Brands, Mongold has led the information security efforts of multiple retailers/QSRs and security organizations. In the course of these roles, he has worked extensively in PCI/SOX compliance, P2PE encryption, tokenization, multifactor/biometric authentication, and identity as a service. Mongold attended the University of Oklahoma and holds CISSP, CISM and CRISC certifications.
CISO, Hyundai Autoever America
With more than two decades of information security and technology experience, Doug Murray joined Hyundai Autoever America in 2015 to provide leadership and to mature their information security program. As the chief information security officer and principal at HAEA, he is responsible for Hyundai and Kia Motor America which includes 21 other Hyundai/Kia affiliates throughout the America’s region.
Murray’s information technology career spans multiple industries including aerospace, automotive, financial/banking, insurance, healthcare, real estate and telecommunications/electric utilities. Besides his extensive experience in information security, his background also includes IT governance, risk and compliance; information systems audit; systems development; network administration/engineering; IT operations; and IT infrastructure.
Murray has a bachelor of science in business with a minor in management information systems from Pepperdine University and holds the following designations: CISSP, CISA, CISM, CRISC and PCIP.
SVP, Chief Information Security Officer, Williston Financial Group
Bruce Phillips has more than 11 years of experience in information security building and executing successful strategic security programs. He has a wealth of industry security knowledge in real estate settlement services and financial services. He focuses on a risk-based approach in the development and operation of business systems and the application of IT that not only meets the needs of the business but also protects business and consumer information.
Phillips previously served as the CISO of the nation’s largest insurance company and VP of security architecture for the mortgage and finance industries’ leading provider of integrated technology, services and data solutions. He has spoken on various topics including information security, e-discovery, and litigation support.
Phillips served as a former board member of the Orange County — Information Systems Security Association, and is a Governing Body member of the Southern California CISO Executive Summit.
CISO, Activision Blizzard
Jennifer Ramsey is Activision Blizzard’s CISO and has been globally responsible for leading Activision’s enterprise-wide information security risk management program with extensive C-level, board of directors and audit committee accountability since 2009. Prior to joining Activision’s ranks, she served in a wide range of leadership roles spanning IT strategy, business and operational process definition and improvement, and global systems integration and implementation.
Ramsey has more than 15 years of experience successfully partnering with globally distributed business and IT stakeholders to architect and lead complex business and technology transformation programs across the media, entertainment and mobile telephony industries in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She has also attained globally recognized information security certifications, namely CISSP and CISM, and serves on a number of industry leadership and advisory boards.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, RedSeal, Inc.
Ray Rothrock, chairman and CEO at RedSeal, is a thought leader and longtime investor in the cybersecurity sector.
Prior to RedSeal, he was a general partner at Venrock, one of RedSeal’s founding investors. At Venrock, he invested in 53 companies, over a dozen of which were in the cybersecurity industry, including Vontu, PGP, P-Cube, Imperva, Cloudflare, CTERA and Shape Security. He is on the board of Check Point Software Technology, Ltd. and Team8, both Tel Aviv-based companies, as well as a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation board.
Rothrock holds a B.S. in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from MIT and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Skyhigh Networks
Sekhar Sarukkai is the chief scientist at Skyhigh Networks, where he is responsible for driving innovations in cloud security technology. He brings more than 20 years of experience in enterprise networking, security and cloud services development.
Prior to founding Skyhigh Networks, Sekhar was a senior director of engineering at Cisco Systems responsible for delivering Cisco’s market leading network access control products, including Cisco’s Identity Services Engine.
He joined Cisco through Cisco’s acquisition of Securent, where he was a co-founder and CTO/VP Engineering. Prior to Securent, Sekhar was Founder and CTO/VP Engineering of Confluent Software, which was acquired by Oblix/Oracle. Sekhar also previously worked as a senior researcher at HP Labs, where he was granted many patents in the areas of web services, parallel computing, caching, and one of the earliest patents on browsing the web using speech. He started his career at NASA Ames Research Center after obtaining his MS/PhD in Computer Science from Indiana University. In addition, he has worked as a graduate intern at IBM Watson Research Center.
Senior Manager, IT Security, Edwards Lifesciences
Robert Schlotfelt is an experienced IT professional with more than 20 years’ experience and a varied background in information security management, IT service management and project management. Schlotfelt has been a practicing CISSP since 2003 and has been in roles as director of security or security operations for the past 10 years.
Principal Executive Advisor, CEB, now Gartner
With more than 15 years of experience in IT management, Carsten Schmidt, a principal advisor in the information risk and security practice at CEB, now Gartner, advises clients on strategic initiatives within their information risk organizations. In this role he has worked with Fortune 500 companies on projects such as developing information risk strategies, enterprise wide risk KRIs, board level presentations, as well as service catalogs and dashboards, and setting up various IT departments from information risk groups to EPMOs.
In addition, Schmidt manages the IT practice program aligned advisory function which includes 13 executive advisors.
Prior to the Corporate Executive Board, he served as a mobile commerce analyst and consultant at Forrester Research. In this role he worked with large corporate entities such as IBM, Nokia and Microsoft among others.
He was honored with Forrester’s Best Research Award in 2000 and 2001. Schmidt earned his B.A. in American history and American literature from the University of Cologne in Germany.
Director of I.T. Security and Compliance, Kite Pharma
Marty Simmons started working in the IT security realm in 1983 when he was serving in the Air Force as a cryptologist and Chinese translator. Later he worked at the NSA collecting and analyzing intelligence. Simmons has since worked to improve IT processes and security in industries including aviation, finance, wholesale and entertainment. He has two patents and has received numerous awards for assisting law enforcement in the capture of criminals and terrorists using digital means.
Director, Content Security, The Walt Disney Studios
Jerry Sto. Tomas
CISO, Apria Healthcare Group, Inc.
Jerry Sto. Tomas is the CISO for Apria Healthcare Group Inc., a leading provider of home respiratory services and medical equipment including oxygen therapy, inhalation therapies, sleep apnea treatment and negative pressure wound therapy. As the CISO, he is responsible for the development and execution of enterprise information security strategic plan and road map.
Sto. Tomas has more than 20 years of IT, privacy and information security experience. As the head of global information security at Allergan for eight years, he established the information security department and executed successful global security programs such as security awareness, data loss prevention and privacy, vendor risk management, and e-discovery. He was also the chief security officer for The Impac Companies and global information security advisor for Celestica Inc. where he was involved in various aspects of information and physical security such as strategic planning, architecture design, incident response, and security audit and assessments.
Sto. Tomas studied business administration at the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines and Colorado Technical University. He also holds a master’s degree in information assurance from Norwich University, and is a CISSP and a CISM.
Comedian, Panic Squad Improv Comedy
Elijah Tadema has performed across North America with The Panic Squad Improv Comedy since 2003. He brings a fresh energy, hilarious characters and extraordinary musical talent to the team.
Together with Andrew Bright, Tadema also leads professional development training for organizations across the country. Using his winning personality and expert improv experience, he engages audiences, creates opportunities to laugh out loud and challenges audiences to lead with excellence.
Elijah currently lives in Northwest Washington with his wonderful wife, three children and a german shepherd.
CISO, Wynn Resorts
David Tyburski, global CISO for Wynn Resorts, leads the enterprise strategy for information security, identity and access, governance, and incident management. Wynn Resorts is a Las Vegas-based developer and operator of high-end luxury hotels and casinos.
Previously, Tyburski held various leadership roles in organizations ranging from venture-stage companies to multi-national publicly traded corporations. He has over 20 years’ experience in the IT and security field with experience architecting several worldwide networks.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Francis Marion College and has since served on the alumni advisory council to its School of Business.
Mark Van Holsbeck
IT Risk & Security CISO, Avery Dennison
Mark Van Holsbeck is a seasoned IT professional, with more than 39 years of experience in global system development, project management, operations management and 17 of those years in the IT risk and security and is a CISSP.
He is responsible for building Avery Dennison’s global IT risk and security program, with responsibilities from strategy, policy development and enforcement, risk assessments, incident response, intrusion prevention management across a global enterprise of 30,000 employees in 50 countries.
CISO, Chapman University
George Viegas functions as the chief information security officer for Chapman University in Orange, California. He has an extensive background in information security with large and small companies such as Symantec, Thomson Reuters and F&M Bank, Long Beach and in varied verticals like banking, software, entertainment and education.
He has a strong focus on the practical aspects of running a successful information security program including successful partnering with the business and IT teams for effective risk management. He is also a strong proponent of using agile development strategies to fast-track information security projects.
Viegas has an M.S. in geophysics from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Houston and CISSP and CISA security certifications.
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, LogRhythm
Phillip Villella co-founded LogRhythm in 2003 and serves as its chief scientist. Villella has held a variety of senior engineering leadership positions within LogRhythm since its inception.
Previously, he held research positions at the University of New Mexico Surface Physics Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Colorado.
Villella holds a B.S. in physics from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado.
Senior Director, IT, Qualcomm Incorporated
Vice President of Professional Services, Cylance
Corey White is the vice president of professional services at Cylance Inc. Prior to joining Cylance, he served as director of consulting for Foundstone and McAfee/Intel professional services where he was responsible for all aspects of the business for the Southwest region.
White is a proven security industry veteran backed by more than 17 years of success managing security practices, consulting teams, delivering on strategic projects as well as tactical assessments, penetration tests and incident response engagements. His work encompasses virtually every industry sector, including defense, technology, government, critical infrastructure, automotive, finance, healthcare and manufacturing. White has a deep technical background, which has allowed him to deliver and oversee technical assessments, incident response engagements, strategic planning and risk assessments.
White has a degree in computer information systems from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and is a CISSP.
Director, IT Security, Paul Hastings
Wilson Ye is a technology professional with more than 28 years' experience working with legal, healthcare, retail and not-for-profit organizations. During the past 15 years, Ye’s focus has been information security. He has been instrumental in the formulation, implementation, and enforcement of information security policies and procedures at Paul Hastings.
VP-Head of Enterprise Security, Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Jose Yong, VP and head of enterprise security for Kinecta Credit Union, leads and oversees the overall operative management of the information security, physical security, enterprise identity and access-management program and strategy. Yong has more than 25 years of information security and information-technology experience.
Previously, Yong served in a wide range of leadership roles and has led the information-security efforts at major communities banks in the southern California region and a global bank, where he helped restructure, strengthen and turn around their information-security programs.
He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences and a minor in business administration. He holds the following designations: CISSP, CGEIT, CISM and CIRSC.