Paige Bartley is a senior analyst in Ovum's Information Management team specializing in all aspects of the data lifecycle including creation, cleansing, security, privacy and productivity.
Eyal Benishti is a veteran malware researcher and the founder and CEO of Ironscales, an advanced phishing threat prevention platform.
Rishi Bhargava is Co-founder and VP, Marketing for Demisto, a cyber security startup with the mission to make security operations - "faster, leaner and smarter." Prior to founding Demisto, he was Vice President and General Manager of the Software Defined Datacenter Group at Intel Security. A visionary and technology enthusiast, he was responsible for delivering Intel integrated Security Solutions for datacenters.
Before Intel, he was Vice President of Product Management for Datacenter and Server security products at McAfee, now part of Intel Security. As an intrapreneur at McAfee, he launched multiple products to establish McAfee leadership in risk & compliance, virtualization, and cloud security. He joined McAfee by way of acquisition in 2009 (Solidcore, Enterprise Security Startup). At Solidcore, he was responsible for Product Management and Strategy. As one of the early employees and member of the leadership team, he was instrumental in defining the company's product strategy and growing the business.
Rishi has over a dozen patents in the area of Computer Security. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and a Masters in Computer Science from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is passionate about new technologies and industry trends and serves as an active advisor to multiple startups in Silicon Valley and India.
Bogdan Botezatu is living his second childhood at Bitdefender as senior e-threat analyst. When he is not documenting sophisticated strains of malware or writing removal tools, he teaches extreme sports such as surfing the Web without protection or how to rodeo with wild Trojan horses.
At Egress, Mark Bower is the General Manager for North America, responsible for strategic growth and customer success across the region. Prior to Egress, Mark led product and business strategy for Voltage Security, acquired by Hewlett Packard in 2015 and a pioneer in new data encryption technology methods that are now NIST standards in modern data-centric security for cloud, mobility and IoT applications.
John Bradshaw, Sr. Director, Solutions Engineering at Acalvio Technologies, has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry focusing on network and system security. He held senior engineering roles at TrapX, Bricata, Lastline, Mandiant, Arcsight, ISS, and UUNET.
Jeffrey Burt has been a journalist for more than three decades, with more than half that time spent in tech journalism. Based in Massachusetts, he was a long-time editor with eWEEK and now is a freelance writer for such publications as eWEEK, The Next Platform and Channelnomics.
Chris Byers is the CEO of Formstack, an Indianapolis-based company offering an online form and data-collection platform. Prior to Formstack, Byers co-founded an international nonprofit that was built via remote relationships among partners in Europe, Africa, and the United States.
John Callahan is the chief technology officer at Veridium.
Joe Campbell is principal security advisor at identity and access management company One Identity. His professional career spans innovations for some of the worldŐs biggest companies, and heŐs pioneered new, award-winning technologies in wireless, RFID, visualization, communications and telephony. As a trusted security advisor, his unmatched experience in security and software architecture makes him a highly respected leader in the technology industry.
Mark Carney is the Executive Vice President, Cybersecurity Services, at Coalfire, a provider of cybersecurity advisory and assessment services. Carney has 18 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. Prior to joining Coalfire, Carney was Vice President of Global Services at Kudelski Security, where he led the strategy, growth, and operational execution of their cybersecurity services business. Formerly, Carney was the Chief Information Security Officer at FireMon and Vice President of Strategic Services for FishNet Security (now Optiv).
Joseph Carson is a cyber security professional and ethical hacker with more than 25 years' experience in enterprise security specializing in blockchain, endpoint security, network security, application security & virtualization, access controls and privileged account management. Joseph is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), active member of the cyber security community frequently speaking at cyber security conferences globally, often being quoted and contributing to global cyber security publications. He is a cyber security advisor to several governments, critical infrastructure, financial, transportation and maritime industries. Joseph is regularly sharing his knowledge and experience giving workshops on vulnerabilities assessments, patch management best practices, the evolving cyber security perimeter and the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Joseph serves as Chief Security Scientist at Thycotic.
Nick Claxson is a knowledgeable IT leader with over 20 years' experience at the cutting edge of applying disruptive digital technology to growing UK organisations. As MD and founder of Comtec Enterprises, Nick remains deeply involved in identifying and perfecting innovative IT solutions and is passionate about the role that cloud technologies can play in boosting the competitiveness of the UK's SME base and public sector institutions. Nick's interests include cricket, polo and actively supporting several children's charities. He owns numerous other IT and non-IT businesses, and is a former Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.
Lori Cohen's pitch-perfect delivery of savvy branding and lead-generation programs have proven successful time and again throughout her distinguished career. She has launched dozens of brands over the past decade, including Mobiquity, Tesora, Gazelle, and LimoLiner. With Lori as marketing lead, Mobiquity was named one of the fastest-growing companies in Massachusetts, and Gazelle experienced a 400 percent jump in revenue in the months after the company rebranded. Among her many accomplishments, Lori won a national Emmy reporting on technology while at Boston's WGBH-TV and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
A respected authority on cyber security, Cody Cornell is responsible for the strategic direction of Swimlane and the development of its security operations management platform. His passion for open exchange of security information and deep vendor integration drives him to pursue opportunities to maximize the value his customers receive from their investments in security operations. Collaborating with industry-leading technology vendors, Cody works to identify opportunities to streamline and automate security activities that speed cyber response and enable security orchestration.
Danny is an analyst and consultant with over 20 years' experience in technology markets who contributes regularly to Heavy Reading Insider. He began his career in academic publishing before moving into marketing communications consultancy in the telecom equipment sector. For seven years he tracked the telecom IT and OSS/BSS market for Analysis Research while directing single-client research studies for organizations throughout the telecom sector.
Craig Dods is the Chief Architect for Security within Juniper Networks' Enterprise Business. He currently maintains top-level industry certifications, holds multiple networking and security-related patents, and has disclosed multiple critical-level CVE's in a responsible manner. Prior to joining Juniper, Craig served as IBM Security Services' Chief Security Architect, and held previous security roles at Check Point Software Technologies and Nokia. He has also appeared at popular industry events such as BlackHat, as well as in articles from leading security publications such as Krebsonsecurity and Dark Reading.
Patrick is the Founder and Principal Analyst of HardenStance Ltd, a leading analyst firm providing best in class research, analysis and insight in telecom and IT security. A lot of Patrick's research is focused on best practise for telecom operators in securing their own networks and providing security services to end customers. In recent years his research has focused increasingly on the security opportunities and threats presented by the telecom sector's efforts to evolve to more software controlled networking including the evolution in network security requirements from 4G to 5G. Patrick has worked in the telecom sector for over 25 years, including in strategic planning roles for Motorola as well as for Nortel's mobile infrastructure business. Prior to forming HardenStance Ltd in January 2017, he worked for eleven years at Heavy Reading, the last three as Heavy Reading's Chief Analyst.
Steve Durbin is Managing Director of the Information Security Forum (ISF). His main areas of focus include strategy, information technology, cyber security and the emerging security threat landscape across both the corporate and personal environments. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on technology and security issues. Previously, he was a senior vice president at Gartner.
Giora Engel, Vice President of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks, is an expert in the field of behavioral analytics. Giora joined Palo Alto Networks through the acquisition of LightCyber, which he co-founded and served as Chief Product Officer. Prior to LightCyber, he was as an officer in an elite technological unit in the Israel Defense Forces.
Naim Falandino is a data scientist, software developer and engineering manager with more than ten years of experience building analytical data pipelines and applications. As Chief Scientist of Nokia Deepfield, his expertise in real-time analytics, machine learning and information visualization is being applied to build products that solve the networking industry's most complex problems in security, performance and management.
Prior to joining Enterprise Cloud News, he was director of audience development for InformationWeek, where he oversaw the publications' newsletters, editorial content, email and content marketing initiatives. Before that, he served as editor-in-chief of eWEEK, overseeing both the website and the print edition of the magazine. For more than a decade, Scott has covered the IT enterprise industry with a focus on cloud computing, datacenter technologies, virtualization, IoT and microprocessors, as well as PCs and mobile. Before covering tech, he was a staff writer at the Asbury Park Press and the Herald News, both located in New Jersey. Scott has degrees in journalism and history from William Paterson University, and is based in Greater New York.
Susan Fourtané is a Science & Technology journalist, writer, and philosopher with a life-long interest in science and technology -- and all what is interesting, fascinating, and thought-provoking.
She has been a technology journalist for nearly 10 years writing and reporting for global print and online publications such as Helsinki Times, UBM DeusM's Internet Evolution (probably the best site dedicated to the analysis of the future of the Internet that has ever existed), Big Data Republic, TheCMOSite, Enterprise Efficiency, HPIO_UK, Global Blue Marketing, SixDegrees Magazine, and World.Edu.
Currently, she writes for UBM Tech Electronics Division's EETimes and EBN; also for Light Reading and The New IP. Prior to journalism and writing, she worked extensively in the international B2B environment in several countries on two continents specializing in international business communication.
Susan has been the media advisor for tech startups, European correspondent and media advisory board member for Crypto Biz Magazine. Susan considers herself a citizen of the world who currently tries to split her time between Helsinki, London, and the French Riviera.
You can find her on Twitter @SusanFourtane
Patrick Foxhoven is an experienced and innovative managed security entrepreneur and technologist, having spent 20 years building secure and scalable Internet-enabled networks while co-authoring three books on information security and receiving multiple patents. He is currently Chief Information Officer & Vice President of Emerging Technologies at Zscaler.
Prior to joining Zscaler in 2010, he was a founder and CIO of CentraComm, a leading managed IT security and services provider, and served earlier as an owner and principal network engineer of Friendly Net, an early residential ISP in the midwest United States.
Curtis Franklin, Jr. has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. He has contributed to a number of technology-industry publications including Dark Reading, InformationWeek Enterprise Efficiency, ChannelWeb, Network Computing, InfoWorld, PCWorld, and ITWorld.com on subjects ranging from enterprise security to mobile enterprise computing and wireless networking. Curtis is the author of hundreds of articles, the co-author of three books (including Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center), and has been a frequent speaker at computer and networking industry conferences across North America and Europe. When not writing, Curtis is a painter, photographer, cook, and multi-instrumentalist musician. He is active in amateur radio (KG4GWA), scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, and is a certified Florida Master Naturalist.
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As General Manager for Nominum's security and applications portfolio business, Arlen oversees the company's go-to-market strategy including sales, engineering, support, and product management, as well as extending its OEM technology licensing business to the high-growth area of security-as-a-service (SECaaS). He brings a wealth of network security and optimization knowledge and expertise to Nominum, along with a keen understanding of the communications service provider and SMB markets. Prior to joining Nominum, Arlen was senior director of product management with Zscaler, a provider of cloud security solutions for enterprise markets. Before that he led the product management and user experience teams for Infoblox. Arlen received his BA degree from UC Berkeley.
Yael Grauer is a tech reporter covering online privacy, security, and digital freedom. She's written for The Intercept, Wired, Ars Technica, Motherboard, Slate, and more. She's also the author of the college textbook Business Writing: A Content Marketing Approach. Follow her on twitter @yaelwrites.
As EVP and CMO at Infoblox, Ashish Gupta drives strategy for global corporate and product marketing at Infoblox. With more than 20 years of general management experience, Ashish specializes in creating new markets and categories, positioning companies for growth, and developing differentiated business strategies in highly competitive industries. He joined Infoblox from Actian, where he was CMO and SVP of business development. Previously, he held leadership positions at Vidyo, Microsoft, Alcatel/Genesys Telecommunications, Telera, Deloitte Consulting, and Hewlett-Packard.
Mounir Hahad, head of Juniper Threat Labs at Juniper Networks, is a seasoned cybersecurity expert focused on malware research, detection techniques and threat intelligence. He leads Juniper Threat Labs, the organization at Juniper Networks identifying and tracking malicious threats in the wild and ensuring Juniper products implement effective detection techniques and have access to the latest threat intelligence needed to block malicious attacks. Prior to joining Juniper, Mounir was the head of Cyphort Labs and has held various leadership roles with Cisco and IronPort.
Carl Herberger is an IT security expert and responsible for Radware's global security practice. With over a decade of experience, he began his career working at the Pentagon evaluating computer security events affecting daily Air Force operations. Carl also managed critical operational intelligence for computer network attack programs to aid the National Security Council and Secretary of the Air Force with policy and budgetary defense.
Jim leads Heavy Reading's research on the impact of NFV on the control plane and application layers at the core and edge. This includes the evolution path of SIP applications, unified communications (UC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), session border controllers (SBCs), Diameter signaling controllers (DSCs), policy controllers and WebRTC. Jim is also focused on the network and subscriber impact of Big Data and Analytics. He authors Heavy Reading's NFV and SDN Market Trackers. Other areas of research coverage include Subscriber Data Management (SDM) and fixed-line TDM replacement. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.
Sanjay Kalra is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Lacework and leads the company's overall strategy, drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the cloud, networking, analytics, and security industries. Prior to Lacework, Kalra was GM of the Application Services Group at Guavus. Sanjay also served as Senior Director of Security Product Management for Juniper Networks, and has held senior positions at Cisco and ACC. He holds 12 patents in networking and security.
Dawn Kawamoto is an award-winning technology and business journalist, whose work has appeared in CNET's News.com, Dark Reading, TheStreet.com, AOL's DailyFinance, and The Motley Fool.
Barbara G. Kay, CISSP, is Senior Director of Product and Solutions Marketing. She leads security operations marketing, which is responsible for the threat intelligence and analytics solutions, as well as the security management platform that enables optimized security monitoring, threat detection, and response. Prior to joining McAfee, her consultancy helped market security solutions for innovators including Cisco, McAfee, Websense, Good Technologies, and Netgear. She has also served as Director of Security and Privacy Marketing and Marketing Director for the Wireless Business Unit at Sun Microsystems and led marketing efforts for several multimedia and software development tools startups. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College.
Jay Kelley is Senior Product Marketing Manager for Menlo Security, working out of his home-office in the Boston, Mass. area. Prior to joining Menlo Security in February 2017, for 3 1Ú2 years, he was Senior Product Marketing Manager at F5 Networks for their Application Access and Mobile products and services. Prior to F5, Jay was Senior Product Marketing Manager for Juniper NetworksŐ Junos Pulse product line for over 8 years. Jay has over 30 yearsŐ experience in a variety of senior management roles in marketing, product marketing, and product management for technology leaders. Jay has worked for 7 start-ups in his career. Jay has presented at many technology events, including VMworld, RSA Conference and SecureWorld. Jay also co-authored the book, ŇNetwork Access Control for DummiesÓ, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009.
Dave Klein is the Senior Director of Technical Evangelism for GuardiCore. With more than 21 years of cybersecurity experience, he works with GuardiCore teams, customers and industry thought leaders to address the challenges of securing modern hybrid cloud environments. Prior to GuardiCore, Dave was the Engineering Manager for Forcepoint's Federal Sector. Before joining Forcepoint, he held senior positions at Cisco and McAfee.
Ray Le Maistre
Don't be fooled by the weird cod-French surname: Ray's as British as corned beef and bad teeth, despite affecting a sheen of Continental sophistication by his constant references to fancy-dan "proper" coffee. He's even trained as a barista, for god's sake. Ray joined Light Reading in 2002 shortly after being shown the door and a very long corridor at Total Telecom. He has been in technology journalism since 1988, having worked at Computer Weekly, Communications WeekInternational and Communications International. A slave to fashion, Ray is never seen in the same outfit twice. When not trawling the malls of Epsom, U.K., for the latest in skinny jeans and what-have-you, Ray is often to be heard banging on about SPIT (Service Provider Information Technology), which is also known as TATRTCA (The Acronym That Refuses To Catch On). As a soccer nut, Ray likes nothing better than cheap jibes about Manchester United. If you bump into him at a trade show, be sure to make some remark about prawn-sandwich-eating supporters or similar – he'll love it!
Willy Leichter leads Virsec marketing, with over twenty years of experience in outbound marketing, communications, digital marketing, demand generation, product marketing, and product management. He has worked with a wide range of global enterprises to help them meet evolving security challenges.
With extensive experience in a range of IT domains including network security, global data privacy laws, data loss prevention, access control, email security and cloud applications, he is a frequent speaker at industry events and author on IT security and compliance issues. A graduate of Stanford University, he has held marketing leadership positions in the US and Europe, at CipherCloud, Axway, Websense, Tumbleweed Communications, and Secure Computing (now McAfee).
Philip Lieberman, noted cybersecurity expert and founder of Lieberman Software, has more than 30 years of experience in the software industry. In addition to his proficiency as a software engineer, Lieberman developed the first products for the privileged identity management space, and continues to introduce new solutions to resolve the security threat of privileged account credentials. He is frequently quoted by international business and mainstream media as well as industry news organizations, and has published numerous books and articles. Lieberman taught at UCLA, and has authored many computer science courses. He has a B.A. from San Francisco State University.
Larry Loeb has written for many of the last century's major "dead tree" computer magazines, having been, among other things, a consulting editor for BYTE magazine and senior editor for the launch of WebWeek. He wrote for IBM's DeveloperWorks site for seven years and has written a book on the Secure Electronic Transaction Internet protocol. His latest book has the commercially obligatory title of Hack Proofing XML. He's been online since uucp "bang" addressing (where the world existed relative to !decvax), serving as editor of the Macintosh Exchange on BIX and the VARBusiness Exchange. Current articles may be found (besides here) at SecurityIntelligence.com and ITBizAdvisor.com.
As CEO of BluVector, Inc., Kris Lovejoy's role is to develop a solution strategy that customers truly love, sold and delivered with a Draconian focus on excellence, by a team of insightful and passionate security experts. Prior to BluVector, she was general manager of the IBM Security Services Division, charged with development and delivery of managed and professional security services to IBM clients world-wide. Before her role in Services, she was IBM's VP of Information Technology Risk and Global CISO, responsible for managing, monitoring and testing IBM's corporate security and resiliency functions globally.
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Michael Lynch is InAuth's Chief Strategy Officer and is responsible for developing and leading the company's new products strategy, as well as developing key US and international partnerships. He brings two decades of experience in key roles within financial services, consulting, and Fortune 500 companies, specializing in security and technology leadership.
Simon Marshall has worked within and around the telecom and IT industries for 21 years. Starting at the UK's Communications News – targeted at telecom, electrical engineering and postal workers (before telecom privatization), he gained insider insight - through bubbles and bulls to today's digital marketplaces. Simon cut his teeth as editor-at-large at totaltelecom.com in the late Nineties, drove strategic communication and product marketing plans for Qualcomm, Neustar and Redknee during the Noughties, and lives today as a technical consultant, active tech news junky, and content underwriter at SecurityNow.
Paul Martini is the CEO, co-founder and chief architect of iboss, where he developed the company's Distributed Gateway Platform. Prior to founding iboss, Martini developed security technologies for Phogenix, the US Navy, and Hewlett Packard. He has also received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award and named one of Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. He holds a Computer Science Degree from the University of California.
Yes, THAT Craig Matsumoto – who used to be at Light Reading from 2002 until 2013 and then went away and did other stuff and now HE'S BACK! As Editor-in-Chief. Go Craig!!
Josh Mayfield is Platform Lead for Immediate Insight, FireMon's security analysis platform. He works with global security leaders to improve security analysis using big data principles and automation. Josh's work has been featured in industry-leading publications, including Information Age, ISACA, and IT Security, Europe, and he holds two master's degrees. Before coming to FireMon, Josh held positions at top performing organizations in technology, information security, and consulting.
Charles McColgan is the CTO of TeleSign, overseeing the technical development, operations and long-term vision of the company. He brings to the team 20 years of industry experience, with expertise creating and operating SaaS operations used by thousands of enterprises in the security and messaging space. Prior to joining TeleSign in 2011, Charles worked at Microsoft from 2005 to 2010 serving as a software architect and then senior manager. In his most recent role, Charles was Director of Development responsible for the ForeFront security brand of server protection products, and Forefront Online Protection for Exchange service at Microsoft, which was MicrosoftŐs largest cloud service. Charles joined Microsoft in August of 2005 as part of MicrosoftŐs acquisition of FrontBridge Technologies, where he served as CTO and helped build the company from scratch. Prior to joining FrontBridge, Charles was Vice President of Technology at Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) a Viacom Company where he helped build and guide ParamountŐs Internet vision from 1995 to 2000. Charles holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA.
Dirk Morris is the founder and Chief Product Officer of UntangleUntangle. Prior to Untangle, Morris was Chief Architect at Akheron Technologies, where he invented the patent-pending High Bandwidth Transparent Vectoring used in the company's proxy firewall engine. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Atif Mushtaq has spent most of his career on the front lines of the war against cybercrime. Before founding SlashNext, he spent nine years as a senior scientist at FireEye, where he was one of the main architects of FireEye's core malware detection system. Mushtaq has worked with law enforcement and other global agencies to take down some of the world's biggest malware networks.
Jonathan Nguyen-Duy is vice president, strategy and analytics at Fortinet, where he focuses on emerging technologies and key partnerships. He has unique global government and commercial experience with a deep understanding of threats, technology, compliance and business issues. Nguyen-Duy holds a BA in International Economics and an MBA in IT Marketing and International Business from the George Washington University.
Mike O'Malley is the Vice President of Carrier Strategy and Business Development for Radware. In this role, he is responsible for leading strategic initiatives for wireless, wireline, and cloud service providers. Prior to Radware, O'Malley held various executive management positions.
Andy Patrizio has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and remembers back when Internet access was only available through his college mainframe. He has written for InformationWeek, Byte, Dr. Dobb's Journal, eWeek, Computerworld and Network World. He resides in Orange County, California.
Alex Pavlovic is a senior product marketing manager for IP and Optical Networks at Nokia, where he focuses on Nokia Anyhaul-- the mobile transport portfolio for the 5G era (and Nokia IP Anyhaul in particular).
Teri Radichel is CEO of 2nd Sight Lab, providing pen testing, security assessments, and research. Her career started in telecommunications and networking in 1994. She gravitated to software programming, having learned BASIC from a book in grade school. After obtaining a Master of Software Engineering in 2000, she started a software consulting and web hosting business and served customers ranging from startups to Fortune 150. In 2011, she joined Capital One Investing and led a team working on large-scale back office systems. In 2013, she started the Seattle AWS Architects & Engineers Meetup and became an AWS Hero. She moved to the cloud engineering team to help Capital One migrate production workloads to AWS and then the security operations team to help with security automation. At WatchGuard Technologies, she architected a secure CICD deployment pipeline based on her SANS white paper, Balancing Security and Innovation With Event Driven Automation. She has a number of SANS certifications and received the SANS 2017 Difference Makers award. You can follower her on twitter at @teriradichel.
Srivats Ramaswami, CTO at 42Q, has worked at both OEM's and contract manufacturers, most recently as vice president of IT Operations. His expertise includes the architecture and implementation of IT solutions, making the global supply chain visible and more efficient. Srivats is now responsible for customer acquisition and engagement, technology development and deployment for 42Q.
Dan Rasmussen is the senior vice president of the Enterprise Business Unit for North America for Hughes Network Systems. He is responsible for leading the organization that supports Hughes large enterprise, small business and government customers. Rasmussen holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
As a Scality co-founder and our Chief Technology Officer, Giorgio Regni oversees the company's development, research, and product management. He is a recognized expert in distributed infrastructure software at web scale, and has authored multiple US patents for distributed systems. Prior to Scality, Giorgio was a co-founder and VP of Engineering at Bizanga, where he developed anti-abuse software that still protects hundreds of millions of mailboxes across the world.
Giorgio holds an engineering degree in computer science from INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliques) in Toulouse, France. He is also an accomplished hacker and developer. In his spare time, Giorgio has created mobile phone applications that are currently in use by an installed base of more than 2 million people. On an artistic note, Giorgio is a skilled electric guitar player, drawing his inspiration from guitar legends like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.
Dan Reis, an independent security expert, has been working for high-tech Silicon Valley companies for over 25 years, with 20 spent in security product marketing and management. He is focused on enabling organizations to better understand the issues of security today and strongly believes that organizations need to optimize their protection by adopting flexible security postures against an ever-changing spectrum of ongoing threats.
Regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on counter threat intelligence within the cyber security industry, Chris Roberts is currently the chief security architect at Acalvio. With increasingly sophisticated attacks on targets of opportunity, Roberts' unique methods of addressing the evolving threat matrix and experience with all information systems make him an indispensable partner to customers and industries that demand protection of financials, intellectual property, customer data and other protected information from attack. Roberts is credentialed in many of the top IT and INFOSEC disciplines and as a cyber-security advocate and passionate industry voice, he has been featured in several documentaries and is regularly quoted in national newspapers, television news and industry publications.
Michal Salát is the threat intelligence director at Avast, driving research projects to discover security vulnerabilities in computer, mobile and IoT platforms. Michal has a decade of IT, programming and cybersecurity experience, and frequently speaks at events like DEF CON to promote security awareness and discuss trends in the cybersecurity landscape.
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Eric P. Schlesinger serves as Senior Vice President of Polaris Alpha's CYBER & SIGINT Division. Eric has more than 20 years of experience in infrastructure and operations management, focused on building efficient and scalable solutions. He leads corporate-wide strategic growth activities, including multidisciplinary groups in innovation, big data analytics, mobile exploitation, cloud-based implementations and virtualization. Eric oversees the integration of unique resources for a comprehensive research and learning organization to explore, discover, and invent, bringing diverse talents to bear on major technological problems and producing innovation that drives a creative economy. He drives thought leadership around innovation while serving as a pivotal educator of emerging technologies and digital trends both internally and externally with the understanding of the compelling connection between technology and people. Additional responsibilities include developing and implementing the company's annual IT Strategic Plan, overseeing all maintenance and operations of the IT infrastructure, including security, compliance, and service level agreements.
Nirav Shah has more than 15 years' experience working in the enterprise networking and security industry. He serves as Fortinet's products and solutions lead for FortiGate network security appliances and focus on NGFW, SD-WAN, Segmentation and Secure Web Gateway use-cases. Prior positions include stints as a senior software developer and senior product manager for enterprise networking and security solutions for Cisco.
A veteran of cybersecurity, Paul Shomo currently serves as Sr. Technical Manager, 3rd Party Technologies of OpenText, a provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM). Shomo joined OpenText through the acquisition of Guidance Software in 2017. He has more than 15 years as a software engineer with experience working in security and forensics, networking, and storage, and several years managing strategic partnerships and advising on M&A activity. For Guidance Software, Shomo managed integration partners, performed due diligence for M&A, and managed a machine learning grant with CalTech. In 2006 he had been recruited into the R&D group at Guidance Software, which launched the industry's first incident response product. Shomo then spent years architecting and managing security and forensics products, including EnCase Endpoint Security, Gartner's 2016 market share leader in detection and response.
Haiyan Song leads the security business at Splunk and is responsible for driving Splunk's strategy and execution in the fast-growing security market. Splunk Inc. provides the leading software platform for real-time Operational and Security Intelligence.
Previously, Haiyan spent over 8 years at ArcSight-HP Enterprise Security Products as VP and General Manager, where she was responsible for driving product strategies and business execution. During her time at ArcSight, she led and grew the product team through the company's IPO and subsequent acquisition by HP. Before joining ArcSight, Haiyan has held various executive leadership positions at enterprise software companies and service providers including Escalate, Ketera Technology, Omniva Policy Systems and Sensage. She started her career at IBM Informix where she led the development of Informix-Online/Secure, its trusted relational database management system product and its system management portfolio.
Haiyan studied computer science at Tsinghua University in Beijing (CS 32, 1983), China. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. Haiyan completed the Stanford Executive Program for General Management in 2012.
Joe Stanganelli is principal of Beacon Hill Law, a Boston-based general practice law firm. Joe is also a professional communications and data privacy consultant. From 2003 to 2005, Joe ran Grandpa George Productions, a New England entertainment and media production company. He has also worked as a professional actor, director, producer, and playwright.
Joe Vadakkan brings more than 18 years of global infrastructure architecture and security experience, focusing on all aspects of cyber and data security to his role Global Practice Leader, Cloud Security for Optiv. Vadakkan serves as a trusted advisor to his clients and peers within the industry. He focuses on understanding business needs, security risks and ever-evolving technology landscape in the areas of cyber digital transformation (CDx) which includes secure cloud, data analytics and automation, to help guide his organizations through the process of defining and maturing their security programs.
Pawani joined Webroot in March 2017 as the product manager for its consumer product line. She has worked in the cybersecurity industry for more than 6 years in different careers, moving from engineering roles into product management. Before Webroot, she worked for Symantec and Sonicwall.
Pablo Valerio has been in the IT industry for 30+ years, mostly working for American companies in Europe. Over the years, he has developed channels, established operations and served as European general manager for several companies. His knowledge of the European IT business and his interest in EU technology initiatives spurred his move to technology writing. For the past eight years, he has been a regular contributor to several publications in the IT ecosystem, focusing on privacy, security, cloud, mobile technology, and smart cities. His work has appeared in InformationWeek, EE Times, EBN, Network Computing, Dell's Tech Page One, and SAP Business Innovation, among others. He also publishes the blog "Cities of the Future," focusing on how technology and policy can make cities more sustainable and livable. He holds an MS in electrical engineering from Ohio State University. You can follow him on Twitter @Pabl0Valerio
Boris Vaynberg is CEO and a co-founder of Solebit. His previous experience includes positions at Elbit Systems' Intelligence and Cyber Solutions division and Comsec Consulting's Information Security division. He also served for six years in an elite technology unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Dr. Giovanni Vigna has been researching and developing security technology for more than 20 years, working on malware analysis, web security, vulnerability assessment, and intrusion detection. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the director of the Center for CyberSecurity at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and is co-founder and CTO at Lastline. He is the author of more than 200 publications, peer-reviewed papers, conferences, and books. He is known for organizing and running an annual inter-university Capture The Flag (iCTF) hacking contest that involves dozens of institutions and hundreds of students around the world. He also leads the Shellphish hacking team, which is the longest-running team playing at DefCon's CTF.
San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.
He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.
Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.
Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').
After a quarter of a century covering telecom, what Carol doesn't know about the industry can't even be Googled. Carol's CV, which is available as a partwork, includes spells at Telephony, Interactive Week and The Net Economy. She was also the founding of a telecom news website, BroadbandEdge. Prior to covering telecom, she covered higher education, business, politics, the arts, and sports for publications in North Carolina and Wisconsin. [Ed note: Is there such as thing as the arts in Wisconsin, technically speaking?]
Now working for Light Reading from her home aviary with faithful dog Sunny as her executive assistant and personal trainer, Carol welcomes feedback from her readers, particularly if they shout "Go Heels!" in her face at any given trade show.
In her current role, Carol is the link between the editorial team and other parts of the UBM Tech organization, including events. As part of her brief, she will be the Dean of the soon-to-be-launched Light Reading University, so if you were wondering about the outfit, now you know.
Michael Wood is vice president of marketing for VeloCloud Networks, responsible for worldwide marketing, revenue generation, channel and sales enablement and communications. He has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the networking industry. Prior to VeloCloud, Wood served as vice president of product management and marketing for Akamai TechnologiesŐ Cloud Networking Business Unit. He also was an executive in residence, and is currently an adviser, for Plug and Play Tech Center, a startup incubator and accelerator. Early in his career, Wood was with StrataCom as a senior member of the technical staff. After Cisco acquired StrataCom in 1996, Wood spent 15 years with Cisco in various positions, culminating in the director of product management and marketing role for the multibillion dollar branch office integrated services router business for enterprises and service providers. Wood has a bachelorŐs degree in industrial technology and a masterŐs degree in electrical engineering from San Jose State University.
Tim Woods has more than 20 years of security experience. His global engagements have given him great insights across virtually every market sector and enterprises of all sizes. He believes his most important task is education and raising awareness to build strong organizational security postures. Tim's passion for security grew quickly during his eight years serving the Naval Intelligence Community and continued to grow as he assumed strategic roles at several successful security startups and a defining role at Nokia Enterprise Solutions.
George Wrenn is a Research Affiliate in Management Science at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He is the founder & CEO of CyberSaint Security, formerly the vice president of cybersecurity & CSO for Schneider Electric globally. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of cyber security.
Prior to the present role, George was as a senior managing consultant with IBM helping cross-industry Fortune 1000 customers reach compliance to NIST, FISMA, ISO/IEC, HIPAA, PCI, NERC/CIP, and other key regulatory frameworks, developing cyber security strategy, roadmaps, and global cyber security programs.
He is also expert in cloud security and has been awarded US patents in this area as well as in the field of artificial intelligence.
Other roles in his career have spanned from Managed Security Services (MSS) to Security Product Development and Secure Cloud Computing.
In addition to this experience, George has served as director of security for a fully regulated financial services company, where he managed regulatory compliance efforts and the internal security office, protecting over $99 trillion in stock market transactions yearly. He later led cyber security product management and business improvement projects at RSA Security and EMC Corp.
In addition to being a recognized expert in the cyber security field, he is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Lean Practitioner, and Kaizen Facilitator. While at EMC, he was able to combine the quantitative aspects of Six Sigma with established security metrics, generating valuation models to help fund the security of EMC's multi-billion dollar product portfolio.
George has published over 30 articles in major technology magazines, and is a writer and editor for TechTarget, Search CIO, and Information Security Magazine.
He is a USAF/Aux Pilot and Operations Officer, serving as 1st lieutenant, and has received a National Commander's Commendation Award for outstanding duty performance with the Hanscom Composite Squadron (HCS-MA-043) based at Hanscom Air Force Base.
George is a graduate of Harvard University. He has attended executive programs at Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School. As a graduate fellow at MIT for over a decade, he has conducted research and advanced coursework at the MIT Media Lab, the Sloan School of Management, the School of Engineering, the School of Architecture and most recently the MIT Security Studies program working on Cyber Warfare frameworks.
Terry Young is senior manager, service provider product marketing at Palo Alto Networks, where she is responsible for developing programming to communicate the business value of security for mobile network operators and other service providers.
Alan Zeichick is principal analyst at Camden Associates, a technology consultancy in Phoenix, Arizona, specializing in enterprise networking, cybersecurity, and software development.
Yaron Zinar is senior security researcher at Preempt, pioneer of the industry's first Behavioral Firewall that helps enterprises preempt malicious breaches and insider threats in real-time. Prior to Preempt, Yaron was a software engineer at Google and senior software development engineer at Microsoft.
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