Oliver Rochford


Vice President of Security Evangelism, DFLabs

Oliver Rochford is the Vice President of Security Evangelism at DFLabs. He previously worked as research director for Gartner, and is a recognized expert on threat and vulnerability management, cyber security monitoring and operations management. Oliver has also been a security practitioner and white hat hacker for Tenable Network Security®, HP Enterprise Security Services, Verizon Business, Secunia® (now Flexera Software), Qualys®, and Integralis (now part of NTT Com Security).


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Vikram Kapoor


Co-Founder and CTO, Lacework

Vikram Kapoor is co-founder and CTO at Lacework, and leads the company’s strategic technology and architecture roadmap. Prior to Lacework, Vikram led Bromium’s engineering team in delivering solutions supporting Bromium’s vision and business goals. Prior to this, Vikram managed the Database Storage Engine group at Oracle RDBMS and was lead architect for Exadata technologies. Vikram was also Development Manager for the protocols group at Oracle where he designed components of the NFSv4 server. Vikram also held senior engineering roles at Pillar Data Systems and Valicert and is a prolific inventor who holds several patents.


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Jackie Edwards


Writer / Editor

Jackie started her career in IT and software development, but after becoming a mom refocused and decided to spend more time with her family. Jackie now writes full time on topics ranging from business, finance, and management to health and wellness.When she’s not writing, she volunteers for a number of local mental health charities and also has a menagerie of pets to look after.

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Steve Sarnecki


Vice President of Public Sector, OSIsoft

Steve Sarnecki is Vice President of Public Sector at OSIsoft, where he helps federal civilian, defense and intelligence agencies optimize missions by implementing the PI System for a smarter operational infrastructure. Steve helps the DoE, NIH, NASA, and the US Army to fully harness the potential of sensors and IoT by transforming fragmented protocols and data streams into meaningful intelligence. He is a cleared advisor for the Secretary of Commerce and ITAC-6 on Energy and Energy Services. Steve was also one of the “founding fathers” of the CiDX Cybersecurity Initiative, which focused on improving the infrastructure that supports our country’s datacenters, and authored Access Security Guidelines for Process Control Computers. Above all else, his professional (and personal) objective is to serve people and processes – managing change, motivating teams, executing details, and achieving results for the best possible outcome. He’s a hands-on leader focused on getting the best out of people in all situations, and is deeply devoted to serving his community at large. As the Executive Director of the SALT ministry and board member at The Franciscan Center of Baltimore, his mission outside of the federal world is simply to provide assistance and support to the economically disadvantaged.


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Adam Vincent


CEO and a founder at ThreatConnect

Adam is an information security expert and is currently the CEO and a founder at ThreatConnect, Inc. He possesses over a decade of experience in programming, network security, penetration testing, cryptography design & cryptanalysis, identity and access control, and a detailed expertise in information security. The culmination of this knowledge has led to the company’s creation of ThreatConnect, the first-of-its-kind threat intelligence platform. He currently serves as an advisor to multiple security-focused organizations and has provided consultation to numerous businesses ranging from start-ups to governments, Fortune 500 organizations, and top financial institutions. Adam holds an MS in computer science with graduate certifications in computer security and information assurance from George Washington University.


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Galina Datskovsky


CEO, Vaporstream

Dr. Galina Datskovsky, CRM, FAI and serial entrepreneur is an internationally recognized privacy, compliance and security expert. Galina is currently the CEO of Vaporstream®, a position where she applies her knowledge and strategic guidance in building businesses, product development, governance policies, as well as cyber security.


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Gabriel Lawrence


Principal Cybersecurity Engineer, Qualcomm

Gabriel Lawrence leads the Application Security team at Qualcomm, doing Application Security Assessments, Penetration Tests, Incident Response, Reverse Engineering, and anything else that comes his way. He's developed enterprise applications, founded three startups, and run Information Security for UC San Diego.


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Arthur Hicken


Evangelist at Parasoft

Arthur "Code Curmudgeon"Hicken is Evangelist at Parasoft where he has been involved in automating various software development and testing practices for over 25 years.

He has worked on projects including cybersecurity, database development, the software development lifecycle, web publishing and monitoring, and integration with legacy systems and maintains the IoT Hall-of-Shame.


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Engin Kirda


Chief Architect, Lastline

Dr. Engin Kirda is chief architect at Lastline which he co-founded in 2011, and a full professor of computer science at Northeastern University in Boston. Dr. Kirda has co-authored more than 100 published research papers. Before Northeastern, he held faculty positions at Institut Eurecom in the French Riviera and the Technical University of Vienna where he co-founded the Secure Systems Lab that is now distributed across multiple institutions in Europe and the United States. Engin’s recent research has focused on malware analysis and detection, web application security, and practical aspects of social networking security.


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Stephan Tallent


Senior Director of Managed Security Service Providers, Fortinet

Stephan Tallent brings over 16 years of managed services and information security experience to Fortinet, having spent the last 13 years building managed security service practices within several different types of service provider businesses. Leveraging this experience and wielding best in breed security technology, Stephan focuses on developing best-practice based MSSP programs that encompass architecture, product development, training, go-to-market strategies and sales operations.


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Simon Townsend


Chief Technologist, EMEA for Ivanti

Simon Townsend is Chief Technologist, EMEA for Ivanti, specialising in Workspace management and security. Prior to his current role, Townsend served as Vice President of Product Management and Enterprise Technology of AppSense. Townsend was responsible for the future direction and strategy of Enterprise Products as well as the overall product management function at AppSense. He holds a BS honors degree in Business Information Technology from Bournemouth University.


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Bill Hogan


Vice President, Strategic Accounts and Global Financial Services, Fortinet

Bill Hogan leads strategic accounts and global financial services at Fortinet, where he is responsible for sales, systems engineering and business development. He formerly served as president of WebHouse, where he enabled customer success through the effective use of IT and business solutions. From 2003 to 2014, Hogan led NetApp’s Americas East and America's Enterprise Sales and Business Operations. He started his career at EMC where he spent 10 years in various sales and leadership roles. Bill is a father of five and avid philanthropist.


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Druce MacFarlane


Vice President of Products & Marketing, Bricata

Druce MacFarlane is the Vice President of Products and Marketing for Bricata. He previously assisted McAfee with its business transition, as the company was spun off from Intel Corporation and has also held product management and marketing leadership roles with Cyphort, FireEye, Aruba and Netscout.


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Johan Wendt


Founder of Mattecentrum, Founder of Kodcentrum

Johan Wendt is a social entrepreneur and lecturer. He founded the nonprofit associations Mattecentrum and Kodcentrum and has received several awards for his work on reaching out to children and young people who need help with mathematics teaching.

After one of the neighbors' children asked if he could help her study for a matric test, Johan discovered that he really enjoyed helping her with the mat. A week later, the girl told him that she had received VG on her test  –  and never believed that someone like her could earn such good grades. She continued to come over to his house, sometimes bringing siblings or friends, and Johan suddenly felt that he was doing something good. From the idea that everyone is entitled to free help with math, regardless of background, gender, age or level of knowledge, Johan started the Scandinavian social enterprise Mattecentrum.

Johan also wrote a book about how he put his career as an engineer aside to start a nonprofit organization, called The Dumbest Damn Idea I've Ever Heard: About Matt Center - A Guide to Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to his work teaching children programming, Johan, together with Tor Moström, wrote the Curly Bracket series. The books take place in a dystopian future, and through an exciting adventure, the reader gets to learn computer logic, a collection of methods and tools for problem solving that is the basis of all programming.

He is the founder of Europe’s largest after-school program where one million children per month are tutored for free in coding and mathematics. He lives in Sweden and is the father of twin girls.


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Tor Moström


Founder, Obviuse

Tor Moström is originally from Malmö but lives in Stockholm with his wife and two children. He is a trained programmer, software engineer and founder of Obviuse, which builds web solutions and, among other things, is behind the matteboken.se webpage  –  which won the Swedish publishing prize and has been listed on the top 100 websites in 2013 and 2014.

As a seven-year-old, Tor started playing chess with a friend in a free-education class organized by volunteers and because chess has much in common with programming, it helped him get where he is today. Tor works as a volunteer at the non-profit organization Kodcentrum where he teaches free programming classes for children. Being able to challenge children and young people through the Learning Center and help them understand programming and computational thinking is one of the best things he knows and in 2015 he became chairman of the organization.

Tor studied software engineering and intellectual property rights at Malmö University. Together with Johan Wendt and the illustrator Peter Bergting, Tor Moström created Curly Bracket, an exciting graphic novel series that teaches computer logic and the basics of programming, but also invites questions about digitization and the role of technology in society.

Tor is a software engineer, currently working in the health care and education sector. He is an author and a father of two.


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Monica Eaton-Cardone


COO of Chargebacks911, CIO of Global Risk Technologies, and founder of Get Paid for Grades.

Monica Eaton-Cardone is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and business leader with expertise in technology, e-commerce, risk relativity, and payment-processing solutions. She is COO of Chargebacks911, CIO of its parent company Global Risk Technologies, and founder of non-profit organization Get Paid for Grades.

After studying at Idaho State University, Mrs. Eaton-Cardone chose to implement her acquired business skills and utilize her developed talents of marketing and leading a business. She ventured into entrepreneurship at the early age of 19.

Additionally, Mrs. Eaton-Cardone supports the local community, as well as several education organizations and she is committed to providing students with a strong foundation for success. She is a passionate educator who founded Get Paid for Grades in an effort to improve student literacy and confidence by providing support to local schools and tutoring programs.


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Manu Fontaine


Founder at Hushmesh Inc.

Manu is currently focused on crowdfunding Hushmesh, a Public Benefit Corporation dedicated to solving "the digital privacy of the people, by the people, for the people."

Before founding Hushmesh, Manu led Perfect Sense's marketing and business strategy for Brightspot, the company's Digital Experience Platform. Earlier at Perfect Sense, he helped secure new digital product and platform business with The Coca-Cola Company, U.S. News, Univision, Hanley Wood and more. 

Prior to Perfect Sense, Manu joined EMC to help spearhead the company’s entry in the consumer space. He launched EMC LifeLine, a new consumer-friendly operating system for Network Attached Storage devices, and brought it to market with partners like Intel and Iomega. He worked closely with Mozy, Iomega and EMC’s CTO Office to craft innovative storage solutions for consumers. In 2008, he won the EMC Innovation Showcase Award for Constellation Computing, an aptly named and trademarked distributed approach to Cloud computing.

Prior to EMC, Manu led the Safety, Security and Privacy initiatives at AOL and oversaw over 100 products, including AOL Parental Control and AOL Security Center. He personally led AOL PassCode and AOL Key, two subscription-based products intended to bring two-factor authentication to consumers. Prior to that, he led AOL’s Home Networking and Digital Home technology initiatives, which evolved into a strategic alliance with Sony.

Prior to AOL, Manu helped Alcatel bring its WebTouch consumer screenphone business to the US. In his earlier years with the company, Manu developed multimedia broadband devices for endoscopic surgeons as a member of its Corporate Research Center in Strasbourg, France.

Manu holds two Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louvain, Belgium. He is fluent in English and French.


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Neil Barnett


Director of Inclusive Hiring, Microsoft

Since the announcement at World Autism Day in 2015, Neil Barnett has been responsible for the program design and development of the Microsoft Autism Hiring Program. He is the leader of the inclusive hiring strategy for people with disabilities across Microsoft.

Neil is responsible for conducting hiring academies for the program and enabling corporate accessibility training for hiring managers and teams. Neil is also responsible for the strategy and operational performance of Microsoft’s consumer and enterprise Disability Answer Desk that provides specialist customer support to people with disabilities.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Neil worked at a startup in San Francisco and also for Avis Rent Car. He is a graduate from Georgia Tech and is an avid tennis player. 


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Neil Barnett, Microsoft and Marian Merritt, NICE Shatter the Myths around Cybersecurity and Autism

Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring at Microsoft, and Marian Merritt, Lead for Industry Engagement at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, chat with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about cybersecurity and autism. Tune in to hear about Microsoft’s Autism Hiring Program and their inclusive, non-traditional interview process for autistic job candidates, which skills make autistic people ideal for certain jobs in IT or cybersecurity, and what to expect in the October 18th NICE webinar on cybersecurity and autism.

Jason Elrod


Chief Information Security Architect, Sutter Health

Jason Elrod is a senior technologist and organizational leader with over 30 years of experience. For the last 20 years, Jason has focused primarily on strategic architecture, privacy, and information security. Currently, Jason is the Chief Information Security Architect for Sutter Health where he is responsible for ensuring the enterprise-wide alignment of technical solutions with the privacy and information security requirements of the organization. Prior to Sutter Health, Jason served as the primary consultant and owner of a business and technology consulting practice and was the co-founder and CEO of a network services and information security company.


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Charles Eaton


Executive Vice President of Social Innovation at CompTIA, CEO of Creating IT Futures

Charles Eaton leads three philanthropic endeavors for CompTIA, the world’s largest IT trade association: Executive Vice President of Social Innovation, CEO of Creating IT Futures and NextUp, the organization’s initiative to inspire young people to choose technology careers. His first book, How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education, is available now.


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