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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Kunal Anand


Co-founder and CTO, Prevoty

Kunal is the co-founder and CTO of Prevoty, a next-generation application security platform. Prior to that, he was the Director of Technology at the BBC Worldwide, overseeing engineering and operations across the company’s global Digital Entertainment and Gaming initiatives. Kunal also has several years of experience leading security, data and engineering at Gravity, MySpace and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His work has been featured in Wired Magazine and Fast Company. He continues to develop the patented security technologies that power Prevoty’s core products. Kunal received a B.S. from Babson College.


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Cody Wamsley


Associate, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group, McDonald Hopkins

Cody Wamsley is an associate in the national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group at McDonald Hopkins. He came to McDonald Hopkins from American Express Company, where he provided legal guidance on IT risk and information security and was responsible for managing the enterprise’s third party risk. Cody has experience advising on global data security and privacy issues, negotiating and drafting complex technology contracts, and providing counsel on technology transactions. He is also knowledgeable on a broad range of data privacy and cybersecurity regulations including GLBA and other banking regulations, CFAA, FCRA, CAN-SPAM, COPPA, State Data Breach Notification Laws, NIST, ISO, PCI DSS, and SOC audits. 

Cody has spoken widely on information security issues at industry conferences and on television. He is also a registered patent attorney and has broad experience in operational risk, compliance, and intellectual property at both startups and large organizations.

Cody holds an LL.M. in intellectual property law from The George Washington University Law School, a JD from University of Kansas School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Kansas. He is licensed to practice law in Arizona, the District of Columbia, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, but is not admitted in Illinois.


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Selena Templeton


Diverse IT Column Editor, ITSPmagazine

Selena Templeton is the Diverse IT podcast host and writer on ITSPmagazine. In addition, she covers industry conferences such as ISSA-LA, Black Hat, AppSec and RSA. Despite earning an English degree that people warned her would make her obsolete in today's "anyone can write on the Internet" world, she has had no problem making a living with the written word.

After working for two years in the Canadian publishing industry, she moved to California for the opportunities and the sunshine. She writes, ghostwrites and edits for a variety of clients across a wide spectrum of industries, including entertainment, health and digital marketing. One subject about which she has been passionate her whole life is the idea of diversity and inclusion. She believes that since people of all races, ages, genders, sexual orientations and neurodiversities use technology, the same diversity should be involved in the back-end of said technology.

Covering Black Hat 2016 with Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli was the impetus that led to the birth of this column and podcast, and in the last year she has helped grow Diverse IT into a safe and fun platform where her conversational interviews and articles give a voice to the thoughts, ongoing efforts and victories of all our guests.


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Sean Coons


 The Academy Column Editor at ITSPmagazine

Sean Coons is the Column Editor for The Academy on ITSPmagazine. A long-time educator in both public and private institutions, Sean enjoys awakening the minds of students to creativity, determination, and hope. His own creative pursuits have led to extensive work as a professional musician and writer, with articles appearing in The Atlantic and Salon.


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Zoltán Györkő


CEO, Co-Founder, Balabit

Zoltán Györkő, Balabit CEO, co-Founder and a Board Member of Balabit since the company’s founding in 2000, has a deep knowledge of IT security market and has actively contributed to Balabit's global expansion. Györkő received the 2014 Emerging Enterpreneur Award from EY for leading one of the most successful and dynamically growing companies in Easter Europe, and has also been named Info-communications Manager of the Year (the Tibor Gyurós Prize).


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Zenobia Godschalk


 CEO, ZAG Communications

Zenobia Godschalk is the CEO of ZAG Communications, a communications agency serving high-growth technology companies. She was previously a sell-side analyst with Morgan Keegan, where she was a member of The Wall Street Journal’s Top Ranked Software Analyst team. Prior to that, she served as head of corporate communications for Opsware Inc (NASDAQ: OPSW), which was acquired by HP for $1.6B. Zenobia graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics, minor in Industrial Engineering. Zenobia serves on the executive team of WIT's 'Girls Get IT' program, and as a ‘Science Cheerleader’ – a volunteer group of current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science and engineering careers and inspiring young women to consider careers in science.


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Yaniv Sulkes


Director of Product Management in the Americas, Allot Communications

As a telecommunications professional, Yaniv has designed, developed, produced and marketed industry-leading solutions for over 14 years. He served as Allot’s Director of Product Management in the Americas after gaining experience within product management and marketing. Previously, Yaniv managed a large-scale telecoms engineering project and served in different software engineering capacities. His areas of expertise include OTT video, big data analytics, application based charging, mobile security, operator's OTT strategies, subscriber QoE, net neutrality, SDN and NFV.


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Xuan Zhao


Data Scientist at Cylance

Xuan Zhao is a Data Scientist at Cylance, where she explores AI related research topics and their applications to the computer security space. Her specific research includes advanced machine learning topics, including work in the deep learning space. She has 10+ publications in top-ranked journals and international conferences. She also serves as program chair, committee member and editor for several conferences and journals. Xuan holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.


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Vishal Gupta


CEO and founder of Seclore

As CEO and founder of Seclore, Vishal Gupta has lead Seclore from a niche Indian start-up to a global player in the Enterprise Digital Rights Management (EDRM) space, with more than 10 million users from 8,000 companies in 29 countries using the solution every day. Seclore partners with leading Silicon Valley tech giants, including an OEM agreement for Citrix’s ShareFile. Vishal is an IIT Bombay graduate and a specialist in biometric security systems. His ideation in fingerprint imaging led to the development of the core technology behind Herald Logic 2000. The company enjoyed a 220 percent compound annual growth rate, spreading to Singapore, Australia and UK. He has spoken at various industry events including Citrix Synergy 2016 and IBM Insight 2016.


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Vikas Bhatia


C|CISO, CIPP, CISSP, C.E.O – Kalki Consulting

Vikas Bhatia is the founder and CEO of Kalki Consulting, which provides SecurITy™ for small-to-medium businesses and has offices in New York and London. Bhatia is a recognized Certified CISO, who has previously assisted many global clients to assess the regulatory and business operations landscape, identifying business impacting technology risks. He has more than 15 years of experience dedicated to information security operations, auditing, compliance and consulting engagements. Before launching Kalki, he held senior consulting positions at Deloitte & Touche and CapGemini.


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Vamshi Sriperumbudur


VP of Global Marketing, CipherCloud

Vamshi is an accomplished industry leader, responsible for all aspects of CipherCloud marketing including corporate marketing, thought leadership, product marketing, analyst & media relations, demand generation, customer marketing, social media, and events.

Vamshi brings marketing & cross-functional leadership experience from startups as well as medium-large enterprises in YuMe (IPO), Sonoa Systems (Apigee/Google), Dyyno, Vitria, and Sabre. More recently as a consulting CMO, he led digital marketing transformation
at Fujitsu across its multiple BU’s. With his domain knowledge spanning cloud, big data, and mobile, Vamshi is a trusted partner to customers and partners at Global 5000 companies as well as to industry analysts and press. He has a master’s degree in computer
science from University of Texas and is an active member of TiE Silicon Valley and a mentor.


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Travis Jarae


Founder & CEO, One World Identity

Travis is the founder and CEO of One World Identity, a neutral platform that encourages industry participants to communicate and connect with one another, to teach, and to learn. Travis focuses on the implementation of long and short-term vision and strategy for One World Identity. Prior to One World Identity, Travis was the Global Head of Identity Verification at Google.


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