Bruce Sparks


Student, Columbia State Community College

Bruce Sparks recently stopped working to do some soul searching and dive into another career. An InfoSec enthusiast, dreamer, gamer, and former restaurant manager, Bruce hails from Franklin, TN and has chosen to pursue a career in InfoSec. Bruce is currently enrolled in Columbia State Community College


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Richard White


Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland University College

Dr. Richard White is an expert in the fields of cybersecurity infrastructure, remediation, and program development. He is author of Cybercrime: The Madness Behind The Methods. He is course chair for the Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program at the University of Maryland University College.


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David Balaban


Editor, Privacy-PC

David Balaban is a computer security researcher with over 15 years of experience in malware analysis and antivirus software evaluation. David runs the project which presents expert opinions on the contemporary information security matters, including social engineering, penetration testing, threat intelligence, online privacy and white hat hacking. As part of his work at Privacy-PC, Mr. Balaban has interviewed such security celebrities as Dave Kennedy, Jay Jacobs and Robert David Steele to get firsthand perspectives on hot InfoSec issues. David has a strong malware troubleshooting background, with the recent focus on ransomware countermeasures.


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Gary Weisenborn


CIO, Vector Solutions

Gary Weisenborn is the Chief Information Officer for Vector Solutions. He is responsible for managing the Company’s technology systems and operations. Weisenborn has several years of leadership experience as a senior IT executive, CIO and head of product development with MCI, Verizon (Bell Atlantic), ADP, Convergys and Syniverse Technologies. He has built and led global multi-cultural software development teams, delivered several large-scale enterprise software initiatives enabling business transformation, executed mergers and acquisitions and managed relationships with major suppliers. Weisenborn also has served on the advisory boards for two consulting and professional services firms along with running his own consultancy group.


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Jon Loew


Board Director, AppGuard

Aside from his duties as Board Director of AppGuard, LLC., Jon serves as CEO of KeepTree, Inc. In that capacity, Jon has overseen the development of the web and mobile applications of the KeepTree platform, established partnerships with the National Basketball Association, Sony Corporation, World Wrestling Entertainment, and various parts of the U.S. Military. Jon has also recruited top executives from the United States and Japan to serve as full time executives, Advisory Board Members, and Board Directors.

Jon is also currently the Chairman of Big Media Holdings, LLC, a global producer and distributor of entertainment content providing content to the world’s biggest names in broadcasting – including DirecTV, Sky Broadcasting, Tokyo Broadcasting Systems, Dish Network, Channel 1 Russia, and many others. Big Media produces 4 new television series each year, distributes more than 70 series, and has offices in New York, London, Milan, and Prague.

Jon was the founder and CEO of Defiance Distribution in 2000, sold to Bellrock Media, an Intel Capital portfolio company. Founder and CEO of Consortium Entertainment Management, Inc. in 2000, a company set up to bring professional baseball players from Japan to the U.S. major leagues. Successfully brought Kazuhisa Ishii to the L.A. Dodgers, and Shingo Takatsu to the Chicago White Sox, then helped establish a long term partnership with the largest talent agency in Japan to continue bringing players to the U.S. 

Jon serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs, and is a member of JINSA’s Homeland Security Committee. Jon is also the founder, and Chairman Emeritus of the Fuel For Truth organization, a national Israel advocacy organization recognized by the U.S. congress in 2007. Jon recently joined the Interfaith Board of Governors of the Eagles Wings Ministries. In 2013 Jon founded the 360 Recovery program, designed to help returning U.S. military veterans recover from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Jon graduated from SUNY Buffalo in 1993, and received his Juris Doctorate degree Brooklyn Law School in 1998, and is a member of the New York State Bar.


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Constantina Kokenes


SEO/Content Specialist, Kabbage

Constantina is an SEO & Content Specialist at Kabbage, a fully-automated online lender for small businesses. She holds a Master’s degree from Northwestern University. She has been featured in Huffington Post and Advertising Weekly.


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Scott Waddell


CTO, iovation

Scott began his career in information security as a charter member of the Air Force Information Warfare Center, pioneering tools and techniques for automated vulnerability assessment and incident response. He is an innovative technologist and executive with more than 20 years of hands-on leadership experience. His career spans fraud mitigation, computer and network security, critical infrastructure protection, and information warfare. He is also co-inventor on six U.S. patents.


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Peter Evans


Senior Director for Big Data Solutions, Solix

Peter Evans is the Senior Director for Big Data Solutions at Solix. Specializing in Big Data, Data Virtualization, Business Intelligence and Advanced Analytics and a recognized expert in the design, implementation and delivery of bespoke Business Intelligence and Analytics systems utilizing various technologies to a large number of major international companies in over 16 years in the field. Holding memberships of the British Computer Society, Institute of Analysts and Programmers and certification from Microsoft, Novel and Targit.

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Ayman Sayed


President and Chief Product Officer, CA Technologies

Ayman Sayed is president and chief product officer at CA Technologies, responsible for the strategy and development of the company's full portfolio of Enterprise products and solutions. His mandate is to focus on building a differentiated product portfolio meant to help CA customers solve their most difficult business problems in the application economy.


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Rao Papolu


President and Chief Executive Officer, Cavirin Systems, Inc.

Dr. Rao Papolu is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cavirin Systems, Inc., a provider of continuous security assessment and remediation for hybrid clouds, containers and data centers. Rao is on the Board of Directors of SRA, Inc., a publicly-traded company, and an Advisory Board Member to Solix Technologies. He received his Doctorate degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. He has published 25 technical papers in various international journals and was a visiting scientist at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan.


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Max Emelianov


CEO, HostForWeb

Max Emelianov started HostForWeb in 2001. In his role as HostForWeb’s CEO, he focuses on teamwork and providing the best support for his customers while delivering cutting-edge web hosting services.


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Clint Schmidt


CEO, Bloc

Clint Schmidt is the Chief Executive Officer at Bloc, an online education company offering structured, mentor-led courses in web development, mobile development, and design. Prior to Bloc, Clint was a Principal at Harrison Metal, and a marketing and business development executive at several venture-backed companies. His background includes leadership roles at, eBay (NASDAQ – EBAY), 1-800-Contacts, Livemocha, Roblox, GoodEggs, and Wantful.


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Jodi Daniels


Founder, Red Clover Advisors

Jodi Daniels is Founder of Red Clover Advisors, a data privacy consultancy that assists companies with GDPR compliance, operationalizing privacy, digital governance and online data strategy. For more information, visit or email [email protected]


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Ed Bellis


Co-founder and CTO, Kenna Security

Ed Bellis is a security industry veteran and expert and was once named Information Security Executive of the year. He founded Kenna Security to deliver a data-driven risk-based approach to remediation and help IT teams prioritize and thwart would-be security threats.

Ed is the former CISO of Orbitz and former Vice President, Corporate Information Security at Bank of America. He is an advisor to Dharma and former advisor to and Society of Payment Security Professionals. Ed is a contributing author to the book, Beautiful Security (Oram, Andy & Viega, John, O'Reilly Media, 2009).

He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Recent engagements include the 2017 Enterprise Security Summit (Dos and Don’ts of Establishing Metrics that Cultivate Real Security) and InfoSec World (Amateur Hour: Why APT's Are the Least of Your Worries).


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Sam Curcuruto


Head of Product Marketing, RiskIQ

Sam Curcuruto drives efforts centered around RiskIQ's platform and product offerings for Digital Threat Management. RiskIQ is nimble, fast-paced startup, and he is in charge of sales enablement, content creation, presentations, case studies, corporate messaging, and its buyer journey. He is also responsible for product and feature release coordination, go-to-market and launch strategy, and analyst relations.


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Young-Sae Song


Vice President Marketing, Arctic Wolf Networks

Young-Sae leads all marketing efforts at Arctic Wolf Networks, drawing on his 20-year track record of high tech industry success. A transformative marketer, he has led major rebranding, corporate/product marketing, product management and sales enablement teams to deliver rapid business growth and bottom-line profitability. Previously, he served as Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Data Center Server Solutions at AMD. Prior to that, he led teams at companies including Ericsson (Redback Networks), Nokia, Covad, Vidyo and Microsoft. Young-Sae holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


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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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