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Hack the Capitol 6.0 Schedule

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Kelly Moan
Chief Information Security Officer
City of New York
Kelly Moan serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the City of New York (NYC). In this role, Ms. Moan leads the Office of Technology and Innovation’s (OTI) Cyber Command to protect, defend, and respond to cyber threats across the city. Prior to her appointment as the City’s CISO, Ms. Moan served as the CISO for the New York Police Department (NYPD). Throughout her career, she has taken a holistic and mission driven approach to cybersecurity, with a strong focus on collaboration.
Jen Easterly
Director, CISA: America's Cyber Defense Agency
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). She was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Jen leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day. She is a proud Mom, a mental health advocate, a Rubik’s Cube enthusiast, and an aspiring electric guitarist.
David Pekoske
TSA Administrator
Transportation Security Administration
David Pekoske was first confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Transportation Security Administration’s seventh administrator in August 2017 and was reconfirmed for a second term in September 2022. Pekoske leads a workforce of over 60,000 employees and is responsible for security operations at nearly 440 airports throughout the United States. TSA is also the lead federal agency for security of highways, railroads, mass transit systems and pipelines. Under his leadership, TSA improved transportation security through close partnerships and alliances, a culture of innovation, and development of a dedicated workforce.


Aaron Crow
Industrial Defender
Aaron has over 25 years’ experience working in IT and cybersecurity, with more than 15 of those focused on critical infrastructure and power utilities. While working at Ernst & Young, he worked hands-on to secure industrial environments at energy and utility organizations, building out multiple, large scale OT cybersecurity programs that reached across hundreds of sites, multiple states and different entities. Aaron brings valuable industry knowledge from his time as an asset owner and as a consultant advising and guiding large multiyear programs.
Bob Kolasky
SVP, Critical Infrastructure
Bob Kolasky is Senior Vice President for Critical Infrastructure at Exiger where he focuses on developing cutting-edge third-party risk management solutions for the critical infrastructure community. In this role, he leads market strategy for addressing third party and supply chain risk in critical infrastructure and bringing to bear analysis to support enhanced business and government operations. He is the former head of the National Risk Management Center at CISA and is a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Brandon Workentin
Brandon Workentin is passionate about working with ICS/OT organizations to ensure their operations are safe, resilient, and secure. He lives in the Tampa, FL area, but only identifies as Florida Man when he is off the clock.
Brian Mazanec
Director, Defense Capabilities and Management
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Brian Mazanec is a Director in GAO’s Defense Capabilities and Management team. He oversees work on intelligence community management and operations, personnel vetting/security clearances, artificial intelligence, space policy and operations, and other strategic and emerging warfare issues. Brian joined GAO in July 2009. Prior to his current position, Brian worked as an Acting Director in GAO’s International Affairs and Trade team. He led work on intelligence and counterintelligence, counterterrorism, building foreign partner capacity, cybersecurity, and foreign military financing and sales.
Bryson Bort
Founder and CEO
Bryson, a Founder of the ICS Village, is the Founder of SCYTHE, a start-up building a next generation attack emulation platform, and GRIMM, a cybersecurity consultancy, and Co-Founder of the ICS Village, a non-profit advancing awareness of industrial control system security. He is a Senior Fellow at the National Security Institute and an Advisor to the Army Cyber Institute. As a U.S. Army Officer, he served as a Battle Captain and Brigade Engineering Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom before leaving the Army as a Captain. He was recognized as one of the Top 50 in Cyber by Business Insider, Security Executive Finalist of the Year by SC Media, and a Tech Titan in Washington DC. Bryson received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Management from the University of Maryland, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and completed graduate studies in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas.
Carlo Castaneda
Threat Intelligence Consultant
Carlo has close to a decade of threat intelligence experience in the North American electric sector. He has worked with utilities in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. He previously led the Electricity-ISAC cyber security team and supported systemic risk efforts for energy companies at the Analysis and Resilience Center for Systemic Risk.
Casey John Ellis
Casey, Bugcrowd's Chairman, Founder, and CTO, is a cybersecurity veteran with 20+ years of experience. He has worked as a pentester, solutions architect, Chief Security Officer, and serial entrepreneur. Casey pioneered the Crowdsourced Security as a Service model and co-founded the disclose.io vulnerability disclosure standardization project. He is a sought-after industry visionary, media commentator, and keynote speaker, and he has advised the US Department of Defense, the Australian and UK Intelligence Communities, and US House and Senate legislative initiatives. A Sydney native, Casey splits his time between Sydney and San Francisco.
Cassie Crossley
VP, Supply Chain Security
Schneider Electric
Cassie Crossley, Vice President, Supply Chain Security in the global Cybersecurity & Product Security Office at Schneider Electric, is an experienced cybersecurity technology executive in Information Technology and Product Development. She has many years of business and technical leadership experience in supply chain security, cybersecurity, product/application security, software/firmware development, program management, and data privacy. Ms. Crossley has designed frameworks and operating models for end-to-end security in software development lifecycles, third party risk management, cybersecurity governance, and cybersecurity initiatives. She is a member of the CISA SBOM working groups and presents frequently on SBOMs and Supply Chain Security.
Chad Lloyd
Director, Cybersecurity Architecture
Schneider Electric
Chad Lloyd is the Director of Cybersecurity Architecture and is a Senior Fellow with Schneider Electric. Chad has multiple certifications including CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker). Chad obtained his M.S. in Computer Science and his M.S. in Computer Engineering from Middle Tennessee State University. Chad has been with Schneider Electric since 2007 and leads the Schneider Electric Cybersecurity Architecture Team involved with secure solution design and development (primarily for critical infrastructure and specializing in IEC-62443 compliance). Chad holds numerous patents related to cybersecurity, hardware, and software.
Charles Clancy
Senior Vice President and General Manager, MITRE Labs and Chief Futurist
Charles Clancy is a senior vice president at MITRE and heads MITRE Labs. Over 4,000 MITRE Labs scientists, technologists, and engineers deliver deeply technical capabilities and solutions to the six federally funded R&D centers MITRE operates on behalf of the U.S. government. They also serve the MITRE’s other federal, non-profit, and private sector customers. In addition, Clancy serves as MITRE’s Chief Futurist, working to realize a future where emerging technology is democratic, sustainable, and equitable.
Cheri Caddy
Deputy Assistant National Cyber Director
Office of the National Cyber Director
Cybersecurity executive experienced in achieving consensus for action among diverse public sector, industry, and academic partners on improving security of the global cyber ecosystem. Expert in developing national-level strategies, security policies and governance, and technical standards; working within the White House policy development process; eliciting support from leaders at the highest levels in government and industry; and leading successful multi-stakeholder committees to resolve complex, technical problems.
Chris Steed
Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director
Paladin Capital Group
Christopher (Chris) Steed is the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director at Paladin Capital Group. Chris joined Paladin in 2008, and he currently leads the development and implementation of the Firm’s multi-stage, dual-use investment strategy focused on best-of-breed companies with products, services, and technologies that meet the challenging cyber security and digital infrastructure resilience needs for organizations around the world. Working with stakeholders across commercial and government sectors, Chris also manages Paladin’s global deal sourcing, deal execution, and portfolio company management operations, and he has provided primary oversight for numerous Paladin portfolio companies, including Bugcrowd, Digital Shadows, Elliptic, Endgame, Nexidia, Nisos, Panaseer, PhishMe, QuantaLife, Rangeforce, and Ursa Space Systems.
Cynthia Hsu
Cybersecurity Program Manager, Rural and Municipal Utilities
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), CESER
Cynthia Hsu leads the Rural and Municipal Utility Cybersecurity (RMUC) Program for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Prior to joining DOE, she was the Cybersecurity Program Manager at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and led the Rural Cooperative Cybersecurity Capabilities (RC3) Program, which provided cybersecurity training and resources to more than 600 electric cooperatives that participated in the program. Cynthia came to NRECA after working for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Daniel Ricci
ICS Advisory Project
Dan is a Sr. Information Security Officer, and Sr. System Security Engineer at Frequentis Defense and the founder of the ICS Advisory Project focused on providing small and medium size ICS asset owners with a free data visualization capability to track applicable vulnerabilities and secure Critical Infrastructure. He retired from the U.S. Navy after serving 21 years. He has served in many roles ranging from leading Cyber Defense Network operations to implementing Cybersecurity governance and vulnerability management processes for IT and OT environments in private and public critical infrastructure sectors.
David Batz
Managing Director, Cyber & Infrastructure Security
Edison Electric Institute
Leveraging over 20 years of electric company experience, David Batz brings significant industry knowledge in understanding and applying appropriate security solutions to address emerging threats and issues. In addition, he brings a decade of energy regulatory compliance as well as physical and cyber security policy experience and engagement with multiple federal agencies. He has authored various articles and presented at numerous events domestically and internationally on securing critical infrastructure, industrial systems as well as security baseline and standards topics for prominent industry associations including NIST, the National Academies of Sciences, and the World Economic Forum to name a few.
David Kleidermacher
VP, Engineering — Android, Google Play, Made by Google, Security & Privacy
Protecting the users, enterprises, developers, partners of the Android and Google Play platforms and ecosystems as well as Made by Google products and services, including Pixel, Nest, Fitbit. Responsible for security-related R&D, SDL, threat and ecosystem management, privacy, counter-abuse.
Dillon Lee
Dragos, Inc.
Dillon volunteers for ICS Village and works at Dragos as a Senior Technical Account Manager. Throughout the year he volunteers for ICS Village to increase public's awareness of the need OT systems have for cybersecurity with interactive learning like CTF, TTX, and interactive demos. As a Technical Account manager, he is a specialized product expert who works collaboratively with OT/IT organizations to strategically plan for successful deployments and help realize optimizations of their OT processes.
Don C Weber
Principal Consultant and Founder
Cutaway Security, LLC
Don C. Weber is an ICS Village volunteer and Founder of Cutaway Security, LLC. Don has a proven track record as a team member and leader in the information security profession since 2002. He currently focuses his efforts assisting organizations, with critical infrastructure and operational technology environments, and their operational personnel understand the strengths and weaknesses of their security programs and deployed technologies. Don leverages his experiences with threat modeling, architecture analysis, personnel interviews, and passive / active information gathering to provide risk evaluations focused on protecting the availability, reliability, and resilience of mission-oriented cyber operations. Don’s unique background in the security leadership and management, Digital Forensics / Incident Response (DFIR), security control administration, risk and vulnerability management, product evaluation and research, security tool development, technical writing, and teaching produce actionable approaches to achieve well-rounded and realistic solutions for tactical and strategic goals.
Doug Davidson
Director of Technology Services
GBQ Partners & Pinion Global
Doug is Director of Technology Services at national award-winning CPA firm, GBQ Partners. He serves as a special technology advisor to Pinion, the nation’s leading food & ag consulting and accounting firm. Doug is a member and fellow of Control System Cyber Security Association International (CS2AI) an international organization focused on control system security. Doug helps firms innovate and manage risk to get the most out of their technology investments, building trust and keeping the bad guys out.
Ed Beroset
Principal Technical Leader, Advanced Metering Systems
Ed Beroset is a Principal Technical Leader for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) specializing in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) research. Ed has been working with computers and software for over 45 years and worked in the metering field for over 25 years. In his career, he has worked with a number of communications technologies, including fiber optics and microwave radio. Ed chaired the group that produced the ANSI C12.22 (metering communications) standard and has been an invited speaker at a number of venues, including GridWeek, EEI, the Smart Grid Cybersecurity Summit, the Applied Control Solutions Cybersecurity Conference and others.
Emma Stewart
Independent Consultant
Dr Emma Stewart, is an independent expert in electric grid resilience and cyber security. She held the position of chief scientist at NRECA and led initiatives on cybersecurity, resilience and federally funded R + D for over 900 electric co-ops. Emma has over 20 years experience in power systems resilience including as the Associate Program Leader for Defense Infrastructure at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where she led a team in providing assured power and restoration solutions. Emma also led teams at LBNL, and DNV GL in distribution grid analysis and analytics for resilient operations in high renewable penetration environments.
Eugene Liderman
Director Mobile Security Strategy
Eugene Liderman has over 16 years experience in the Information Technology field, specifically in Networking, Directory Services, Email, Wireless Email, Mobility, and Information Security. Currently Mr. Liderman is the Director of Public Sector in Product Management where his primary responsibility is to assist customers in navigating the unique mobile security challenges that exist within the Federal Civilian and DoD markets. Prior to that Mr. Liderman was a Director of Special Markets and focused on Emerging Technology as well as Alliances. In this role, his primary focus was to ensure that Good continues to provide innovative solutions for Good's security conscious customers. Prior to that Mr. Liderman was a Sr. Cyber Security Architect focusing on Public Sector. His responsibilities included working closely with DISA, NSA, and the various Information Technology/Information Assurance testing and accreditation organizations within each branch of the military. Mr. Liderman worked very closely with DISA FSO on Good Technology’s DISA STIG Checklist for Good Mobile Messaging S/MIME on Windows Mobile as well as the DRAFT iOS and Android STIG's. Additionally, he is a subject matter expert at Good Technology for S/MIME and PKI. Prior to his Cyber Security role, Mr. Liderman was a Senior Product Marketing Manager for Government and Security specifically focusing on designing products that met DoD Directive 8100.2 as well as Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12. Mr. Liderman started as a Sales Engineer at Good Technology where his primary responsibility was assisting customers deploy Good’s enterprise suite of applications in the Federal Government.
Evan Wolff
Crowell and Morning
Gabby Fong
Senior Associate
First In
Gabby Fong is a Senior Associate at First In, an early stage venture capital firm that invests in security technology focused on cybersecurity, data intelligence and automation, and defense tech. First In’s portfolio includes investments in critical infrastructure cybersecurity, such as Shift5, which provides cybersecurity for defense and transportation platforms. Prior to joining First In, Gabby served in the Navy as an Intelligence Officer and Surface Warfare Officer. Her previous tours included the Fleet Cyber Command, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and USS McCAMPBELL (DDG 85). Gabby is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a graduate of Yale University.
Harley Geiger
Cybersecurity Law and Public Policy Attorney
Venable LLP
Experienced attorney and public policy professional. Specializing in public policy solutions, legal services, and strategic communications on technology issues such as cybersecurity and privacy. Strong background providing counsel on complex policy and legal issues in corporate, government, and non-profit roles. Deep understanding of the evolving cybersecurity regulatory landscape, with an ability to translate technical concepts into business terms for clients and stakeholders. Proven track record of success in developing and implementing advocacy strategies related to cybersecurity and data protection. Passionate about helping organizations protect their critical assets and navigate the complex cybersecurity legal and regulatory environment.
Jamil Jaffer
Venture Partner
Paladin Capital Group
I’m currently a venture partner at Paladin Capital Group, a multi-stage investor founded in 2008 that focuses on identifying, supporting and investing in innovative companies that develop promising, early-stage technologies to address the critical cyber and advanced technological needs of both commercial and government customers. I’m also working on a couple of stealth technology projects and am on the advisory boards of IronNet Cybersecurity and U.S. Strategic Metals and the board of directors of Tozny. IronNet is an NYSE-listed public company where I previously served SVP for Strategy, Partnerships & Corporate Development. USSM is the nation’s largest primary producer of cobalt, a critical mineral used in EV batteries and Tozny is an identity security startup.
Jeff Jones
Director, CyPhy Products / Industrial
Jeff is passionate about securing our nation’s critical infrastructures and has spent over 20 years in information and cybersecurity risk management with particular expertise in industrial control and SCADA system cybersecurity. Jeff spent 13 of those years at one of the nation’s largest electricity providers, holding several different positions in their industry-leading cybersecurity organization. He joined NERC’s E-ISAC in 2017. As Manager of Cyber Threat Intelligence, he helped expand their capabilities by building relationships, strategizing, and creating threat intelligence specific to the electricity industry to help reduce cybersecurity risk to critical infrastructures.
Jenna McLaughlin
Cybersecurity Correspondent
Jenna McLaughlin is NPR's cybersecurity correspondent, focusing on the intersection of national security and technology. McLaughlin, who joined NPR in September 2021, aims to tell the human stories behind the hackers — taking listeners beyond the technical details and diving into the reasons why technology's vulnerabilities and the people who exploit them matter to both the individual and the world.
Jim Gilsinn
Principal Industrial Consultant, Professional Services
Jim Gilsinn is a Principal Industrial Consultant for the Professional Services group at the industrial cyber security company Dragos, Inc. where he primarily focuses on industrial control system network architecture, vulnerability assessments, and threat hunting. Prior to joining Dragos, Jim was the Principal Engineer for ICS security at Kenexis Consulting where he led a team that assisted ICS/SCADA customers evaluate and improve their cyber security posture. He conducted vulnerability, architecture, and conformance assessments, developed security policies and procedures, and authored training classes. Jim was also responsible for creating procedures, techniques, and tools for the team to assist staff in performing more complete and consistent assessments.
Joe Slowik
Threat Intelligence Manager
Joe has over 15 years of experience across multiple security domains, from performing various roles within the US Navy, intelligence community, and Los Alamos National Laboratory to various roles in threat intelligence and detection engineering at Dragos and DomainTools. Joe currently leads threat intelligence and hunting operations for Huntress.
Josh Corman
Constructive Troublemaker
I am The Cavalry & Claroty
Joshua Corman is VP Cyber Safety Strategy at Claroty, and founder of I Am the Cavalry, a grassroots organization focused on cyber safety, and human life. He previously served as chief strategist of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)’s COVID Task Force. Prior to CISA, Corman was chief security officer at PTC, as director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, CTO for Sonatype, and other senior roles in Akamai, IBM ISS, etc. He serves on the faculty for the CMU CISO graduate program and was a member of the Congressional Task Force for Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity.
Katerina Megas
Program Manager, NIST Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things (IoT) Program
Kat leads the NIST Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things (IoT) Program, focused on advancing and accelerating the development and application of research, standards, guidelines, and technologies to improve the security and privacy of the ecosystem of connected devices. As the PM she coordinates across NIST on all things related to cybersecurity of the IoT as well as leads a number of projects, including the NIST response on IoT for EO 13800, EO 14028 and the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020. Before NIST, Kat worked in the private sector for 25 years leading organizations’ development and execution of their IT strategies.
Katherine Ledesma
Kaylin Trychon
Cybersecurity Communications Leader
Kaylin is an award-winning strategic public affairs, communications and marketing professional, specializing in cybersecurity, national security and technology. Growing up with a military family has shaped her to be results driven, disciplined and passionate about her work and her country.
Keenan Skelly
Founder & Executive Director
Keenan Skelly is CEO of Spark Security Solutions, providing strategic business and tech insights focused on national security, homeland security, workforce development, AI, gamification, virtualization, and extended reality (XR). Keenan is also the Founder and Executive Director of the XRVillage, a nonprofit promoting privacy, safety, and security in AR, VR, and XR technologies. Keenan served in the US Army as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Tech and worked for DHS in the Office for Infrastructure Protection developing vulnerability assessments for critical infrastructure. She’s been recognized as one of the Top 25 Women in Cybersecurity by CDM, by The Software Report in the Top 25 Women Leaders in Cybersecurity and one of the Top Female Executives by Women World Awards.
Ken Kurz
VP, Information Technology / CIO
Corporate Office Properties Trust
"Ken brings over 20 years of leadership and operational experience in cybersecurity and network technologies as the CIO for COPT. Supporting COPT since 2016, he has prior experience as the CISO for both the University of Delaware and University of Oklahoma and held various cybersecurity leadership positions within the Department of Defense. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Johns Hopkins University. Ken is actively filling leadership roles in several industry cybersecurity and related organizations, including the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Real Estate Cyber Consortium, Building Cybersecurity, and Realcomm."
Kevin Collier
Cybersecurity Reporter
Kevin Collier is a reporter covering cybersecurity, privacy and technology policy for NBC News.
Laurel Lee
Congresswoman for the 15th District of Florida
U.S. Congress House of Representatives
Congresswoman Laurel Lee was sworn into office in the United States House of Representatives on January 3, 2023. She proudly represents the 15th District of Florida which encompasses eastern Hillsborough county including Thonotosassa and Plant City, and part of Brandon, as well as parts of Pasco and Polk counties including Zephyrhills and west Lakeland.
Lily Hay Newman
Senior Writer
Lily Hay Newman is a senior writer at WIRED focused on information security, digital privacy, and hacking. She previously worked as a technology reporter at Slate magazine and was the staff writer for Future Tense, a publication and project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. Additionally her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Fast Company, IEEE Spectrum, and Popular Mechanics. She lives in New York City.
Liz Wharton
VP, Operations
Liz Wharton, VP of Operations at SCYTHE, leverages over 15 years of legal, policy, and cybersecurity experience to build and scale technology focused projects and companies. She is the former senior attorney overseeing technology projects at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and was recognized as the 2022 “Cybersecurity or Privacy Woman Law Professional of the Year” by the United Cybersecurity Alliance.
Lucian Niemeyer
Building Cyber Security.org
Lucian serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Building Cyber Security, a private sector, non-profit organization enhancing global safety through the development of cyber security protections for intelligent technologies, buildings and communities. Over three decades, Lucian has served in the White House, the Pentagon, and in Congress providing budget, policy, and management leadership for U.S. national security programs. The Honorable Niemeyer served as an Assistant Secretary of Defense managing the world’s largest real property portfolio valued at a trillion dollars and in the Office of Management and Budget at the White House overseeing national security, nuclear, and intelligence programs
Mark Montgomery
CCTI Senior Director and Senior Fellow
Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Mark Montgomery serves as senior director of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation, where he leads FDD’s efforts to advance U.S. prosperity and security through technology innovation while countering cyber threats that seek to diminish them. Mark also directs CSC 2.0, an initiative that works to implement the recommendations of the congressionally mandated Cyberspace Solarium Commission, where he served as executive director. Previously, Mark served as policy director for the Senate Armed Services Committee under the leadership of Senator John S. McCain, coordinating policy efforts on national security strategy, capabilities and requirements, and cyber policy. Mark served for 32 years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer, retiring as a rear admiral in 2017.
Mark R Bristow
Director, CIPIC
Mark Bristow is the Director of MITRE’s Cyber Infrastructure Protection Innovation Center (CIPIC) where he oversees MITRE’s work to support public and private entities to protect our nations critical infrastructure from cyber and other non-kinetic threats. Mark joined MITRE from CISA where he was formerly the Branch Chief for Cyber Defense Coordination where he leveraged his expertise in incident response, industrial control systems, network monitoring, and defense to support national security interests. Prior to Threat Hunting, Mark was the Director of the Hunt and Incident Response Team (HIRT) as well as the Incident Response Chief for the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT).
Matthew Rogers
Lead OT Security Engineer
Matthew Rogers, PhD, is a cybersecurity engineer with a specialty in building anomaly detection systems for legacy vehicles and weapon systems.
Megan Samford
VP, Chief Product Security Officer for Energy Management
Schneider Electric
Megan Samford, VP, Chief Product Security Officer (CPSO) for Energy Management at Schneider Electric, is a security executive with focus on industrial control systems security, critical infrastructure protection, and risk analysis. In her role at Schneider Electric, Megan is responsible for driving the product security strategy and program for Schneider Electric’s Energy Management business. During this time, Megan became the first female CPSO for a major industrial company without first being a CISO, and is currently the only female CPSO in this space. This is a huge achievement for women in industrial control systems security. ‍ Prior to Schneider Electric, Megan was the Global Director of Product Safety and Security for Rockwell Automation, Product Security Leader for GE Global Research and lead for the GE Product Security Incident Response Team. While working in the public sector, she served as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Coordinator within the Governor’s Offices of Tim Kaine and Bob McDonnell.
Michael Toecker
Cyber Security Advisor
Department of Energy, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response
Mollie Caroline Breen
CEO & Founder
Mollie Breen is the Co-founder and CEO of Perygee, the cybersecurity company helping companies to securely embrace IoT/OT in an increasingly connected world. Before starting Perygee, Mollie was a Mathematician a the National Security Agency (NSA). Mollie has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Engineering from Harvard University, and Mathematics and Computer Science degrees from Duke University.
Munish Walther-Puri
Sr. Director, Critical Infrastructure
Munish Walther-Puri (he/him) is the Sr. Director, Critical Infrastructure at Exiger, focused on supply chain and cyber risk. He is the former Director of Cyber Risk for New York City Cyber Command. He also teaches on cyber resiliency and cybersecurity at NYU CGA and Columbia SIPA. Prior to working for the City of New York, he worked at a dark web monitoring company, advised startups, and consulted independently on technology and intelligence analysis. Munish is a CFR member, Cyversity board member, and Fletcher Political Risk Group advisor. He is an ally for the #ShareTheMicInCyber campaign and an Eagle Scout.
Nik Urlaub
Critical Infrastructure Resiliency and Safety Capability Area Lead
Nik is the Critical Infrastructure Resiliency and Safety Capability Area Lead for MITRE. He comes from an electrical engineering background having spent 7 years working for Power Engineers, an engineering consulting firm, as a SCADA engineer. For the past 5 years, Nik has been working on the cyber security of industrial control systems at MITRE. Recently, Nik led an internal effort to investigate cyber security issues in the rail.
Nushat Thomas
Cybersecurity Branch Chief
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Change Agent, Community Builder, Achiever, and Creative. I have over 14 years experience in leadership roles within the environmental field from compliance to emergency response in both the public and private sector.
Peter Colombo
Senior Advisor, Cybersecurity Division
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Peter is a Senior Advisor with CISA’s Cybersecurity Division (CSD), focused on Industrial Control Systems (ICS) cybersecurity initiatives. He has previously served on the team charged with drafting CISA’s Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Performance Goals (CPGs), and is now managing the effort to develop Sector-Specific Cybersecurity Performance Goals (SSGs). He has previously served as a program manager for Federally Funded Research and Development (FFRDC) initiatives at the US Department of Veterans Affairs and intelligence projects at the US Department of the Treasury.
Rachel Mann
Hack-A-Sat Program Manager
Air Force Research Laboratory- Information Directorate
Rachel Mann is a Hack-A-Sat Lead and Deputy Technology Transfer Program Manager at AFRL RI Information Directorate, Rome, NY. Being a key member of the T2 Office has afforded her the opportunity to work closely with the United States Space Force through the Hack-A-Sat effort and bridge the security knowledge gap between space and cybersecurity communities to develop more resilient space systems. Her unique role as part of the Hack-A-Sat team allows for execution of a non-traditional event bringing awareness to the public sector and opening doors for collaboration and innovation.
Robert Morgus
Ronald Keen
Senior Advisor
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Strategic-minded, forward-looking, visionary leader and policy advisor with over 40 years as a SME in critical infrastructure, energy, cybersecurity and space operations. Extensive military experience includes C3I, space operations and anti/counter-terrorism.
Sohum Pawar
Analyst - Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Sohum Pawar is a scientist, engineer, and policy researcher with experience helping shape systemic responses to climate change and cyber threats. He recently graduated from MIT with an M.S. in Technology and Policy. While there, he conducted research on critical infrastructure cybersecurity, climate resilience, and energy policy. He previously earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University, where he graduated with honors in engineering, environmental science, and public policy.
Steve Kelly
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology
National Security Council, The White House
Steve Kelly serves as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology. In this role, he leads national policymaking and advises the President and NSC leadership on matters involving cyber defense, critical infrastructure security, cyber incident management, and emerging technologies. He serves as chair of the cyber response group, vulnerabilities equities process, and the cyber interagency policy committee. Steve is a special agent on detail from the FBI where he most recently served as the chief of cyber policy. Over his two-decade tenure, Steve has served in various cyber program roles in both the field and FBI headquarters. Prior to his government service, he practiced as a registered professional engineer.
Steve Luczynski
Senior Manager
Accenture Federal Services
Steve Luczynski is the Board Chairman for the Aerospace Village when he’s not working with clients to improve the security of their critical infrastructure as a Senior Manager at Accenture. He retired in 2017 after a career as a fighter pilot in the Air Force. Steve transitioned to a career in information security serving as a Chief Information Security Officer in the private sector and leading a pandemic task force at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. In his Aerospace Village role, he supports the team’s efforts to build, inspire, and promote an inclusive community of next-generation aerospace cybersecurity expertise and leaders.
Steven Swick
Tansel Ismail
Vice President
Energy Impact Partners
Tansel Ismail is a Vice President at Energy Impact Partners (EIP), a $3bn multi-stage venture capital firm investing in digital transformation and the energy transition. At EIP, Tansel focuses on early-stage investments in cybersecurity & enterprise software companies and has partnered with companies such as Dragos, Corelight, Attivo, and Swimlane (among others). Prior to EIP, Tansel was an investment banker at Citigroup where he advised enterprise software companies on M&A and capital raises. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. and M.S. in Finance.
Thomas VanNorman
Senior Vice President
Val Cofield
Chief Strategy Officer
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Ms. Cofield serves as the principal policy and strategic adviser to CISA leadership and senior management, integrating strategy across all the organization’s mission areas and ensuring policy, strategy, and operational consistency throughout the agency. Prior to CISA, Ms. Cofield served at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 22 years in a variety of roles. She was a Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) for the Cyber Capabilities Branch within the FBI’s Cyber Division where she led coordination and deployment of the division’s technical tools and capabilities, and oversaw cyber-related training, recruiting, hiring, and budgeting for the division. She also served in a senior executive role as chief of staff of the Science and Technology Branch and as a DAD of the Digital Transformation Office (DTO), where she engaged with interagency partners and other key stakeholders on policy issues related to current and emerging technologies and their impact on law enforcement.
Verg Gipson
Senior Advisor
Idaho National Lab
Verg Gipson serves as a Senior Advisor in the Cybercore Integration Center at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) where he focuses on developing strategy for critical function assurance and control system cybersecurity. He is an advocate for Cyber Informed Engineering (CIE) and chaired the group that drafted the Department of Energy’s National Cyber Informed Engineering Strategy. Prior to joining INL 5 years ago, Verg retired from a career in the Intelligence Community where he served in a variety of cyber missions.
Vivek Ponnada
Regional Sales Director
Nozomi Networks
Vivek Ponnada has global experience in Sales, Marketing & Business Development and Services covering Control Systems Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure industries such as Power, Utilities and Oil & Gas. His recent talks were at S4x22, Gartner Risk Summit, and DefCon ICS Village among others. Vivek is a CS2AI Fellow, Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers (India), has an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and holds the GICSP certification. He is an active member of the Infosec community as a Board Member for M.A.R.S (Vancouver, BC), member of the ISA and also a Volunteer for ISACA.
Wen Masters
Vice President, Cyber Technologies
As vice president of cyber technologies, Wen Masters directs MITRE's corporate cybersecurity strategy and serves as the champion for MITRE-wide cybersecurity capabilities. Leading a group of 1,200 experts, she oversees our innovation centers in cyber solutions, cyber operations and effects, cyber infrastructure protection, and software engineering. Working together, they address the most difficult cyber threats facing the nation. They are helping government and private industry secure critical infrastructure and defend against online theft and exploits by hostile adversaries.
William Valentin
Lead OT/ICS Cybersecurity Engineer
Booz Allen Hamilton
William Valentin is an operational technology (OT) and industrial control systems (ICS) Lead Cybersecurity Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton. He has worked in multiple OT/ICS systems industries with a specialty in telecommunications. He has a Bachelor of Science in Satellite Communications. He holds multiple cybersecurity certifications to include CISSP and CISM. He has 21 years of experience in developing cybersecurity strategy with a focus on leading cyber teams. Will’s expertise is in managing cyber risk at the CEO level to ensure business success. His passion is in building teams and mentoring junior associates and new cyber professionals.
Yosry Barsoum
VP and Director, Center for Securing the Homeland
Yosry A. Barsoum is vice president of the Center for Securing the Homeland at MITRE. In this role, he directs the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HSSEDI™) and the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (NCF). MITRE operates HSSEDI for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NCF for the National Institute for Standards and Technology.