Speakers

Our list of amazing women & men from the cyber ecosystem is growing!

Katie E Arrington

Chief Information Security Officer for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Katherine “Katie” Arrington is a member of the Senior Executive Serves and serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for Acquisition and Sustainment (CISO(A&S)) to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)). In this position, she serves as the central hub and integrator within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)) to align acquisition and sustainment cyber strategy and efforts to enhance cyber security within the Defense Industrial Base.
As the CISO(A&S), Ms. Arrington is responsible to ensure the incorporation of integrated security/cyber efforts within USD(A&S) with the purpose of providing a focused and streamlined governance approach, provide a central coordination point and common compliance standard that serves to synchronize the various existing disparate cyber security efforts and standards across the Department and Industry as it relates to Department of Defense acquisition and sustainment efforts.
Ms. Arrington is leading efforts that help ensure a secure Defense Supply Chain through the implementation of Trusted Capital vendors and Supply Chain Risk Management principles, enhance Defense Industrial Base security and resilience, and establish a common cyber security standard within Departmental acquisition efforts. She also synchronizes these efforts across the Department, other federal agencies, and works with legislators to ensure Departmental authorities and actions align and support the nation’s security goals.
Before assuming her position as CISO(A&S), Ms. Arrington has an extensive career as a legislator and senior cyber executive in private industry. Ms. Arrington was a 2018 candidate for the US House of Representatives for South Carolina and served for 2 terms as a South Carolina State Representative. She has extensive experience in cyber strategy, policy, enablement and implementation across a wide range of business sectors and governmental levels. She has over 15 years of cyber experience acquired through positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, Centuria Corporation, and Dispersive Networks. These positions have given her a unique experience of supporting and work with the government at large, small, and non-traditional contracting firms. Ms Arrington is married to Robert and resides in Summerville, South Carolina and a proud parent of three children and grandparent to four grandbabies.

Arlette Hart

Senior Cybersecurity Technologist, Leidos

Arlette Hart is a Senior Cybersecurity Technologist at Leidos, providing strategic cybersecurity guidance on people, processes, and technology.

Arlette leads Leidos’ efforts to reach the highest levels of cybersecurity, both internally and for its customers. She brings extensive expertise from her previous role as Chief Information Security Officer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In that role, she ensured that the FBI’s data, capabilities, and networks were available where and when the Bureau and its partners needed them. Arlette enabled the FBI’s mission – to protect the American People and Uphold the Constitution – and adeptly and successfully navigated the fine line between sharing and securing information.

She also built coalitions across the FBI, with government partners and private industry, to expand effective security and shape the direction of cybersecurity―capabilities Arlette now brings to Leidos. Her areas of expertise include the advanced persistent threat; insider threat; intelligence; technical discovery; investigation; and assessment and mitigation of compromise.

TERRY ROBERTS

CEO, Whitehawk Ink. Cybersecurity Exchange

Terry Roberts has established the first CyberSecurity Online Exchange – enabling all businesses (especially mid-sized and small companies) to have continuous online access to automated cyber risk profiles, scorecards, action plans and affordable products, services, insights and trends industry wide. Previously Terry was the TASC VP for Cyber Engineering and Analytics, running all Cyber/IT, Financial and Business Analytics cross cutting, innovative technical services. Prior to TASC, Terry was an Executive Director of the Carnegie Mellon, Software Engineering Institute, leading the technical body of work for the entire US Interagency, establishing the Emerging Technologies Center and the Cyber Intelligence Consortium.

Before transitioning to industry in 2009, Terry Roberts was the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence (DDNI), where she led, together with the Director of Naval Intelligence, more than 20,000 intelligence and information-warfare military and civilian professionals and managed more than $5 billion in resources, technologies, and programs globally, leading the initial approach for the merging of Naval Communications and Intelligence under the OPNAV N2/N6 and the creation of the Information Dominance Corps. Prior to being the Navy DDNI, Terry Roberts served as the Director of Requirements and Resources for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USDI), spearheading the creation and implementation of the Military Intelligence Program (MIP).

Terry Roberts is Chair Emeritus of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Cyber Council, was a Member of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee from 2008-2017, former President, Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP), a 2017/18 Cyber Fellow at New America (non-partisan think tank), and a member of the USNA Cyber Education Advisory BOD since 2010 and of the Cyber Florida Advisory BOD.

 Terry’s personal awards include the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service; the Navy Senior Civilian Award of Distinction, the NGA Personal Medallion for Excellence; the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award; the Director of Central Intelligence National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction; the National Intelligence Reform Medal; and the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation.

 

Sue Ribot

Senior Partner, Korn Ferry

Sue Ribot is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s Northern Virginia office and a member of the firm’s Global Technology Practice, focused on Software, Security, Big Data, IoT, Cloud, Mobility and serves as an Executive Leadership Coach.

Sue is an accomplished and respected senior executive with a proven background in building and nurturing global client and partner relationships across the technology industry for over 25 years.

She is focused on designing top-level talent strategies to secure game-changing executive leaders, with a client list that reflects a balance between large public companies and private equity-backed emerging growth businesses. Placements include CTO, CIO, CMO, EVP, Products & Services, SVP Sales, CRO, CSO, CND, Cryptography, Forensics, EVP MSS, EVP PKI.

Sue joined Korn Ferry from Red Hat Inc., where she managed sales across North America for the communications, mobility, media and entertainment, cloud and service provider sectors. Prior to Red Hat Inc., she led the East and Federal teams at Savvis, an industry leader in enterprise cloud computing, colocation, managed hosting, security and professional services.

Sue has held several other key leadership positions. As a consultant for Businessedge (now EMC) she was responsible for building the Communications practice. In addition, she led a worldwide sales and consulting organization for an international software company in the fraud management and revenue assurance space.

As a VP of Sales at Exodus Communications, she led the East, Latin America and the start-up of the EMEA regions where she led teams of Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Channels and Professional Services. Prior to that, she spent 10 years in sales and consulting leadership roles at Verizon.

Sue received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Hartford and will be participating in Georgetown University’s Executive Leadership Program, Summer 2019.

Harri Hursti

Co-Founder, Nordic Innovation Labs

Mr. Hursti is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the topic of electronic voting security, having served in all aspects of the industry sector. He is considered an authority on uncovering critical problems in electronic voting systems worldwide. In the last 10 years, Mr. Hursti has pursued this important area out of a sense of duty to his fellow citizens of the world, here are several of his critical findings and projects.

As a consultant, he has conducted and co-authored many studies, both academic and commercial, on various election systems’ data security and vulnerability. These studies have come at the request of officials, legislators and policy makers in 5 countries; including the U.S. government, at both the state and federal level.

As an ethical hacker, Mr. Hursti is famously known for his successful attempt to demonstrate how the Diebold Election Systems’ voting machines could be hacked, ultimately altering final voting results. Mr. Hursti was hired by the nonprofit elections watchdog group Black Box Voting, where he performed two voting machine hacking tests, which became widely known as the Hursti Hacks. The first Hursti Hack was set up in Leon County, Florida with the authorization of Supervisor of Elections and these tests examined a Diebold Election Systems Accu-Vote OS 1.94w (optical scan) voting machine. The second Hursti test was conducted for Black Box Voting in collaboration with the County Clerk of Emery County, Utah, on a Diebold TSx touch-screen.

In response to these successful hacks, California’s Secretary of State commissioned a special report by scientists at UC Berkeley to investigate the results and confirm the validity of the testing methodology used in the Hursti Hack. The UC Berkeley scientists wrote a Special Report on the Diebold Accuvote Voting Machine in which page 2 of their report states: “Harri Hursti’s attack does work: Mr. Hursti’s attack on the AV-OS is definitely real. He was indeed able to change the election results by doing nothing more than modifying the contents of a memory card. He needed no passwords, no cryptographic keys, and no access to any other part of the voting system, including the GEMS election management server.”

These tests were filmed and turned into an acclaimed HBO documentary called Hacking Democracy which was nominated for an Emmy award for outstanding investigative journalism.  Hursti also appeared in the HBO documentary Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections (2020).

CONSTANTINE M. SAAB

Founder, C-Strategy LLC

Constantine “Costa” Saab held, until November 2018, executive leadership, management, and advisory positions at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Acting Assistant Director, Chief of Operations, Executive Assistant to CIA Director (General Petraeus), and overseas as Chief of Station in Europe and the Middle East. As a leader in national security, Mr. Saab has a reputation for integrity, commitment and the exercise of sound judgment. With over 24 years of experience, his unusual blend of expertise in strategy, technology, global operations, innovation, change management, and engineering has driven large outcomes. In his roles, he actively pursued growth, mission advantage, the expansion of relationships (and partnerships), and an unrelenting focus on competitive advantage. Domestic and foreign field experiences afforded an expansive view of both the macro and micro trends that shape political and business environments. Mr. Saab has a track record of isolating the critical factors and risks that drive outcomes. Breadth of experience provides distinctive insights and perspectives that he brings to board, advisory, and executive leadership positions.

Mr. Saab established and led the office of the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) through November 2018, where he oversaw the CIA’s strategic planning and corporate governance. He played a vital role in developing the 2025 Strategy, the Director’s 2020 Executive Plan and the launch of the enterprise-level Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy, intended to ensure a unified focus on solutions through increased collaboration. An enterprise-wide business analytics office, which he advocated, was a key initiative that provided data-driven solutions and answers to key leadership and resource decisions. He also held numerous operating positions, including leading initiatives comprised of multi-billion-dollar budgets and thousands of employees.

Prior to joining CIA, Mr. Saab held roles as an entrepreneur, engineer, and manager. He established a management and technology consulting practice with contracts supporting financial institutions. He also partnered with an Argentine firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he brokered exclusive representation agreements with U.S. telecommunications and security companies to pursue large-scale international contracts. Mr. Saab began his career as an electrical engineer at Lockheed Martin, designing, prototyping, and implementing turnkey telecommunications systems.

Mr. Saab is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, earned a Master of Science from Virginia Tech in Systems Engineering (Management Systems), and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Saab is fluent in French, proficient in Arabic and Spanish, and has extensive experience in Northern Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Most recently, he completed several courses at Harvard on Cyber Security and a course at MIT on Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategy. He maintains a Top Secret/SCI with full scope polygraph.

Jessica Gulick

CEO & Founder, Katzcy

Jessica Gulick leads Katzcy Consulting, a growth hacker company that helps tech firms grow through strategy, market research, and digital marketing. With 20+ years in cybersecurity, she is a seasoned cybersecurity manager, marketer, consultant, and expert with a substantial network of technical and executive peers. Jessica has led cybersecurity teams delivering over $15M in services to both the government and financial institutions. As a CMO, Jessica has also led global cybersecurity marketing programs. She has been a contributing author to a number of NIST Special Publications on Security in SDLC, Security Categorization, PRISMA, and Training. Jessica has an MBA from Virginia Tech, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She is also the Vice President of the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (501c3). She sits on the BayPath University Cyber Education board.  

Elizabeth Cory Jimenez

Senior Marketing Director and Cybersecurity Advocate,
Co-Founder and Board Member, The Cyber Guild

Elizabeth Jimenez is the Senior Marketing Director and UWIC lead for The Cyber Guild and NeoSystems LLC. She is the CMMC and Managed Security practice marketing lead and a strong advocate for workforce advancement, diversity and inclusion.

Elizabeth is a “dot connector” establishing partnerships that align industry and government, and an
education advocate for the greater govcon community, supporting programs around compliance, data, cyber and information security. A marketing “jack of all trades”, Elizabeth aligns high-profile speakers with high-impact, industry leading events geared towards federal contractors and special interest groups.

Prior to joining NeoSystems LLC, Elizabeth worked with Toshiba Europe in the European Computer
Systems Division (EMEA HQ) running market development and alliance marketing programs for Intel Corp, Microsoft and AMD.

Shamla Naidoo

Managing Partner
Global Security Services

Shamla Naidoo is an accomplished executive with experience managing hundreds of millions of dollars in budgets for large, globally distributed teams who support operations in 170 countries. As Managing Partner of IBM Global Security Services, Shamla is one of the most influential security executives among Fortune 50 companies. Her advice and thought leadership in strategy and execution is sought by governments, public institutions, and private companies. Her ability to communicate complex technical process into simpler, more understandable terms is highly regarded.

Shamla has worked in Information Technology and Information Security over the last 35 years, in every role from programmer, network designer, engineer, functional director to global leader. She has earned the respect of industry peers by taking the time to understand their businesses inside and out – aligning her activities with strategic business objectives. Her training as a lawyer gives her a unique ability to align business objectives with the legal requirements specific to different industries. She has earned the affection of her team by acting as a catalyst for unprecedented change, helping previously-stagnant organizations achieve dynamic results, leading to growth opportunities for the business and for individual contributors.

Shamla serves on advisory, not-for-profit and academic boards of various public and private institutions. She is a member of the Security 50, the top security executives in the world, recognized by the World 50. She has been admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the DC Bar and teaches technology and privacy law at John Marshall Law School.

Crystal Lister

Senior Director and Co-founder,
Global Professional Services Group, Cyber

Crystal works with GPSG’s executive partners on cyber risk mitigation strategies.
She leverages her unique background as a former counterintelligence and cyber
threats officer with the federal government to provide strategic context to security
leaders managing the intersection of human risk and technology in the workplace.
Crystal has been instrumental in building GPSG Cyber offerings, particularly insider
threat risk management support.

Crystal has developed a well-rounded network of high-profile cyber contacts while
tracking dynamic cyber and technology trends across multiple sectors. Due in large
part to her ingenuity and efforts, GPSG is able to offer custom cyber strategy
offerings allowing GPSG partners to address the latest digital risks.

As Crystal moves forward with GPSG, she will continue supporting high-profile
partners while leading operational growth. She is a longtime proponent of cyber
awareness, having led multiple speaking engagements, workshops, webinars, and
panel discussions about the importance of online security and promoting diversity
in the cyber field. She contributes to multiple cybersecurity websites and can be
reached on Twitter at @crystal4lister.

MaryJo “MJ” Thomas

Retired FBI, Director of Security, GDIT Bath Iron Works

MaryJo “MJ” Thomas currently serves as the FBI Senior Advisor to Department of Defense. Ms. Thomas serves as the primary interface between the FBI and the Office of Secretary Defense on all matters related to national security which involve the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Regularly briefs senior representatives of OSD on high profile cases and national
security matters. Serves as the subject matter expert on FBI National Security investigative matters. Responsible for coordinating counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cyber and WMD matters between the two agencies in an effort to degrade foreign adversarial activities.
Previously Ms. Thomas served as the Section Chief of the Counterproliferation Center within the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division.

Ms. Thomas entered on duty as an FBI Special Agent in 2000. Upon completion of new agent training, she was assigned to the FBI’s Pittsburgh Field Office, where she worked cyber investigations.

Following 9/11, Ms. Thomas transitioned to counterterrorism investigations within the Pittsburgh Field Office and subsequently transferred to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters.

From 2003 through 2006, as part of the FBI’s Terrorist Financing Operations Section, she completed several overseas assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan to support the exploitation and target efforts of U.S. Department of Defense Special Forces.

From 2006 to 2009, Ms. Thomas served as the Special Assistant to the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for Science and Technology. In this position, she worked with the U.S. Department of Defense and Special Forces assigned in Iraq and Afghanistan and provided investigative expertise utilizing biometrics and technology to identify and track adversaries.

Ms. Thomas then served as the Unit Chief of the Operational Technology Division’s Technical Response Unit from 2009 to 2010. In that capacity, she was responsible for FBI overseas communications, special events, and crisis response support. In 2010, she moved to the Louisville Field Office as a Supervisory Special Agent.

In 2015, Ms. Thomas was named Assistant Special in Charge of the Houston Field Office’s National Security Branch, where she oversaw all Counterintelligence, Counterproliferation, and International and Domestic Terrorism Investigations. In March 2017, Ms. Thomas was promoted to Section Chief, Counterproliferation Center, Counterintelligence Division FBIHQ.

Before joining the FBI, Ms. Thomas served as a law enforcement officer in Rhode Island. She also served as a Security Forces Officer and Logistician in the U.S. Air Force for 18 years, in both active and reserve status. Ms. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree from Providence College. She is married to Michael Thomas, an FBI Special Agent who retired from the Hostage Rescue Team after 24 years of service.

Chris Roberts

Chief Security Strategist for Attivo
Advisor for Cympire,, OverWatchID, HHS and others…
Twitter: Sidragon1
LinkedIn: Sidragon1

Chris is currently the CSS for Attivo Networks, and is working on a number of projects
within the deception and services space. Over the years, he's founded or worked with a
number of companies specializing in OSINT/SIGING/HUMINT research, intelligence
gathering, cryptography, and deception technologies, risk, and maturity consulting
services. (Among other things, and spread across the IT and OT spaces)
Since the late 90’s Chris has been deeply involved with security R&D, consulting, and advisory services in his quest to protect and defend businesses and individuals against various types of attack. Prior to that he jumped out of planes for a living, visiting all sorts of interesting countries and cultures while doing his best to avoid getting shot at too often. (Before that, he managed to get various computers confiscated by a number of European entities.)

Roberts is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on counter threat intelligence and vulnerability research within the Information Security industry. He’s also getting a name for himself in the transportation arena, basically anything with wings, wheels, tracks, tyres, fins, props or paddles has been the target for research for the last several years…to interesting effect.

Roberts has led or been involved in information security assessments and engagements for the better part of 25 years, and has a wealth of experience with regulations such as GLBA, GDPR, HIPAA, HITECH, FISMA, and NERC/FERC. He has also worked with government, state and federal authorities on standards such as CMS, ISO, and NIST.

Roberts is credentialed in many of the top IT and information security disciplines and as a CyberSecurity advocate and passionate industry voice, Roberts is regularly featured in national newspapers, television news, industry publications and several documentaries. He can typically be found waving arms on a stage somewhere on this planet…or hacking into whatever’s taken his fancy…(Cows being one of the more bizarre things, we’ll ignore things in space for now.)
As one of the well-known hackers and researchers, Chris is routinely invited to speak at industry conferences.

CNN, The Washington Post, WIRED, Business Insider, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, and numerous others have covered him in the media. And worst case, to jog the memory, Chris was the researcher who gained global attention in 2015 for
demonstrating the linkage between various aviation systems, both on the ground and while in the air that allowed the exploitation of attacks against flight control system.

Caitlin Davis

Director of Data Initiatives Neustar

Caitlin has spent the last 8 years working in assisting enterprise level organizations across the technology and financial verticals to proactively securing their infrastructure against DNS and DDoS related threats.  She currently leads a team exploring alternate data assets for mitigation against active threats, as well as adding telemetry to post incident reporting and response efforts.

Christine Jung

President, Blue Clarity

Christine Jung is President of Blue Clarity, an IT consulting firm specializing in Systems Engineering, Data Science, and Innovation Management. Christine looks for ways to leverage Blue Clarity’s innovation and data skills for positive social impact. This year at the beginning of the pandemic, she and her company pivoted their in-person hackathon to be virtually hosted with almost 200 participants around the world that hacked all night to produce technological solutions to some of the toughest challenges in the fight against human trafficking. This hackathon was part of the #Expeditionhacks series of hackathons that Blue Clarity has hosted in tech hubs throughout the U.S. to help inspire innovative solutions, protect crucial data, and tap into a huge pool of passionate, socially-conscious developers and security professionals.

Human trafficking is a local problem with global connections; the Washington, D.C. area is one of the most active human trafficking hubs in the country with many victims hidden in plain sight. Unfortunately, technology can be both an enabler and solution. Blue Clarity sees these hackathons as an incubator for innovative solutions, as well as a way to inspire and create synergy amongst developers who want to use their skills for positive social impact. 

Hala Furst

Director of Cybersecurity and Innovation
Department of Homeland Security

Hala V. Furst is the Acting Principal Director and Director of Cybersecurity and Innovation for the
Department of Homeland Security’s Private Sector Office, creating strategic relationships between
Department Headquarters, Department components, the policy community in DC, and technology
communities across the country, focusing on cybersecurity and innovative technology interests. In
addition to this role, during the 2016-2017 presidential transition she was a member of the DHS
Transition Team, providing information about the existing activities of the Department to incoming
leadership. Prior to this she led the Stakeholder Outreach effort for the second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). In 2012 Hala was detailed to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, working for the Majority Staff under then Chairman Joe Lieberman on cybersecurity legislation, after joining the Department as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) in 2010. In August of 2018 she completed the Excellence in Government Fellowship with the Partnership for Public Service and is now a Senior Fellow and Co-Coach for subsequent classes of Fellows. She holds a J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law, and a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Minnesota.

Michele Korver

Digital Currency Counsel
Department of Justice’s Criminal Division

Michele Korver is the Digital Currency Counsel in the Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section.  In this role, she is a subject matter expert on prosecutions and forfeitures involving cryptocurrency, advising federal prosecutors and agencies nationwide on complex legal issues in criminal and civil cases and working on strategic policy and guidance matters affecting DOJ interests in this space. 

With more than twenty years of law enforcement and federal trial experience, Michele previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Miami, Florida and Denver, Colorado.  Michele started her career as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service.

Michele graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2001.  After graduation she served as a law clerk to United States District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas in the Southern District of Florida. 

Michele is a frequent speaker on the illicit use of cryptocurrency and participates as a member of the Treasury-led U.S. delegation to the Financial Action Task Force, consulting on standards and regulations involving virtual asset activities and service providers.  In 2019, she co-authored the article “Attribution in Cryptocurrency Cases” published in the DOJ Journal of Federal Law and Practice.  

Stephanie Evans

Partner, WilmerHale

Stephanie Evans advises domestic and international clients on a wide range of corporate
transactions, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic
alliances and financings. She regularly advises boards and special committees in connection
with transactions and provides advice on governance and commercial transactions. Her clients
include private and public companies in a variety of industries, including financial services and
fintech, defense and technology, and she is active with emerging growth companies throughout
their development cycle.

Ms. Evans has been a guest speaker at universities and technology organizations on issues
affecting startups and entrepreneurs, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and
financing options. Ms. Evans recently presented at Founders + Funders (F+F) on financing and
other legal issues.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the STEM for Her Foundation.

Kris Lovejoy

Principal
Global Cybersecurity Leader
Advisory Services

Kris leads EY’s Global Cybersecurity practice in Advisory.

Kris has over 20 years of experience serving large, diversified organizations implementing managed and professional security services. She is leading EY’s work with clients in corporate security and risk management. In previous roles, Kris was responsible for development and delivery of managed
professional security services and for managing, monitoring and testing corporate resiliency functions globally at a global information technology company.

Kris is a recognized expert in the field on security, risk, compliance and governance with appearances at RSA, InfoSec, InterOp, CyberTech, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), SecTor, and Hack-in-the-Box as well as appearances in Fortune, the Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. Within the past few years, she has been recognized by Washington Business Journal as a Top 25 Woman in Business, EWF as Entrepreneur of the Year, SC Magazine as one of Top 5 Managers in the Security Industry (Reboot 25 quarter century retrospective) and Top Woman in Security, as CSO Compass award in reflection of demonstrated excellence, achievement and leadership in the security field, as a Top 25 CTO by InfoWorld, Top
25 Most Influential Security Executive by Security Magazine, and as Top Woman in Security by eWeek. Kris holds U.S. and EU patents for Object Oriented Risk Management Models and Methods.

Tiffany Gates

President & CEO, Novetta

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Tiffanny Gates is responsible for Novetta’s
corporate strategy and company performance. Since 2017, Ms. Gates has grown both Novetta’s
topline revenue and employee base by over 50%. Her focus on excellence in execution for
Novetta’s customers and programs, continued investment in advanced R&D, and dedication to
employee growth are key to the company’s success.

Ms. Gates came to Novetta from Blackbird Technologies, a division of Raytheon, where
as Vice President of Cyber Strategies she managed development of custom computer network
hardware and specialized software solutions. Her work in Blackbird’s Cyber / Cloud-based
Advanced Technologies business areas focused on computer network operations for the
Intelligence and DoD communities.

Prior to Blackbird, Ms. Gates was Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business
Development for the Mission, Cyber, and Technology Solutions Group, a $1 Billion business
unit at ManTech International. She joined ManTech following the successful 2008 acquisition of
her company, Emerging Technologies Group, where she was President and CEO.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Gates was a consultant to the National Security/Information Assurance
Team for the Commander, Naval Security Group. She also supported construction of C4ISR
architectures for the Information Operations and Maritime Cryptologic Architecture Program with
Booz Allen. In addition, Ms. Gates worked with the National Security Agency as a technical
analyst specializing in counterintelligence threats posed by information technology and served
in the U.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Officer.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy.

Susana Marino

President and Chair, NOVA Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce

Susana Marino is the President and founder of the Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – NOVAHCC. Susana provides strategic direction for the programs and the Executive Advisory Committee for the chamber, NOVAHCC delivering fiscal responsibility and oversight for all organizational operations supporting the growth and prosperity of large and small businesses in northern Virginia. Susana has grown membership in the chamber by 65% since August of 2017.
Susana is also a member of the Board of Directors for Virginia Career Works. As part of the board, Susana and a team oversees how the organization partners effectively with programs which helps job seekers finding a job in the Northern Virginia region.
Susana decided to launched the Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2017 to improve the
level of access to diversity supplier opportunities for Latinos, and other multi-ethnic businesses in Northern Virginia. NOVAHCC is a business trade organization representing people of all international backgrounds. “The goal of the chamber is to focus on delivering bottom-line results with B2B/B2G matchmaking, creating opportunities for economic growth for small business through contracting opportunities with the private and public sector, access to capital, revenue accelerator trainings and career opportunities.
A strong pillar of NOVAHCC is to provide strategic workforce development to people who are currently under-employed and to assist U.S. Veterans with career transition. Susana’s oldest son is a former Sgt. in the US Marine Corps, and she understands the challenges our military can face when they transition to the private sector.
In 2019, Mrs. Marino was awarded by El Tiempo Latino (Spanish Newspaper of Washington Post) with Power 100 Meter as one out of 100 most influential Latinos in the region and in 2020, she was selected to receive Women Who Mean Business 2020 Award by Washington Business Journal and she is the national recipient for the Brillante Award in Entrepreneurship Excellence 2020 by Prospanica. Mrs. Marino was appointed recently by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to serve at the board for the Virginia Small Business Finance Authority.

You can contact Susana Marino at (703) 839-8140 or e-mailing her at smarino@novahispanicchamber.com

Jody Westby

Global Cyber Risk LLC

Jody is the CEO of Global Cyber Risk and provides consulting services, focusing on cyber risk assessments, incident response plans, cyber governance, and digital asset inventories and data mapping. I also serve as Adjunct Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology’s.

Ed Albrigo

President & CEO, Center of Innovative Technology (CIT) in Virginia.

Ed Albrigo is President and CEO of the Center of Innovative Technology (CIT) in Virginia. Ed leads
CIT in its mission to accelerate innovation commercialization, entrepreneurship and economic growth
across the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is responsible for overall strategic planning and execution of the
company’s programs. He also leads outreach and collaboration activities with the business, education and
government communities to devise ways to propel innovation and economic growth.

Under Ed’s leadership, the company has expanded its venture investing and innovation and business acceleration
activities into new areas such as smart infrastructure, cybersecurity and autonomous systems. He also led the
company’s founding of the Virginia Founders Fund, a venture fund for Virginia populations, e.g., women,
minorities and veterans, underserved by traditional venture capital providers. During his tenure, the
company’s flagship fund, the GAP fund, it’s grant program, and it’s MACH37 Cyber Accelerator, have
invested over $50M and attracted over $1B in private capital to companies in it’s early stage venture
portfolio including numerous autonomous systems startups.

Prior to joining CIT, Ed was COO of The Hilltop Companies, a group of start up financial services and
technology consulting companies focused on the financial services industry. Ed joined Hilltop after
15years as a senior executive with Freddie Mac. Prior to Freddie Mac, Ed held a variety of management
and technology positions with companies such as the Booz Allen & Hamilton and CSC. He started his
professional career launching spacecraft for NASA.

Omer Arslan, CISSP

Founder and Co-CEO, CyberNow Labs

Omer Arslan, CISSP is the founder and Co-CEO of CyberNow Labs, a cybersecurity
startup focused on empowering individuals to start a career in Cyber Security via a 18
week bootcamp style training program. He has over 10 years of extensive experience in
Security Operations. Omer has built a number of security operation centers from
scratch. He is continuing to drive companies to make right decision in the SOC domain.

Hasan Eski, CISSP

Founder and Co-CEO, CyberNow Labs

Hasan Eksi, CISSP is the founder and Co-CEO of CyberNow Labs, a cybersecurity
startup focused on empowering individuals to start a career in Cyber Security via a 18
week bootcamp style training program. He has extensive experience in the financial
sector as a cybersecurity expert. He helps enterprises with cloud security/migration,
drives security strategy and information security risk management.

 

Mary Beth Borgwig

Founder, Uniting Women in Cyber

Mary Beth is a data analytics, cyber risk and insurance C-level executive focused on a 360-degree view of operational risk. She has over 20 years in the technology and security sector and 10+ years on complex cyber and enterprise risk management. Her time in the insurance industry create a unique skillset for her current roles as CEO of LemonFish and advisory roles at Comptia and Eleven Canterbury.

Mary Beth takes on executive leadership roles to ignite change for a positive outcome, which in many of her roles has led to positive outcomes of being sold, increased sales,a successful product launch and ultimately overall a better return on investment.

Specialties: Cyber Security Company Executive leadership, Insurance, Risk Transfer, Cyber Risk Management, Operational Risk, CFO Security/Technology

LARRY WHITESIDE

Chief Technology Officer, Cyberclan

Larry Whiteside Jr. is a veteran CISO, former USAF Officer, and thought leader in the Cybersecurity field. He has 25+ years experience in building and running cybersecurity programs, holding C Level Security executive roles in multiple industries including DoD, Federal Government, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Critical Infrastructure.

Larry currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer at CyberClan, a full service Global Incident Response and Managed Security Services Provider for the small to medium sized business.

Larry is also the Co-Founder, President, and on the Board of Directors at the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), a 501(c)3 non-profit association that is dedicated to increase the number of minorities and women in the cybersecurity career field through providing workforce development that includes skills assessment, training, education, mentorship, and opportunity.

Since 2009, via Whiteside Security, which he founded, Larry has advised several corporate security executives and companies across the cybersecurity industry on how to make Cyber Security a number one objective to their business. He has helped CEOs and board members of private cybersecurity companies achieve their goals in sales, marketing, and customer retention.

Larry has spoken in front of C Level leadership and the Board of Directors of some of the largest private and public sector organizations in America. A thought leader in the industry with extensive experience presenting at conferences such as the Gartner Security Summit, RSA Conference, and SC World Congress, Larry has been featured in many articles relating to information security and risk management.

Larry received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science at Huston-Tillotson University.

Monique ferraro

CISSP, CIPP/US, CIPM, FIP, The Hartford Steam Boiler

Monique Ferraro provides legal and technical expertise in support of HSB Global Cyber Products. Ms. Ferraro’s cybersecurity and privacy experience spans more than twenty-five years in digital forensics, ediscovery, information security and privacy. Ms. Ferraro holds a master’s degree and a JD. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Fellow of Information Privacy, Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).

Meghan m. hannes

Vice President, Cyber Product Head, Hiscox US

Meghan Hannes serves as a Cyber Product Head for Hiscox U.S., a business segment of Hiscox Ltd, a Bermuda-incorporated insurance provider. Ms. Hannes’ responsibilities include setting and executing the strategic direction of the Cyber Liability line of business. Responsibilities include creating a clear risk appetite for various Hiscox Cyber Liability products offered, issuing all underwriting authority, devising underwriting guidelines, rate plans, policy forms and formation of next generation products and services to Hiscox U.S. customers both in the brokerage and direct space.

Ms. Hannes is a recognized professional in understanding the economics of cyber risk transfer and insurability, having served as Co-Chair, Advisory Board member, Co-Chair and speaker at various leading Cyber Security Insurance industry events. She’s previously served as a member of The World Economic Forum’s Risk Response Network, participating in the WEF directive, “Risk and Responsibility in a Hyper-Connected World: Pathways to Global Cyber Resilience.”

Ms. Hannes joined Hiscox in 2018. Prior to Hiscox, she most recently various Privacy & Network Security Product Management and senior level underwriting positions at Axis Insurance, The Hartford, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies and served as Director of Underwriting at start-up Insurer CloudInsure.

Liz Limjuco

Senior Vice President, Marsh

Liz Limjuco is a senior cyber risk advisor within the Cyber Practice at Marsh. She primarily advises clients on complex cyber and commercial E&O risk and insurance, including risk identification, quantification, and management, along with customized program design.  Liz works closely and in partnership with key market decision makers in devising optimal risk transfer programs for Marsh clients.  Liz also serves as lead project manager for Cyber Catalyst by Marsh.  Cyber Catalyst was created by Marsh to help organizations make more informed cybersecurity choices.  Liz has worked with leading insurers to identify cybersecurity solutions they view as effective in reducing cyber risk. 

Liz joined Marsh in 2016. Previously she worked at AIG as the cyber vendor services leader managing the extensive cyber vendors’ network and coordinating cyber partnership opportunities for clients. Prior to this, Liz was a regional underwriting manager for the Professional Liability Division at AIG. She was responsible for managing a team in the Midwest that underwrote miscellaneous professional liability, network security & privacy, technology, and media risks. Liz has presented to various clients and associations on professional liability, cyber, and media. She has over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry focused solely on commercial E&O and its subsequent evolution into cyber insurance.

 

Jennifer Quaglietta

Vice President of Performance Excellence and Information Services, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC)

Jennifer Quaglietta is the Vice President of Performance Excellence and Information Services at the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC). At her core, Jennifer is driven to support a safer healthcare system. In doing so she leads the transformation of HIROC’s organization, practices and thinking to enable a culture of innovation and agility. In advancing HIROC’s digital and data analytics capabilities, Jennifer and her team leverage the power of HIROC’s information for improvement. She is also responsible for HIROC’s cyber security portfolio.

In addition to her work at HIROC, Jennifer is a proud member of the Board of Trustees for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is also a member of the Global Healthcare Advisory Board with CyberClan, and the Greater Toronto Area Chapter Executive Board with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL).
Over the past 20 years Jennifer has developed vast leadership experience in the healthcare sector, working in pharma, broader public sector, agency, academia, and consulting.
Prior to joining HIROC, Jennifer led the Patient Experience, Quality, Patient Flow, and Patient- and Family- Centred Care portfolio at North York General Hospital. There, Jennifer developed a quality improvement framework to build capacity and incorporate high-reliability and effective change management. This framework has led to significant advances in the delivery of high-quality and safe care nationally and internationally.
Policy and strategy, partnership development, governance, and quality improvement are Jennifer’s strengths and areas of passion. Her work as the Strategy Lead within Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care focused on strategy and policy development at a local, regional and system-level. Jennifer’s leadership was instrumental in the implementation of the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010, Smoke Free Ontario Strategy, Healthy Kids Strategy, Community Health Links, and the advancement of the provincial quality agenda.
Jennifer believes in the power of learning and knowledge sharing. She is a Certified Health Executive with CCHL. At the University of Toronto, Jennifer is an Industry Affiliate with the Centre for Healthcare Engineering and a graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering program. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management and is currently pursuing an Institute of Corporate Directors Designation. Jennifer has a Professional Engineer designation, is a Project Management Professional, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
As a result of her work in healthcare, Jennifer was a recipient of CCHL’s 2019 3M Health Care Quality Team Award. She was also honoured with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s 2017 Patient Safety Champion Award, the Project Management Institute’s Kerzner Award, and the Ontario Public Service Award for Project Manager of the Year.

 

dawn stern

Partner, DLA Piper LLP

Dawn Stern is a Partner in DLA Piper LLP’s Government Contracts group where she focuses her practice on providing assistance on a range of litigation and counselling government contract matters. 

Dawn assists clients at all stages of litigation in bid protests and Contract Disputes Act matters before the United States Government Accountability Office, the Boards of Contract Appeals and the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Dawn also counsels clients on a variety of government contracts compliance issues with a particular focus on issues relating to cybersecurity compliance. 

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Dawn served as a Trial Attorney in the National Courts Section of the United States Department of Justice where she litigated bid protest and Contract Disputes Act cases before the United States Court of Federal Claims and United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Dawn received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida with Highest Honors and her J.D. with Highest Honors from The George Washington University Law School.

 

Anna Wheeler

Senior Executive, Giant Oak

Anna Wheeler is a senior executive specializing the application of AML, cyber security, and emerging tech. She directs federal strategy, partnerships, technical direction, and compliance at Giant Oak, a software company that brings government-funded research and development to U.S. national security professionals and compliance professionals in the financial services industry. Giant Oak combines behavioral analysis and advanced analytics so that organizations, regardless of size, can benefit from best practices in countering illicit activities. Her broad experience across multiple aspects of government provides her a unique perspective and understanding of the IT and Cybersecurity challenges facing today’s federal agencies. Anna also holds advisory board roles with several emerging technology companies. Previously, Anna held account management and engineering positions, where she helped federal agencies solve their web application performance and security challenges from the network through application layers. With leadership roles in project management, engineering and analyst functions in the federal government and system integrators, Anna is consistently noted for her strategic vision and executional expertise at driving efficient execution.
She served in the US ARMY as a helicopter crew chief and door gunner, and holds certifications from the Defense Acquisition University and a B.S. from the University of Arizona. 

Leslie Weinstein

Consultant, Department of Defense

Leslie Weinstein is an Army Reserve Major and a Cyber Policy Consultant for the Department of Defense. Leslie has served on active duty as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan, the Deputy Officer in Charge of a Defense Intelligence Agency directorate, the Cyber Requirements Program Manager for the first iteration of the largest reserve component mobilization in support of full-time U.S. Cyber Command operations, and most recently as the Army Cyber Command Liaison Officer to the Pentagon. As a consultant, Leslie has supported the Air Force A2, the DoD Chief Information Officer, and the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. Leslie has a B.S. in Management of Information Systems, an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and is currently finishing her Executive MBA at Cornell University.

Carrie Eubanks

Vice President, Supply Chain, L3Harris Technologies

Carrie Eubanks is Vice President of Supply Chain for L3Harris Technologies. Eubanks is responsible for a variety of functions, including procurement, material planning, subcontracts, supplier performance management and inventory management. She is also responsible for system and process controls required to maintain government-approved supply chain systems. Eubanks leads the development and execution of supply chain strategies to achieve critical L3Harris Program Excellence and new product development goals.

Previously, Eubanks served as Senior Director of Supply Chain for Harris Corporation’s Space & Airbone Systems, supporting objectives for cost, quality and on-time delivery of materials and services.

Before joining L3Harris, Eubanks spent 13 years at Lockheed Martin in various roles in Operations, Quality and Supply Chain. Eubanks holds a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management and an MBA from the School of Management, Syracuse University. Eubanks is also a graduate of the Lockheed Martin operations leadership development program.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space, and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries. L3Harris.com

Heidi Austin

Senior Director, IT Service Delivery

As senior director of IT service delivery in the Corporate Information Services business unit at Verisign, Heidi Austin is responsible for the corporate IT financial budget and data analysis, IT portfolio oversight to include several key enterprise programs, IT/security initiatives, hardware and software asset management, software licensing renewals and compliance, and Release Management. She also has oversight over department audits and security controls, end user device management and the enterprise IT Service Desk. Austin is a founding member of the Verisign Women in Technology (WIT) organization.

During Austin’s tenure of more than 14 years at Verisign, she has demonstrated success in managing Software Test/QA engineering teams, implementing enterprise initiatives, and enhancing processes for improved operational efficiency. Prior to Verisign, Austin held various software and network test engineering positions at companies such as Cisco Systems, BTNA/Concert and MCI (now AT&T), among others.

Austin holds a Bachelor of Arts in business management from the University of Maryland (European Division), and a Master of Science in information systems technology from George Washington University.

Diane Janosek

President and Founder, Women in Cyersecurity Mid-Atlantic Affiliate

Diane M. Janosek, Esq, CISSP, is the President and Founder of the Women in Cybersecurity Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. She is an award-winning cybersecurity leader & member of the Senior Executive Service. She is NSA’s Chief Learning Officer & is committed to the educational, leadership & learning needs of the nation’s cyber workforce in dynamic threat environments. She was in leadership roles in NSA Technology Directorate (Deputy CISO) & served in a variety of legal, policy and executive positions as Chief Legal Officer to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and Legal Counsel at both White House & Pentagon. Admitted to the Supreme Court of the US and is CISSP certified. Multiple award recipient: 2020 Cyber Impact Award, Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity in 2020, CybHER 2020 Warrior award, as well as the 2019 Cyber Warrior Woman of Year. She has numerous articles in cybersecurity & legal publications and serves on the White House’s Federal Committee on STEM Education.

Melissa Ventrone

Clark Hill

Melissa K. Ventrone is a Member in the firm’s Chicago office where she addresses her clients’ cybersecurity needs. She reacts swiftly and decisively when she is enlisted on a cybersecurity breach. As a Leader of the Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy team, she focuses her experienced group of first responders, including lawyers and forensic investigators, on around-the-clock management of a situation and minimizes damage by
working to limit any public or regulatory fallout. Melissa is also a Co-chair of the firm’s ASSET360 team, that helps to identify, mitigate and respond to cyber and data risks from a legal and technical perspective. When not managing her clients’ urgent breach concerns, Melissa is a proactive consultant in managing data privacy and security risks. She is also a zealous courtroom advocate in cybersecurity litigation. Melissa is a Certified Informational Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

Kopiha Nathan

Privacy and Compliance Officer for Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC)

Kopiha Nathan is the Privacy and Compliance Officer for Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC), the leading provider of healthcare liability insurance in Canada. In this role, she leads HIROC’s privacy program and oversees compliance for internal controls related to information security. Kopiha’s roots are in the healthcare risk management field where she helped grow and sustain HIROC’s prominence in the healthcare sector.
She has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare risk management field having worked as a risk management resource and consultant to many healthcare organizations across Canada. She was instrumental in leading many of HIROC’s cyber risk management and data privacy & security initiatives.
More recently, Kopiha has focused her efforts on helping healthcare organizations identify and mitigate privacy, cyber and technology risks associated with the pandemic, external (cyber) and insider threats, data sharing arrangements, and vendor management. Kopiha holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Information Technology Management from Ryerson University and is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist.

Melissa Miller

Customer Success Manager, Giant Oak Inc

Melissa Miller is a Customer Success Manager at Giant Oak, Inc., where she focuses on cybersecurity, machine learning, open source intelligence, and threat assessment and analysis. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and an M.A. in Security Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Melissa’s expertise lies at the intersection of national security and technology, with strong area expertise in Turkey and the Middle East.  Melissa previously worked at Hogan Lovells US LLP, the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, and Prevalent, Inc.

Kristina Drye

Strategic Communications Manager, Giant Oak Inc

Kristina Drye is the Strategic Communications Manager at Giant Oak, Inc., where she focuses on science communication, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the future of the human in an automated world. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an M.A. in Security Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and graduate credit from the American University of Bosnia and Hercegovina. Kristina’s expertise includes the security intersection of statebuilding, conflict resolution, peacebuilding processes, cultural heritage, and diplomacy, with a strong area expertise of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Kristina’s previous employment includes positions at the European Parliament and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte.

Joanna Valencia

General Counsel, NeoSystems

Joanna Valencia is the General Counsel and Director of Contracts at NeoSystems LLC, a full-service Managed Security provider that has been assisting government contractors, nonprofit organizations and other project-driven businesses by enabling, running and securing their business for over 17 years. Based in Tysons Corner, Virginia, NeoSystems offers solutions across three main lines of business: Systems Implementations and Integrations, Managed Services, and Hosting and Security. NeoSystems provides full and complete outsourced services for IT Management, offers world-class hosting with the highest levels of industry compliance through secure cloud environments, and partners with industry leaders to provide a selection of world-class back office software solutions to our clients. 

Ms. Valencia leads NeoSystems’ Legal and Contracts Departments, and serves on the Core Management Team.  In her roles she provides day-to-day legal support and business-focused counseling to leadership/management, sales, contracts, and business units, with respect to contractual, employment, intellectual property, litigation and dispute, risk management, regulatory, and corporate governance matters.  Prior to joining NeoSystems, Ms. Valencia served as General Counsel for SmartSea S.A.C. and Brenne Whiskey, as Corporate Counsel for Teleglobe, Inc., and as an Associate at the law firms of Bracewell & Patterson LLP, Greenberg Traurig LLP, and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo P.C., advising domestic and international clients on a wide variety of corporate and technology transactional matters.  Ms. Valencia holds a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Alexis Wales

Election Security Mission Manager, Cybersecurity Division, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Ms. Alexis Wales currently serves as the Election Security Mission Manager for CISA. Ms. Wales coordinates and orchestrates CISA’s resources against the #Protect2020 Lines of Effort, ensuring that the near-term tasks are addressed to achieve the long-term strategic goals. Additionally, Ms. Wales ensures that election security efforts align to the changing threat and risk environments, creating a cohesive and comprehensive portfolio of CISA services, offerings, and partnerships to secure the Election.
Ms. Wales also serves as a Deputy Associate Director in the Cybersecurity Division of CISA. Ms. Wales leads the Threat Hunting subdivision, comprised of cyber threat and technical analysts who perform operational and strategic-level analysis to support network defense and resilience across the DHS stakeholder community. Her teams focus on building a common operational picture of current threats to United States networks, detecting cyber incidents, responding to significant incidents, and sharing actionable analysis based on unique security insights.
Ms. Wales’s teams lead the federal government’s efforts to provide technical assistance to significant cyber incidents, including many large-scale data breaches in both the private sector and federal government. Her teams are focused on discovering and analyzing new forensic artifacts, finding new security controls to prevent and detect APT intrusions, and creating or enhancing opportunities for early detection and containment.
Ms. Wales brings a wealth of experience to her role with over 15 years in various cybersecurity- and physical security-focused positions. Most recently, she served as a Deputy Assistant Director within the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), leading the Cyber Threat Detection & Analysis Division. Prior to that, Ms. Wales worked in several leadership positions throughout CISA providing risk-informed decision support to critical infrastructure owners and operators.
Ms. Wales holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Anthropology from Brandeis University and earned her Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University.

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