Hosted by the Belize Public Utilities Commission on behalf of the Government of Belize in April 2017 from the 24th to the 28th, at the Belize Biltmore Plaza, Belize City, Belize.
Deputy Prime Minister
Plato once said: “the direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” That’s perhaps the guiding principle of our Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Patrick Faber because not only has he continued to use this principle in his own life, but he has also interlaced it with the performance of his Ministry to ensure that every single Belizean child’s future is productive, prosperous and purposeful.
Patrick Jason Faber, born on March 21, 1978, is the youngest Minister in the United Democratic Party’s current administration and the youngest to ever sit in Parliament. For a young man, he has achieved quite a lot in his lifetime. Not only political successes, but personal triumphs as well.
Having graduated from St. John’s College Junior College in 1996, with an Associate’s Degree in economics and history, he went on to study at Valdosta State University, where he acquired a Bachelor’s degree in economics.
After returning from University in 1998 he took a teaching position at Anglican Cathedral College where he rose through the ranks and became the Vice Principal, responsible for Student Affairs; a position he kept until 2007 when he reluctantly departed from to be able to focus on his re-election campaign.
Minister Faber also holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida and was enrolled in a Doctor of Education in Higher Education program at Oklahoma State University. He is presently enrolled at the Valdosta State University pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Public Administration.
But more than his academic achievements, Minister Faber continues to use these accomplishments to encourage Belizeans, especially our young people, to do their utmost best in all they endeavor. His political achievements include: In 1999, topping the polls for the United Democratic Party in the Belize City Municipal Elections. He also won by the largest margin of victory in the Collet constituency’s history and again made history when he secured consecutive victories in the general elections of 2003 and 2008, 2012 and 2015.
He has served the United Democratic Party from the early 1990s serving on the National Youth Commission and as the Party’s representative on the Board of many organizations. In 2010 he was elected as Chairman. In 2013 he ran for the position of deputy leader and lost. Once again in 2016 he contested the position and was victorious. He is presently the 1st Deputy Leader of the United Democratic Party and Deputy Prime Minister of Belize.
The Hon. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is a national of Guyana and Antigua.
He received his legal training from the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago. He returned to Guyana where he practiced privately. He also served as a Magistrate and Assistant Judge Advocate for the Guyana Defence Force.
He has served on the Court of Appeal in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court sitting in both St. Lucia and St. Vincent. He also served as the Presiding Judge for the Criminal Division of the High Court in St. Lucia. He has served as a High Court Judge in Antigua, British Virgin Islands and Grenada. He served as Chief Magistrate in Antigua and Barbuda. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Belize on September 15, 2011. He is a member of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association, a former Rotarian and a former cricket executive in Antigua. The Hon. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is a Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.
Founder and Director of the Lifeline Foundation
Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow is the wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, Honorable Dean Barrow and mother to her only child, Salima Barrow.
She is Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and Children and Global Ambassador for Special Olympics since 2008 as well as the Founder and Director of the Lifeline Foundation, which raises thousands of dollars annually to aid disenfranchised children.
Two of Mrs. Barrow's major projects as Special Envoy for Women and Children are a Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit constructed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and the Inspiration Centre which offers healthcare and therapy for children with disabilities.
Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow efforts to raise public awareness on the commercial sexual exploitation of children includes successfully advocating for the passage of two pieces of legislation to strengthen protection for victims of sexual violence and human trafficking as well as an amendment to the Criminal Code for harsher penalties for perpetrators of sexual offences.
She has also co-written two booklets on sexual abuse prevention and produced multi-lingual videos. She has also hosted national conferences on ending violence against children and improving the situation of women entrepreneurs in Belize and a global first ladies conference in New York. Under the 20,000 STRONG Women’s Empowerment two national rallies were held to uplift women and in 2016, to unveil the 20-4-20 Women’s Economic Development Program.
Nigel Ovid Hawke is the newly appointed Solicitor General at the Attorney General’s Ministry where he is the legal advisor for the Government of Belize. He received a Diploma in Public Communications in 1998 thereafter his Bachelor of Laws Degree in 2001 from the University of Guyana. In 2003 he completed his Legal Certificate of Education from Hugh Wooding Law School, St. Augustine, Trinidad.
He was an Intern and a Senior Legal Clerk at the Chambers of Attorney-at-Law, Mr. James Bovell Drakes. He has been a part- time lecturer at the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education at the University of Guyana teaching several legal courses and also a part-time teacher of Advance CESEC Level (CAPE) at St. Stanislause College, respectively. He was a former member of the Commonwealth Judges and Magistrates Association, The Guyana Magistrates Association, the Editorial Committee of the University of Guyana Law Review, the Intersectoral Committee on Juvenile Offenders and the National Bio-safety Committee (Environmental Protection Agency).
In 2010 Nigel migrated to Belize where he took up the post of Senior Crown Counsel in the Litigation Section of the Attorney General’s Ministry. In 2012 he was appointed as Deputy Solicitor General of the Litigation Section. He was the Acting Solicitor General from 2013 to 2014 and again in July 2016, and was officially appointed as the Solicitor General in April 2017. He is currently a member of the Belize Bar Association, Judicial and Legal Services Commission and the General Legal Council. He is currently a part-time lecturer at the University of Belize where he teaches Business Law.
Beatrice Arnold-Geban is currently the instructional leader of St. Mary’s Anglican Primary School and an adjunct professor for GALEN University where she teaches intensive courses on Cultural Anthropology, Social Studies and Understanding the Belizean Society. Mrs. Geban has been a distinguished educator during her twenty three years tenure and is recognized by her colleagues as an outstanding leader and mentor particularly for novice teachers and adolescents. Mrs. Geban works diligently towards transformation of students, and teachers fostering growth towards future leaders of Belize.
As an educator Mrs. Geban is recognized in her circles for her quest for knowledge. Mrs. Geban, is an esteemed researcher and has facilitated many workshops for educators across the country of Belize sharing her expertise in current pedagogy and best practices based on research.
With a passion to excel, Mrs. Geban was a lecturer and consultant for Climate Change 1.5 Educational Initiative during the timeframe 2013-2014. This initiative allowed for the dissemination of relevant facts and topics related to Climate Change. In addition, Mrs. Geban serve as a member on the Board of Directors for Anglican Cathedral College. As a columnist, Mrs. Geban publish educational articles during 2013-2015 in the leading newspaper, Amandala bringing to the forefront issues affecting families and youths at risk. Mrs. Geban has worked instrumentally with international groups from Salisbury University, Suny Fredonia and Kennesaw State merging educational practices and curriculum alignment.
A champion educator, Mrs. Geban has been the guest of many international conferences such as Women of Color, organized by Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia and these experiences have help in shaping her to develop global perspective on pertinent issues affecting society and the Belizean people.
Her philosophy in life is that you can affect change where there is determination.
Education: Master of Education- Degree In Administration and Educational Leadership, University of North Florida, Bachelor’s of Science in Education from University of Belize
Mrs. Geban is currently, pursuing Doctoral studies.
Certified Public Accountant, B.Sc. in Accounting, Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Belize
Currently the Deputy Coordinator of the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) within the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in Belize.
Mrs. Nicole Haylock-Rodriguez primary role as the Deputy Coordinator of the NSCS is to ensure that the Head of the Central Government, the Prime Minister of Belize and Chair of the National Security Council is reliably informed of the national security trends, threats and policy recommendations to address those threats in Belize. She is also responsible for the coordination of security cooperation matters within the Ministry of Home Affairs. Essentially, she holds the capacity to directly influence the agenda dialogue and decision making about national security issues at the highest level in Belize.
Professionally, Mrs. Rodriguez aspires to continue her work in shaping public policy on issues relating to national security, youth development and women empowerment both on a national and regional level. As a young professional working in the realm of national security, Mrs. Rodriguez is particularly interested in expanding her knowledge base as it relates to international foreign policies and global cooperation relating to security, as well as, security and defense institutional building.
Fundamentally, her work ethic is guided by this core principle: “the more informed you are about the wider global context, including the systems, ideologies and decision making process used to address global challenges, the better equipped you are to influence the dialogue, policy and decision making relevant to National Security in Belize”.
Within her community, Mrs. Rodriguez is also very active and committed to issues relating to human development and social justice. She was the former Executive Director, as well as, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of one of Belize’s most longstanding CSO’s: The Society for the Promotion of Education Advocacy and Research (SPEAR). She also currently serves as a member of the project execution board for “Strengthening Women’s Representation in National Leadership in Belize” National Cybersecurity Symposium (April 24-28th) 2017 and she is the secretary for the Belize Alumni Association. In October 2016, Mrs. Rodriguez was named Belize’s Wonder Woman, by the United States Embassy in Belize, and was recognized as the “go-to-person” within the Ministry of Home Affairs and for her notable achievement in coordinating the update of the National Security Strategy & Defense Review 2016 in Belize.
Mrs. Rodriguez holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice (Mississippi Valley State University, MS) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Studies (Spalding University, Louisville KY).
She is also an alumnus of the UWI Cavehill School of Business, Caribbean Leadership Programme, Cohort 6, Class of 2016-2017.
Attorney-at-Law, Notary Public
Pricilla J. Banner was born in Placentia, Belize. She attended the University of Belize (B.A., Hons.), the University of the West Indies, Barbados (LLB, Hons.) and concluded her studies at Norman Manley Law School where she received her Legal Education Certificate (LEC, Hons.) as well as several awards.
Pricilla was admitted to practice in Belize in 2006. Her practice areas include: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Extradition, Real Property, Contract Law, Environmental Law, Insurance Law, Commercial Law, Tort Law and Civil Litigation.
From July 2006 to June 2009, Pricilla was appointed as a Crown Counsel at the Attorney General’s Ministry. She was then promoted to Deputy Solicitor General in July 2009. In June 2010, Pricilla joined Courtenay Coye LLP as an Associate.
During the period 2007 to 2011, Pricilla has been active in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) law. She has lectured courses & facilitated & presented workshops on the Legal Framework for ICT law throughout the Caribbean. She has been a Legal Consultant for ICT Legislative Framework Assessment for the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (2008) under the EU-SFA ICT Project, 2005, Legal Resource person for meetings of the Core Group for development of the 2009 to 2012 Caribbean eGovernment Strategic Plan, CARICAD and Regional consultant in eCommerce and Cybersecurity Legislative Framework, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) (2009- 2010). She holds a Certificate in Legal Frameworks for Information and Communication Technologies awarded by The Commonwealth Network of Information Technology for Development (COMNET-IT) & Commonwealth Secretariat.
Mr. Buckland was born in Georgetown, Guyana and moved to Belize when he was ten years old. He attended Saint John's College in Belize and Fordham University in New York City.
Mr. Robert Buckland has over 25 years working in the IT industry in Belize. Mr. Buckland returned to Belize in 1991 and was immediately recruited by St Catherine Academy to teach English and Literature. While there he was also drafted into the school's fledgling IT program at the time. Working with his other colleagues they soon had a modern networked computer lab setup and a modern curriculum. Whilst at St Catherine Academy he was one of the members of the Belize Internet Task Force in the 1990s who were instrumental in bringing Internet to all secondary and tertiary educational institutions. Among other things, Mr. Buckland was BTL's first webmaster in the mid to late 1990s and was also a key part of BTL's Information Technology Consultancy group.
In 2000 Mr. Buckland left BTL to form a private consulting company with some of his colleagues: Spire Services Limited. Spire Services focused on customized WAN and LAN setups and custom software development. Customers included Tropic Air, Cisco Construction, The Kolbe Foundation, Belize Electricity Limited, Social Security Board, The Belize Tourism Board, and several others. In 2006 Spire Services dissolved official operations and Mr Buckland continued as a individual consultant. In 2012 Mr. Buckland accepted the role of CIO for Tropic Air Limited and currently serves in that role as well as remaining a private consultant for select clients.
Mr. Buckland has been fond of computers and computer games from childhood and still remains an avid gamer. He credits his affinity with computers largely back to the PC XT/AT clone that his father first bought for him ostensibly for school work but really because he wanted to play with flight simulators that were better than those on the Commodore 64. In the process of trying to play really complex games and simulations in those early days he learned a lot about computers and more importantly became fascinated with the world they opened. While in college in New York City he soon came in contact with the computer subculture that modems opened up, a community that would come into its own with the advent of the Internet. During his tenure at BTL in the early days of the Internet in Belize Mr. Buckland was already focused on cyber security even before it became a watchword. At Spire Services and as an individual consultant he focused on securing and auditing networks. He continues to be fascinated with the ever expanding field it has become.
Network Security Officer (NSO), Member of Management, Central Information Technology Office (CITO)
Robert Price is a Network Security Officer (NSO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Central Information Technology Office for the Government of Belize. The CITO has attained ISO 27001 Certification for which he is providing governance.
His major roles include formulation of policies and procedures for Business Continuity of the CITO, responsibility for Information Security Compliance, Internal and External Auditing of the Information Security Management System, Cybersecurity. He also has responsibility for threat and vulnerability assessment and mitigation.
He has prior experience in Telecommunication and has thought Mathematics at the College Level.
Executive Director of the Caribbean Network Operators Group, CaribNOG. Internet Strategist and the Caribbean Outreach Manager at Packet Clearing House (PCH)
Mr. Wooding serves as an advisor to several governments and regional institution including the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), on technology, cybersecurity, innovation, education and the internet economy. He regularly facilitates seminars and workshops on Internet Governance, ICT Strategy and Technology and Public Policy.
Bevil Wooding is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Network Operators Group,CaribNOG, a volunteer-based community of network administrators and technology practitioners focused on strengthening the region's technical capacity.
He is the Caribbean Outreach Manager and an Internet Strategist at Packet Clearing House, an international non-profit supporting Internet development, including DNS, Internet Exchange Points and cybersecurity training, research, deployment and policy formulation.
In 2010, Mr. Wooding was designated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as a Trusted Community Representative and entrusted, as one of seven Recovery Key Share Holders for the Domain Name Server Security Extensions (DNSSEC) protocol that secures domain names on the Internet.
In 2011, the University of the West Indies (UWI) selected Mr. Wooding as one of 50 distinguished UWI Alumni of the St Augustine Campus for his leadership, advocacy efforts, and contributions in the field of education and technology.
In 2013, LACNIC conferred him its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his role in establishing Internet exchange Points in the Caribbean and for his contribution to the development of training programs and educational resources to strengthen adoption and use of the Internet.
Manager, Regional Affairs for Latin America & The Caribbean Bureau
Mr. Shernon Osepa is a national of Curacao. He is fluent in Dutch, English, Spanish, Papiamento and has a working understanding of French.
Prior to joining ISOC, Mr. Osepa was the Manager Regional Relations Caribbean for ICANN for more than three years. Before ICANN he worked as a Policy Advisor with the Telecommunications & Post Regulatory Authority (Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post) in the Netherlands Antilles for almost 6 years. Previously he worked with the local telecommunications incumbent operator UTS/Setel in Curacao, for almost nine years.
Education: He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University for Professional Studies in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University for Professional Studies in Enschede the Netherlands and a Master's degree in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago.
Internet Analyst at Packet Clearing House (PCH)
Nishal is passionate about transferring knowledge to developing countries. He is a volunteer instructor for the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), and a IEEE member.
Nishal is also ISPA's country manager for the Internet Exchange Points (INXes) for South Africa. Both from a technical and policy background, Nishal has been involved in developing interconnections and Internet Exchange Points in many countries, and now adds those many years of experience to Africa's largest peering points.
He's been CTO, and Senior Project Manager: Global Infrastructure, for AfriNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa, and has worked in several roles at Internet Solutions, South Africa's largest corporate ISP, growing their infrastructure to a multinational service provider, operating across 4 continents during his 12 year stint there.
Adrienne Galanek joined the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan as Deputy Chief of Mission on September 28, 2015. Presently, she is serving as Charge d'Affaires until a new Ambassador is appointed
Ms. Galanek is a career U.S. diplomat. She has recently served as Senior Coordinator for Interagency Affairs at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) as part of the Department of State's Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) team.
She worked closely with military and other U.S. Government Agencies to address security challenges across the Latin America and the Caribbean region. She earned the military's Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award for her work.
Ms. Galanek's career has taken her across several continents serving in a variety of capacities. Prior to SOUTHCOM, Ms. Galanek served as the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) program director in Juba, South Sudan. In 2011, she was the Chief of the U.S. Embassy's Economic section in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and prior to that served as Economic Officer in Windhoek, Namibia. While in Washington, DC, she worked in the State Department's Office of Southern African Affairs as the Desk Officer for Swaziland and Malawi. Ms. Galanek also served as Political and Economic Officer in Oslo, Norway, and prior to that as Consular Officer in Shanghai, China.
Ms. Galanek holds a Master’s degree in National Security Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College and a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in American Government and History. She has received several Department of State awards. She enjoys outdoor activities here in beautiful Belize including snorkeling and hiking.
CEO, HSR Inc, Board Member, Holy Cross Hospital. Focus Topics: Public Sector, Healthcare and Business Forum
Mr. Gupta is a Cybersecurity & Health IT Expert, & Published Author. He is also a member of the Mission & Population Health Board Committee at Holy Cross Health.
His organization, HSR, is an innovative 501(c)3 Health IT start-up supporting provider & payer efforts to improve the security, increase the operational efficiency, and lower the costs of delivering healthcare. They have worked on designing secure online personal health records systems, non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) solutions, applications of GIS technology for analyzing health data, as well as a solution for a convenience and reliable patient risk stratification solution.
Former Roles: IT Risk Manager AARP, Producer & Host Technology Today Radio, Chair of FBI/InfraGard Cyber SIG, Member & Editor of CyberWatch. Chair MCCTAB & PGCITC Security SIG, Director of IT Security PG Community College.
Education: Stanford University - Advanced Leadership Program, MBA- Georgetown University, MSEE Electrical Engineering UMD, BSEE Electrical Engineering UMD.
Chief Risk Officer, Omni Systems
Angela is the Chairman of the Board for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Education Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC USA). She is a member of ISACA, the Project Management Institute and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Angela Dingle, Chief Risk Officer for OmniSystems, is Certified in the Governance of Information Technology (CGEIT) and has over 25 years of experience in the public and private sector. An award winning business owner, she is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) experienced in Information Technology, governance, cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, strategic planning, leadership development, management and process improvement.
Former Roles: Program Manager - Data Corporation of America, Testing Services Manager - Compuware.
Education: MS Management Information Systems from Bowie State University, and a BS in Computer Science from Devry Institute of Technology.
Information Management Officer at the US Embassy in Belize
Darrell joined the US Foreign Service in 1999 and has also served at the US Embassies in Costa Rica, Afghanistan, Iraq, the US Mission to NATO in Brussels, and in regional IT support centers in Florida.
During his time in Iraq, he was the head Information Systems Security Officer for all Department of State systems.
Co-Founder & Chief Security Strategist, Carbon Black. Focus Topic: Law Enforcement
Johnson has computer science degrees from the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University.
Ben is a Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist at Carbon Black, and a partner of M.Tech. In his role he spends the majority of his time meeting with prospects, customers and partners to discuss cybersecurity strategy both with Carbon Black products and also across the stack.
In the past two years he has met with over 500 organizations, travelled over 300,000 miles and presented in 10 countries. The rest of his time is spent working on innovation and product efforts, and focusing on openness and API capabilities. Prior to Carbon Black, he spent several years working in U.S. Intelligence, first at NSA and then as a defense contractor.
CIO, Omni Systems. Focus Topics: Public Sector and Network Operators.
Mr. Yearwood has over 20 years in Information Security and Technology experience. His expertise includes Project Management, System Analysis & Design, IT Tool Integration, Development, Migration, and Deployment.
Carl Yearwood is a Senior security professional with experience in security program management and consultation with an emphasis on the development, implementation, management, and testing of security solutions. Hehas FISMA Certification and Accreditation for large US Federal government systems, standards and guidelines such as the NIST 800 series of special publications and the FIPS publications, and audit remediation.
Former Roles: Include strategic and tactical planning, cost benefit analysis for Information Security automation initiatives, incident response, vulnerability management, security architecture, and incident handling. Currently, serves as the Information Security Manager on the MAXIMUS DMCS program and leading Information Security teams to address the overall Information Security program for the US Department of Education DMCS contract.
Education: He has a BA in Business Administration-Mount St Mary University. Certifications include: CISM, CISA, CISSP, CRISC.
CISSP, CISM, Sr Information Security Engineer at OmniSystems Inc.
David Brock is a senior information security engineer at OmniSystems Inc who helps customer’s secure their data and information systems from internal and external threats.
After spending nearly two decades working in the information security discipline, for both public and private sector clients, David believes that the best approach to information security is through solid information security program development and implementation. He has helped numerous customers with activities including; security impact analysis, vulnerability management, security assessments, and security architecture design and implementation.
David is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) as well as a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). He actively contributes to the security community and has presented at the U.S. Virgin Islands Information Technology Expo (2017) as well as the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs, Debt Management Conference (2009). He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Legal Counsel CyCAP, Board Member CyAN, Paris, and Advisory Group Member at Cyber Crime Center
"Dr. Dzsinich is legal counsel at CyCap (Paris), board member of the Cyber Security Advisors Network (Paris), member of the Advisory Board of Communication Providers at EUROPOL (The Hague) and a registered attorney at the Budapest Bar Association.
Earlier he served as the Intellectual Property Rights Lead at Microsoft and after that as the Chief Legal Counsel at T-Systems - both based in Budapest. He took part in the work of the Internet Legal Team of Deutsche Telekom.
He was a member of the Council of Copyright Experts for 5 years at the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office. Also gained practice at the European Patent Office in Munich.
As a lawyer he received significant experience at the GÖHMANN Law Firm in Hanover, at the Bérczes Law Office and at the SBG&K Law Offices in Budapest. He was elected as the local chair of the Business Software Alliance for 2 years. Dr. Dzsinich is a lecturer at the Pécs University’s info-communication focused LL.M. course in the field of IT related criminal law.
He received his education from the Peter Pazmany University, the University of Salzburg, the University of Pécs and from Cambridge University."
CEO, ROMAD Cyber Systems
Mr. Igor Volovich is passionate about the craft of cybersecurity and its role in protecting the computing public, the integrity of global commerce and international trade, and the defense of critical national infrastructure entrusted to the ICT profession.
Mr. Volovich is a strategist, advisor, advocate, mentor, author, speaker, and recognized leader in the field of information security, with a proven record of creating and executing global programs to deliver positive, measurable information security and risk outcomes for the enterprise, the business, partners, and customers.
Internationally experienced cyber security executive and senior advisor with 20 years of service to the world's largest private and public-sector entities, Fortune 100's, US legislative and executive branches, and regulatory agencies.
Ira Winkler, CISSP is President of Secure Mentem, author of Advanced Persistent Security, and co-host of The Irari Report
He is considered one of the world’s most influential security professionals, and has been named a “Modern Day James Bond” by the media. He did this by performing espionage simulations, where he physically and technically “broke into” some of the largest companies in the World and investigating crimes against them, and telling them how to cost effectively protect their information and computer infrastructure. He continues to perform these espionage simulations, as well as assisting organizations in developing cost effective security programs. Ira also won the Hall of Fame award from the Information Systems Security Association, as well as several other prestigious industry awards. Most recently, CSO Magazine named Ira a CSO Compass Award winner as The Awareness Crusader.
Ira is also author of the riveting, entertaining, and educational books, Advanced Persistent Security, Spies Among Us and Zen and the Art of Information Security. He is also a columnist for ComputerWorld, and writes for several other industry publications.
Mr. Winkler has been a keynote speaker at almost every major information security related event, on 6 continents, and has keynoted events in many diverse industries. He is frequently ranked among, if not the, top speakers at the events.
Mr. Winkler began his career at the National Security Agency, where he served as an Intelligence and Computer Systems Analyst. He moved onto support other US and overseas government military and intelligence agencies. After leaving government service, he went on to serve as President of the Internet Security Advisors Group, Chief Security Strategist at HP Consulting, and Director of Technology of the National Computer Security Association. He was also on the Graduate and Undergraduate faculties of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. Mr. Winkler was recently elected the International President of the Information Systems Security Association, which is a 10,000+ member professional association.
Mr. Winkler has also written the book Corporate Espionage, which has been described as the bible of the Information Security field, and the bestselling Through the Eyes of the Enemy. Both books address the threats that companies face protecting their information. He has also written hundreds of professional and trade articles. He has been featured and frequently appears on TV on every continent. He has also been featured in magazines and newspapers including Forbes, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Planet Internet, and Business 2.0.
President, Athena Strategies Inc. Focus Topics: Law Enforcement, War Games, Public Sector and Business Sector
Kathleen is a strategy consultant to senior leadership in government and corporations. Distinguished for design/ use of strategy wargames to assess critical issues and challenges among a diverse and often competing stakeholders and their priorities. Assisted Office of Secretary of Defense, US Navy and US Air Force leadership in assessing national security assets, requirements and financial challenges. Managed International Corporate Strategies for clients. Corporate Director for Fortune 25 Corporation, Managing International Business Development, Corporate Strategies.
Assisted Office of Secretary of Defense, US Navy and US Air Force leadership in assessing national security assets, requirements and financial challenges. Managed International Corporate Strategies for clients. Corporate Director for Fortune 25 Corporation, Managing International Business Development, Corporate Strategies.
Former Roles: Director of Research and Analysis, US Presidential Commission, Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces.Strategy Project Director, Center for Naval Analysis. Principal, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Primary negotiator for the government for dual use technology, assessing investment risks, business plans and partner strategies for technology development. Principal at Booz Allen & Hamilton: developed senior level wargames for OSD,DOD, the Department of the Navy and the Presidential Commission of Critical Infrastructure Protection. National Director of Strategy for KPMG, Team Lead for Department of Justice development of the Five-Year Counter Terrorism and Technology Crime Plan, Program Director for Wargaming and Acquisition Strategy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
Education: J.D/PhD in International Corporate Law, International Political Economics and Defense Policy, MPS International Relations and Defense Policy.
Vice President –Consulting & Executive Director – IR & Red Team Operations, (Mandiant Consulting Consulting; a Fire Eye Company)
Marshall is a Vice President of Consulting at Mandiant, a FireEye company, where he has global responsibility for all Incident Response and Red Team Operations. He oversees and ensures the cutting edge nature of Mandiant’s technical services.
Mr. Heilman has extensive experience performing incident response and Red Team operations for the Fortune 500, high technology firms, law firms, the financial industry, and government organizations; he has worked many of the highest profile and public breaches over the last 10 years. Prior to Mandiant, Mr. Heilman served in the United States Marine Corps where he performed various information security functions.
Mr. Heilman speaks at conferences around the world and has an MBA from Arizona State University, and a BS in CIS from University of Maryland.
CEO/Founder - Center for Information Security Awareness. Focus Topics: Cyber Security, ICT Policy Development and Law Enforcement
His passion for helping organizations to secure the critical infrastructure and data has led to his tireless efforts to make information security practices interesting, meaningful and relevant at home and at work.
In 2007, Michael Levin retired from the United States Department of Homeland Security after a distinguished thirty-year career in law enforcement. Michael served at the Department of Homeland Security as the Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division. Michael previously served as the Branch Chief of the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force program in Washington DC. Michael was a member of the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Special Agent program and worked around computer forensics and cybercrime investigations for over fifteen years.
After this distinguished career and seeing the need, Michael founded the Center or Information Security Awareness. The CFISA (www.cfisa.org) brought together a group of leading academics, security and fraud experts to explore ways to increase security awareness among many audiences, including consumers, employees, businesses and law enforcement.
The Center for Information Security Awareness was formed in 2007 by a group of leading academics, security and fraud experts to explore ways to increase security awareness among a number of audiences, including consumers, employees, businesses and law enforcement.