Meet the Speakers

Dmitri Alperovitch

Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co-Founder and CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., leading its Intelligence, Labs and Product teams. A renowned computer security researcher, he is a thought1leader on cybersecurity policies and state tradecraft. Prior to founding CrowdStrike, Dmitri was a Vice President of Threat Research at McAfee, where he led company’s global Internet threat intelligence analysis and investigations. As a recognized authority on cyberespionage, cyber warfare, online organized criminal activity, and cybersecurity, Alperovitch has significant experience working as a subject matter expert with all levels of U.S. and international policy makers, intelligence and law enforcement agencies on analysis, investigations, and profiling of transnational organized criminal activities and cyber threats from terrorist and nation-state adversaries. He is a well-respected technical and policy thinker on the most difficult global cybersecurity issues, and is a frequent speaker at military, intelligence, law-enforcement, academic and security industry conferences. Alperovitch has published and given numerous talks on the contemporary issues in cybersecurity policy such as cyberdeterrence doctrine, Chinese-sponsored cyberespionage and the use of cyber weapons on the future battlefield. Alperovitch is frequently quoted as a cyberpolicy and cybersecurity expert source in national publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post, The Associated Press and Reuters

John S. Bay, Ph.D.

Dr. John S. Bay began his career in academia, as a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, VA. He taught mechatronics and robotics and performed research in control theory, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. After leaving academia, he worked as an Engineering Fellow for the Raytheon Company; a Program Manager for the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA); Chief Scientist for the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, NY; and as Chief Scientist for Assured Information Assurance (AIS), also in Rome. In 2013 he formed an independent consulting business and in 2014 became the Executive Director of the Cyber Research Institute, which is a not-for-profit scientific research corporation.

Dr. Bay earned his Ph.D. working in biomechanics and robotic control systems at The Ohio State University in 1988. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, author of 74 publications, and has won numerous awards for his teaching, research, and service in electrical engineering, embedded systems, military command & control, and cybersecurity.

Carl Landwehr, Ph.D.

Dr. Landwehr received his B.S. from Yale University in engineering and applied science and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in computer and communication sciences. His graduate work included development work on the MERIT computer network, which eventually became the Internet. After teaching computer science at Purdue University, he joined the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), where his interest in understanding how we can have confidence in what a computer program does led him to a 23-year career in what is now called cybersecurity research and development. After leaving NRL in 1999, he spent 12 years developing, funding, managing, and guiding national cybersecurity research programs for the National Science Foundation, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In addition to his contributions to the research literature, Dr, Landwehr served four years as editor-in-chief of IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine. He is an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to cybersecurity and was in the first class of 11 individuals inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame in 2012.

Michael L. Kearn, CISSP

Within his role, Mr. Kearn is responsible for assessing and analyzing technology solutions on behalf of the Consumer Banking division of US Bank. As an Information Security Officer (ISO), he regularly consults with technology and operational risk management executives as an information security subject matter expert. Within his architect role, Mr. Kearn partners on projects for the Consumer Bank and is responsible for ensuring those projects align with information security policy and industry best practices for securing systems. Mr. Kearn brings more than seventeen years of varied experience in Information Technology to his current role. Mr. Kearn has been a featured speaker at events such as CSO Magazine events, and the Minneapolis CISO Executive Summit. Mr. Kearn has provided keynote presentations for events such as the SC Magazine eSymposium on Mobile Device Security and has participated as a Program Committee member for RSA Conference. In addition, he has been a featured speaker for the Institute for Applied Network Security (IANS) conferences and is a member of their Technology Advisory Council (TAC).

 Orin S. Kerr, JD

Professor Kerr is a nationally recognized scholar of criminal procedure and computer crime law. He has authored more than 50 articles, and his scholarship has been cited in over 150 judicial opinions and almost 2000 academic works.Before joining the GW faculty in 2001, Professor Kerr was a trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a former law clerk for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.In 2013, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Professor Kerr to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Kelley Misata

Kelley Misata is a strategic thought leader who combines over 15 years in business leadership roles with a passion for facilitating critical conversations around responsible digital citizenship, digital safety, and free of speech online. Her current work with The Open Information Security Foundation and recent work at Tor spans across fundraising, advocacy, policy discussions, marketing and outreach activities with a wide array of stakeholders. Kelley combines 15 years of professional success in strategic business development, training and consulting with a unique perspective as a survivor of cyberstalking. She draws on current trends and conversations in digital security with local and federal law enforcement, information security experts and national resources to create strategies which incorporate the human side of digital safety. Bringing to the table a fearless and unique perspective drives Kelley’s successes in her professional and academic endeavors. Kelley holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing her PhD in the Information Security Interdisciplinary Program at Purdue University.

Shawn O’Reilly, CISSP, CISM, CISM

Shawn O’Reilly, CISSP, CISM, CISM, is the Information Security Officer for Upstate Medical University and University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Shawn has over twenty years of experience in the information security, information systems auditing, and security consulting fields. Shawn’s primary focus in information security centers on healthcare security compliance with both state and federal regulations. Shawn is the Secretary for both Central New York chapters of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. Shawn is also a volunteer with the (ISC)² Foundation, where he presents to students, teachers, and the general public in the community on how they can better secure their online life with cyber security education and awareness. Shawn holds and Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in MIS from LeMoyne College and Master of Science in Information Management with a Certificate in Advance Study in Information Security Management from Syracuse University.

Marcus Rogers

Dr. Rogers is the director of the Cyber Forensics & Security Program in the College of Technology at Purdue University and professor and fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Among his past achievements are international chair of the Law, Compliance and Investigation Domain of the Common Body of Knowledge committee, chair of the Planning Committee for the Digital and Multimedia Sciences section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, chair of the Certification and Test Committee of the Digital Forensics Certification Board, and former advisory board member of the Digital Forensics Certification Board. A former police officer, he also served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Digital Forensic Practice. He has authored several books, book chapters and journal publications in the field of digital forensics and applied psychological analysis and his research interests include applied cyber forensics, psychological digital crime scene analysis, and cyber terrorism. In 2014-15, Marc is the McDevit Chair in Computer Science at Le Moyne College.

Paul Silba

Paul Silba, CISSP, CISM, MCSE, is the Director of Cyber Security for the New York Power Authority. Paul has been in the Information Technology field for nearly 20 years, the past 15 at NYPA, where he works on Intrusion Prevention, Systems hardening, and Security Auditing, and building Cyber Security into IT projects as they are planned, among other tasks. He leads a team of Cyber Security professionals who work hard to protect New York Power Authority from Cyber Security issues, including those related to the Power Grid. He is a member of the NYC Metro FBI Infragard program, and has presented on several Cyber Security topics. When he is not working on protecting Cyber Assets, he is outside walking in the woods with his dog buddy, or riding his electric bike.

Laurie Venditti

Laurie Venditti, Security Liaison has earned valuable experience over the last 15 years in the security industry supporting the development of projects ranging from technology integration within law enforcement agencies, public safety through data capture, situational awareness and video surveillance solutions, data content analytics and records/content management. She holds community service and leadership roles within the InfraGard (FBI Partnership Organization) of over 50,000 security professionals on both the local and national levels. She has served in several leadership roles with InfraGard since 2003. She was recruited into current 2,000+ membership group with the Metro New York Alliance as member #25. Laurie is the recipient of FBI Director Mueller’s award for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest; she is an alumnus of the Domestic Security Executive’s Academy-Quantico, VA and FBI Citizens Academy – NYC. She is the Founder and President of the Syracuse InfraGard Alliance (150 members). She serves as the POC for DHS/Stop.Think.Connect program and has initiated a Sector Chief Program locally in Syracuse where Sector Chiefs/Subject Matter Experts are appointed from both the Public and Private Sectors in the Critical Infrastructure that represent the demographics of CNY. She is a Public – Private Security Sector Liaison and resides in Central New York.


Previous Speakers

Rebecca Bace

Rebecca Gurley Bace is an internationally recognized expert in network security and intrusion detection. She is Chief Strategist for the Center for Forensics, Information Technology and Security (CFITS) at the University of South Alabama, and President/CEO of Infidel, Inc. She has extensive experience in both cyber security research and venture capital arenas. In 2014, SC Magazine named Becky Bace one of the top five most notable women in IT Security.

Tim Casey

Tim Casey, CISSP, IAM, is a Senior Information Risk Analyst for the enterprise Intel Security Group, with extensive experience in many information security fields. He is also the Industry Chair of the IT Sector Risk Assessment & Mitigation Working Group under the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, creating new-paradigm systems such as the Cybersecurity Assessment and Risk Management Approach (CARMA), to efficiently manage risks to the U.S. IT infrastructure at a national level.

Jean Pawluk

 Jean Pawluk is an executive consultant and a Distinguished Fellow of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). Jean has extensive experience in the high tech, telecom, and financial industries alternating between technical and executive leadership roles. Formerly she served as Chief Architect at Visa and at Equifax and has led teams to deliver strong authentication solutions including the first commercial PKI system in the world. She is active in a number of standards and working groups, and an initial founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance. She is currently on the board of the Silicon Valley ISSA group and on the advisory board of several startups.

Jeff West

Jeff joined Anaren Microwave in September 2010 where he is responsible for Anaren’s Systems, Networks, and Cyber Securities. Jeff has worked in various operational and technological capacities such as Director of Networking, Systems\Networking Engineer, and Manage Services Engineering Manager. His responsibilities include general business planning regarding technology and systems required to maintain the company’s security, compliance, operations and competitiveness. He has a reputation for his experiences in system/network operations, data center operations, disaster recovery, system administration, business process improvement, policy authoring and compliance to deliver technology solutions/strategies. Jeff holds and Bachelor of Arts in MIS and minor in Business Management and Marketing from Mercyhurst University.