Cybersecurity Advisory Committee (CSAC) Members
The CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee (CSAC) is comprised of 34 of the nation’s leading experts on cybersecurity, technology, risk management, privacy, and resilience, including a Chair and Vice Chair.
The biographies of the current CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee members are provided below.
- Mr. Thomas A. Fanning (Chair)
Mr. Thomas A. (Tom) Fanning is chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Southern Company, America’s premier energy company. He has worked for Southern Company for more than four decades and has held 15 different positions in eight different business units, including numerous officer positions with a variety of Southern Company subsidiaries in the areas of finance, strategy, international business development and technology. Prior to his current role, Mr. Fanning served as the company’s chief operating officer.
In this role, he was responsible for Southern Company’s generation and transmission, engineering and construction services, research and environmental affairs, system planning and competitive generation business units and leading Southern Company’s efforts on business strategy. Mr. Fanning also previously served as the company’s chief financial officer (CFO), where he was responsible for the accounting, finance, tax, investor relations, treasury and risk management functions. Prior to his time as CFO, Mr. Fanning was president and CEO of Gulf Power.
In addition to his work with Southern Company, Mr. Fanning has served for nearly a decade as co-chair of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, the principal liaison between the federal government and the electric power sector addressing threats to the electric grid. Mr. Fanning also serves on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a group tasked with developing a protection strategy for the cyberspace interests of the United States. From 2012-2018, Mr. Fanning served on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and is a past chairman of the Conference of Chairs of the Federal Reserve Banks and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).
Mr. Fanning’s accolades include being named CEO of the Year at the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards and receiving EEI’s Distinguished Leadership Award, the American Football Coaches Foundation’s CEO Coach of the Year Award, and the Bobby Jones Award presented by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Mr. Ron Green (Vice Chair)
Mr. Ron Green is chief security officer for Mastercard, where he leads a global team that ensures the safety and security of the company's network, as well as internal and external products and services. He is responsible for corporate security, security architecture and engineering, cryptographic key management, business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency management. Mr. Green is a member of the company’s Management Committee. Mr. Green joined Mastercard in 2014 after serving as deputy chief information security officer at Fidelity Information Services (FIS). Prior to this position, he was director, Investigation and Protections Operations at Blackberry. Mr. Green also served as a senior vice president across several areas at Bank of America. He has extensive experience working with international and federal law enforcement agencies both as a special agent in the United States Secret Service and as an officer in the United States Army. With the Secret Service, Mr. Green worked protection and fraud investigations. He was one of the first agents to receive formal training on seizing and analyzing electronic evidence and worked on a number of international cyber-crime investigations. Mr. Green serves on the board of directors for SailPoint Technologies, chairs the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), and is chair of the U.S. Secret Service, Cyber Investigation Advisory Board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, is a graduate of the FBI’s Domestic Security Executive Academy and holds a graduate certification in Information Assurance from George Washington University.
- Mr. Steve Adler
Mr. Steve Adler most recently served as Austin’s 52nd Mayor, term limited after completing his second term at the start of 2023. During his tenure as Mayor of Austin, TX, his top priorities included mobility, affordability, and equity for all Austinites. Mr. Adler served as a Trustee of the United States Conference of Mayors, Past Chair of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) policy board, and Past Vice President of the National Council of Democratic Mayors. During his time in office, the City of Austin passed the largest mobility and affordable housing bonds in its history. He shepherded Austin through COVID with one of the lowest mortality rates in the country, less than half that nationally and in Texas. The has city centered equity, raised its minimum city wage to $20 per hour, passed city-wide sick leave, and second chance hiring protections. Mr. Adler helped launch and raise $500 Million to fund FindingHomeATX with a goal to reaching net zero homelessness in Austin after having achieved that status for veterans. The city continued as a world leader on climate change action. Mr. Adler received broad recognition for innovative leadership. Foreign Policy named him a Global reThinker and Living Cities included Mr. Adler on its list of 25 Disruptive Leaders (along with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and author Ta-Nehisi Coates) to mark that organization’s 25th anniversary.
- Ms. Marene Allison
Ms. Marene Allison has served as the Global Chief Information Security Officer for Johnson & Johnson, a position she has held from 2010 to 2023. In this role, she was responsible for protecting the information technology systems and business data for one of the world’s largest healthcare companies. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Allison served as Chief Security Officer for Medco. There, she was responsible for developing and implementing security strategy and maintaining IT and physical security for over 145 facilities. Ms. Allison also previously served as head of Corporate Security for Avaya, and Vice President of Loss Prevention and Safety for The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. She has worked as an FBI Special Agent, served in the U.S. Army, and graduated from West Point in the first class to include women.
- Ms. Lori Beer
Ms. Lori Beer is the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and a member of the company's Operating Committee, responsible for the firm's technology systems and infrastructure worldwide. Ms. Beer manages a $14 billion budget and over 55,000 technologists supporting JPMorgan Chase's retail, wholesale and asset and wealth management businesses. She also serves as the co-sponsor of the firm's Access Ability Business Resource Group.
Ms. Beer joined the firm in 2014 and was most recently the Chief Information Officer for the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB). Prior to joining the firm, she was Executive Vice President of Specialty Businesses and Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc., responsible for a $10 billion business unit which included WellPoint's Specialty Products.
Ms. Beer is a member of the Teach for America New York Advisory Board. She's also a member of the University of Cincinnati's Lindner College of Business Advisory Council and the University of Cincinnati Foundation Board of Trustees. She has endowed scholarships at the University of Cincinnati where she holds a Doctor of Commercial Science, honoris causa and the University of Dayton where she holds an honorary doctorate of science, to help increase diversity in STEM careers.
Ms. Beer has been named among the Most Influential Women in US Finance by Barron’s, the Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker and a Merit Award recipient by the Women's Bond Club. Ms. Beer has also been recognized as a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader and National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Health Care Champion.
Ms. Beer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Dayton.
- Mr. Dave DeWalt
David DeWalt is one of the preeminent leaders in cybersecurity and technology, leading some of the world’s most influential companies toward immense success over the past 30 years. A four-time CEO, Mr. DeWalt has been at the helm of some of the most impactful companies in the sector, creating more than 20 billion dollars in shareholder value and driving some of the largest acquisition deals and IPOs in history. He currently serves as Founder and CEO of NightDragon, a venture capital and advisory firm building the world’s largest platform for growth for late-state cybersecurity, safety, security, and privacy companies. A sought-after advisor and executive leader, Mr. DeWalt has held more than 40 board of director roles at influential companies such as Delta Airlines, Optic, Claroty, Five9, Mandiant, and Forescout Technologies. Mr. DeWalt is also a deeply committed public servant dedicated to advancing public-private partnership, including serving four Administrations on the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). A thought leader on cybersecurity and technology issues, Mr. DeWalt has appeared in CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Forbes, Bloomberg, and other leading media outlets.
- Ms. Vijaya Gadde
Ms. Vijaya Gadde most recently served as Twitter’s legal, public policy, and trust and safety lead. Prior to joining Twitter in 2011, Ms. Gadde was senior director, legal at Juniper Networks; previously, for nearly a decade she worked at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Ms. Gadde serves on the Board of Trustees of NYU Law School and the Board of Directors of Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian aid and development organization, which partners with communities, corporations, and governments. Ms. Gadde is also a co-founder of #Angels, an investment collective focused on funding diverse and ambitious founders pursuing bold ideas. Ms. Gadde earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.
- Mr. Brian Gragnolati
Brian Gragnolati is President & CEO of Atlantic Health System. He is also former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA), dedicated to leading, representing and serving hospitals and health systems in their work to advance the health of individuals and communities.
A nationally respected voice in health care, Brian is a frequent speaker at events such as the Aspen Ideas Health Conference, SXSW (South by Southwest) and the International Hospital Federation’s World Hospital Congress. He occasionally appears on CNBC, MSNBC and Bloomberg Radio, sharing his experience and insight on the nation’s most pressing health care concerns. He was honored by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and selected by Governor Phil Murphy for both the Office of the Governor’s COVID-19 Restart & Recovery Advisory Council and Professional Advisory Committee. With $4 billion in revenue and 20,000 team members, Atlantic Health System serves more than half the state of New Jersey, including 11 counties and a region of 5 million people. The system cares for patients at more than 400 sites of care, including Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Hackettstown Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Visiting Nurse, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation and Atlantic Medical Group, which employs over 1,000 community-based physicians.
Prior to his tenure at Atlantic Health System, Brian served as Senior Vice President, Community Division of Johns Hopkins Medicine and President and CEO of Suburban Hospital. He previously held executive positions at WellSpan Health, the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.
Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Systems Analysis from the University of Connecticut, an MBA from Western New England College and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the JFK School at Harvard University. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI) and Lakeland Bank, which supports the community with an extensive branch network and commercial leading centers throughout New Jersey and Highland Mills, New York. He and his wife, Donna, live in Madison, New Jersey.
- Mr. Royal Hansen
Royal Hansen is Vice President of Privacy, Safety and Security Engineering at Google, where he leads the central engineering function that builds and scales the foundational technology that keeps billions of people safe online. This team's capabilities include cybersecurity threat detection, analysis and counter-abuse, building advanced AI/ML security technologies, and protecting privacy, identity and data. From detecting sophisticated threats to building on our AI expertise, the team pushes the boundaries of security innovation to drive impact across Google, so that users, governments, and society can benefit.
Prior to Google, Royal worked in the financial services industry, with leadership positions at American Express, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Fidelity Investments. In these roles, he focused on protecting the security and integrity of the companies’ technology systems and the information they processed, managed regulatory risk and compliance standards, and enabled technical resilience through his teams’ work on disaster recovery and business continuity.
Royal began his career at cybersecurity startup @stake, which was acquired by Symantec. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Yale University, and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in information sciences and Arabic language study, which he completed at the United Arab Emirates University.
- Ms. Niloofar Razi Howe
Ms. Niloofar Razi Howe is currently a senior operating partner at Energy Impact Partners, a venture capital fund investing in companies shaping the energy landscape of the future. She also serves on the boards of directors of Tenable, Inc., Morgan Stanley Banks, Pondurance (as Executive Chair), Recorded Future, Swimlane, and Tamr. She is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow, International Security Initiative, at New America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. Previously, Ms. Howe served as chief strategy officer and senior vice president of Strategy and Operations at RSA, a global cybersecurity company, where she led corporate strategy, corporate development and planning, business development, global program management, business operations, security operations and federal business development. Prior to RSA, Ms. Howe served as the chief strategy officer of Endgame (acquired by Elastic), a leading enterprise software security company, where she was responsible for driving market and product strategy, as well as leading marketing, product management, corporate development, and planning. Ms. Howe spent twelve years leading deal teams in private equity and venture capital; first as a principal at Zone Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in Los Angeles, and then as managing director at Paladin Capital Group, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity fund focused on investing in next-generation security companies.
- Mr. Chris Inglis
Mr. Chris Inglis last served as the National Cyber Director within the Executive Office of the President. He was confirmed by Congress in June 2021. In this role he served as the President’s senior advisor for cyber issues and lead the implementation of national cyber policy and strategy. He retired from the Department of Defense in January 2014 after 41 years of federal service, including 28 years at the National Security Agency (NSA) and 7.5 years as its Deputy Director. Mr. Inglis began his career at NSA as a computer scientist followed by tours in information assurance, policy, time-sensitive operations, and signals intelligence organizations. His military career includes over 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, retiring as Brigadier General in 2006. Mr. Inglis holds the rating of Command Pilot. During his military service, he commanded units at the squadron, group, and joint force headquarters levels. After retirement from federal service, Mr. Inglis continued to serve in a variety of national security positions, including as a U.S. Naval Academy Looker Distinguished Visiting Professor for Cyber Studies, service as a special government employee on the Defense Science Board and advisory boards in support of US Strategic Command, the National Intelligence University, the Director of National Intelligence, and as a commissioner on the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission. His private sector experience includes service on several public boards and as a managing director at Paladin Capital.
- Mr. Rahul Jalali
Mr. Rahul Jalali was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer in November 2020. In this position, Jalali serves as the organization’s technology thought leader, ensuring Union Pacific has a complete, integrated process and systems strategy. This includes flexibility to innovate and improve speed-to-market by introducing cutting edge capabilities and optimize business models driven by technology. He also serves as Chairman of the board of PS Technology based out of Denver. Prior to joining Union Pacific, Jalali spent 23 years with Walmart Inc. in increasing leadership roles, most recently as Corporate Vice President in the Technology division serving Walmart
International. Rahul specializes in developing world-class global technology organizations and customer focused solutions that scale technology platforms, leverage data, automation, machine learning, build quality products to grow/optimize businesses. Jalali holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, India. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Make a Wish Nebraska as well as Habitat for Humanity foundations. He and his family are passionate about involvement in the local community development projects with a focus on the well-being of children.
- Mr. John Katko
John Katko is an accomplished leader who served Central New York in Congress from 2015 until his retirement in 2022. John currently serves as a Senior Advisor with HillEast Group, a government affairs and strategic communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York.
Early in his career in Congress, John became a strong voice on the House Homeland Security Committee. In 2020, he was selected to lead House Homeland Security Committee Republicans. As Ranking Member, John led efforts to secure the border and prioritized a robust focus on cybersecurity, as well as transportation and airport security. Additionally, John served eight years as a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
While serving New York’s 24th Congressional District, John achieved significant legislative success, with 98 bills passed the House and 45 signed into law. Through his advocacy, John delivered millions of dollars to his district in Central New York.
John has strong relationships in New York and Washington across the political spectrum. He is well-respected for his work across the aisle and was consistently ranked among the most bipartisan members of Congress by the nonpartisan Lugar Center. As Chair of the Republican Governance Group, John was responsible for expanding political engagement with results-oriented Members of Congress.
Prior to serving in Congress, John spent nearly twenty years as a federal organized crime prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, prosecuting hundreds of complex criminal cases including organized crime, drug and human trafficking, murder, and political corruption. He has extensive experience on the U.S. Northern, Southern, and Maritime borders. Additionally, he served as a litigator with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and as an anti-trust and commercial litigation attorney in private practice.
John and his wife Robin live in Camillus, New York and enjoy spending time with their three adult sons
- Mr. Jim Langevin
Congressman Jim Langevin most recently served as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, on which he chaired the Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems Subcommittee and served on the Subcommittees on Seapower and Projection Forces and Strategic Forces. He was a senior member of the Committee on Homeland Security and served on its Subcommittees on Intelligence & Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, & Innovation.
Congressman Langevin was one of four legislators appointed to serve on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and he co-founded and co-chaired the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus to increase awareness around the need for stronger cybersecurity. A national leader on securing our nation’s technology infrastructure against cyber threats, Congressman Langevin has authored or co-authored dozens of pieces of cybersecurity legislation, including most recently the National Cyber Director Act.
After serving as secretary for the state’s Constitutional Convention in 1986, Congressman Langevin won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, and in 1994, became the nation’s youngest Secretary of State. His leadership resulted in reforms to Rhode Island’s outdated election system and a landmark report documenting widespread violations of the state’s Open Meetings Law. He served in that role until winning election to Congress in 2000.
Congressman Langevin is the first quadriplegic to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
At the age of 16, Congressman Langevin was injured while working with the Warwick Police Department in the Boy Scout Explorer program. A gun accidentally discharged and a bullet struck Langevin, leaving him paralyzed. The tremendous outpouring of support from his community inspired Congressman Langevin to give something back and enter public service. He is driven by the belief that everyone deserves a fair opportunity to make the most of their talents.
Congressman Langevin graduated from Rhode Island College and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He resides in Warwick, Rhode Island
- Ms. Cathy Lanier
Cathy Lanier serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for the National Football League. As the league’s CSO, Ms. Lanier supervises all operations and activities of the NFL security department. She oversees coordination with the league office and all 32 clubs, in addition to working with federal, state, and local law entities to ensure the security of the NFL’s venues, fans, players, staff and infrastructure. She acts as the primary supervisor of investigative programs, event security (including the Super Bowl) and international games, game integrity programs, and department administration. Prior to serving in her current role as Senior Vice President and Chief of Security at the National Football League, Lanier held the position of Chief of Police with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) from 2007 to 2016. Lanier rose through the ranks of the MPD to earn various commendable honors including becoming the first female police chief of the nation’s capital, the first commanding officer of Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism for D.C. Police, one of a small number of female chiefs in the nation at the time, and the longest serving chief on the D.C. force. When serving as Chief of Police, Ms. Lanier’s innovative strategies were credited with reducing violent crime in Washington, D.C. by 21 percent from 2007 to 2015 while the city’s population grew by 15 percent. Ms. Lanier is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy. She holds Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master's Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
- Mr. Doug Levin
Mr. Doug Levin is co-founder and director of the K12 Security Information eXchange (K12 SIX), a national non-profit dedicated solely to helping U.S. schools protect themselves from emerging cybersecurity threats. As a subsidiary of the Global Resilience Federation, K12 SIX leverages cross-sector information sharing experience and insights from the financial services, legal, manufacturing, and energy sectors to the benefit of the K-12 education sector. Mr. Levin brings over three decades of education and technology policy, research, and advocacy experience to the role. Previously, he served as executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association and—prior to that—in leadership roles with the American Institutes for Research and the National Association of State Boards of Education. He has been recognized as one of the most influential people in education technology and his research and views are routinely sought out by major media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He is a graduate of William & Mary and earned a master’s degree in Sociology from The George Washington University
- Mr. Kevin Mandia
Mr. Kevin Mandia is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Mandiant, formerly FireEye. Mr. Mandia was appointed FireEye CEO in June 2016 and joined the company’s Board of Directors in February 2016. He was previously President of FireEye from February 2015 until June 2016. Mr. Mandia joined FireEye as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2013, when FireEye acquired Mandiant, the company he founded in 2004. Before Mandiant, Mr. Mandia was the Director of Computer Forensics at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee Corporation) from 2000 to 2003, and the Director of Information Security for Sytex (later acquired by Lockheed Martin) from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Mandia also served in the United States Air Force, where he was a computer security officer in the 7th Communications Group at the Pentagon, and a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).
- Mr. Ciaran Martin
Ciaran Martin is Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organizations. Prior to joining the School, Ciaran was the founding Chief Executive of the National CyberSecurity Centre, part of GCHQ.
Mr. Martin led a fundamental shift in the UK’s approach to cyber security in the second half of the last decade. He successfully advocated for a wholesale change of approach towards a more interventionist posture and this was adopted by the Government in the 2015 National Security Strategy, leading to the creation of the NCSC in 2016 under his leadership. Over the same timeframe, the UK has moved from joint eighth to first in the International Telecommunications Union’s Global Cybersecurity Index and the NCSC model has been studied widely and adopted in countries like Canada and Australia. The NCSC’s approach has been lauded for responding quickly to incidents and giving the British public clear and prompt advice on responding to them, putting previously classified information in the hands of industry so that companies can defend themselves more effectively, major improvements in automatic cyber security like countering brand spoofing and rapidly taking down malicious sites, and projecting the UK’s leadership in cyber security across the world. Mr. Martin’s work, which led to him being appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath for services to international and global cybersecurity in the 2020 New Year’s Honor’s list, has also been recognized and honored in the United States and elsewhere across the world
- Mr. Jeff Moss
Mr. Jeff Moss is the founder and President of DEF CON Communications, which organizes and manages the annual DEF CON information security conference. He is an internationally recognized expert in internet and information security. Since 2017, Mr. Moss has also served as a commissioner on the Global Council on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC). In 2016, Mr. Moss joined Richemont as a Director and a member of the Board’s Nominations and Strategic Security Committees. Between April 2011 and December 2013 Mr. Moss was the Chief Security Officer and for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Prior to creating Black Hat Briefings, Mr. Moss was a director at Secure Computing Corporation where he helped establish their Professional Services Department. He started his professional career at Ernst & Young, LLP in their Information System Security division. In 2013 Mr. Moss was appointed as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, associated with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative, within the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. From 2009 through 2020 Mr. Moss was a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council.
- Ms. Nuala O'Connor
Ms. Nuala O’Connor is the SVP and chief counsel, digital citizenship, at Walmart. Ms. O'Connor leads the company’s Digital Citizenship organization, which advances the ethical use of data and responsible use of technology. This team of lawyers, compliance professionals, policy experts, and technologists are responsible for policies and corporate programs in the fields of data privacy and data governance, digital identity, emerging technologies, including ethical AI and biometrics, and information management.
Before joining Walmart, Ms. O’Connor served as president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. In the private sector, Ms. O’Connor has served in a variety of privacy leadership and legal counsel roles at Amazon, GE and DoubleClick. In the public sector, Ms. O’Connor served as the first chief privacy officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She also served as deputy director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, and later as chief counsel for technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She began her legal career in private practice at Sidley Austin, Venable and Hudson Cook.
Ms. O’Connor, who is originally from Belfast, holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.Ed. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband Mr. Peter Bass, their six children and their three dogs.
- Ms. Nicole Perlroth
Ms. Nicole Perlroth spent a decade at The New York Times where she was the lead reporter on cybersecurity and digital espionage. Over her career she has reported on Russian hacks of nuclear plants, petrochemical plants, and elections; North Korean cyberattacks against movie studios, banks and hospitals; Iranian attacks on oil companies, banks and political campaigns; and hundreds of Chinese cyberattacks, including a months-long hack of The New York Times. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book “This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends,” about the global cyber arms race. Ms. Perlroth was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Task Force. She now serves as an adviser to Ballistic, the venture capital firm, and a number of cybersecurity start-ups. She is a graduate of Princeton University, earned a master’s degree from Stanford University and is a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
- Mr. Matthew Prince
Mr. Matthew Prince is co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare, an Internet infrastructure and security company. Today Cloudflare runs one of the world's largest networks, which spans more than 275 cities in over 100 countries and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the Best-Led Companies in America. Mr. Prince is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a winner of the 2011 Tech Fellow Award. Prior to founding Cloudflare, he co-created Project Honey Pot, an open-source community of webmasters that monitors online fraud and abuse.
- Mr. Ted Schlein
Mr. Ted Schlein is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins, and executive chairman and founding partner at Ballistic Ventures. Mr. Schlein has spent the last 35 years helping to create transformative companies. A Midas of investing, Mr.Schlein has served on over 50 public and private company boards, which include many of the world’s greatest cybersecurity companies. As a company leader, he was the founding CEO of Fortify Software, which was later acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Prior to Kleiner and Ballistic, Mr. Schlein served as vice president, Enterprise Solutions at Symantec. There he led the company’s earliest antivirus effort, which included a move into the software utilities market with the launch of a commercial antivirus solution that became the industry gold standard. Mr. Schlein is the former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a national alliance advocating the role of venture investing in job creation, technology innovation, and economic development. He is also the former president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and the founder of DoD-sponsored DeVenCI program. He is an active member of the CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, Homeland Security Advisory Council, NSA Advisory Board, the National Security Institute Advisory Board, and the Council on Foreign Relations, Independent Task Force on Cybersecurity. Additionally, Mr. Schlein serves on the Board of Trustees at InQTel, the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and the Dean of Advisors of the Engineering School at the University of Pennsylvania and is regularly called on to advise government leaders as they navigate society’s digital infrastructure, providing perspectives on security technology, related investments, and market adoption trends. Mr. Schlein holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
- Mr. Stephen Schmidt
Mr. Stephen Schmidt is the Chief Security Officer for Amazon. In his role, Mr. Schmidt leads Amazon’s security engineering teams, proactive security engagements, regulatory work, and security operations and response. Mr. Schmidt joined Amazon in February 2008. From March 2010 to January 2022, he served as the Chief Information Security Officer for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Prior to joining Amazon, Mr. Schmidt had an extensive career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he served as a senior executive. His responsibilities at the FBI included a term as acting Chief Technology Officer, Section Chief, responsible for the FBI’s technical collection and analysis platforms, and as a Section Chief overseeing the FBI’s Cyber Division components responsible for the technical analysis of computer and network intrusion activities.
- Mr. Robert Scott
Mr. Robert Scott is the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, a position he has held since 2017 after having previously worked in the agency for 17 years. Between 2012 and 2017, Bob was Commissioner at the NH Public Utilities Commission. In 2016, he retired as a cyberspace operations officer with the Air National Guard after 30 years of military service, having commanded three Air Force squadrons in his military career.
Mr. Scott serves as cybersecurity advisor for critical infrastructure to Governor Christopher T. Sununu. In that role, he is Managing Director of the New England Utility Cybersecurity Integration Collaborative, serves on the State Cyber Threat Working Group, and oversees initiatives to enhance critical infrastructure cybersecurity, including for the energy sector, drinking water and wastewater treatment systems and dams. As Public Utilities Commissioner he served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and its Committee on Critical Infrastructure and co-chaired the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners’ Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. He currently represents New England on the Environmental Council of the States workgroup to assist the states and EPA in implementing funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure law for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. He works closely with diverse stakeholders in addressing many major public health, environmental, and infrastructure challenges. Mr. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University.
- Ms. Suzanne Spaulding
Ms. Suzanne Spaulding is the Senior Advisor for Homeland Security and Director of the Defending Democratic Institutions Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She also served as a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and now CSC 2.0. Ms. Spaulding served as Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where she led the development and implementation of national policies for strengthening the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against cyber and physical risks, including the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and key presidential directives and executive orders. Ms. Spaulding also led security regulation of the chemical industry, biometrics and identity management, emergency communications, and the Federal Protective Service. As a member of the board of directors for the First Responder Network Authority, Ms. Spaulding helped oversee the complex and unprecedented effort to deploy the first nation-wide broadband network for public safety. She also served as Assistant General Counsel at CIA, as chief counsel for the Senate and House intelligence committees, and as executive director for commissions on WMD and terrorism. Outside of her government roles, Ms. Spaulding has worked in the private sector, including as Security Counsel for the Business Roundtable, and currently serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.
- Mr. Alex Stamos
Mr. Alex Stamos is working to improve the security and safety of the Internet through teaching and research as the Director of the Stanford Internet Observatory, a cross-disciplinary program studying the abuse of the internet. He also helps companies secure themselves as a Partner in the Krebs Stamos Group. He has served as Chief Security Officer at Facebook and Yahoo and was a co-founder of iSEC Partners. Mr. Stamos has investigated and responded to several historical events and has been called the “Forrest Gump of InfoSec” by friends. He is a member of the Aspen Cybersecurity and Information Disorder Commissions, Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy and advises NATO’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. He has spoken on six continents, testified in Congress, served as an expert witness for the wrongly accused, earned a BSEE from UC Berkeley and holds five patents.
- Dr. Kate Starbird
Dr. Kate Starbird is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and is a co-founder and current Director of the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington. She is also adjunct faculty at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and a data science fellow at the eScience Institute. Dr. Starbird’s research addresses human-computer interaction and the emerging field of crisis informatics — the study of how information and communication technologies are used during crisis events. Her research examines how people use social media to seek, share, and make sense of information after natural disasters (such as earthquakes and hurricanes) and man-made crisis events (such as acts of terrorism and mass shooting events). Currently, she focuses on the spread of rumors and disinformation in this context. Dr. Starbird’s research touches on broader questions about the intersection of technology and society—including the vast potential for online social platforms to empower people to work together to solve problems, as well as concerns related to abuse and manipulation of and through these platforms and the consequent erosion of trust in information.
- Mr. George Stathakopoulos
Mr. George Stathakopoulos leads the Enterprise information security program at Apple, which protect Apple’s corporate assets, retail stores, and customer data. Prior to joining Apple, Mr. Stathakopoulos served as Vice President of Information Security and Corporate IT at Amazon. George’s organization built programs to protect Amazon and its customers, and was also responsible for IT infrastructure and other technology resources. He began his career in information security at Microsoft, where he served as General Manager of the Microsoft Security Response Center, responsible for product security.
- Ms. Alicia Tate-Nadeau
Ms. Alicia Tate-Nadeau was appointed by Governor J.B. Pritzker to serve as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor and Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) in January 2019. Ms. Tate-Nadeau brings more than three decades of experience in national security, emergency management, and public safety issues. Prior to her appointment to Director of IEMA, Ms. Tate Nadeau served as Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications where she implemented and managed the third largest 9-1-1 call center in the nation. Ms. Tate-Nadeau spent more than three decades with the Illinois National Guard, retiring in 2017. Her time in the military included serving as the Assistant Adjutant General for the Illinois National Guard and concurrently as the Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
- Mr. Kevin Tierney
Kevin Tierney is General Motors’ Vice President of Cybersecurity and CCO, responsible for all aspects of cybersecurity across the GM ecosystem. The global team is charged with executing enterprise (IT), product, and manufacturing (OT) cybersecurity programs, with focus on: security architecture, penetration testing, cyber risk management, incident response, vulnerability management, intelligence, awareness and training, and governance. Mr. Tierney also serves as vice chairman of the Automotive Information Sharing & Analysis Center (ISAC), an independent, non-profit organization which allows for sharing of threat and vulnerability information and creation of best practices within the industry.
Prior to his current role, he served as the Chief Product Cybersecurity Officer, where he led the team responsible for developing and implementing security control strategies to reduce the risks associated with cybersecurity threats related to the connected vehicle. Under his leadership, General Motors launched the first security vulnerability disclosure program of any major automaker. He also served as Director, Vehicle Architecture Cybersecurity, where he led the team responsible for developing on-vehicle security protocols and requirements in addition to managing supply chain security. Mr. Tierney was also responsible for building one of the industry’s first internal red team penetration testing labs, with staff in Warren, Michigan and Tel Aviv, Israel.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Master’s degrees in Systems Engineering from Purdue University and Business Administration from the University of Indiana.
- Mr. Alex Tosheff
Alex Tosheff has more than 25 years of business and technical leadership experience, currently serving as senior vice president and chief security officer (CSO) at VMware, leading all aspects of VMware’s cybersecurity, physical security and enterprise resiliency across the global enterprise. Alex is an ardent proponent of cybersecurity as a business value driver and is a recognized expert in the areas of security and technology innovation. In addition, he serves as an executive advisory board member for several leading technology organizations, including Zoom, Inc. and was appointed to the Board of Directors of Tenable in November 2022. Alex joined VMware in July 2014 as vice president and CISO, after previously serving as CISO at PayPal and BillMeLater (acquired by PayPal). He also previously served as venture partner for St. Paul Venture Capital and chief technology officer at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Alex holds a bachelor of science in physics from California State University.
- Ms. Nicole Wong
Ms. Nicole Wong is the Principal of NWong Strategies, where she specializes in assisting high-growth technology companies and non-profit organizations to develop international privacy, content, and regulatory strategies. She previously served as Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the Obama Administration, focused on internet, privacy, and innovation policy. Prior to her time in government, Ms. Wong was Google’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, and Twitter’s Legal Director for Products. She is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and free expression, and frequently speaks on issues related to law and technology, including five appearances before the U.S. Congress. Ms. Wong serves on the boards of the Filecoin Foundation, an independent organization that stewards the growth of technologies for a decentralized web; Friends of Global Voices, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting citizen and online media projects globally; The Markup, a non-profit investigative news organization covering technology; and the Mozilla Foundation, which promotes the open internet. She also currently serves as an advisor to the AI Now Institute, the Albright Stonebridge Group, the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the Center for New American Security’s Digital Freedom Forum, Luminate, Refactor Capital, and Tech Talent Project, the Trust & Safety Professional Association, and WITNESS.
- Mr. Christopher Young
Mr. Christopher Young is Executive Vice President of business development, strategy, and ventures at Microsoft. He is responsible for driving growth across the company by establishing strategic partnerships, setting corporate strategy, and identifying high impact investments through Microsoft’s corporate venture arm. Mr. Young is the former CEO of McAfee, LLC. Under his leadership, McAfee grew to protect mission-critical systems and data for more than two-thirds of the Global 2000 and more than 500 million consumers. Earlier in his career, Mr. Young led cybersecurity efforts at Cisco, RSA and AOL. He also led end user computing at VMware and cofounded the company Cyveillance. Mr. Young currently serves on the board of directors of American Express. He previously served as a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He has also been a board member of Snap Inc., Rapid7, and the Cyber Threat Alliance, and has served on the board of trustees of Princeton University.