2018 Conference Speakers

Welcome Remarks

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is serving his eighth term in the United States House of Representatives for the citizens of Maryland’s 2nd District. Congressman Ruppersberger is known as a common sense consensus builder who works with Members from both sides of the aisle to get results for Maryland and the nation.

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger

Congressman, Maryland's 2nd District

Benjamin H. Wu is an internationally recognized technology policy expert with more than 25 years of experience and management leadership. Wu has worked on behalf of the State of Maryland at the highest levels of federal and state government, as well as in the U.S. Congress, on issues related to innovation, competition, technology commercialization, international trade and economic development.

Benjamin Wu

Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
Concurrent Session 1A - Blockchain - Technical

Alok Chawla is a technology leader with 20 years of proven experience in system and network infrastructure, mobile platform architecture and deployment, cloud architecture and migration, and enterprise management systems. Chawla excels at bringing an innovative and logical approach to analyzing complex business needs, enabling him to conceptualize and architect cutting edge solutions based on the latest mobile and cloud technologies.

Alok Chawla

Director of Cloud Solutions, Guardtime
Concurrent Session 1B - Blockchain - Managerial

An experienced Management Consultant with over 13 years of professional experience. His functional expertise is focused in the areas of blockchain technology, data analytics, financial modeling, and Business Process Re-engineering (BPR). In his current role at Noblis, he serves as the Deputy Lead for the Economic Analytics for Decision Support (EADS) Center of Excellence (CoE) and also leads the Blockchain Working Group. In his free time, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering for youth related community initiatives.

Daniel Yim

Principal, Noblis
Concurrent Session 2A - Security in an Open Source World - Technical

Dr. Gwen Greene offers experience providing support towards system security measures in compliance with the risk management framework in Information Systems Certification and Accreditation (NISCAP), Director of Central Intelligence Directive 6/3 (DCID 6/3), Intelligence Community directives, and the family of National Institute Standards and Technology (NIST) 800 series special publications certification and accreditation procedures.

Moderator: Gwen Greene, Sc.D., CISSP

Applied Information Technology

Shawn is focused on creating strategic approaches, frameworks and technologies to elevate the competitive superiority of the U.S. Government’s Information Assurance capabilities.

Shawn Wells

Chief Security Strategist, Red Hat

Anthony (Tony) Lawrence is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of VOR Technology. With a background in counter-terrorism and threat analysis, and numerous achievements during his tenure in military and government, Mr. Lawrence contributes expert skills and leadership ability to VOR. Mr. Lawrence is a service-disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, where he provided operational oversight for two counter-terrorism offices within the Department of Defense (DOD).

Anthony Lawrence

Founder and CEO of VOR Technology

Scott D. Lathrop, Ph.D., CISSP, is SoarTech’s Director of Cyber and Secure
Autonomy. By combining artificial intelligence with human factors, SoarTech
builds intelligent systems to enhance human operations for defense and
commercial applications, to include robotics, cyber/EW, and military training
systems. As the Director of Cyber and Secure Autonomy, Scott is leading a
team that is investigating the intersection of AI and cyber to support humanmachine
teaming for cyberspace/EW operations and to provide trustworthy
autonomy for unmanned platforms.

Scott Lathrop, Ph.D.

SoarTech
Concurrent Session 2B - Security in an Open Source World - Managerial

Adam Clater is the Chief Architect of the Office of the Chief Technologist of Red Hat's North America Public Sector organization. He works internationally with federal agencies, integrators and Red Hat partners & Communities to promote and define the use of enterprise open source solutions. Adam is passionate about the use of enterprise supported open source innovation for the betterment of government and our nation and has been recognized as a thought leader within Red Hat and throughout the public sector industry. Adam is frequently published in GovEec, Government Computing News, FedTech Magazine and other publications.

Moderator: Adam Clater

Chief Architect, Office of the Chief Technologist, Red Hat

Shana Cosgrove is founder, owner, and CEO of Nyla Technology Solutions, Inc., a HUBZone-certified and Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned small business (EDWOSB) founded in Baltimore City, Maryland in 2013 and focused on providing mission-focused software systems development services to the United States Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. Cosgrove - a principal engineer, enterprise architect, and product strategist—combines over 20 years of experience in the computer science and systems engineering fields with a creative, proactive, and focused approach to projects that address all aspects of the software systems lifecycle. She brings a strong understanding of a broad range of technologies and techniques used to develop software-intensive systems.

Shana Cosgrove

CEO, Nyla Technology Solutions

John Evans has nearly two decades of IT experience supporting the government as a commercial contractor and also as a Public Servant. He currently has two roles at the Maryland Department of Human Services (MD DHS) where he is serving as the Deputy CTO and the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). John is one of the fathers of a revolutionary data hub-centric architecture for the Maryland Total Human Services Information Network (MD THINK) program that is on target to provide a modernized system to improve efficiency, reduce operational costs, respond to new requirements, have reliable data and relevant search, prioritize workloads, and measure program effectiveness for improved outcomes and streamlined service delivery for the most vulnerable Marylanders, including children in foster care, disconnected youth, and families in need.

John Evans

CISO and Deputy CTO, Maryland Department of Human Services

David Merritt is the Experimentation Branch Chief in the Applied Research and Development Division of U.S. Cyber Command’s Capabilities Development Group. In this role, he leads Cyber Command’s capability assessment and experimentation efforts, helping bridge the gap between research and operations. David is an active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force. During his 15 years in the Air Force, he has performed in education, training, program management, research and development, and cyber warfare roles. David is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force’s Undergraduate Network Warfare Training course and is a former member of the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team (AFCERT). At the AFCERT, David commanded a 40-person team responsible for preventing, detecting, and responding to network intrusions against the Air Force.

Lt. Col. David Merritt, Ph.D.

U.S. Cyber Command
Lunch Panel - Where is the Workforce?

Dr. Kathleen Hetherington has dedicated her career in higher education to advancing the mission of community colleges. With more than 35 years of progressively responsible community college leadership experience, Dr. Heatherington is the fourth president of Howard Community College (HDD) and the first to be a community college graduate. Under her leadership, HCC has grown to 30,000 credit and noncredit students.

Kate Hetherington, Ph.D.

President, Howard Community College

Prior to joining GW, she managed a multi-million dollar computer science education and research portfolio and led the Cyber Corps program for the US National Science Foundation. Dr. Burley is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert.

Diana Burley, Ph.D.

Executive Director and chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and professor, The George Washington University

Colonel Matthew Dunlop is a proven cyber security leader with over 25 years' experience guiding employees while serving on active duty in the United States Army. He currently works for the United States Army Cyber Command at Fort Meade. Colonel Dunlop has a deep, technical understanding of cyber security gained through industry experience, a Ph.D. in computer engineering, and CISSP certification. Adept at leading teams of security experts in identifying system vulnerabilities and mitigating network compromises. Expertise in directing global cyber operations. Experience working in classified environments (TS/SCI). Exceptional communicator, able to break down complex problems into comprehensible topics for technical and non-technical audiences.

COL Matthew Dunlop, Ph.D.

US Cyber Command

Kelly M. Schulz was confirmed as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) in February of 2015. A former member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing Frederick County, she served on the Economic Matters Committee from 2011- 2015. In addition to local issues, then Delegate Schulz took special interest in legislation relating to banks and other financial institutions, business, occupations and professions, economic development, labor and employment, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Maryland Department of Labor from her years of experience working in the government, in the private sector and as a small business owner.

Kelly Schulz

Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, License, and Regulations
Concurrent Session 3A - IT/Device Security - Technical

Jason Taule is a 25+ year veteran of the information assurance and cybersecurity industry who has worked in both the intelligence community and commercial sectors first consulting to Federal agencies and then serving as inside Chief Security Office / Chief Privacy Officer both within the Government and at large systems integrators like General Dynamics and CSC. He helped build the original DARPA CERT, was responsible for the first computer security programs at the VA and NASA, authored the Maryland Data Privacy Law, led a multi-million dollar global cyber security practice for a large international consulting firm, ran the team responsible for HIPAA complaint investigations for OCR for 3 years, and for the last 17 years has been a luminary in the US Health IT space supporting numerous OpDivs in DHHS.

Jason Taule

FEI Systems

Mr. Dunlap launched ReFirm Labs in 2017 with $1.5M in seed investment to commercialize The Centrifuge Platform. Centrifuge vets and validates IoT firmware images against vulnerabilities and potential exploits utilizing a proprietary process developed at Tactical Network Solutions. The Centrifuge Platform mitigates cybersecurity risk of IoT firmware from the development stage to post-deployment into the enterprise.

Terry J. Dunlap, Jr.

Co-Founder & CEO, ReFirm Labs, Inc.

Dr. Robert L. Fanelli is a computer scientist and security practitioner with IronNet Cybersecurity, Inc. He previously served as a US Army Colonel with over 27 years of service conducting military cyberspace, IT and telecommunications operations, most recently at United States Cyber Command. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Hawaii, MS from the University of Louisville, a BS from Penn State University and a number of industry credentials, including the designation as a GIAC Security Expert.

Robert Fanelli, Ph.D.

IronNet Security
Concurrent Session 3B - IT/Device Security - Managerial

Merlynn Carson is the founder and CEO of Myriddian, LLC, a Health, IT and Workforce Development firm located in Columbia, MD. Merlynn is a Physician by training and made the switch from Medicine to focus on her entrepreneurial venture. Myriddian took shape in 2012, and since then it has grown to become a national firm with just under 200 W-2 employees working nationally and boasting a clientele of several Fortune 100 companies and Government agencies.

Dr. Merlynn Carson

Myriddian

Prior to his current position as Sparksoft’s Chief Strategy Officer, Henry served as Deputy CIO and Deputy Director, Office of Information Services as a key agency executive leader driving improvements and optimization of operational systems and effective change management. Previously, Mr. Chao served as Chief Information Officer, Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on all facets of IT including organizational development of an IT workforce, developed and promoted innovation in IT design and implementation.

Henry Chao

Chief Strategy Officer, Sparksoft

Bryson is the Founder and CEO of SCYTHE and Chairman of GRIMM. Prior to launching SCYTHE and GRIMM, Bryson led an elite research & development (R&D) division that directly contributed towards National Security priorities and interest. Prior, as a Deputy CTO, he developed the enterprise R&D program and supported creation of a cybersecurity strategy and was a Program Director focused on supporting technology research and global infrastructure for the DoD and the Intelligence Community.

Bryson Bort

SCYTHE
Afternoon Keynote

Debora Plunkett is a cybersecurity leader with more than 30 years of experience. Culminating a career of U.S. federal service in 2016, she currently is Principal of Plunkett Associates LLC, a cybersecurity consulting business. Additionally, she serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland University College Graduate School in the Cybersecurity program. She also serves on several corporate boards.

Debora Plunkett

Principal, Plunkett Associates LLC