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

Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford is an accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, where he was responsible for increasing utilization of small businesses in government procurement, as well as continually improving the efficiency of the agency.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford

Lt. Governor of Maryland
Concurrent Session 1A - Blockchain - Technical

Matthew Johnson, a 20 year industry veteran, is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Guardtime, where he is responsible for shaping the company’s technology strategy and engineering the company’s next phase of growth for blockchain solutions in defense, telecommunications, industrial, financial services, and select enterprise ecosystems. Johnson has directed product development and cyber-innovation initiatives for some of the United States most critical defense programs, which have direct applicability to the digital asset integrity challenges facing enterprise markets today.

Matthew Johnson

Chief Technology Officer, 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

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

Josh Lospinoso is an Army Captain working for Cyber Command as a technical director, where he mentors other developers and writes infosec tools used in cyber operations around the globe. He holds a PhD from the University of Oxford and is a Rhodes Scholar.

Josh Lospinoso, Ph.D.

CAPT, US Cyber Command
Concurrent Session 2B - Security in an Open Source World - Managerial

Speaker to be named

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.

Dr. Kate Hetherington

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

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 Shultz

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

Dr. Merlynn Carson


Prior to his current position, 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

Solutions Architect and Strategic Advisor

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

Founder of Grimm, Scythe, and ICS_Village