7.0 Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

A third-generation Marylander, Ben Cardin has been a national leader on health care, retirement security, the environment and fiscal issues while representing the people of Maryland in the U.S. Senate, and before that in the House of Representatives.

Senator Ben Cardin | Morning Keynote

Maryland Senator

Prior to his current position, she served as the Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer of the Information Assurance Directorate at the National Security Agency. Her focus areas include strategy, planning, integration, and relationship management, in cybersecurity and related disciplines.

D. Renee Tarun | Critical Infrastructure Threat Perspectives

Deputy Special Assistant to the Director NSA for Cyber Chief and Deputy Chief of the NSA Cyber Task Force

Gib Sorebo assists government and private sector organizations in complying with legal and regulatory requirements and addressing cybersecurity risks. He has been working in the information technology industry for more than 23 years in both the public and private sector.


Chief Cybersecurity Technologist, Leidos
Morning Panel - Challenges to Infrastructure

Dr. Chipley is a cybersecurity and engineering technical consultant working on Department of Defense projects and private sector clients supporting the federal government. He is a Contributor to the NIST SP 800-82 R2 Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security and the author of the Whole Building Design Guide Cybersecurity Resource page.

Michael Chipley, PhD GICSP PMP

President, The PMC Group LLC

Daryl Haegley oversees the Information Risk Management effort to modernize and integrate real property, geospatial, and energy systems for the Department of Defense (DoD), he leads the Enterprise Energy Information Management Capability initiative to standardize DoD processes and integrate systems needed to systematically track, analyze, and report facility energy and water use and related costs.

Daryl Haegley

Program Manager in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense

Eric manages the development, and implementation of strategic enterprise-class software to customers in the U.S. Intelligence Community and the DoD. With over 19 years of high-tech sales experience in the commercial and federal space, Eric managed accounts at Salesforce.com, EMC, and Sybase prior to joining Intel Security in 2010. He served as an airborne ranger with the United States Army.

Eric Trexler

Director of Intelligence & Emerging Technologies, Intel Security
Mid-Morning Breakout - Health - Privacy & Data Integrity

Jason Taule is a 25+ year veteran of the information assurance industry who has worked in both the intelligence community and commercial sectors first consulting to Federal agencies and then serving as inside CSO/CPO both within the Government and at large systems integrators like General Dynamics and CSC.

Jason Taule

CSO / CPO at FEI Systems

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

Samuel Sanders Visner is an experienced national security and cybersecurity executive who has served in leadership positions in the private sector and in government, and served also as member of the Board of Directors of CVG/Avtec Systems, Inc. Mr. Visner serves currently as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cybersecurity at ICF International, a leading consulting and advisory services firm active across the public and commercial sectors.

Samuel Sanders Visner

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Cybersecurity ICF International

As the World Wide Technology (WWT) Cyber Security Engagement Manager Chris provides leadership for the WWT Global Cyber Security Practice. Chris is a demonstrated leader with over 25 years’ experience in IT, security, privacy, information risk management, vendor management, and regulatory compliance.

Chris Konrad

Cyber Security Engagement Manager, WWT
Mid-Day Breakout - Internet of Things

Drew’s background is rooted in software and system delivery. Early in his career he developed systems that were deployed across the Intelligence Community and DoD, including the first operational Navy intelligence system built using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, POST, and the map rendering software for one of the first GIS systems deployed widely across the Intelligence Community, Oilstock.

Drew Cohen

President & Chief Executive Officer, MasterPeace Solutions, Ltd.

Christopher Cleary is Tenable’s new Federal Director of Business Development and Capture, bringing over 20 years’ experience in government, military, and commercial enterprises. He is also a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Christopher Cleary, PMP, CISSP

Director Business Development, Tenable Network Security

Larry Wall joined Eurotech in 2014 as Chief Executive Officer. As such, Larry is responsible for overseeing the operations, sales, and results of the organization as it delivers industry leading hardware, software, and services to enable the Internet of Things (IOT) and embedded, industrial computing in the North American market.

Larry Wall

Chief Executive Officer, Eurotech, Inc.

As the former Associate General Counsel for Intelligence Law at the National Security Agency (NSA), April offers clients significant insight into some of the most highly regulated activities in the U.S. intelligence community. In this role, she gained significant experience with legal issues relating to big data, including privacy and compliance programs, specifically in telecomm, technology, and defense sectors of the economy.

April F. Doss

Partner, Saul Ewing LLP
Mid-Day Breakout - Integrity of the Supply Chain

Richard M. (Dickie) George works on a number of projects sponsored by the US
Government. Prior to joining APL, he worked at the National Security Agency as a
mathematician from 1970 until his retirement in 2011, writing more than 125 peer-
reviewed technical papers on cryptomathematical subjects. He also worked on
Information Assurance projects, including hardware and software supply chain
issues facing the US Government. While at NSA, his work was recognized by the
Cryptomath Institute and he was elected to Distinguished Member status into both
the Kryptos (Cryptanalytic Society) and the CMI (Cryptomath Society).

Dickie George

JHU/APL Cyber Program

Dr. Bryant is Chief Information Officer, Air Force and Joint Specialty Officer (JSO), Professor at the University of Maryland and the Florida Institute of Technology, and Information Technology Director/Manager/Chief Engineer at several defense contracting companies. He provides technical leadership and education across the doctrine, organization, materiel, personnel, and facilities for the USAF and USMC Chief Information and Technology Officers. He is the USAF Cyber Task Force Technical Advisor and Research Analyst developing studies and materials in the modernization of cyber security processes and procedures. Dr. Bryant is a noted authority in Information Assurance, Cloud Computing, and Cyber Security.

Jim Bryant

Technical Advisor, United States Air Force and Marine Corps (USAF, USMC)
Afternoon Panel - Solutions and Opportunities

Sarah Geffroy handles cybersecurity and national security policy issues. Ms. Geffroy’s past government experience includes serving as a Counselor to Board Member Elisebeth Collins on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and as General Counsel to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. As General Counsel, Ms. Geffroy led the Committee’s efforts to pass cyber threat information sharing legislation.

Sarah Geffroy

Director, AT&T’s Global Public Policy office

Captain Paul Tortora, USN (ret), is the Director of the Center for Cyber Security Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy. Paul recently retired from the Navy following 26-years active duty as a Nuclear Submarine Officer and Naval Intelligence Officer. While on active duty, he completed five deployments across the globe on nuclear attack submarines, amphibious assault ships, and an aircraft carrier, conducting various peacetime and combat operations across the globe.

Paul Tortora

Director, Center for Cyber security studies, US Naval Academy

Tim Keogh started his insurance career in March, 1985. In December, 1987, he joined the Independent Agency system where he remains today. As an independent agent and risk manager, Tim produces new commercial clients and retains long- standing relationships with past and current clients.

Tim Keogh

Commercial Insurance VP, Sandy Spring Insurance

With nearly twenty years of experience in government and the private sector, Paul brings in-depth knowledge of cybersecurity, investigations and national security issues. Paul is a partner in the firm’s Washington office and his practice focuses on investigations, litigation, regulations, policy and legislation relating to a wide range of homeland security and privacy issues.

Paul Tiao

Partner, Hunter & Williams
Conference Moderators

Richard M. (Dickie) George works on a number of projects sponsored by the US
Government. Prior to joining APL, he worked at the National Security Agency as a
mathematician from 1970 until his retirement in 2011, writing more than 125 peer-
reviewed technical papers on cryptomathematical subjects. He also worked on
Information Assurance projects, including hardware and software supply chain
issues facing the US Government. While at NSA, his work was recognized by the
Cryptomath Institute and he was elected to Distinguished Member status into both the Kryptos (Cryptanalytic Society) and the CMI (Cryptomath Society).

Dickie George | Afternoon Panel - Solutions and Opportunities Moderator

JHU/APL Cyber Program

Maj. Gen. (R) Jim H. Keffer retired as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) in 2015 and served as the command’s principal staff officer, assistant, and adviser to the Commander. As the Chief of Staff, he directed and coordinated the staff directorates, comprising over 900 personnel, with the mission of directing the operations and defense of specified DoD networks.

Jim Keffer | Morning Panel - Challenges to Infrastructure Moderator

Founder & President, Keffer Consulting, LLC

Stephen Pimpo is a dynamic results oriented executive with over 30 years of successful business engagements. He has worked for and with the premiere brands in professional services. His broad ranging expertise includes leadership, strategy, business development, foreign military sales, relationship management, supply chain and performance improvement consulting both nationally and internationally.

Stephen Pimpo | Mid-Day Breakout - Integrity of the Supply Chain Moderator

Managing Principal, Double Eagle Consulting LLC

Neil has over 25 years of cyber security expertise solving hard problems in defense and commercial industries. He has proven leadership in high growth technology products and service companies. Neil served 5 years as Chief Operating Officer at CyberPoint International, 6 years as Executive Vice President and CTO at Savi Networks, and 8 years as Director/GM at Lockheed Martin Cyber Security organization.

Neil Furukawa | Mid-Morning Breakout - Internet of Things

President and CEO, AKUA

Michael Finkel is the new Chief Executive Officer for Sparksoft. He is an active member of the leadership team, working to realize the vision of a strong Health IT Contractor. Prior to this, Mr. Finkel was Chief Operating Officer for QSSI. He was responsible for managing QSSI’s operations.

Mike Finkel | Mid-Day Breakout - Health Data Privacy Moderator

CEO, Sparksoft