8.0 Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dukes is the former Deputy National Manager (DNM) for National Security Systems (NSS) where he was charged with securing systems that handle classified information or are otherwise critical to military and intelligence activities. He has served in a variety of organizations within NSA.

Curtis W. Dukes | Morning Keynote

Executive Vice President & General Manager of the CIS Security Best Practices & Automation Group
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Mr. Gula started his cyber security career as a network penetration tester for the NSA. Known for his work at Tenable Network Security where he was founder and CEO, he is now working with the next generation of cyber security start-ups with their product roadmaps, capital raises and building their companies.

Ron Gula | Lunch Keynote

Managing Partner, Gula Tech Adventures

A recognized leader in the support of the National Intelligence mission, Mr. Anderson has expertise in counterterrorism and signal intelligence operations. He dramatically changed the way the NSA/CSS collects, delivers, shares information in direct support of the national-level decision makers and the warfighter.

Lonny Anderson | Afternoon Keynote

Executive Vice President of Nobus
Concurrent Session 1A - Developing an Insider Threat Program Under NiSPOM Change 2

Brian Hubbard is the Director of Edwards’ Commercial Strategic Business Unit (SBU). As SBU Director, he is responsible for all strategic Commercial initiatives. Given his 32 years of cybersecurity experience, Brian also leads development and expansion of Edwards’ Cybersecurity Solution Area.

Brian Hubbard

Director of Commercial Strategic Business Unit, Edwards Performance Solutions
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Ms. Griggs is a senior executive with national security and business experience who has established, transformed and led organizations in the U.S. Intelligence and Security communities. She currently serves on three corporate boards overseeing U.S. Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence compliance agreements.

Mary H. Griggs

National Security Consultant
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Jennifer Scanlon is the FSO/ITPSO/IT Manager at INNOPLEX, a fast growing IT consulting company. Jennifer graduated from UMBC with a degree in Biology and Psychology, then started her career within the Intelligence Community. She started as a help desk specialist, then moved into system and network engineering, before taking on the role of Facility Security Officer and Contractor Special Security Officer.

Jennifer Scanlon

FSO/CSSO, Innoplex
Robert C. Smith, Chief Cybersecurity Engineer for Leidos

Robert C. Smith joined Leidos in 2009 and currently oversees a team of cybersecurity professionals responsible for providing DoD risk assessments, security architecture, and cyber defense services in support of national senior leaders.

Robert C. Smith, CISSP-ISSEP

Leidos Cybersecurity Program Manager
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Jennifer Smith has nearly two decades experience as a General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer, Data Privacy and Insurance Subject Matter Expert. As a member of the Shulman Rogers Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice group, Jennifer focuses on data collection, use, transfer and security.

Jennifer G. Smith

Attorney, Shulman Rogers Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice group
Concurrent Session 1B - Securing Data from Insider Threat
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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

Chief Privacy Office/Chief Security Officer, FEI Systems

Ananta founded Howard Tech Advisors and brings more than 25 years of leadership experience to the team. Prior to launching Howard Tech, Ananta worked as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Workspace.com, where he was involved in raising venture funding, developing marketing strategies, and leading global sales efforts.

Ananta Hejeebu

Managing Partner, Howard Tech Advisors
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Ms. McCoy is a security professional with 25 years of security and information assurance experience. She has worked with a wide variety of security disciplines including network security, host and application security, security policy development, operations, security certification /compliance and architecture/design.

Melissa McCoy

Chief Technology Officer, Kaizen Approach
Concurrent Session 2A - Partnering for Growth and Selling out through Private Equity, Venture Capital and Strategic Buyers
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Moss Amer works at the Maryland Venture Fund—an early-stage, evergreen venture capital fund dedicated to funding and growing the next generation of outstanding businesses in Maryland. With more than $100M in assets under management, the Fund partners with exceptional entrepreneurs and helps them to build valuable companies that last.

Moss Amer

Analyst, Maryland Venture Fund, TEDCO
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Ermis is the co-founder and CEO of Trivalent. With 15 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneurial professional, Ermis has established himself as a thought leader in the data privacy and business communities.

Ermis Sfakiyanudis

President & Co-Founder, Trivalent
Chris College Bio

Mr. College is an experienced capital markets professional with deep expertise in structuring, negotiating, and executing transactions who has successfully raised over $1.6 billion in over 60 transactions during his career. He is currently responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the TCP Venture Capital family of funds.

Chris College

Managing Partner, TCP Ventures Capital
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Jamie Benoit is the President of FedData and its Chief Executive Officer. Jamie is responsible for day-to-day management of FedData, execution of its strategic plans and management of resources. Since assuming his role in 2010, Jamie has helped develop a world-class team which has seen a revenue growth at FedData of nearly fifty times.

Jamie Benoit

President, FedData
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In 2006 Ryan Co Founded an online customer acquisition website in the home improvement industry called AllAroundtheHome.com, which was acquired by Quinstreet in 2008. After spending 12 years in the IT and cyber security training industry, Ryan Co-Founded Cybrary in 2015. Within just two years, Cybrary has become the largest provider of cyber security learning, in the world.

Ryan Corey

President & Co-Founder, Cybrary
Concurrent Session 2B - How Government and Higher Education is Spurring Innovation

COL Dan Bennett is a Cyber Officer who directs Cyber Operations. He is a former Network Engineer and Signal Officer with a PhD in Electrical Engineering. His most recent operational experience was as Director of the Joint Network Operations and Security Center for Combined Joint Task Force - 101 in Afghanistan for 15 months with the 101st Airborne Division.

COL Daniel Bennett, Ph.D.

Professor at West Point & part of the Army Cyber Institute
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LTC Stoney Trent, Ph.D. is a Cognitive Engineer, Army Cyber Officer and the Chief of Experimentation at US Cyber Command. He has 22 years of experience in operations and intelligence assignments, and his research has focused on team cognition in mission command, intelligence and cyber operations. He directs the Cyber Immersion Lab, which is a US Cyber Command activity that develops and assesses cyber capabilities.

LTC Stoney Trent, Ph.D.

Chief of Experimentation for Applied Research & Development, US Cyber Command
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Stephen Auvil is the senior vice president for technology transfer and commercialization at the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). In this role, he is responsible for a number of funding and other programs that foster the transfer of technologies from universities and federal laboratories into the commercial sector.

Stephen Auvil

Sr. VP for Technology Transfer & Commercialization, TEDCO

Dr. Richard Forno is a Senior Lecturer in the UMBC Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, where he directs the UMBC Graduate Cybersecurity Program and serves as the Assistant Director of UMBC’s Center for Cybersecurity. His twenty-year career spans the government, military, and private sector, including helping to build the first formal cybersecurity program for the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as the first Chief Security Officer for Network Solutions, and co-founding the CyberMaryland conference.

Dr. Richard Forno

Senior Lecturer & Asst. Director, UMBC Center for Cybersecurity
Conference Moderators
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Richard M. (Dickie) George is the Senior Advisor for Cyber Security at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. At the Lab, he works on a number of projects sponsored by the US Government and provides oversight on additional efforts. Prior to joining APL, he worked at the National Security Agency as a mathematician from 1970 until his retirement in 2011.

Dickie George - Concurrent Session 1A Moderator

Sr. Advisor for Cyber Security, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
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With more than 25-years in the economic development profession, Tom has worked with partners in industry, higher education and at every level of government. His career projects exceed $10 billion in value and 50,000 jobs; these include the 2005 BRAC win for Aberdeen Proving Ground and numerous HQ, R&D lab and industrial projects for major government and private sector clients.

J. Thomas Sadowski - Concurrent Session 2B Moderator

Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, University System of Maryland
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Gary Merry is the founder and CEO of Deep Run Security, a cyber risk management company, that recently joined the Convergence Technology Consulting team where they are able to complete the risk cycle from assessing cyber risk to rapidly move through attestation to remediation.

Gary Merry - Concurrent Session 1B Moderator

CEO of Deep Run Security

Over the past 20 years Tami has helped technology companies grow in the Mid-Atlantic region and nationwide from start up to public companies and beyond. Tami has been involved with the successful exits of over 150 companies and has represented technology companies, investors, SBICs and underwriters such as JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

Tami Howie - Lunch Keynote Interviewer

President, Maryland Tech Council
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Greg has extensive experience working with privately held middle market businesses in M&A advisory, capital raises, recapitalizations, exit and strategic planning, tactical marketing, and business development. Prior to joining The Braff Group, he was a Managing Director at Bengur Bryan and The McLean Group, two highly regarded Mid-Atlantic based investment banks.

Greg Boucher - Concurrent Session 2A Moderator

The Braff Group