EXPERTS AND MEMBERS
Hon. Susan M. Gordon
Former Principal Deputy Director of Intelligence
\Susan M. Gordon was sworn in as the fifth Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI) on August 7, 2017. As PDDNI, Ms. Gordon assisted the DNI in leading the Intelligence Community (IC) and managing the ODNI. In particular, she focuses on advancing intelligence integration across the IC, expanding outreach and partnerships, and driving innovation across the Community. She retired in October 2019.
Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart (Ret.)
Defense Intelligence Agency
Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart (Vince) is the Founder and CEO of Stewart Global Solutions, LLC, an international consulting organization. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after more than 38 years of active commissioned service to the nation. On his final tour of duty, he served as the Deputy Commander United States Cyber Command, one of the 11 Combatant Commands of the Department of Defense with military and civilian personnel stationed worldwide. Prior to that assignment, he served as the 20th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), culminating an intelligence career by overseeing the global defense intelligence enterprise supporting customers from the President of the United States, to the troops deployed around the world. In his other General Officer assignments, he served as the Commander, Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command and as the Director of Intelligence, for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy
U.S. Secretary of Defense
Bob Butler is the co-founder and managing director of Cyber Strategies LLC. He also serves as Senior Vice President, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Operations for AECOM and leads strategy development for a $500M campaign to provide integrated secure data delivery to critical infrastructure clients. Previously, he served as the Chief Security Officer for IO, a global data center service and product firm. He has consulted as a Special Government Expert to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and other organizations on cyber security and enterprise risk management. He also serves as a fellow at the Center for New American Security (CNAS) and is a member of the Texas State Cyber Security, Education and Economic Development Council. Prior to assuming his current roles, Mr. Butler served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy (August 2009-August 2011.) In this role, Mr. Butler acted as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and other Defense leaders on the development of cyber strategy and policy.
Senior Fellow Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and Technology
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 consulting business. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and Technology and an Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity in the University of Maryland’s Graduate School.
As a federal senior executive, Ms. Plunkett served first as the Deputy Director and thereafter for over four years as the Director of the National Security Agency’s Information Assurance Directorate. As the leader of NSA’s cyber defense, cryptography and information systems security missions, she directed thousands of personnel across NSA’s worldwide presence and managed a multi-million-dollar budget.
Maj. Gen. Patricia Frost (Ret.)
Director of Cyber
Partners for Performance America
Major General Patricia Frost (U.S. Army, Retired) currently serves as Director of Cyber for Partners in Performance America where she manages operational risk for industry partners. Before retiring in 2018, she served as the first Director of Cyber, Electronic Warfare and Information Operations where she led the development of strategy, policy, and resourcing. Patricia has three decades of global intelligence experience serving in the Indo-Asia-Pacific and Middle East including three combat tours. She has a passion for strategic speaking on critical cyber issues, education, leadership and diversity.
Former Senior Executive
Mr. Roche was the Associate Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation serving as the second-in-command of CIA’s first new directorate in more than 50 years.
Prior to this position, Mr. Roche served as the ADD of CIA for Science and Technology. Mr. Roche also served in positions across the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense. During his career at CIA he also concurrently served in the US Air Force Reserve retiring as a Colonel after 25 years of service.
He has been the recipient of multiple Presidential, IC, CIA and DOD individual and team awards. He received CIA’s highest award for effectively advocating and building a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Robert Hannigan was Director of GCHQ, the UK’s largest intelligence agency and NSA equivalent from 2014-17. He was a member of the National Security Council. He established the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre in 2016 and was responsible, with military colleagues, for the UK’s offensive cyber program. He retired recently after a long career in national security, including as Tony Blair’s lead official on the Northern Ireland peace process. He was the Prime Minister’s Security Adviser from 2007-2010, focusing on Islamist terrorism, and a long-standing member of the UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee. He is one of the few non-US nationals to have been awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal.
Former Senior Director for
National Security Council
Thomas Donahue retired from CIA after 32 years of service. He served as the Chief Editor of the President’s Daily Brief and other CIA daily production during the second term of the Clinton administration, and he spent the last 18 years of his career focused on cyber threats as a manager and senior analyst in what is now known as the Center for Cyber Intelligence. He served four years at the White House during the Bush and Obama administrations, most recently as the senior director for cyber operations for the National Security Council staff. During his last two years, he was the research director at the DNI’s Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT.
Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis
Leslie Ireland is the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis. She joined Treasury in 2010 after 25 years at CIA where she specialized in Iran, the Middle East and WMD. Ms. Ireland retired in November 2016 after more than 31 years in the Intelligence Community.
Prior to joining the Treasury Department, from 2008-2010 Ms. Ireland served as daily intelligence briefer to President. As the first DNI Iran Mission Manager from 2005-2008, she served as the principal advisor to the DNI on Iran and was responsible for overseeing the intelligence process on Iran for the entire US government.
MIT Center for International Studies
Joel Brenner is an American lawyer, writer, and teacher specializing in cybersecurity policy, intelligence law, and the regulation of sensitive cross-border transactions. He is a senior research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his recent work concerns international conflict in the gray zone between war and peace and the protection of the electronic networks that control critical infrastructure such as energy, finance, and telecommunications.
Principal and CISO
Advanced Cybersecurity Group
Geoff Hancock is the principal and CISO at Advanced Cybersecurity Group. Geoff has been in cybersecurity since the early 1990’s with military (JSOC) and the intelligence community. Since 2005 he has been CISO, CTO and held other senior level business sand technology roles with fourtune100 companies. He has spent the last 18 years working and supporting cybersecurity and nationals security operations with agencies across the government.
Mr. Hancock is an advisor on the US approach to offensive cyber operations, cyber Intelligence, deterrence and cyberwarfare with specialized expertise on Middle East and China. He advises US partners on nation state threats and response. He is the chairman of the Federal CISO Alliance and board member of the National Security Technology Collation and advises on technology products. He also coaches fortune 200 companies’ executives on cyber risk management, operations and response to attacks.
He is an Adjunct professor at George Washington, World Cyber MBA Program and guest lecture at National Defense University and National Intelligence University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University where he works on special projects and advise the Executive and Legislative branches of government on cyber operations, legislation and policy.
Mr. Hancock writes and speaks regularly on the impact of cyber operations on business and national security.
National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC)
Patrick D. Gaul is the Executive Director of the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC), a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on driving the national dialogue on technology security in the United States.
Patrick has had a distinguished career with an exceptional record of management performance and achievements in building corporate value. Patrick has extensive international experience and has developed strong multicultural abilities through working, living and traveling around the globe â€“ including the Middle East, the Far East, Western and Eastern Europe and North America. He is an industry leader and subject matter expert in technology products and services, proficient in all aspects of the Internet.
Special Counsel, Cyber/Data/Privacy practice at Cooley LLP
Randy V. Sabett, CISSP, is Special Counsel, Cyber/Data/Privacy practice at Cooley LLP, where he counsels clients on a wide range of cutting-edge cybersecurity, privacy, IoT, IT licensing and intellectual property issues.
Dr. Mark Jarrett
Chief Quality Officer
As Chief Quality Officer for Northwell Health, Mark Jarrett, MD, is responsible for system-wide initiatives in quality and safety. Dr. Jarrett is also Northwell’s Associate Chief Medical Officer for Northwell Health and a Professor of Medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.
He previously served as Chief Medical Officer and DIO at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). Prior to that appointment, Dr. Jarrett was Director of Rheumatology at SIUH from 1982-1999. Dr. Jarrett has extensive research experience, and has been published on the subject of the immune response in systemic lupus erythematosus, quality, and cybersecurity in healthcare. He served on the Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Taskforce. Dr. Jarrett is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology, and past president of the Richmond County Medical Society.
Former Deputy Director
Conrad Prince served as the Director General for Operations and Deputy Director of GCHQ from 2008 – 2015. In those roles he led GCHQ’s intelligence operations and was responsible for the development of the UK’s national offensive cyber capability. From 2015 – 2018 he was the UK’s first Cyber Security Ambassador, leading cyber capacity building work with a number of key UK allies. He retired after 28 years of Government service in January 2018, and now holds a range of advisory roles in cyber and security.
Former Senior Member
British Foreign Office
Nick Fishwick CMG retired in 2012 after nearly thirty years in the British Foreign Service. He did postings in Lagos, Istanbul and Kabul. His responsibilities in London included director of security and, after returning from Afghanistan in 2007, director for counter-terrorism. His final role was as director general for international operations. Nick Fishwick also spent three years on a secondment to UK Customs, specialising in international drug enforcement and tax evasion issues.
David C. Lashway is the Co-chair of the Global Cybersecurity Practice and a member of the Management Committee in Baker McKenzie's Washington, DC office. David is listed in Chambers, a Leading Lawyer by Legal 500, and named in The Washingtonian as a Top Lawyer for crisis management and cybersecurity. He was awarded Corporate Counsel Magazine’s 2017 Gold Winner for Cyber/Privacy Counsel in its annual Best of Corporate Counsel rankings and he is included among the Cyber Incident Response 30 Best Lawyers 2018.
Eric Hipkins is the founder and chief executive officer of R9B, a global leader in cybersecurity training, products and services for the U.S. Department of Defense, Fortune 500 companies, financial markets, critical infrastructure and the international community. Since founding R9B in 2011, Eric’s vision has been to introduce military-grade cyber defense concepts to private enterprises. As a pioneer in cybersecurity, Eric first introduced the concept of threat hunting to commercial markets as early as 2013 with the development of the award-winning ORION HUNT platform. Today, he leads a team of more than 100 professionals dedicated to continuous innovation for the protection of information and automated physical systems.
Josh Lefkowitz executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with Business Risk Intelligence (BRI). He has worked extensively with authorities to track and analyze terrorist groups. Mr. Lefkowitz also served as a consultant to the FBI’s senior management team and worked for a top tier, global investment bank. Mr. Lefkowitz holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Williams College.
Admiral James Winnefeld
Former Vice Chairman
Joint Chiefs of Staff
Admiral Winnefeld served for 37 years in the United States Navy. He retired in 2015 after serving four years as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States’ number two ranking military officer. As a flag officer, he commanded the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, NATO Joint Command Lisbon, Striking and Support Forces NATO, the United States Sixth Fleet, United States Northern Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD. Admiral Winnefeld is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Catherine Lotrionte
Brent Scowcroft Scholar
Dr. Catherine Lotrionte is a Brent Scowcroft scholar at the Atlantic Council with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. She is also the founder and former director of the CyberProject at Georgetown University, where she has taught and written on international and national security law, international affairs, and technology. At Georgetown, she founded the CyberProject in 2008, focusing on the role of international and domestic law in recent and emerging developments in the proliferation of weapons, technology, and threats. Lotrionte previously served as counsel to the president's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board at the White House, on the Joint Inquiry Committee of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, as an assistant general counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency and in the US Department of Justice.
James Van De Velde, Ph.D.
National Intelligence University
James Van de Velde, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the National Intelligence University, where he teaches courses on Cyber Warfare, WMD-Terrorism, and Intelligence Collection and Analysis. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown Security Studies Program, School of Foreign Service, and Adjunct Faculty in the Global Security Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Van de Velde is a Lead Associate for the consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, where he currently consults to the J5 (Strategy) Division of US Cyber Command. He is a former White House Appointee under President George H.W. Bush Sr., for nuclear weapons arms control; a former Lecturer of Political Science and Residential College Dean at Yale University; State Department Foreign Service Officer; and naval intelligence reserve officer.
As a forward thinking Chief Information Security Officer, Steve has taken the lead in deploying a data-centric security model across Ionic, as well as driving a Zero-Trust architecture that has equated to consistent controls, visibility, and protection within Ionic and expanding markets. He is a published author and noted speaker on the topics of cybersecurity and technology. His passion for technology and creating a secure, trusted environment inspired him to join the company in 2015. Steve was also the former CISO for the White House Military Office. Prior to joining Ionic Security as its first CISO, Steve spent 12 years in the Air Force as a Cyber Warfare Officer and held multiple positions to include Detachment Commander and DOD developer/operator.
President & CEO
Global Cyber Alliance
Philip Reitinger has served as the President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance since December 2015. GCA is a non-profit organization focused on eradicating cybersecurity risks – risk by risk. Formerly he filled senior cybersecurity roles at VisionSpear LLC, Sony and Microsoft. In 2009 Mr. Reitinger was appointed as the Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS. He also served as the first Executive Director of the DoD’s Cyber Crime Center, and as Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at DOJ. Mr. Reitinger has been awarded the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Distinguished Service Medal and the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award.
CEO & Managing Partner
Liberty Group Ventures LLC
Kiersten Todt is currently the CEO and Managing Partner of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC (LGV). She develops risk and crisis management solutions for cybersecurity, infrastructure, homeland security, emergency management, and higher education clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Ms. Todt advises senior executives and Boards on cyber risk management, including the development and execution of tabletop exercises and relevant senior-level education and training programs. She also provides strategic advice and counsel to senior leaders in industry and government.
VP Business Development
Brian Brown is responsible for the overall direction of strategic sales and development supporting Flashpoint’s largest clients. In his role, Mr. Brown focuses on designing and executing growth-oriented sales penetration strategies across multiple vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial, supporting Flashpoint’s Sales and Business Development Teams. An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Brown also serves as CSO for NinjaJobs, a private community created to match elite cybersecurity talent with top tier global jobs and also advise growth-stage cybersecurity companies.
Former First Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity, DHS
Mark Weatherford has more than 20 years of security operations leadership and executive-level policy experience in some of the largest and most critical public and private sector organizations in the world.
In 2011, Weatherford was appointed by President Obama as the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and before DHS, he was the Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he directed the cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection program and worked with electric utility companies across North America.
Jarrod Echols is a Solutions Architect for the threat intelligence company, Flashpoint. Jarrod comes to Flashpoint after several years working in US Government. Jarrod has a bachelors in Information Systems with a focus in Computer and Networking Security, and a Master of Public Administration from Southern Illinois University.
Chairman and CEO
Amit Yoran, chairman and CEO, leads Tenable in its vision to empower organizations to understand and reduce their cybersecurity risk. Amit brings a unique blend of leadership in the private and public sectors to Tenable. He previously served as RSA’s president, spearheading its transformation into one of the most successful global security companies. Amit joined RSA through its acquisition of NetWitness, the network forensics company he founded and led as CEO. Prior to NetWitness, Amit served as founding director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) program in the DHS. He was also founder and CEO of Riptech, one of the first managed security service providers (MSSP), which Symantec acquired in 2002. Amit is also board member and advisor to several security startups, and a security industry thought-leader and influencer. He is often sought out for industry events and in the media to provide expert commentary on his vision for cybersecurity’s future.
Former Deputy Director
U.S. Cyber Command
Lt. Gen. James K. “Kevin” McLaughlin served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) in Fort Meade, Maryland. General McLaughlin entered the Air Force in 1983 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and numbered air force levels and has served on the staffs at major command headquarters, combatant command headquarters, the National Reconnaissance Office, Air Force headquarters, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to assuming his current position, General McLaughlin was the Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas.