Steve Katz is the founder and President of Security Risk Solutions, LLC. He continues to serve on many advisory boards, having been named as the first Chairman of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS/ISAC). Katz joined Citicorp/Citigroup following a Russian hacking incident in 1995. At Citi, he was named as the industry's first Chief Information Security Officer. Katz then joined Merrill Lynch as CISO/CPO, where he organized and instituted the company-wide privacy and security program. In addition to testifying before Congress on numerous information security issues and mentoring many Fortune 50 CISOs, he was appointed as the first Financial Services Sector Coordinator for Critical Infrastructure Protection by the Secretary of the Treasury.
Kadakia has more than 17 years of information security experience across multiple industries, with a focus on health care delivery and projects such as HIPAA/HITECH assesments, Meaningful Use assessment, ICD-10 releted implementations, privacy program assessments and implementations, IT internal audit, and business associate risk management. Kadakia has spoken at many security and privacy forums/roundtables/conferences, and is a leader in the health care information security and privacy space. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Master in Business Administration from Xavier University. He is CISSP, CIPP and HITRUST Certified. He is also certified in Risk and Information System Controls.
Brian Harrell was appointed by the President of the United States in December 2018 to serve as the Department of Homeland Security's Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection. He now serves as the first Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security within the newly renamed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Harrell is the former Managing Director of Enterprise Security at the Duke Energy Corporation. He is also the former Director of the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), where he was charged with helping protect North America's electric grid from physical and cyber attacks. Harrell has spent time during his career in the US Marine Corps and various private sector agencies with the goal of protecting the United States from security threats.
Todd M. Carroll currently serves as the CISO and VP of Cyber Operations, North America for CybelAngel. He joined the Paris-based company in January 2019 as part of CybelAngel's expansion into U.S. markets. Carroll retired from the FBI in December 2018 as the Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Division. Carroll entered duty with the FBI in 1998 and was assigned to the Washington D.C. Field Office working Counterterrorism matters. He was a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) with the Critical Incident Response Group/Rapid Deployment Logistics Unit from 2003-2004. From 2006 to 2011, he was assigned as the SSA over the Cyber program in the Chicago Division developing the FBI's intrusion capabilities.
Andrés Rapela currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Secure Payments for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of the strategy for improving security and resiliency of the U.S. payments system. This work entails collaboration with payments professionals across the financial system, and with interested stakeholders in various related industries. Rapela brings over 25 years of experience in financial services, information technology, and risk management to the Secure Payments initiative. Prior to joining the Bank, he was a vice president at Fidelity Institutional, where for eight years he led the brokerage platform technology risk management function. While at Fidelity, Rapela held several other senior leadership positions in technology, risk management, and compliance across multiple business lines.
Michael McNeil is the Global Product Security & Services Officer for Royal Philips. McNeil leads global product security, ensuring consistent processes are deployed in the Healthcare market. McNeil was the former Global Chief Privacy & Security Officer at Medtronic; Chief IT Security Officer at Liberty Mutual Group; Global Chief Privacy Officer at Pitney Bowes, and Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer of Data Services for Reynolds & Reynolds. McNeil, provided expert testimony before Congress on Cybersecurity; and conducts training presentations worldwide. McNeil is a member of the Department of Health & Human Services Healthcare Cybersecurity Task Force; Chair of the MITA Cybersecurity Committee; Board member of National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
As the City of Seattle's Chief Privacy Officer, Ginger Armbruster leads a team of privacy specialists in the execution of the City's Privacy Program, following a principles-based approach to the City's management of the public's personal and sensitive information. Prior to this role, she worked for Microsoft on an international team of privacy specialists to resolve issues associated with multi-million-dollar marketing initiatives. Before moving into privacy, she spent the first 20 years of her career working in sales and marketing for Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Johnson & Johnson, as well as several medical technology startup companies.
Thien La joined Wellmark in 2016. As the company's vice president and chief information security officer, La is responsible for integrating security with the business, managing information risks strategically, and continuing to work toward a culture of shared cyber risk ownership across the enterprise. Information security includes measuring an organization's process maturity, and ensuring information stays safe as Wellmark considers new technology models.La was formerly senior vice president, business information security officer for Global Banking and Markets where he headed a global information security team supporting more than 50,000 users globally. Previously, La served at SunGard Data Systems as vice president, global head of application risk management and business continuity. He also spent more than 10 years at Goldman Sachs as a vice president in technology risk where he held various leadership positions in cyber security and risk management. He was also the chair of the FS-ISAC application security product group and a member of the Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable led by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Conroy is research director for Aite Group's Fraud & AML practice and covers fraud, data security, anti-money laundering, and compliance issues. Conroy brings to Aite Group more than a decade of hands-on product management experience working with financial institutions, payments processors, and risk management companies.
Michelle Finneran Dennedy is Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco. Throughout her career, she has led security and privacy initiatives, ranging from regulatory compliance, privacy engineering, advocacy and education efforts, and litigation at companies including Cisco, and previously McAfee/Intel Security, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. She founded The iDennedy Project, which seeks to change how people think about information and data, and co-authored The Privacy Engineer's Manifesto: Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value.
As Chief Researcher, Hector Monsegur brings a unique perspective from decades of offensive experience and a desire to make an impact in client security. In his role as a security researcher, he has identified countless zeroday vulnerabilities and contributed to dozens of tools and exploits. As a blackhat, Monsegur highlighted critical vulnerabilities in numerous organizations, including governments, military organizations, and cybersecurity firms. In working with the US Government, he identified key vulnerabilities - and potential attacks - against major federal infrastructure, including the US military and NASA. Since working with US government and commercial security executives around the world, he has helped prevent upwards of 300 cyberattacks. Continuing his security and vulnerability research at Rhino Security Labs, Monsegur works to secure clients in technology, healthcare, finance, government, and other industries.