Mark Maxey


VP, Next Gen Security Operations, Optiv.

Mark Maxey is VP, Next Gen Security Operations, Optiv. He is a security practitioner with nearly two decades’ of deep expertise spanning multiple disciplines, including adversary emulation, threat intelligence, cyber operations and analytics. As vice president of next gen security operations, Mark focuses on design, architecture and execution of tailored cyber operations capabilities for Optiv’s largest clients. He previously served as security practice director in the company’s managed services practice.


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Srinivas Mukkamala


Co-founder & CEO, RiskSense

Dr. Srinivas Mukkamala, co-founder and CEO of RiskSense, is a recognized expert on artificial intelligence (AI) and neural networks. He was part of a think tank that collaborated with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Community on applying these concepts to cybersecurity problems, and a lead researcher for CACTUS (Computational Analysis of Cyber Terrorism against the U.S.). He holds a patent on Intelligent Agents for Distributed Intrusion Detection System and Method of Practicing.


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Dave Moore


Founder, Internet Safety Group

Dave Moore has been providing IT services in Oklahoma since 1984. As founder of the Internet Safety Group, he has been teaching Internet safety workshops for public and private organizations since 2008, and has written his weekly newspaper column, “Computer Sense,” for The Norman Transcript since 2005. 


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David McLeod


Information Security Officer, activpayroll

David McLeod works as an Information Security Officer at activpayroll. He has over 18 years Information Technology experience, and has spent the last 6 years working in Information Security and Data Privacy. David has worked in a number of industries including Local Government, Oil and Gas, and Payroll Services.

In his role as Information Security Officer, David is responsible for building and maintaining activpayroll Information Security and Data Privacy programs including implementing controls in alignment with industry standards such as ISO 27001 and ISAE 3402.


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Josh Mayfield


Director of Security Strategy, Absolute

Josh Mayfield is Absolute’s Director of Security Strategy, and works with Absolute customers to leverage technology for stronger cybersecurity, continuous compliance, and reduced risk on the attack surface. He has spent years in cybersecurity with special focus on network security, threat hunting, identity management, and endpoint security.

His research has been featured in leading security publications including, SC Magazine, InfoSec, Dark Reading, and he is often cited by business and tech journalists for his analysis of cryptocurrencies, security operations, and attacker psychology.


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John Moran


Senior Product Manager, DFLabs

John Moran is a security operations and incident response expert, and senior product manager for DFLabs. He has served as a senior incident response analyst for NTT Security, computer forensic analyst for the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and computer forensics task force officer for the US Department of Homeland Security. John currently holds GCFA, CFCE, EnCE, CEH, CHFI, CCLO, CCPA, A+, Net+, and Security+ certifications.


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Greg Moran


Chief Operating Officer, Wiretap

As the Chief Operating Officer at Wiretap, Greg Moran has a unique talent for asking the people around him to go beyond the limits they see for themselves – a standard he also adheres to, as he turned down multiple enterprise CIO jobs to join Jeff Schumann at this venture-backed software start-up.

Greg leverages his extensive background in technology, strategy and digital transformation to scale the company, with a focus on sales and operations.

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Druce MacFarlane


Vice President of Products & Marketing, Bricata

Druce MacFarlane is the Vice President of Products and Marketing for Bricata. He previously assisted McAfee with its business transition, as the company was spun off from Intel Corporation and has also held product management and marketing leadership roles with Cyphort, FireEye, Aruba and Netscout.


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Tor Moström


Founder, Obviuse

Tor Moström is originally from Malmö but lives in Stockholm with his wife and two children. He is a trained programmer, software engineer and founder of Obviuse, which builds web solutions and, among other things, is behind the webpage  –  which won the Swedish publishing prize and has been listed on the top 100 websites in 2013 and 2014.

As a seven-year-old, Tor started playing chess with a friend in a free-education class organized by volunteers and because chess has much in common with programming, it helped him get where he is today. Tor works as a volunteer at the non-profit organization Kodcentrum where he teaches free programming classes for children. Being able to challenge children and young people through the Learning Center and help them understand programming and computational thinking is one of the best things he knows and in 2015 he became chairman of the organization.

Tor studied software engineering and intellectual property rights at Malmö University. Together with Johan Wendt and the illustrator Peter Bergting, Tor Moström created Curly Bracket, an exciting graphic novel series that teaches computer logic and the basics of programming, but also invites questions about digitization and the role of technology in society.

Tor is a software engineer, currently working in the health care and education sector. He is an author and a father of two.


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Tim Mullahy


General Manager, Liberty Center One

Tim Mullahy is the General Manager at Liberty Center One. Liberty Center One is a new breed of data center located in Royal Oak, MI. Liberty can host any customer solution regardless of space, power, or networking/bandwidth requirements.


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Tim McElwee


President, Proficio

Tim is the President of Proficio and a senior executive with over 20 years of experience building, operating and growing information technology companies. Tim has held multiple executive positions. He was CEO of Imperito Networks, the first cloud-based VPN software company, and held leadership positions at Phoenix Technologies (Nasdaq PTEC) and Ramp Networks (acquired by Nokia). Tim has co-authored multiple patents and has a proven track record of launching new companies, leading highly successful global organizations, and creating shareholder value.


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Shehzad Merchant


CTO, Gigamon

Shehzad Merchant serves as Chief Technology Officer of Gigamon bringing over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Prior to joining Gigamon, Shehzad served as the CTO at Extreme Networks, and is the author of several networking and communications patents. He is a frequent speaker at various industry events including Interop and Open Networking Summit, and has been engaged with many standards bodies including the IEEE, IETF and ONF. Prior to Extreme Networks, he was the co-founder and VP of Products at Polytime Systems, following on from various senior architectural and research roles at Allied Telesyn, Nevis Networks and SRI. Shehzad holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from USC and an Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai. 


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Shehzad Merchant from Gigamon says it's time for the defenders to take back their advantage

Bad actors are leveraging scalable frameworks and automation to attack their targets. On the other side, companies are still using human-based, manual processes to combat these attacks. The silos within the organization make this even more challenging for them, leaving them to fall behind and face the inevitable. Because of this, it seems the attackers hold the advantage against their targets. However, according to Shehzad Merchant, CTO for Gigamon, we have a chance to reverse the advantage back to the defender. The trick is to leverage the right technologies - such as machine learning + artificial intelligence + automation and orchestration. In order for this to work, however, we need to move from a prevention mindset to one of protection. Think his advice is to have your battles from the inside out using primarily human-driven means? If so, you might want to listen to Shehzad's interview during Black Hat USA 2017 with ITSPmagazine's editor-in-chief, Sean Martin. What he has to say here is short and sweet, but powerful. Enjoy!

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Shea McHugh


Intermax Networks

Shea McHugh is an information technology professional specializing in cybersecurity.  She graduated from North Idaho College with an Associates in Computer Information Technology in 2015 and has worked in IT roles since then. In 2016, Shea joined the inaugural class of the SANS Institute’s Women’s Immersion Academy. She successfully completed three SANS advanced, technical training courses and industry-leading GIAC certifications over an 8-month period: GSEC, GCIH, and GWAPT. Shea joined Intermax Networks in November of 2016 as part of the Managed Services team.


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Russell Mosley


Director, Infrastructure & Security, Dynaxys

Russell is the Director, Infrastructure & Security of a software and financial services company in the DC area and an organizer with BSides Charm (Baltimore is Charm City!) Russell has seventeen years' experience in IT operations and enterprise defense and is responsible for the organization's compliance with SSAE and FISMA/NIST requirements. He holds degrees from UMBC, UMUC, and Towson University as well as CISSP and several vendor certifications.


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Rick McElroy


Security Strategist for Carbon Black

Rick McElroy, security strategist for Carbon Black, has more than 17 years of information security experience educating and advising organizations on reducing their risk posture and tackling tough security challenges. He has performed services for the U.S. Department of Defense, and has held positions in several industries, including: retail, insurance, entertainment, cloud-computing, and higher education.

McElroy’s experience ranges from performing penetration testing to building and leading security programs. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Security Manager (CSIM), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). As a United States Marine, McElroy’s work included physical security and counter-terrorism services.

A fierce advocate for privacy and security who believes education and innovation are the keys to improving the security landscape, McElroy is program chair for the Securing Our eCity Foundation’s annual CyberFest, a San Diego event dedicated to educating public and private sector security and IT professionals and business executives on the realities of security.


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Olga V. Mack


General Counsel, ClearSlide

Olga V. Mack is a startup lawyer who enjoys advising her clients to success and growth. Currently Head of Legal at ClearSlide, a San Francisco-based startup, she previously worked at Zoosk, Visa, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Yahoo. She has over ten years of cross-functional experience in intellectual property, privacy, litigation, corporate governance, and employment law and has a proven track record of successfully closing high-valued technology deals. She is a certified information privacy professional and M&A and open source software specialist.


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Michael Magrath


Director of Business Development - Healthcare, VASCO Data Security

Michael is a nationally recognized leader in field of healthcare identity management, a frequent speaker and thought leader. He leads business development and strategic alliances for VASCO Data Security's U.S. Healthcare business with a focus of strengthening security and access to electronic health records. He is Chair of the HIMSS Identity Management Task Force. The Task Force represents HIMSS’ 61,000 members with regard to national and industry initiatives on identity management, such as the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (NSTIC IDESG) and other national policy and technical efforts. In addition, the Task Force develops tools and resources that will assist HIMSS members on identity management issues.


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Megan McCann


CEO & Founder, McCann Partners and Co-Founder, ARA Mentors

Megan is an established IT recruitment and technology services leader known for building and leading highly successful IT services firms and for the work she does to advance diversity and cultivate talent across the technology industry.

In the course of a nearly two-decade career, Megan co-founded and helped build Geneva Technical Services (GTS) and was a strategic force in growing SelecTech—both premier IT recruitment firms. Megan’s responsibilities at each organization spanned every aspect of business development, management, client service, P&L oversight and solution design and execution. It was extensive and invaluable business management and recruiting experience, which prepared Megan well for launching and leading Chicago-based McCann Partners.

Passionate about attracting, retaining and advancing women in technology, Megan is a proud co-founder of ARA—a national organization which seeks to promote women in technology through mentorship, networking and open discussion. Megan is a founding partner of the Chicago Executive Women’s Networking Group and was named to the 2015 Techweek100, a list that identifies leaders who have made a significant impact on the technology and innovation ecosystem in which they operate. She was also recognized as part of BlueSky Innovation's Vault, Blue Network, featuring 100 of Chicago's most compelling innovators and entrepreneurs. Her work promoting diversity and efforts to bring and keep more women in IT has made her a sought-after industry speaker and thought leader.


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Marian Merritt


Lead for Industry Engagement, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute for Standards and Technology

Marian Merritt is the Lead for Industry Engagement for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Marian has over 18 years of experience working in the cybersecurity industry. She previously was with Symantec Corporation as their Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs. In that role, she created a cybersecurity career program for underserved young adults which launched in 2014. The Symantec Cyber Career Connection continues in partnership with non-profit workforce development organizations in several US locations. Marian attended Boston University’s Questrom School of Business for her undergraduate degree and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 


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Neil Barnett, Microsoft and Marian Merritt, NICE Shatter the Myths around Cybersecurity and Autism

Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring at Microsoft, and Marian Merritt, Lead for Industry Engagement at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), chat with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about cybersecurity and autism. Tune in to hear about Microsoft’s Autism Hiring Program and their inclusive, non-traditional interview process for autistic job candidates, which skills make autistic people ideal for certain jobs in IT or cybersecurity, and what to expect in the October 18th NICE webinar on cybersecurity and autism.

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Michael Fieldhouse & Marian Merritt Discuss Cybersecurity and Autism: A Huge Untapped Resource

Michael Fieldhouse, Director for Emerging Businesses and Cybersecurity at DXC Technology, and Marian Merritt, Lead for Industry Engagement at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, chat with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about hiring people with autism in the IT/cybersecurity workforce. Tune in to hear about Michael's work at DXC Technology and the Australian government on hiring a huge untapped resource – neurodiverse individuals – the three main areas that autistic people are particularly suited for and the skills that they bring to the job, why the U.S. federal government cares about this subject, and the upcoming NICE webinar on cybersecurity and autism.

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Leo Maduzia


Senior VP, Chief IT Compliance & Risk Officer, SDCCU

Leo Maduzia is an experienced thought-leader with over 25 years of experience in security and risk management which includes security governance, risk, and compliance in the financial, energy, and heathcare industries.  He currently is the Senior Vice President, Chief IT Compliance and Risk Officer at the San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU).

Leo has a successful track record of developing programs and providing executive-level guidance to cross-functional organizations including board-level, business and technology leaders responsible for the strategic planning and tactical implementation to realize the vision of the organization. 


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