Stephan Tallent


Senior Director of Managed Security Service Providers, Fortinet

Stephan Tallent brings over 16 years of managed services and information security experience to Fortinet, having spent the last 13 years building managed security service practices within several different types of service provider businesses. Leveraging this experience and wielding best in breed security technology, Stephan focuses on developing best-practice based MSSP programs that encompass architecture, product development, training, go-to-market strategies and sales operations.


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Simon Townsend


Chief Technologist, EMEA for Ivanti

Simon Townsend is Chief Technologist, EMEA for Ivanti, specialising in Workspace management and security. Prior to his current role, Townsend served as Vice President of Product Management and Enterprise Technology of AppSense. Townsend was responsible for the future direction and strategy of Enterprise Products as well as the overall product management function at AppSense. He holds a BS honors degree in Business Information Technology from Bournemouth University.


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Selena Templeton


Partner, Executive Editor, ITSPmagazine

Good thing she likes hats, because Selena Templeton wears many at ITSPmagazine. She is Partner and Executive Editor, she is the Diverse IT podcast host, and she covers and writes about industry conferences such as Black Hat, RSA, ISSA-LA, and AppSec.

Despite earning an English degree that people warned her would make her obsolete in today's "anyone can write on the Internet" world, she has had no problem making a living with the written word — and, in fact, has been unofficially promoted to Grammar Chief of Police because "anyone can write on the Internet." 

After working for two years in the Canadian publishing industry, she moved to California for the opportunities, sunshine and year-round avocados. She writes, ghostwrites and edits for a variety of clients across a wide spectrum of industries, including digital marketing, health, entertainment, and romantic debacles.

Covering Black Hat 2016 with ITSPmagazine co-founders Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli was the impetus that led to this triumvirate of creativity and visionary thinking.


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Scott Totzke


CEO, ISARA Corporation

ISARA Corporation’s CEO, Scott Totzke, is responsible for building the organization that is developing and implementing quantum-resistant products. Prior to co-founding ISARA, Scott was Senior VP of Enterprise and Security at Huawei where he was responsible for launching Huawei’s R&D office in Waterloo. He drove their global strategy for delivering industry leading mobility solutions designed to meet the most stringent security requirements demanded by enterprise and government customers. Scott was also a Senior Vice President at BlackBerry, where his organization was responsible for the security of BlackBerry products and services. Scott helped shape BlackBerry’s security, regulatory compliance, lawful access and privacy strategies on a global scale. His organization included accountability for full security lifecycle management ranging from design and implementation to in-life response to customer issues and concerns. Under Scott’s leadership, security became BlackBerry’s single biggest differentiator in government, enterprise and consumer markets. Prior to joining BlackBerry in 2001, Scott was senior consultant with EDS, and built technical expertise and leadership experience in network security, architecture and database design roles. He also spent more than a decade as a system developer and network architect.


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Michael Thelander


Director of Product Marketing, iovation 

Michael has a twenty-year history in product marketing and product management, with a focus over the last seven years on cybersecurity. He held senior product marketing and product management roles at security leader Tripwire, and has other career highlights that include co-founding a successful startup and receiving patents for network technology. He loves to educate markets, tell stories that demonstrate value, play music, and on occasion fly small airplanes into active volcanoes.


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Lourdes M. Turrecha


Associate Attorney, Arent Fox

Lourdes M. Turrecha is a privacy and security lawyer at Arent Fox and an experienced in-house privacy and security program leader. She is also a California-licensed attorney with cross-functional experience in the legal, policy, privacy, security, and technology fields and is passionate about advising companies on their legal obligations across different industries and jurisdictions, helping them set trustworthy legal and policy strategy, and offering them practical and innovative solutions to their business and legal woes.


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Dena Haritos Tsamitis


Barbara Lazarus Professor in Information Networking

Director, Information Networking Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Founding Director, Education, Training and Outreach, Cylab

Dena Haritos Tsamitis has led the College of Engineering's Information Networking Institute (INI) as director since 2004. Her efforts have prepared the next generation of information networking, security and mobility professionals at Carnegie Mellon University. She joined the university in 2000, serving first as the INI's associate director in 2002 before assuming the role of director in 2004. A student advocate and mentor of women in technology, Dena is passionate about increasing diversity in STEM fields. In 2005, she and Dr. Chenxi Wang co-founded the student organization, Women@INI (WINI), to address the unique challenges faced by women in the male-dominated field of engineering.

Under Dena's leadership, Carnegie Mellon earned three distinct cybersecurity designations from federal agencies as a National Center of Academic Excellence for its merits in information assurance and cyber defense, research and cyber operations. Dena is the principal investigator of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, which funnels the next generation of analysts and hackers directly to government service. She is also a founding director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, for which she spearheaded efforts in cybersecurity education, training and outreach. In 2005, Dena established the MySecureCyberspace initiative to raise "cyberawareness" in Internet users of all ages through a portal, game and curriculum that reached over one million people in 167 countries.

Currently, Dena is a member of the American College of Greece Board of Trustees. She also serves on the board of advisors for the Executive Women’s Forum, RedMarlin, Inc., Prime Tech Partners and the Norfolk State University Information Assurance Research, Education and Development Institute. Carnegie Mellon honored Dena with the 2012 Barbara Lazarus Award for Graduate Student and Junior Faculty Mentoring and in 2017, she was named as the first recipient of the Barbara Lazarus Professorship in Information Networking. She also received the 2008 Women of Influence Award, presented by Alta Associates and CSO Magazine. Dena holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.


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