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  3. NEACS 2017
    North East Annual Cybersecurity Summit
    October 17, 2017 
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway
    180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull CT 06611


Sam Adhikari

Ibrahim (Abe) Baggili, PhD

Stanford University, Rutgers University and Sysoft Corporation 

Elder Family Endowed Chair, Assistant Dean,
 Associate Professor (Tenured),
 Co-Director & Founder,
 Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group (UNHcFREG)
University of New Haven,  Tagliatela College of Engineering
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Sam Adhikari is the chair of Aerospace Cyber Security Group in AIAA, Researcher at Stanford University, Faculty at Rutgers University, and VP, Operations and Research at Sysoft Corporation.  At Sysoft Corporation, Sam works as a VP and leads the Cybersecurity,Intelligent Systems and Informatics Division.  He is the principle architect of Sysoft eRFP Business Intelligence Suit of Products. As a faculty, he teaches Cybersecurity, Business Intelligence and Informatics at Rutgers University, and Fox School of Business at Temple University. 

He received advanced graduate degrees in Cyber Security, Engineering, Computer Science, and Data Analytics from Stanford University, City University of NY and Temple University.   He has 30+ years of experience in Cybersecurity, Business Intelligence and Information Systems at AT&T Bell Labs, and Sematech (a consortium of Intel, IBM, HP, Motorola, AMD, TI, and more). In the past, he served as the chair of the technical committee focused on Cybersecurity, Business Intelligence and Informatics Integrated Development Environment at Sematech.  
Benefits of Sponsorship
Dr. Ibrahim (Abe) Baggili is the Elder Family Endowed Chair in Computer Science at the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of New Haven, CT, specializing in Cyber Forensics/Security. He also serves as the Assistant Dean, and is the founder and co-director of the University of New Haven’s Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group (UNHcFREG). Abe is also the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (JDFSL). Prior to that, he was the director of the Advanced Cyber Forensics Research Laboratory (ACFRL) in the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He received his BSc in Network Engineering Technology, his MSc in Technology with emphasis in mobile development and finally his PhD all from Purdue University, USA. His PhD area of study was in information security and cyber forensics. Abe has co-authored over 60 publications including books, peer reviewed articles, and conference papers and has received funding for his work from a variety of sources. Most recently, work with his students showed security issues in mobile social messaging applications that affect over 1 Billion people worldwide. Abe’s research with his students has been featured in over 20 languages worldwide. The work with his students has been featured in numerous media outlets, both nationally and internationally.

While at Purdue, Abe was involved in teaching classes, and was a Graduate Lecturer by the end of his graduate studies. In addition to that, he was a researcher at both the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), and the Cyber Forensics Laboratory at Purdue University.

Abe’s research interests include cyber forensics from technical, social, and psychological perspectives, and finding ways of improving the scientific validity of the field. He has worked closely with law enforcement and private sector and has published work on real challenges facing cybercriminal investigators, and has presented at a number of conferences worldwide. He has also lead numerous research projects such as: the effect of anonymity and integrity on cyber engagement, authorship attribution of SMS messages, iPhone forensics, volatile memory forensics, e-mail forensics, computer event reconstruction, standardization of digital evidence and the forensics of social networking applications on mobile devices.

Abe’s experience in business has been through various positions that he held during his career alongside his entrepreneurial ventures. Currently he is on the advisory board for a UK based company that develops cyber security and digital forensics products as well as being the co-founder of Tawilati.com (now acquired by ReserveOut.com) – an online cloud-based, real-time restaurant reservation engine for the Middle East. Abe’s work has also been featured in news outlets and on TV worldwide in over 20 languages.
To learn more about Abe and his work you can visit http://www.baggili.com and http://www.unhcfreg.com. 

Peter Chang

Chief Audit Executive
Steve Madden

Peter Chang is the Vice President of Internal Audit and Loss Prevention for Steven Madden, Ltd, the parent company of Steve Madden, Betsey Johnson, Dolce Vita, and other fashion brands. In this capacity, Mr. Chang oversees internal audit activities for the company worldwide, as well as retail store loss prevention efforts. Prior to joining Steve Madden, Mr. Chang was with Deloitte & Touche for 15 years, with experience in delivering client service in internal and external audits for multinational companies and organizations, as well as internal firm risk management for Deloitte US and global advisory services. 

Mr. Chang has almost 20 years of experience in auditing and risk management. He is also a prolific program presenter at various local and national seminars on internal audit and cybersecurity topics, including presenting at national Institute of Internal Auditors conferences. Mr. Chang is a governor on the board of the Westchester-Fairfield Chapter of the IIA, and he currently serves as the Program Committee Chair for the chapter. 

Mr. Chang is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Mr. Chang holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Mr. Chang also currently serves as the Regional District Chair for The Achievement Award Program, a scholarship program of California Alumni Association.

Brian Barnier

Managing Member/Principal - ValueBridge Advisors 

Brian Barnier is focused on growth. With a split career between “the business” and IT, he works to bridge two sets of needs to get greater business benefits from IT. He also has a unique vantage point because of his experience in practical projects, best practices committees, research and teaching professional education across industries and countries. As managing member/principal at ValueBridge Advisors, he creates and implements practical knowledgeware to more safety and easily achieve business objectives. The Value-added Diamond, 5+2 Step Cycle, Controls Chain of Fitness are three examples. His insights have been used across countries and industries through three routes.

First, in his direct engagements in financial services, health care, higher education, industrial and other industries.  
Second, though his contributions to professional and industry organizations. He was named one of the first three distinguished Fellows of OCEG, he served on the OCEG Redbook Review Committee, serves as co-chair of the OCEG Steering Committee, served on the teams that created ISACA’s Risk IT Based on COBIT and COBIT 5, board of the World Conference on Disaster Management, and Shared Assessment Program (for third party vendor management).

William Feher, CPA

Vice President,  Internal Audit and Chief Risk Officer 
ITT Inc.

Bill serves as Vice President Internal Audit and Chief Risk Officer for ITT Inc. since 2011 where he is responsible for overseeing Global Risk Management, including the activities of Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, Insurance, and Business Conduct (Ethics Programs). He has approximately 30 years of experience, having previously worked for EMCOR Group, Inc. and Gartner Inc. in internal audit, enterprise risk and corporate accounting/reporting roles. He started his career at Ernst & Young LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in audit positions. Bill is a board member and past president of the Fairfield/Westchester County Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a board member and treasurer of Make-a-Wish of Connecticut.


CEO, Interactive Security Training, LLC 

Monique M. Ferraro, JD, CISSP, CIPP/US

Counsel, Cyber Practice – The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co.

Jay is a multi-certified Information Security Subject-Matter-Expert (SME) and with more than 30 years of professional experience, which includes Security & Compliance, Integration and Transformation Initiatives, IS Management Process and Operational Metrics Definition and Documentation. Customers include Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc. (CHNCT), Cigna Insurance, Microsoft, Rogers Communications, GM, AT&T, USMC, US Air Force, US ARMY and DISA. Other customers include banks, government agencies, health agencies and providers. Jay is Past President of Greater Hartford Chapter of ISACA. 

Monique Ferraro provides legal and technical expertise in support of cyber efforts undertaken by Munich Re's U.S. Property & Casualty Operations. She is Counsel in the Cyber Practice at Harftord Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company.  

Ms. Ferraro has worked in digital forensics, e-discovery and information security consulting, the private practice of law and teaching. She was a founding member of Connecticut’s Computer Crimes and Electronic Evidence Lab and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. She frequently speaks and publishes on the subjects of information security, privacy and digital forensics.
Ms. Ferraro holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, a juris doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US).

Pamela Gupta

President, OutSecure Inc.

Muhummad Kashif

Technical Account Manager
Deloitte Cyber Practice

OutSecure is helping clients establish a lean, sustainable, legally-defensible security program, with appropriate data governance.  With a powerful resume in Security Program definition and strategy at major global Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years, Pamela founded OutSecure Inc. because many companies have not been protecting themselves with a strategic security program built to address information protection risks unique to their environment.  

OutSecure provides consulting to public and private sector clients in the areas of:
Emerging technology – Artificial Intelligence Security, IoT, Blockchain as well as traditional areas of Privacy, Security, Cybercrime, Breach management, and Cyber Strategy.  OutSecure Inc. is a preferred provider of security consulting services, including assistance to boards and senior management, security risk assessments, global compliance reviews, and defining mature security programs and strategy.  
Ms. Gupta is a thought leader and visionary who publishes and speaks on identifying risks and solutions to current issues. Contact her for treatise on “Equifax Breach – How will we recover as a Nation, as a Business and as an individual”.
Muhammad has approximately ten years of experience in delivering various advisory and implementation projects at Fortune 500 companies in the areas of cyber risk and governance, identity and access management, security operations, data loss prevention, threat & vulnerability management, IT governance, risk and compliance using Archer, quality and compliance, and many others. Muhammad currently serves as the business operations lead for Deloitte’s Threat Intelligence & Analytics service, and focusses on helping his clients embed threat intelligence in their security operations and decision making.

He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

Sean Letz

AVP and E&O Placement Specialist - FINPRO Practice

Mike Money

Security & Privacy Director

Sean Letz is an AVP and E&O Placement Specialist with the FINPRO Practice in Marsh’s New York office. His responsibilities include assisting clients in the areas of cyber, technology errors and omissions, and miscellaneous professional liability.

Prior to joining Marsh, Sean worked at ACE insurance where he handled a variety of E&O and cyber claims including numerous high severity privacy and network security incidents. Prior to ACE Sean practiced as a commercial litigation attorney in New York and New Jersey.

Sean earned his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law. Sean earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, with a dual major in economics and political science, from Rutgers University. 

Mike has over 25 years experience directing and consulting on information technology risk, secure system implementation & operation, developing & executing global security strategies for organizations, as well as, assessment and control. Mike has been responsible for developing security/privacy strategies, directing the execution of client projects and ensuring the on-time delivery of solutions.

Prior to joining Protiviti, Mike worked with RedSiren/Stanford Research Institute as Principle Consultant responsible for developing a security team, executing projects for client and building the security practice.

Mike was also the Manager of Information Security for Union Carbide Corporation, responsible for developing information security strategy, security & privacy compliance, security policy and security implementation.  He began his career at KPMG Peat Marwick and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Mike is an author of several publications and a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Glenn A. Siriano

Principal, KPMG Cyber Services

David P. Trollman

Senior Manager, Advisory Services
Ernst & Young

Glenn is a principal in the Information Technology Advisory Services (ITAS) practice of KPMG. He has over 25 years of information systems technology experience, with special emphasis on information protection, including security, data privacy, disaster recovery, information systems audit and control, systems architecture, and infrastructure. He has directed and managed numerous technology projects across a wide range of clients.

Security & Continuity Services
  • Directed a wide range of information protection related projects for numerous companies ranging from “attack and penetration” assessments, to security assessments, privacy assessments, security infrastructure implementation, security governance, business resiliency, and unified IT compliance.
  • Experienced in large security monitoring architecture implementation.
  • Experienced in performing security reviews of all technology layers including network, DMZ, firewall, host, and application level security.
  • Developed client/server disaster recovery strategy for a major industrial client technology center encompassing multiple locations and over 1400 servers.
  • Directed a large-scale security architecture implementation project for a major broker-dealer.
  • Implemented security function organizational framework for major broker-dealer.
  • Developed detailed security policy framework, and detailed policies for major broker-dealer.
  • Assisted in the development of a secure operating system image platform and framework for a major broker-dealer.
  • Developed functional framework for information protection function of a major retail brokerage organization.

Internal Audit Cosourcing, External Audit Support
  • Over 10 years of internal audit experience, including various internal audit management roles for several FORTUNE 100 financial services companies.
  • Provided Internal Audit cosourcing support to a number of clients in the areas of technology audit strategy, technical audits, and special initiatives.
  • Responsible for multiple large-scale internal audit cosource relationships. Provide full support to major financial services and industrial markets clients.

Technology Strategy, Transformation, and Controls
  • Performed pre acquisition due diligence for a number of clients – relating to the information technology of the company being acquired.
  • Performed pre implementation and post implementation application reviews of various financial services areas in the brokerage, banking, and insurance.industries.
  • Performed several large-scale technology assessments, including IT strategic planning, software selection, and software implementation for a number of area clients.

Managed large-scale Project Management Offices focusing on technology and process transformation, including position consolidation, Center of Excellence analysis, and off-shoring analysis.
David Trollman is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. David provides consulting and manages various aspects of EY’s Cybersecurity programs and services. David brings more than 13 years of experience in information technology, with more than 10 years of that experience focused exclusively on information security and incident response (IR).

As one of the first Cyber Defense Officers in the US Air Force, David led offensive and defensive cyber operations for the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team (AFCERT) and the forerunner unit of US Cyber Command. Later, David wrote curriculum for and led the stand-up of the US Air Force’s Undergraduate Cyber Training course. After leaving the Air Force, David held numerous information security roles in various business lines of General Electric (GE). David’s last role at GE was to lead Advanced Threat Response Operations, provide next-generation tech security consulting, and mentor analysts for the General Electric Computer Incident Response Team (GE-CIRT).

Prior to joining EY, David was the Director of Incident Response for AccessData and Resolution1 Security. In this role, David led a team of Incident Response consultants providing reactive and proactive IR consulting services to clients in Financial Services, Retail, Oil & Gas, and Healthcare sectors. Additionally, his team operationalized the Resolution1 Cybersecurity platform for various clients around the world.David was an invited Lecturer at Air University and the Defense Cybercrime Conference (DC3). He has also presented at numerous BSides events, Converge Detroit, and Infragard Great Lakes.

Khalid Wasti

PwC Internal Technology Audit Solutions Practice

Xu Zou

CEO and Co-Founder - ZingBox

Khalid Wasti is a partner in the PwC Internal Technology Audit Solutions practice based in New York. He has over 17 years of experience supporting financial services organizations with evolving and emerging technology risks (e.g. security, privacy, analytics, social, mobile, cloud, infrastructure, and large program implementation). 

Previously, Khalid led the Digital Enterprise initiative for a Big 4’s internal audit market offering. With a cross industry focus, he managed fully outsourced and co-sourced internal audit engagements, conducting a full range of technology, operational, financial, regulatory, and compliance audits. Khalid has also served as the Head of Internal Audit, reporting directly to the Audit Committee, for two global financial services organizations. 

Khalid received the 2016 John B. Thurston Award, given annually by the IIA to the article published in Internal Auditor magazine voted to be the most outstanding paper in the field of internal auditing. 
Xu Zou is the CEO and Co-founder of ZingBox. Before starting ZingBox in 2014, Xu was Senior Director of Aerohive Networks, where he launched Aerohive’s cloud-based Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) security product. Prior to Aerohive, Xu was senior director of Aruba Networks, where he managed Aruba’s industrial and carrier product line. Xu also holds 10 international patents on security and networking. 

Thad Eidman

David Lehmann

COO/CFO, Acreto Security ™

Managing Director - Technical Auditing, Protiviti

Neeraj Sahni

Senior Vice President, FINEX - Cyber/Technology E&O – Willis Towers Watson 

Thad is a serial tech entrepreneur with three build/exits as a CEO/COO. As President of iFleet, Thad led a team that created the first GPS-enabled E-911 solution in partnership with ADT and GE Capital leasing. As a founder and CEO of Knoa Software, Thad led the establishment of the end-user performance management category with 15 of the Fortune 50 as clients. At Corserva, Thad led the building of a managed services business focused on infrastructure and cyber-security solutions. Prior to catching the start-up bug, Thad was EVP Strategy and Member, Board of Directors for AC Nielsen. Thad is always building something at his antique house in Connecticut. 
Neeraj is a national cyber resource for Willis Tower Watson’s efforts on Network Security, Privacy and Technology Error & Omissions risks.

Neeraj focuses on insurance solutions to address the cyber liability and business interruption risk associated within the retail, healthcare, utility and financial industries. Neeraj maintains a strong knowledge of evolving regulatory laws pertaining to data breach notification and how markets position themselves with their Policy forms as well as recent developments in the realm of data privacy.

Prior to joining Willis, Neeraj was the director of insurance channel at Kroll responsible for developing and managing opportunities for breach response services with insurance carriers. Neeraj also served as the director of security and privacy at AIG responsible for risk assessment of potential insureds, cyber underwriting and product enhancement. At CNA, Neeraj was an IT audit manager responsible for worldwide infrastructure audits, forensic investigations and incident response plans.

Named a 2015 Power Broker for Retail by Risk & Insurance magazine, Neeraj is a frequent speaker at a wide range of cyber conferences and also contributes on data privacy/security issues via social media and Willis publications. Neeraj has been quoted in industry publications such as CFO, Treasury & Risk, Business Insurance and Insurance Day regarding challenges while placing cyber insurance.

Neeraj received his Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago and holds a Bachelor Degree in Civil  Engineering from Bangalore University.

Babak Pasdar

CEO/CTO, Acreto Security ™

Babak is a recognized visionary in the cloud-delivered security market. Babak innovated Proxy-in-the-cloud in 2001, full stack security-in-the-cloud in 2009, and Internet Wormholing-Accelerated Communication in 2011. In 1997 Babak founded IGXGlobal, a leading provider of infrastructure and security services based in New York. In 2007, Babak founded Bat Blue, the leading provider of cloud-based security for general purpose enterprise assets, with customers including ESPN and TUMBLR. Pasdar completed the sale of Bat Blue to Opaq Networks in 2016. Babak was recently recognized as one of the top ten technology startup founders over 40 in the New York region. Most mornings you will find Babak kickboxing.

David T. Huang

Assistant U.S. Attorney - U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

David investigates and prosecutes investment fraud and cyber cases.  He also serves on the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Connecticut's Bank Secrecy Act review committee and as the professional responsibility officer.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2008, he practiced at Kirkland & Ellis in New York, Palmer & Dodge in New York, and was an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts.  He is a graduate of Yale College and Cornell Law School.

Robert Joseph Mannarino

CEO, Boardroom Associates

Bob has been CEO or Board Member of 9 public and private IT and BPO companies, most recently specializing in security and authentication solutions.  He is on the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) CT, is on the Board of Operating Advisors for Clearview Capital and is Chairman of OKS Group.  He is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and is CERT Cybersecurity Oversight Certified.  Bob earned an MBA at Chicago Booth and a BS in Computer Science from Union College.

Gail Gottehrer

Andrew Dodd

Special Agent - Federal Bureau of Investigation

Over the course of 14 years, Special Agent Dodd has investigated Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Cybercrime in Washington DC, New York City, and most recently New Haven, Connecticut.

Partner,Akerman LLP

Steve Reynolds

Deputy Chief for Cybersecurity
National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice

Gail Gottehrer is a Partner at Akerman LLP in New York where she is a member of the firm's Data Law Practice and its Labor and Employment Group.  Her practice focuses on class action defense, management-side labor and employment litigation and other complex commercial matters, including technology litigation, privacy litigation, digital workplace-related actions and cybersecurity. She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury. 

Gail is a frequent speaker on topics relating to the implications of technology on the law, including data ownership and data privacy, telematics, autonomous vehicles, drones, robotics, electronic evidence, usage based insurance, smart buildings, biometrics, wearable technology and the Internet of Things.  She teaches a course in Law for Knowledge Innovation and Practices at Columbia University and is a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School.  Gail is the Director of the Connecticut Chapter of Women in eDiscovery, and a co-chair of the NAWL Women in IP & Tech Law Affinity Group.
Gail was recently selected as one of the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2017 Women Worth Watching in STEM, the New York Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence, the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2016 Women of Innovation, and the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2016 Women Worth Watching.  She is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of The Connecticut Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and a Fellow at the American Bar Foundation.  She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a former Law Clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Steve Reynolds serves as the Deputy Chief for Cybersecurity in the Justice Department’s National Security Division (NSD).  In that role, Steve provides legal and policy advice on efforts to investigate, disrupt and deter malicious cyber activity by nation-state actors or their proxies, including cyber-enabled espionage, hacking of U.S. businesses to steal sensitive information, and malware, ransomware and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against U.S. organizations and critical infrastructure. Steve serves as one of the Justice Department’s primary liaisons on cyber matters with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and White House National Security Council staff.  Steve has worked on matters involving the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), the 2017 Cyber Executive Order, the “PATCH Act,” the U.S.-U.K. cross-border data sharing agreement, encryption challenges and the “Going Dark” issue, the Internet-of-Things, foreign stored data issues, and efforts to counter terrorists’ use of the internet.  Steve also serves as the Justice Department’s representative for the Vulnerability Equities Process.

Prior to joining NSD, Steve served as a Deputy Chief and the National Security Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut, where he was a federal prosecutor for 15 years.  Steve also participated in Connecticut’s Cyber Working Group, and assisted with investigations and prosecutions of matters involving economic espionage, the theft of trade secrets, cyber intrusions and cybercrime.  Steve has investigated and tried to verdict many federal criminal cases, and has significant experience in the use of federal grand juries, subpoenas, search warrants, court orders and court-authorized electronic surveillance.  From 2004 through 2014, Steve handled the investigation, extradition and prosecution of members of a terrorism support cell in London that supported the Taliban, Al Qaeda and the Chechen mujahideen through a global network of websites.  In 2010, Steve assisted the Southern District of New York’s investigation and prosecution of Bridgeport, Connecticut resident Faisal Shahzad for his attempt to detonate a car bomb in Times Square.  Steve received an Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award for his work on the London case, and the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his work on the Times Square case.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Steve worked in private practice at Day, Berry and Howard in Hartford, Connecticut.  Steve also served as a law clerk to United States District Judges Stefan R. Underhill and Alan H. Nevas of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Steve received his J.D. from Cornell and his B.A. from Hamilton College.