Cybersecurity can no longer be an afterthought in any public sector mission. This has been proven time and time again, particularly as the nation continues to grapple with the lingering impacts of COVID-19 and works to safeguard its most vital institutions during the 2020 election.

Agencies at all levels of government and educational institutions are facing a security transformation. And as they adopt modernized IT systems, they must also evolve the way they protect those systems, their networks and, most importantly, the immensely valuable data they hold. As government and academia take to the cloud and develops artificial intelligence-driven applications, new opportunities and challenges emerge for how it can defend against malicious adversaries.

Join us for the 2020 Security Transformation Summit, where the most influential public and private sector leaders will discuss emerging cybersecurity trends like zero trust network security, AI-driven security operations and securing the cloud, and what this all looks like in the pandemic-induced "new normal."

November 12, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Government: FREE
Industry: FREE



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Goldy Kamali

Founder & CEO, Scoop News Group

Goldy Kamali is founder and CEO of Scoop News Group, the leading public sector tech media company in the country. SNG is comprised of CyberScoop, FedScoop, StateScoop and EdScoop and engages top CIOs, CTOs and CISOs from the public sector and tech community both online and in-person every single day through news, events, radio and TV. Kamali is known for her ability to bring the brightest and most influential IT leaders from The White House, government agencies, and tech industry together in innovative ways to exchange best practices and collaborate to achieve common goals. Hosting regular VIP gatherings, on top issues facing the community, she concentrates on the key IT priorities of the Administration, so they remain front and center.

Prior to launching FedScoop, Kamali spent over 12 years in leadership roles in the tech industry most recently as Executive Director of the American Electronics Association-the largest tech association in the country where she led the association's Government and Commercial Markets Group and worked closely with C-Level executives from the tech industry and government agencies.

Bob Fortna

President, Fortinet Federal

Bob Fortna is the President of the Fortinet Federal Inc. (wholly owned subsidiary of Fortinet Inc.), and member of the Fortinet Federal Board of Directors. He is responsible for designing and executing the strategic growth plan, building a high impact Federal sales team, proactively addressing our nation’s security requirements, challenging competitors, and building strong channel and marketing programs. He is located in the Fortinet Federal Inc. offices in Reston, VA.

Most recently, Mr. Fortna was the President of Government Industry Consulting, LLC, a consulting business set up to drive success for businesses involved in the Federal industry. With more than 30 years of Federal industry leadership experience, Mr. Fortna provided active engagement in strategic and go-to-market planning, execution and growth.

Mark Hakun

Acting Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity & Acting CISO, DOD

Mr. Mark Hakun is Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity for the Department of Defense, Office of the Chief Information Officer. Mr. Hakun is responsible for the definition and execution of the Department's cybersecurity program. He oversees the coordination of cybersecurity standards, policies and procedures with other federal agencies, coalition partners and industry. Most recently, Mr. Hakun served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the National Security Agency.

Phil Quade

CISO, Fortinet

As Fortinet CISO, Philip Quade has responsibility for information security and leads strategy and expansion of Fortinet’s Federal and Critical Infrastructure business. He also serves as Strategic Consultant to Fortinet’s largest enterprise customers. Previously, he was the NSA Director’s Special Assistant for Cyber and Chief of the NSA Cyber Task Force, with responsibility for the White House relationship in Cyber. Earlier, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Information Assurance Directorate at the NSA. He held a variety of roles earlier in his tenure at the NSA, including as the Head of the Information Operations Technology Center’s Advanced Technology Group, as a professional staffer to the US Senate, and in the Office of the Director for National Intelligence.

Solomon Adote

CSO, State of Deleware

Solomon Adote is the Chief Security Officer for the State of Delaware where he leads an information security program charged with protecting all the Delaware State network, systems, applications and data. Solomon has more than 20 years of experience in IT with a focus on cybersecurity. He designs comprehensive information security programs and oversees the deployment of some of the industry’s leading technologies. He has also developed hybrid-managed and in house Security Operations Centers (SOC), led the architecture and implementation of secure computing environments for both public and private clouds.

Gerald Caron

Director, Enterprise Network Management, Dept. of State

Mr. Caron is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and has served as the Director of Enterprise Network Management (ENM) within the Directorate of Operations in the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) since June 2016.

Mr. Caron has over 24 years of information technology experience. He began his career in the US Army working in hands-on technical positions serving for 7 years as a Programmer and Administrator. Mr. Caron then spent 2 years as a contractor with the federal government, where he acquired more refined technical skills and a more detailed understanding of IT operations. He joined the federal government at the Department of State (DOS) in 2003 as a Systems Administrator. He has held five different positions at the Department, moving from managing small technical groups leading up to his current role as the ENM Director.

Dr. Chase Cunningham

Principal Analyst, Forrester

Dr. Chase Cunningham primarily contributes to Forrester's offerings for security and risk professionals. His research guides client initiatives related to security operations center (SOC) planning and optimization, counter-threat operations, encryption, network security, and Zero Trust concepts and implementation. He helps senior technology executives with their plans to leverage comprehensive security controls and the use of a variety of standards, frameworks, and tools to enable secure business operations. His research focuses on integrating security into operations; leveraging advanced security solutions; empowering operations through artificial intelligence and machine learning; and planning for future growth within secure systems.

Jim Richberg

Field CISO, Fortinet

Jim Richberg is a Fortinet Field CISO focused on the U.S. Public Sector working to bring cybersecurity solutions to industry and the public sector following a 30+ year career driving innovation in cyber intelligence, policy and strategy for the United States Government and international partners. He served as National Intelligence Manager for Cyber and the senior Federal Executive focused on cyber intelligence within the $80+ billion U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) annual operating budget. He was the Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on cyber issues and set collection and analytic priorities for the IC's 17 departments and agencies on cyber threats.

Suneel Cherukuri

CISO, District of Columbia

Bio coming soon.

Renata Spinks

Cyber Technology Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Cyberspace Command

Ms. Renata Spinks is the Cyber Technology Officer, SES, for the United States Marine Corps Cyberspace Command.

With an extensive depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise in systems engineering, business operations and cybersecurity, Ms. Spinks quickly ascended to the executive ranks and has become one of the nation’s highly sought after cyber technologists, systems engineer and leaders.

Now serving as the nation’s first Cyber Technology Officer her immediate impact is noted in her recent selection as the 2020 Stars and Stripes Black Engineer of the Year Award recipient for the Department of Defense Senior Executives.

Her current USMC accomplishments include deploying Joint Regional Security Stacks, designing to Zero Trust principals, security and compliance for device connectivity to DOD networks, technical proficiency training modeling and workforce development as well as now studying technical operations required to operate in degraded or low bandwidth connectivity and integrate with the Naval Tactical Grid. In response to the accelerated telework posture in the DOD, she is also the Executive Sponsor leading the USMC O365 Velocity Migration.

Jonathan Nguyen-Duy

VP, Global Field CISO Team, Fortinet

Jonathan Nguyen-Duy leads strategy and service relationship programs at Fortinet where he focuses on emerging technologies and partnerships. With extensive experience working with global enterprises and nation-states, Jonathan is responsible for developing innovative security solutions addressing the challenges of digital transformation – from the IoT Edge to the Cloud.

Prior to joining Fortinet, Jonathan served as the Security CTO at Verizon Enterprise Solutions where he was responsible for strategic technology partnerships, the Verizon Cyber Intelligence Center, and the data science team that produces the annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Before that role, he led the Security Services line-of-business and was responsible for data analytics and solutions supporting military-grade continuous diagnostics and mitigation.

Jonathan has more than 20 years of cybersecurity and BCDR/COOP experience, is a widely published security expert and frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Steven Hernandez

CISO, Dept. of Education

Steven Hernandez is an information assurance expert serving the past twenty years in a variety of contexts and missions. He has worked on the front lines in operations centers and led research teams attempting to balance security, privacy, and mission delivery considerations. Transforming risk management in international manufacturing, healthcare, non-profits, and governments at the federal, state, and local levels is extensive through his professional portfolio. Leading tactical, day-to-day security operations as well as guiding and influencing broad security initiatives such as the US government's FedRAMP program across large organizations with international presence are areas he’s frequently called upon to support.

Presently he is the Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Information Assurance Services at the U.S. Department of Education. Steven also serves as the co-chair of the US Government Federal CISO Council and government chair of the ACT-IAC Cybersecurity Community of Interest. Prior to his position at Education, he held a variety of roles at the Office of Inspector General, US Department of Education including CTO, CIO, CISO, Senior Official for Privacy and Chief Services Engineering Officer. He is an inaugural member of the United States Scholarship of Service Hall of Fame. He served on the Board of Directors for the International Information Systems Security Consortium (ISC)2, served on the U.S. (ISC)2 Government Advisory Board for Cybersecurity (GAB), judged for the Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA) and contributed to its Executive Writers Bureau. Mr. Hernandez is the lead author and editor of the third edition of the (ISC)² Official Guide to the CISSP CBK, the (ISC)² Official Guide to the HCISPP CBK, and several published works regarding international information assurance.

Kenny Holmes

Head of Public Sector GTM Strategy, Fortinet

Kenny Holmes became the leader of go-to-market strategy for Public Sector at Fortinet in March 2019. He’s an advocate and speaker for the Public Sector and has been in Information Technology for more than twenty years, holding more than ten technology certifications and positions spanning from Engineering to Sales Executive in the both the Public and Private Sectors. He is an expert in cybersecurity with a background in cryptography. Kenny has worked in the Federal Government, State Governments, Research Institutions, and Universities on some of the largest security projects in the world. He resides in the Chicagoland area and in his spare time enjoys public speaking and training on religion, is a pilot, and an influencer for the rights of girls and women with Autism.

Frank Konieczny

CTO, U.S. Air Force

Frank Konieczny, a Senior Level Executive, is the Air Force Chief Technology Officer, Office of Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He has primary responsibility to advance the Information Technology landscape of the Air Force. His current focus areas include developing the future technical target baseline, mobility enterprise solutions, data management, Identity, Credential and Access Management access/claims management, mesh networks, artificial intelligence/quantum capabilities, cyber and technology innovation pathfinders and advancing the Joint Information Environment.

Brian Merrick

Director, Cloud Programs, Dept. of State

Brian Merrick started his career as a commissioned officer in the US Army in 1996. In 2005, he left the Army and worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a financial management consultant and an IT project manager working with private industry and the Federal government.

In 2008, Brian joined the Department of State working for the Bureau of Information Resource Management as the Deputy Manager for the IT Cost Center Working Capital Fund supporting the Department’s desktop computing operations. Brian then became the Deputy Executive Director for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2010 providing management support to over 1050 customers including HR, financial, procurement, IT and general services. In 2012, he became the Director of the Office of Digital in the Bureau of International Information Programs, which provides cloud-based web solutions, and interactive digital programing to 260 embassies supporting over 500 websites. In 2014, Brian became the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Foreign Operations in the Bureau of Information Resource Management supporting global IT infrastructure operations. He then served as the Director of the Office of Innovative Infrastructure providing wireless and cloud based products and services across the Department.

Brian is currently the Deputy Director of the Cloud Program Management Office, working to modernize IT across the enterprise.

Chris Lopez

Group Vice President, Public Cloud, Fortinet

Chris Lopez is the Group Vice President for the Public Cloud Security Business at Fortinet and is based in Denver, Colorado, USA. Prior to this role, Chris was one of the original members of Fortinet’s Service Provider Team. Chris has more than 20 years of experience developing successful partnerships with some of the largest cloud and network service providers in the world.

Martin Stanley

Branch Chief, Strategic Technology, Office of the CTO, CISA, DHS

Martin Stanley, CISSP, is the Branch Chief for Strategic Technology at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Martin previously led the Cybersecurity Assurance Program at CISA and the Enterprise Cybersecurity Program at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior to his federal service Martin held executive leadership positions at Vonage and UUNET Technologies.

Mark Mollenkopf

Science Advisor to the Commanding General & Acting CTO, U.S. Army Cyber Command

Mr. Mark A. “Al” Mollenkopf serves as Science Advisor to the ARCYBER commanding general, acting ARCYBER Chief Technology Officer, and acting director of the ARCYBER Technical Warfare Center.

Mr. Mollenkopf has served as Science Advisor to the ARCYBER commanding general since he retired from the U.S. Army in October 2019 after serving 31 years of service, and assumed duties as acting Chief Technology Officer and acting director, Technical Warfare Center in May 2020. He advises the commander on all aspects of intelligence, cyber and related technologies, working with intelligence, cyber and science and technology organizations to generate and ensure the integrity of capabilities, concepts, policies, operational programs, studies and training that support and enable Army maneuver in the information environment.

Bob Turner

CISO, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bob Turner is a Higher Education Chief Information Security Officer and leads the information security and privacy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His team of 40 professional staff and 20 student workers provide cybersecurity services including risk management and compliance, security operations center, security tools support, cyber intelligence analysis, security awareness, and information technology policy. Previously, Bob managed 45 cybersecurity consultants delivering security assessments and cybersecurity inspections. Bob served in the U.S. Navy for 23-years as a telecommunications operator then as a Communications and Information Systems officer. He earned BS and MS degrees in Management and Information Security and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Joseph Daniels

CIO, Illinois State Treasurer’s Office

Joseph is a 12-year veteran of the Illinois National Guard and was part of the Defensive Cyber Operations Element out of Joint Force Headquarters. Joseph brings leadership experience from Federal and State Government and the Private sector. Joseph has been involved in a volunteer effort to educate small to medium size businesses on the importance of Cyber Security, growing the right IT teams, and re-shaping legacy government infrastructure to current agile architectures.

Gregory Sisson

Acting Deputy CISO, Dept. of Energy

Mr. Sisson is currently serving in the Department of Energy’s Office of the CIO as the acting Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Prior to joining DOE, he served as the Chief of Staff and the Deputy Director of Operations (DJ3) at Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN). JFHQ-DODIN is a component of United States Cyber Command, and executes Command and Control of DOD information network operations and defensive cyberspace operations globally.

Before JFHQ-DODIN, he served in a number of technical and leadership roles supporting Joint Training in United States Joint Forces Command and the Joint Staff J7.

Prior to serving as a DoD Civilian, Mr. Sisson served over 20 years as a non-commissioned and commissioned officer in the United States Army where he led diverse organizations at multiple echelons. He retired as a Signal Officer in 2004.

Mr. Sisson completed his undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina Aiken where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and, in 2014, graduated from the College of Naval Warfare in Newport, RI where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Renee Tarun

Deputy CISO, Fortinet

Renee Tarun is Deputy CISO at Fortinet. She is focused on enterprise security, compliance and governance, and product security. She is also a contributor to the book, The Digital Big Bang. Renee joined Fortinet as the Vice President, Information Security in early 2017. Immediately prior to joining Fortinet, she served as Special Assistant to the Director, National Security Agency (NSA), for Cyber and Director of NSA’s Cyber Task Force, in which she advanced NSA’s execution of its cybersecurity and cyber-related missions by acquiring, investing, and overseeing resources; defining and integrating mission capabilities; and shaping agency strategy and national level policy.

As the Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Information Assurance Directorate at NSA, her focus areas included strategy, planning, integration, and relationship management, in cybersecurity and related disciplines across NSA and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Renee also served as Senior Cyber Strategist in a joint DoD-DHS organization which orchestrated joint efforts in operational planning, policy, and strategy, for cyber issues across the US Government.

She was the Portfolio Lead for the Protect Data and Networks and Operational Resiliency Portfolios for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information and Identity Assurance. Previous assignments include computer scientist, information technologist, and a variety of policy, programs, and resource jobs.

Tonya Ugoretz

Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division, FBI

Tonya Ugoretz is the Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) for the Cyber Readiness, Outreach, and Intelligence Branch. She oversees Cyber Division’s intelligence, operations support, workforce readiness, and outreach.

Ms. Ugoretz began government service in 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow. In 2003, she became the first analyst to serve as the FBI Director’s daily briefer. She has also served as an Intelligence Analyst; a Targeting Analyst; a Unit and Section Chief in the Directorate of Intelligence; and as the FBI’s Chief Intelligence Officer from 2010 to 2012. She has served in joint duty positions with CIA, Customs and Border Protection, and the National Intelligence Council. Most recently, she spent three years as the first Director of ODNI’s Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a multiagency center that builds understanding of foreign cyber threats to US national interests.

Prior to joining the FBI, Ms. Ugoretz was an editor of foreign policy journals and IEEE publications. She received bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and in Spanish from Ursinus College, and a master’s degree from the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University. Ms. Ugoretz received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal from ODNI and the Director’s Award for Exceptionally Meritorious Service from the National Counterterrorism Center.

Alexis Wales

Deputy Associate Director, Threat Hunting, CISA, DHS

Ms. Alexis Wales currently serves as the Election Security Mission Manager for CISA. Ms. Wales coordinates and orchestrates CISA’s resources against the #Protect2020 Lines of Effort, ensuring that the near-term tasks are addressed to achieve the long-term strategic goals. Additionally, Ms. Wales ensures that election security efforts align to the changing threat and risk environments, creating a cohesive and comprehensive portfolio of CISA services, offerings, and partnerships to secure the Election.

Ms. Wales also serves as a Deputy Associate Director in the Cybersecurity Division of CISA. Ms. Wales leads the Threat Hunting subdivision, comprised of cyber threat and technical analysts who perform operational and strategic-level analysis to support network defense and resilience across the DHS stakeholder community. Her teams focus on building a common operational picture of current threats to United States networks, detecting cyber incidents, responding to significant incidents, and sharing actionable analysis based on unique security insights.

Ms. Wales’s teams lead the federal government’s efforts to provide technical assistance to significant cyber incidents, including many large-scale data breaches in both the private sector and federal government. Her teams are focused on discovering and analyzing new forensic artifacts, finding new security controls to prevent and detect APT intrusions, and creating or enhancing opportunities for early detection and containment.

Michael Daniel

President & CEO, Cyber Threat Alliance

Michael leads the CTA team and oversees the organization’s operations. Prior to joining the CTA in February 2017, Michael served from June 2012 to January 2017 as Special Assistant to President Obama and Cybersecurity Coordinator on the National Security Council Staff. In this role, Michael led the development of national cybersecurity strategy and policy, and ensured that the US government effectively partnered with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other nations.

Derek Manky

Chief, Security Insights & Global Threat Alliances, FortiGuard Labs

Derek Manky brings more than fifteen years of experience to a strategic and visionary cyber security role, working within the Office of the CISO at Fortinet. Manky leads a seasoned, special strategic engagement team which bridges data science with security strategy, facilitating tactics. This agile consulting team provides expert advice and is specialized in advanced threat concepts, security research, penetration testing, data insight and threat intelligence/playbook mapping. He consults with leading CSOs/CISOs of Fortune 500 companies worldwide across multiple industries. Manky provides thought leadership to industry and has presented research and strategy worldwide at many premier security conferences. As a cyber security expert, his work has included meetings with leading political figures and key policy stakeholders globally, including law enforcement, which helps define the future of cyber security.

Maj. Gen. Matthew Easley

CISO, U.S. Army

Major General Matthew P. Easley became the Director for Cybersecurity and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in the office of the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO) in September 2020. In this role, MG Easley will oversee policy development to secure Army data and information, regardless of where it resides, in an environment resistant to known and emerging cyber threats, aligned with the Department of Defense directives. Additionally, he will represent the Army position on proposals initiated by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, or other high-level forums, based on expert knowledge in the full range of cybersecurity policy matters.

MG Easley’s prior command and operational assignments include Director, Artificial Intelligence Task Force, Army Futures Command, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Deputy Commanding General – Cyber, 335th Signal Command (Theater), East Point, Georgia; Chief of Staff, 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Commander, 505th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, Las Vegas, Nevada; Commander, 319th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Camp Buehring, Kuwait; Instructor for Command and General Staff College; and company-grade positions in the 121st Signal Battalion at Ft Riley (1ID) and in the 32nd Signal Battalion in Germany (V Corps).

Wanda Jones-Heath

CISO, U.S. Air Force

Wanda Jones-Heath is the Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Information Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Security of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. She leads a division comprised of military, civilian and contractor personnel responsible for developing Air Force Cybersecurity policy and strategy for more than 5,000 Air Force Information Technology systems. She also manages the Air Force’s transition to the Risk Management Framework and provides oversight for the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act laws. Ms. Jones-Heath manages oversight for the protect portfolio including operating system lifecycle management and capabilities for the Comply to Connect program. She delivers cryptographic modernization across the Air Force, implementing the enterprise-wide cross domain solution and cryptographic information technology standards.

Ms. Jones-Heath graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1990 with a degree in Computer Science. She began her Civil Service career as a Palace Acquire Intern as an Information Systems Specialist in various functional areas. She moved to Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, in 1993. There she held positions responsible for policy and guidance for security and network systems. Prior to arriving at the Headquarters Air Force staff, Ms. Jones-Heath was the Program Manager, Defense Information Systems Agency. Ms. Jones-Heath led the effort to establish a DoD Mobile capability to include infrastructure. Her joint experience includes working in various positions at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Rear Adm. David Dermanelian

Assistant Commandant for C4IT (CG-6), U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Admiral David Dermanelian, USCG, serves as the Assistant Commandant for C4IT (CG-6). For a year during his current assignment, he was dual hatted as Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command and CG-6.

In a previous two year assignment, Rear Admiral Dermanelian served as the Director of Training and Exercises (J7) at U.S. Cyber Command. There he developed joint training and assessment standards and orchestrated over two dozen large scale exercises for the Cyber Mission Forces, partner nations, inter agencies, all Services, National Guard, Reserves, and private industry.

Rick Peters

CISO, Operational Technology, North America, Fortinet

Rick brings the Fortinet OT-CI team more than 37 years of cybersecurity and global partnering experience working across foreign, domestic, and commercial industry sectors at the National Security Agency (NSA). As Fortinet’s Operational Technology North American CISO, he delivers cybersecurity defense solutions and insights for the OT/ICS/SCADA critical infrastructure environments. Prior to Fortinet, Rick led development of cyber capability across Endpoint, Infrastructure, and Industrial Control System technologies at the agency. Previously, Rick also served as an executive leader supporting the Information Assurance Directorate at the NSA. Earlier in his career, he served in a broad range of leadership and Engineering roles including Chief of Staff for the NSA Cyber Task Force and a 5-year forward liaison charged with directing integration of cyber and cryptologic solutions for U.S. Air Force Europe, Ramstein AFB, Germany.

Bryan Ware

Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, CISA, DHS

Bryan S. Ware serves as the Assistant Director for Cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In this role, Mr. Ware leads CISA’s mission of protecting and strengthening the nation’s critical infrastructure against cyber threats.

Previously, Mr. Ware served as the DHS Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Infrastructure, and Resilience Policy. In this role, Mr. Ware was responsible for leading DHS policy development in support of department-wide efforts to reduce national risks with a focus on critical infrastructure cybersecurity, federal network security, countering cyber-crime, and improving the security and resilience of the global cyber ecosystem, as well as national resilience initiatives that enhance Federal, State and local government and community preparedness and response capabilities.

Mr. Ware is an entrepreneur, founding an artificial intelligence company in 1998 which he led as CEO through multiple rounds of Venture Capital investment until it was acquired in 2013 by Haystax. After serving as CTO of Haystax for several years during which he helped the company acquire leading cloud technology and cybersecurity companies, Bryan took over as CEO of Haystax in 2016 until its acquisition in 2018. Mr. Ware started his professional career at leading Defense contractors working on advanced technology programs like the Star Wars program, early UAV payloads, and counterterrorism technologies.

Mr. Ware has been issued multiple patents in artificial intelligence and mobile technology. He holds a degree in Applied Optics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.




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