Global Advisory Group
Our Global Advisory Board members are the vanguard of modern cyber security. By engaging with us, you’ll
gain expert advice to help transform the way your company approaches and handles risk management and cyber security.
Gretchen Ruck is a managing partner and a co-founder of the TonyScottGroup, a consultancy and investment firm that cultivates revenue strategies and world-class solutions for cybersecurity, data privacy, IT governance, and crisis management. Ms. Ruck specializes in examining and addressing the impact of cybersecurity, privacy and technology risks on business processes, technology investments and corporate performance.
At the TonyScottGroup, Ms. Ruck leads the firm’s advisory practice, counseling senior business and IT executives, board directors and equity investors on strategies to address IT innovation and digitalization challenges, cyber threats and data protection risks. Formed by Tony Scott, a former United States Federal Chief Information Officer who served as CIO of VMware, Microsoft and The Walt Disney Company prior to his White House appointment, the firm is committed to investing in future-oriented cybersecurity and data-focused technologies, and working with clients to implement leading edge solutions.
A distinguished thought-leader and tireless executive, Ms. Ruck has over 20 years of hands-on, broad-based professional experience supporting financial service, high-tech, healthcare, retail and energy businesses and public sector organizations. She combines technology, enterprise risk and cybersecurity expertise and diverse industry experience with the skills of trusted senior advisor, facilitator and consensus builder.
Ms. Ruck has been instrumental in shifting conversations concerning technology risk and cybersecurity from backrooms to the boardroom. Over the past 10 years, she has regularly interacted with and educated board directors of both publicly traded and privately held companies, who engage her and her team to deliver strategic advisory services related to business-critical cybersecurity, technology and privacy risks. Ms. Ruck has led seminars hosted by the Directors Roundtable and Directors & Boards in which she’s presented to hundreds of public and private board directors.
She has contributed to international dialog and cooperation through collaboration with the World Economic Forum, UN Human Rights Commission, the [Obama] White House, the European American Chamber of Commerce, and the French American Foundation.
Prior to joining the TonyScottGroup in 2019, Ms. Ruck held key roles at leading organizations including AlixPartners, Moody’s, Gartner and KPMG and has earned professional certifications in privacy, cybersecurity, IT audit and risk, and program management and a degree in International Business from American University.
Most recently, at AlixPartners, Ms. Ruck founded and led the firm’s cybersecurity practice, where she advised many of the top 25 private equity firms on M&A technology and security risks and on portfolio company vulnerability and intervened on investments with performance concerns. She was responsible for building a multimillion-dollar practice and for evaluating over $200 billion of transactions for corporations and private equity investors.
For over 30 years, Martin McPhee has helped businesses transform and grow exponentially, all while keeping them secure.
Martin McPhee is a visionary in the field of digital transformation. Over the past 25 years, he has led successful companies, grown and transformed others, and architected winning digital strategies for Fortune 500 companies and startups alike.
During his tenure as Senior Vice President at Cisco, McPhee helped define the strategy and direction for the $12.5 billion Cisco services business, including cloud, digitization, and security. He also built a new digital consulting practice, which within 18 months became one of the Top 20 Global Business Consultancies, according to Gartner Inc.
As a managing partner at Accenture, McPhee determined the direction for the firm’s Technology Services, increasing the practice’s revenues from $250 million to $3.5 billion — all while growing the workforce from 1,000 to 15,000.
In addition to serving on the Global Advisory Board at Digital Times Transformation, McPhee is an operating partner at Advent International, where he invests in and advises companies across varying industries, providing strategic business transformation, thought leadership, and planning, specifically in the areas of digitization and cybersecurity.
Mary Beth Borgwing
Mary Beth Borgwing
Mary Beth Borgwing, Executive Entrepeneur, Security & Technology
Mary Beth Borgwing has over 20 years’ of finance, technology and security industry experience. She is an advisor to ClearForce, HyTrust, Robodub, Bluewater International and in 2018 founded the Cyber Social Club and Uniting Women in Cyber in Washington, DC.
Previously, in 2017 Mary Beth was CEO and President of LemonFish Technologies acquired by World Aware, an LLR Partners investment. Prior to LemonFish Technologies, Mary Beth was CFO and Board advisor to Vigilant, acquired by Deloitte, and Sentillion, acquired by Microsoft. Borgwing worked for MMC, Marsh and Willis Tower Watson in New York City as Executive Vice President, serving Fortune 500 clients cyber insurance and enterprise risk management programs. Borgwing has a track record of building successful teams in high growth technology companies using a proven “product, market fit” that results in investor return on investment.
Borgwing is a frequent speaker on cyber risk at global cyber conferences and contributing author to many national cyber publications. Mary Beth lives with her family in McLean,VA and is an avid networker.
A senior computer scientist and technology leader with extensive experience in a variety of security technology areas.
There are few professionals who can boast a list of credentials as accomplished as that of David Aucsmith, a computer scientist and industry leader with over 30 years of experience in government, industry, and academia.
Aucsmith is a member of the President’s Task Force on National Defense and Computer Technology, cochairman of the FBI’s Information Technology Study Group, and a member of the Department of Defense’s Global Information Grid Senior Industry Review Group. He was also a U.S. industry representative to the G8 Committee on Organized, Transnational, and Technological Crime where he participated directly in G8 summits in Paris, Berlin, and Tokyo.
In addition to serving on the Global Advisory Board of Digital Times Transformation, Aucsmith is the Chief Scientist at root9B, a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington, and the Principal of Aucsmith Consulting, a cybersecurity consultancy. He’s also served as a representative of numerous organizations, including the National Academy advisory board on Survivability and Lethality Analysis, and the Directorate Advisory Council for the National Security Directorate of Pacific Northwest National Labs.
Aucsmith believes cyberspace is a domain of war, and that the key to robust cybersecurity strategy is acknowledging that companies cannot build computer systems that are permanently secure. Rather, they must build systems that are adaptable, configurable, and that provide the ability to respond to the adversary’s behavior. Aucsmith is hawkish about security. He brings to the table a veteran’s perspective that’s crucial to developing truly robust cybersecurity strategies.
A 30-year information security and risk management professional with progressive experience.
Kim Jones began his career in cybersecurity before the term even existed. After graduating from the the Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Computer Science, Jones spent 11 years in US Army intelligence where he helped devise strategies to protect critical intelligence against the growing threat of cyberattack.
Jones then spent several years at prestigious consulting firms, including Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, KPMG, and Computer Sciences Corporation. In 2003, Jones was hired as CSO at a global financial services technologies company, where he was responsible for overseeing and implementing information security, physical security, disaster recovery, and network security. During his tenure, the number of security-related operational incidents decreased by over 80 percent.
Jones went on to serve as CSO at other financial services and public sector companies, where he demonstrated exceptional skill in implementing policies to protect critical and confidential data, and also in complying with industry and government regulations. He also implemented comprehensive security metrics programs that quantified asset utilization, as well as the state of security, which provided the Board of Directors insight and assurance about the company’s ongoing security measures.
After serving as a CSO for 13 years, Jones became acutely aware of the lack of qualified cybersecurity professionals. He began thinking about how he could use his expertise to help remedy the situation. In 2016, Jones was named Professor of Practice and Director of Arizona State University’s Cybersecurity Education Consortium.
After a career in senior roles in the UK Government and Microsoft, Robert is now supporting public and private sector organizations through complex change programs, all with a focus on cybersecurity.
Over the past 40 years, Robert Hayes has built an enviable and unrivaled body of expertise in intelligence, policy, and security. He’s worked as a hostage negotiator and kidnap and siege commander for the UK police service, and also as the first head of the UK National Specialist Law Enforcement Centre. Hayes went on to serve as Head of the UK Government National Technical Assistance Center, which is the primary provider of lawful interception and specialist computer forensic services to UK intelligence, security, and law enforcement agencies.
After 30 years in the public sector, Hayes joined the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments. He also initiated the development of a strategic partnership between Microsoft and Interpol, which was ratified by both the Interpol president and Microsoft CEO.
In 2014, Hayes joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group as Senior Director and Executive Cybersecurity Advisor. He became Microsoft’s “face of cybersecurity” within EMEA, providing strategic advice and board-level support to organizations from both private and public sectors that sought to bolster their ability to detect, defend, and respond to cyberattacks.
As a member of DTT’s Global Advisory Board, Hayes’ expertise and perspective helps clients exploit the benefits of digitalization while mitigating their risk with eyes wide open. Hayes currently serves as an advisor to several organizations, including the Scottish Police Authority and other private cybersecurity firms. He also enjoys rugby football, swimming, music, and travel.
Joseph Walton is a renowned senior executive with Global Operations and Integration Management success.
Joseph Walton is an esteemed business executive, board member, and advisor who brings a 40-year track record of profitable growth and team building leadership to Digital Times Transformation. Walton spent much of his career at EMC where he created EMC Global Services, which added consulting and education services to the portfolio and renewed the focus of creating business value through IT innovation and transformation. Under his leadership, the organization became the fastest growing segment of the business, reaching $5.5 billion in revenues in just two years – a 72 percent increase.
During Walton’s tenure, EMC Global Services was supported by more than 18,500 professionals, exceeding all performance and revenue targets. Building on its strong service reputation, Walton’s focus on scalability and delivery excellence led EMC to achieve the highest customer service satisfaction rating in the company’s history.
Prior to EMC, Joseph held a series of leadership positions at Unisys. As Vice President and Managing Director for the Global Customer Services division in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, he led a successful turnaround which produced revenues in excess of $800 million, reduced annual expenses by 33 percent, and increased profits by 160 percent.
Walton has also worked at Dell, where he created new lines of business and developed global consultative and deployment services that deepened customer relationships and drove strategic change.
Dr. Alison Vincent
Dr. Alison Vincent
Dr Alison Vincent is a thought leader with 30 years experience in Global Businesses holding senior level positions in Cisco, HSBC, NDS, Micro Focus and IBM. Most recently she was the Group Chief Information Security Officer at HSBC responsible for the Global IT Cyber Security Strategy and Implementation. Prior to HSBC, as CTO at Cisco, Alison was an Ambassador and trusted advisor championing Cisco technology to Customers, Start-Ups, Government, Partners, Press and Analysts. Her roles span experience in Risk, Research and Development, Strategy Execution, Product Management and Business Development, with particular expertise in digital strategy, innovation and Mergers and Acquisitions. Alison was announced to be one of the Top Influential Women in UK IT 2019. She is an Ambassador for Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) and is a passionate supporter of the STEM agenda in Schools.
Alison has a PhD in Cryptography from London University and a 1st Class honours BSc in Math and Computer Science. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the IET.
An executive security management consultant specializing in information security, corporate security, business residency, risk management and fraud protection.
Roger S. Dixon is an executive-level security management professional with extensive experience in improving the security and compliance systems of major organizations around the world. Having previously held roles as both a CISO and CSO for regulated global companies, Roger has worked in information security, physical security, risk management and fraud prevention in the healthcare, finance, human resources, logistics, academia, research and development, and defense sectors.
Roger holds an MBA from Norwich University, a Master of Science degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee. He has been designated as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by ASIS International, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC).
He has assisted multiple organizations in meeting SEC, NASD, OCC, and other compliance requirements (GLBA, HIPAA, SOX, etc.). Roger is also a member of ASIS International, ACFE, ISACA, ISC and the Atlanta InfraGard Membership Alliance. He serves on the ASIS International Council for Information Asset Protection and Pre-Employment Screening, and is an alumnus of the FBI Citizens’ Academy.
An executive security management consultant specializing in information and cyber security, technology cloud infrastructure operations, compliance, and risk management.
Craig Shrader is an executive in information and cyber security management with extensive experience in improving the security and compliance systems of regulated companies in financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, banking and insurance. Craig has held roles as CISO in regulated companies and has obtained accreditation for FDA, HIPAA and SOX federal regulations in several corporations.
Craig has been a management consultant and a corporate CISO, CTO and CIO. Under his direction, consulting teams have delivered projects in datacenter related security programs in application rationalization, enterprise resource planning, datacenter relocation and facilities establishment. He has been responsible for overseeing and implementing information security, physical security of offices and datacenters, business continuity and disaster recovery. The cloud SaaS products he was responsible for ran at high availability with a 99.9987% availability.
Under his management, companies have deployed security awareness and training to attack the greatest risk in cyber security from email malware. Companies receive thousands of emails every day and research suggests for certain size of companies malware infects 1 in 95 emails. Such defense is difficult to implement due to the sheer number of employees requiring compliance to effectively reduce the risk.
Shrader holds a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Arizona. He was successful operating an entrepreneurial company. He holds a CISSP certification. Craig started CVEEM Consulting Group in 2017.
Vic Bhagat is a global leader with 30 years’ experience in developing business and information solutions for industry-leading companies.
Vic most recently served as Senior Vice President and global CIO of Verizon Enterprise. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Vic led digital transformation, innovation, product development and technology systems. His team designed and delivered the next generation of integrated enterprise communications solutions. In his role, Vic engaged customers and business leaders to create and enhance the innovative solutions that Verizon Enterprise brought to market.
In his prior role, Vic was Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions and Chief Information Officer at EMC Corporation. He joined EMC in January 2013 to lead the corporation’s Information Technology, Global Centers of Excellence, Global Business Services and Indirect Procurement organizations. Vic drove technology, services and support to enable EMC to optimize end-to-end processes; furthered global sales and R&D relationships in BRIC and emerging countries; and delivered world-class services that boosted innovation and revenue for EMC.
Vic also spent 20 years at GE, where he served as CIO for multiple organizations, including GE Aviation Services, GE Global Growth and Operations, CNBC, GE Corporate, and GE India and Southeast Asia. He drove the company’s IT strategies; built a technology center focused on high-end technology and digital solutions; and fueled GE’s global innovation, opening numerous Centers of Excellence focused on Big Data, digital analytics and digital strategies. As a global leader, Vic is well known by CEOs and business leaders in Silicon Valley, and the tech industry at large.
Vic earned his Bachelor’s degree in Information Management and Marketing from the University of Louisville and a diploma in Physics and Mathematics from Agra University in India. In 2014 and 2015, Vic was recognized with the prestigious CIO 100 Award for excellence and achievement in IT, Evanta’s Global CIO Top 10 Breakaway Leaders and HMG’s Transformational CIO of the year award. In 2016, Vic was recognized by University of Louisville as alumni of the year.
A leader with global experience, Laura Louthan has directed security operations for major organizations in the sectors of retail, consumer credit, and banking
Laura is an information security and technology professional with extensive experience in global security operations. With a breadth of technical and leadership skills, Laura’s background includes diverse responsibilities for establishing and directing security and compliance programs, overseeing risk management, and advancing technology architecture in the sectors of retail, consumer credit and banking. In 2017, Laura founded the consulting company Angel Cybersecurity, which provides information security risk management and strategic support, and also compliance help for the SMB. Her clients include those in the retail, financial services and healthcare industries.
Laura most recently served as the Head of Information Security for a large retailer, with nearly 500 stores across the United States, Canada and Brazil, and also for a leading e-commerce company. She was responsible for aligning security initiatives with enterprise programs across the Americas and creating a security framework that would protect nearly 60 million client records and 45,000 employee records. Among other responsibilities, she led contract security, third-party risk management and incident response functions.
Previously, Laura managed the risk programs team for a large international credit bureau, during which she coordinated assessment, remediation and compliance functions across nearly 100 sites in 13 countries. She also managed the contract security team, negotiating security wording in contracts as both a customer and a provider, and also served as the primary lead for rewriting all the Information Security Policies and Standards, working with critical IT and business stakeholders to reach consensus.
Laura maintains current industry accreditations such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), and Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP), and she’s also been a PCI Internal Security Assessor (ISA). Laura is a graduate of Oxford University in England, where she earned a degree in biochemistry. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area, where she enjoys community events and outdoor activities, including hiking, snow sports and horseback riding.
A seasoned cyber security professional with a thirty year track record of successes building “first of a kind security programs” in military, government, non-profit, healthcare, transportation and other private sector organizations.
Ron Baklarz has CISO experience with the Naval Nuclear Program, U.S. House of Representatives, Prudential Insurance Company, American Red Cross, MedStar Health, and Amtrak.
His recognitions and awards include: Westinghouse General Manager’s Award developing a first class ADP security program for the Naval Nuclear Program, recognition by Info World as Information Security Manager at the U.S. House of Representatives, Prudential Insurance Company of America’s Business Values Award for building, staffing and implementing a Secure Operations Center and forensic capability, CSO Magazine’s Compass Award: The Complete CSO as a leader having demonstrated excellence in business acumen, security and risk management expertise, and leadership including vision and industry impact, Amtrak’s Presidential Safety and Service Award for Project Excellence, and EC Council’s 2013 CISO of the Year Award.
Baklarz holds an M.S. degree in Information Science and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Telecommunications, both from the University of Pittsburgh. Baklarz earned professional certifications in cyber forensics, CISSP, CISA, CISM, and National Security Agency’s IAM and IEM.
Baklarz is a frequent speaker and author on information warfare and security management topics including “The Art of Information Warfare” “The Enemy Within- Y2K Issues Below the Application Level” in the ISACA Journal, is currently a monthly article contributor to CISOBox, and has appeared on BBC radio and CNN television.
CISO with extensive infrastructure, product and medical device security experience
Damian McDonald is a seasoned CISO and information technology executive who has been recognized as a top 40 security leader by his peers and CSO Magazine. Damian draws upon his extensive infrastructure and operations experience to deliver pragmatic and innovative approaches to some of the most complex security issues facing companies today. Having spent the first half of his career managing mission critical infrastructures supporting Time Inc.’s marque titles (Time, Life, People, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, InStyle, Money, Entertainment Weekly), Damian transitioned to healthcare to head up BD’s Enterprise Infrastructure Engineering teams where he implemented BD’s first global infrastructure standards to streamline provisioning, reduce cost, improve service availability and delivery.
During his tenure, Damian radically changed the way information security was practiced and perceived through a combination of education, increased transparency, integration of security with key business processes and most importantly a focus on resiliency and organizational security competencies. Through this experience, Damian values the importance of hard deadlines and the need for a transparent and balanced, risk-based approach to cybersecurity. It is the challenge of finding this balance that Damian enjoys and in doing so he still finds a way to foster that “can do” attitude and innovation that is born out of his deadline driven media experience.
Over his career, Damian has successfully led investigations involving financial crimes, insider threats and theft of intellectual property, involving both foreign and domestic entities. As expected, Damian has also spearheaded a wide array of remediation and corrective action efforts that leverage his broad experience across IT Compliance (FDA, ITAR, SOX, PCI-DSS, Privacy), Application Security, Disaster Recovery, Product Security, Identity Management, E-Discovery, M&A integration, Intellectual Property / Data Protection, Incident Response, Security Operations, Executive Security and broader IT Risk Management.
As a well respected leader and trusted advisor, Damian has served as a long standing representative for both IT and Information Security across multiple leadership groups spanning product development, M&A due diligence committees, R&D, corporate compliance, legal and privacy. As CISO, Damian was responsible for providing regular presentations to Compliance, Ethics and Executive Management Committees and The Board of Directors.
A senior executive with C-Suite and senior operational delivery management experience spanning over 30 years in the public and private sectors.
David is a seasoned senior leader with considerable experience in national security and public private sector negotiations transnationally. As a change manager, David has recent experience in heading technology start-ups and developing and building inclusive teams. He also has considerable experience as a negotiator and influencer, working globally on cross government and C-Suite negotiations to achieve successful outcomes.
As a senior Scotland Yard Commander David has experience in crisis management and resilience planning including, managing a significant part of the London bombing response in 2007 and kidnap and ransom operations which required regular briefing of senior government ministers in COBRa and managing emergency responses globally. David was the lead for Economic Crime at Scotland Yard, where he provided strong leadership and strategic advice to government and large financial institutions to manage the implementation and understanding of AML policy and compliance.
While he was a senior leader in GCHQ, David developed cross agency teams to provide technical services and policy advice on countering terrorism, cyber defence operations and National security operations across the Intelligence and Law enforcement agencies of the UK.
Most recently, David has been occupied in setting up technology start-ups in the UK, building effective teams and developing marketing and sales strategies to increase market share and global recognition. In 2008 David was awarded the Queens Police Medal by Her Majesty the Queen for his outstanding contribution to UK policing and National Security.
David holds a master’s degree in public administration, a post graduate diploma in criminology from Cambridge University and an HND in electrical engineering.
António Neto Relvas
António Neto Relvas
Specializes in reducing overall operations risk exposure to the organizations, using strong controls, people, processes and technology to mitigate existing and evolving global threats.
António started is career 1997 at Digital Equipment Corporation as an IT architect focus in high performance cluster to assurance IT services to critical operations to clients around the globe. From here to corporate resilience resume most of his professional path.
Antonio acts as Subject Matter Expert in Security and Corporate Resilience: cyber and Information security, operational risk, business continuity and crisis management, physical security, health and safety, SOC and NOC. He has a strong experience in reducing the overall operations risk exposure to the organizations and countries, using strong controls, people, processes and technology to mitigate existing and evolving global threats.
Antonio is a senior leader in delivering results across a broad and complex portfolio, working with diverse teams, and complex environment of stakeholders, often in demanding and high stress and fast pace in international environments, with over 18 years broad experience across several industries, working across a wide range of cultures (over 20 countries) in Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Prior to 2018 he as a career mainly focus on the telecom and ICT industry, mainly as a technical senior manager and as global head of resilience in several countries.
An attorney and multi-disciplinary practitioner specializing in pragmatic and actionable solutions for policy, legal, regulatory and organizational challenges in cybersecurity.
Ms. Rhea Siers combines her operational, legal and policy experience from thirty years in the US Intelligence Community and the private sector to bring a multifaceted approach to cybersecurity issues. She served as NSA’s senior representative to the FBI, as well as NSA’s Deputy Associate Director for Policy, led operational and intelligence production as a senior manager, and served in NSA’s Office of General Counsel. She received numerous awards and commendations for her service from the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of NSA and the Director of the FBI.
As an attorney and policy expert in the cybersecurity arena, Ms. Siers was selected as a “Cyber Trail Blazer” by the National Law Journal (2014), recognizing Ms. Siers’ expertise in developing sound cyber policy solutions, effective incident response and ability to “translate” cyber across numerous companies. Ms. Siers also was the Executive Director for Cybersecurity and Information at the Risk Assistance and Network Exchange (RANE). In this position, she worked with companies and organizations designing cyber security programs tailored to the challenges of different industries. Her table top exercises, designed to improve incident response and enterprise-wide cyber understanding, have received outstanding feedback from clients. Ms. Siers is known for her ability to keep her clients on top of regulatory and legal changes relating to cybersecurity and providing pragmatic, actionable advice.
Ms. Siers is the Senior Fellow for Policy and Legal issues at the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P). Previously, she served as Scholar In Residence at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University (GWU). Her work focuses on key cyber policy issues such as “Active Defense,” cyber deterrence and cybercrime.
Ms. Siers serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare and is a co-author of the book Cyber Warfare: Understanding the Law, Policy, and Technology (2015). She has authored a number of recent articles about cybersecurity, cyber deterrence, attribution, and relevant cyber case studies published in the Wall Street Journal and The Cipher Brief. Ms. Siers is also on the Board of the Millennium Alliance, which focuses on providing guidance to senior executives on digital transformation. Ms. Siers was recently honored by election to the Board of Directors of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
Ms. Siers received her B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, an MSc in International Relations and Middle East Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University, and an MIPP in Transnational Security Issues from the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
Mo Ahddoud, Interim CISO / Board Advisor
Mo Ahddoud is a security expert who last served as the Chief Information Security Officer at SGN the UK’s largest gas distribution company. During that period, he supported the company’s strategy to move 100% to the cloud and demonstrated exceptional skill in implementing policies to protect critical and confidential data, and also in complying with industry and government regulations.
Prior to SGN, Mo held a number of cyber leadership roles including NBC Universal where he managed cyber operations for the EMEA region. His key highlights were supporting the Sochi Olympics, supporting news outlets and the Downton Abbey production team. Mo also held a leadership role at BAE systems in the maritime division where key highlights were managing cyber security operations on the flag ship Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and new fleet of type 45 destroyers.
His entrepreneurial side has seen him establish his own cyber consultancy focused on supporting SME’s as well as forming a professional services delivery company focussed on supporting cyber security vendors.
With a ten-year tenure as an officer in the British Army. His depth and variety of experience across public and private sectors gives him a unique insight into all angles of cybersecurity. Mo is a frequent speaker on cyber risk at global cyber conferences and contributing author to many cyber publications.
A transformational thinker leading innovation, development, and commercialization in advanced technologies, life sciences, cyber security, and financial services.
Sultan Meghji’s career has been marked by exceptional innovation and leadership since he began developing artificial intelligence systems and first-generation internet technologies in his teens. A highly sought-after international advisor to enterprises, startups, private equity firms, and governments, Meghji has helped lay the groundwork for the modern-day internet by contributing to groundbreaking and now-historic projects, including Mosaic, Linux Kernel, Gopher, XML, and Windows PPP. Meghji has also served in senior business and technology leadership positions for many global organizations, including ABN AMRO, American Express, Monsanto, and United Airlines. His tenures are hallmarked by increased revenues, rapid return on investment, and successful mergers and acquisitions.
Meghji has been able to identify holes in the market while using technical savvy to bring solutions to market rapidly. Meghji now uses his expertise in cybersecurity, financial services, advanced technologies, commercialization, and M&A to help enterprises achieve transformational change.
In the public sector, Meghji has served as a senior advisor on cybercrime and counter-terrorism initiatives for government agencies and non-government organizations, including the UK Ministry of Defense, the FBI, the Ford Foundation, and the Aga Khan Development Network.
A technically savvy and strategic security professional with a career spanning both commercial and government sector. Steve Adegbite is an accomplished CISO who has spent nearly 20 years safeguarding the nation’s most sensitive and critical information. Adegbite has served as Strategic Director of Cybersecurity for the Information Systems & Global Services (ISGS) Division at Lockheed Martin, where he managed an array of R&D and services intended to develop new cybersecurity capabilities. Adegbite has also spent six years in security leadership roles at leading technology companies, like Adobe and Microsoft. As Chief Security Strategist at Adobe, Adegbite helped enhanced the security of products by increasing the partnerships and vulnerability research with global governments, academia, and the independent security research community. While at Microsoft, Adegbite launched the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) – the first industry-wide information-sharing program that propagates technical details to global software security providers in an effort to curb cyberthreats worldwide. Adegbite was recently appointed CSO at Cotiviti Corporation, a healthcare analytics company, where he is responsible for developing and executing security and business continuity policies and programs company-wide. Prior to this, Adegbite served as the CISO for E-Trade Financial Services, where he developed cybersecurity strategies designed to protect information assets, technologies, and customer-facing services for the $50 billion-dollar company. He is currently a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. As a council member, he acts as a special advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, providing advice and support as needed.
A CSO with expertise ranging from cyber forensics to physical security, Larry Trittschuh has helped develop security strategies for some of the world’s most influential organizations in government and finance.
Larry Trittschuh is the chief security officer of HealthEquity. Larry leads information security, privacy, fraud prevention, incident response and physical security teams.
Prior to joining HealthEquity, Larry served as chief security officer for Barclays Americas. Larry’s professional background also includes senior vice president, information security for Synchrony Financial and various information security roles at General Electric. Larry has been an active participant in shaping cybersecurity partnership strategies in both industry and government. He was a founding Board member of the Defense Security Information Exchange (DSIE) and served on the Board of Directors of the Internet Security Alliance.
Prior to joining GE, Larry served as a pilot in the United States Air Force and Senior Consultant for BearingPoint, a management and technology consulting firm. He holds a bachelors degree in political science from the United States Air Force Academy and an FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate with nearly 3,000 total flight hours.
Julie Stafford is a relationship connector, business strategist, and proponent of innovation technologies that have a global impact.
Julie Stafford’s entrepreneurial spirit has jettisoned her career from a corporate sales and marketing executive to an emerging technology guru and Chief Experience Officer (CXO) whisperer. A “hunter” with a knack for strategy, Stafford began her career as a business development executive at large corporations, including ADT and Office Depot. She went on to serve as Vice President of Enterprise Solutions at Telwares, a niche network consulting firm, where she closed business with an impressive array of clients, including five of the Fortune 25.
Stafford was tapped to become the Executive Director of the CIO Global Forum, one of the most coveted and well-attended executive events in the nation whose events afford CIOs, CTOs, and CMOs the opportunity to network and share ideas freely without the encumbrance of vendors or media.
With her extensive knowledge of emerging technology companies and a network that extended into many of the Fortune 500, Stafford began brokering relationships between the two. In 2014, Stafford founded Stafford & Associates, which specialized in introducing innovative and disruptive technologies to the enterprise C-suite.
A senior cybersecurity executive for major corporations and technology companies with extensive experience as an executive strategist, technology expert/analyst, and product and systems architect across all areas of security technology areas.
Elliot Lewis has been working in the security and networking technology space for over 28 years across all sectors of industry, leading major technology and industry vertical companies in their security design and operations.
In addition to serving on the Global Advisory Board of Digital Times Transformation, Lewis is the President of Lewis Security Consulting, acting as a senior industry analyst and consultant for his private client customers and security technology companies.
Lewis is the former Chief Security Architect for the Office of the CTO of Dell, former CISO of Merrill Lynch, former Director of Security and Identity Innovation Services at Cisco Systems, former Chief Architect for Microsoft’s Security Center of Excellence at Microsoft Corp, and former VP of Security, Risk and Compliance Research at Infotech Research Group.
Lewis believes that security technologies and strategies need to align in a flexible, nimble and elastic way to the business models they are protecting, and that the security solutions being deployed need to be to ebb and flow with the business and the threat landscape around it. As businesses grows, its technology will grow and evolve with it – and thus should the security mitigations that protect it. If the security solutions cannot be elastic and nimble, they will be rendered ineffective – and potentially obsolete – by the IT solutions being deployed around it.
Specializes in digital transformation enabling business agility and growth while keeping organizations highly secure. Leading domestic U.S. and global organizations through technology transformation that unlock business growth, increases business productivity, and enhance agility. Highly experienced at delivering consumer facing and core technology strategy, digital commerce, machine learning, agile product development, cloud transformation, and data security for leading brands. Areas of focus include design thinking CX/UX and delivery of B2C and B2B facing digital commerce, store technologies, CRM & ML/AI Analytics, IOS & Android mobile applications, wearables, mPOS, distributed order management, contact center, and supply chain technologies always with data security in mind. A strategic leader and business partner, who has built long-standing relationships on a track record of partnership, integrity, and delivering results at multiple brands that include OfficeMax, American Eagle Outfitters, Disney, Chico’s, and Lowe’s.
Kelsey Weaver’s experience with startups and established financial institutions has made her an accomplished and versatile business development strategist.
Kelsey Weaver is a business development strategist who specializes in connectional intelligence, financial media, and sales strategies for the fintech and banking space. Kelsey has worked in financial services for the past eight years, serving as the Publisher of Bank Director, a leading resource for the C-Suite and Directors of financial institutions. There, she was responsible for corporate sales, conference and content production, and new product development.
In 2016, Kelsey built and launched FinXTech, a platform and media company that focused on the intersection between banks and the fintech industry. She helped create FinTech Week NYC in Spring of 2016, after which she decided to move into the city and pursue new opportunities with a more hands-on role in matchmaking. Prior to banking, Kelsey worked with travel startup LocalEats, a top-paid and first-to-market iPhone app. There, she led partnerships, sales, product development, and built and managed a nationwide gift-card program.
Kelsey is currently based in Manhattan. She serves on the board of SebastianStrong, a foundation focused on finding a cure for childhood cancer.
An award-winning security executive, Julie Talbott-Hubbard helps industry-leading organizations develop security strategies that balance risk, business realities, and operational impacts.
Julie currently serves as VP, Supply Chain of Data at Magellan Health, where she leads enterprise data strategy and implements comprehensive business solutions by bringing together data from numerous disparate enterprise systems, cross-business partners, customers, and third-party sources. Before joining Magellan Health, Julie served as the Head of Information Security Operations at SunTrust, where she led the enterprise-wide information security strategy and operations, including identity and access management, information protection, and threat and vulnerability management. Julie has held key CISO positions while leading information security, risk governance, and business resiliency at Symantec, The Ohio State University, Cardinal Health and Bank One/JP Morgan Chase.
Julie was selected as an Information Security Executive of the Year in 2010 by Tech Exec Networks, and she was a finalist for the Atlanta Technology Professional Award in 2017. Julie is a board member and executive committee member of the Technology Association of Georgia, and she has a passion for assisting women with their careers.
Julian Richards completed a PhD in Political Violence at the University of Cambridge in 1993, before undertaking a distinguished career at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). In 2008 he decided to pursue a career-change, returning to academia to co-found the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham (BUCSIS). The Centre has subsequently developed an international reputation as one of the very few university centres of repute in which to study Security and Intelligence Studies. As Director of BUCSIS, Professor Richards is programme director for a number of university courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the new BA in Security, Intelligence and Cyber: the first programme of its type in the UK. He remains active in research and publication on a range of issues connected with global security, and has published four academic books, and a large number of chapters and articles on a range of topics from counter-radicalisation, to cyber security threat and policy. He is a periodic commentator in national and international media of all forms on contemporary security issues, and has undertaken a number of consultancy projects on security and intelligence issues for a range of overseas governments.