Security Conferences Through a Covid Lens: Past, Present, and Future
Wednesday, June 23rd at 11am PT | 2pm ET
Everyone in the cybersecurity industry has opinions about the RSA conference and its role in the community. Blackhat, DEFCON, and other industry events similarly inspire strong reactions. Then came Covid and a year without these in-person events. Virtual events took their place (more or less). As we emerge from Covid restrictions what will happen to security conferences?
Join us for a freewheeling, no-holds-barred look at the past, present and future role of conferences and events in the security industry. Hear from experts who can speak from a wide range of perspectives. We’ll explore the role of events, how Covid has reshaped these events, what we foresee happening going forward, and how to leverage security events to your advantage.
CEO and Founder, Port53
Omar started his cybersecurity career at OpenDNS, where he was responsible for delivering the DNS security solution to small and mid-sized businesses in the US and Asia. Omar worked with thousands of IT professionals in the SMB space, and truly learned their biggest pain points, especially as it pertained to cloud adoption and cybersecurity - two rather new and fluid trends in the SMB IT space. In September of 2016, a little over a year after Cisco acquired OpenDNS, Omar founded Port53 Technologies. Port53 is focused on delivering enterprise-grade, cloud-delivered security solutions that are easy to deploy, simple to manage and extremely effective, helping customers not only get a big-data and predictive approach to security, but also a more integrated and automated approach.
Chief Strategy Officer, Cobalt
Caroline Wong is the Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt. As CSO, Caroline leads the Security, Community, and People teams at Cobalt. She brings a proven background in communications, cybersecurity, and experience delivering global programs to the role. Caroline’s close and practical information security knowledge stems from her broad experience as a Cigital consultant, a Symantec product manager, and day-to-day leadership roles at eBay and Zynga. Caroline also hosts the Humans of InfoSec podcast, teaches cybersecurity courses on LinkedIn Learning and has authored the popular textbook Security Metrics, A Beginner's Guide. Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley and a certificate in finance and accounting from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Executive Co-Director, HealthGrid Alliance
Debby Hindus is the Executive Co-Director of the HealthGrid Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to “healing the world,” starting with technologies to address Covid safety in the new normal. Also a Venture Partner and Mentor at F50 Elevate, she is a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who specializes in complex new ventures. Debby directed marketing at Zentera, a cybersecurity startup, and previously co-founded Rapport, Inc., an early multiprocessing chip company. She is a strategist and technologist with deep hands-on startup, business and technology research experience. Debby also has taught at Stanford and Harvard, and as Executive Director of Entrepreneurship at Cogswell College, she designed and put in place the college’s first graduate-level program. She holds an M.S. from the MIT Media Lab and a computer science undergraduate degree from U. Michigan.
Founder and CEO, ContextGrid
Arka Bala is Founder & CEO of ContextGrid - a start-up based in Silicon Valley. ContextGrid has created an open registry for contextual data and holograms in the physical world, browsed using the first Open Augmented Reality based browser for the spatial web. It’s similar to Verisign’s DNS service and Mosaic, the first web browser. He is also helping track and prevent COVID19 with spatial web tech as the CTO of HealthGrid Alliance, and Co Founder and Governing Board Member of the OpenARCloud.org., Arka has 15 years’ experience as an Entrepreneur and Big Data Architect with extensive experience and strong skill set in Big Data and Cloud involving startups, banking, financial services, business intelligence and data warehousing.
Director of Cross Engineering, Barracuda
Dana Woolcock currently holds a position of Director of Cross Engineering in the Office of CTO at Barracuda Networks. Dana joined Barracuda Networks in 2015 after spending 5 years working in the IT Helpdesk at University of Michigan - Flint. Dana started as a QA Engineer focusing on Barracuda’s shared codebase. While she excelled in her technical work, she also showed exceptional organization and project leadership skills. In the recent years, Dana stepped into engineering management and is now leading a full-stack engineering organization in delivering internal tools and critical customer facing cloud services. Dana's career growth at Barracuda is easily identified as one of the most outstanding examples of driving exceptional outcome with people leadership and strong communications. Her passion in empowering every team member to their strength has produced a dynamic, efficient and nimble development engine.
Co-Principal Investigator, Cyber Sleuth Science Labs
Daryl Pfeif is the Founding Partner of Digital Forensics Solutions (GotDFS.com) and CEO of Digital Security Associates (GotDSA.com). Since 2004, she has been actively engaged in digital forensics and cyber security, supervising forensic and data breach investigations, security audits and analysis, training, research and software development. Daryl is also a founding Board Member and the COO of DFRWS.org, a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that coordinates international knowledge sharing and collaborative activities for leaders in education, government, and industry to address emerging challenges and to advance the science in DFIR research and practice. Daryl’s most recent endeavor is the Cyber Sleuth Science Lab, (CyberSleuthLab.org) an initiative founded in 2016 to empower young women and other underrepresented youth to pursue careers in DFIR and related fields.
Researcher and Software Engineer, Barracuda
Erez Turjeman is a security researcher and a software engineer at Barracuda Networks. Prior to Barracuda, he worked on various embedded systems at SeaPTec and Cisco, and he continues to help Barracuda in building secured software components and services to serve our wide varieties of customers. As part of the Barracuda Labs organization, he focuses his research on networked systems from IoT devices to cloud infrastructure. Identifying vulnerabilities in devices and the operating ecosystems they belong to is Erez's passion. Lately, Erez has utilized various tools and techniques to track, identify, and analyze the malicious threats in network and application security protection contexts. Erez holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University.