Robert D. Rodriguez

Chairman and Founder, Security Innovation Network (SINET)

spkr-rrodriguez.jpgRobert D. Rodriguez is the Chairman & Founder of the Security Innovation Network™ (SINET) an International community builder whose mission is to advance innovation and enable global collaboration between the public and private sectors to defeat Cybersecurity threats. Each year SINET  hosts  programs  in Silicon Valley, New York City, London and Washington DC  which are   supported   by   the   U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). The SINET model is designed to advance innovation by connecting the ecosystem of the entrepreneur; academia, science, private   industry, investment banking, system integration, policy, innovators, law enforcement, venture capital and the Federal Government to include the civilian, military and intelligence agencies. In 2001, Robert spearheaded the development of the U. S. Secret   Service’s   first public-private   partnership Cybersecurity initiative in the Western Region of the United States. Since 2005 he has been advising and coordinating the public private sector outreach for the DHS S&T and SRI International. Robert has served on the US Air Force Cybersecurity Advisory Board and has been called upon numerous times by Federal Government Agencies and universities such as Stanford and UNC Charlotte to help coordinate their private    sector outreach to the venture capital community and both large and small businesses. In his previous career Robert served twenty-two years as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service where he held a number of executive leadership positions within the Presidential Protection, Protective Intelligence, Inspection, Criminal Investigation Divisions and the Counter Assault Team. His executive protection experience spanned 10 years at the White House serving   Presidents   Ronald   W.   Reagan, George   H.  Bush, William  J. Clinton and numerous  Heads of  State. He serves on the Board of Advisors for The Chertoff Group, as Director Emeritus for the San Francisco Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, National Cyber Security Hall of Fame Board of Directors and is a certified graduate of the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service Program.




Peter Clay

Chief Information Security Officer, CSG Invotas

Peter_Clay.jpgPeter Clay is responsible for ensuring the global design and execution of CSG Invotas solutions and delivery. Prior to CSG, Peter served as the chief information security officer for the federal practice at Deloitte. He brings to CSG more than 20 years of deep operational and technology experience in secure computing, security governance, incident response, and security consulting across a broad spectrum of federal, regulatory, and international security standards and requirements organizations.

Elia Florio

Senior Security Engineer, Microsoft Security Response Center

Elia Florio

Elia Florio is a Senior Security Engineer at Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) where he works on protecting customers from exploits and contributing to secure millions of computers every Tuesday. Prior to joining Microsoft he worked as officer for a national Data Protection regulator in Europe and as Supervisor of Symantec Security Response leading a team responsible for malware analysis and threat research.

Peter Gutmann

Security Researcher and Professional Paranoid at the University of Auckland, New Zealand

 Peter Gutmann.jpgPeter Gutmann is a researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland working on design and analysis of cryptographic security architectures and security usability.  He helped write the popular PGP encryption package, has authored a number of papers and RFC's on security and encryption, and is the author of the open source cryptlib security toolkit, "Cryptographic Security Architecture: Design and Verification" (Springer, 2003), and an upcoming book on security engineering.  In his spare time he pokes holes in whatever security systems and mechanisms catch his attention and grumbles about the lack of consideration of human factors in designing security systems.

Dr. Alain Gut

Director Public Sector, IBM Schweiz 

Dr. Alain GutDr. Alain Gut is Director Public Sector at IBM Switzerland after having been Director of Software Group Switzerland and Austria and Member of the Executive Board Switzerland. Before that from 2008 until 2009 he was Head of Global Consulting Practice Switzerland and Member of the Management Team and Head of Global Consulting Practice Privat Banking Europe at Tata Consultancy Services Switzerland. From 2002 until 2008 Alain Gut was Manager Financial Services at Microsoft Switzerland. From 2001 until 2002 he was Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Executive Management Board of A&A Actienbank, Zurich. From 1994 to 2001 he held different senior management positions in Region Europe and Region Switzerland at UBS AG. From 1998 to 1999 he was also in charge of all integration projects, resulting from the merger of UBS and SBC, for Region Zurich. Before that from 1988 to 1994 he was Sales Manager for Stock Exchanges and Interbank Organizations at DEC Digital Equipment Corporation AG, Zurich. Alain Gut holds a degree and a Ph.D. in business administration and computer science from the University of Zurich and attended the Program for Executive Development (PED) at IMD Lausanne. Alain Gut is member of the board of Swico, ICTswitzerland and ICT Berufsbildung Schweiz and member of many boards, associations and advisory boards related to education in informatics. Since March 2014 he is president of the board of Swiss Cyber Experts a public private partnership with the Swiss Government.

Michel Herzog

Researcher at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich

michel_herzog.pngMichel Herzog is a researcher in the field of critical infrastructure protection and cyber-security in the Risk and Resilience Research Group at the Center for Security Studies (CSS). He studied political science and public law at the University of Zurich, where he received his Master’s degree. During his studies, he focused on security policy and legal questions in international relations as well as political risk analysis.

Before joining the CSS, Michel Herzog worked for the Federal Crisis Management Training branch of the Federal Chancellery of Switzerland. His main research interests are the management of political risks, early warning and crisis management, especially in the field of critical infrastructure protection and cyber-security.

Pascal Lamia

Head of the Reporting and Analysis Center for Information Assurance MELANI

Pascal LamiaPascal Lamia is the head of the Reporting and Analysis Center for Information Assurance MELANI run by the Swiss government. He is also head of the Swiss Government CERT ( and is a lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art as well as the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Before that, between 2000 and 2008, he worked as an information security officer at the Federal IT Steering Unit (FITSU). He started his professional career in 1988 as a network engineer at Telekurs AG. He then joined "Die Mobiliar" where he worked as a software engineer until he started to work for the FITSU in 2000.

In his role as the head of the Reporting and Analysis Center for Information Assurance MELANI, Pascal Lamia is a frequent speaker at national and international security events and a sought-after interview partner in Swiss television and press.

Patrick Miller

Partner and Managing Principal at The Anfield Group,
Founder Director and President Emeritus Energy Sector Security Consortium

 Patrick MillerPatrick Miller has dedicated his career to the protection and defense of critical infrastructures as a trusted independent advisor. He is the founder, director and president emeritus of EnergySec, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing on information sharing, situational awareness and security workforce development. Patrick is also an Advisory Board Executive Committee member for the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization (NESCO), a public-private partnership between the US Department of Energy and EnergySec to enhance cybersecurity in the electric sector.

Patrick's diverse background in the Energy sector includes positions with private consulting firms, utility asset owners and regulatory agencies. He has also held key positions in the Telecommunications and Financial Services verticals. Patrick has earned the CISA, CRISC and CISSP security certifications, among others. Mr. Miller is an award winning and active member of several critical infrastructure security working groups and regular speaker on the subjects of critical infrastructure protection, process control system security, regulatory compliance, audit, and privacy.

Roberto Perdisci

Assistant Professor at University of Georgia

Roberto Perdisci.jpgRoberto Perdisci is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Georgia. He also holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor position in the Georgia Tech School of Computer Science, and is a faculty member of the UGA Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Before joining UGA he was Post-Doctoral Fellow at the College of Computing of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Principal Scientist at Damballa, Inc.

Dr. Perdisci's research interests are in Computer and Network Security, and in Machine Learning and Data Mining techniques for efficient modeling of very large datasets of network and system information. In particular, he currently focuses on Malware/Botnet modeling and detection at the network level. Dr. Perdisci is the a recipient of the 2012 US National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

Aaron Philipp

Cybercrime Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Washington DC

 Aaron PhilippAaron Philipp is a Manager in the Advisory-Forensic practice at PwC with over 15 years of experience in cybercrime breach response, analytics, and threat intelligence. In this role, Mr. Philipp is the architect of PwC's cyber threat intelligence and big data cyber analtyics platforms. In addition, Mr. Philipp has extensive experience with enterprise scale forensics and understanding the requirements needed to perform investigations on large-scale multi-national infrastructures and systems in a cost effective and rapid manner required to respond to advanced adversaries.
Mr. Philipp was previously an Associate Director at Navigant, with a leadership role in the firms computer forensics and data breach practice. In this capacity he oversaw the operation of 14 US and internationally based forensic labs and conducted investigations on 5 continents, as well as serving as a testifying expert on over 20 different matters brought before the court. Prior to Navigant, Mr. Philipp was the Managing Partner of Affect Computer Forensics, a boutique forensics firm based in Austin, TX with offices in Dallas, TX and Hong Kong. In this capacity, he oversaw all operations and sales functions for the company.

Mr. Philipp is the co-author of the book Hacking Exposed: Computer Forensics, published by McGraw Hill Osborne (ISBN#0072256753). The book is in use as training material worldwide, including use by top-tier universities in curriculum, multiple federal and state governmental agencies, and internal training seminars for Fortune 500 clients. It has previously been on the best seller list for computer books (#83), and the second edition was released in September, 2009 (ISBN# 0071626778). He is also author of The Anti-Hacker Toolkit, 3rd Edition published by McGraw Hill Osborne (ISBN# 0072262877), which was selected by CNET/Tech Republic as their March 2006 Book of the Month. In addition, he holds a patent in the field of web server security and survivability, number 6,351,811, filed for in April of 1999.

He has beeninternationally recognized for his work, with citations of merit from the governments of Taiwan and South Africa, as well as multiple state and local citations in the United States. He is a regular speaker on the topic of cybercrime and has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and the National Law Journal. Mr. Philipp holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Steve Poulson

Vice President Sales, Bay Dynamics

Steve Poulson.JPGSteve Poulson is Vice President of Sales at bay dynamics. Mr. Poulson has more than 20 years of experience building and leading high-performing sales teams in the enterprise software industry. He is responsible for driving Bay Dynamics sales and operations in the United States, Canada, EMEA and Latin America. Prior to Bay Dynamics, Steve held a broad range of roles in both public and private companies. His past includes progressive sales, sales leadership, and business development roles at NEC, Altiris, Veritas/Symantec, and VMware.

Urs Rufer

CEO, terreActive AG

Urs Rufer.jpgUrs Rufer is CEO of terreActive AG since 2011. Before that, he led terreActive's Consulting & Project Teams for more than 10 years. Amongst other things, he co-developed the company's Managed Security Services offerings.
Mr. Rufer has more than 20 years of experience working in the IT business and is a respected expert in his field.

ObstdG Mag. Walter Unger

Colonel (General Staff) of the Austrian Armed Forces, Head of Cyber Defence & ICT-Security at the Austrian Armed Forces Security Agency (AAFSA), Ministry of Defence (MoD)

Walter Unger

Walter Unger completed the Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt; and the 12. General Staff Course at the National Defence Academy in Vienna, and the Leadership course at the Federal Administration Academy in Vienna. He served as a Platoon Commander, and as a Company Commander. Since 1991 he had several employments in the MoD and in the (AAFSA). 1999-2000 he served as Commander of the Anti-Tank Battalion 1, Joint Forces Command. From 2001-2009 he was Head of the Electronic Defence Division, AAFSA; 2006-2008 Head of the interministeriel Working Group Strategy "ICT Security"; AAFSA and from 2009-2013 he was Head of the ICT Security Division, AAFSA.

Since 2013 he is Head of Cyber Defence & ICT-Security Division.

A part of this division is the Military Cyber Emergency Readiness Team (milCERT) which is dedicated as one pillar of the Cyber
Defence capability of the Austrian Armed Forces.

Recently in September he published in the Österreichischen Militärischen Zeitung (ÖMZ) an article about "Cyber Defence - eine
nationale Herausforderung" (a national challenge).