KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

     

Robert Herjavec

Robert Herjavec is a globally recognized business leader and trusted cybersecurity expert. For the last 14 years Robert has been well known as one of the founding Sharks and executive producer of ABC’s Emmy-award winning hit show, Shark Tank

Born in Communist Yugoslavia, Robert and his parents left with very little for a better life in Canada. Boarding a boat called the Cristeforo Columbo in Italy, they made their way a new world. From delivering newspapers, to waiting tables, to launching a billion-dollar, global computer company from his basement, Robert’s drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life in a classic rags to riches story. 

He has served as a Cybersecurity Advisor for the Government of Canada, participated in the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce Task Force for Cybersecurity.

 

Robert’s inspiring books have all appeared on bestsellers’ lists, two of them being notably featured in the Top 10 at the same time.  A well-known motivational speaker, Robert has spoken to purpose driven companies around the world ranging from IBM to HP and many more. He has spoken to crowds as small as 50 to ones as large as 20,000 and has shared the stage with Tony Robbins, Oprah, and many others. He has also been featured inside and on the cover of multiple lifestyle and business magazines including Inc, Success, Forbes, Fortune and more.


 

Helen Patton

Helen Patton is an Advisory CISO at Cisco, where she shares security strategies with the security community. Previously she spent eight years as the CISO at The Ohio State University where she was awarded the 2018 ISE North American Academic/Public Sector Executive of the Year.  Before joining Ohio State she spent ten years in risk and resiliency at JPMorganChase.

Helen actively encourages collaboration across and within industries, to enable better information security and privacy practices.  She believes in improving diversity and inclusion in the workforce, and mentors people interested in pursuing careers in security, privacy and risk management.  She advocates for more naps and is anti-bagpipes.

Helen has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and has earned various industry certifications.  She serves on the State of Ohio CyberOhio Advisory Board, the Manufacturing and Digital USA Cybersecurity Advisory Board, and the Ohio State University College of Electrical and Computer Engineering Industry Advisory Board. She is a faculty member for the Digital Director’s Network, and the Educause Leadership Institute.


 

Ted Harrington

Ted Harrington runs Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), the elite security researchers who pioneered car hacking, were first to exploit the iPhone, first to exploit Android OS, pioneered medical device hacking, and run hacking event IoT Village. Since inception in 2005 out of the PhD program at The Johns Hopkins University, ISE has served technology pioneers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Disney, Qualcomm and many more as their trusted security advisor.

If your problems include difficulty understanding how attackers think, how they operate, and how they break systems; if you want to actually achieve security excellence (as opposed to just meeting a minimum, or being "compliant"); if you aren't yet sure whether your approach is effective or if your security investments are good ones; if you're concerned about how expensive, difficult, and uncertain security is; if you need to demonstrate to your customers, shareholders, board, and industry that you take security seriously and are worthy of their trust & business … Ted is the security expert for you.


 

Wanda Jones-Heath

Wanda Jones-Heath is the Principal Cyber Advisor for the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.

As the Principal Cyber Advisor for the Department of the Air Force, Ms. Jones-Heath’s duties include synchronizing, coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the DAF Cyber Strategy and advising the Secretary of the Air Force on all cyber programs. She is responsible for overseeing cyberspace recruitment; resourcing and training of cyber mission forces, as well as assessing their readiness; overseeing acquisition; advocate for cyber investments; cybersecurity supply chain risk management; security of information systems and weapon systems.

Prior to current position, she served as the Chief Information Security Officer and advised the Chief Information Officer on cybersecurity policy, cybersecurity programs, and cyber force development. She leads a Directorate comprised of military, civilian, and contractor personnel responsible for developing cybersecurity policy and strategy for over 5,000 Air Force Information Technology systems. She oversees risk management and cybersecurity accountability for information systems, weapon systems, and operational technology supporting military cyberspace operations. Her portfolio includes policy governing the defense industrial base, supply chain risk management, and cybersecurity capabilities. She has oversight for the freedom of information act, privacy act laws, and cryptographic modernization supporting cyber operations.

Since entering civil service, Ms. Jones-Heath has held technical and leadership positions performing cyber operations and cybersecurity duties in Air Force operational communications units from the squadron to the wing level and she has served in headquarters units at the MAJCOM, Agency, and Air Staff level. Her experience includes extensive joint and interagency work along with cross functional assignments with duties such as testing, assessments, lessons learned management, strategy development and other functions in organizations both within and outside of the communications field.

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 for Mobility with the Defense Information Systems Agency. Ms. Jones-Heath led the effort to establish a DoD Mobile capability to include infrastructure.