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Michael Assante LinkedIn Profile

Michael Assante

Co-Founder and Chief Security Strategist for NexDefense

Michael is an, award- winning expert and internationally recognized thought leader in information, automation and control systems cybersecurity. In addition to his current role with NexDefense, Michael is the Founder and Chair of the National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE), serves on the board for the Council on Cybersecurity and is the ICS & SCADA Lead for the SANS Institute.

Previously, Michael served as Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), where he oversaw the implementation of cybersecurity standards across the North American electric power industry. Prior to joining NERC, Michael was Vice President and Chief Security Officer for American Electric Power and held notable leadership positions at Idaho National Labs (INL).

While at INL, Michael recognized the need to bring intelligence-type analysis to corporate networks as he identified numerous risks to the hardware, software and systems used by many individual organizations. Additionally, Michael became involved in the development of SOPHIA, a patent-pending Industrial Network Anomaly Detection (INAD) system that covertly detects deviations from normal automation or systems controls operations.
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Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford

Principal at The Chertoff Group

Mark Weatherford is the Global Information Security Strategist at Booking Holdings. He has more than 20 years of security operations leadership and executive-level policy experience in some of the largest and most critical public and private sector organizations in the world. At Booking Holdings, Mark works with their brand companies that include Booking.com, Priceline.com, Agoda.com, Kayak.com, BookingGo.com, and OpenTable to create secure technology travel products for their millions of customers around the world. Prior to joining Booking Holdings in 2019, Mark was the Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at vArmour, the cloud and data center security company. He was a Principal at The Chertoff Group and also worked in the Obama Administration as the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity. Before DHS, he was the Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he directed the cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection program and worked with electric utility companies across North America. Prior to NERC, Mr. Weatherford was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as California’s first Chief Information Security Officer and was also the first Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Colorado, where he was appointed by two successive governors. As a former U.S. Navy Cryptologic Officer, Mr. Weatherford led the United States Navy’s Computer Network Defense operations and the Naval Computer Incident Response Team (NAVCIRT). Mr. Weatherford serves is an Affiliate at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Poneman Institute. He’s an investor and on the Advisory Boards at a number of security technology startup companies. Mr. Weatherford earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. He was awarded SC Magazine’s “CSO of the Year” award in 2010, named one of the “10 Most Influential People in Government Information Security” by GovInfoSecurity in both 2012 and 2013, selected for the 2013 CSO Compass Award for leadership achievements in the security community, and selected as a 2017 SC Media Reboot Leadership Award “Influencer.” In 2018, Mr. Weatherford was inducted into the International Systems Security Association (ISSA) Hall of Fame.
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Dennis Stolkey LinkedIn Profile

Dennis Stolkey

Advisory Board Member at AlertEnterprise

Dennis has been a senior executive at HP and EDS for over 29 years. Adding to that experience is 20 Years of experience at AT&T and Michigan Bell with 15 years in leadership positions. Dennis has the distinction of managing over 150,000 different people during his career. Dennis chose retirement from HP to join two non-profit boards and has been vetting some commercial company boards to leverage his 49 years of experience. At HP his last assignment was to lead the Americas Enterprise Service business for with full P&L responsibilities for $8.4B in revenues and 36,000 employees. During that period he also served on HP's Diversity and Inclusion Board, PAC Board, Veterans Employee Network Board, and the Standards of Conduct Board. Dennis was elected Chairman of the Board of TechAmerica for 2013 and served in that capacity until the CompTIA merger in May of 2014.
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David Cassady

David Cassady LinkedIn Profile

David Cassady

Vice President of Business Development, Partnerships, and Sales at DataVisor

David Cassady is the Vice President of Business Development, Partnerships, and Sales at DataVisor, the leading fraud detection platform powered by transformational AI technology. David’s focus in on expanding partnerships, increasing sales, and growing the client base. David brings over two decades worth of executive-level experience to his role with DataVisor. He has held similar positions at companies such as Greenlight Technologies and Alert Enterprise, and have led several high-growth startups through successful IPOs and acquisitions, including Virsa Systems (acquired by SAP) and Interwoven (acquired by Autonomy, in turn acquired by Hewlett-Packard).
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