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2018 Speakers Announced So Far...

Cyber Security Atlanta will have more than 90 speakers, with more being announced every week.

Brian Contos
Brian Contos

CISO & VP Technology Innovation Verodin

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Brian Contos
Dr. Calvin Nobles
Dr. Calvin Nobles

Cybersecurity Professional / Strategist 

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Dr. Calvin Nobles
Dr. Gordon Skelton
Dr. Gordon Skelton

President Security and Analytics, LLC

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Dr. Gordon Skelton
Jeramy Schmitt
Jeramy Schmitt

Vice President of Education and Enablement BeyondTrust

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Jeramy Schmitt
Joe Gray
Joe Gray

Founder, Blogger, & Podcaster Advanced Persistent Security

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Joe Gray

Joe Gray joined the U.S. Navy directly out of High School and served for 7 years as a Submarine Navigation Electronics Technician. Joe is currently a Senior Security Architect and maintains his own blog and podcast called Advanced Persistent Security. In his spare time, Joe enjoys attending information security conferences, contributing blogs to various outlets, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (spoken taps out A LOT!), and flying his drone. Joe is the inaugural winner of the DerbyCon Social Engineering Capture the Flag (SECTF) and was awarded a DerbyCon Black Badge. Joe has contributed material for the likes of AlienVault, ITSP Magazine, CSO Online, and Dark Reading.

John Summers
John Summers

VP & Chief Technology Officer Akamai

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John Summers

John oversees the security and technology strategy for Akamai’s web security and web performance solutions.  He is a frequent speaker on the topics of Internet threats, enterprise security and the digital transformation of enterprise infrastructures to become more secure and resilient in the cloud-first, SaaS-first, mobile-first world we live in today.

Prior to his current role, John led the development of Akamai’s Enterprise Security and Web Security products which consist of cloud-based threat protection, identity and access management, web application security and DDoS defense services that leverage Akamai’s unique distributed computing platform to provide a global layer of security that scales on demand. John is a patent holder on Akamai’s distributed web application firewall technology.

John joined Akamai to manage the Web Acceleration products from 2007 until 2011, during which time that business grew 30 fold.

Prior to Akamai, John led Managed Security Services businesses at Unisys and at Genuity.

John holds degrees in physics and computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.  He was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team and a three time U.S. National Ice Dance Champion.

Kathy Winger
Kathy Winger

Attorney at Law Law Offices of Kathy Delaney Winger

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Kathy Winger
Kevin Mitnick
Kevin Mitnick

Chief Executive Officer Mitnick Security

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Kevin Mitnick

Kevin is the world's most famous hacker, bestselling author, and the top cyber security speaker. Once one of the FBI's Most Wanted because he hacked into 40 major corporations just for the challenge, Kevin is now a trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide. Kevin and The Global Ghost Team™ now maintain a 100 percent successful track record of being able to penetrate the security of any system they are paid to hack into using a combination of technical exploits and social engineering.

Kevin's presentations are akin to "technology magic shows" and include live demonstrations of the latest hacks and cyber threats.

Mark Gelhardt
Mark Gelhardt

VP, Global Technology Governance  Elavon

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Mark Gelhardt

Colonel Gelhardt has had a long successful Army career, the pinnacle of his success was being nominated and selection to work at the White House as the CIO/CISO equivalent, supporting President Clinton, the VP, the White House Staff, and the U.S. Secret Service managing all the classified automation and telecommunications. Colonel Gelhardt is a combat veteran.

Since retiring from the service Mark has held multiple leadership positions in IT and InfoSec.  CIO/CSO for World Airways – the largest US wide body long-hall charter airline.  CTO (Global Operations)/CISO for InterCall - the world’s largest conferencing company.  Chief Information Security Officer for TravelClick - a Software as a Service company in the hospitality space.  Consulted as the Interim CISO for the Georgia Lottery & NCR.  Currently Mark is the VP, Global Technology Governance for US Bank/Elavon – Elavon is fifth largest credit card processor.

Mark is the author of “My time at the Clinton White House” which was published the summer of 2018.  Mark’s second and third books are in the making.  Mark’s honors include being a published author, a key note speaker, and panel member in the IT, InfoSec, and political areas.  Mark has been awarded CISO of the year finalist 2013, Global CISO of the year finalist 2014, and a National InfoSec Project award winner in 2013 and a finalist InfoSec Project award winner in 2015.  Marks military honors include the Presidential Service Badge, the Legion of Merit, the Soldiers Medal (highest peace time valor award) and more.

Nicole Eagan
Nicole Eagan

CEO Darktrace

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Nicole Eagan

As Chief Executive Officer of Darktrace, Nicole Eagan has established the company as the global leader of AI cyber defense. Her extensive career spans 25 years working for Oracle and early to late-stage growth companies. Named 'AI Leader of the Year' in 2017, Nicole has introduced disruptive machine learning to enterprises of all sizes. Today, Darktrace has a valuation of $1.25 billion and counts Insight, KKR, Summit Partners, and Samsung among its investors. Darktrace’s innovative approach to cyber security has won over 100 awards and the company has been named to WSJ’s Tech Companies to Watch, Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and the CNBC Disruptor 50.

Patricia Long
Patricia Long

Founder & Principal  Long Law Firm

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Patricia Long
Peter Chestna
Peter Chestna

Director of Developer Engagement Veracode

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Peter Chestna

As Director of Developer Engagement, Pete provides customers with practical advice on how to successfully roll out developer-centric application security programs. Relying on more than 10 years of direct AppSec experience as both a developer and development leader, Pete provides information on best practices amassed from working with Veracode’s 1,000+ customers.

Robert Gibbons
Robert Gibbons

Chief Technology Officer Datto

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Robert Gibbons

Robert is responsible for managing Datto’s development and infrastructure initiatives in support of its comprehensive data backup and protection platform.

Prior to Datto, Robert spent 15 years as a software engineer and CTO leading teams of developers building high-uptime enterprise applications for Fortune 500 clients, including building one of the highest trafficked web advertising distribution networks and an enterprise digital asset management system deployed to thousands of end-users.

Robert holds a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University, a J.D. from Fordham University, and an M.S. in Computer Science from New York University.

Rod Simmons
Rod Simmons

Director of Product Management  BeyondTrust

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Rod Simmons
Rohit Ghai
Rohit Ghai

President  RSA (a Dell Technologies Business)

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Rohit Ghai

Rohit Ghai most recently served as president of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD), where he was instrumental in setting a compelling vision, transforming go-to-market and revitalizing the portfolio for the digital era through strategic partnerships and acquisitions.  Ghai was responsible for all aspects of the ECD business, including setting strategic vision, sales and services, channel strategy, product development, marketing, finance, support and customer success. 

Previously, Ghai was chief operating officer of ECD, and responsible for the division's strategy, development and marketing of all products and solutions. He joined EMC in December 2009 to run product development.

He has more than 20 years of experience in IT in both startup and big company settings, with expertise in digital transformation in highly regulated markets, and knowledge across software, and systems and security.  Ghai joined Dell EMC from Symantec, where he held a variety of senior engineering and general management roles. Previously, he was at Computer Associates in a number of senior management roles in the BrightStor and eTrust business units, and led the CA India operations as chief technology officer. Ghai joined CA through the acquisition of Cheyenne Software – a startup in the backup and data protection space. 

Ghai holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee.  

Sam Elliott
Sam Elliott

Sr. Director of Security Product Management Bomgar

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Sam Elliott
Tal Melamed
Tal Melamed

Head of Security Research  Protego Labs

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Tal Melamed
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