Below are current confirmed keynote speakers and panels for RSA Conference 2017. Please check back periodically to see an updated list as we get further speaker confirmations.
Michael Fey and Dr. Hugh Thompson
Michael Fey is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Symantec. Prior to joining Symantec, Fey served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Blue Coat where he focused on aligning the company’s leading web security, encryption management, cloud offerings and advanced threat protection solutions with customer requirements, and was responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing, support, services and product management. Previously, Fey served as Chief Technology Officer of Intel Security and General Manager of corporate products for McAfee/Intel Security, driving its long-term enterprise strategic vision and innovation in the endpoint, network and security analytics segments. Fey earned, magna cum laude, a B.S. in engineering physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Dr. Hugh Thompson is Chief Technology Officer at Symantec and a leading force in the information security industry. He has co-authored four books and written more than 80 academic and industrial publications on security. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Blue Coat where he led teams of researchers and architects and was also responsible for aspects of marketing. He previously sat on the editorial board of IEEE Security and Privacy magazine, and served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in New York for many years. Thompson holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Keynote Panel: The Seven Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques, and What's Coming Next
Wednesday, February 15 | Morning
Panelists: Ed Skoudis, Michael Assante, Johannes Ullrich
Moderator: Alan Paller
Ed Skoudis has taught cyber incident response and advanced penetration testing techniques to more than 12,000 cybersecurity professionals. His courses distill the essence of real-world, front-line case studies he accumulates, because he is consistently one of the first experts brought in to provide after-attack analysis on major breaches where credit card and other sensitive financial data is lost.
Michael Assante served as vice president and chief information security officer at American Electric Power, one of the United States’ largest electricity generators; he led the research team at Idaho National Laboratory that discovered the vulnerability of electric generators to destruction through remote cyber attacks; and he served as chief security officer at NERC, the international regulatory authority whose mission is to assure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America.
Johannes Ullrich is the founder and director of the Internet Storm Center (ISC), the Internet’s early warning system where new attacks are often first detected, as well as Dean of Research for the SANS Technology Institute, the nation’s only regionally-accredited cybersecurity college. Network World selected Johannes one of the 50 most powerful people in the networking industry.
Alan Paller founded SANS, a college and training school that has trained more than 165,000 cybersecurity technologists in 72 countries. Paller oversees a global program that celebrates people responsible for remarkable improvement in cyber-risk reduction. He has testified before the Senate and House and was a charter member of the President’s National Infrastructure Assurance Council. In 2010, the Washington Post named Paller as one of seven people “worth knowing in cyber security.” He serves on the NASA Advisory Council, chaired the DHS 2012 Task Force on Cyber Skills and headed the FCC Task Force on Best Practices in Cybersecurity. Earlier, Paller helped build one of the first large software companies, took it public and merged it into a larger company listed on the NY Stock Exchange.
Mark D. McLaughlin joined as President and Chief Executive Officer of Palo Alto Networks in August of 2011 and became Chairman of the Board in 2012. Before Palo Alto Networks, McLaughlin served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Verisign, Vice President of Business Development for Signio, Vice President of Business Development for Gemplus, He also served as General Counsel of Caere Corporation and practiced law with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP. In 2014, President Obama appointed McLaughlin as Chairman of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law and his B.S. from the US Military Academy, West Point.
Matt Moynahan is the Chief Executive Officer for Forcepoint™. Moynahan is an experienced executive with strong knowledge of cloud services and security intelligence, as well as deep expertise in product management and general management. For over 20 years, Moynahan has served in a series of increasingly senior roles at companies including Reciprocal, Symantec Corporation and Veracode, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Forcepoint, Moynahan served as President of Arbor Networks, a fully owned operating company of the $20 billion Danaher Corporation. Moynahan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Williams College and a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Dame Stella Rimington
Dame Stella Rimington was formerly Director General of the Security Service (MI5). She worked in all three main fields of the service—countersubversion, counterespionage and counterterrorism, becoming successively Director of all three branches. Appointed Director General of MI5 in 1992, Dame Stella was the first woman to take the post and the first Director General to be publicly named. She retired in April 1996. Made a Dame Commander of the Bath in the 1996 New Year Honours List, she has received honorary degrees from Nottingham and Exeter Universities. Her autobiography Open Secret has been followed by a series of acclaimed thriller novels featuring MI5 agent Liz Carlyle. Dame Stella is known to billions of people worldwide as she was the role model for the character of “M” played by Dame Judi Dench in the James Bond 007 films.
Brad Smith is President and Chief Legal Office at Microsoft. Smith is responsible for Microsoft’s corporate, external and legal affairs. Smith plays a key role in leading the company’s work on privacy and security. He is also Microsoft’s Chief Compliance Officer. He has played a leading role within Microsoft and in the IT sector on government surveillance, privacy, intellectual property, immigration and computer science education policy issues. As the senior executive responsible for ensuring Microsoft fulfills its corporate responsibilities, he has helped the company achieve its consistent ranking in the top 2 percent of the S&P 500 for corporate governance scores.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Thursday, February 16 | Afternoon
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. Dr. Tyson is the recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. He appeared monthly in Natural History magazine. Dr. Tyson’s recent books are Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour, based on a popular astrophysics course co-taught at Princeton University, and Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, containing every thought he has ever had on the past, present, and future of space exploration. Dr. Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA's spinoff NOVA ScienceNOW and recently served as Executive Editor and on camera Host & Narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the 21st century continuation of Carl Sagan's landmark television series.
David Ulevitch is Vice President for Cisco’s Security Business Group. Ulevitch is responsible for the company’s cloud security strategy and product development. He joined Cisco through the acquisition of OpenDNS, a cloud security company he founded in 2005 with the goal of delivering a safer and faster Internet experience. Under his leadership, the cloud-delivered service today protects a global audience of more than 65 million people across more than 10,000 enterprise customers, including many of the largest companies in the world. A noted Internet and security expert, Ulevitch has a bachelor of science degree in anthropology from Washington University.
As President of RSA, Amit Yoran is responsible for developing RSA’s strategic vision and operational execution. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Products, providing leadership for RSA’s product development and product management organizations. Yoran founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of NetWitness, the market-leading network forensic product provider, acquired by RSA in 2011. In 2003 and 2004, he served as Founding Director of the US-CERT program. Prior to that role, Yoran was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Riptech, acquired by Symantec in 2002, where he subsequently served as Vice President of Worldwide Managed Security Services. Yoran is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and George Washington University.
Christopher D. Young
Christopher “Chris” D. Young (@youngdchris) is Senior Vice President and General Manager at Intel Security. He leads one of the world’s largest cybersecurity organizations to protect 100s of millions of users and billions of devices, even as the volume and velocity of online threats and machine-to-machine communications reshape the digital landscape. Young stands committed to defend the platforms and data powering today’s world, whether in the cloud or across the smart, increasingly connected cybersecurity ecosystem. Media and the industry rely frequently on Young’s deep comprehension and deft translation of the cyber-economy. In 2016 President Barack Obama appointed Young to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC).