Sneak Peek at Speakers

Dozens of speakers have already been confirmed for RSA Conference 2017! This is just a small sampling of the more than 700 speakers who will present this year. Check this page often to see an updated list as more speakers are added.

Dmitri photo Dmitri Alperovitch
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, CrowdStrike

Dmitri Alperovitch is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of CrowdStrike. A renowned researcher, he is a thought-leader on cybersecurity policies and has served as Special Advisor to Department of Defense. Prior to founding CrowdStrike, he was Vice President of Threat Research at McAfee, where he led company’s global threat intelligence analysis and investigations. In 2016, Alperovitch revealed the suspected Russian intelligence agencies’ hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), events which later led to the resignation of top leadership of the DNC in the midst of the presidential campaign. In 2010and 2011, Alperovitch led global team that brought to light Operation Aurora, Night Dragon and Shady RAT groundbreaking cyberespionage intrusions, and gave those incidents their names.
Wade Baker Wade Baker
Founder, Cyentia Institute

Wade Baker is the Founder of the Cyentia Institute, a cybersecurity research services firm dedicated to turning complex security data into confident strategic decisions. Before starting Cyentia, Baker was the Vice President of Strategy and Risk Analytics at ThreatConnect. Before that, he was Director of Cybersecurity Strategy and Research at Verizon Security Solutions where he led the overall direction of security services, technology capabilities, intelligence operations and research programs. Baker spearheaded Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), the Vocabulary for Event Recording and Incident Sharing (VERIS), and the VERIS Community Database. Baker holds a B.S. and an M.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
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Head of Payment Security, easyJet

John Elliott is a pragmatic cybersecurity, payments and privacy specialist. He is a passionate advocate for the integration of cybersecurity with business objectives at both a personal and organizational level. His current research aims to improve cybersecurity assurance in contractual and regulatory relationships.

Previously Elliott worked at Visa Europe where he was a Member of the executive and technical working groups of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council and actively contributed to the development of many PCI standards including PCI DSS. He is a Chartered Fellow of the BCS, holds professional certifications in risk, privacy and security, and is a Pluralsight author.
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Global Director of Information Security, Grant Thornton International, Ltd.

Todd Fitzgerald is the Global Director of Information Security for Grant Thornton International, Ltd., providing strategic information security leadership for Grant Thornton member firms supporting 42,000 employees in over 130 countries. Leading large company information security programs for 18 years, Fitzgerald is a 2013 Top 50 Information Security Executive, Ponemon Institute Distinguished Fellow and 2015 runner-up CISO of the Year Award Chicago by AITP, ISSA and Infragard. He is the author of three books (Information Security Governance Simplified: From the Boardroom to the Keyboard, CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success (ISC2 Press), and 2014 Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C-CISO) BOK) and a contributor to a dozen others. Fitzgerald is a frequent security presenter.
Kenneth photo Kenneth Geers
Senior Research Scientist, COMODO

Kenneth Geers (Ph.D., CISSP): COMODO Senior Research Scientist, NATO CCD COE Ambassador, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow, Digital Society Institute-Berlin Affiliate, TSN University of Kyiv Visiting Professor. 20 years US Government (US Army, NSA, NCIS, NATO); FireEye Senior Global Threat Analyst. Author “Strategic Cyber Security,” Editor “Cyber War in Perspective,” Editor “The Virtual Battlefield,” Technical Expert “Tallinn Manual,” 20+ articles and chapters on cybersecurity.
Leigh photo Leigh Honeywell
Security Response Manager, Slack

Leigh Honeywell leads the security incident response team at Slack. Prior to Slack, she worked at Salesforce, Microsoft and Symantec. She has co-founded two hackerspaces and is an advisor to several nonprofits and startups. Honeywell has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto where she majored in computer science and equity studies.
Trevor photo Trevor Hughes
President and Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

J. Trevor Hughes is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world’s largest association of privacy professionals. Hughes is an experienced attorney in privacy, technology and marketing law. He has provided testimony on privacy issues before several committees within the US Congress, British Parliament and EU Parliament. Hughes previously served as the Executive Director of the Network Advertising Initiative and the Email Sender and Provider Coalition. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law and frequently speaks about privacy issues at conferences around the world.
Ben photo Benjamin Jun
Chief Company Builder, HVF Labs

Ben Jun is a professional seeker of HVF (Hard Valuable Fun) problems. He operates HVF Labs, a company creation lab and halfway house for former company founders. Jun formerly co-founded Cryptography Research, and over 20 billion consumer devices have shipped with security technologies he helped develop and architect. His security components play a role in leading payment systems, mobile phones, digital content and semiconductor companies. Jun serves on the Board of Advisors of the RSA Conference.
Laura photo Laura Koetzle
Vice President and Group Director, Forrester Research

Laura Koetzle leads Forrester’s global research organization that serves Security & Risk professionals. Her team’s research focuses on securing the systems, technologies and processes that firms need to win, serve and retain customers. Previously, as a Security & Risk analyst at Forrester, Koetzle researched operating system security, network security and incident response. She also chaired Forrester’s inaugural Security Forum event. Prior to Forrester, Koetzle was a Software Development Lead at Razorfish and at PC World Online. Her work has enjoyed wide exposure in the media, including BusinessWeek, the Economist, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Koetzle has also appeared on CBC, CNN, CNBC and Reuters TV.
George photo George Kurtz
Chief Executive Officer, CrowdStrike

George Kurtz, President/Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of CrowdStrike, former Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Foundstone, and former Executive Vice President and worldwide Chief Technology Officer of McAfee, is an internationally recognized security expert, author and entrepreneur. Kurtz holds a B.S. degree from Seton Hall University. He also holds several industry designations, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Kurtz also authored the best-selling security book of all time, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.
Chris photo Chris Larsen
Senior Researcher, Blue Coat

Chris Larsen has more than 25 years of software development, computational linguistics and machine learning experience. At Blue Coat, he’s an Architect and Researcher on the WebPulse threat research team, and a main Security Blogger at He loves looking at logs. He cancelled his World of Warcraft account years ago, after realizing it was more fun to spend his gaming time hunting actual bad guys.
Jim Lewis photo James Lewis
Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program, CSIS

James (Jim) Lewis is a Senior Fellow and Program Director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Before joining CSIS, he worked at the Departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service Officer and as a Member of the Senior Executive Service. His government experience includes work on Asian politico-military issues, as a negotiator on conventional arms and technology transfers, and on military and intelligence-related technologies. Lewis led the US delegation to the Wassenaar Arrangement Experts Group on advanced civil and military technologies and was the Rapporteur for the UN Group of Government Experts on Information Security for their successful 2010, 2013 and 2015 sessions.
Shannon photo Shannon Lietz
Director, DevSecOps and Chief Architect, Security, Intuit

Shannon Lietz is an award-winning security innovator and leader experienced in developing emerging security programs for Fortune 500 companies: Intuit, ServiceNow, Sony, Sempra, Savvis, Cable & Wireless, 99 Cents Only, Exodus, Bank of America, among others internationally. She received the Scott Cook Innovation Award in 2014 for developing and cultivating a world class Cloud Security Program for protecting sensitive data in AWS. Lietz is currently the Director of DevSecOps at Intuit responsible for driving the company’s Cloud Security Strategy and Program in support of corporate innovation. She has previous experience as a Master Security Architect, an Entrepreneur, and often volunteers to educate on security topics. Lietz is a passionate DevSecOps and Rugged evangelist.
James Lyne photo James Lyne
Global Head of Security Research, Sophos & SANS

James Lyne is Global Head of Security Research at Sophos. Lyne, a self-professed “massive geek,” has technical expertise spanning a variety of the security domains from forensics to offensive security. He has worked with many organizations on security strategy, handled a number of severe incidents and is a frequent industry advisor. Lyne loves to build gadgets and find ways to practically test and demonstrate security issues. He is also a Certified Instructor at the SANS Institute and a frequent presenter at industry conferences. He is a big believer that one of the biggest problems of security is making it accessible and interesting to those outside the security industry. As a result, he takes every opportunity to educate on security threats and best practice and delivered a TED talk at TED2013.
Eve photo Eve Maler
Vice President, Emerging Technology, ForgeRock

Eve Maler is Vice President of Innovation & Emerging Technology in ForgeRock’s Office of the CTO. She is a strategist, innovator and communicator on digital identity, access, security, privacy and consent. Maler drives privacy and consent innovation for the ForgeRock Identity Platform and directs ForgeRock’s involvement in standards and their impact on the web and the Internet of Things. She founded and chairs the User-Managed Access (UMA) work group and co-founded and co-chairs the Health Relationship Trust (HEART) work group. Maler was formerly with Forrester Research, PayPal and Sun Microsystems; at Sun, she co-invented SAML. In a previous life she co-invented XML.
Stuart photo Stuart McClure
Chief Executive Officer, Cylance

Stuart McClure leads Cylance as its Chief Executive Officer and visionary for the first math-based approach to threat detection, protection and response. Prior to Cylance, McClure was Executive Vice President, Global Chief Technology Officer and General Manager at McAfee/Intel. He is the creator and lead author of the most successful security book of all time, “Hacking Exposed.” He is widely recognized for his extensive and in-depth knowledge of security and is one of the industry’s leading authorities in information security today.
Jennifer photo Jennifer Minella
Vice President of Engineering & Consulting Chief Information Security Officer, Carolina Advanced Digital

Jennifer Minella is currently Vice President of Engineering and Consulting CISO with Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc. With more than 15 years of experience working in the technology industry, Minella’s most recent focus is in specialized areas of infrastructure security, including network access control (NAC) and 802.1X, wireless security technologies, industrial security and SCADA. She has provided strategic security consulting for government agencies, educational institutions,and Fortune 100 and 500 corporations. In addition, she is an Author, Contributor and trusted Media Resource. She is also a Consulting Faculty Member of IANS Research, Contributing Author of technology publications and a trusted TechnicalAdvisor to editors and journalists across the US.
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Rich Mogull
Analyst and CEO, Securosis

Rich Mogull has 20 years’ experience in information security, physical security and risk management. He specializes in cloud security, data security, application security, emerging security technologies and security management. He is also the principal Course Designer of the Cloud Security Alliance training class and actively works on developing hands-on cloud security techniques. Prior to founding Securosis, he was a Research Vice President at Gartner on the security team. Prior to his seven years at Gartner, he worked as an Independent Consultant, Web Application Developer, Software Development Manager at the University of Colorado, and Systems and Network Administrator.

Dennis photo Dr. Dennis Moreau
Senior Engineering Architect, VMware

Dennis Moreau is a Senior Engineering Architect at VMware, focusing on security innovation in highly dynamic utility computing environments. Moreau has over three decades of experience in the representation, visualization, analysis and control of complex system behavior and security. He has been a Sr. Technology Strategist at EMC/RSA, a Founder/Chief Technology Officer of Configuresoft (now a VMware technology), the CTO Baylor College of Medicine and a tenured Computer Science Faculty Member, with research sponsored by NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Bell Laboratories, IBM, the US Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine and the National Science Foundation. He holds a doctorate in computer science and speaks regularly at security conferences worldwide.
Wendy photo Wendy Nather
Research Director, Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center

Wendy Nather is Research Director at the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC), advancing the state of resources and knowledge to help organizations defend their infrastructure from attackers. She was previously Research Director of the Information Security Practice at independent analyst firm 451 Research. Nather led IT security for the EMEA region of the investment banking division of Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS), as well as for the Texas Education Agency. She speaks regularly on topics ranging from threat intelligence to identity and access management, risk analysis, incident response, data security, and societal and privacy issues. Nather is Co-Author of The Cloud Security Rules, and was listed as one of SC Magazine's Women in IT Security “Power Players” in 2014.
Theresa photo Theresa Payton
CEO and Chief Advisor, Fortalice Solutions LLC

News outlets report unbelievable cyberattacks on data. Theresa Payton remains the expert companies turn to when hit with a crippling attack. Security Magazine named Payton one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security. She was also named a Distinguished William J. Clinton lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service (2015). The first female to serve as White House CIO, Payton oversaw the operations and modernization effort for the IT and security program (2006–08). Previously, Payton held tech exec roles at Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Payton has co-authored two books on privacy. Hailed as must-reads from media and news personalities, such as Jon Stewart and Katie Couric, Privacy in the Age of Big Data and Are You Naked Online? offer tips for improved security and privacy.
Zulfikar photo Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan
Chief Technology Officer, RSA

Zulfikar Ramzan serves as Chief Technology Officer of RSA, responsible for leading the development of the company’s technology strategy and bringing business-driven security innovations to market. Ramzan also served as Chief Technology Officer of Elastica (Blue Coat), Chief Scientist of Sourcefire (Cisco) and Chief Scientist of Immunet (Sourcefire). In these roles, he leveraged machine learning techniques for protecting customers against the latest threats. Ramzan previously served as the Technical Director of Symantec’s security technology and response division, where he was the Architect for the company’s reputation-based malware detection technology. He has co-authored more than 50 technical articles and two books and has more than 50 granted patents. Ramzan holds a Ph.D. from MIT.
Mark photo Mark Russinovich
Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft

Mark Russinovich is Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s global enterprise-grade cloud platform. A widely recognized expert in distributed systems and operating systems, Russinovich earned a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He later co-founded Winternals Software, joining Microsoft in 2006 when the company was acquired. Today he remains the Primary Author of the Sysinternals tools and website, which include dozens of popular Windows administration and diagnostic utilities. He is a popular speaker at conferences such as IPExpo, Microsoft Ignite and RSA Conference. His nonfiction and fiction books include the Microsoft Press Windows Internals book series, as well as fictional cybersecurity thrillers Zero Day, Trojan Horse and Rogue Code.
Phyllis photo Phyllis Schneck
Deputy Under Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Phyllis Schneck is the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity & Communications with the Department of Homeland Security, where she is also the Chief Cybersecurity Official. Previously held positions include Chief Technology Officer for Global Public Sector, McAfee, Inc.; VP of Enterprise Services, eCommSecurity; and VP of Corporate Strategy for SecureWorks, Inc. Schneck earned her Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Tech and pioneered the field of info security and security-based high-performance computing at Georgia Tech. She holds seven information security patents and has six research publications in the areas of info security, real-time systems, telecom and software engineering.
Bruce photo Bruce Schneier
CTO, Resilient and Special Advisor to IBM Security

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned Security Technologist, called a “security guru” by the Economist. He is the author of 14 books—including the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World—as well as hundreds of articles, essays and academic papers. His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and his blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, a Fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Board Member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is also a Special Advisor to IBM Security.
Lance photo Lance Spitzner
Director, SANS Securing the Human

Lance Spitzner has over 20 years of security experience in cyberthreat research, awareness and training. He invented the concept of honeynets, founded the Honeynet Project and published three security books. Spitzner has worked and presented in over 25 countries and helped over 350 organizations plan, maintain and measure their security awareness programs. In addition, he is a serial tweeter (@lspitzner), avid blogger and works on numerous community security projects. Before working in information security, Spitzner served as an Armor Officer in the Army’s Rapid Deployment Force and earned his MBA from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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