Below are current confirmed keynote speakers for RSA Conference 2018. Check back periodically to see an updated list as we get further speaker confirmations. Please note: Reserve a Seat does not apply to the keynotes. All keynotes are first-come, first-served, so be sure to arrive early.

SANS panelKeynote Panel: The Five Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques, and What's Coming Next

Panelists: James Lyne, Ed Skoudis, Johannes Ullrich
Moderator: Alan Paller

James Lyne serves as Global Research Advisor at Sophos. Lyne has been among the most trusted technical advisers on cybersecurity in the UK for more than a decade and was routinely called in to handle severe incidents. He is an exceptional Speaker, delighting audiences at programs ranging from TED to RSA Conference to some of SANS’ most advanced technical immersion courses. Lyne is the Creator of CyberStart, the remarkable game that finds talent (even when no one else sees it), nurtures that talent, and excites the players to want to go on to greater challenges and to make a difference in careers in cybersecurity.

Ed Skoudis has taught cyber-incident response and advanced penetration testing techniques to more than 14,000 cybersecurity professionals. His courses distill the essence of real-world, frontline 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. He is also the Creator of NetWars and CyberCity, the cyber-simulators that provide continuous skills development and evaluation to ensure cyber-skills remain up to date in military units and corporations with major assets at risk.

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 Ullrich one of the 50 most powerful people in the networking industry.

Alan Paller founded SANS, a college and training school that has helped more than 165,000 cybersecurity technologists improve their technical mastery. Paller oversees a global program that celebrates people responsible for remarkable improvement in cyber-risk reduction. He has testified before the Senate and House, was a Charter Member of the President’s National Infrastructure Assurance Council, and co-chaired both the DHS Task Force on CyberSkills and the FCC Task Force on Best Practices in Cybersecurity. In 2010, the Washington Post named Paller one of “seven people worth knowing in cybersecurity.” Earlier he helped build a graphics software company, took it public and merged it into a company listed on the NYSE.

Andy EllisAndy Ellis

Chief Security Officer
Akamai Technologies

Andy Ellis is Akamai's Chief Security Officer, governing the safety, resilience, and compliance of its planetary-scale network. He is the designer of several critical Akamai technologies, including its secure TLS acceleration network and many of the core components of the company’s web security solutions. Andy is a frequent speaker on issues of Internet security, safety, and risk management, has participated in the FCC-CSRIC and NIAC, and is an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman-Klein Center on Internet & Society. He is a graduate of MIT and a former US Air Force officer, the recipient of the CSO Magazine Compass Award, the Air Force Commendation Medal, The Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, and the Spirit of Disneyland Award. He can be found on Twitter as @csoandy.

Rohit Ghai

Rohit Ghai


Rohit Ghai 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, systems and security. Ghai joined Dell EMC from Symantec, where he held a variety of roles. Ghai holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from the University of South Carolina and IIT, Roorkee.

Samir Kapuria

Samir Kapuria

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cyber Security Services

Samir Kapuria is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Symantec’s Cyber Security Services business in which he has overall responsibility for more than 1,000 cyber-warriors encompassing Symantec’s global SOC services, worldwide intelligence organization and consulting services. Kapuria possesses a unique view on emerging security drivers and often counsels high-level government officials, corporate advisory boards and leading enterprises on disruptive business models to propel innovation. Kapuria is highly regarded as an industry visionary and possesses a unique blend of business acumen and technical expertise which has been spotlighted in many global media broadcasts and publications.

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Monica Lewinsky

Social Activist, Writer
Public Speaker

Monica Lewinsky is a Public Speaker, Writer, Contributor to Vanity Fair magazine and Social Activist in the battle against online harassment—advocating for a safer social media environment. She addresses such topics as survival, resilience, digital reputation and equality in both her public speaking and writing. Lewinsky became known to the public in 1998, when it was revealed as part of a federal investigation that she had had an intimate relationship with then President Bill Clinton. Lewinsky is looking for ways to use her experiences to help transform the culture of shame as well as to let people who suffer at the hands of humiliation know that they are less alone. (Photo credit: Damon Winter - NY Times/Redux)

Rami imageRami Rahim

Chief Executive Officer
Juniper Networks

Rami Rahim is Chief Executive Officer of Juniper Networks and a Member of the company’s Board of Directors. A rarity in the industry, he has risen from an early employee—beginning his Juniper career in 1997 as employee number 32—to Chief Executive Officer. Rahim started as an Engineer on the company’s first breakthrough product—the M40 core router—and is now in his third year leading the multibillion-dollar company. He has re-energized and refocused Juniper’s 9,000+ employees and investments, beaten Wall Street estimates, and been ranked among the top-rated CEOs in the country during his early tenure as Chief Executive Officer.

Josh ShaulJosh Shaul

Vice President, Web Security
Akamai Technologies

Josh Shaul is a 20-year veteran of the information security industry, with deep experience in cryptographic systems and protocols, application and database security, penetration testing and incident response—in both traditional on-premises deployments and modern cloud-based systems.  Shaul currently leads Akamai’s web security business, responsible for directing security products, threat research, managed security services for the firm. He is a regular Speaker at major industry events such as RSA Conference, Black Hat, bSides, Virus Bulletin, G-First, and is often leveraged by major media outlets as an expert source for commentary on security incidents.

Brad Smith imageBrad Smith


Brad 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.

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David Ulevitch

Senior Vice President / General Manager Security Business Group

David Ulevitch is Senior Vice President and General Manager for Cisco’s Security Business. Ulevitch oversees the company's global security strategy, portfolio and architecture. Previously, Ulevitch led Cisco’s cloud security strategy and product development. Ulevitch joined Cisco through the 2015 acquisition of OpenDNS, a cloud-delivered security service, where he was Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to OpenDNS, Ulevitch founded EveryDNS and grew it into the world's largest free DNS service, which he sold to Dyn in 2010. Ulevitch holds a bachelor of science degree in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Tim UrbanTim Urban

Wait But Why

From the most-watched TED talk of 2016, Tim Urban is redefining the live speaking experience for the digital era. With head-spinning thinking, quirky graphics and his signature stick figures, he’s proving that complex and long form thinking can capture and captivate a short attention span world. As the creative force behind the extremely popular Wait But Why blog, Urban has authored dozens of viral articles on subjects ranging from why we procrastinate to why we haven’t yet encountered alien life forms. Known for delighting audiences with smart, fascinating and truly original content, Urban synthesizes complex concepts and presents them in a humorous, highly entertaining and memorable way.

Christopher Young

Christopher D. Young

Chief Executive Officer
McAfee, LLC

Christopher “Chris” D. Young leads one of the world’s largest cybersecurity organizations to protect hundreds 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).

Marc imageMarc van Zadelhoff

General Manager
IBM Security

Marc van Zadelhoff is the General Manager for IBM Security, the fastest-growing enterprise security company in the world. In his leadership role, van Zadelhoff continues to help clients around the world develop a security strategy and employ the best technologies to meet their specific security needs. He is responsible for leading the IBM Security team in the development and delivery of software and services offerings that protect enterprises with intelligent, integrated security solutions and expertise. Van Zadelhoff received an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in economics from Bowdoin College. He lives outside of Boston with his wife and three daughters.

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