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CISO Forum - Dallas 2013 - Speakers

Gunter Ollmann
Chief Technology Officer, IOActive, Inc.

As IOActive's Chief Technology Officer, Gunter Ollmann plays a key role in shaping IOActive's services strategy as the company embarks on its next phase of growth and leadership in innovative service offerings in semiconductor security, embedded software risks and device threats.

Prior to joining IOActive, Ollmann served as the vice president of research at Damballa, where he focused on inventing new crimeware mitigation technologies and the identification of criminal operators behind botnets and other advanced persistent threats. Before joining Damballa, Ollmann held several strategic positions at IBM Internet Security Systems (IBM ISS), most recently as chief security strategist. In this role, he was responsible for predicting the evolution of future threats and helping guide IBM's overall security research and protection strategy, as well as serving as the key IBM spokesperson on evolving threats and mitigation techniques. He also held the role of director of X-Force and was former head of X-Force security assessment services for EMEA while at ISS (which was acquired by IBM in 2006).

Ollmann has been a contributor to multiple leading international IT and security focused magazines and journals, and he has authored, developed and delivered a number of highly technical courses on Web application security. He is a well-known industry speaker worldwide and is often invited to present at various international security conferences. Ollmann is also highly regarded in the press as an expert source on security threats and is frequently quoted by the international media.

Carlos Carrillo
Manager, Mandiant

Mr. Carrillo has more than 20 years of technological industry and network security experience. He currently serves as a team leader within Mandiant’s Threat Intelligence group. Prior to his current role, he led multiple intrusion investigations affecting Fortune 500 companies and has instructed federal law enforcement officers on cyber crime investigations. In addition to experience in incident response, Mr. Carrillo has managed and secured global networks, performed network surveillance and electronic evidence discovery for the Department of Defense, federal agencies and the commercial sector.

Prior to joining Mandiant, Mr. Carrillo served a distinguished 24-year career in the U.S. Air Force as a communications officer. In 2006, Major Carrillo was selected to serve as the first commander for the newly established Integrated Network Operations and Security Center West. He led a 260-person team of military, civilian and contractor personnel responsible for operating, maintaining and defending U.S. Air Force classified, unclassified and coalition networks.

His strong technical background and leadership history led to his selection as the Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Network Operations and Security Center. Captain Carrillo led an 80-person team responsible for ensuring highly reliable and secure network operations in support of space surveillance, satellite control, space launch and ballistic missile warning.

Mr. Carrillo, then Lieutenant Carrillo, was member of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Technical Monitoring Team. Operating from multiple locations in the national capital region, he was responsible for performing advanced network intrusion investigations. During this time, he developed groundbreaking tactics techniques and procedures in support of counterintelligence and network intrusion investigations.

Russ Nolen
Director of Malware Research, Attack Research, LLC

Russ Nolen has many years of experience in information security fulfilling many diverse roles from being a core component of an Incident Response operation to managing an effective Red Team.

Previous to his work at Attack Research, he worked in various parts of the United States Government focusing his research on nation state profiling/threats, reverse engineering, and leading Red Teams. He has a vast amount of experience in both the commercial and government sectors. Russ excels both at malware reverse engineering, which enables him to deeply understand how the attackers do what they do, as well as at high end Red Teaming where he has to penetrate sophisticated and well protected high value systems. He has responded to some of the industries' largest and significant breaches in the
commercial and the government sectors.

Along with his research Russ has taught and spoken at various industry conferences such as Black Hat and the Malware Technical Exchange meeting. Russ currently serves as the Director of Malware Research at Attack Research, LLC.

Christopher Bronk
Lecturer, Rice University; Fellow, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

Christopher Bronk, Ph.D., is the Baker Institute fellow in information technology policy. He holds additional appointments in the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, Rice University’s Department of Computer Science and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. His research is focused in the area of cyber geopolitics with additional work in innovation, knowledge management, international politics, and policy related to intelligence and international security.

Prior to arriving at Rice, Bronk was a software developer in a technology startup and then spent time as a Foreign Service Officer, finishing his tenure at the State Department in its Office of eDiplomacy. In addition to significant work in the cyber security area he has published on a broad set of issues including: broadband and wifi policy; IT sector energy consumption; intelligence and information sharing issues; US-Mexico policy; and digital diplomacy. Bronk’s most recent work is in the area of computing and energy with an emphasis on the oil & gas industry.

Bronk has provided commentary and opinion for a variety of news outlets, including the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Der Spiegel, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC and the Houston Chronicle. Holding a Ph.D. from The Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Bronk also studied international relations at Oxford University and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

John Dickson
Principal, Denim Group, Ltd.

John Dickson is a Principal at Denim Group, Ltd. and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) whose technical background includes hands-on experience with network security, intrusion detection systems and software security. He helps Chief Security Officers of Fortune 500 and federal organizations launch software initiatives, and he is currently the honorary commander of the 67th Network Warfare Wing, which organizes, trains, and equips cyberspace forces to conduct network defense, attack and exploitation.

Dickson is a former U.S. Air Force officer who specialized in network defense and command and control while on active duty and Air Force Reserves. He joined Denim Group after holding several leadership positions at SecureLogix Corporation, including Regional Vice President of International Operations and Director of Consulting. Before SecureLogix, John specialized in security architecture development, electronic commerce, corporation information protection, and intrusion detection as a Manager with KPMG’s Information Risk Management consulting practice in Dallas. He was a consultant with Trident Data Systems, a Los Angeles-based network security consulting firm, prior to his tenure with KPMG. His experience at Trident included network penetration projects, firewall project management and enterprise security reviews. He also founded and operated one of San Antonio’s first Internet Service Providers, Onramp Access, from 1995 to 1997.

John believes strongly in community involvement. He is the Chairman of the Texas Lyceum, a prestigious statewide leadership organization. Members of the Texas Lyceum include high-ranking business leaders and government officials in Texas. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), and past President of its Alamo chapter. He currently serves on the Founders Board for the Institute for Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

John has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 1998, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

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