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The digital domain has radically increased democracy’s already vulnerable surface area. The same platforms and networks that allow us to communicate instantaneously, provide transparency in government & military and pursue global efficiencies in business are being exploited by criminals and spies, and enable the spread of misinformation. This simultaneously erodes our competitive advantages, trust in information and the reliance in our banks, corporations and governments.


Join Zero Day Con and Strategic Cyber Ventures on October 16th in Washington, D.C. to examine the path forward in reducing our attack surface, managing risk, regaining control of our networks and data, and restoring trust in our cyber-powered global democratic institutions.


Zero Day Con Washington DC is an independent conference comprised of interactive learning sessions, keynotes and panel discussions, and will feature an area designated for technology companies to demo and share their latest innovations, products and services.

  • Open to security executives, researchers, operators, policy makers, and all defenders of democracy from private industry, non-profits, academia, military, and government.
  • A half day of focused discussions on cyber-enabled information warfare efforts eroding democracy and the infosec capabilities we need.
  • Network with peers and speakers at the event and during the post-conference cocktail hour.


Richard A. Clarke

Richard A. Clarke

Founder and CEO
Dick Clarke is the founder and CEO of Good Harbor Cyber Security Risk Management, and is an advisor to leaders in the public and private sectors on all issues of cyber-security and crisis management. Clarke served in the White House for an unprecedented ten years as Special Advisor to the President on Cyber Security, serving under President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George W. Bush. In this role, Clarke also advised on counter-terrorism and other national security issues, and served on the National Security Council for ten years. In his role as the nation’s “Cyber-Czar,” Clarke developed the country’s first National Strategy to Defend Cyberspace.
LTG Robert P. Ashley, Jr.

LTG Robert P. Ashley, Jr.

Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr. became the 21st Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on 3 October 2017. He formerly served as the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff for all aspects of intelligence, counterintelligence and security.

Lieutenant General Ashley is a career army military intelligence officer with assignments in Fort Bragg, NC, Washington, DC, Fort Gordon, GA, MacDill Air Force Base, FL, Izmir, Turkey, and deployments to Operation JOINT FORGE, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq, and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan.

He has commanded at the company, battalion, squadron, and brigade levels with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a squadron, brigade commander, and J-2. His commands include the 206th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gordon, GA, Intelligence Squadron, Office of Military Support, Washington, DC, and the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps.

Other key assignments include the Director of Intelligence, United States Army Joint Special Operations Command; the Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force and Director of Intelligence, United States Forces, Afghanistan; and Commanding General, the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, AZ.
Michael Daniel

Michael Daniel

President & CEO, Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA)
Michael Daniel currently serves as the President & CEO of the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA). CTA works to improve the cybersecurity of our global digital ecosystem by enabling real-time, high-quality cyber threat information sharing among companies and organizations in the cybersecurity field. Prior to joining the CTA in February 2017, Michael served from June 2012 to January 2017 as Special Assistant to President Obama and Cybersecurity Coordinator on the National Security Council Staff. In this role, Michael led the development of national cybersecurity strategy and policy and ensured that the US government effectively partnered with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other nations. Earlier in his career, Michael worked for the Office of Management and Budget from 1995 to 2012, overseeing the budgets for the U.S. Intelligence Community and other national security programs. Michael currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Karen and two sons, James and Joshua. In his spare time, he enjoys running and martial arts.
Kristofer Mansson

Kristofer Mansson

Kristofer entered the technology industry in 2000 when he took on the role of acting CEO for an early stage technology venture in Stockholm owned by OMX and the Boston Consulting Group. Before the millennium he spent 15 years in Financial Services as Vice-President at Salomon Brothers and Managing Director of AIG Financial Products, both in London. He holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Koos Lodewijkx

Koos Lodewijkx

CTO & VP Technology, IBM Security
Koos Lodewijkx is CTO and VP Technology for IBM Security. He is responsible for innovation and technical strategy for the IBM Security product and services portfolio. Prior to joining IBM Security in 2017, he was the CTO in the office of the IBM CISO, responsible for the security and technology strategy and implementation for protecting the IBM enterprise. Koos joined IBM in 2007 with the acquisition of Consul Risk Management, a Netherlands based security software start-up, where he held various management positions. Koos lives with his wife and 2 daughters in the Washington, DC, area.
Ronan Murphy

Ronan Murphy

CEO Smarttech247
Hank Thomas

Hank Thomas

Hank Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Strategic Cyber Ventures (SCV). Hank leverages 21 years of experience in cybersecurity, military intelligence, management consulting, and business to identify, assess, invest in, and mature differentiated business and technology teams positioned to revolutionize the cybersecurity landscape. Hank serves as a member of the SCV board of directors and on the boards of cybersecurity product companies TrapX Security, ID DataWeb and Polarity. All are a part of the SCV portfolio of companies. Before co-founding SCV, Hank served an 11-year tenure as an executive at Booz Allen Hamilton—a global strategy, technology, and consulting firm—leading a highly successful consulting business focused on military grade cybersecurity for both commercial and government clients. Hank also served as the director of Booz Allen’s Cyber4Sight™, a multi-capability, global-cyberthreat intelligence team supporting commercial and government clients around the globe.

Prior to his work at Booz Allen, Hank was commissioned through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) as an officer in the U.S. Army immediately upon graduation from Northwestern State University with a B.A. in Political Science. Selected for the Military Intelligence Corps, Hank served as an active duty intelligence officer for eight years in a variety of tactical, operational, and strategic assignments. Hank is currently completing his Master’s degree in Technology Managmement at Georgetown University and is active in the Washington D.C. business community.
Patrick Gorman

Patrick Gorman

CEO and Founder
CEO and Founder of CybrIQ Solutions and Chairman, Advisory Board, CyberGRX

Patrick Gorman is the CEO of CybrIQ Solutions and serves as the Chairman, Advisory Board for CyberGRX, a Third Party Cyber Risk Management platform, and on the Board of Directors for Securonix, the leader in Security Analytics. With 30 years of experience, Gorman has worked in multiple capacities in digital technology leadership, risk management and cybersecurity.

He recently served as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Bridgewater Associates, where he was in charge of cyber, physical, and staff security for the world’s largest hedge fund. Mr. Gorman was the Senior Vice President and global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, where he had global oversight of cyber security policy, technology, management and operations. Previously, he worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as Senior Executive Advisor of Cybersecurity responsible for strategic planning, business development, capability development, marketing and capture management for firm’s government and commercial cyber-portfolio.

His technology and risk background stems from holding the position as Asst. Director of National Intelligence (ADDI) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Intelligence Community where is was responsible for IT transformation and cybersecurity for all national intelligence agencies in the US. He served as one the principal parties to set up the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after 9/11, and worked at the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the 1990s on developing DoD doctrine and capabilities design and development for Network Centric Warfare, Information Operations and Cyberwar programs. Prior to that, Patrick spent over ten years in the United States Air Force as part of The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) in signals intelligence, electronic warfare, and psychological operations with service in the Electronic Security Command, Air Force Intelligence Command, and USAF Special Operations Command.

He holds degrees in government and economics from the University of Maryland, a Masters of Arts in Russian and Eastern European Studies from the George Washington University, executive program in Business Strategy at Harvard Business School, and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute (Russian and Serbo-Croatian).
Adam Meyers

Adam Meyers

Vice President, Intelligence
Adam Meyers is a recognized expert in the security and intelligence communities. With more than 15 years of experience in the security space, Adam has extensive experience building and leading intelligence practices in both the public and private sector. Adam is a founding employee and VP of Intelligence at CrowdStrike Inc., a global provider of security technology and services focused on identifying advanced threats and targeted attacks. A sought-after thought-leader, Adam conducts speaking engagements and training classes around the world on the topics of threat intelligence, reverse engineering, and data breach investigations.
John Hultquist

John Hultquist

Director, Intelligence Analysis
John Hultquist leads the FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence analysis team. Prior to the acquisition of iSIGHT Partners by FireEye, John led iSIGHT’s cyber espionage practice and was responsible for creating the cyber espionage reporting line. He has over a decade of experience covering emerging threats in cyber espionage and hacktivism, working in the private sector and the US Government. Before working in cyber security, he worked with information sharing and analysis centers and was involved in counterinsurgency operations with the U.S. Army.
Sean Kanuck

Sean Kanuck

Former National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues
Sean Kanuck is an attorney and strategic consultant who advises governments, corporations, and entrepreneurs on the future of information technology. Sean is affiliated with Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation and has received several international appointments, including: Director of the Future Conflict and Cyber Security program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, England), Chair of the Research Advisory Group for the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (Hague, Netherlands), Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and Distinguished Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi, India).

Sean served as the United States' first National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues from 2011 to 2016. He came to the National Intelligence Council after a decade of experience with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Information Operations Center, the White House National Security Council, and the United States delegation to the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on international information security. Prior to government service, Sean practiced law with Skadden Arps in New York, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and banking matters. He holds degrees from Harvard University (A.B., J.D.), the London School of Economics (M.Sc.), and the University of Oslo (LL.M.). He also proudly serves as a Trustee of the Center for Excellence in Education in McLean, Virginia.
Suzanne Lynch

Suzanne Lynch

Washington Correspondent for the Irish Times
Suzanne Lynch is the Washington Correspondent for the Irish Times.
She was educated at University College Dublin before completing a doctorate at Cambridge University in English Literature.
Prior to her posting to Washington, she was European Correspondent for the Irish Times. Based in Brussels for four years, she led coverage of the euro zone crisis, Brexit and the refugee crisis. During her career at the Irish Times she worked as a financial journalist, covering both domestic and international business news. She has also written extensively for British and Irish media on arts and cultural issues.
She currently covers US politics from Washington and is a regular contributor on radio and TV in Ireland and internationally.
Jake Norwood

Jake Norwood

Director, Cyber Intelligence Center
Jake Norwood directs Citi’s Cyber Intelligence Center, a world-class strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence organization providing finished intelligence and tactical warning to Citi’s cybersecurity and counter-fraud operations. Previously, Jake’s roles included director of Booz Allen’s Cyber4Sight® cyber intelligence service, senior cyber operations support analyst for DIA’s Office for Cyberthreat Analysis, lead training officer for the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Task Force SOCOM advisor program, and US Army Intelligence Officer.
Kristina Balaam

Kristina Balaam

Security Intelligence Engineer
Kristina is a Security Intelligence Engineer at Lookout where she reverse engineers mobile malware. Prior to Lookout, she worked as an Application Security Engineer at Shopify focusing mostly on Android mobile security. Kristina graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science from McGill University in 2012 and is currently pursuing an MSc. in Information Security Engineering from the SANS Institute of Technology. She blogs about computer security on Instagram and Youtube under the handle @chmodxx.
Moshe Ben-Simon

Moshe Ben-Simon

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
An expert in cybersecurity, malware, and other security topics, Ben-Simon was formerly CEO at Injection Security, head of the security consultant department at Ness Technologies, and information security senior consultant at Comsec. While he served in the Israeli Air Force, Ben-Simon worked in the Network and Security Department. Ben-Simon is a graduate of Ort Braude College, where he studied electronic engineering and networking.
Jim Hunt

Jim Hunt

Managing Partner
James (Jim) Hunt is a seasoned technology and investment professional with a principle focus on companies with technologies that can have a positive impact on the national security sector markets.
Hunt began his career in Washington in the mid 70’s as a U.S. Government scientist. After eight years with the government, Hunt founded “BDS, Incorporated” where he served as CEO for ten years. In 1991, BDS was merged with BTG, Incorporated and Hunt assisted in the integration of the two companies. In 1992, BTG was taken public in a successful offering. Beside the BTG CEO, Hunt was the only other company employee on the BTG board of directors and the second largest shareholder in BTG.
Subsequent to his tenure at BDS/BTG, Hunt went to Price Waterhouse where he started and ran the firm’s system integration practice. After two years as PW, Hunt was recruited away with 17 PW colleagues and founded “Ernst & Young Technologies” (EYT), where he was CEO for eight years. EYT was subsequently sold to Cap Gemini and Hunt served as President of Cap Gemini Technologies for two years, leaving Cap Gemini in 2006.
After leaving Cap Gemini Technologies, with two colleagues, Hunt founded “The MITA Group” a Washington-based consultancy focused on public affairs and business strategy.
From MITA, Hunt moved with some former MITA colleagues and other executives to create “NextFED”, a strategy consultancy with investment banking and corporate clients. NextFED’s primary area of focus is the national security and intelligence community markets. As a Managing Partner of NEXTFED, Hunt leads a strategic acquisition, commercialization, and growth acceleration strategy consulting practice. Hunt is the co-founder of NextFED with Joanne Isham, a retired senior executive from the USG Intelligence Community. Among other positions, Ms. Isham led Congressional Affairs at CIA, was head of Science and Technology at CIA and served as the principle deputy director the National Geospatial Agency.
Mr. Hunt began his angel investing activities in the mid 1990’s after the successful BTG IPO, with five investments in area companies. After over 25 years of seed stage investing, Hunt expanded his portfolio since the early 2000’s to the present with 100 early stage investment. Hunt has eight co-investments with In-Q-Tel, the US Intelligence Community’s venture capital arm. Hunt sits on five corporate boards. Hunt has exited 27 investments over the past ten years, the last of which was February 2018..
Hunt’s investments are in the area of cyber and physical security, Internet-of-Things, data center management, social media, analytics, and mobile applications.
As an active member of multiple angel groups and managing partner of “Lavrock Ventures”, a recently formed early stage venture capital firm, Hunt spends a significant amount of his time scouting for world-class, game changing technology.
In addition to his investing activities, Hunt serves as a consultant to both government and corporate organizations in the area of overall strategy, product commercialization, channel strategies and M&A strategies.
Hunt has been an Adjunct Professor at the McDonough School at Georgetown for the past 17 years as well as at Notre Dame and teaches cornerstone courses in business planning and start-up business management and investing. Hunt has also created and taught courses to international angels and entrepreneurs and has successfully launched four overseas ventures in the past ten years, with particular emphasis on technology incubation in developing countries.
Hunt is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Rochester Institute of Technology and sits on the Notre Dame Engineering College Advisory Council. Additionally, Hunt is a past president of the Computing Industry Technology Association.

Chris Ahern

Chris Ahern

Senior Associate
Chris Ahern is the Senior Associate at Strategic Cyber Ventures (SCV). As the Senior Associate, Chris drives the investment process, from deal sourcing and due diligence to funding and takes an active approach towards advising, tracking, managing, and supporting SCV’s portfolio companies.
Prior to joining SCV, Chris attended Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, graduating with his Masters of Business Administration in 2017. During his time at Georgetown, Chris participated in and helped his team win the MBA Global Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC). Chris also led and was one of four students selected to participate in the Georgetown MBA program’s Venture Fellows program where he spent one year working with Lavrock Ventures, an early stage investor in enterprise software and cybersecurity.
Prior to getting his MBA, Chris was a Manager in Ernst & Young’s audit practice. During Chris’ six years at Ernst & Young, he managed several audit projects for a variety of clients in the Washington, D.C. area including several large government contractors and biotechnology companies. Chris graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and International Business and later went on to earn his Master’s degree in Accounting, also from the University of Virginia.
Jeff Lunglhofer

Jeff Lunglhofer

Managing Director and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at BNY Mellon.
Jeff is a Managing Director and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at BNY Mellon. As CISO, he is responsible for defining, building and operating a highfunctioning, enterprise-level cyber-security organization that securely enables BNY Mellon's core businesses, protects the assets of the company and its clients, and preserves shareholder value. The security organization collaborates with a wide range of internal and external clients to securely enable new technologies and securely drive innovation across all BNY Mellon platforms and services. Jeff is also a member of the senior leadership team for BNY Mellon's Client Technology Solutions group. Previously, Jeff led the Cyber Financial Services practice at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. During his 18 year tenure with Booz Allen, Jeff provided cyber security services and expertise to a wide range of financial institutions as well as other commercial and government clients. His experience includes providing cyber security support to many of he top U.S. and global financial institutions and helping complex financial services organizations establish comprehensive cyber security strategies, to providing technical assessment services such as penetration testing and dynamic web assessments for mission critical platforms and applications. In his role at Booz Allen, Jeff led a number of regulatory compliance and cyber security engagements for BNY Mellon, establishing a strong foundation for his current role as CISO. Mr. Lunglhofer has held a variety of technical cyber security certifications over the course of his career, and received his undergraduate degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.
Desiree Dickerson

Desiree Dickerson

Head of Operations
Desiree Dickerson is Head of Operations at Lightning Labs, which currently focuses on the development and deployment of the Lightning Network, an open blockchain scalability protocol. She recently served as blockchain fellow at the non-profit Women for Women International, exploring the potential of cryptocurrency and blockchain applications for women in marginalized, post-conflict areas. Desiree is a former management consultant, formerly specializing in strategy and operations for large-scale IT enterprises. She received her M.S. in Biophysics & Physiology from Georgetown University and B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago.
David Coxe

David Coxe

President and CEO
ID DataWeb’s Attribute Exchange Network (AXN) platform delivers a highly scalable cloud-based managed service to provide human identity verification. Our AXN platform is an attribute based identity verification solution leveraging over 70 attribute provider services that include the top credit bureaus in the United States and other data sources across 170 countries worldwide. Attribute providers on the AXN platform can deliver NIST Standard of 800-63-3 KYC (Know-Your-Customer) to bank level AML (Anti-Money Laundering) human identity verification results. Our platform can plug-and-play with any Single Sign On (SSO) platform using an OpenID Connect (OIDC), SAML and other standards. Enterprises can now power ongoing user verification and adaptive authentication for account openings, ongoing login, and control access to sensitive applications and data through the AXN platform. Other AXN platform features include our robust policy management scoring system and audit services.
Josh Olszewicz

Josh Olszewicz

Analyst at BraveNewCoin / Trader at Techemy Capital
Josh Olszewicz is an analyst at BraveNewCoin and trader at Techemy Capital. While headed towards medicine, he fell head first down the crypto rabbit hole in 2013, when he got hooked investigating the complexities of Bitcoin. He holds an M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Human Biology from Michigan State University. He is a self-taught trader and vocal proponent of technical analysis. Catch his cryptoanalysis on Twitter (@carpenoctom), YouTube, and BraveNewcoin where he shares his trading journey with the world.
Joe Stuntz

Joe Stuntz

Principal, Cybersecurity
Joe Stuntz is a Principal at One World Identity where he is responsible for leading advisory and consulting relationships with organizations in the financial services, technology, and public sectors. Prior to OWI, Stuntz held leadership roles on the White House Office of Management and Budget Cyber team focused on leading Federal agency identity management initiatives, oversight of government-wide cybersecurity programs, and cyber policy development. Prior to OMB, Joe was a consultant at a Big Four firm, focused on identity management initiatives and cyber risk management for Federal and commercial clients. Stuntz earned his MBA from Georgetown University, completed graduate work on Identity Management at the Naval Postgraduate School, and earned his BBA from James Madison University.
Simone Petrella

Simone Petrella

Chief Cybersecurity Officer
Simone Petrella is Chief Cybersecurity Officer at CyberVista, where she leads product development and delivery of cybersecurity training and education curriculums as well as workforce initiatives for executives, cyber practitioners, and continuing education. Previously, Simone was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she helped build the firm's cybersecurity practice in the commercial sector focusing on the creation of cyber fusion centers and the integration of cyber threat intelligence, security operations, and cyber defense operations into effective cyber security operations. For a decade she led the firm's all source cyber threat intelligence business in the national security and Defense sectors, where she built out a threat capability and team with in depth subject matter expertise in all aspects of cyber threat intelligence, including intelligence support to both defensive and offensive operations. Her areas of specialty included predictive cyber intelligence based on an understanding of the threat adversary and developing service offerings to integrate intelligence into exercises to provide realistic cyber scenarios. Simone received her J.D. with honors from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law and graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government and a M.A. in International Law and Policy. She is a member of Women in International Security and is admitted to the New York Bar. A native of New Jersey, she has resided in Washington D.C. since 2000.
Michelle Cohen

Michelle Cohen

Practice Group Leader
As Practice Group leader for Ifrah Law’s Data Protection and Cyber Security group, Michelle Cohen’s practice focuses on helping clients establish powerful and lasting relationships with their customers and prospects. She ensures that her clients’ communications comply with current marketing and privacy laws and regulations. For clients who have embraced the popularity of online promotions, sweepstakes, contests, and gamification, Michelle keeps programs running smoothly by providing guidance on the necessary rules, thresholds, and disclosures in the midst of a constantly changing legal landscape. She also leads Ifrah Law’s special GDPR Services, guiding companies which collect, store, or mine the personal data of European residents on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. Michelle has held the CIPP-US designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”) for ten years, and she serves on the IAPP’s Publications Advisory Board.
When companies are involved in potential data or security breaches, Michelle knows which questions to ask to ensure they have a sound legal strategy. She works with the company step-by-step to resolve the situation from both the government’s and her clients’, as well as their customers’, points of view. Michelle assists clients with data breach notifications and other post-breach actions, working hand-in-hand with companies’ IT, human resources, and communications departments.
Additionally, Michelle counsels clients on what policies and procedures can be put in place to show a company’s good faith efforts, should the government come knocking. When clients find themselves involved in an enforcement matter with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), or state agencies, Michelle’s deep knowledge in these areas, litigation experience, and strong footing in the privacy community help her to resolve issues in the most expedient manner possible. She has over two decades of experience responding to state attorney general and FTC inquiries and investigations. Michelle also has extensive experience defending individual and class actions in the consumer protection context.
On the counseling and compliance side, Michelle advises online companies, in industries ranging from daily fantasy sports and eSports to financial services and telecommunications, on privacy matters such as the drafting of online terms and conditions and the preparation of legal opinions and analysis to support the launching of services.
Paul Battista

Paul Battista

CEO and Co-Founder
Paul Battista is CEO and Co-Founder of Polarity, creator of the world’s first commercial memory augmentation platform. Prior to Polarity, Paul was an intelligence officer for the United States Government and participated in all elements of the intelligence cycle from planning operations through dissemination to senior policy makers in the White House. Before his government service, Paul was a senior engineer for Aetna Inc., a penetration tester, and incident responder for multiple Fortune 100 customers.
Pascal Luck

Pascal Luck

Principal, LM Tech Strategies, LLC
Pascal is currently a Pricipal of LM Tech Strategies, a strategic growth advisory firm. Previously he was a Managing Director of Washington, DC-based venture capital fund Core Capital Partners, where focused on early-stage/emerging growth companies and investments targeting disruptive, “core” technologies in high-growth technology sectors. Pascal focused on software-driven information and networking technologies with particular emphasis enterprise security and software solutions.

Prior to joining Core, Pascal was a Director and Founder of Anchor Financial Group, a DC-based, Merchant/investment banking firm. At Anchor, Pascal led merger and acquisition transactions, private placements, and advisory assignments across a variety of industries. Prior to this, Pascal was a Senior Manager in the management consulting division of Deloitte & Touche, where he specialized in finance and strategy initiatives for technology companies. Pascal began his career as an engineer with ATT IS/Bell Laboratories.

Pascal has previously been a Board Director or Observer at Fugue, New Edge, ZeroFox, Mobile System 7 (acquired by CA Technologies) and V.i. Labs JackBe (acquired by Software AG), SourceFire (NASDAQ: FIRE, acquired by Cisco), Inlet Technologies (acquired by Cisco), Bridgewave (acquired by Remec), GENBAND, Trust Digital (acquired by McAfee), NextPoint Networks(acquired by GENBAND), Triumfant (acquired by Nehemiah Security), UpdateLogic (acquired by Silicon Image), and Covega (acquired by Gemfire).

Pascal has also served on the Board of Trustees of The Barker Foundation, the nation’s oldest cooperative adoption agency.

Pascal is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute. He holds an MBA in Finance with Distinction from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics/Engineering from Loyola University in Maryland.
Ron Gula

Ron Gula

President and Co-Founder
Ron started his cybersecurity career as a network penetration tester for the NSA. At BBN, he developed network honeypots to lure hackers and he ran US Internetworking's team of penetration testers and incident responders. As CTO of Network Security Wizards, Ron pioneered the art of network security monitoring and produced the Dragon Intrusion Detection System which was recognized as a market leader by Gartner in 2001. As CEO and co-founder of Tenable Network Security, Ron led the company's rapid growth and product vision from 2002 through 2016. He helped them scale to more than 20,000 customers worldwide, raise $300m in venture capital and achieve revenues in excess of $100m annually. Ron is President at Gula Tech Adventures which focuses on investing and advisement of two dozen cyber-security companies. Ron was honored and humbled to receive the 2017 Betamore BETA award, be named a 2016 Baltimore Tech 10 leader and a 2013 Maryland entrepreneur of the year by Ernest and Young.
Raluca Saceanu

Raluca Saceanu

Enterprise Strategy

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Joseph Rivela

Joseph Rivela

Chief Strategy Officer
As the Chief Strategist of Polarity, Joseph Rivela is responsible for the identification of client and alliance partners alike that will strengthen the offerings and foster development of Polarity - the innovative new technology developed by Breach Intelligence designed to further information security and network operations via our patent pending memory augmentation platform.

In addition, Joseph is responsible for architecting the information security service line provided by Breach Intelligence. As the service line leader, Joseph manages and execute enterprise-wide information-security initiatives. Oversee client-wide efforts to identify and evaluate information security related risks of business-critical processes and systems.

His experience includes:

- IS Program Development & Implementation / IS Governance: Definition of security structures and integration of strategy into various GRC solutions. (i.e. Archer)

- Vulnerability / Configuration Management: Establishing processes, implementing practices/technologies that allow for the promotion of secure systems and the production of core metrics.

- Vendor Management: Defining/Implementing processes that allow for the evaluation of vendor security in accordance with information security and business objectives.

- Incident Response: Engaged by leaders of Entertainment, Insurance, Hospitality and Higher Ed. to manage interstate response teams. Activities managed include acquisition, log and data analysis and security assessment.

Joseph has addressed the IS community on a variety of topics, including IS best practices, technical security assessments, data loss prevention and incident response. Further, he is published on these subjects. He has addressed audiences at FS-ISAC, CSA, ISSA, IIA and various universities.

He also serves on the Board of Directors for the New York Metro Information Systems Security Association as its President.

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Conference Schedule

Afternoon Sessions - Panel Discussions

  • Registration, Coffee, Finger Food Lunch & Networking

  • Opening Comments - Ronan Murphy

  • Great Power Competition and Challenges to U.S. Security - LTG Robert P. Ashley, Jr.

  • Context is King: Understanding threats in an Unstructured World - Kristofer Mansson

  • Panel 1 - Did We See It Coming? - Cyber Enabled Espionage, Warfare, and Information Operations

  • Panel 2 -Resilient Critical Infrastructure - Are We Ready?

  • Coffee Break & Networking

  • Panel 3 -The Future of Privacy and the Digital Identity State

  • Panel 4 - The Future of Security Tech and Cyber Teams We Need - Responding to Future Attacks

  • Applications of AI in Cyber Defense and Offense - Koos Lodewijkx

  • Avoiding Cyber War - Richard A. Clarke

  • Closing Remarks

  • Cocktails & Networking (Cocktail Hour sponsored by Microsoft)

What is Zero Day Con

Zero Day Con is an annual cybersecurity conference that offers the opportunity for senior business executives to learn about the latest cybersecurity trends and how to address today’s security challenges. By providing a combination of thought leadership, awareness and engagement, Zero Day Con brings together experts from around the world to discuss security architectures that provide higher levels of security posture.

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