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Taher Elgamal, CTO of Salesforce


Taher Elgamal is an industry veteran in Internet security. He is the inventor of the Elgamal Digital Signature scheme, which is the basis for Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA). While serving as Chief Scientist of Netscape Communications, he was the driving force behind SSL. Elgamal was the recipient of the 2009 RSA conference Lifetime achievement award. Network World chose him as one of 20 people who changed the industry.
Elgamal serves as the CTO, Security for Salesforce. He was the founder and CEO of Securify, and was the director of engineering at RSA Security Inc. prior to Joining Netscape in 1995 and founding Securify in 1998. Elgamal has served on many public and private boards over the last 15 years including RSA, Phoenix, hifn and others. He currently serves as a board member of Zix Corp and Vindicia, as well as on the Advisory Board of Glenbrook Partners, Arcot Systems (a CA company), Cyphort, Qualys and Zetta.
Elgamal has a M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University.


Radha Poovendran, Professor and Chair of EE at the University of Washington 

Radha Poovendran is a Professor and Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at UW.  He is an elected a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to security in cyber physical systems. Professor Poovendran is the founding director of the Network Security Lab (NSL) in the Electrical Engineering (EE) Dept. at the University of Washington (UW). He is a founding member and the associate director of research of the University of Washington Cent​er for Excellence in Information Assurance Research and Education. His research interests are in the areas of wireless and sensor network security, adversarial modeling, privacy and anonymity in public wireless networks, control-security, games-security and information theoretic security in the context of wireless mobile networks. Professor Poovendran is a recipient of the NSA LUCITE Rising Star Award (1999), National Science Foundation CAREER (2001), ARO YIP (2002), ONR YIP (2004), and PECASE (2005) for his research contributions to multi-user wireless security. He is also a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award and Outstanding Research Advisor Award from UW EE (2002) and Graduate Mentor Award from Office of the Chancellor at University of California San Diego (2006). Professor Poovendran was co-author of award-winning papers including IEEE/IFIP William C. Carter Award Paper (2010) and WiOpt Best Paper Award (2012). Starting September 23rd 2015, he is also the lead PI for the new initiative on Sustainable Green Mega Cities initiative between the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) University and the University of Washington (UW).


Mustaque Ahamad, Professor of CS at Georgia Tech


Dr. Mustaque Ahamad is a professor of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. In his thirty-year academic career at Georgia Tech, Dr. Ahamad has led numerous research projects and educational initiatives. His research interests include computer security and distributed and dependable systems. He has published over one hundred research papers in these areas, and has advised over two dozen doctoral students. Dr. Ahamad led the effort to create a broad and comprehensive cyber security curriculum and a graduate degree program in this area at Georgia Tech.
Dr. Ahamad served as director of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center from 2004 to 2012. He helped develop several major research thrusts in areas that include security of emerging converged communication networks and applications, identity and access management and security of healthcare information technology systems. He co-founded Pindrop Security and serves as its chief scientist. Dr. Ahamad received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1985. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. 


Bart Preneel, ​Professor of EE at KU-Leuven


Prof. Bart Preneel is a full professor at the KU Leuven, where he heads the COSIC research group, that is a member of the iMinds research center. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications and is inventor of five patents. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. He is president of LSEC vzw and has been president of the IACR. He has served as panel member and chair for the European Research Council. He is a fellow of the IACR, a member of the Permanent Stakeholders group of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) and of the Academia Europaea. He has been invited speaker at more than 120 conferences in 40 countries. He has testified for the European and Belgian Parliament. In 2014 he received the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics.





Adrian Perrig, Professor of CS at UTH and Adjunct Professor of ECE at CMU ​ ​


Adrian Perrig is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, where he leads the network security group. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at CyLab, and an Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. From 2002 to 2012, he was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, and Computer Science (courtesy) at Carnegie Mellon University; From 2007 to 2012, he also served as the technical director for Carnegie Mellon's Cybersecurity Laboratory (CyLab). He earned his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University under the guidance of J.D. Tygar, and spent three years during his Ph.D. degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from EPFL. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2004, IBM faculty fellowships in 2004 and 2005, the Sloan research fellowship in 2006, the Security 7 award in the category of education by the Information Security Magazine in 2009, the Benjamin Richard Teare teaching award in 2011, and the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award in 2013. Adrian's research revolves around building secure systems -- in particular secure future Internet architectures.

Fengmin Gong, Co-Founder and CSO of Cyphort 
Dr. Gong is a security technologist, a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor in Silicon Valley. He is currently a co-founder and Chief Strategy/Technology Officer at Cyphort. He is an accomplished expert in network security, wit​h 30 years experience in networking and security research and development.  He has been a founder or influential executive for four security startup companies.  Three of them have reached successful exits with two IPOs (Palo Alto Networks, FireEye) and one acquisition (IntruVert by McAfee). The fourth startup (Cyphort) is currently in an active growth stage.  He has also been a chief scientist and R&D executive at large security companies (McAfee, Huawei Symantec) where he drove the development of new products.  He is trusted advisor and mentor to many entrepreneurs and startups. Dr. Gong is an inventor of 16 US patents (summary list included).  He is a frequent speaker in many security forums and conferences with over 40 publications.
 Çetin Koç, Professor of CS at UCSB
Professor Koç is the director of research group (Koç Lab: at University of California Santa Barbara. His research interests are in in electronic voting, cyber-physical security, cryptographic hardware and embedded systems, elliptic curve cryptography and finite fields, and deterministic, hybrid and true random number generators.

Fred Piper, Emeritus Professor of the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway

Fred Piper obtained a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics at Imperial College (University of London) in 1962 followed by a PhD in 1964.  He began an academic career as an Assistant Lecturer in Mathematics at Royal Holloway College (University of London) and after one year was promoted to Lecturer.  He transferred to Westfield College (University of London) in 1969, was promoted to Reader in 1971 and to Professor in 1975.  He was the founding Director of the Royal Holloway Information Security Group that was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 1998.  He has held a number of visiting positions at other universities, including Illinois (Chicago Campus), Florence, Perugia, New York State (Albany), Michigan State, Western Ontario, Natal and Beijing. 
Fred has published over 100 research papers, 6 books (4 on cryptography), and is on the editorial boards of two international journals.  He has also supervised over 60 PhD students.  He has lectured world-wide on a wide range of topics in information security, both academically and commercially.
In 1985 he formed a company, Codes & Ciphers Ltd, which offers consultancy advice in all aspects of information security.  He has acted as a consultant for a number of financial institutions and major industrial companies in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Asia and South Africa.  This consultancy has covered a wide range of subjects including design and analysis of cryptographic algorithms, and work on a number of ATM and EFTPOS systems.  In the last few years he has served on a number of committees offering security advice to a number of UK Government departments and agencies. 
Fred played a leading role in the establishment of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) and has been on the board of directors since its launch in 2005.
He was a member of the Board of Trustees, Bletchley Park from 1999 to 2012.
In 2002 he was awarded an IMA Gold Medal for “Services to Mathematics”.
In 2002 he was also awarded the first honorary CISSP for a European.  This was for ‘leadership in Information Security’.
In 2003 Fred received an honorary CISM for ‘globally recognised leadership’ and ‘contribution to the Information Security Profession’.
In 2005 he was elected to the ISSA Hall of Fame.
In 2008 he was elected to be a Fellow of (ISC)2.
In 2008 he was the first person to be elected to the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame.
In 2008 he was elected to the International Advisory Board of IMPACT (the International Multilateral Programme against Cyber Threats).
In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Royal Holloway, University of London.
In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of IISP.
Qualifications:  BSc, PhD, CEng, FIET, ARCS, DIC, FICA, FIMA, CISSP, CISM, F.Inst.ISP, Fellow of (ISC)2

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John Hayes, CTO and Founder of BlackRidge Technology​

John Hayes is the Chief Technical Officer and Founder of BlackRidge Technology Inc. With over 25 years of experience in developing security, networking, storage, HPC and computer systems technologies, Mr. Hayes has a successful track record of delivering hardware and software products from concept through to production in a diverse number of markets. Mr. Hayes’ strengths include the ability to quickly understand new technologies and their impact on the marketplace, and the ability to communicate complex concepts to a variety of audiences. Previously, Mr. Hayes was a Founder of Alteon WebSystems Inc. which held a very successful IPO in 1999 and was subsequently acquired by Nortel Networks Inc. in 2000. Mr. Hayes was a Managing Partner of Ridge Partners LLC and Founder of 54th Street Systems, Inc. Mr. Hayes holds 8 patents with additional patent applications pending.



Norbert Lütkenhaus, Professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing of the University of Waterloo​ ​

Dr. Lütkenhaus is a renowned leader in fields spanning quantum communication, quantum cryptography, and quantum-safe cybersecurity and has been  studying and working in Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Finland, the United States, and Canada. He is working in the field of practical quantum key distribution (QKD) since 1993, the very early stages of this field,  and made important contributions to closing the security gap between abstract protocols and practical optical implementation. In addition to his academic work, he has been initializing commercialization of QKD with MagiQ Technologies. More recently, he co-founded with Dr. Michele Mosca the company evolutionQ whose mission it is to foster a transformation to quantum-safe cryptographic systems.


Russell Dietz, CTO of GE softwar​ ​


Russ Dietz is the Chief Security Officer for GE Digital and the General Manager of the Industrial Internet Cyber Security Center of Excellence.In his role as Chief Security Officer, he is leading the cyber security strategy, vision and execution for GE Digital, driving the Secure Development Lifecycle Framework policy and planning, and ensuring the security of GE’s portfolio of Predix platforms, applications and data driven Industrial Internet. Dietz also serves as General Manager of the Industrial Internet Cyber & OT Security CoE where he works directly with global GE cyber-security experts and leaders from GE Digital, Wurldtech and other GE businesses outlining the strategic roadmap and engagement model for product and operational security - identifying and replicating best practices across GE.

Dietz has more than 30 years of experience in the technology and security space. With a proven track record of success as a technology executive and CTO for multiple high-tech companies, he has achieved landmark results with hardware, software and systems security companies. Dietz is also a recognized pioneer and innovator in the cloud computing and virtualization security solution areas. In addition, he currently holds more than 20 patents in encryption, authentication and network traffic behavior and analysis in the United States, European Union, Japan and China.​


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