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John Nassar

John Nassar

Security Consultant

Biography

 

John Nassar, most recently the Sr Vice President of Worldwide Cybersecurity Sales at Palo Alto Networks, was responsible for building new businesses for the company which included endpoint protection, threat intelligence, behavioral analytics, and security as a service for SaaS environments. During his 3 ½ years of leadership, the customer base for those products grew from fewer than 100 to over 4,000. Earlier roles included Cisco Systems, where he spent ten years rapidly advancing through increasingly responsible positions across Cisco’s vertical, commercial, enterprise, and advanced technology sales groups. More recently, John was responsible for the growth of six acquisitions at Proofpoint, and also led the worldwide advanced technology organization at Avaya. John holds a BA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he honed his team skills with four years of collegiate football, and was also a Signal Corps officer in the US Army Reserve. He now lives in Pleasanton, CA with his wife and their three sons.


Anand

Anand "Andy" Athreya

EVP & Chief Development Officer, Juniper Networks

Biography

 

Anand Athreya “Andy” Serves as Cavirin’s Technical Advisory Board Member. He is the CDO of Juniper Networks, responsible for all of engineering. He also oversees initiatives that are transforming Juniper’s R&D and test environments. Since joining Juniper Networks in 2004, Athreya has held various leadership positions within the Internet and Security Products groups, and most recently served as Vice President of Engineering for the Branch Services Business Unit. Athreya joined Juniper from Procket Networks, where he served as Director of Software Engineering. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Engineering at Malibu Networks, Assistant Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at Tiara Networks, and held management roles at Novell.
Athreya has consistently delivered successful products to market for Juniper customers, including J-Series, Junos Security Software, Branch SRX, MX, PTX, and ACX Systems, and has been instrumental in securing key customer wins around the globe. Athreya holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University, a master’s degree in CSE from Osmania University, and an MBA from National University. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and holds several networking-related patents.


Robert D. Rodriguez

Robert D. Rodriguez

Founder & Chairman, Sinet

Biography

 

Robert D. Rodriguez is the Chairman & Founder of SINET (www.security-innovation.org). Since 2005 Robert has advised and coordinated the public-private sector outreach for DHS S&T, SRI International, Stanford University, United Kingdom Government; Cabinet, Home and Cybersecurity, Digital Communications and Economy Unit, Australian Government DATA 61 & AustCyber, UNC- Charlotte, The Department of Defense, United States Postal Service and participated as a member of the US Air Force Cybersecurity Advisory Board. He has been called upon numerous times by private industry and the Federal Government to help advise and build private sector outreach initiatives with corporations, the entrepreneurial and venture capital communities. Previously, Robert served 22 years as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service where he held a number of executive leadership positions within the Presidential Protection, Protective Intelligence, Inspection and Criminal Investigation Divisions and the Counter Assault Team. His executive protection experience spanned 10 years at the White House serving Presidents Ronald W. Reagan, George H. Bush, William J. Clinton and numerous Heads of State. He sits on numerous Cybersecurity Advisory Boards, is a Venture Partner with SineWave Ventures, serves as Director Emeritus for the San Francisco Foster Farms Bowl, Standard Governing Board for Digital Rights Management (xDTM) and is a certified graduate of the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service Program.

Taher Elgamal

Taher Elgamal

CTO, Security, Salesforce.com

Biography

 

Dr. Taher Elgamal is an internationally respected information security leader and cryptographer. He was the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the RSA conference in 2009. He has successfully served as a CISO, Chief Scientist, CTO, as well as a founder and CEO of numerous key organizations. Dr. Elgamal invented several industry and government standards in data security and digital signatures for areas including the DSS government standard for digital signatures. He is recognized in the industry as the "father" of SSL.

Ray Espinoza

Ray Espinoza

Information Security, Amazon

Biography
 

Known for protecting data and assets by embedding robust information security risk and governance for internal / customer environments, Ray is a CISO with 15+ years’ experience in information security management. He has developed programs and strategies for various high-tech organizations including business cloud enablement, cybersecurity, customer success management platform and software providers. His goal is to shape policies, standards, processes and controls that enable secure, compliant operations.  Ray was previously CISO at 
Atmosera Inc., driving operational security and risk initiatives to fortify the company’s security posture and optimize security services for customers. Notably, he cut security threat alerts by 70% and expanded the security monitoring framework to include a true log aggregation and enhanced security monitoring platform. Ray also ensured that the company passed audits such as FedRAMP, SOC1, SOC1 and PCI. In prior roles that included Proofpoint, he yielded similar results, and developed eBay’s first incident response & security monitoring program.
Nemi George

Nemi George

Senior Director of Information Security & Service Operations, Pacific Dental Services

Biography

Nemi is currently Senior Director of Information Security & Service Operations at Pacific Dental Services – one of the country’s leading dental support organizations (DSO) providing supported autonomy to more than 630 dental practices. Prior to moving to the USA, Nemi worked with Vodafone for over 9 years in a number of roles across architecture, information security, managed service operations, and compliance security & risk. Nemi is a member of the British Computer Society, ISACA, and holds the following professional qualifications: CISA - Certified Information Systems Auditor; CISM – Certified Information Security Manager, EC Council’s C|CISO – Certified Chief Information Security Officer; ITIL V3 Foundation & Intermediate. Nemi also serves as an Executive Consultant helping businesses strike the right balance between managing Information Security risks and implementing additional security controls.

Randy Barr

Randy Barr

Chief Security Officer, Aryaka Networks

Biography

 

Randy Barr is a seasoned Security and IT veteran with over 20 years of Information Technology and leadership experience. Randy is the Chief Security Officer at Aryaka Networks and leads the company’s Global Security and IT operations. Prior to joining Aryaka, Randy served as the VP and CISO of Saba Software and was responsible for building the company’s global security infrastructure from the ground up. Prior to Saba, Randy held several management and key Security and IT positions at leading cloud companies, including ServiceSource, Qualys, Yodlee, and WebEx Communications. Randy is one of the top security officers in the SaaS space and has been selected for three straight years as a “top Security Executive” by ExecRank. Randy also serves on the advisory boards of several cloud companies. Randy is a frequent speaker at Information Technology and security conferences.

Matt Sharp

Matt Sharp

CISO, Logicworks

Biography

As a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Matt leads the information security function for Logicworks. His role includes responsibility for information security governance, risk management, strategy, and architecture in both internal and client computing environments. He is actively engaged in defining security and compliance service offerings delivered to Logicworks clients. Previously, he established and operated an enterprise risk and information security program for a multi-national, publicly traded product manufacturer with wholesale, retail, and e-commerce operations. Matt also served for more than 10 years as a strategic advisor to CISOs of Fortune 500 and global institutions and holds the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) credential among several others.

Steve Shead

Steve Shead

VP, Information Security and Technology, Grand Rounds

Biography

 

Steve is British by birth, and moved to the US in 1998. He has IT and Security experience across multiple industries including super computer, semi-conductor, ecommerce, retail and software. Steve was previously the Vice President of Information Technology and Security for SugarCRM, responsible for IT, Business Applications and Security. He is a goal-driven senior technology executive with intuitive ability to align business needs with technology solutions by conceiving, planning, and supporting high-profile IT projects and solutions featuring a broad portfolio of applications and technologies. Steve repeatedly achieves executive mandates to optimize organizational effectiveness, productivity, and efficiency. 

Nick Reva

Nick Reva

Security Engineering Lead, Snap Inc.

Biography
 

Nick leads several strategic Information Security programs at Snap Inc, makers of Snapchat and Spectacles. Prior to Snap, Nick ran several Information Security teams at SpaceX. Nick is a tinkerer and builder that loves growing and maturing information security programs for the worlds most ambitious engineering organizations. Nick started his career in Chicago where he spent five years at several fortune 500 companies, consulted with PwC and earned a M.S. in Information Security from DePaul University.
James Tu

James Tu

Chief Information Security Officer, Cepheid

Biography
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Nirav Sheth

VP, Global Partner Organization; Solutions, Architectures, and Engineering, Cisco

Biography

 Nirav heads the Solutions, Architectures, and Engineering team within Cisco’s Global Partner Organization.  His organization is responsible for partner enablement, technology strategy, and helping partners develop practice capabilities to bring Cisco’s solutions to market.  Nirav’s tenure at Cisco exceeds 18 years, including roles within professional services, technical services including the Cisco TAC, as well as Sales/GTM.  His philosophy is to always invest in his people, and Nirav has been recognized by CRN as a Channel Chief across multiple years and has also participated in the World Economic Forum. Nirav earned his Bachelor degree at the University of Alabama Birmingham, his MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, and a Master degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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