ESW #316 – Theresa Lanowitz, Vinay Anand, Christopher Kruegel, Geoff Bibby, Randy Watkins, Nick Biasini

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1. Sun Tzu Vs Infosec, 2 Weeks of News, AI Trends, & De-Horned Unicorns – ESW #316



Principal Researcher at The Defenders Initiative
Product Marketer and Content Strategist

2. The Future of Cyber: Lateral Security, Edge Ecosystems, External Attack Surface Mgmt – Christopher Kruegel, Theresa Lanowitz, Vinay Anand – ESW #316


Vinay Anand
Chief Product Officer (CPO) at NetSPI

Vinay Anand is a seasoned technology leader with expertise in leading product strategy, engineering, business development and product marketing for security, software and networking products. Vinay has spent a major portion of the last 20 years focused on developing security solutions for enterprise markets.

Most recently Vinay was the VP of Products for Prisma Cloud – Palo Alto Networks’ public cloud security platform. Prior to this, Vinay was responsible for Anthos Trusted Services covering security, compliance and service management for hybrid clouds at Google. Vinay came to Google from IBM where he was the Vice President of Global Product Management and Strategy for IBM Security, driving strategy and product innovation for the $2B IBM security portfolio. Before that, Vinay was the VP & GM for the ClearPass Security business at Aruba, an HPE company. Prior to Aruba, Vinay held leadership roles in McAfee, Symantec & Cisco Systems.

Christopher Kruegel
VP Security Services at VMware

Christopher Kruegel is VP Security Services at the Network and Security Business Unit (NSBU) at VMware. Before that, Christopher was a co-founder at Lastline, where he served in various positions (CEO, Chief Product Officer, and Chief Scientist) until the acquisition by VMware. In addition, Christopher is a Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara (currently on leave). Christopher’s research interests are computer and communications security, with an emphasis on malware analysis and detection, web security, and intrusion detection. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in top computer security conferences. He is also the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, an MIT Technology Review TR35 Award for young innovators, an IBM Faculty Award, and several best paper awards.

Theresa Lanowitz
Head of Evangelism, AT&T Cybersecurity & Agent of LevelBlue

Theresa Lanowitz is a proven global influencer and speaks on trends and technologies to help today’s businesses flourish. She is currently the head of evangelism at AT&T Cybersecurity. Prior to AT&T, Theresa was an industry analyst with firms Gartner and voke. At Gartner, Theresa led the app quality ecosystem, championed app security, and created the AppDev conference. As product manager at Borland, she launched the iconic Java IDE, JBuilder. At Sun Microsystems, she led strategic marketing for Jini – a precursor to IoT. Theresa’s career began with McDonnell Douglas where she was a software developer on the C-17 transport plane and held a US DoD Top Secret security clearance. Theresa holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.


Principal Researcher at The Defenders Initiative
Senior Vice President, Audience Content Strategy at CyberRisk Alliance
Sr. InfoSec Consultant at Online Business Sytems

3. Getting and Staying Cyber Ready with Smarter, Simpler Security and MDR – ESW #316


Geoff Bibby
SVP, Cybersecurity Marketing & Strategy at OpenText Cybersecurity

Geoff Bibby is Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Marketing and Strategy at OpenText Cybersecurity.

In his role, Geoff leads a dedicated team of marketing professionals who wake up every day wanting to catapult OpenText further up the list of global cybersecurity leaders. Geoff and his team manage over 15 security brands, supporting millions of users across nearly every aspect of the cybersecurity space including adversarial threat analysis, application security, secure data discovery and cyber resilience.

Before assuming this role, Geoff was on the Executive Leadership Team for Zix/AppRiver where he served as Chief Marking Officer. During that time, he played an integral role in helping the company grow into a cloud-based security leader before being acquired by OpenText in 2021.

Geoff is an avid cyclist and endurance athlete. He and his wife Kathleen have three grown sons. While a Canadian native, Geoff now calls Dallas, TX his home.

Nick Biasini
Head of Outreach, Cisco Talos at Cisco

Nick Biasini’s interest in computers and technology started at a young age when he tore apart his parents’ brand new 486SX PC. Ever since he has been tinkering with computers in one way or another. In his current role, Nick serves as the Head of Outreach for Cisco Talos leading the team responsible for the majority of the published research. Before that Nick was responsible for exposing new details to major threats, with a focus on crimeware. This includes identifying techniques like Domain Shadowing, helping to stop large scale malware campaigns, and revealing clever spam campaigns. Nick has a master’s degree in digital forensics from the University of Central Florida and has worked in both public and private sector positions in the security industry for more than fifteen years.

Randy Watkins
Chief Technology Officer at Critical Start

Randy Watkins is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Critical Start and an emerging thought-leader in the security industry. As CTO, Randy is responsible for designing and executing the company’s strategic technology initiatives, which includes defining the strategy and direction of Critical Start’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services delivered by the Zero-Trust Analytics Platform (ZTAP).

Previously, Randy served as Critical Start’s Director of Security Architecture, where he set the strategy for emerging vendor technologies, created the Defendable Network reference architecture, and set product direction for the company’s internally-developed Security Orchestration Automation and Response platform. Watkins was employee number five when he joined Critical Start in 2012.

Randy is a respected author and speaker on security trends and is well-versed in applying security technologies, in practical and meaningful ways, to improve risk management and security infrastructure for enterprise customers. He holds numerous security certifications in data analysis, data science, computer science, and leadership. Randy earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Security and an associate degree in Computer Networking Systems, both from ITT Technical Institute.

In his free time, Randy continues to contribute to the security community through his consultancy to security product manufacturers to help them drive value to the customer through their solutions.


Principal Researcher at The Defenders Initiative
Senior Vice President, Audience Content Strategy at CyberRisk Alliance
Chief Product Officer at CyberSaint