Hacking Matters Panel – PSW #677
Ron is President at Gula Tech Adventures which focuses on cyber technology, cyber policy and recruiting more people to the cyber workforce. Since 2017, GTA has invested in dozens of cyber start-ups and funds and supported multiple cyber nonprofits and projects. From 2002 to 2016, Ron was the co-founder and CEO of Tenable Network Security. He helped grow the company to 20,000 customers, raise $300m in venture capital and grow revenues to $100m, setting up the company for an IPO in 2018. Prior to Tenable, Ron was a cyber industry pioneer and developed one of the first commercial network intrusion detection systems called Dragon, ran risk mitigation for the first cloud company, was deploying network honeypots in the mid 90s for the DOD and was a penetration tester for the NSA and got to participate in some of the nation’s first cyber exercises. Ron is involved in a variety of cyber nonprofits and think tanks including Defending Digital Campaigns, the Center for Internet Security, the National Security Institute and the Wilson Center. In 2020, Ron was honored to receive the Northern Virginia Technology Council Cyber Investor of the Year award and the Baltimore Business Journal Power 10 CEO award.
Bill has devoted his career to protecting critical infrastructure and Fortune100 companies from advanced cyber threats. He brings direct experience with being on the front lines, and an in-depth understanding of the challenges our customers are faced with — and what problems they are wanting to solve. Bill has a proven track record of creating, developing, and managing strong technical teams needed to provide Incident Response, Digital Forensics, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, and Policy enforcement for large (Fortune 150) corporations such as CenturyLink and Sprint.
John Loucaides is the VP of Research and Development at Eclypsium, the comprehensive cloud-based device security platform that protects enterprise devices all the way down to the firmware and hardware level. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company was named to Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most innovative Security Companies for 2020, the CNBC Upstart 100 list, and Gartner’s Cool Vendor list for Security Operations and Threat Intelligence. John has extensive history in hardware and firmware threats from experience at Intel Corporation and the United States government. At Intel he served as the Director of Advanced Threat Research, Platform Armoring and Resiliency, PSIRT, and was a CHIPSEC maintainer. Prior to this, he was Technical Team Lead for Specialized Platforms for the federal government.
Cyndi is a Managing Partner at Gula Tech Adventures which focuses on cyber technology, cyber policy and recruiting more people to the cyber workforce. Since 2017, GTA has invested in dozens of cyber start-ups and funds and supported multiple cyber nonprofits and projects. Cyndi is a cyber start up operations expert. She has started and run licensing, human resources, legal, facilities, accounting, marketing, channel, support and sales operations for both Tenable Network Security, which went public on the NASDAQ in 2018, and Network Security Wizards, where she was President and helped it grow to a successful exit 18 months after being founded. As a Gula Tech Adventures managing partner, she is helping our cyber start-ups scale and make important decisions about their organizational structure, facilities, product licensing, customer support, recruiting strategy, culture, managing their cash flow and having the processes in place to succeed and have fun.
Shane comes to ILF with more than 25 years of experience in the tech industry, combined with more than a decade of experience in C-level roles. In those critical capacities, Shane led enterprise-wide initiatives within project management, customer relationship management and acquisition, policies and procedures, process improvement, and infrastructure. Shane is also an accomplished public speaker and trainer, focused on change management, professionalism, social engineering, and corporate security.
Chloé Messdaghi is the VP of Strategy at Point3 Security. In addition to her passion of keeping people safe and empowered both on and offline, she is also interested in increasing the numbers of marginalized genders in information security. She is the co-founder of Women of Security (WoSEC) and Hacking is NOT a Crime, and the founder of WeAreHackerz (WomenHackerz). She is a keynote speaker at major information security conferences and events, and serves as a trusted source for national and sector reporters and editors. She holds a Master of Science (M.S.) from The University of Edinburgh, and a BA in International Relations from University of California, Davis, as well as a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Wharton and other professional certificates.