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Michael Assante

Co-Founder and Chief Security Strategist for NexDefense

Michael is an, award- winning expert and internationally recognized thought leader in information, automation and control systems cybersecurity. In addition to his current role with NexDefense, Michael is the Founder and Chair of the National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE), serves on the board for the Council on Cybersecurity and is the ICS & SCADA Lead for the SANS Institute.

Previously, Michael served as Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), where he oversaw the implementation of cybersecurity standards across the North American electric power industry. Prior to joining NERC, Michael was Vice President and Chief Security Officer for American Electric Power and held notable leadership positions at Idaho National Labs (INL).

While at INL, Michael recognized the need to bring intelligence-type analysis to corporate networks as he identified numerous risks to the hardware, software and systems used by many individual organizations. Additionally, Michael became involved in the development of SOPHIA, a patent-pending Industrial Network Anomaly Detection (INAD) system that covertly detects deviations from normal automation or systems controls operations.

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Mark Weatherford

Principal at The Chertoff Group

Mark Weatherford is a Principal at The Chertoff Group. Mark was awarded SC Magazine’s prestigious “CSO of the Year” award for 2010 and was named one of the “10 Most Influential People in Government Information Security” by GovInfoSecurity in both 2012 and 2013. Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Mr. Weatherford served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under-Secretary for Cybersecurity. Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Weatherford was Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Prior to NERC, Mr. Weatherford served as California’s first Chief Information Security Officer and was also the first Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Colorado. Previously, Mr. Weatherford led the U.S. Navy’s Computer Network Defense operations and the Naval Computer Incident Response Team (NAVCIRT).

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Dennis Stolkey

Advisory Board Member at AlertEnterprise

Dennis has been a senior executive at HP and EDS for over 29 years. Adding to that experience is 20 Years of experience at AT&T and Michigan Bell with 15 years in leadership positions. Dennis has the distinction of managing over 150,000 different people during his career. Dennis chose retirement from HP to join two non-profit boards and has been vetting some commercial company boards to leverage his 49 years of experience. At HP his last assignment was to lead the Americas Enterprise Service business for with full P&L responsibilities for $8.4B in revenues and 36,000 employees. During that period he also served on HP's Diversity and Inclusion Board, PAC Board, Veterans Employee Network Board, and the Standards of Conduct Board. Dennis was elected Chairman of the Board of TechAmerica for 2013 and served in that capacity until the CompTIA merger in May of 2014.
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