Michael J. Morell
Chairman, SAP NS2 Advisory Board
Michael Morell, the recently retired Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is one of the country's most prominent national security professionals, with extensive experience in intelligence and foreign policy. During his 33-year career at the CIA, Michael served as deputy director for over three years, a position from which he managed the Agency's day-to-day operations, represented the Agency at the White House and Congress, and maintained the Agency's relationships with intelligence services and foreign leaders around the world. Michael also served twice as Acting Director, leading the CIA when Leon Panetta was named Secretary of Defense and again after David Petraeus left government. Michael's senior assignments at the CIA included serving for two years as the Director of Intelligence, the Agency's chief analyst, and for two years as Executive Director, the CIA's top administrator—managing human resources, the budget, security, and information technology for an agency the size of a Fortune 200 firm.
Robert Bigman recently retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), after serving a thirty year distinguished career. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of classified information protection, Mr. Bigman developed technical measures and procedures to manage the nation's most sensitive secrets. As an information security trailblazer, Mr. Bigman participated in developing security measures for Government computers well before commercial industry found the Internet. He then developedcreative solutions to allow the CIA to use the Internet to further its mission without exposure.
With ttwenty-five years of experience, Mr. Bigman worked in every area of information and data security, the last fifteen years as the Agency's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). As the Agency CISO, Mr. Bigman managed a large organization of technical and program officers responsible for the protection of all Agency information. As the CISO, his responsibilities included cryptography, information security policy/processes, standards and requirements, testing and network defense/response. Mr. Bigman also served as the Agency's designated officer for all discussions with the information security industry and its commercial partners. Mr. Bigman has contributed to almost every Intelligence Community information security policy/technical standard and has provided numerous briefings to the National Security Council, Congress and presidential commissions. In recognition of his expertise and contributions, Mr. Bigman has received numerous CIA and Director of National Intelligence awards.
Mr. Bigman is now an independent cyber security consultant and president of 2BSecure in Bethesda, Maryland. He works with Governments and Fortune 50 corporations to help them build productive information security programs and resist sophisticated nation-state and cyber criminal penetration efforts. Mr. Bigman also provides cyber security program and technical training to global Government and private organizations. His training activities include cyber awareness programs for board of directors, cyber threats/vulnerabilities and secure design requirements briefings for IT system architects/engineers, cyber security policy training for IT security professionals and general cyber security training for all employee levels/types within an organization. Mr. Bigman is also the author of a comprehensive course entitled: "Building a High Performance Cyber Security Program."
Teresa H. Carlson
Vice President Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
Currently the head of Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector, Teresa is responsible for strategy, operations, sales and business development for Amazon's cloud computing business for governments, educational institutions and nonprofits globally. Teresa also serves as the lead public policy advisor for worldwide government engagement.
With more than 20 years of experience as a business executive driving innovation and change and producing successful business results, Teresa has earned industry recognition for her leadership, including Washington Life's 2015 Power 100 list, the 2014 Northern Virginia Technology Council "Tech Exec of the Year," the 2014 FedScoop50 Award for Industry Leadership, and one of Business Insider's 2014 Most Important People in Cloud Computing. Other awards include the 2013 FCW Fed100 Eagle Award and she was named on Fast Company's 2010 list of one of the "Most Influential Women in Technology."
Before joining AWS, Teresa was Vice President of Federal Government business at Microsoft Corporation, where she defined the strategy and oversaw the execution of sales, contracting, pre-sales technical support, product marketing, customer satisfaction, and performance of the US Federal Government business worldwide. She also held a variety of other positions at Microsoft including General Manager of the US Civilian Agencies and NGO's; Director of the US Federal Solutions Unit, responsible for the Federal solutions framework and the US Federal partner channel that consisted of more than 2,500 Microsoft partners; and US Federal Director of Strategy and Operations.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Teresa was the World Wide Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Lexign Incorporated (formerly Keyfile Corporation), a software company focused on secure, end-to-end business transactions. Upon acquisition, Teresa was responsible for the overall strategy of the integration and worldwide launch of the newly merged companies.
Before moving into IT, Teresa spent nearly 15 years in health care, as a practitioner and consultant initially, then as a business manager and area vice president, responsible for national accounts, marketing, and business development. During this time, she led customers through numerous transformations, including Joint Commission certifications and significant payment system changes.
Teresa has an undergraduate and Masters of Science degree in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University.
She also dedicates her time to philanthropic and leadership roles to support her community. This includes service as the Board Chairman of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, the Red Cross Tiffany Circle National Philanthropic Committee, Board Member Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia Tech Council (NVTC) Board, The Wolf Trap Foundation Board of Directors, and the USO of Metropolitan Washington Board of Directors. She was also appointed to a five year term as a member of the Board of Visitors for Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Fmr. Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence; Chairman, SAP NS2 Advisory Board
Dr. Michael Vickers is widely recognized as one of our nation's top national security professionals. He was a key operational strategist for the two great wars of our time: the operation in the 1980s to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan that helped bring an end to the Cold War — the largest and most successful covert action program in the history of the CIA — and the ongoing war with al-Qa'ida. He played a major policy and planning role in the operation that killed Usama bin Ladin.
From 2011 to 2015, Vickers served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise, an $80 billion, 180,000-person, global operation that includes the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, Defense Security Service, and the intelligence components of the Military Services and Combatant Commands.
From 2007 to 2011, he served as the first and only Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities. Vickers served as the “Service” Secretary for all Special Operations Forces — a 70,000-person, $10 billion enterprise with personnel deployed in 90 countries — and had policy oversight of all of DoD's core operational capabilities — strategic forces (nuclear forces, missile defense, space, cyber), conventional forces (air, ground and maritime), and Special Operations Forces.
Earlier in his career, he served in the Special Forces and in the CIA's Clandestine Service, and had operational and combat experience in Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.
Dr. Vickers has received the nation's highest awards in the fields of intelligence and defense, including the Presidential National Security Medal.
Vice President, Federal Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks
Retired U.S. Army Major General John Davis is the Vice President and Federal Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks, where he is responsible for expanding cybersecurity initiatives and global policy for the international public sector and assisting governments around the world to successfully prevent cybersecurity attacks.
Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, John served as the Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. Prior to this assignment, he served in multiple leadership positions in special operations, cyber, and information operations. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.
John earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Master of Military Art and Science from U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and Bachelor of Science from U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Director, COMM/Corporate Applications Office, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
Ms. Georgia Schnarrs is currently the Director, Corporate Applications Office (CAO) in the Communications Systems Directorate at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). As CAO Director, Ms. Schnarrs is responsible for the successful management and oversight of NRO corporate applications and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) financial applications development and Operations and Maintenance.
Ms. Schnarrs began her federal service career in 1989; between 1989 and 1997, she held numerous positions of increasing responsibility across various business functions. These experiences gave her expertise in applications development - defined customer requirements, conducted formal deliverable reviews and acceptance, and performed user acceptance testing.
From 1998 to 2011, Ms. Schnarrs served in project management and application manager roles; she led a web development team, was the customer advocate and liaison for corporate application development, became Contracting Officer Technical Representative and Project Manager certified, managed contracts, participated in acquisition and source selection efforts, and was named the Deputy Chief, NRO/Management Services and Operation, Business Systems Group.
In 2011, Ms. Schnarrs became the Program Manager for a joint Intelligence Community effort: NRO partnered with NGA to deliver a financial system of record. The program supported congressionally mandated and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) supported audit ability requirements and was guided by the Office of Management and Budget with ODNI oversight. The successful implementation changed how NGA conducts financial management enterprise wide and established NGA as an audit ready culture (people, processes, and technology).
Awards and Recognition: Ms. Schnarrs received the 2007 NRO Director's Circle Award for her significant contributions to the NRO mission and goals; in 2012, she led her program to receive the NRO/Business Plans and Operations Team of the Year award, as well as the NRO Director's Team of the Quarter for Q1 of fiscal year 2013; recipient of the prestigious ODNI National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation.
Ms. Schnarrs is a 1991 graduate from Marymount University with a B.A. in English and a 1998 graduate of American University with a M.S. in Communications. Additionally, she obtained two Associate Degrees from the Northern Virginia Community College.
Ms. Schnarrs lives with her family in Northern Virginia.
Matthew G. Devost
President & CEO, FusionX, LLC
Matthew Devost is a technologist, entrepreneur, and international security expert specializing in cybersecurity, counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence, and risk management issues.
Mr. Devost is currently the President & CEO of FusionX, LLC, a global cybersecurity consulting firm. Mr. Devost helps an international clientele identify and manage dynamic cyberthreats in complex operational environments.
Mr. Devost has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University since 2002 teaching the flagship graduate course entitled "Information Warfare and Security", and is a Founding Director of the Cyberconflict Studies Association. Mr. Devost is also on the Black Hat advisory board, helping to shape the agenda for a series of world-class information security conferences. Mr. Devost was also appointed as a special government advisor to counsel the U.S. Department of Defense leadership on a variety of security issues from 2010-2013.
Previously, Mr. Devost served as the Chief Operations Officer for iSIGHT Partners, a global risk identification and mitigation company, where he managed a full-time staff of 80 personnel with offices in Dallas, Washington DC, China, India, Europe, and South America. Mr. Devost was responsible for all business operations including directly managing iSIGHT's global threat intelligence, vulnerability, and assessment practices.
Mr. Devost was a founder of the Terrorism Research Center, Inc. (TRC) in 1996, where he served as President and CEO until November 2008. As founder and President, Mr. Devost oversaw all research, analysis, intelligence, assessment, and training programs including the development of the renowned "Mirror Image" training program, the Responder Knowledge Base, and the Terrorism Early Warning Group program which established local intel fusion centers in 56 high-threat U.S. cities. In addition to his duties as President, Mr. Devost also provided strategic consulting services to select international governments and corporations on issues of counter-terrorism, intelligence, information warfare and security, critical infrastructure protection, and homeland security.
In 2006, E.P. Investments acquired TRC and in 2007 Mr. Devost became the President of Total Intelligence Solutions, LLC (TIS) and directly managed three subsidiary companies including TRC. Mr. Devost also co-founded and served as Executive Director of Technical Defense, Inc., a highly specialized information security consultancy.
Previously, Mr. Devost was the Director of Operations for Professional Services at Counterpane Internet Security. At Counterpane, Mr. Devost led a team of technical information security consultants providing vulnerability assessments and information security consulting services to international corporations and governments. Mr. Devost had performed the same function as Director of Operations for Security Design International, Inc, which was acquired by Counterpane Internet Security.
Mr. Devost has been researching the impact of information technology on national security since 1993. Prior to joining SDII, he was a founding employee and Director of Intelligence Analysis for Infrastructure Defense (iDefense), where he led an analytical team identifying infrastructure threats, vulnerabilities and incidents for Fortune 500 and government clients including Microsoft and Citibank.
As a Senior INFOSEC Engineer at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Mr. Devost provided support on Information Operations and its related subsets to the Department of Defense Community to include the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Joint Staff and unified Commands, the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Manager - National Communication System, and numerous other defense, intelligence, and law enforcement entities. Mr. Devost also developed and directed the first Coalition Vulnerability Assessment Team (CVAT), which conducted vulnerability assessments of coalition-classified networks during military exercises.
Mr. Devost has also worked for the United States Customs Service and as a graduate fellow at the University of Vermont. As a graduate fellow, he conducted research on national security and information warfare that culminated into a widely published thesis entitled "National Security in the Information Age."
Mr. Devost has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, NPR, CBS News, BBC television, NWCN, Australian television and dozens other domestic and international radio and television programs as an expert on terrorism and cybersecurity and has lectured or published for the National Defense University, the United States Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities, the Swedish, Australian, Japanese, and New Zealand governments, Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University, and a number of popular press books - magazines, academic journals and over 200 international conferences.
Mr. Devost has co-written or authored chapters for several books including Cyberadversary Characterization, Threats in the Age of Obama, Information Warfare Vol. 2, Sun Tzu Art of War in Information Warfare, and was the technical editor for Hacking a Terror Network.
In 2004, Mr. Devost was appointed to the Defense Science Board Task Force on Critical Homeland Infrastructure Protection to provide advice to the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Devost served as a Senior Advisor to the Airline Pilots Association National Security Committee and is an adjunct member of the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group.
Mr. Devost holds a B.A. degree from St. Michael's College and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.
Intelligence Writer, Associated Press
Ken Dilanian covers the intelligence community in the Washington Bureau of the Associated Press. He previously wrote about national security for the Los Angeles Times, USA TODAY, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he spent three years as a Rome-based foreign correspondent making frequent trips to Iraq.
A 1991 graduate of Williams College, he lives in Capitol Hill's Eastern Market neighborhood with his wife and two young sons.
Publisher, CTOvision.com and ThreatBrief.com, and Co-Founder and Partner of Cognito
Bob's first career was as a naval intelligence officer, which included operational tours in Europe and Asia. Bob was the first Director of Intelligence (J2) at DoD's cyber defense organization JTF-CND.
Following retirement from the Navy, Bob was an executive with TRW and Northrop Grumman, and then returned to government service as the CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Bob was named one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the globe by Infoworld. He was selected for AFCEA's award for meritorious service to the intelligence community, and was named by Washingtonian as one of DC's “Tech Titans.”
Bob's most recent book, The Cyber Threat, provides business executives with actionable insights into the threat landscape.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Operations, SAP NS2
Carmen currently serves as the General Manager of the Cloud line of business for SAP NS2® (SAP National Security and Services®). Carmen is responsible for the stand up and operation of the SAP NS2 Cloud business.
Prior to this position, Carmen served as Vice President of Sales, leading the U.S. Federal Sales team across the Federal government, Aerospace, and Defense markets.
Since joining SAP, Carmen has had a unique career, holding both sales and strategy positions. She started in 2005 as an Industry Principal developing the overall industry strategy and solution direction for the Federal government market. Next, she led a team of Solution Principals focused on the rollout of new solutions and products. In 2008, Carmen moved into a direct sales role, assuming the position of Account Executive for strategic customers in Aerospace and Defense and State and Local Government.
Carmen began her software career at Siebel Systems and worked in a variety of positions to include identifying investment targets for the Venture Group, sales operations for the head of global sales and also product marketing for the Public Sector team.
While in law school, Carmen joined the United States Navy JAG Corps. She was first assigned as Trial Counsel representing the Government in court-martials and administrative proceedings. She also served as the principal legal advisor to the Navy's Basic Training Center while managing the RTC Legal Office.
Carmen holds a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and a B.S. in political science from Arizona State University. She is admitted to practice in the State of Arizona.
Fmr. Senior Official at CIA and FBI
CNN Counterterrorism Commentator
Author, H.E.A.D Game
Philip Mudd has decades of experience as an analyst and executive at the CIA, FBI, and the White House National Security Council, and has taught courses around the world on methodologies for understanding difficult analytic problems. He has also commented about terrorism in open and closed congressional testimony, and is regularly featured on CNN, NBC, Fox News, and NPR. His writing has appeared in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post, and he is the author of Takedown, a detailed account of intelligence gathering in the hunt for al-Qa'ida.