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Julie Allen
Inside Sales Manager
Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc.
Julie has been a member of the Carolina Advanced Digital team since 2006. She started with the company as the Administrative Assistant and was able to create the position she currently holds as the company has grown. Her current position as Inside Sales Manager for Carolina Advanced Digital allows her to work closely with customers to ensure best pricing, seamless order processing, and a positive customer service experience.  Twitter @hottopics 
Justin Allen
Account Manager
Piper Enterprise Solutoons
Account Manager at Piper Companies, specializing in cyber security and network engineering. Professional Ultimate Frisbee player for the Raleigh Flyers. Motivated to help job seekers find their next opportunity.
Joe Barrett
Principal Security Consultant
Raytheon Foreground Security
Joe Barrett is a Principal Security Consultant with Raytheon Foreground Security, where he leads the practice in conducting offensive security consulting. Prior to entering the private sector, he spent many years working for the US Government doing a variety of tasks related to offensive and defensive network security missions.  Twitter @barrettj
Tom Carpenter
Tom Carpenter is the CTO at CWNP and the author of 18 books for the IT industry. In addition to holding all CWNP certifications, Tom also holds Microsoft, Cisco and CompTIA certifications. He has 18 years of technical training experience and brings a wealth of technical knowledge to his presentations. Twitter @carpentertom
Carl Cayton
Senior Channel Systems Engineer
Jeff Hamilton - Host of LockPick Village
Liberty Forge
Mr. Jeff Hamilton has experience in all those cool things that make a great action movie. A gentleman that has worked with NASA, holds a BA in Anthropology, and holds more than a dozen technology patents, Jeff's varied education and professional background offer a tapestry of peculiar skills. From field craft technology to personal safety, Mr. Hamilton is an expert in physical security domestic and internationally, knows his ways around locks (and a few other things we won't mention), and has traveled to more than 100 countries, professionally navigating non-permissive environments throughout many. Join Jeff in the LockPick Village to hear some unique stories and security skills while getting your feet wet with lock manipulation and education.
Susan Jabbusch
Executive VP
Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc.
Twitter @hottopics
James Jardine
Jardine Software Inc.
James Jardine is the CEO of Jardine Software Inc. James has over 12 years of software development experience with over half of that focusing on application security. During his long development history, he has had the opportunity to write both large enterprise applications, thick clients, and mobile applications. He has held many roles including senior developer, software architect, application security expert, and principal security consultant. In addition, James was an instructor and author for the SANS Institute. He is also a contributing blogger for the Jardine Software blog, and the DevelopSec blog. James has performed a number of trainings and presentations for both public events and internal clients. James taught the Dev544: Secure Coding in .Net course at the SANS Institute. He was also a contributing author for that course. He has also presented on multiple webcasts, at the Kentucky ISSA InfoSec Summit, DerbyCon, Hacker Halted and the ISC2 Security Congress. He has also taught courses at BlackHat and DerbyCon. In addition, James is the host of the DevelopSec podcast and co-host of the Down the Security Rabbithole podcast.  Twitter @jardinesoftware
Reggie Johnson
Channel Systems Engineer
HPE Aruba
Reginald Johnson, Pre-Sales Systems Engineer for HPE Aruba has almost 20 years of experience in datacom. Since getting his start with 3Com in the late 90s, he has been responsible for providing support, product recommendations and design as well as training for Channel Partners, Enterprise and SMB customers nationwide related to LAN/WAN technologies. Over the course of his years of experience, Reginald has acquired multiple certifications from Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He currently holds an HP MASE and CISSP certifications.
Dave Kennedy
Founder, Principal Security Consultant, CTO
TrustedSec and Binary Defense Systems

David Kennedy is founder of TrustedSec and Binary Defense Systems.  Both organizations focus on the betterment of the security industry from an offense and a defense perspective.  David also serves as a board of director for the ISC2 organization. David was the former CSO for a Diebold Incorporated where he ran the entire INFOSEC program.  David is a co-author of the book "Metasploit:  The Penetration Testers Guide", the creator of the Social-Engineer Toolkit (SET), Artillery, and a number of popular open source tools.  David has been interviewed by several news organizations including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Katie Couric, and BBC World News.  David is the co-host of the social-engineer podcast and on a number of additional podcasts.  David has testified in front of Congress on two occasions on the security around government websites.  David is one of the founding authors of the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES); a framework designed to fix the penetration testing industry. David is the co-founder of DerbyCon, a large-scale conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  Prior to the private sector, David worked for the United States Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq twice for intelligence related missions.  Twitter @dkennedy

Chuck Kesler
Chief Information Security Officer
Duke Medicine
As Chief Information Security Officer, Chuck Kesler leads the information security program for Duke Medicine. With over 1,500 hospital beds, 28,000 employees, 1.8M+ annual patient visits, and $1B+ in research contracts and grants, Duke Medicine is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers and health systems. Chuck has over 24 years of information technology and security experience. Prior to joining Duke Medicine in 2011, he served as the senior manager for Symantec Corporation's Security Advisory Services consulting practice in the US. Chuck received an MBA and B.S. in Physics from North Carolina State University, and has multiple industry certifications, including CISSP, CISM, PMP, and ITIL. Chuck’s previous speaking experience includes guest lectures at Duke University and NC State University, and presentations at the annual conferences for organizations such as NCHICA, NC HIMSS, FHIMA, and the Raleigh Chapter of the ISSA. Twitter @chuck_kesler
Manny Landron
IAT Insurance Group

Manny is accountable for the design and effectiveness of information security processes and controls as well as the evaluation and mitigation of information technology risk at IAT Insurance Group. He formerly managed application and operational security and secure compliance at Citrix ShareFile, a Magic Quadrant Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Enterprise File Sharing Solution (EFS) that leveraged AWS and Azure services. Manny graduated Summa Cum Laude from Campbell University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a Virginia Tech Masters of Information Technology (VTMIT). Manny holds the following designations: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA); GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN); GIAC Continuous Monitoring (GMON);  Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA); Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM).  Twitter @vtnrd

Rick Leclerc
Co-Founder, Chief Solutions Architect
Bradford Networks
After earning degrees from the University of New Hampshire and a MS in Computer Science at Northeastern, Rick Leclerc has accumulated about 30 years of industry experience with companies such as Cabletron, Aprisma, and Bradford Networks. As one of the Founders at Bradford, Rick has intimately supported many roles within the organization over the past 15 years. Rick takes a front and center approach as the Chief Solutions Architect to help shape Bradford’s Security Automation Platform to meet the needs of each unique client environment as the concerning landscape of threats continue to grow and evolve.
Mark Lester
Information Security Manager
South Carolina Ports Authority
Husband, father, and grandfather. Graduate of The Citadel, former Air Force Officer, private school headmaster, 20 years as a defense contractor, currently the Information Security Manager at the South Carolina Ports Authority. Bachelor of Science in, and Master of, Business Administration. Certifications held: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and (ISC)2 CISSP among others. President of the local (ISC)2 Charleston Chapter, Member of The Citadel Cyber Security Industry Advisory Board, Member of the Cyber Security Subcommittee of the Area Maritime Security Committee in Charleston, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Career Academies Partner for Cyber Security. Twitter @CISSPMark
Ryan Linn
Director Advanced Threats and Countermeasures
Ryan Linn is the Director of the Advanced Threats and Countermeasures team with Nuix focused on penetration testing, incident response, and application security. Ryan is a penetration tester, an author, a developer,and an educator. He comes from a systems administration and Web application development background, with many years of IT security experience. Ryan currently works as a full-time penetration tester and is a regular contributor to open source projects including Metasploit and BeEF, the Browser Exploitation Framework.  Twitter @sussurro
Lisa Lorenzin
Principal Solutions Architect
Pulse Secure
Lisa Lorenzin is a Principal Solutions Architect with Pulse Secure, specializing in secure access and mobility solutions, and co-chair of Trusted Network Communications, a work group of the Trusted Computing Group that defines an open architecture and standards for endpoint compliance and network security. She has worked in a variety of Internet-related roles since 1994, with twenty years of focus on network and information security, and is currently concentrating on enterprise security including end-to-end context-based access, network segmentation, security automation, and mobile security.
Jennifer Minella
VP of Engineering
Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc.
Author, speaker, and senior consulting engineer Jennifer Minella is currently VP of Engineering with Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc. An internationally-recognized speaker and expert on network security, Jennifer has spoken at NSA’s Trusted Computing Conference, RSA, Interop, Infosec World, and others across the globe on network security, wireless, and network access control. Jennifer’s technical background covers specialized areas of infrastructure security and wireless technologies. In her engineering role, Jennifer leads strategic research and consulting for government agencies, educational institutions, and Fortune 100 and 500 corporations. In addition to her normal business roles, Mrs. Minella is a published author, editorial contributor, and trusted adviser for information security topics to media, and serves on the international Board of Directors for (ISC)2, the largest nonprofit certifying body for information security.  Twitter @hottopics
Lance Peterman
IAM Architect
Lance Peterman is a senior member of the Identity & Access Management Center of Excellence (COE) at Merck & Co., Inc. With more than 20 years experience working in various sectors of the technology industry, Lance's current focus has been in specialized areas of information security, including identity & access management, risk management, cyber security, and mobility. Lance is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte, teaching software architecture and design.
Mike Rothman
Mike Rothman, President of independent research firm Securosis, specializes in the sexy aspects of security, like protecting networks and endpoints, security management, and compliance. Mike’s bold perspectives and irreverent style make him one of security’s most sought after speakers and commentators. After 20 years in and around security, he’s one of the guys who “knows where the bodies are buried” in the space. Mike is the author of “The Pragmatic CSO,” which introduces technically oriented security professionals to the nuances of what is required to be a senior security professional.
Michael Sacheli
Senior Solutions Architect
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Mike’s rich experience in Information Technology (IT) spans over 35+ years. As a Senior Solutions Architect for HPE, Mike is responsible for technical consulting work with HPE Partners and customers in the areas of HPE products, services, systems, and software. Mike provides technical support in sales presentations, product demonstrations and HPE Partner/customer training and acts as a trusted advisor. As a Senior Solutions Architect for HPE Mike applies advanced subject matter knowledge to complex business issues for HPE Partners and customers. Mike works on complex problems/projects where analysis of situations or data requires an in depth knowledge of multiple factors and applies that knowledge to designing solutions that meet or exceed the customer’s requirements. Mike has been involved with multiple organizations and Technology Service providers surrounding Infrastructure refresh scenarios, server consolidation projects and in-depth TCO/ROI analysis. Prior to HPE Mike held various roles within an IT organization that provided him with experience in many different facets of IT.
Omar Santos
Omar Santos is a Principal Engineer of Cisco’s Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) where he mentors and leads engineers and incident managers during the investigation and resolution of security vulnerabilities in all Cisco products. Omar has over 19 years of experience (15 at Cisco) working with information technology and cyber security. Omar has designed, implemented, and supported numerous secure networks for Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. government. Prior to his current role, he was a technical leader within the World Wide Security Practice and Cisco's Technical Assistance Center (TAC), where he taught, led, and mentored many engineers within both organizations. Omar is an active member of the security community, where he leads several industry-wide initiatives and standard bodies. His active role helps businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants that are dedicated to increasing the security of the critical infrastructure. Omar is the author of 11 books, numerous white papers, articles, and security guidelines and best practices. Twitter @santosomar
Juan Tardio
Systems Engineer
Aruba Networks, an HPE company
Systems Engineer, Aruba Networks Born and educated in Spain, with over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology and Computing field. Has held positions with the United State Navy, assigned to the office automation program based on the proliferation of IP based systems. A large portion of the professional career has been dedicated to the design and implementation of Local Area and Wide Area Networks (LAN/WAN), as a Senior Systems Engineer for Cabletron Systems, company that later transition as Enterasys Networks with emphasis on policy management. With the development and rapid adoption of Wireless LANs, focusing on the role of WLAN Systems Engineer at HPE - Aruba Networks. Position that have held for the past 9 plus years, providing mobile secure access and policy enforcement.
Chris Vazquez
Network Security Engineer
Dell SonicWALL
Chris Vazquez is a fourteen year Dell veteran, joining the Network Security team four years ago. His experience reaches back decades, when he started a focused Bulletin Board System for the local Amiga community. Throughout his tenure at Dell he has worked with customers developing and implementing solutions to solve critical business challenges. In recent years Chris has been a featured speaker at and with SecureWorld, NCLGISA, TETA, EdTech, and previous Hot Topics events.