Speaker Bios

Jose Fernandez, Cisco

Jose Fernandez is a computer engineering and software development veteran. He has spent 21 years in the enterprise software industry, with the past 13 focused on cybersecurity. Before joining Cisco through acquisition, Jose was director of Latin America and Sales for Lancope, where he built the company’s presence in the region from scratch and forged relationships with partners and customers. Today, he specializes in Cisco Stealthwatch and how it integrates with other Cisco security solutions.

John Kindervag, Field CTO

John Kindervag joined Palo Alto Networks as Field CTO in 2017 after eight years at Forrester Research where he was a Vice President and Principal Analyst on the Security and Risk Team. John is considered one of the world’s foremost cybersecurity experts. He is best known for creating the revolutionary Zero Trust Model of Cybersecurity.

He currently advises both public and private sector organizations with the design and building of Zero Trust Networks and other Cybersecurity topics. He holds, or has held, numerous industry certifications, including QSA, CISSP, CEH, and CCNA. John has a practitioner background, having served as a security consultant, penetration tester, and security architect. He has particular expertise in the areas of secure network design, wireless security, and voice-over-IP hacking. He has been interviewed and published in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New York Times. He has also appeared on television networks such as CNBC, Fox News, PBS, and Bloomberg discussion information security topics. John has spoken at many security conferences and events, including RSA, SXSW, ToorCon, ShmoCon, InfoSec Europe, and InfoSec World. John has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Iowa and lives in Dallas, TX.

Neil R. Wyler – Threat Hunting & Incident Response Specialist

Neil R. Wyler (a.k.a. Grifter) is an Information Security Engineer and Researcher located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Neil is currently with RSA Security as a Threat Hunting and Incident Response Specialist. He has spent over 16 years as a security professional, focusing on vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, physical security, and incident response. He has been a staff member of the Black Hat Security Briefings for over 14 years and is a member of the Senior Staff at DEF CON where he is the Department Lead for Contests/Events/Villages/Parties and the Demo Labs. Neil has spoken at numerous security conferences worldwide, including Black Hat, DEF CON, and the RSA Conference. He has been the subject of various online, print, film, and television interviews, and has authored several books on information security. Neil is also a member of the Black Hat and DEF CON CFP Review Boards and Black Hat Training Review Board. Follow him on Twitter at @Grifter801.

Ashutosh Thakur, Cloud Security Evangelist

Ashutosh Thakur is a Sr. Cloud Security Systems Engineer and Evangelist at Netskope Inc, specializing in DLP, Encryption and Firewalls/Proxies. Ashutosh has over 16 years of hands-on experience in building data center networks and designing network security solutions for Fortune 500 companies and large content and service providers. He has an M.S. in Engineering and is a JNCIE. His right brain activities include strumming his Ibanez, solving puzzles and playing basketball. Follow him on Twitter at @wikithakur and at www.the-thakurs.com/blogs

Ken Perkins, Enterprise Solutions Engineer

Ken provides pre- and post-sales engineering support for organizations of all sizes, including product education, planning and deployment of Duo Security products. He has over 20 years experience in security, mobile and business intelligence.  He lives in Denver.

Darrin M. Mourer, CISSP,  Director of Systems Engineering 

Darrin has been in the field of information security for 17 years serving in both corporate officer and vendor roles. Prior to ProtectWise, Darrin spent 12 years at Symantec in various roles–the last year managing the North America Security Consulting Practice where he led the team responsible for large-scale enterprise deployments for threat mitigation, DLP, and encryption. His recent specialities include network and host-based security, threat hunting, advanced attack mitigation, and forensics. He holds various certifications including the CISSP, CISA, and SANS GSEC.

Cameron Naghdi, Sr. Systems Engineer

Cameron Naghdi is a Sr. Systems Engineer from Portland, Oregon.  Cameron has worked for multiple endpoint technologies and has supported every vertical from retail and healthcare up to Federal Civilian agencies and the Department of Defense.  Cameron spends his free time working on the threats of today as well as solutions for tomorrow’s biggest security challenges.

Patti Sauder, Sales Engineer

Patti Sauder is an information security veteran with over 20 years of technical experience in IT.  Her diverse background includes work on the Space Station at  Kennedy Space Centre, managing King County’s Vehicle tracking system.  She have been actively employed in cybersecurity for over 10 years in positions ranging from Solutions Architect to Sr. Engineer.  For the past 4+ years, Patti has been passionately engaged in security applications based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.  Patti joined Cylance in 2015 due to their unprecedented focus on using AI and ML to secure endpoints. She holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science/Mathematics from Rollins College and received her CIAC, Information Assurance & Cybersecurity from the University of Washington.   In her free time, Patti enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Ken Dunham, Senior Director, Technical Cyber Threat Intelligence

Ken Dunham brings more than 27 years of business, technical and leadership experience in cyber security, incident response and cyber threat intelligence to his position as senior director of technical cyber threat intelligence for Optiv. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy and technical leadership to mature

Optiv’s data integration and innovation of intelligence-based security solutions. Throughout his career, Dunham has maintained a reputation as an industry pioneer, responding to his first virus encounter in 1989 that led to one of the most popular freeware anti-virus programs and informational website globally in the early 1990’s. His work with About.com laid the foundation for human connections and support through the Internet. In the late 1990s, Dunham stood up new training programs for the U2, Warthog and Predator systems for the United States Air Force as well as computer-based training and webbased training solutions for DirectTV.

At the turn of the century Dunham was a key player in the iDEFENSE innovative movement for responsible disclosure and initial cyber intelligence offerings in the industry. While at VeriSIGN, Dunham managed all war room crisis events globally and regularly briefed top level executives and government officials. For iSIGHT Partners, he helped to create a threat intelligence platform and program. He also managed a global incident response team and was a front-line responder on emergent threats such as point-of-sale malware breaches, espionage attacks, counter-terrorism, eCrime and hacktivism.

Dunham is a respected industry thought leader, has been a top quoted security expert globally, has authored multiple books during the past two decades and has published thousands of articles, including an ISSA International 2015 Article of the Year on cyber espionage. He is an esteemed ISSA International Distinguished Fellow, which is reserved for one percent of professionals globally. He has created and served in multiple non-profit organizations, including ISSA, ISACA, HTCIA, InfraGard, Wildlist and many others. He also is the founder of two companies, Rampart Research, which focused on global education and services related to individuals involved in cyber research and response, and advanced security services firm 4D5A Security. Dunham holds multiple industry certifications, including CISSP, GCFA Gold, GCIH Gold, GSEC, GREM Gold, GCIA and CISM.