Keynote Speaker Spotlight

Every year we strive to deliver excellent Key Note Speakers as well as smaller break out session. This year our Keynote Speakers are Ron Ross who is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)., and Richard Marshall, CEO of X-SES Consultants, LLC.

Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His areas of specialization include information security, risk management, and systems security engineering. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Management Act Implementation Project, which includes the development of security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical information infrastructure. He is the principal architect of the NIST Risk Management Framework and multi-tiered approach that provides a disciplined and structured methodology for integrating the suite of security standards and guidelines into a comprehensive enterprise-wide information security program. Dr. Ross also leads the Joint Task Force, an interagency partnership with the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems that developed the Unified Information Security Framework for the federal government.

In addition to his responsibilities at NIST, Dr. Ross also supports the U.S. State Department in its international outreach program for cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. He previously served as the Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency and has been a guest lecturer at many universities and colleges across the country. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross served in a variety of leadership and technical positions during his career in the United States Army. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and holds both Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School specializing in artificial intelligence and robotics. Dr. Ross has also been inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Homeland Security and Law Enforcement.


Mr. Marshall is CEO of X-SES Consultants, LLC. He currently serves as General Counsel, Data On ACID; Executive Director, The Center for Understanding Change; and Strategic Adviser to: AquaComms Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland); Azizi Bank (Kabul, Afghanistan); ConsulSys (Bangalore, India); and Hatha Systems (Washington, DC, USA) among others.

A nationally and internationally recognized thought leader on cyber related policy, legal and technical issues, he has been a keynote speaker on cyber executive leadership issues at conferences in Germany,England, the United States,India,Moldova, China,Thailand and Switzerland and a Cyber Security commentator on CNN, BBC, Politico. FedScoop. the New York Times and Scientific American.

He provides an impressive professional network and is highly respected for facilitating program and contract development. He has extensive leadership experience and success in designing growth strategies, integrating policy, culture and training with technology issues, building relationships and delivering lasting results. He is a strategic thinker who knows how to lead and most importantly, where to lead.

Mr. Marshall graduated from The Citadel with a B.A. in Political Science; Creighton University School of Law with a J.D; Georgetown University School of Law with an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law; was a Fellow at the National Security Law Institute, University of Virginia School of Law; attended the Harvard School of Law Summer Program for Lawyers; the Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute on Advanced Legislative Strategies; participated in the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and the Privacy,Security and Technology in the 21st Century program, Georgetown University School of Law and the US-Russia Cyber Security Workshop, Tufts University.

He has represented the United States before Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice in London and is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States