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Parry Aftab

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Called "the leading expert in cybercrime in the United States" by the Boston Herald, Parry Aftab is a legal and risk-management authority on Internet best practices, privacy, cybercrime prevention, and abuse management.

Aftab was among the first to adopt and promote Web 2.0 best practices.Today her expertise is sought by the world’s leading media outlets and social networks, including Disney, Facebook, myYearbook, Nickelodeon, Procter & Gamble, Walmart, Xbox, and Zynga. She is an award-winning columnist, an author, and an in-demand public speaker. Recently she founded WiredTrust, a risk-management consulting firm, which advises industry and policy makers and is the home of the Socially Safe Best Practices Audited Seal (sociallysafe.com).

Ari Schwartz

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Named one of POLITICO's Emerging Tech Leaders for 2011, Ari Schwartz serves as the Senior Internet Policy Advisor for the NIST Information Technology Laboratory.

Schwartz represents NIST on the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force and several other interagency working groups, providing input on cybersecurity, privacy, and identity management. Previous to NIST, Schwartz served nearly 13 years as vice president and chief operating officer of the Center for Democracy and Technology. He leads the Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), was named one of the Top 5 influential IT security thinkers of 2007 by Secure Computing Magazine, and won the 2006 RSA award for Excellence in Public Policy for his work with the ASC and other efforts against spyware.

Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf

Vinton Gray "Vint" Cerf is an American computer scientist, who is recognized as one of the fathers of the Internet.

His honorary degrees and awards include the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Cerf has worked for Google as its Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist since September 2005. He has become well known for his predictions on how technology will affect future society, encompassing such areas as artificial intelligence, environmentalism, the advent of IPv6 and the transformation of the television industry and its delivery model.

Sally Shipman Wentworth

Sally Shipman Wentworth

Regional Bureau Director, North America, Internet Society

Sally Shipman Wentworth is Regional Bureau Director for North America and Senior Manager of Public Policy at the Internet Society. Prior to joining the Internet Society in 2009, Sally Shipman Wentworth was the Assistant Director for Telecommunications and Information Policy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House from 2007-2009. From 1999 – 2007, Sally was a policy advisor on Internet policy issues at the U.S. Department of State. At the State Department, she was instrumental in building coalitions among developed and developing countries and Internet stakeholders on Internet public policy issues to promote a multi-stakeholder approach to ICT for development. Sally is based in Reston, United States

Ram Mohan

Ram Mohan

Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Afilias Limited

Ram oversees key strategic, management and technology choices for Afilias in support of the company's various lines of business. He has led the strategic growth of the company in registry services and security as well as new product sectors such as Managed DNS, Product Traceability, RFID/Auto-ID, and Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). Ram serves on the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in a non-voting capacity and is also a pioneer in both Internet security and Internationalization. He is a founding member of the ISOC Philadelphia Area Chapter.

Thomas X. Grasso

Thomas X. Grasso

Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cyber Division

Tom Grasso began working with computers in 1993 as a network administrator. In 1998 he received an appointment to the position of Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In the fall of 2000, he was transferred to the FBI’s Pittsburgh Field Office and assigned to the High Technology Crimes Task Force where he served as the FBI Liaison to the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at Carnegie Mellon University. Grasso is now part of the FBI’s Cyber Division and is assigned to the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) in Pittsburgh, a joint partnership between law enforcement, academia, and industry.

Bill Smith

Bill Smith

Technology Evangelist, PayPal

Bill Smith has over 30 years experience ranging from individual contributor as a software developer to executive at several companies. He currently is Technology Evangelist at PayPal where he advocates for improvements to the security, stability, and reliability of the Internet. Bill represents PayPal at ICANN, the IGF, ARIN, WSIS, the ITU, and the IETF. He helps establish and present PayPal’s position at these and other fora bridging the gaps between technology, policy, and business. He was recently selected to serve on the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability & Interoperability Council. Bill currently sits on the ICANN WHOIS Review Team and has been part of the US Delegation to several ITU meetings.

J. Trent Adams

J. Trent Adams

Outreach Specialist, Identity Community, Internet Society

J. Trent Adams joined ISOC in February 2009, working within the Trust & Identity Initiative. As Outreach Specialist, Identity Community, Adams helps build relationships with technologists and developers to collaborate on tools and documents to communicate key issues related to trust and identity. In so doing, he draws on more than 13 years working with multiple stakeholders to design and deploy Internet-based technologies. His experience spans pioneering digital media production to running high traffic community portals and e-commerce engines, to supporting various specifications, standards, and advocacy communities.

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel &Chief Privacy Officer, Comcast Cable

Lewis is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer for Comcast Cable where he advises company management and business units on intellectual property, technology, e-commerce, Internet, privacy, and security law matters. He also leads the group within the Comcast Cable Law Department responsible for technology, licensing, non-patent intellectual property, and business information and privacy matters. Lewis serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) at Fordham Law School and of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum. He is a frequent speaker on copyright, e-commerce, and privacy law topics at industry and professional events.

Larry Brandolph

Larry Brandolph

Associate Vice President Computer Services, Infrastructure, Operations and CISO, Temple University

Brandolph is currently an Associate Vice President and the Chief Information Security Officer for Temple University. Reporting to the Chief Information Officer, he is responsible for the strategy, architecture, engineering, operations, service management and continuity planning of Temple’s Infrastructure (Data Centers, Network, Telecommunications, and Servers). Additionally, as the CISO, he is responsible for the development and implementation of global security policy, standards, guidelines and procedures to ensure ongoing maintenance of security.

Michael C. Gerdes

Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Consumer Protection

Gerdes is a Deputy Attorney General with the Bureau of Consumer Protection in Harrisburg. His responsibilities include civil enforcement of the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and other consumer-oriented laws and regulations, including matters related to Pennsylvania’s Breach of Personal Information Notification Act. He also participates in multistate investigations and working groups organized through the National Association of Attorneys General, and serves as the Bureau’s representative on the State Board of Funeral Directors.

Ashkan Soltani

Ashkan Soltani

Independent Researcher on Privacy, Security & Behavioral Economics

Soltani is an independent researcher and consultant specializing in consumer privacy and security on the Internet. He has more than 15 years of experience as a technology consultant and has published three major reports on the extent and means of online tracking. His work highlights the prevalence and practice of tracking online, including the use of specific technologies designed to circumvent consumer privacy choices online. He recently testified as an independent expert in front of the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on "The State of Online Consumer Privacy" and the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy"

Amy Turner LaDow

Amy Turner LaDow

Chief Information Officer, SunGard Higher Education

As senior vice president and chief information officer, Amy Turner LaDow provides executive support and decision making for company-wide technology strategies, information security, and operations. Her team manages the enterprise-wide systems and technology-based business processes that enable SunGard Higher Education to grow its business. Ms. Turner LaDow has been a member of the Eastern Technology Council’s CIO Institute Advisory Board since 2007 and is certified by ISACA in IT governance (CGEIT - Certification in the Governance of Enterprise IT) since 2009.

Don Blumenthal

Don Blumenthal

Senior Policy Advisor .ORG, The Public Interest Registry

Don Blumenthal is Senior Policy Advisor to the Public Interest Registry, concentrating on security and stability, accountability and transparency, and abuse and other law enforcement related issues. In that role, he is a member of the ICANN Domain Security and Stability Analysis Working Group and the Whois Survey Drafting Team. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan School of Information and Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, teaching courses on information policy, enterprise security planning, contemporary privacy issues, and cybercrime and cybersecurity.

Erica Newland

Erica Newland

Policy Analyst, Center for Democracy & Technology

Erica Newland is a Policy Analyst at the Center for Democracy & Technology. She works in the Washington, DC office on policy issues related to consumer privacy and global Internet freedom. Erica is a member of the Device API and Policy Working Group and the Tracking Protection Working Group within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Prior to joining CDT, Erica spent time in Beijing on a Richard U. Light Fellowship and, before that, at Microsoft Research Asia. Erica studied Applied Mathematics at Yale University.

Joseph Ward

Joseph Ward

Director of Product Management, Damballa

Joseph Ward is the Director of Product Management for Damballa, the company transforming the fight against cyber threats. Ward has over 10 years of experience protecting organizations against infection and data loss with previous tenures at CipherTrust, Secure Computing, and McAfee, where he worked to secure customer networks from both widespread and targeted multi-vector threats. He is currently responsible for managing and continuously improving the bleeding edge technology Damballa uses to protect Enterprise and Service Provider networks.

Pascal Yammin

Pascal Yammin

Global Director of Solution Engagement, Salesforce.com

Pascal Yammine, Global Director of Solution Engagement, at Salesforce.com, has been defining and executing on business transformation for over 12 years. In his current role, Yammine leads a team of strategists who help salesforce.com customers create an execution blueprint. Previously, Yammine coordinated global strategy and implementation methodology for the company?s media and communications industry vertical.

Richard Woundy

Richard Woundy

SVP Software & Applications, Office of the CTO, Comcast Cable

Richard Woundy is SVP Software & Applications in the Comcast Cable Office of the CTO. In this position, he is responsible for guiding the architecture for Internet applications and software standards, and is pursuing related engineering work in congestion management and IPv6 adoption and deployment. Richard previously was the lead architect for back office architecture, and an architect in numerous data/voice/video and wireless initiatives. Richard arrived at Comcast via the acquisition of AT&T Broadband.

Mike O’Reirdan

Mike O’Reirdan

Comcast Distinguished Engineer

Mike O'Reirdan has been involved in the design and management of public facing messaging applications since 1991. Mike O?Reirdan first got involved in the ISP business in 1997 with Cable and Wireless in the UK where he was responsible for platform design and the technical operations of a number of ISPs hosted at C&W. He is now a Distinguished Engineer at Comcast where he has been responsible for a large number of projects including directory technology, email migrations and provisioning platform design and installation. Currently focused on security issues, he was responsible for the architecture of the current Comcast anti-spam platform and the architecture of the Comcast anti-bot service, Constant Guard.

Michael Kaiser

Michael Kaiser

Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance

Michael Kaiser joined the National Cyber Security Alliance in 2008. As NCSA?s chief executive, Mr. Kaiser engages diverse constituencies?business, government, other non-profit organizations?in NCSA?s broad public education and outreach efforts to strengthen the nation?s cyber infrastructure and help computer users stay safe and secure online, including leadership of NCSA?s premier outreach and awareness campaigns STOP. THINK. CONNECT. and National Cyber Security Awareness Month. NCSA builds public private partnerships that address cyber security issues for home users (parents and children), K-12 and higher education and small business. Mr. Kaiser recently served on the Department of Commerce, NTIA Online Safety Technology Working Group and was named one of SC Magazine?s information security luminaries of 2009. In 2010, he received the cybersecurity public private partnership award from Securing Our eCity in San Diego, CA.

Nick Falcone

Nick Falcone

Security Operations Engineer, Information Services, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Nick Falcone is an Information Security Engineer at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In this role, he is responsible for supporting the Hospital's mission to be a world leader in the advancement of healthcare for children by implementing effective security governance, risk and compliance management. His background includes time spent with the Department of Defense and as consulting practice manager in the Philadelphia region where he focused on protecting top brands through security and compliance initiatives.