Keynotes

Conference

19th New York State Cyber Security Conference

11th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance

June 8 - 9, 2016

Empire State Plaza - Albany, NY

Keynote - Day One

"Focusing the Cyber Security Lens"

2016 finds us in the middle of a perfect storm.  Technology is advancing at an incredible rate, the adversary is adapting and adjusting their business models and the cyber security professional is stretched to the limit.  This presentation will focus on how to adapt to today's challenges and say yes to embracing new technologies and new opportunities.   It will provide actionable information and knowledge enabling you to focus on the most important assets, prioritize security efforts and prepare for the future.

Tim Brown is at the front line of the most vexing challenge facing organizations today: IT security. As a former CTO, chief architect, distinguished engineer and director of security strategy, Tim deeply understands the challenges and aspirations of the person responsible for driving digital innovation and change. Tim has over 20 years of development experience in security technology, including identity and access management, security compliance, threat research, vulnerability management, encryption, managed security services and cloud security.  

As a Dell Fellow and the CTO of Dell Security, Tim is developing the future of IT security, and it's a future that is addressing customers' biggest challenges using a proactive, rather than a reactive, approach. His strong industry knowledge in finance, healthcare, education, manufacturing, retail and government enables Tim to provide relevant and actionable insights.

Nationally, his trusted advisor status has taken him from meeting with members of Congress and the Senate to the Situation Room in the White House. He has been on the board of the Open Identity Exchange and a member of the Trans Global Secure Collaboration Program driving advancements in identity frameworks and working with the US government on security initiatives. He is a member of the Advisory board for Clemson University and holds 20+ patents on security related topics.

"Lessons for a More Defensible Cyberspace"


Jason HealeySenior Research Scholar at Columbia University, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council

This talk will highlight recent results from the New York Cyber Task Force (NYCTF) that is exploring how to make cyberspace more defensible.  Since at least the late 1970s, cyber attackers have had the advantage over defenders, for any number of reasons.  Unless we can reverse (or at least slow) this underlying dynamic, defenders will be doomed to, at best, a never-ending cacophony of ever-worse incidents. The NYCTF has explored what a more defensible cyberspace would look like, technologies that have to date most made cyberspace more defensible and least cost, and begun to discuss what policy and operational measures (like information sharing) have made a similar difference. We have identified a number key technologies that have worked at such scale that they have given defenses a huge boost at just a modest cost, as well as future technologies that might give similar payoff at scale.

Jason Healey is a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs specializing in cyber conflict, competition and cooperation. Prior to this, he was the founding director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council where he remains a Senior Fellow.  He has authored dozens of published articles and is the editor of the first history of conflict in cyberspace, A Fierce Domain: Cyber Conflict, 1986 to 2012. During his time in the White House, he was a director for cyber policy, coordinating efforts to secure US cyberspace and critical infrastructure. 

At Goldman Sachs, he created their first cyber incident response team and later oversaw the bank’s crisis management and business continuity in Asia.  He started his career as a US Air Force intelligence officer with jobs at the Pentagon and National Security Agency and is president of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association.

"Reducing Cyber Risk Through Diplomacy"


Michele G. Markoff, Deputy Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the U.S. Department of State

We all have a part to play in making our networks more secure, but the global nature of cyber threats means that there is a unique role for diplomacy in reducing risk. Michele Markoff, Deputy Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the U.S. Department of State, will describe how the United States is working internationally to promote greater stability in cyberspace. Her talk will touch on efforts to build consensus among governments on principles of responsible state behavior in cyberspace, to develop practical confidence building measures to reduce the risk of conflict, and improve global cybersecurity.

Michele Markoff is Deputy Coordinator for Cyber Issues in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Affairs. Since 1998 Michele has been the senior State Department subject matter expert overseeing the development and implementation of foreign policy initiatives on cyberspace issues. She helps to coordinate United States policy on the spectrum of cyber-related policy issues across the Department, develops diplomatic strategies to encourage states to join the United States in taking steps to protect their critical networks and to cooperate internationally to enhance and preserve global cyber stability. She implements those strategies through negotiations in a wide variety of venues. Her initiative led to the successful completion of the first ever bilateral agreement on confidence-building in cyber space between the United State and the Russian Federation, announced in June, 2013.

Michele also has been the United States Government Expert on three Groups of UN Government Experts (2005, 2010, and 2013) devoted to cyber issues. The last two led to landmark consensus reports regarding norms for state activity in cyberspace. Ms. Markoff was trained as an expert in Russian and Chinese military affairs and decision-making and spent the first half of her career in a variety of strategic nuclear arms control-related posts, among them as State Department Advisor and then Executive Secretary to the START I Talks; later as Senior Policy Advisor and Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency’s Policy Planning Group.

Ms. Markoff has a B.A. in International Relations from Reed College, an M.A. in International Relations and an M.Phil.in Political Science from Yale University, and a M.Sc. in National Security Strategy from the National War College of the United States. She also attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Hacking Demonstration

"How insecure are we: Look through the eyes of Darth Vader" 

This session provides an overview of the key cyber security challenges faced by the industry and lurking future threats showcased through a live demonstration of cyber security vulnerabilities.  The demo will be followed by a short presentation on how we can go about addressing these challenges.  This will be an informative, entertaining, and energizing event for all those who attend.