Colonel Joseph H. Scherrer
Commander, 689th Combat Communications Wing
Robins Air Force Base, Georgia

Colonel Joseph H. Scherrer is Commander, 689th Combat Communications Wing, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. He leads 1,500 duty Airmen in an expeditionary cyber operations mission that deploys combat commmunications and air traffic control and landing systems capabilities in permissive and non-permissive contingency environments. He advises the 24th Air Force commander on combat communications planning; capability development; and tactics, techniques, and procedures. He is the active duty field interface for 22 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units and their 2,200 Airmen.

Colonel Scherrer was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Washington University, St. Louis, in 1989. Colonel Scherrer has participated in several theater operations including Deny Flight, Provide Promise, Joint Forge, Deliberate Force, Southern Watch, and Enduring Freedom. He commanded a mission support group, three communications squadrons and served in a variety of engineering, fixed communications, tactical communications, and staff assignments including the Joint Staff.

James "Jim" Shelton
DoD Computer Network Defense Architect
DoD CIO for Cybersecurity
Office of the Secretary of Defense

Jim Shelton is currently serving as the Department of Defense (DoD) Computer Network Defense (CND) Architect for the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this capacity, he oversees and guides the development of the operational and technical architectures to support Commander, U.S. Strategic Command and other DoD Components regarding Computer Network Defense. His appointment by the DoD CIO as the CND Architect is directed by the DoD Instruction 8530 for Computer Network Defense. He has led cyber programs while employed with the National Security Agency (NSA) as the Trusted Computing Branch in the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) and currently serves as the IAD Security Education Academic Liaison (SEAL) for The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas.

US Congressman Michael T. McCaul
112th Congress (R-TX 10)

Congressman Michael T. McCaul is currently serving his fourth term representing Texas' 10th District in the United States Congress. The 10th Congressional District of Texas stretches from Austin to the Houston suburbs, and includes Austin, Bastrop, Burleson, Harris, Lee, Travis, Washington and Waller Counties.

Known for his unwavering commitment to national security and restoring trust in government, Congressman McCaul has been a tireless champion of the causes that his constituents care most about. He has spent six years as a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and currently serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management. Also serving on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congressman McCaul works with other nations to open new markets and protect America's interests abroad. In addition to his service on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Congressman McCaul is also co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional High Tech Caucus and the Cybersecurity Caucus.

Adnan Amjad
Security and Privacy Solutions - Energy Sector, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Adnan Amjad leads Deloitte’s US Security and Privacy Practice for the Energy Industry. Deloitte’s Security and Privacy Practice includes cyber security threat management, incident management and critical infrastructure protection. Read more...

Brad Garbade
Security Sales Specialist, Dell SecureWorks

Brad Garbade is a Security Sales Specialist for Dell SecureWorks focused on selling managed security services and security risk consulting services to government and education customers. He has spoken at numerous security conferences including CEIC, Techno Security and Forensic, and DOD Cyber Command conference regarding the increasing demands on forensic investigation due to electronic data growth. He has held numerous sales, business development, and sales engineering roles at Dell. Before joining Dell, Brad worked as a technical recruiter for TEKsystems in Dallas, Texas. Brad has a BBA in Marketing from Texas State University and resides in Austin, TX.

Gregory Ladd
Department of Defense Cyber Chief Engineer, Raytheon Intelligence and Information System

Gregory Ladd is a Raytheon Engineering Fellow and Chief Engineer for DoD Cyber programs within the Integrated Security Solutions group in Garland, TX. His focus is to bring new technologies and capabilities to counter emerging threats as part of various systems supporting Computer Network Operations (CNO) across the DoD. Mr. Ladd's interests span a wide variety of technologies involving system vulnerability assessments, advanced cyber analytics, and cloud security. His background includes development of real-time signal and image processing for a wide variety of DoD and Intelligence Community programs. He received his BSEE from Virginia Tech in 1985 and his MSEE from USC as a Hughes Fellow in 1988.

Brian Wrozek
Worldwide IT Security and Privacy Director, Texas Instruments

Brian Wrozek is IT Security & Privacy Director for Texas Instruments. Since 2001, he has been responsible for all areas of electronic data and system security worldwide. In 2011 he was given the added responsibility of chairing TI's new global privacy committee. He continues to facilitate the company's confidential information protection business council and represent IT services on the corporate acquisitions and divestitures team.

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham
Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. I Dinstinguished Professor
Executive Director, Cyber Security Research and Education Center
The University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham is the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. I Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cyber Security Research Center (CySREC) at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is an elected Fellow of IEEE, the AAAS, the British Computer Society, the SPDS (Society for Design and Process Science) and the Society of Information Reuse and Integration (subcommittee of IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society). The recipient of numerous awards, she has over 30 years experience in industry, MITRE, NSF and Academia. Her work has resulted in 100+ journal articles, 200+ conference papers, three US patents and 12 books. Under her leadership, CySREC has generated $20 million in research and education funding from AFOSR, NSF, IARPA, NGA, NASA, ONR, NIH, DARPA, Raytheon, Tektronix and others.

Dr. Kamil Sarac
Associate Professor
Director of Education , Cyber Security Research and Education Center
The University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Kamil Sarac is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is also serving as the director of the information assurance education program at the university. His research interests include computer networks and protocols, network security, network and service monitoring and Internet measurements, overlay networks and their use in network security. He obtained his PhD degree in computer science at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2002.

Dr. Kevin Hamlen
Associate Professor
Senior Technical Advisor, Cyber Security Research and Education Center
The University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Kevin Hamlen is currently an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research applies techniques from programming language analysis and compiler design to problems in software security, malware defense, and peer-to-peer network security. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University. His current research is funded by a 2008 Young Investigator (CAREER) award from the U.S. Air Force Office of Sponsored Research and a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Zhiqiang Lin
Assistant Professor
Cyber Security Research and Education Center
The University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Zhiqiang Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department of The University of Texas at Dallas. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2011. His current research focuses on system and software security with an emphasis on developing new binary code analysis and virtualization techniques to find vulnerability in software, analyze malicious software, and protect OS kernels from attacks.

Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu
Associate Professor and Director of Research, Cyber Security Research and Education Center
The University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research focuses on creating technologies that can efficiently extract useful information from any data without sacrificing privacy or security. Recently his work entails security and privacy issues raised by data mining, privacy issues in social networks, security issues in databases, privacy issues in health care, applied cryptography, risk and incentive issues in assured information sharing, use of data mining for fraud detection, botnet detection and homeland security. His research has been supported by grants from NSF, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, ONR, NSA, and NIH. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University, and M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from Purdue University. He is also a recipient of NSF Career award.

Dr. Yiorgos (Georgios) Makris
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
The University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Yiorgos (Georgios) Makris is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas, where he leads the Trusted and RELiable Architectures (TRELA) research group. Prior to joining UT Dallas in 2011, he spent over 10 years as a faculty of Electrical Engineering at Yale University. Even earlier, he received the Diploma of Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece, in 1995, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, in 1997 and 2001, respectively.

His current research focuses on applications of machine learning and statistical analysis towards enhancing robustness and trustworthiness of integrated circuits (ICs) and systems. More specifically, he is developing methods for detecting hardware Trojans and counterfeit ICs, protocols for trusted acquisition of third party hardware intellectual property (IP), post-deployment trust monitoring solutions, as well as general test and reliability methods for digital and analog circuits.

He serves on the organizing and program committees of many conferences in the areas of test, reliability and security of integrated circuits and systems and he is the program chair for the 2012 Test Technology Education Program (TTEP) of the IEEE Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC) and the 2013 IEEE VLSI Test Symposium. His research has been supported by NSF, ARO, DARPA, SRC/TxACE, Boeing, IBM, LSI, Intel, and TI.


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