Ivanka Gajecky, IT Compliance Manager, Beam Suntory

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Victor Hsiang, CISO, GATX

Victor Hsiang is an accomplished Information Security, Risk and IT Professional with over 19 years of experience working within the Financial Services and Healthcare sectors. He has an established track record of delivering successful IT and Information Security solutions that manages risk while supporting business requirements. His experience includes implementation of technology, security audits, risk assessments, information records management, privacy concerns, compliance and legal issues related to security, forensics, security practices and policy development. He currently leads the Information Security program at GATX Corporation.

Tom Hance, VP of Operations, NeuVector

Tom has over 20 years of experience building innovative, industry-leading technology companies and has held executive positions at notable companies including Dome9, Sophos, Fortinet, NetScreen, and Juniper. Prior to NeuVector, Tom served as vice president of sales and field operations at Cavirin, and previously founded and served as the CEO of GovAssure, a federally focused network security systems integration company.

Ricardo Lafosse, CISO, Morningstar

Ricardo Lafosse is the Chief Information Security Officer at Morningstar, Inc. Previously, he was the CISO for Cook County under the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, providing strategic information security leadership for the second largest County in the United States. In his role, Lafosse is responsible for the implementation and governance of the County’s information security program, including IT-compliance and risk activities.


Lafosse has been the catalyst for establishing a county-wide IT risk management vision and strategy for Cook County, including development of a County-wide comprehensive IT security risk program. He proactively works with business units to implement practices and procedures that meet County information security standards and policies and advises County executives on the most effective use of information security and risk management strategies to improve the cybersecurity posture of the County.

Carlos Pero, AVP, Head of Cyber Application Security, Zurich Insurance

Carlos’ professional career has been entirely focused on the Web, starting in 1994 with Argonne National Laboratory and discovering NCSA Mosaic, and connecting things to the Internet such as their Advanced Photon Source electron accelerator before it was even possible to center text on a page. Other notable employers have been Chicago Tribune, PacifiCare Health Systems, Barbeques Galore, Cars.com, and Rand McNally, addressing the nascent topics of Web development, content management, online marketing, and e-commerce. After 20 years, Carlos joined Zurich Insurance and pivoted into Cybersecurity to protect Web sites instead of develop Web sites, because port 80 and 443 are the biggest vulnerabilities ever. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.B.A. from Concordia University. After having co-located his own email, Web, and database servers for many years, Carlos still enjoys crafting code in Python and Google App Engine in his spare time.

Matt Rose, Global Director Application Security Strategy, Checkmarx

Matt has over 18 years of software development, sales engineering management and consulting experience. During this time, Matt has helped some of the largest organizations in the world in a variety of industries, regions, and technical environments implement secure software development life cycles utilizing static analysis.


Matt’s extensive background in application security, object-oriented programming, multi-tier architecture design/implementation, and internet/intranet development has been key to many speaking engagements for organizations like OWASP, ISSA, and ISACA.

Brian Self, Sr. Solutions Architect, WhiteHat Security

Brian is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), ethical hacker and professional speaker.


He has been in information security for over 15 years and in IT for over 20.


Over these 20 plus years, he has performed work as a professional Penetration tester (offensive security), security engineer, compliance subject matter expert (SME), IT security Architect, and a consultant in a variety of security domains.

Annur Sumar, Chief Technology Officer, MaeTech

Annur Sumar is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP and technology consultant in the areas of Infrastructure Design, Enterprise Content Management, CRM, Microsoft Azure, System Center and Cloud Technologies. Annur is an industry recognized leader and independent speaker around strategic service automation, technology driven process improvements, IT service alignment, engineering best practices and operations management. All of which are targeted in his presentations to helping businesses with complex IT environments lower Total Cost of Ownership and raising Return On Investments.


Prior to joining a Microsoft Partner Consulting firm, Annur served as a Vice President of Technology for Duff & Phelps. One of the world’s leading independent financial advisory firms serving client needs in the areas of valuation, investment banking, transaction advice, and dispute consulting. During his tenure at Duff & Phelps,


Annur worked closely with Microsoft product teams and case study managers in providing invaluable feedback around how businesses such as his were able to benefit from cloud technologies that were molded into business solutions. As a Microsoft MVP and industry expert, Annur brings 10 years of experience to work actively with other MVPs and Microsoft Partners to provide industry insight and strategic direction.

Phil Waugh, Enterprise Account Executive, Sumo Logic

Phil Waugh is a hands-on Enterprise Sales Executive, tasked with reinforcing Sumo Logic’s leadership in the SaaS machine data analytics space. He discovers and understands potential customer needs to effectively communicate how the Sumo Logic service will meet those needs while ensuring 100% satisfaction with all customers. Sumo Logic is maniacal about customer experience (Our key company mission – “one with our customer”). Phil partners with his clients from onboarding to business value realization.

Nate Yocom, Chief Technology Officer, Centrify

Nate Yocom is Chief Technology Officer at Centrify, where he provides the technical vision for the company’s award-winning cloud-architected Zero Trust Privilege Services. Prior to Centrify, Nate held engineering roles at Zipper Interactive, XPA Systems and Bynari Inc.