SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

SPEAKERS AT THE enterprise risk/security

management CONFERENCE – February 23, 2023

Michael Babischkin, Assistant Vice-President – Deputy Director of Information Security, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago

 

Michael Babischkin is a 22 year veteran of the US Coast Guard. His diverse Coast Guard career has included assignments ranging from Search and Rescue boat crew member at Station Cape Cod Canal MA and radio communications operator onboard the US Coast Guard Cutter MIDGETT to IT Instructor, Assistant Information Systems Security Officer for the Coast Guard Great Lakes region to Assistant Branch Chief at the Coast Guard’s Telecommunications and Information Systems Command. Michael retired from Active Duty as a Chief Warrant Officer in 2014.

 

Since retiring from the Coast Guard Michael has worked at two different Fortune 300 companies leading the comprehensive transformation of their global cybersecurity incident response programs, building a security monitoring and incident program with an international footprint from scratch at one company and completely revising the organization and maturing the program of the other.

 

Michael was recently appointed the Deputy Director of Information Security at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago where he has been for the past three years. He lead’s the Bank’s Threat and Incident Response team and provides security expertise and leadership to the Bank’s strategic initiatives.

Mohammed Bagha, Chief Information Security Officer, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P.

 

Mohammed Bagha is a pioneer in the field of cyber-security with 25 years of experience at organizations around the globe. As a security executive, he combines strong technical expertise with business savvy and excellent communications skills.

Shira Dankner, Director of Security Services, NineStar Connect

 

Shira Dankner has been with NineStar Connect, a combined utility, for over 10 years, starting as a Network Engineer and currently working as Director of Security Services. She earned her Master’s in Digital Forensics from Purdue University and her Cyber Defense Operations graduate certificate from SANS.org. She is currently working on her Industrial Control Systems Security graduate certificate.

Sebastiaan Gybels, Chief Information Security Officer, CoinFlip

 

Sebastiaan is the Chief Information and Chief Information Security Officer at CoinFlip. Prior to Coinflip, Sebastiaan led cyber teams with Northern Trust, NextCapital and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. As a subject matter expert in the field of payments and CyberSecurity, he has been instrumental to key initiatives, including Regulatory CyberSecurity assessments for the financial system in the US, security implementations and the establishment of security metrics and Board reporting.

 

Prior to moving to the United States, Sebastiaan was with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) Belgium & US, where he worked with a variety of global organizations assessing their IT/Cyber environment and providing guidance to address risks from a compliance, security, and regulatory perspective.

 

Sebastiaan has a degree in Computer Science and Accounting from his college in Leuven, Belgium and has the following certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). 

Dan Krueger, BLICK Art Materials, Director of IT Infrastructure and Cybersecurity

 

Highly skilled and hands-on Senior IT Technical Leader with over 18 years of Enterprise Cybersecurity and Infrastructure experience who can develop and execute tactical and strategic Enterprise Information Security and IT programs.


Manage projects and people in cross-functional and virtual IT team environments in an effort to exceed company goals. Ability to communicate effectively with Executive Leadership, Business partners, peers, vendors, and team members in providing direction that inspires confidence among all levels of IS and Business organizations.


A strong, proven Servant and Thought Leader with a history of producing immediate and value-added results.

Fred Kwong, Ph.D., Vice President, Chief Information Security, DeVry University

 

Dr. Fred Kwong has been in the information technology field for the past 15 years in working in education, financial, and telecommunication sectors. Fred currently works at a Farmers Insurance where he currently is the Global Head of Privileged Access Control. Fred is currently building a new program seeking to govern, control, and profile privileged identities throughout the enterprise.

 

Fred’s work includes the creation of security and privacy policies, standards, and procedures. He is a subject matter expert in PCI, leading organizations to pass their report on compliance. With an extensive background in IT technologies, Fred continues to challenge the status quo by providing guidance in security and network architecture creating holistic designs that align to todays’ threat vector for organizations.

 

Fred has a passion of combining IT skills with organization development values. His broad range of IT skills has allowed him to view IT from many different paradigms and present them to the business partners in an easy to understand language. Fred servers as an adjunct professor at Benedictine and Roosevelt University teaching courses in international business, organization behavior, project management, and information systems. He holds a Ph.D. from Benedictine University and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Roosevelt University. Fred is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM), and a PCI Professional (PCIP).

Dr. Edward Marchewka, Director, IT, Data, and Security Services, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network

 

My primary role is with Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network as the Director of IT, Data, and Security Services. Providing leadership for Information & Technology Services, Data, Reporting, & Analytics, and Information Security.
I also serve as the HIPAA Security Officer in this role.

 

 

I also run 3LC Solutions, which started as a passion project because I believe, from the front lines to the Board room, IT and Information Security leaders have to be able to tell their story to help decision-makers make decisions to gain support, funding, and resources they need to enable the business to move faster. It has morphed into a platform that helps IT and Information Security leaders prioritize their IT and Information Security risks and enables them to tell a better story.

 

I hold a Doctorate in Business Administration. My research interests are in line with my two roles mentioned above, Information Security, Process Improvement, and Risk Management. My dissertation is titled, “Reducing Cybersecurity Risk Information Asymmetry Phenomenon: A Prescriptive Approach to Effectively Communicating Cybersecurity Risk.”

Nitin Raina, Chief Information Security Officer and Global Head of Enterprise Risk, Thoughtworks

 

Nitin has close to 24 years of experience in performing IT, Security and Risk leadership roles for various organisations and serves as a global advisor tasked with prioritizing and evaluating trade-offs and conflicts among various security initiatives within the realm of ThoughtWorks businesses.

 

Proven leadership with key skills like security governance, compliance, budgeting, hiring, risk management, project management, mentoring, negotiation, and problem-solving skills demonstrated throughout his career.

 

Expert in translating between technical and business contexts; people, processes, technical aspects of technology, and in assisting organizations delivering effective, secure, and business-enabling solutions. Stakeholders/CxO advisory experience in IT/ITes organizations. Customer-focused and strategic mentality. Problem-solving and process-oriented. 

Byron Rashed, Vice President of Marketing, Centripetal

 

Byron Rashed has over 20 years of industry experience spearheading global marketing and public relations programs in various B2B organizations that target IT security solutions to the enterprise and OEM markets.

 

As Vice President of Marketing at Centripetal, he leads all marketing and PR functions and is part of the senior management team. In his previous role as the Vice President of Global Marketing, Advanced Threat Intelligence for InfoArmor (acquired by Allstate), he was directly responsible for creating and implementing all global marketing and public relations strategies and tactics to develop brand awareness, product positioning and corporate communications.

 

Prior to joining InfoArmor, Mr. Rashed was the director of global marketing and product management at Emerging Threats (acquired by Proofpoint), and has held senior level global marketing positions at Altior, FirstCarbon Solutions and SSH Communications Security, the original developer of the Secure Shell (secsh) protocol, and senior global marketing manager at VPNet Technologies (acquired by Avaya).

 

Mr. Rashed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from New York University – Polytechnic, and is pursuing a graduate certification in marketing and communications from the University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, American Marketing Association and Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Mark Shipman, Deputy CISO, Cook County, Illinois Government

 

CISO with over 30 years of experience in high technology environments across global locations. A proven track record of delivering technology solutions and cost reduction strategies. Skilled at analyzing existing operations and implementing the strategies, processes, and technologies to improve security, compliance, productivity, and efficiency. Directed globally dispersed teams and technology. Interfaced and provided solutions to Government and Fortune 500 companies.

Jason Shupp, Director of Solutions Engineering, Silverfort

 

Jason Shupp is a Director of Solutions Engineering for Silverfort. He is a USMC veteran and Cybersecurity expert with 20+ years of experience. Jason works with organizations to protect critical enterprise resources from identity-based attacks.

Greg West, Director of Digital Engineering and Cyber, ManTech

 

Bio coming soon!

Robert Yu, Principal Architect, AOHWV

 

Seasoned Enterprise Security Architect & Solutions Delivery Manager with over 22 years of experience in areas of Customer & Workforce Identity and Access Management, Cybersecurity, Azure Cloud & Infrastructure, Cloud Security.

Ray Zellmer, Director Technology Consulting Security & Privacy Strategy, Protiviti

 

Ray Zellmer is a dynamic executive with a proven track record of innovation and leadership in cyber security, strategy, digital transformation and risk management. Prior to joining Protiviti as a Director in their Security & Privacy Strategy Practice, Ray held leadership positions in Internal Audit, Investigations, Digital Transformation Office, Cyber Security and Information Risk Management at Northwestern Mutual, a Fortune 100 Financial Services firm. In addition to his leadership roles, Ray helped start Northwestern Mutual’s Enterprise Risk Management, Data Governance and Privacy Programs. Ray excels at creating collaborative environments where business and risk leaders work together to accelerate business value by creating governance and risk management practices that enable strategic priorities while effectively managing risks.

Ron Zochalski, CTO & CISO, Lake County, Indiana Government 

 

CTO & CISO for Lake County Government – Superior Courts Juvenile Division on the zero trust journey to protect data, assets and buildings for current and emerging security threats. I have the ability to break down the financial and technical risks and issues to both technical and the non-technical professionals including the boardroom and get buy in. This is not an easy task.

 

Ron also has spent the last 12 years teaching at Indiana University Northwest teaching students to understand and use various technologies, Personal Finance and Business Administration.

 

Ron’s 20+ year journey started in Financial Services then to Automotive, Newspaper/Media, ECommerce, Supply Chain, Mobile and currently Government and Courts. It’s always the questions you don’t know to ask are the ones that give you an issue.