Global CISO Forum Speakers 2021

2021 Speakers

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Keith Rayle

Vice President and CISO at CCC Intelligent Solutions


Mr. Rayle is a Security professional with over 20 years of direct experience in security sales, consulting, management and leadership. He is currently a security strategist for technologies and processes. A key part of his job role is the translation of security drivers into business support programs. The creation of security strategies, communication of program value to the business, and integration of board level security concerns to operational portfolio activities are key strengths. He has been a member of the Global PCI Council, a Managing Consultant with IBM as well as an Associate Partner. He has also provided executive advisory services for various industries and has a wide range of regulatory experience that includes PCI, SOX, FFIEC/FIDC, HIPAA and NERC CIP. Mr. Rayle regularly presents at summits and industry trade shows, and assists in writing industry certification exams.


I’m a CISO…now what?

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Heath Renfrow

Chief Information Security Officer / Managing Partner of Fenix24


Heath Renfrow, the CISO and Managing Director of Disaster Recovery Services at Conversant Group, is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading cyber security experts. He has more than two decades of experience as a high-level information security specialist, much of it as a chief information security officer (CISO) in the United States Department of Defense, where he addressed some of the nation’s most significant cyber challenges. In 2017 he was named Global CISO of the Year by EC-Council, the largest cyber- training organization in the world.

Heath joined Conversant Group in October 2020 from The Crypsis Group (Acquired by Palo Alto Networks), a cyber security incident response firm, where as a CISO he served as the CISO and executive incident response commander guiding clients through the cyber event, and development and maturation of their cybersecurity programs. In 2020 alone, he was involved with 1300+ cyber incidents, spanning Fortune 10 to small business operators.

Previously, he served as the first CISO for U.S. Army Healthcare, the largest Healthcare organization within the Department of Defense and one of the largest providers globally, where he developed a long-term strategic roadmap for addressing cybersecurity risks to the Healthcare environment. The program he established there became the cybersecurity gold standard for all of DoD and many private Healthcare organizations.

Prior to that he was CISO at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he established the Corps’ first comprehensive cybersecurity program, providing critical infrastructure to support hundreds of locations throughout the United States. While there, he led a team of more than 500 IT and operational technology personnel in an overhaul of security architecture that ended up reducing cybersecurity risk by 75 percent to the critical infrastructure locations.

Heath has also served as CISO at the U.S. Army Installation Management Command and as chief joint security officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency, as well as chief security officer at the military’s Global Cyberspace Integration Center. He began his career as a cyber interface control officer with the U.S. Navy.

A frequent public speaker on cyber security matters, Heath serves on several boards, including the National CyberWatch Center Foundation, the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security, the University of Indiana Cyber Advisory Council, and the Cyber Patriot Program Advisory Council. He earned his master’s degree in cyber studies at the American Public University System and is bachelor’s in information technology from the University of Management and Technology.


Learn From others Mistakes: Notes from the frontlines of incident response and disaster recovery

The topic of cyber attacks from nation state to cyber criminals is all over the news. 2021 has already seen more ransomware attacks than 2020. This talk will discuss highlights of 1300+ incident and disaster response efforts, lessons learned and steps organizations can take to reduce cyber threats.

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Keyaan Williams

Founder and Managing Director, Cyber Leadership and Strategy Solutions, LLC (CLASS-LLC)

Keyaan J. Williams is the Founder and Managing Director of CLASS-LLC, a professional services firm that specializes in corporate governance, enterprise risk, and cybersecurity program management for global customers. Prior to CLASS-LLC, he managed large security programs at the CDC. A founding member of the Private Directors Association Atlanta Chapter, he currently serves as the chair of the risk committee for a global non-profit and as a strategic advisor for other start-up and early-stage organizations. In addition to public speaking, his knowledge is documented in numerous books and publications such as the Certified CISO Body of Knowledge, The Language of Cybersecurity, Using Security Metrics to Drive Action, CISO Magazine, the ISSA Journal, and the Crisis Response Journal.


The Board Perspective on Cybersecurity Risk

ÄúCorporate governance and corporate management are two sides of the same coin‚Äù (Dayton, 2008). The board level conversation must move from bits, bytes, and bad metrics to more business-oriented data that is contextual, meaningful, and allows the board to make critical risk management decisions.

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Joseph Krull

Strategic Advisor, Cybersecurity, Aite-Novarica Group

Aite-Novarica Group Strategic Advisor with more than 45 years of information security experience. I focus on cybersecurity, privacy, and IT risk. I provided high impact professional services to Fortune 500/Global 1000 companies, government agencies, and emerging technology companies from 1996 to 2019. Author and frequent public speaker on cyber security and privacy subjects including enterprise security strategy, application security, mobile device security, secure e-commerce, identity fraud prevention, wireless threats and advanced cyber security adversary simulation. Multilingual and multicultural; worked in 115 countries. Former intelligence and security officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency at American Embassies for 19 years. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), National Security Agency IAM Certified, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

Advisory Board Member, National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
Former Member, Texas Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Council.
Advisory Board Member, CyberWarriorNetwork
Advisory Board Member, Identify Security

Specialties: IT Risk and Security professional with experience in all aspects of security and risk “..from the parking lot to the hard drive… (and the cloud)”


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Amber Vanderburg

Amber Vanderburg is a multi award winning international businessperson, keynote speaker, and founder of The Pathwayz Group. In 2016, she left her job in corporate HR to become the only female, only American, and only blonde Academy elite football coach for the Adidas Gameday Academy/Paris Saint Germain Academy in Bangalore, India. She worked with an international team of coaches to transform the organizational design, training development, and corporate culture to cultivate a higher-performing team. Today, Amber and The Pathwayz Group work with international teams that struggle with co worker tension, inefficient processes, and unmet performance expectations in an action focused approach to guide teams in the path to becoming more effective, more efficient, and more enjoyable.


How to Communicate More Effectively

Think of all the challenges you‚Äôve faced at work that could’ve been avoided with better communication. I’ll teach you how to craft your message, find the right time to communicate, determine best delivery methods, and better understand digital communication to be a great communicator in any medium.

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Jim West

Jim West possesses over 28 years’ experience in the Information Technology field with over 17 years focused within Cyber Security. He has worked in the IT and Security industry across many sectors of commercial, space, federal, and defense with expertise in Biometrics, Risk Management, Security Analysis, and Network and Systems Auditing. Jim holds multiple certifications which include; CISSP-ISSEP, ISSMP, CAP, GSLC, GCIH, GSNA, GCWN, G2700, PMP, CIPP, C-CISO, CEH, and many others.

Jim utilizes his expertise to develop solutions from emerging technologies to solves complex cybersecurity problems for National Security Systems. Jim is also an Award Winning author and writer.


The Real Threat of Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing is soon to become a major advancement for the world, but with this huge step forward in compute power comes a real and serious threat to security for everyone. Threats that we will face in our near future.

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Shahnoz “Nozi" Hamidi

B.S. Chemical Engineering, M.B.A. President, strategXconsulting LLC

Ms. Hamidi is an experienced board member and a successful strategy and marketing executive who has run industrial products and services businesses. She is an outside member of the Board of Directors of 1910 Legacy Enterprises, an ESOP company owning White Electrical, an industrial electrical contractor, and Axis Energy, an engineer-procure-construct firm specializing in renewable energy.

Ms. Hamidi is particularly known for her ability to guide the creation of enterprise strategy and identify M&A/divestiture options. As an example, she was a key architect in redefining the enterprise growth strategy of Ashland Inc., a global multibillion-dollar oil refining & diversified chemicals company that transformed to a specialty chemical pureplay with significantly higher EBITDA. During her tenure at Ashland as a P&L leader, marketing leader and corporate strategist, she routinely apprised the Board of Directors on market opportunities, including the justification for key acquisitions for the water treatment and paper chemicals business (now privately held Solenis). While running the $50MM P&L of the commercial & institutional (C&I) water treatment chemicals and services business of Ashland, she managed the carve-out and divestiture of the service-intensive C&I segment to privately held Rochester Midland Corporation. The divestiture helped refocus the remaining business and fund an acquisition strategy for the industrial water and pulp & paper segments.

At the business level, Ms. Hamidi has significant experience using go-to-market strategies to accomplish revenue growth and customer retention. As VP of Marketing at BWA Water Additives, a ~$350MM global industrial water treatment and desalination chemicals business (now privately held Italmatch), she led the expansion of BWA’s essentially two product line business into the emerging US hydraulic fracking market. In addition, she established exclusive positions with leading channel partners to the frac market, ultimately growing BWA’s overall oil & gas position into a $50 MM business.

A chemical engineer and M.B.A. by training, Ms. Hamidi is a founding member of Atlanta’s Private Directors’ Association (PDA) and is completing the PDA certificate in private company governance. She continues her successful career in revenue growth through strategy and marketing as President of strategXconsulting LLC, her independent consulting business and has recently launched NBK PROS Corporation for her new, entrepreneurial ventures


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Dave Tyson

President of Apollo Information Systems

Dave Tyson is the President of Apollo Information Systems, a concierge Cyber Security consultancy with operations across the USA and Canada. Over 30 years of experience in Cyber & Physical security leadership battling organized crime and nation state attackers has prepared him for all aspects of Enterprise Security Risk Management. He is also the co-founder of Cyber Easy Learning, an online and classroom Cyber Security training program that teaches Cyber Security in plain English!

His previous role was as Chief Information Security Officer for SC Johnson, a global consumer package goods firm. Prior to joining SCJ he led security programs for the largest Power Utility in the USA, was the Global Security operations lead for the largest E-commerce company in the world, and the Chief Security Officer for the Host City of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Mr. Tyson has Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) specializing in Digital Technology Management, is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and is Board Certified in Security Management and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Dave is frequent speaker at conferences and education events in North and South America, ASIA and Europe. He has published dozens of articles in industry magazines and published the first book on Security Convergence via Butterworth Heinemann.

Dave currently serves as a member of the Board at the Global Security Risk Management Association (GSRMA) and the Co-chair for the national Cyber Security Initiative for the Private Director’s Association (PDA). Dave is a Past Chairman of the Board and 2015 President of ASIS International, the world’s largest security management association.

Top 50 most influential people in Security by IFSEC Global 2016

✓ Top 50 most influential people in Security by IFSEC Global 2015

✓ In 2010 Dave was nominated as Security Executive of the year by ISE.

In 2007, Canadian Security Magazine named Dave Security Director of the Year.

In 2006 Dave was named one of the “Top 10 Movers and Shakers” in the Security Industry by Security Technology and Design magazine.

In 2006, Dave was awarded the “Award for Excellence in Security Convergence” by the Alliance for Enterprise Security Risk Management (AESRM),

In 2005 Dave was awarded the “Security Pioneer” Award by the Canadian Chapters of ASIS International.


Wanda Silva

Founder and President of Silva Capital Solutions, Inc.

Wanda J. Silva is the Founder and President of Silva Capital Solutions, Inc. (1999 to Present). Based in Marietta, Georgia, Silva Capital Solutions remains the nation’s leader in providing merger, acquisition and financial advisory services to middle market companies including Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) and Outsourced Business Service companies.

With 26 years of M&A experience, over 100 completed transactions in the Healthcare and Professional Employer Service (PEO) industries with an aggregate sales price over $1Billion, Ms. Silva is recognized, admired and trusted for her integrity, exceptional industry knowledge, and superior transaction skills.

Ms. Silva holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Communications from the University of North Carolina; a Master of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from the University of Wisconsin; and a Certificate in Finance and Accounting from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Certificate in Preparing to be a Corporate Director from the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.

Ms. Silva has authored numerous articles including “Acquisition Profitability – How is it Measured by a Buyer?” “The Five Reasons Why Companies Get More Money at the Time of Sell,” and “Trends in PEO Mergers and Acquisitions.” Wanda speaks on a frequent basis at professional association and industry related seminars and conferences on such subjects as “The Value of Internal Controls in Valuation” and “Working in the Merger and Acquisition World.”

Wanda Silva served as a Director on the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations Board of Directors 2012 to 2016 and served as a Professional Advisory Director for Employer Services Assurance Corporation 2010 to 2012. She founded the PEO Women Executive Affinity Group in 2018 and also served as a Professional Advisory Director for the Alliance for PEO Electronic Compliance 2012 to 2016. Ms. Silva is a Board Director and Advocate for OnBoard, Inc. and will serve as a Fall 2021 mentor for Next OnBoard.

Wanda has two sons, her most prized transactions ever. Alan, is a Captain for Mesa Airlines and Scott is a Cryptocurrency Investor & Blockchain Risk-Manager Pioneer. In her free time, Wanda enjoys time with her two dogs, travel, volunteer work for Hospice and spending time with her neighbors on the Marietta Square.


Noel Coleman

Having worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years, I’ve seen how fractured the systems are. I’ve seen firsthand how insane of an impact this has on our entire country and us as a people. Frustrating experiences for patients, avoidable errors that cause harm and physicians burning out from the load put on them are putting cracks in the healthcare system which will break open eventually.

Technology has done wonders in healthcare, but it’s also added to the problem with poor design, manual processes and a lack of interoperability. This is why I fell in love with the Medical Brain and joined the team at healthPrecision.

By combining natural language understanding, emotional AI and evidence-based medicine best practices, we’re changing how care is delivered and experienced. Physicians are able to more effectively and efficiently care for their patients – especially the complex, chronic condition patients that need the most help. Patients can receive care remotely that feels “human” from an intelligence that knows how and when to engage them as well as escalate their needs. Health records are updated and physicians can focus on the situations which require their level of skill while still having the help of an interconnected AI.

We’re on a mission to help providers and healthcare organizations provide seamless, effective care to their patients leveraging the very best of what technology was meant to be along with the best clinical research in the world.


Registrations will only be accepted from Director-level or above information security practitioners. All registrations are subject to approval and will be rejected if this requirement is not met.

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