Keynote Speakers

Alan Shimel
Alan Shimel
CEO & President
Techstrong Group
As founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Techstrong Group, Alan manages a broad array of businesses and brands including Techstrong Media, Techstrong Live, Techstrong Research, Techstrong Associations and Techstrong Learning. To do so and succeed, Alan has to be attuned to the world of technology, particularly DevOps, cybersecurity, cloud-native and digital transformation.

With almost 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Alan has been instrumental in the success of several organizations.

Shimel is an often-cited personality in the security and technology community and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and events. In addition to his writing, his DevOps Chat podcast, TechStrong TV and Digital Anarchist audio and video appearances are widely followed.

Alan attributes his success to the combination of a strong business background and a deep knowledge of technology. His legal background, long experience in the field and New York street smarts combine to form a unique personality.

Mr. Shimel is a graduate of St. Johns University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, and holds a JD degree from NY Law School.
Mitch Ashley
Principal
Techstrong Research
Mitchell Ashley is a renowned strategist, speaker, advisor and technology executive. Mitch has led successful IT, SaaS and cybersecurity transformations. He’s led multiple teams in developing and bringing to market successful online services, cybersecurity, software and networking products and services.
Mitch serves as principal at Techstrong Research where he is part of a team of preeminent experts in digital transformation, DevOps, cloud-native, cybersecurity, data and AI/ML. In this role, he works with companies to align Mitchell Ashley is a renowned strategist, speaker, advisor and technology executive. Mitch has led successful IT, SaaS and cybersecurity transformations. He’s led multiple teams in developing and bringing to market successful online services, cybersecurity, software and networking products and services.

Mitch serves as principal at Techstrong Research where he is part of a team of preeminent experts in digital transformation, DevOps, cloud-native, cybersecurity, data and AI/ML. In this role, he works with companies to align digital transformation and technology strategies to achieve disruptive goals and high-impact outcomes. Mitch also serves as Techstrong Group CTO, is in demand as a speaker and is widely followed online on his podcasts, Analyst Corner commentary and interviews on the highly popular Techstrong TV streaming video program where he engages with top digital and tech leaders from across the industry.
digital transformation and technology strategies to achieve disruptive goals and high-impact outcomes. Mitch also serves as Techstrong Group CTO, is in demand as a speaker and is widely followed online on his podcasts, Analyst Corner commentary and interviews on the highly popular Techstrong TV streaming video program where he engages with top digital and tech leaders from across the industry.
Mitch Ashley
Mike Rothman
Mike Rothman
Techstrong Research
Mike Rothman is the GM of Techstrong Research, bringing 30+ years of experience as a research analyst and security leader. He is recognized as a voice of reason for business leaders in an often over-hyped and extremely complex security industry. For the past 10 years, his research has focused on cloud security and, most recently, DevSecOps and securing cloud-native environments. Rothman helps organizations navigate this disruptive migration without compromising information and infrastructure protection. Mike also serves as chief strategy officer for Techstrong Group and frequently appears at industry conferences and on the various Techstrong TV streaming video programs.
Larry Maccherone
Dev(Sec)Ops Transformation
Contrast Security
Larry's work has empowered 600 development teams to take ownership of the security of their software. He embodies a rare combination of deep cybersecurity background with current software development experience. He was a founding director at Carnegie Mellon's CyLab and co-led the launch of Build-Security-In initiative and is also the author of about a dozen open source projects, one of which gets a million downloads per month and all of which use the approach he advocates for.
Larry Maccherone
Caroline Wong
Caroline Wong
Chief Strategy Officer
Cobalt.io
Caroline Wong is the chief strategy officer at Cobalt. As CSO, Caroline leads the security, strategy and people teams at Cobalt. She brings a proven background in communications, cybersecurity and experience delivering global programs to the role. Caroline’s close and practical information security knowledge stems from her broad experience as a Cigital consultant, a Symantec product manager and day-to-day leadership roles at eBay and Zynga. Caroline also hosts the Humans of InfoSec podcast, teaches cybersecurity courses on LinkedIn Learning and has authored the popular textbook Security Metrics, A Beginner's Guide. Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley and a certificate in finance and accounting from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Speakers

Brian Mengwasser
Brian Mengwasser
Vice President
MarketPlace & Apps Design, DISH Wireless
Brian is a data-driven entrepreneur and executive with a passion for expanding connectivity and using intelligent automation to make our technology come alive.

As vice president and head of MarketPlace and Apps Design for DISH Wireless, Brian is responsible for building customer-facing network functionality and cultivating a development ecosystem on top of the first hyper-distributed cloud and 5G network. He also leads data strategy, architecture and application of AI/ML to increase value for customers and drive intelligent closed-loop automation throughout the network.

Brian is a founder and angel investor in several tech start-ups in software, distributed systems, cloud, and private networking. He has a background in satellite technology, data businesses, software development, RF signal processing and environmental engineering. He has been granted five patents in advanced technologies and is a recognized pioneer in radio spectrum sensing.

Recently, he founded and served as CEO of Aurora Insight, a Silicon Valley-backed start-up which systematically measures the radio spectrum - the lifeblood of the wireless industry - using distributed sensors, spacecraft and virtualized signal processing. Prior to that, he led innovation projects at the satellite telecommunications company SES, in Luxembourg and the US, where he was one of the youngest recipients of the Promise Award from SSPI.

Brian has experience across International, Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley environments working to make smarter decisions with data and teaching software to find patterns that humans cannot see. Brian holds a Master’s degree and two Bachelor’s degrees from Dartmouth College in business, product design and engineering.

In his spare time with his partner Rachel and dog Cleo, he enjoys sailing, cooking, and traveling: the best ideas come from new experiences and places we’ve never been.
Aaron Rinehart
Aaron Rinehart
Co-Founder & CTO
Verica
Aaron Rinehart expands the possibilities of chaos engineering's applications to other safety-critical portions of the IT domain; notably, cybersecurity. He began pioneering the application of security in chaos engineering during his tenure as the chief security architect at the largest private health care company in the world, UnitedHealth Group (UHG). While at UHG, Rinehart released ChaoSlingr, one of the first open source software releases focused on using chaos engineering in cybersecurity to build more resilient systems. Rinehart recently founded a chaos engineering startup called Verica with Casey Rosenthal from Netflix and is a frequent author, consultant and speaker in the space.
Mike Jones
Mike Jones
🎧Founder and Host of H4unt3d Hacker Podcast🎧 🎬Content Creator Knight Ink
🎬 THE H4UNT3D HACKER
Mike Jones- former hacker turned Security Researcher
JC Herz
JC Herz
CEO
Ion Channel
JC Herz is the CEO of Ion Channel, a platform for supply chain risk management of software products, outsourced applications and open source components used in enterprise software development. JC co-led the Department of Commerce working group on Software Bills of Materials standards and formats and is a fellow of the National Security Institute.
Matt Tesauro
Matt Tesauro
Distinguished Engineer
Noname Security
Matt Tesauro is a DevSecOps and AppSec guru with specialisation in creating security programs, leveraging automation to maximise team velocity and training emerging and senior professionals. When not writing automation code in Go, Matt is pushing for DevSecOps everywhere via his involvement in open-source projects, presentations, trainings and new technology innovation.

As a versatile engineer, Matt’s background spans software development (primarily web development), Linux system administration, penetration testing and application / cloud security. He thrives on tackling technical problems, but his economics background gives him a unique understanding of business constraints and incentives around security initiatives.

Currently, as a Distinguished Engineer at Noname Security, Matt is evangelising Noname’s ground-breaking API security platform and API security in general. Previously, he rolled out AppSec automation at USAA and founded 10Security. Early in his career, Matt served as Director of Community and Operations at the OWASP Foundation, Senior AppSec Engineer at Duo Security, Senior Software Security Engineer at Pearson and Senior Product Security Engineer at Rackspace.
Bret Settle
Bret Settle
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
ThreatX
Bret has served in multiple executive roles for Corporate Express/Staples and BMC Software. He has extensive knowledge of the software development and security product industries. Bret has been responsible for enterprise security in multiple roles and has been an innovator throughout his career. His proven track record of building and developing high performing organisations and dynamic cyber security teams helps ThreatX deliver AppSec services that meet enterprise needs.