Alan Shimel

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,, Security Boulevard, Techstrong TV, 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. John's University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, and holds a JD degree from NY Law School.

Jeremy Snyder
Jeremy Snyder, CEO and co-founder of FireTail, served as an IT and cybersecurity practitioner for 10 years before transitioning into cloud and cybersecurity for new markets. He is fluent in seven languages, which gives him unique and valuable skills for analyzing data and building technology solutions.
Filip Chyla

Filip has more than 15 years in the IT sector, 10 of which have been dedicated to cybersecurity; Filip has honed his skills in safeguarding digital landscapes, focusing primarily on infrastructure and cloud security. Currently part of the innovative Xebia team, Filip guides clients on their cloud journeys, effectively leveraging security measures to enable organizations to expand and operate securely and efficiently. Filip's areas of expertise are in DevSecOps and cloud security. He is driven by his love for exploring new cloud technologies and meticulously designing and analyzing cloud environments. His passion extends to harnessing both the defensive and offensive aspects of security, bringing invaluable insight and protection to the projects he is involved in.

Chris Bowen

Chris is founder and chief information security officer at ClearDATA. He leads ClearDATA’s internal privacy, security and compliance strategies as well as advises on the security and privacy risks faced by customers, which include global health care organizations, health insurance companies, providers, life science companies and market-leading innovators from Asia Pacific, North America and Europe. Mr. Bowen also leads ClearDATA’s international security risk consulting practice and has provided counsel to some of the world’s largest health care organizations.

He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Cloud Security Professional from (ISC)2. As one of the leading experts on patient privacy and health data security, Chris has authored dozens of articles and is a frequent speaker at national health care industry events.

Story Tweedie-Yates

Story is the VP of marketing at KSOC, where she is passionate about making cloud-native security easier for teams running Kubernetes. She has spent more than a decade running product marketing for IT security unicorns focused on innovative, category-defining solutions with leadership roles at both Aqua Security and Auth0. Her early career was defined by professional tennis. In her time off, you will find her scooting her twins around Montreal’s parks or exploring underwater treasures with a scuba mask.

Jack Zarris

Jack Zarris has worked in a variety of roles in the tech industry since 2000. Jack began their career as a Sales Engineer at F5 Networks, then moved on to Senior Sales Engineer at Nevis Networks and Caymas Systems. In 2004, they became a Senior Security Engineer at Imperva, and in 2007 they took on the role of Senior Product Manager and Senior Sales Engineer at MobileIron. From 2017 to 2021, Jack was the Owner of MD Medical Spa, Director of Field Operations at Lucidum, and Principal Sales Engineer and Senior Sales Engineer at Signal Sciences. Most recently, Jack became an Investor at Direct Biologics and Director of Sales Engineering at KSOC.

Andi Mann

Andi Mann is Global CTO & Founder at Sageable, delivering strategic research, consulting, and advisory services to help visionary leaders achieve success in technology innovation and digital transformation.

With decades of achievement with enterprises, vendors, startups, governments, cloud providers, and consulting, Andi is an accomplished digital executive, winning strategist, and trusted advisor. Mann is also an award-winning multimedia influencer, public speaker, and content creator for countless conferences, seminars, webcasts, podcasts, journals, and broadcast media.

Prior roles include Global CTO at SaaS video provider, Qumu; ‘DevOps CTO’ and Chief Evangelist at cloud analytics provider, Splunk; VP Product and Strategy, Office of the CTO, at enterprise software vendor, CA Technologies (Broadcom); Managing Research VP at industry analyst, Enterprise Management Associates; and Product Owner at content management vendor, Mobius Management Systems (Rocket Software); after over a decade in Enterprise IT roles in banking, insurance, manufacturing, government, and oil & gas.

Mann has presented worldwide including at Web Summit, Collision, Mobile World Congress, Gartner Symposium, IDC Directions, AWS Re:invent, Google Cloud Next, SAP Sapphire, IBM Think, InterOp; created and delivered mainstage keynotes (up to 12,000 attendees) at Splunk.conf, VMworld, CA World, CloudExpo, CIO 100, CIO Summit, Innotech, and DevOps Days; appeared live on CNBC, Sky News, DMRadio, TWiT, and The Cube; featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, eWeek, Information Week, ZDNet, CIO Magazine, TechTarget, ComputerWorld; and many more.

Author of two books – 'Visible Ops – Private Cloud'; and 'The Innovative CIO – find Andi on Twitter @AndiMann and Mastodon

Andy Ellis

Andy is the Advisory CISO at Orca Security. He is the Operating Partner at cybersecurity venture capital firm, YL Ventures, and is an advisor to several cyber security startups, including Vulcan, Uptycs, Grip, Perygee, Vendict, Valence, Piiano, and Eureka. He is the founder and CEO of Duha, a leadership development company that focuses on bringing training to people earlier in their careers, and is writing a book on leadership. Andy writes the Straight Up Security column for CSO Online.

Andy Ellis is a seasoned technology and business executive with deep expertise in security, managing risk, and leading an inclusive culture. A graduate of MIT and former US Air Force officer, Andy designed, built, and brought to market many of Akamai’s security products. His leadership helped propel the Fortune 1000 company from its start as a content delivery network into an industry powerhouse with a billion-dollar dedicated cybersecurity business. In his twenty-year tenure, Andy led Akamai’s information security organization from a single individual to a 90+ person team, over 40% of whom were women. In running Akamai’s security program, Andy designed systems, governed risk management, implemented policy, and supported go-to-market functions. Widely respected across the cybersecurity industry for his pragmatic approach to aligning security and business needs, Andy regularly speaks and writes on cybersecurity, leadership, diversity & inclusion, and decision-making.

Long active in internet policy and governance circles, Andy supported Akamai CEOs in roles on the NIAC and NSTAC, as well as directly served on the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council. A recognized thought leader on security issues, Andy has spoken at conferences like RSA and Business of Software, and lectured at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Army War College, BC Law, and the MIT Sloan School.

Andy has received a wide variety of accolades, including the CSO Compass Award, Air Force Commendation Medal, Spirit of Disneyland Award, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence (for The Arlington Inn), and was the winner of the Sherman Oaks Galleria Spelling Bee. He was inducted into the CSO Hall of Fame in 2021.

He currently serves on Harvard University’s Visiting Committee to IT. After receiving a degree in computer science from MIT, Andy served as an officer in the United States Air Force with the 609th Information Warfare Squadron and the Electronic Systems Center.

Ori Bendet

Ori brings more than 17 years of senior-level experience to his role as VP of product management at Checkmarx where he oversees the entire product portfolio and strategy, serving thousands of customers worldwide. He is an experienced product leader combining his strong technical and go-to-marketing skills. Ori also managed Checkmarx SAST, a Gartner and Forrester market-leading solution used by thousands of customers worldwide. Checkmarx SAST has been instrumental in spearheading the flagship Checkmarx One platform which is gaining ground with hundreds of global customers adopting the cloud-based platform. Prior to Checkmarx, he held leadership and engineering positions at Time To Know, HPE, PicApp and Bezeq.

Caroline Wong

Caroline Wong is the chief strategy officer at Cobalt. As CSO, Caroline leads the security, community and delivery 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.

Jennifer Addie

Jennifer Addie, COO and CWO of VentureScope and MACH37 Cyber Accelerator, leads consulting, investments, tech scouting, training and promotes entrepreneurial well-being. An experienced innovation strategist, entrepreneur and investor, Jennifer guides organizations through innovation and acceleration, spanning startups to large enterprises in public and private sectors. Leveraging her international business background, she drives transformations, bridges cultural divides and manages venture risks. Jennifer's innovation approach emphasizes effective problem-solving, strategy development, method integration, cognitive techniques and holistic well-being practices. Jennifer also imparts Lean Startup principles as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at multiple universities.

Jason Chen

Jason Chen, founder and CEO of VentureScope and CEO/executive director of MACH37, is a seasoned business strategist, entrepreneur and early-stage venture investor with 19+ years of experience. He has led business planning for entrepreneurs, small businesses and multinational organizations in the private and public sectors. Formerly, as Techstar's Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Jason directed the Startup Next Cybersecurity DC program, providing mentorship to cybersecurity startups. He co-founded HackEd, a cybersecurity training firm and WeatherAlpha, a weather data analytics company. Jason holds an MA from Harvard University, a BA from the University of Virginia and certifications in InnoCentive's Problem Deconstruction and Challenge-Driven Innovation methodologies.

Anna Belak

Anna Belak has nearly ten years of experience researching and advising organizations on cloud adoption with a focus on security best practices. As a Gartner analyst, Anna spent six years helping more than 500 enterprises with vulnerability management, security monitoring and DevSecOps initiatives. Anna's research and talks have been used to transform organizations' IT strategies and her research agenda helped to shape markets. Anna is the director of thought leadership at Sysdig, using her deep understanding of the security industry to help IT professionals succeed in their cloud-native journey. Anna holds a PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Michigan, where she developed computational methods to study solar cells and rechargeable batteries.

Larry Maccherone

Larry Maccherone is a thought leader on DevSecOps, Agile and Analytics. At Comcast, Larry launched and scaled the DevSecOps Transformation program over five years. In his DevSecOps Transformation role at Contrast, he's now looking to apply what he learned to guide organizations with a framework for safely empowering development teams to take ownership of the security of their products. As a founding director at Carnegie Mellon's CyLab and former head of AppSec for a Fortune 50 enterprise and the author of a dozen or so open source projects, Larry embodies the rare combination of high-level cybersecurity and engineering credibility.

Tracy Bannon

Passionate Architect! Tracy (Trac) Bannon is a senior principal with MITRE Labs. She is an accomplished software architect, engineer, and DevSecOps advisor, having worked across commercial and government clients. She thrives on understanding complex problems and working to deliver value at speed.

She’s passionate about mentoring and training, and enjoys community and knowledge-building with teams, clients and the next generation. Trac guest lectures at universities, leads working groups, and shares experience stories.

Trac is a long-time advocate for diversity in technology, helping to narrow the gaps as a mentor, sponsor, volunteer and friend. Ms. Bannon is a featured industry speaker, blogger, author and accomplished podcaster - including 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀 and 𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝟱𝟬𝟱! 𝗗𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗣𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 (part of Sourced Network Productions).

Lloyd Newton

With a proven track record in Information(cyber) Security assurance knowledge and under-standing, working within multinational organizations , I have developed passion, enthusiasm and varied skills in governance, risk and compliance . With a strong skillset in network and cloud security management , experience in third part risk management ,vulnerability and patch management, whilst ensuring that businesses achieve its objectives, by adopting stra-tegic and tactical solutions .As an excellent communicator ,I’m equipped with strong team work abilities, leadership skills and this helps me to foster strong relationships and network-ing with all levels of management and customers to bolster organizational outcomes.

Matt Rose
I am a technical Application Security Testing (AST) leader with a record of consistent accomplishment in sales and sales engineering management roles. More than 20 years of application security sales, sales engineering leadership, software development, marketing, and consulting experience. I was a key thought leader for two AST vendors growing from startup phase to major acquisition (Fortify and Checkmarx). Also, very accomplished public speaker and I have been quoted in 50+ AST industry media publications. Extensive background in application security, object-oriented programming, multi-tier architecture design and implementation, and internet/intranet development. Highly developed presentation, written, and verbal communication skills.
Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson has worked at Palo Alto Networks for the past seven years. In that time he has worked as a professional services engineer, global solutions architect and is now a global practice leader for Prisma Cloud. He has deployed Prisma Cloud for a multitude of customers and has in-depth working knowledge of many security platforms.

Tanya Janca

Tanya Janca, also known as SheHacksPurple, is the best-selling author of ‘Alice and Bob Learn Application Security’. She is also the head of education and community at Semgrep, sharing content and training that revolves around teaching everyone to create secure software. Tanya has been coding and working in IT for over 25 years, has won countless awards and has worked everywhere from public service to tech giants, writing software, leading communities, founding companies and ‘securing all the things.’ She is an award-winning public speaker and active blogger, and has delivered hundreds of talks on six continents. She values diversity, inclusion and kindness, which shines through in her countless initiatives.
Advisor: Nord VPN, Aiya Corp
Faculty: IANs Research
Founder: We Hack Purple, OWASP DevSlop, #CyberMentoringMonday, WoSEC

Nakul Goenka

Nakul Goenka, risk officer at ColorTokens, has over a decade of experience in the legal and cybersecurity industries. Prior to ColorTokens, Nakul was the founder and president of the Houston Legal Tech Association where he helped translate the law into language technologists can understand—and vice versa. He also served as general legal counsel and general manager of cybersecurity at Shipcom. Before Shipcom, Nakul was an associate at AZB & Partners. He received his Masters Degree in Law at the University of Pennsylvania.