Mr. Robert Boshonek, Technical Director, Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC)
Mr. Boshonek is a retired Navy Cryptologist with more than 29 years’ experience in Information Technology providing authoritative expertise on capability planning, developing innovative technical solutions to complex operational challenges, and formulating technical policy to establish standardized procedures.
Mr. Boshonek is currently the NCDOC Technical Director where he serves as the senior network defense technical expert responsible for maintaining alignment of the strategic vision, goals and objectives for future transformational efforts affecting DoD, Service and command level initiatives. He ensures mission synchronization with the Navy staff, FLTCYBERCOM/C10F, USCYBERCOM, DISA and various Navy program offices and oversees the development of new technologies while optimizing the integration of existing capabilities to support the Navy’s Defensive Cyberspace Operations mission.
Mr. Boshonek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Ca. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Manager and maintains a GIAC Security Leadership Certification.
Ms. Shara Evans, Technology Futurist and CEO, Market Clarity
Shara Evans is a Technologist, Futurist and Keynote Speaker. She is recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, fusing her engineering background with an intuitive understanding of how society is likely to respond to new technologies.
She’s the Founder and CEO of Market Clarity, an award-winning technology analyst firm, and Telsyte (which she sold to publicly listed UXC), and has been providing innovative research and strategic consulting on telecoms and technology for the past 19 years.
Shara is a regular media commentator on technology issues — appearing on shows such as Sky News, The Drum, 7:30 and is regularly quoted in publications such as the Financial Review, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and many others.
Shara helps her clients understand new product and service opportunities that are being underpinned by emerging technologies. Frequently working with executive, strategy and product teams, Shara gets organizations to think outside the box of what's available today to imagine the world in 5 or 10 years, and assists them in commercializing these concepts into innovative new products and services.
In her keynote speeches, Shara brings together the latest technology innovations and cutting-edge research projects, tying them into strategic insights for a wide range of industries.
Shara has crafted a unique career in the technology industry, with roles spanning software engineering, program management, sales and marketing, founding two successful technology analyst firms and most recently focusing on the world of emerging technologies and becoming a sought-after keynote speaker.
Mr. Bob Sorensen, Vice President, Research and Technology, Hyperion Research, LLC
Cyber Security Strategies & Approaches, Big Data Usage, and Cyber Profiles of Key Industrial Organizations in 2016 - The talk will discuss some of the key practices, insights, and concerns gleaned from a recent HPC Group survey of over 60 senior cyber security experts in both US and EU commercial firms. The talk will highlight key takeaways on cyber security cybersecurity team fit, mission, and operations within their larger organization as well as capture some of the practical considerations of running a cybershop including breach planning, security frameworks, big data usage, and managing mission versus security requirements. The talk will also contain Hyperion Research recommendations for potential cyber-related efforts going forward.
Bob Sorensen is the Vice President of Research and Technology at Hyperion Research, LLC, where he conducts research and consulting efforts in the US, European, and Asian-Pacific markets for technical servers, supercomputers, clouds, and high performance data analysis. Prior to joining Hyperion, Bob worked in the U.S. Government for over 30 years as a Senior S&T analyst covering worldwide HPC and related advanced computing developments to support senior-level U.S. policy makers, including those in the White House, DoD, and DoE. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in computer science from the George Washington University. He also is probably one of the few people in the world that wrote code using Cray’s Pascal compiler in the 1980s.
Kerry Long, Program Manager, Cyber Security, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
Kerry Long is a Program Manager for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), where he specializes in discovering and developing novel methods for securing the computational environments of users, especially user environments in the cloud. Immediately prior to his assignment at IARPA, he served as a Principal Cyber Security Engineer with MITRE’s Cyber Security Technical Center supporting DOD and IC clients. Mr. Long has also served as a Computer Scientist for the Army Research Laboratory and an Information Systems Security Engineer for NSA. He began his career in “Cyber” as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Michael Sahmel, Technology Innovation Unit (TIU), Cyber Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Michael Sahmel is a member of the FBI Cyber Division’s Technology Innovation Unit where he is working to identify and develop the tools and platforms needed to meet the workforce's mission. Michael is an AI and 3D printing enthusiast, mainly because he selfishly wants to visit Westworld one day. Michael holds numerous GIAC certifications including the GSEC, GPPA, GPEN, GCIH, GCIA, GMON, GCFA, and GREM. Outside of work, when he's not chasing after his one year old twins and three year old boy, he enjoys the outdoors through rock climbing, white water kayaking, and snowboarding.
Mr. Pindar A. Van Arman, Operational Technology Division (OTD), Cyber Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Pindar Van Arman is a roboticist and experimenter in artificial intelligence. He first worked on AI as a competitor in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge where his team attempted to program a self driving car to race across 132 miles of off-road terrain. Impressed by the burgeoning capabilities of AI, he then set out to build machines that created fine art with a brush on canvas. In the decade since, he has completed six painting robots, each using a brush and each employing increasingly sophisticated AI. His work with these robots have been in multiple exhibitions and won multiple awards, including TedXFoggyBottom, the Shortlist of The Barbican's Dev-Art Competition, and Second Place in the 2016 Robot Art Challenge. In addition to using artificial intelligence to create art, he also researches the application of deep learning to cyber challenges faced by the FBI.
Dr. Nadia Carlsten, Program manager for the Transition to Practice (TTP) program in the Cyber Security Division of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) at DHS S&T.
Dr. Nadia Carlsten is the program manager for the Transition to Practice (TTP) program in the Cyber Security Division of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) at DHS S&T. The TTP program identifies innovative technologies in federal laboratories and universities and accelerates their path to the marketplace through partnerships and commercialization.
Prior to her position at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Dr. Carlsten led projects to improve Intellectual Property (IP) management and enterprise innovation, drive research and industrial partnerships, and promote technology transfer and commercialization at Accenture and the U.S. Department of Energy. She is also president of Carlsten Innovation LLC, a consultancy that specializes in providing services and solutions for implementing Open Innovation, leveraging IP, and quantifying innovation. She completed the Management of Technology Program at the Haas School of Business and earned degrees in physics and chemistry from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.