February 7, 2012
Government Computer News (1105 Media Inc.)
Bill Jackson, senior writer with Government Computer News, has covered networking and IT security for GCN for more than 15 years. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years, reporting for daily, business and trade publications in Indiana, Ohio and Washington, D.C.; as well as writing for magazines on subjects ranging from architecture to American history and movie production. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Indiana University.
Margaret E. 'Lyn' McDermid
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Margaret E. "Lyn" McDermid is senior vice president and chief information officer. A native of Boston, McDermid received her bachelor's degree in business from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. She earned her MBA from the University of Richmond and was the first woman to enter the Apprentice Program at the Newport News Shipyard, where she completed the Patternmaker's program.
McDermid joined Virginia Power in 1982. Prior to that, she was employed by Stone and Webster Engineering Corp. After holding various positions in Virginia Power's Engineering & Construction Department, McDermid was named director-Administrative Services in 1986. She was promoted to vice president-Information Technology and chief information officer October 1998, and was named to her current position January 2000.
McDermid is chair of the board of trustees of Mary Baldwin College and chair of the board of directors of RichTech, formerly the Greater Richmond Technology Council. She is a member of the boards of directors of the CIO Forum and The Richmond Forum, and a lay member of the Third District Committee of the Virginia State Bar. She is serving her second three-year term as a member of the Dean's Executive Advisory Council for the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. In 2007, she was designated a Class C director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and was reappointed for another three-year term beginning January 2011. She was named deputy chairman in 2009 and designated chair for 2011.
She has served on several state advisory boards, including the Chief Information Officer Advisory Board, the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Council, and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Work Group, as well as the Foundation Board of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. She was named to Computerworld's list of "Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2004," won the 2008 Executive Women in Business Achievement Award and received the 2010 Outstanding Woman Award in the business category from the YWCA of Richmond.
John H. Saunders, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Center for Cybersecurity
National Defense University iCollege
John H. Saunders is a professor and director of the Center for Cybersecurity at the National Defense University's (NDU) iCollege, where he has taught senior-level military officers and government civilians since 1988. During the last decade, he developed a unique expertise in the management of security in control system/ supervisory control and data acquisition (CS/SCADA) environments. This includes development of the first graduate-level course in securing control devices, a hands-on CS/SCADA laboratory and large-scale case studies in electric, water, fuel and perimeter systems security.
Saunders holds a Ph.D. is in information and decision systems from George Washington University. He attained the Gold GSEC Information Assurance Certification, is a certified knowledge engineer and a certified data processor.
R. James Woolsey is chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC and a venture partner with Lux Capital Management. He also chairs the board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Woolsey currently chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C., private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group, chairs the advisory board of the Opportunities Development Group, and he is of counsel to the Washington, D.C., office of the Boston-based law firm Goodwin Procter. In the above capacities he specializes in a range of alternative energy and security issues.
Woolsey previously served in the U.S. government on five different occasions, where he held presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as director of Central Intelligence. From July 2002 to March 2008, Woolsey was a vice president and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and then a venture partner with VantagePoint Venture Partners of San Bruno, Calif., until January 2011. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C., now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Woolsey has 12 years of government service under his belt, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, and serves on a range of government, corporate and nonprofit advisory boards and chairs several, including ExecutiveAction LLC. He serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy, and is currently co-chairman of the Committee on the Present Danger. He is chairman of the advisory boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council, and a trustee of the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments.
Woolsey received his B.A. degree, with great distinction, from Stanford University, an M.A. from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Laws from Yale Law School.