Cybersecurity & Privacy Event

April 11, 2012

John Caruthers
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA)
FBI Headquarters, Cyber Division

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) John Caruthers began his career with the FBI in 1992 when he was hired as a computer specialist at FBI Headquarters. He worked in Washington, D.C., until moving to the San Diego Division in 1995. While serving as a computer specialist, he supported numerous cases, including the Whitewater investigation in Little Rock, Ark.

SSA Caruthers became an FBI special agent (SA) in 1999 and returned to San Diego, where he investigated a variety of criminal activity, to include white-collar crime, the Arellano-Felix cartel in Tijuana, Mexico, computer intrusions and child exploitation. Following the events of 9/11, SSA Caruthers worked extensively on terrorism-related matters for more than a year. In 2003, SA Caruthers became the coordinator for the FBI's "Innocent Images" program and worked several successful cases over the course of many years, to include the nationally celebrated indictment of seven members of NAMBLA's core membership in a multi-state undercover operation.

SSA Caruthers has taught cybercrime courses at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, served special assignments in Moscow and Kyiv, and was recently embedded with the Dutch National Police's High Tech Crime Unit for a year.

SSA Caruthers is currently working at FBI's Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and is responsible for the FBI's SCADA program in addition to the management of several West coast divisions' cybercrime programs.

Mark Fabro
President and Chief Security Scientist
Lofty Perch

As president and chief security scientist, Mark Fabro brings almost 25 years of information security business and thought leadership to Lofty Perch. He is a recognized expert in developing defensive and resilient computing strategies for SCADA, industrial control systems and advanced meter infrastructure (AMI/AMR). He has been recognized as one of the '25 Most Influential Consultants' in the world, and in 2011 was named SC Magazine's "Information Security Professional of the Year" for his work in control systems cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.

As well as being the founder and chairperson of the Canadian Industrial Cyber Security Council, Fabro sits on the UTC Smart Networks Security Committee, helped found the Repository for Industrials Security Incident, and is a member of both the NERC Smart Grid and Cyber Attack Task Forces. His projects have included working with some of largest infrastructure asset owners in the world, and he has been instrumental in leading security compliance efforts for countless U.S. and Canadian asset owners. His expertise in securing energy infrastructures has been substantial, and in addition to being involved in the development of the security standards for transportation, energy and water sectors, he has testified to U.S. Congress on cyber threats to the North American Bulk Power System.

Kenneth A. Schmutz
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA)
FBI Headquarters, Cyber Division

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Kenneth A. Schmutz joined the FBI in 2004 after working 13 years in the private sector. For nine of the 13 years, SSA Schmutz was employed by Novell Incorporated working on the interoperability of Novell Directory Services.

When SSA Schmutz joined the FBI, he was assigned to the Seattle field fffice where he investigated multiple computer intrusions that lead to successful prosecutions. SSA Schmutz was transferred to the Chicago field office in 2007 where he continued to investigate cyber violations. SSA Schmutz also completed a temporary duty assignment in Romania coordinating cyber investigations with the Romanian National Police.

SSA Schmutz is currently working at headquarters for the FBI's Cyber Division. SSA Schmutz is a co-lead of the ICS Threat Focus Cell working on national security cyber threats to critical infrastructure.

Zach Tudor
Program Director, Computer Science Laboratory
SRI International

Zach Tudor is a program director in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International. Tudor serves as a management and technical resource for operational and research and development (R&D) cybersecurity programs including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Security Research and Development Center (CSRDC). His roles on CSRDC include technical support, subject matter expertise and project management for projects including, Linking the Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity consortium, and the Industrial Control System Joint Working Group R&D working group. He is the co-chair elect of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), a DHS National Cyber Security Division directed research consortium, and represents SRI in the International Information Integrity Institute, a world forum for senior information security professionals.

Prior to his work at SRI, he led a team of cybersecurity engineers and analysts directly supporting the Control Systems Security Program at DHS, whose mission was to reduce the cybersecurity risk to critical infrastructure control systems in the U.S. and its strategic partners worldwide.