May 2, 2014
Director, Emerging Security Trends
John Pescatore joined SANS in January 2013 with 35 years of experience in computer, network and information security. He was Gartner's lead security analyst for 13 years, working with global 5000 corporations and major technology and service providers. Prior to joining Gartner Inc. in 1999, Pescatore was Senior Consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems, where he started, grew and managed security consulting groups focusing on firewalls, network security, encryption and Public Key Infrastructures. Prior to that, Pescatore spent 11 years with GTE developing secure computing and telecommunications systems.
Pescatore began his career at the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the United States Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems. He holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a NSA-certified cryptologic engineer. He is an extra class amateur radio operator, callsign K3TN.
Director of Services and Security
Joining AirPatrol in 2012, Doyle Fecher possesses many years of hands-on experience as a technical systems analyst and engineer in a variety of enterprise environments. In 2006, Fecher noticed a trend developing towards virtual machines, cloud computing, and the importance of cybersecurity which is when he started to focus his time on everything he could about the new shift in technology. Since then, he has obtained his Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH 6) and Associate Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications.
Fecher is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. Having served in the first Gulf War, Fecher currently lives in Virginia with his wife, two champion Basset Hounds, and a vivacious cat. Here, he discovered a personal taste for wine making, and produces his own label through a co-op based in California
Chief Security Officer
Dan Ford has been an information security professional for more than 15 years, and has worked for notable organizations such as XM Radio, Secure Computing, McAfee, Nominum and Accuvant. He has extensive experience running security programs within the government segment; his most notable role was as director of Network Security at the Transportation and Security Administration, which was the largest managed service contract within the federal government. Ford joined Fixmo in 2012 to drive security and technology innovation within Fixmo's suite of Mobile Risk Management solutions. In his role at Fixmo, he is directly responsible for global security and information assurance initiatives - researching trends, discovering security vulnerabilities and exploits, building strategic partnerships, and attaining industry certifications - as well as product innovation. Ford holds an M.S. in information assurance/computer forensics from Capitol College and is currently finishing his D.Sc. in information assurance from Capitol College with a dissertation focus on enterprise smartphone security (graduating May 2014).
Raytheon Cyber Products
In this role, Ed Hammersla applies more than 30 years of industry experience to implement strategies to assist the company in providing the highest quality cyber products to government and industry organizations. Prior to the formation of Raytheon Cyber Products in November of 2013, Hammersla served as COO for Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions. Hammersla held the same position for Trusted Computer Solutions prior to Raytheon's acquisition of the company in November of 2010. Hammersla is considered an industry thought leader in how to deliver information securely and quickly to those that need it the most. He has established working relationships with government leaders by applying commercial best practices to unique and complex problems facing the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC). As a frequent contributing speaker at technology conferences, Hammersla has played a key role in evangelizing the need to share information across multiple security domains long before it gained widespread public attention. He has worked closely with government leaders in information sharing such as the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the United States Air Force Central Command and others, to utilize commercial-off-the-shelf technology to support their daily missions.
Supporting his vision of helping government organizations better share information securely and cost-effectively, Hammersla played a key role in the development and bringing to market of a trusted version of Linux now known as Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This is the world's first commercially available mainstream Linux operating system evaluated under the internationally recognized Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification Scheme (CCEVS) with an Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) and Protection Profiles (PPs) that qualify it as a "trusted" operating system. This coordinated, worldwide Linux community effort has brought a new level of security and low cost platform choice to both government and commercial markets.
SGP Technologies SA
Toby Weir-Jones has spent the bulk of his career working with the most demanding and innovative enterprise security customers in the world. As a founding employee of Counterpane Internet Security in 1999, acquired by British Telecom in 2006, Weir-Jones managed the difficult balance between those external and internal demands. He is a named inventor on 8 patents, holds a bachelor's degree in computer ethics from Cornell University, and has two MBA degrees - one from Cornell and another from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.