Cybersecurity & Privacy Committee Event

September 26, 2013

Richard Gordon
Managing Partner

Rick Gordon is an expert on security technology, business strategy and early-stage venture development. He is a proven leader with more than 15 years of experience in providing organizations with strategic growth. Gordon currently serves as managing partner of Mach37™, a cybersecurity market-centric accelerator developed by the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology. MACH37 launches companies that will deliver the next generation of cybersecurity solutions.

Prior to this role, Gordon served as vice president of product management at KEYW Corporation, where he assisted the company in launching a commercially-focused cybersecurity product line. Gordon was also COO of Lookingglass Cyber Solutions, where he ran strategic planning and day-to-day operations of this early-stage cyber situational awareness software company. Previously, Gordon served as managing director at The Civitas Group, where he was responsible for the commercial strategy business line. In these roles, Gordon has worked with senior private sector and government officials to solve key security challenges, evaluated emerging growth security companies for investment, and was a frequent contributor and speaker on such issues as cloud security, cyber intelligence and security innovation.

Gordon was previously CEO of Tovaris, a specialized encryption software development company, and was also a technology investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co., serving many emerging technology companies and participating in several technology initial public offerings.

Gordon has also served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He received his MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia and his Bachelor of Science in engineering with Merit from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Bruce Brody
Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
DRS Technologies, Inc.

Bruce Brody is an experienced Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and executive-level expert on information and cybersecurity technical implementations, information security architecture, cybersecurity operations, information security and infrastructure resilience, risk management and information security compliance. He has served as the CISO at the Department of Veterans Affairs and as the CISO at the Department of Energy.

Brody has demonstrated executive-level expertise and success in implementing, operating, managing and continuously improving information and cybersecurity in complex enterprises. His risk management accomplishments include implementing enterprise information security architectures, cybersecurity vulnerability reduction programs, information security operations centers, identity management systems, information and infrastructure resilience capabilities, information security configuration and vulnerability management, and information security professionalization programs. He is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity and risk management at professional conferences, and he has published articles and blogs on issues relating to cyber and information security.

Tony Cole
Vice President, Global Government CTO

Tony Cole is FireEye's cice president and global government CTO where he assists government agencies, corporations, and system integrators in understanding today's advanced threats and their potential impact. He is also the conduit for customers to provide feedback to FireEye on government-related cybersecurity requirements and feature enhancements for FireEye products. Prior to joining FireEye, he ran McAfee's global government security consulting services, which included product architecture design, implementations, and sustainment of McAfee's product line in the customer environment. He has also held numerous other positions, which include leading a large consulting group and a lead technical program business development role at Symantec Corporation before joining McAfee in early 2009. Cole is retired from the U.S. Army and has more than thirty years of experience in a variety of IT and security environments including communications, intelligence and cryptography. His last military assignment was as the technical operations manager for Network Security Services at the Pentagon, responsible for oversight of the security teams controlling the Pentagon backbone, which included building the Pentagon Computer Incident Response Team (PENT-CIRT). His previous assignments included helping build and run two other CERTs across the military, including the U.S. Army Computer Emergency Response Team (ACERT) and the U.S Army Regional Computer Emergency Response Team-Korea (RCERT-K).

Cole speaks at security conferences throughout the world and has been a contributing author to the SANS Institute's publications and classes. He has been published in trade magazines such as the Washington Business Journal and quoted in many others. He previously advised investment and venture capital firms on security technology on Wall Street and was on the advisory board for Secure Elements Incorporated prior to its sale to Fortinet. Cole has advised the U.S. government and its allies on security matters by invitation through panels, groups and advisory councils many times. He has a bachelor's degree in computer networking and is a former president of the Information Systems Security Association-District of Columbia and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Aaron Higbee
Co-founder and CTO

Aaron Higbee is the co-founder and CTO of PhishMe Inc., directing all aspects of development and research that drives the feature set of this market leading solution. The PhishMe method for awareness training was incubated from consulting services provided by Intrepidus Group, a company that Higbee Co-Founded with Rohyt Belani in 2007.

Robert Palmer
Director, Information Assurance Division
Enterprise System Development Office, Department of Homeland Security

Robert Palmer is the director of the Information Assurance Division (IAD) within the Enterprise System Development Office (ESDO) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). ESDO is responsible for the planning and delivery of enterprise application services for DHS. As the director of IAD, Palmer leads a team dedicated to continually supporting the rapidly changing information landscape through applying a holistic approach to security assessment and risk management enabling the delivery of flexible and innovative IT services. Palmer is also responsible for leading the DHS Mobility Virtual PMO, a mission representative group charged with supporting the implementation of the DHS Mobility Strategy. In addition, Palmer is the government co-chair for the cyber security component of the ACT-IAC Advanced Mobility Working Group.

Palmer has more than 15 years of program and project management experience, over 10 focused in IT and IT security, serving in various leadership capacities with both DHS and DoD in the areas of IT governance, information assurance, Security Operations Center (SOC) analysis, consulting and management with the Army, Missile Defense Agency, and TSA