2019 Cyber 9/12 Speakers

2019's New York City Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge included panels and keynotes from the following members of the growing cyber community in the United States.

Dr. Erica Borghard

Assistant Professor, Army Cyber Institute

Erica D. Borghard is an Assistant Professor in the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy. Prior to that, Dr. Borghard was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. As part of her fellowship, she spent the 2017-2018 academic year on the Global Cyber Partnerships and Government Strategy team at JPMorgan Chase, and at the Cyber National Mission Force at US Cyber Command. From 2014-2017, Dr. Borghard served as an Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the Rupert H. Johnson Grand Strategy Program in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. 
Dr. Borghard received her Ph.D. in Political Science 2014 from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in a range of academic and policy outlets, including The American Political Science Review, Security Studies, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Orbis, Survival, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Cato Institute, The Washington Post, The National Interest, and Net Politics. Dr. Borghard’s current research agenda focuses on cyber strategy, policy, and operations. Dr. Borghard is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Research Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.

Tom Bossert

Chief Strategy Officer, Trinity Cyber

Mr. Bossert is the Chief Strategy Officer at Trinity Cyber, Inc. He’s the National Security Analyst for ABC News, and a respected risk management expert. 

Tom was homeland security advisor to two U.S. Presidents, serving as the Nation’s chief risk officer and senior most advisor on cybersecurity, homeland security, counterterrorism, and global health security policy, managing a range of domestic and transnational security issues and consequence management operations. Tom is a senior executive with extensive experience in operational and strategic management roles. He founded and led a management consulting business that supported commercial clients as they assessed and managed multifaceted, complex risk structures and compliance requirements. 
Tom was born and raised in Quakertown, PA. He is a Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the U.S. Atlantic Council. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his law degree from The George Washington University Law School. Tom was an Engalitcheff Scholar on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University and guest lectures at the Naval Post Graduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Geoff Brown

CISO, City of New York; Head, NYC Cyber Command

Geoff Brown was appointed Chief Information Security Officer for the City of New York in 2016, a position focused on cybersecurity and aggregate information risk across all 100+ NYC departments and agencies. In July 2017, Mayor de Blasio established New York City Cyber Command, led by Geoff and charged with setting Citywide cybersecurity policies; directing response to cyber incidents; and advising City Hall, agencies and departments on the City's overall cyber defense. Prior to joining City government, Geoff worked in financial services, developing and operating threat management disciplines including threat intelligence, detection, response and countermeasures. Geoff also served in the federal government, including work with the National Commission for Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission), supporting the investigation’s work with the first responder community in NYC. Geoff is a graduate of Middlebury College.

General James Cartwright

Board Director, The Atlantic Council

General James Cartwright retired from active duty on 1 September 2011, after 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. General Cartwright served as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, before being nominated and appointed as the 8th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s second highest military officer. General Cartwright served his four year tenure as Vice Chairman across two Presidential administrations and constant military operations against diverse and evolving enemies. He became widely recognized for his technical acumen, vision of future national security concepts, and keen ability to integrate systems, organizations and people in ways that encouraged creativity and sparked innovation in the areas of strategic deterrence, nuclear proliferation, missile defense, cyber security, and adaptive acquisition processes. Born in Rockford, IL, he attended the University of Iowa and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Marines in 1971. He was both a Naval Flight Officer and Naval Aviator who flew the F-4 Phantom, OA-4 Skyhawk, and F/A-18 Hornet. In 1983 he was named Outstanding Carrier Aviator of the Year by the Association of Naval Aviation. General Cartwright graduated with distinction from the Air Command and Staff College, received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, completed a fellowship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was honored with a Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award. 

General Cartwright currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors for Wesley Theological Seminary and is on the Boards of Directors for IP3 Security Corporation and Beyond Aerospace. He is also a Co-Chair for Global Zero Nuclear Crisis Group. General Cartwright has served on the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, the Raytheon Company Board of Directors, the Federal Advisory Board for Accenture Federal Services, the TASC Advisory Board, and was a defense consultant for ABC News. In addition, he was the inaugural holder of the Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies for the Center for Strategic & International Studies and a Harvard Belfer Center Senior Fellow. General Cartwright is also an advisor for several corporate entities involved in global management consulting; technology services and program solutions; predictive and Big Data Analytics; and advanced systems engineering, integration, and decision-support services. He serves as an advisor to Beyond Aerospace, Enlightenment Capital, IxReveal, HSH Analytics, ForcePoint, FireFly Aerospace, Expression Networks, and North Atlantic Industries. In addition, he was a member of SpaceX National Security Space Strategic Advisory Committee as well as a consultant for AT&T Government Solutions and Logos Technologies. General Cartwright is also affiliated with a number of professional organizations to include the Aspen Strategy Group, The Atlantic Council, Council on Foreign Relations, Global Zero, and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

Dan Guido

Co-Founder & CEO, Trail of Bits

Dan co-founded Trail of Bits in 2012 to address software security challenges with cutting-edge research. In his tenure as CEO, Dan has grown the team to 40 engineers, led their work on the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge, built an industry-leading blockchain security practice, and refined open-source tools in the endpoint security market. In addition to his work at Trail of Bits, Dan serves as a director at hack/secure, an investment syndicate focused on seed stage cybersecurity firms. He’s active on the boards of four early-stage technology companies. Dan contributes to cybersecurity policy papers from RAND, CNAS, and Harvard. He runs Empire Hacking, a 1,000-member meetup group focused on NYC-area cybersecurity professionals. His latest hobby coding project – AlgoVPN – is the internet’s most recommended self-hosted VPN. In prior roles, Dan taught a capstone course on software exploitation at NYU as a faculty member and the Hacker in Residence, consulted at iSEC Partners (now NCC Group), and worked as an incident response analyst for the Federal Reserve System. Dan holds a BS in computer science from NYU Tandon.

Dr. Karen Guttieri

Associate Professor of Cyber Warfare, The Air University

Dr. Karen Guttieri is Associate Professor of Cyber Warfare at the Air University. She completed a doctorate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia and conducted post-doctoral work on the civil dimension of the revolution in military affairs at Stanford. Her publication portfolio in the field of international peace and security includes work on military doctrine, technological innovation, psychological operations and civil affairs, metrics for evaluation and how organizations learn. Her work explores interstitial spaces such as that between peace and war and in the connection of technology and society. Dr. Guttieri has led multinational, multi-agency and multi-disciplinary research teams in sponsored research. Ongoing work with the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford includes a study of fake news and social media influence strategies. Longstanding work with humanitarian and international agencies has included educational program leadership, policy planning, participation in United Nations doctrinal development and multinational military exercises. An award-winning teacher, she previously developed and directed graduate education programs at the Naval Postgraduate School and led instructional method workshops for colleagues. Dr. Guttieri was recognized in 2014 as an Honorary Member of the United States Army Civil Affairs Regiment.

Avril Haines

Deputy director of Columbia World Projects and a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School.

Avril Haines is the Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a principal at WestExec Advisors. During the last Administration, Avril served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor. She also served as the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. Avril received her bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Chicago, received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and founded and ran a bookstore café for five years while engaged in community service in Baltimore. She serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Bio Advisory Group, the Board of Trustees for the Vodafone Foundation, and the Refugees International Advisory Council.

Jason Healey

Senior Research Scholar in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs; Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs

Jason Healey is a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs specializing in cyber conflict, competition and cooperation. Prior to this, he was the founding director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council where he remains a Senior Fellow. In addition to editing the first history of conflict in cyberspace, A Fierce Domain: Cyber Conflict, 1986 to 2012, Jason co-authored the book Cyber Security Policy Guidebook and his articles and essays have been published widely. Mr. Healey is also president of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association and an affiliate at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control. As Director for Cyber Infrastructure Protection at the White House from 2003 to 2005, he helped advise the President and coordinated US efforts to secure US cyberspace and critical infrastructure. He has worked twice for Goldman Sachs, first to anchor their team for responding to cyber attacks and later, as an executive director in Hong Kong to create the bank’s regional crisis management capabilities. Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, his efforts as vice chairman of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center created bonds between the finance sector and government that remain strong today.
Jason earned two Meritorious Service Medals for his early work in cyber operations at Headquarters Air Force at the Pentagon and as a plankowner (founding member) of the Joint Task Force – Computer Network Defense. He has degrees from the United States Air Force Academy, Johns Hopkins University and James Madison University.

Dean Merit E. Janow

Dean, School of International and Public Affairs;
Professor of Professional Practice, International Economic Law and International Affairs, Columbia University

Merit E. Janow is an internationally recognized expert in international trade and investment. She has extensive experience in academia, government, and business, with lifelong experience in the Asia-Pacific. Professor Janow became dean of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in July 2013, after serving as a professor at SIPA and Columbia Law School. She has written three books and numerous articles and frequently speaks before business, policy, and academic audiences around the world. 

Professor Janow has had several periods of government service. She served for four years as one of the seven members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body, which is the court of final appeal for adjudicating trade disputes between the 153 member nations of the WTO. From 1997 to 2000, she served as the executive director of the first international antitrust advisory committee to the attorney general and the assistant attorney general for antitrust of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty, Professor Janow was deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for Japan and China (1989–93). She was responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing U.S. trade policies and negotiating strategies toward Japan and China. She also negotiated more than a dozen trade agreements with Japan and China. 
Professor Janow is on the board of directors of several technology and financial services corporations. In 2009, she became a charter member of the International Advisory Council of China’s sovereign wealth fund, CIC. Early in her career, Professor Janow was a corporate lawyer specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan, and is fluent in Japanese. She has a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA in Asian studies from the University of Michigan.

Kurt John

Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Siemens USA

Kurt John is Chief Cybersecurity Officer of Siemens USA, where he is responsible for the Cybersecurity strategy, governance and implementation for the company’s largest market - ~$23B in annual revenues. In this role Kurt oversees the coordination of Cybersecurity for our products, solutions, services and infrastructure used to deliver value to Siemens USA’s customers. Kurt is also member of the Siemens Cybersecurity Board (CSB) where he works alongside colleagues to set strategy, address global challenges, and evaluate actions for opportunities in the area of Cybersecurity. Most recently, Kurt was part of a Siemens Leadership Development program where he was responsible for Cybersecurity assurance projects for the Americas. In addition, Kurt was a member of the leadership team that provided guidance on the global assurance projects and provided transparency and improvement recommendations to the Siemens Managing Board. Prior to joining Siemens, Kurt was Grant Thornton’s New England IT Assurance Market where he oversaw Cyber and IT assurance service delivery for the northeast region.”

Alex Niejelow

Senior Vice President, Cybersecurity Coordination & Advocacy, Mastercard

Alexander Niejelow serves as Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Coordination & Advocacy at Mastercard Incorporated and served as its Senior Vice President of Public Policy since February 2016. Prior to Mastercard, Alex served as director for cybersecurity policy on President Obama's National Security Council. He served as chief of staff to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, where he helped coordinate the administration's efforts to develop and enforce intellectual property and patent policies. Prior to joining the Obama administration, he served as a senior associate at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he analyzed and provided recommendations on enhancing the security of the global pharmaceutical supply chain. He worked in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rikind, Wharton & Garrison before joining the Department of Homeland Security in 2010 as a senior advisor on international trade policy and operations. Alex holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Duke University.

Munish Walther-Puri

Director of Cyber Risk, NYC Cyber Command

Munish Walther-Puri is the Director of Cyber Risk for New York City Cyber Command, where he leads the cyber risk management program.

Previously, he founded Presearch Strategy, a firm dedicated to applying technology and analytics to geopolitical risk, strategic intelligence, and cybersecurity, and was the Chief Research Officer at Terbium Labs, a dark web data intelligence startup, where he led strategy and operations of the company’s analysis, intelligence, and reporting. He also spent time at Citigroup, working on the intersection of fraud, cyber investigations, and terrorism.
He is an active member of the analyst and intelligence community, a co-founder and advisor to the Fletcher Political Risk Group, and a technical advisor to the Do No Digital Harm Initiative. He is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance’s Cyber Council, the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals, and the ODNI-DHS Analyst Exchange Program. His favorite form of procrastination is reading about productivity hacks.