National Advisory Board, Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection

Matt Bishop, Ph.D.

A nationally renowned computer security expert and innovative computer science educator, Dr. Matt Bishop has exercised national leadership to improve software quality via educational strategies and reformed government policies.  Bishop is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis, where he is a co-director of the Computer Security Laboratory. His research focuses on the analysis of computer system vulnerabilities, the design of secure systems and software, network security, formal models of access control, the “insider problem,” and user authentication. Professor Bishop has authored the textbooks Computer Security: Art and Science and Introduction to Computer Security. His security research includes work on the GENI project, envisioning the architecture of a more secure future Internet. Bishop worked closely with California policymakers in drafting first-in-the-nation legislation to augment information security in public IT systems that was enacted and implemented. He has participated in several scientific analyses of electronic voting systems, including forensics analyses of problematic elections, and served as Co-Principal Investigator for the California Top-to-Bottom Review. In addition to his funded research, Bishop continues to explore methods of improving computer security education and secure programming as a means of improving cybersecurity.


Background:  Ph.D., Computer Science, Purdue University. 

Joseph A. Dickinson

Joseph A. Dickinson is with the firm Tucker Ellis.  Mr. Dickinson is a counselor and litigator with more than 25 years of business and legal experience representing and advising corporations and senior leadership nationally and internationally. Joe has broad experience in the areas of data privacy and security, data breach litigation, intellectual property litigation, and technology licensing.

Prior to joining Tucker Ellis, Joe was the Privacy and Chief Information Security Officer for The MetroHealth System where he focused on developing and implementing data privacy and security programs, HIPAA compliance, addressing data breaches, responding to government agency investigations, conducting internal investigations and advising and training the board and executive leadership on privacy and cybersecurity matters. His practice also includes evaluating the software development process, litigating intellectual property cases, advising clients in responding to software audit requests and on the risks associated with the use of the Internet on an international basis.  He is a regular speaker on data privacy, cybersecurity and HIPAA compliance.


David Jefferson, Ph.D.

Dr. David Jefferson, a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is one of the premier supercomputing experts worldwide. From 1980 to 1994, Dr. Jefferson taught first at the University of Southern California and then at UCLA, where he conducted research in parallel computation and simulation. He co-invented the Time Warp method of parallel discrete event simulation and has also published research in operating systems, evolution, and artificial life.  For nearly two decades, he has served as a consultant on election technical security issues to various agencies within the U.S. Department of Defense and State governments.  Jefferson advised five California Secretaries of State on voting security regulatory issues, and coauthored the SERVE Security Report.  The latter detailed the security vulnerabilities in the proposed Internet voting system developed for use by the U.S. Department of Defense, leading to the program’s rapid cancellation. Under California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, he served as chair of the Post-election Audit Standards Working Group that worked in parallel with the Top to Bottom Review of the security of California's voting systems.  In addition to his Laboratory research, Jefferson has authored and co-authored articles and reports, and addressed many organizations, on election technology policy issues. He has served on the boards of various nonprofits, including as board chair, and continues to provide counsel to public officials on election technology security issues. 


Timothy M. opsitnick

Timothy M. Opsitnick is the President of JURINNOV, LLC (“JURINNOV”). Opsitnick founded JURINNOV in 2000 and is at the forefront of practitioners addressing issues involved in the security and discovery of electronically stored information. His consulting practice focuses on electronic discovery, data privacy, cybersecurity, computer forensics, and cloud-based document management systems. His clients include United States and international law firms and companies.

In 2016, JURINNOV was acquired by Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. (“TCDI”) and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary.  Opsitnick became Executive Vice President and General Counsel of TCDI after the acquisition. TCDI is a leader in litigation technology and services for mass tort management, second requests, complex litigation and MDL case management. TCDI consults with large corporations and law firms to provide advanced litigation support software and services for electronic discovery, and large-scale litigation case file management.

He has also conducted numerous continuing legal education seminars regarding electronic discovery, cybersecurity, and other technology issues. In addition, he has served as a courtappointed Special Master and as an expert witness.

Opsitnick was with the law firm of Jones Day from 1986 until 2000, where he was a member of the Litigation and Product Liability sections. His practice concentrated on the management of complex, multi-district litigation.

Bobby Psaropoulos

Bobby Psaropoulos currently serves as Vice President and Chief Counsel of the Vehicle Group, a $4B business division within Eaton Corporation.   In addition to counseling the Vehicle Group in business and legal affairs, Bobby is the Litigation Coordinator for Eaton’s Industrial Sector. In this role, he ensures alignment between the objectives and priorities of the Industrial Sector and litigation involving its various businesses – Vehicle, Hydraulics, and Aerospace. Bobby joined Eaton’s Law Department in July 2006 as a litigation attorney, a position he maintained until being promoted to his current role in January 2013.

Prior to joining Eaton, Bobby was an equity partner in the Litigation and Trial group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, a firm he joined in 1999 after working for three years as a judicial clerk in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a  major in economics from The Ohio State University, an MBA from John Carroll University and a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.


Barbara Simons, Ph.D.

Dr. Barbara Simons is a leading expert on U.S. technology policy.  A former President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the nation’s oldest and largest educational and scientific society for computing professionals, she is the only woman to have received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering of U.C. Berkeley, where she earned her Ph.D. in computer science.  A fellow of ACM and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Simons also received the Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award.   She founded ACM’s Public Policy Committee (USACM) and served for many years as the Chair or co-Chair of USACM.   Dr. Simons served on the President’s Export Council’s Subcommittee on Encryption and on the Information Technology-Sector of the President’s Council on the Year 2000 Conversion, as well as on the boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Oxford Internet Institute.  She co-founded the Reentry Program for Women and Minorities in the Computer Science Department at U.C. Berkeley.  Retired from IBM Research, for over a decade she has dedicated her efforts to improving public policies on election technologies and is currently leading the Verified Voting Foundation as Board Chair.  Her recent co-authored book, Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?systematically examines the deficiencies of currently deployed electronic voting systems and of internet voting schemes.  She was appointed to the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in 2008 and she co-authored the report that led to the cancellation of Department of Defense’s Internet voting project (SERVE) in 2004 because of security deficiencies. 


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