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Keynote Speaker:
Congressman Michael T. McCaul Chairman, House Committee on Homeland Security

Congressman Michael T. McCaul, who is currently serving his sixth term representing Texas' 10th Congressional District, chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security. The Committee oversees the Department of Homeland Security in order to ensure it is able to carry out its core mission of protecting the American people from terrorist attacks. As Chairman, McCaul has focused on the threat of international and domestic terrorism, border security, cyber security, airport security and fixing management problems within DHS in order to save taxpayer dollars. Prior to Congress, Chairman McCaul served as a federal counterterrorism prosecutor, led a Joint Terrorism Task Force and served as Texas Deputy Attorney General.

Keynote Speaker: Steve Belovich
IQware Solutions

Dr. Steve Belovich is the founder of IQware Solutions, LLC, an enterprise software company. IQware makes and sells secure Master Data Management (MDM) software to the regulated industries, including health care, pharmaceutical and government. Dr. Belovich designed the initial version of the patented IQware software (US #7,322,028, #8,924,928) and supervised its evolution into its present form.

Prior to founding IQware, Belovich was the founder and majority shareholder of SmartData which was publicly-traded. SmartData won the 2000 NorTech award for innovation from CWRU’s Enterprise Development Institute.

Dr. Belovich has been an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering. He created CSU's Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) degree program, the first of its kind in the State of Ohio. He has published numerous technical papers and has testified in Federal court under oath as an expert witness on intellectual property (IP) matters numerous times. He holds a number of US patents for various electrical and medical devices.

Gregory T. Garcia

Gregory T. Garcia is executive vice president of McBee Strategic Consulting, a Washington, DC-based public policy advocacy and strategic communications consulting firm. 

Garcia was appointed by President George W. Bush as the nation’s first Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2006-2009, where he led the National Cyber Security Division, the National Communications System and the Office of Emergency Communications. Under Garcia’s leadership, DHS was a key driver in developing the Bush Administration’s Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative (HSPD 23), the National Emergency Communications Plan, and the precursor to what is now the National Cyber and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).

After DHS, Garcia went on to create and lead Bank of America’s external partnership strategy for cyber security and identity management until December 2011. He then expanded his footprint to head the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), an official industry-wide partner to the government, developing policy and operational strategy for the security and resiliency of the financial system against cyber-attacks and other threats.

Earlier in his career, Greg served as professional staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, where he shepherded enactment of the Cyber Security Research & Development Act of 2002. He also led advocacy for the Information Technology Association of America, American Electronics Association, and 3Com Corporation, a Silicon Valley computer and communications networking company.

Anthony M. Freed

Anthony M. Freed is the Director of Corporate Communications at Evident.io, the leader in cloud infrastructure security and compliance solutions. He is also the Communications Advisor for the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), which provides cyber warfare awareness, guidance, and tactical training to assist the government, military, the private sector, and our international partners. Freed was formerly a security journalist who authored numerous investigative reports which have been sourced and cited by dozens of major media outlets. Noteworthy stories include uncovering the Symantec NAV source code leak and the breach of login credentials for dozens of federal government agencies. Freed also provided exclusive coverage of the asymmetric attacks by hacktivist The Jester (th3j35t3r) against militant Jihadist websites, Wikileaks after the disclosure of the State Department cables, and the iFrame injection psyops campaign that targeted the regime of former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

Ira E. Hoffman


Ira E. Hoffman, who has been practicing law for 30 years, is based in the Washington, DC office of Butzel Long, a prominent Midwest law firm, where he represents companies ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations. He is a frequent speaker and author on cybersecurity law and policy; and instructor on government contracts and international contracting issues for the Public Contracting Institute; and an experienced litigator. Previously, he taught “International Trade Law” and “European Union Law” as an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law, and had served as in-house Counsel to the Israeli Ministry of Defense Mission to the United States; and as Counsel to the Vice Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Hoffman is a member of the Board of Directors and Instructor with the Public Contracting Institute (PCI) and has been an advisory board member with the Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Merage School of Business, UCI, CyberMaryland and the Maryland-Israel Development Center. He is a fellow with the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, and a past co-chair of CyberMontgomery and the Tech Council of Maryland Cyber Committee. Hoffman has a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a M.Sc (Econ) for London School of Economics and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

Joe Billingsley

Joe Billingsley is Founder of the Military Cyber Professionals Association, Advisor of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, Fellow at the Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation, and pursuing a PhD in Information Sciences at the Naval Postgraduate School. He researches, consults, and lectures on innovation, business, strategy, and cyber policy.

Billingsley is also a U.S. Army Cyber Warfare Officer and War College trained Strategist. He has served in various executive and staff positions at each echelon from Platoon to General Staff, including a 15 month Surge deployment to Iraq as part of the 1st Armored Division. He is participating today in a personal capacity and any opinions expressed by him are not necessarily those of any government or organization.

Marc Jamison, Col. USAF (Ret'd)

Colonel (Ret) Marc Jamison consults on Cyber Security, Strategy and Operations for a company he founded, Cyber CheckMate Consultants. Currently, he supports the US Army as they build their new Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) concept combing Cyber and Electronic Warfare and over 25 other defense contractors in the cyber domain. He worked for L-3 Communications for 18 months. His role included Director of Cyber Operations and Director of Strategic Ventures that included Merger & Acquisition evaluations, oversight of strategic partnerships with universities and business development.

Colonel Jamison has more than 27 years of progressive experience directing, managing, and training government teams in air operations and cyber security. He has led and planned national Cyber, Counter Terror and Air Operations and has advised senior-level USG leadership on strategies and policy. Colonel Jamison is a demonstrated expert in cyber strategy, planning, training, threats, operations, policy and organizations.

Prior to industry, Colonel Jamison served as J35 Director of Future Operations for USCYBERCOM and as the J3 Director of Operation for its predecessor organization Joint Functional Component Commander – Network Warfare (J3) at Ft. Meade. He spent three years as a senior executive establishing USCYBERCOM, a “plank holder”, where he directed multiple national level operations and developed cyber doctrine and tactics, techniques and procedures.

Colonel Jamison is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and combat aviator, who flew B-52 and B-1 bombers. He was the Director of USAFE’s Strategy Division and commanded the Combat Plans Squadron for 8th Air Force. He is a graduate of the School for Advanced Air and Space Studies and USAF Weapons School. He holds four Master’s degrees, including an M.S. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and is a published author.

Jason Mahler

Jason Mahler is a Vice President and manages government affairs for Oracle Corporation. He is responsible for formulating the company’s global public policy agenda and communicating those policies to lawmakers and government agencies at all levels of government.

Before joining Oracle in 2010, Mahler served for six years as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (14th District, California – Palo Alto) in her Washington office. Prior to joining the Congresswoman’s staff, he was Vice President and General Counsel of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), a major Washington technology and telecommunications trade association. From 1995-1999 Mahler was on the staff of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (16th District, California – San Jose) as Legislative Assistant and Counsel, and he also served on the staff of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (New Jersey) as a Legislative Assistant and Fellow.

Mahler graduated from Duke University in 1987 (A.B., Psychology), and from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1990 (Juris Doctor).

Larry Clinton

Larry Clinton is President and CEO of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA). In 2015 the National Association of Corporate Directors named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the field of corporate governance. He serves on the Executive Committee of the IT Sector Coordinating Council and the Cybersecurity Advisory Board for the Center for Audit Quality. In 2016 SC Magazine awarded ISA with its Editor’s Choice Award for excellence in cyber security. He is widely published and has been featured by WSJ, USA Today Fox News, NBC, CBS, NYT, PBS Morning Edition CNN & MTV. He testifies often before Congress. He has briefed industry and governments world-wide including NATO and the OAS. He was the principle author of the ISA Cyber Social Contract which outlined a market based, as opposed to government regulatory model, for improving cyber security. The Social Contract model was endorsed in the subsequent pan-industry white paper on cyber security produced by ISA in collaboration with the US Chamber of Commerce, Tech America, the Business Software Alliance and the Center for Democracy and Technology. Mr. Clinton was the first witness called to testify before the House GOP Leadership Task Force on cyber security and the Task Force adopted the main recommendations of the ISA Social Contract which was to use market incentives as opposed to government mandates to promote better cyber security. One example of that model being implemented in legislation was the information sharing legislation enacted earlier this year which used liability incentives to promote information sharing on cyber security.

CDR Bernadette M. Semple (RET)

CDR Bernadette M. Semple (RET), USN is a CFSI FELLOW. A native of Laurelton, (Queens), New York , she is also a Wounded Warrior, former candidate for the NYS Senate (2014) and CEO of newly formed SEMPLE FIDELIS GROUP.

A visionary during her Military Career she has served at the highest levels of the United State Government and was hand-picked for t challenging and visible jobs including: Flag Lieutenant/Aide to Commander Naval Forces Marianas/United States Commander in Chief Pacific Command Representative, Guam. CJCS intern assigned to (J6). Military Assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary Of Defense, Command, Control, and Computers and Intelligence (C3I).Commanding Officer, and Naval Communications Security Material System and was deployed as Director, C4 Systems (J6). Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and was commissioned from Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island. A recipient of the DOD Information Assurance Scholarship program CDR Semple completed a M.S. in Information Resource Management with a concentration in Information Assurance from Syracuse University as well as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Information Assurance NSTISSI No.4011 (CSO) certification programs from the National Defense University Advance Management Program. CDR Semple was also selected for Naval Post Graduate School Monterey, CA and graduated with a Masters in Arts degree in National Security Affairs (Strategic nuclear Planning and International Negotiations) in June 1992.

Ben Rogers

Ben Rogers is a Senior Systems Engineer with Venafi. Rogers has been working directly with customers to meet their business and technical needs for security solutions for over 16 years. His experience spans the software development life cycle including pre-sales engineering, architecture, design, development, test, and solution implementation. His technical expertise includes Cryptography, including PKI, Mainframe security, and Cloud security. Rogers is a published author on topics including best practices for securing cryptographic resources, identity management, and key distribution. He has also been an Adjunct Faculty member at Marist College where he taught an accredited on-line class “Introduction to the new Mainframe – Security.”

Jamil N. Jaffer

Jamil N. Jaffer is currently Vice President for Strategy & Business Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, a startup technology firm founded by former National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander (ret.) and former National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Director Matt Olsen. Jaffer also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of the Homeland and National Security Law Program at the George Mason University School of Law where he teaches classes on counterterrorism, intelligence, surveillance, cybersecurity, and other national security matters.

Jaffer most recently served as the Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), where he worked on key national security and foreign policy issues, including leading the drafting of the proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS in 2014 and 2015, the AUMF against Syria in 2013, and revisions to the 9/11 AUMF against al Qaeda. Jaffer was also the lead architect of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) and two sanctions laws against Russia for its intervention in Ukraine.

Prior to joining SFRC, Jaffer served as Senior Counsel to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the U.S. House of Representatives (HPSCI) where he led the committee’s oversight of NSA surveillance and intelligence community-wide counterterrorism matters. In the Bush Administration, Jaffer served in the White House as an Associate Counsel to the President, handling Defense Department, State Department, and Intelligence Community matters, and at the Justice Department as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, where he focused on counterterrorism and intelligence matters.

Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers is a former member of Congress representing Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District, officer in the U.S. Army, and FBI special agent.

From his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he chaired the powerful House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and was a member of the Energy and Commerce panel, Mike built a legacy as a tireless and effective leader on counterterrorism and national security policy, as well as being active on healthcare, telecommunications, and automotive issues.

As chairman of HPSCI, he authorized and oversaw a budget of $70 billion that provided funding to the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. Rogers was a prominent leader on cybersecurity in the United States Congress during his service, shepherding multiple cybersecurity bills through the House of Representatives and is a highly sought-after national expert on cyber policy.

Rogers has worked with two presidents, Congressional leadership, and countless foreign leaders, diplomats and intelligence professionals to ensure the brave men and women who fight for our nation are equipped with the resources necessary to get the job done. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius remarked, Rogers was “a rare example of bipartisanship.”

The founder of the Mike Rogers Center for Intelligence & Global Affairs, he is working jointly with the Bipartisan Policy Center to realign the interests of government and the technology industry through the Global Digital Challenge Initiative. The Initiative brings together leaders in the policy, business, and technology communities to discuss critical issues facing the United States and the global digital economy. It offers participants a unique opportunity to engage with peers and counterparts, hear from leaders in industry and government, and network during forums designed to begin working towards an alignment of interests.

Rogers sits on the boards of several cybersecurity and technology firms. He also serves on the Cybersecurity Industry Advisory Council for Trident Capital. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the prestigious Hudson Institute and serves on the Board of Trustees at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

Rogers currently uses his insider perspective gained from traveling the globe – from the Middle East to South America – to host the nationally-syndicated “Something to Think About with Mike Rogers” on Westwood One. Mike is the Host and Executive Producer of Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies currently airing on CNN on Sunday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET. Rogers is also a CNN national security commentator and a regular in the major print outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press. 

The Forum is presented in partnership with Baldwin-Wallace University. 

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