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The Future of Security Panel & Wyatt Starnes Memorial Award Sponsored by OEN

Sentinel Hotel
614 Southwest 11th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205, US (map)

The Sentinel Hotel 614 Southwest 11th Avenue Renaissance Ballroom Portland, OR 97205



In light of recent massive cyber attacks at Target, JP Morgan, and The Home Depot, among others, where do we go from here? What cyber controls are needed to meet quickly evolving new threats? What kinds of new strategies should enterprises—large and small, public and private—start employing now to build a more secure future? Join us for an evening with leading cyber security experts, including a networking hour, an armchair discussion, and audience Q&A.

This special event will mark the launch of the annual Wyatt Starnes Memorial Award, honoring William Wyatt Starnes, founder and CEO of SignaCert and cofounder of Tripwire Inc., who died on May 10, 2014 at age 59.

*This event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited and registration is required.

Moderator: Craig Wessel, Publisher of the Portland Business Journal

Featured speakers: John Stewart, Senior Vice President, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cisco

John Stewart will present a comprehensive vision for cybersecurity in a world whose threat landscape will include Cloud and Internet of Everything systems. He leads Cisco's prestigious Security and Trust Organization, has served on numerous national cyber commissions, and was the 2014 winner of Chief Security Officer of the Year.

Rear Admiral Robert "Willie" Williamson (Retired), National Cyber Security Expert

Admiral Williamson will facilitate the panel discussion. He was a former Commanding Officer of the USS Nimitz and Commander of the USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group. He has held leadership positions at Raytheon Company and Microsoft Corporation and is currently the Strategic Advisor at Shape Security Company.

Dwayne Melancon, Chief Technology Officer, Tripwire

Dwayne Melancon will emphasize the need for customer-driven security solutions. Dwayne regularly works with enterprises on how to prevent data breaches recover from breaches that have already occurred, and coaches Fortune 500 CISOs and CIOs on effective communications with the board room and the C-Suite. He holds CISA and ITIL certifications, is a member of numerous cybersecurity groups, and is a national speaker on information security topics.

Pete O'Dell, author Cyber 24-7: Risks, Leadership and Sharing

Pete O'Dell will address the need for "tone at the top" regarding cybersecurity, and the importance of board and executive policy in preventing and responding to cyber attacks. He has a 30-year career as a high tech leader at companies including AutoDesk, Microsoft and MicroWarehouse. He has lectured about cyber security and the board through National Association of Corporate Directors to Fortune 500 board members and executives.

Abrar Ahmed, Sr. Vice President for Technical Services, Eid Passport

Abrar Ahmed will address issues related to identity and access management in the panel discussion. A national expert of trusted identity management systems, he has over 20 years' experience as a high tech executive at companies including Mentor Graphics and Micro Power Electronics.