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Security SIG: Ransomware

November 8, 2016

The issue of ransomware has become a profitable black market business. Ransomware developers distribute their code to unsuspecting users through seemingly legitimate apps and locks users out of their data until they pay a ransom to decrypt the contents of their hard drives. The malware-as-a-service industry could potentially be worth millions, by some estimates. What is a unique way you’ve addressed this concern? What is important to include in your incident response plan?


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 Jason Callahan
Chief Information Security Officer, Illumina

Jason Callahan is a security and technology leader with experience in a diverse set of industries such as defense, biotech, high-tech and finance.  He has a strong passion for technology and how it can be used to transform business operations.  Jason is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at Illumina Inc., where he is responsible for building and overseeing the global security program and ensuring Illumina sequencers and cloud software platforms are protected.

Jason has an MBA from the Foster Business School and a BS in Information Technology.  While serving in the United States Air Force he was the Information Security officer supporting the F-117 Stealth Fighter program. With 20 years of Information Security experience, the CISSP designation since 2001, a graduate of the USAF Police Academy, and a two-time entrepreneur, Jason is uniquely positioned to offer a robust and unique perspective on security strategy and technology programs. Jason is also an avid cyclist, hiker and father of two.

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Tony Schwarz
Chief Information Security Officer, BofI Federal Bank

Tony Schwarz is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at B of I Federal Bank in San Diego.  His team is responsible for overall information security governance, oversight of IT Security Operations, as well as the operational components of the physical security environment.  At B of I, Tony focuses his time on reviewing 3rd party security programs and performing various levels of internal risk reviews across B of I’s various technology and business assets.  Prior to B of I, Tony worked at the Iowa Credit Union League within their PCI-DSS compliant service provider The Members Group for 10 years, and for Principal Financial Group within their Principal Bank and Retail insurance business units for 10 years.   

Tony has over 20 years of experience in a variety of information technology and security domains including network administration, software release / QA, project management, sales engineering, security operations, and internal/external audit coordination.    He has an MBA from Drake University and maintains the CISSP and CISM credentials.

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Stephan Chenette
CEO, AttackIQ

Stephan has been in involved in security research for the last 15 years and has presented at numerous conferences including: Blackhat, CanSecWest, RSA, RECon, AusCERT, ToorCon, SecTor, SOURCE and PacSec. His specialty is in writing research tools and investigating next generation emerging threats. He has released public analyses on various vulnerabilities and malware. Prior to venturing off to create a security startup, Stephan was Director of Research and Development at IOActive, previous to that Stephan was the head security researcher at Websense for 6 years and a security software engineer for 4 years working in research and product development at eEye Digital Security.

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Jim Matteo
CEO, Bird Rock Systems

Jim Matteo founded Bird Rock Systems in April of 2004. Bird Rock Systems provides computer products, training, and services to enterprise, higher education, and government organizations. Bird Rock Systems has been recognized the past 5 years  for fast growth by the San Diego Business Journal, INC and CRN publications. Jim was previously Director of Sales at Evolv Technologies and Regional Sales Manager at IKON Technology Services. Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and Management from Manhattan College.


*Fourth Panelist Pending 

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November 8, 2016

5:30PM Registration & Reception
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends

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9540 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

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