Cyber Trek Breakout Sessions

Below are the details on the Cybersecurity Trek breakout sessions that we will host as part of the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum on September 27th.



Reports from Inside: Massachusetts Leading Cybersecurity R&D Initiatives

Location: IDB, Floor 1     Sponsor: Dell

Hear TED-style talks from Massachusetts institutions lauded as hubs of cybersecurity innovation, research and development, and their current projects in solving critical cyber challenges.

  • John Manferdelli, Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, Northeastern University
  • Krishna Venkatasubramanian, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, WPI PracticePoint
  • Brian Levine, Professor, Information and Computer Sciences, UMass Amherst
  • Yunsi Fei, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University
  • Orran Krieger, Founding Director for the Cloud Computing Initiative, Mass Open Cloud
  • Kevin Powers, Director, MS Cybersecurity Policy and Governance, Boston College

Collaborative Defense: Increasing Cybersecurity Resiliency                                              

Location: Flex           Sponsor: Bank of America

Organizations are increasingly sharing information through informal channels, with growing use of more formal mechanisms, as well as exploring opportunities to coordinate on security across their supply chains. Supporting actions to be discussed include: expanded C-suite leadership, information sharing, external security evaluations, workforce & talent development, and the effective use of simulations and exercises.

  • Michael Figueroa, President & Executive Director, Advanced Cyber Security Center
  • Siobhan MacDermott, Global Cyber Public Policy Executive, Bank of America
  • Mike Brown, RADM, USN (Ret.) Founder and President, Spinnaker Security LLC
  • Ron Ford, Cybersecurity Advisor, DHS
  • Hans Olson, Assistant Undersecretary of Homeland Security and Senior Advisor, Antiterrorism and Cybersecurity, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • John McKenna, former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Liberty Mutual


Cybersecurity Product and Technology Development: Can Extreme Collaboration Give Us Better Products and Services?

Location: Autodesk          Sponsor: Arbella

Massachusetts has an extraordinary community of companies and organizations developing the world’s next generation of critical cyber offerings. Yet, development of cybersecurity products and services is complex and the need for cyber security practitioners to integrate the dizzying array of offerings is a major challenge. This trek will provide participants with an intimate look into how Cyber Security technology company leaders, developers and practitioners are envisioning a new path forward.  Our moderator and panelists will discuss ways in which working together through stronger collaboration and integration can improve our collective cyber defenses.  

Attendees will hear opening remarks from a leading national cyber research and development nonprofit, followed by a fireside chat with a fast-growing cyber company CEO.  To round out the trek, a group of regional cybersecurity leaders will discuss ways that the Mass Cyber community can work together to more successfully navigate complex cybersecurity challenges and deliver solutions that improve resiliency against increasing cyber threats.

  • Peter Sherlock, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, MITRE
  • Josh Corman, Chief Security Officer and Senior Vice President, PTC
  • Margie Zuk, Senior Principal Cybersecurity Engineer, MITRE
  • Ruvi Kitov, CEO & Co-Founder, Tufin
  • Corey Thomas, President & CEO, Rapid7
  • Peter Bauer, CEO, Mimecast




Over the Horizon Cybersecurity R&D Opportunities 

Location: IDB, Floor 1

What would you do if you could start over to address cybersecurity-related challenges?  Join leaders from within the Commonwealth’s research enterprise to discuss and evaluate the longer term opportunities for cybersecurity research and innovation.

  • Danny Weitzner, Founding Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative and Principal Research Scientist at MIT CSAIL, MIT
  • Hamed Okhravi, Senior Staff Member, Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems Group, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • John Manferdelli, Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, Northeastern University
  • Jim Waldo, Chief Technology Officer for the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University


The Cost of Resilience: The Customer's View of Cybersecurity

Location: Flex          Sponsor: MACP

As enterprise digital footprints expand, so too does digital risk. Join us for a wide-ranging consideration of the top cybersecurity issues on the minds of digital leaders in public, private, and social sector institutions, including: whether to push for agile best integrated security solutions or best of breed?; in-source or outsource?; what constitutes “good” customer experience?; which cybersecurity product and service vendors are getting it right and why?

  • Marc Sorel, Associate Partner, McKinsey
  • Nav Singh, Senior Partner, McKinsey
  • Michael Daly, Chief Technology Officer of Cybersecurity and Special Missions, Raytheon
  • Garth Davis, Compliance Program Manager, Wellframe
  • Dennis McDermitt, Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Michael Benadon, Senior Director, Information Technology, Wayfair
  • Shree Dandekar, Senior Vice President & Corporate Software Technology Officer, Flex


Bridging the Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Location: Autodesk          Sponsor: MassMutual

The rapid expansion of threat actors is occurring amid a shortage in tech and cybersecurity talent. This trek will showcase cyber staffing solution stories as well as highlight programs to expand, train, and skill-up the workforce.

  • Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, EOHED
  • Rainer Gawlick, Senior Advisor, Board Member, Apprenti
  • Dave Moody, Director, Bedford Operations and Strategic Development, MITRE
  • Sandy Silk, Director, IT Security Education & Consulting, Harvard University
  • Guevara Noubir, Director of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Graduate Program, Northeastern University
  • Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director, SkillWorks