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Speakers and Panels


Featured Speakers

Tuesday, 24 June

9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Welcome and Conference Opening

Mr. Kent Schneider (confirmed)

President and CEO

AFCEA International


Tuesday, 24 June

9:40 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Video: “Cyber Awakening”

Dr. Robert D. Childs (confirmed)

President of iCLEAR

Former Chancellor of the National Defense University iCollege


Tuesday, 24 June

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote

Ms. Suzanne Spaulding (confirmed)

Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate

Department of Homeland Security


Hear Suzanne Spaulding explain the National Infrastructure Protection Plan on the AFCEA Answers radio show. Listen to the entire program online.


Tuesday, 24 June

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon*

Luncheon Speaker:

ADM Michael S. Rogers, USN (confirmed)

Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

Director, National Security Agency
Chief, Central Security Service



Wednesday, 25 June

12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon*

Mr. Terry Halvorsen (confirmed)

DoD Chief Information Officer, Acting


* Ticket required.


Panel Sessions


Tuesday, 24 June
p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Panel I: Managing Cyber Risk From the Top – A Primer for Executive Leadership

VIDEO - Part One

VIDEO - Part Two


Synopsis: CEOs and Board members are being challenged to incorporate cybersecurity into enterprise risk management.  Managing and mitigating the cyber risk is becoming increasingly difficult in a rapidly changing and sophisticated threat environment. Panelists will provide suggestions for working with cybersecurity professionals, best practices, and tips for implementing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.  Panelists will also provide ideas for better public and private collaboration.  This panel discussion will be of benefit to leaders just starting to manage cyber risk and those executives who are looking to improve an existing cybersecurity risk management program. 



Mr. Al Berkeley (confirmed)


Princeton Capital Management

former Vice Chairman of NASDAQ


Ms. Cheri F. McGuire (confirmed)

Vice President, Global Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy



Mr. Michael Echols (confirmed)

Chief, Communications and IT Sector

U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Mr. Joel Schleicher (confirmed)

Founder, Cyber Risk Management, LLC

Co-Founder, MWB Investments, LLC 


Wednesday, 25 June
a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Panel II: Security Cooperation: Building Partner Capacity in Cyberspace

VIDEO - Part One

VIDEO - Part Two



MAJGEN Koen Gijsbers, Royal Netherlands Army (Ret.) (confirmed)

General Manager
NATO Communications and Information Agency



Ms. Melissa Hathaway (confirmed)

President, Hathaway Global Strategies

former Acting Senior Director for Cyberspace, National Security Council


Lt Gen Johannes Kert (confirmed)

Military Representative of the Estonian Delegation

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre


Lt Gen Mark O. Schissler, USAF (confirmed)

Deputy Chairman

NATO Military Committee


Dr. Velizar Shalamanov, Ph.D. (confirmed)

Director, Demand Management

NATO Communications and Information Agency


Wednesday, 25 June

3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Panel III: Building Trained and Ready Cyber Teams to Prevent, Shape, Win

VIDEO - Part One

VIDEO - Part Two



LTG Rhett Hernandez, USA (Ret.) (confirmed)


West Point Cyber Research Center


COL Jennifer G. Buckner, USA (confirmed)

Commander, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade

U. S. Army Cyber Command

RADM Marshall B. Lytle, III, USCG (confirmed)

Assistant Commandant for C4IT, U.S Coast Guard

Commander, Coast Guard Cyber


Brig Gen Robert J. Skinner, USAF (confirmed)

Deputy Commander

Air Forces Cyber


Col Dewey “Guy” Jordan, USMC (confirmed)

AC/S, G2

Marine Forces Cyber Command 

VADM Jan E. Tighe, USN (confirmed)

Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command

Commander, U.S. TENTH Fleet


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