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Keynote - Day One

Fireside Chat: A Candid Conversation with the Governor’s Cyber Security Advisory Board

Moderated by board co-chair William F. Pelgrin

Members of the New York State Cyber Security Advisory Board will engage in an interactive discussion of current challenges facing the information security community and provide their insight into how those challenges are being met. The session will also be an opportunity for the members of the Board to discuss other items of interest, such as the input they have provided to the State on its cyber security planning, and other efforts in the federal government and the private sector to enhance cyber security capabilities across the State and the nation. Governor’s Cyber Security Advisory Board

Governor Andrew Cuomo created the New York State Cyber Security Advisory Board in May 2013 to advise the administration on developments in cyber security and make recommendations for protecting the state’s critical infrastructure and information systems. The members of this board are among the world’s leading experts in cyber security and bring vast experience in both the public and private sectors.

William F. Pelgrin serves as co-chair of the Board, along with New York Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin M. Lawsky and NYS Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Thomas P. Abt.

Mr. Pelgrin is currently the President and CEO of the Center for Internet Security (CIS) located in East Greenbush. Prior to his current position, he served for 29 years in state government, as director and Chief Cyber Security Officer of the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination ("CSCIC"), where he founded the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

As New York’s first Superintendent of Financial Services, Mr. Lawsky led Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to make the Department of Financial Services into a modern unified financial regulator. He is the former chief of staff to Governor Cuomo and was Deputy Counsel to then-Attorney General Cuomo. Prior to that, Mr. Lawsky was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief Counsel to New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

As the Cuomo Administration’s Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, Mr. Abt leads the State’s efforts to enhance public safety and ensure the wellbeing of New York’s families and neighborhoods. Prior to joining New York State, Mr. Abt served as Chief of Staff to the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice where he coordinated the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Mr. Abt was also an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan.

The other members of the board have all held significant cyber security positions with the U.S. government, and include:

Richard E. Clarke, Chairman and CEO of Good Harbor Consulting, LLC and former senior White House advisor for the last three administrations. Prior to serving in the White House, Mr. Clarke served for 19 years in the Pentagon, the State Department, and various intelligence agencies. Mr. Clarke is the author of, among other titles, Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security And What To Do About It.

Shawn Henry, President and Chief Security Officer of CrowdStrike Services and former Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he oversaw all of the FBI’s criminal and cyber programs and investigations worldwide. Mr. Henry also led the establishment of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (“NCIJTF”), a multi-agency cyber security center.

Philip R. Reitinger, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer of the Sony Corporation and former Director of the National Cyber Security Sector at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Previously, Mr. Reitinger had positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he assisted in securing critical infrastructure systems. Mr. Reitinger worked previously for the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and Microsoft.

Hon. Howard A. Schmidt, a Partner at Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, LLC, who brings 31 years of public service in the cyber security field, including a position as President Obama’s White House Cyber Security Coordinator and Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security for President George W. Bush. Mr. Schmidt also served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for eBay Inc., and formerly served as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft.


Keynote - Day Two

The Administration’s Perspective on Cybersecurity

Michael Daniel is a Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator. In this position, Michael leads the interagency development of national cybersecurity strategy and policy, and he oversees agencies’ implementation of those policies. Michael also ensures that the federal government is effectively partnering with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, other branches and levels of government, and other nations.

Prior to coming to the National Security Staff, Michael served for 17 years with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Michael played a key role in shaping intelligence budgets, improving the management of the IC, and resolving major IC policy issues including cybersecurity, counterterrorism spending, and information sharing and safeguarding.

Michael received a Bachelor’s in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Important Dates

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

- Isaac Asimov

Just as drivers who share the road must also share responsibility for safety, we all now share the same global network, and thus must regard computer security as a necessary social responsibility. To me, anyone unwilling to take simple security precautions is a major, active, part of the problem.

- Fred Langa

In theory, one can build provably secure systems. In theory, theory can be applied to practice, but in practice, it can’t.

- M. Dacier