The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)


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Keynote Speakers

The Honorable John M. “Mike” McConnell

Mike McConnell is Executive Vice President and leader of the National Security Business for Booz Allen Hamilton and is a member of the firm’s Leadership Team. Mr. McConnell previously served from 2007-2009 as U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI), a position of Cabinet rank under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. As DNI, Mr. McConnell served as the principal intelligence advisor to the President and as a member of the U.S. National Security Council.

Mr. McConnell’s career has spanned over 40 years focusing on international developments and foreign intelligence issues, first as a career intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, as the Senior Intelligence Officer on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as Director of the National Security Agency, and later as Senior Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton after retiring from the U.S. Navy as Vice Admiral after 29 years of service. Over the past few years, Mr. McConnell’s area of focus has been counter-terrorism, cyber security, counter-proliferation, and foreign intelligence. While managing the U.S. Intelligence Community, a organization of 100,000 people, he had responsibility for a global enterprise and budget of over $47B. In this capacity, Mr. McConnell had extensive interactions with the White House, the President’s Cabinet, the Congress, International Leaders, and the U.S. Business Community.

Serving first under President George H. W. Bush and later President Clinton, Mr. McConnell served as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) from 1992-1996. He led NSA as it adapted to the multi-polar threats brought about by the end of the Cold War. Under his leadership, NSA routinely provided global Intelligence and Information Security Services to the White House, Cabinet officials and the Congress in addition to a broad array of military and civil intelligence customers. He also served as a member of the senior leadership team of the Director of Central Intelligence to address major programmatic and substantive foreign intelligence issues from 1992 until 1996.

Prior to his service at NSA and during Desert Shield/Storm and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Mr. McConnell served as the Intelligence Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell and the Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney.

Mr. McConnell holds an M.P.A. degree from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University (Global Telecom) and the National Defense Intelligence College (Strategic Intelligence), and holds a B.A. in Economics from Furman University. He also has been awarded three Honorary Doctorate degrees, the most recent from The George Washington University in 2008. Mr. McConnell is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to many of the nation’s highest military awards for meritorious service, Mr. McConnell has been twice awarded the nation’s highest award for service in the Intelligence Community; once by President Clinton and once by President George W. Bush. He also served as the Chairman and CEO of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).

The Honorable Rand Beers

Rand Beers was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. On June 19, 2009, Beers was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to direct NPPD’s integrated efforts to reduce risks to physical, cyber and communications infrastructures. NPPD collaborates with all levels of government, the private sector, non-government organizations, and international bodies to prevent, respond to, and mitigate threats to U.S. national security from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other catastrophic events.

As Under Secretary for NPPD, Beers oversees the coordinated operational and policy functions of the Directorate’s subcomponents – Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), Infrastructure Protection (IP), Risk Management and Analysis (RMA), and the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program – in support of the Department’s critical mission.

Beers has served as Counselor to Secretary Napolitano since January 21, 2009 and will continue in that capacity while directing the activities of NPPD. Before his appointment, he was the co-leader of the Department of Homeland Security Transition Team for incoming Obama Administration. Prior to the 2008 election, Beers was the President of the National Security Network, a network of experts seeking to foster discussion of progressive national security ideas around the country, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, starting both in 2004.

Beers began his professional career as a Marine officer and rifle company commander in Vietnam (1964-1968). He entered the Foreign Service in 1971 and transferred to the Civil Service in 1983. He served most of his career in the Department of State, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional Affairs in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, focusing on the Middle East and Persian Gulf (1992-1993). He was Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (1998-2002).

Beers also served on the NSC Staff under the previous four Presidents: Director for Counter-terrorism and Counter-narcotics (1988-1992), Director for Peacekeeping (1993-1995), and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs (1995-1998), and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Combating Terrorism on the NSC Staff (2002-2003). He resigned from the NSC Staff in March 2003, retired from government service in April 2003, and served as national security advisor for the Kerry-Edwards campaign (2003-2004).

Beers earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Security Seminar Speaker

David Bell

David Elliott Bell, Ph. D., is the co-author of the widely-known “Bell-La Padula security model.” His work in security has been varied, from the conceptual security of his modeling work to security architectures, operating system security, database management security, network security, formal verification, public-key technology, and standards and guidelines for security practice.

In addition to security, he has also contributed in systems design and implementation, acquisition, integration, and, not least, in passing his insight along through formal and informal training and education. He has been a guest lecturer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Major customers benefitting from his contributions include the Department of Defense, especially the U.S. Air Force, DIA, and the National Security Agency (where he was presented the NSA Meritorious Civilian Service Award); the Department of Homeland Security; and the Department of Energy.

Since retirement, he has given invited addresses at ACSAC, Mississippi State University, the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and Winston-Salem State University.

Ethics Panel Bios

Nicolas Christin

Nicolas Christin is the Associate Director of the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also serves as a faculty member. He is in addition a CyLab SysteM.S. Scientist, and (by courtesy) a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. He holds a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from École Centrale Lille, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. While in graduate school, he worked at Nortel’s Advanced Technology Lab. Before joining Carnegie Mellon in 2005, he was a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. He served for three years as resident faculty in the CyLab Japan program in Kobe (Japan), before returning to Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in 2008. His research interests are in computer and information systeM.S. networks; most of his work is at the boundary of systeM.S. and policy research, with a slant toward security aspects. He has most recently focused on network security and its economics, incentive-compatible network topology design, and peer-to-peer security.

Cassio Goldschmidt

Cassio Goldschmidt is senior manager of the product security team under the Office of the CTO at Symantec Corporation. In this role he leads efforts across the company to ensure the secure development of software products. His responsibilities include managing Symantec’s internal secure software development process, training, threat modeling and penetration testing. Cassio’s background includes over 13 years of experience in the software industry. During the eight years he has been with Symantec, he has helped to architect, design and develop several top selling product releases, conducted numerous security classes, and coordinated various penetration tests. Cassio is also known for leading the OWASP chapter in Los Angeles. Cassio represents Symantec on the SAFECode technical committee and (ISC)2 in the development of the CSSLP certification. He holds a bachelor degree in computer science from PUC-RS, a masters degree in software engineering from SCU, and a masters of business administration from USC.

Aaron Massey

Aaron Massey is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science department at North Carolina State University and a member of His research interests include computer security, privacy, regulatory compliance, and managing legal requirements in software engineering. As a recipient of a 2008 Google Policy Fellowship, Aaron spent the summer of 2008 working with Jim Harper, Directory of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. He is also the recipient of the 2008-2009 Walter H. Wilkinson Graduate Research Ethics Fellowship. Aaron earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2003 and a M.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2009. He is a student member of the Association of Computing Machinery, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is also a member of the ACM US Public Policy committee. Aaron is originally from Noblesville, IN.

Melissa Dark

Melissa Dark is a Professor in Computer and Information Technology and Associate Director for Educational Programs at CERIAS (the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security) at Purdue University. Her research interests focus on how to address the human aspects of information security problems. She investigates the utilization of education and public policy to shape the information security behaviors of people.

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Ross Maciejewski

Ross Maciejewski, Ph.D. is a visiting assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and is a member of VACCINE., the visual analytics branch of the Department of Homeland Security Command, Control and Interoperability Center of Excellence. His research interests include data analysis, statistical modeling, novel visualization techniques, visual analytics, volume rendering, information visualization, and procedural abstraction of complex, massive data. Maciejewski has a PhD in Computer Enginnering from Purdue University. Contact him at

Alok Chaturvedi, Purdue, Dept. of Management

Dr. Alok R. Chaturvedi is a Professor in Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management and the Department of Computer Sciences (courtesy) and the Founder, Chairman, and the CEO of Simulex Inc., a Modeling and Simulation Company located in Purdue Technology Park. He is the technical lead for US Department of Defense’s Sentient World Simulation project. Dr. Chaturvedi is the founding Director of Purdue Homeland Security Institute and has also served as an Adjunct Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), Alexandria, Virginia – a leading think tank on national and homeland securities matters.

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Dr. Joe Pekny

Dr. Pekny is a Professor of Chemical Engineering with research interests in supply chain management, planning and scheduling systems, pharmaceutical pipeline management, model-based and data driven management, and real-time decision systems. He has received the Purdue University Shreve Teaching Award and Kimberly Clark Student Mentoring Award. In 1999 he was appointed a Purdue University Faculty Scholar. From September 2001 to August 2009, Dr. Pekny served as the Founding Director of the e-Enterprise Center at Purdue University’s Discovery Park. The e-Enterprise Center led development of Discovery Park processes and interdisciplinary research in the use of computers in the design, management, interaction, and operation of organizations; the goal oriented use of computational science and engineering; and research promoting rapid concept convergence and implementation. Dr. Pekny led the creation and growth of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering and served as the Founding Director from its inception in 2004 through 2005. In July 2008, Dr. Pekny was named the Interim Head of the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue. Dr. Pekny is a co-founder of Advanced Process Combinatorics, Inc., a company that was spun-off from research at Purdue University.

Kenneth Brancik

Director, CyberSecurity Architect and Enterprise Risk Management

Dr. Brancik has 30 years of work experience within Information Assurance and advanced education. Kenneth serves in NGC as one of the two Managing Directors of the NGCRC and is actively involved in the development and deployment of a cybersecurity IRAD project.

Kenneth graduated from Columbia University’s Computer Technology and Application (CTA) program’s Analysis and Design of Information Systems. He holds a Masters from New York University (NYU) and a Doctoral degree in Computing from Pace University.

He’s a former VP of Citigroup’s corporate Project Risk Review Department. He worked 11 years within The United States Treasury Department’s OCC as an appointed official as a Federal National Bank Regulator. Kenneth has served VerizonBusiness as Director and Trusted Security Advisor (TSA) for the TELCO’s new security practice.

Dr. Brancik is a noted author of information security books and papers. His 2007 published book, “Insider Computer Fraud - An In-Depth Framework for Detecting and Defending Against Insider IT Attacks” continues to receive praise from practitioners and academics alike.

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Petros Mouchtaris

Petros Mouchtaris is the Executive Director of Information Assurance and Security at Telcordia’s Applied Research organization. He leads Telcordia’s cyber security research activities and has been involved in many networking, network management, and cyber security programs funded by commercial and governmet customers. Petros has published papers in leading conferences and journals and two books incuding a book entitled “Security for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks” by Wiley. Petros received his Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and a MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

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