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Michael Balboni
Founder of RedLand Strategies

Founded by the Honorable Senator Michael Balboni:

  • First Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
  • As NYS Senator, wrote nearly all of the major laws relating to Homeland Security for New York State.
  • Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and Homeland Security Advisor for New York State,under two governors.
  • Oversaw creation of: New York Alerts, Critical Infrastructure Suspicious Activity Reporting system for the State.
  • Senior Fellow with the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at George Washington University.
  • Serves on the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission as well as on several homeland security think tanks, charitable boards dealing with public health.
  • Regular contributor as a terrorism expert on national and local television and print media.

RedLand Strategies specializes in Homeland Security, Crisis & Emergency Management, Government Relations, Political Strategy, Transportation, and Financial Industries.

We leverage governmental and corporate relationships to generate sales opportunities and effective solutions to today's complex problems in both the private and public sectors


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Roger W. Cressey
Partner with Liberty Group Ventures, LLC
Moderator for the industry panel

Roger Cressey is a Partner with Liberty Group Ventures, LLC in Arlington VA, a risk and crisis management firm specializing in cyber security, campus security and sports security. He most recently served as a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting the firm's cyber security practice in the Middle East. Prior to joining Booz Allen, he was President and Founder of Good Harbor Consulting LLC, a security and risk management consulting firm.

Mr. Cressey's government service included senior cyber security and counterterrorism positions in the Clinton and Bush Administrations. At the White House, he served as Chief of Staff of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board from November 2001 - September 2002. He also served as Deputy for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council staff from November 1999 to November 2001. He was responsible for the coordination and implementation of US counterterrorism policy and managed the US Government response to multiple terrorism incidents, including the Millennium terror alert, the USS COLE attack, and the September 11th attacks.

From 2004 - 2013, he served as an on-air counterterrorism analyst with NBC News, appearing frequently on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, MSNBC and CNBC.

Prior to his White House service, Mr. Cressey served in the Department of Defense, where he worked on US defense strategy and the review of Pentagon war plans. From 1991-1995, he served in the Department of State working on Middle East security issues, including serving as a member of the US delegation to the multilateral track of the Arab-Israeli peace process talks.

His overseas experience includes serving as a Pol-Mil officer with the US Embassy in Israel and with UN peacekeeping operations in Somalia and the former Yugoslavia. While in the former Yugoslavia, Cressey was part of a United Nations team that planned the successful capture of the first individual indicted for war crimes in Croatia. From 2001 - 2006, he taught a graduate course on U.S. counterterrorism policy at Georgetown University. He also served as a Fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University.

He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University. Roger is the recipient of the State Department's Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards and the Defense Department's Exceptional Civilian Service Award.

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Marty Martin
Crane & Crane Consulting

Marty Martin has an accomplished career which includes service with the CIA, NSA, and the U.S. Army. He has developed invaluable insight, managerial experience, and relationships across the U.S. Government and many foreign governments and intelligence services at the highest levels. He is the CEO of Crane & Crane Consulting, LLC where he leads the firm's expansion and growth. He previously served as a Senior Executive for the International Oil Trading Company (IOTC), a multi-billion dollar enterprise with activities in Iraq , Jordan , Libya , Russia and the Caribbean . He also played a central role in HBO's Manhunt, a 2013 Emmy awarding winning documentary. Mr. Martin's experience includes over 29 years of U.S. Government service including U.S. Special Forces, the National Security Agency, and the CIA, culminating in several years as a member of the CIA's Senior Intelligence Service. From 2004 through 2007 he served as Chief of Station in a strategic country in the Middle East in one of the most senior assignments in the Near East Division. He managed a multi-million dollar budget, strategic programs, personnel, and families in high threat environment. His experience includes representing the CIA at the highest levels in foreign countries, the U.S. Executive Branch, the U.S. Congress, U.S. Military, on all intelligence and policy matters concerning the agency's operations. In 2002 he was selected by the Director of Central Intelligence as the senior executive and operational manager to lead the Agency's global effort to neutralize Al-Qaida. In that role, he interacted at the highest levels of the U.S Government, including the White House, FBI, Homeland Security, NSA, Congress, and various branches of the U.S. Military, on a daily basis. During this specific period the lion's share of the perpetrators of 9/11 were nullified.

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Scott Greiper
President and Founding Partner
Secure Strategy Group

Mr. Greiper is the President and Founding Partner of Secure Strategy Group. He has had a distinguished 15-year career in the security and defense technology sectors as both a research analyst and investment banker, and is known as a thought leader in the industry. Before forming Secure Strategy Group, he was a Managing Director at Legend Merchant Group and Head of the firm's Convergent Security Group, which provided capital, strategic advisory and M&A services to growth companies in the security and defense technology markets. Previously, Mr. Greiper was a Principal and Senior Analyst at C. E. Unterberg, Towbin, where he covered public companies in the Global Security industry and was consistently ranked as one of the top analysts in the sector. He has worked with a range of industry leaders and is a frequent guest speaker and moderator at conferences and seminars across the country. Mr. Greiper attended the Executive MBA program at Columbia University and holds a B. A. in Economics from The University of Chicago. He is a member of the FBI InfraGard program, BENS (Business Executives for National Security), ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security) and NYSSA (New York Society for Security Analysts).

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Scott Sacknoff
The Spade Defense Index

Mr. Scott Sacknoff is the Index Manager of the SPADE Defense Index (NYSE: ^DXS), the underlying index for the Powershares Aerospace & Defense ETF (NYSE: PPA). The SPADE® Defense Index (NYSE: ^DXS) is a modified capitalization-weighted index comprised of publicly traded companies that benchmarks the performance of companies involved with defense, homeland security, and space. The Index is composed of more than 50 firms with representative business activities including: naval vessels, military aircraft, missiles and munitions, battlespace awareness, C4ISR, network centric warfare, homeland security including border security and biometric and screening systems, and space systems. Index values are distributed by the NYSEarca under the ticker 'DXS'. The Powershares Aerospace & Defense Portfolio ETF, designed to track the SPADE Defense Index, trades under the ticker 'PPA'. Historical data for the Index is available from 30 December 1997. The ETF was launched on 26 October 2005 and is highly liquid.

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Kris Tuttle
Director of Research
SoundView Technology Group

Kris Tuttle is the Director of Research for SoundView Technology Group which focuses on researching and analyzing emerging public companies in new technology areas. Kris has 35 years of active participation in computing technologies including as an early designer and programmer of microcomputers, a researcher building artificial intelligence applications at Carnegie Mellon University and a career at IBM applying a range of advanced technologies to the most challenging business applications faced by Fortune 500 companies.

Starting in 1992 he has been applying this background to technology stock investing. After the original SoundView was acquired, ultimately by UBS and Charles Schwab, he founded his own firm in 2005 and renamed it SoundView after re-acquiring the SoundView trademarks. Today the firm is focused on advisory services, research and developing more internet-based research and information services.

Kris has a BS in Applied Math/Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business.

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Kiersten E. Todt
President and Managing Partner
Liberty Group Ventures, LLC (LGV)

Kiersten E. Todt
President and Managing Partner
Liberty Group Ventures, LLC (LGV)

Kiersten Todt is the President and Managing Partner of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC (LGV). She develops risk and crisis management solutions for infrastructure, emergency management, cybersecurity, higher education, and homeland security clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She has served in senior positions in both the executive and legislative branches of government. Ms. Todt has commented on homeland security and sport security issues in multiple media outlets, including MSNBC, NPR, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal. Her work on sport security has been published in two editions of The International Centre for Sport Security Journal.

Prior to LGV, Ms. Todt was a partner at Good Harbor Consulting and was responsible for the company's North America crisis management practice, which had a concentration in cyber security. Clients included states and quasi-public institutions, maritime entities, small and large businesses, and college and university systems. Before joining Good Harbor, she worked for Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and was responsible for integrating the private sector into state and local emergency management capabilities; she also developed and executed federal and regional port and cyber security projects. Prior to BENS, she was a consultant for Sandia National Laboratories and worked with the California Governor's Office and Bay Area Economic Forum to develop the homeland security preparedness plan for the Bay Area. Ms. Todt was also an adjunct lecturer at Stanford University.

Ms. Todt served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs (now the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs); she worked for the Committee Chairman, Senator Joseph Lieberman, and was responsible for drafting the bioterror, infrastructure protection, emergency preparedness, and science and technology directorates of the legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security. She also served as Senator Lieberman's Appropriations Director and managed his drug policy portfolio.

Before working in the Senate, Ms. Todt served in Vice President Gore's domestic policy office and was responsible for coordinating federal resources with locally-defined needs, specifically focusing on energy challenges in California and housing issues. She was also the senior advisor on demand-reduction issues to Director Barry. R. McCaffrey at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Ms. Todt graduated from Princeton University, with a degree in public policy from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and was selected to be a Presidential Management Fellow in 1999. She earned the Outstanding Service Award at ONDCP.

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Janice Kephart
Founder and CEO of The Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA)

Janice recently returned from a Special Counsel position with the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she was asked to testify and then return to staff to support the national, border and identity security aspects of the now Senate-passed immigration reform legislation. Ms. Kephart is an internationally recognized border and ID security expert, who served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission and was a key author of the Staff Monograph, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel as well as the immigration and identity security-related facts and recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report.

More info: http://www.sibassoc.org/#!aboutsiba/csgz

Janice speaks regularly at conferences, to international media, publishes articles and opeds around the world, and has testified before Congress 16 times on issues of border and ID security.

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Phil Agcaoili
Chairman, Ponemon Institute Fellows
Co-founding Member, Cloud Security Alliance
Board Member, Mobile Active Defense

Phil Agcaoili has been an influential leader in the Information Security industry for over 20 years and has established world class security organizations from startups to the Fortune 25. Phil has led successful security teams at General Electric, VeriSign, Alcatel, Scientific Atlanta, Dell, and Cox Communications and was involved in three consecutive and successful startups. He co-founded SecureIT, which he sold to VeriSign for $70, and was VeriSign's first Chief Information Security Officer. He was also an early foundation member of Internet Devices, acquired by Alcatel for $181M. He was the Chief Security Architect for Scientific Atlanta which was acquired by Cisco Systems for $6.9B. Phil participated and influenced the development of the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. He's shaped Cyber Security for US Telecoms as committee co-chair of the FCC CSRIC and Communications Sector Coordinating Council, and Communications ISAC. He set cloud standards as a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and is co-founder/author of Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), Cloud Security Trust, and Assurance Registry (STAR) and Open Certification Framework, aligned security and privacy attestations with the AICPA for SOC 2 attestations (the replacement for SAS 70 attestations), set eDiscovery standards with EDRM, and is a privacy and trust leader as a Ponemon Institute Distinguished Fellow and the Chairman of the Fellows. Phil won the inaugural Information Security Executive of the Decade Award in 2012, 2012 RSA Conference Award for Excellence in the Field of Security Practices, 2010 Information Security Magazine Security 7 Award, and 2009 Information Security Executive of the Year Central Award. Many of Phil's team leaders have started their own companies or they have gone on to lead other successful global security teams.

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Manish Thakur
Managing Partner of Hudson Fairfax Group

Manish Thakur, is Managing Partner of Hudson Fairfax Group, a strategic investment firm based in New York, Washington and London, focused on cybersecurity, intelligence, big data analytics, and defense private equity. Manish has spent over 20 years covering defense, technology, telecommunications and satellite companies as a principal investor, CFO and investment banker. Before founding HFG, he worked at such firms as Merrill Lynch, SG Cowen and HSBC, where his responsibilities included private equity and strategic investments, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Manish also serves as National Security Coordinator for a Capitol Hill-based political action committee. Manish holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and a BSc (honors) in Economics from the University of London.

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Mr. Lester Quintana
Vice President of Cellucci Associates, consulting services

Mr. Quintana is a dynamic high-technology Business Executive with a strategic business and tactical operations background; he has held key positions in the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies. He has been engaged in Russia, States of the Former Soviet Union, Kuwait, Iraq, and globally sensitive locations.

Mr. Quintana's areas of expertise include identifying commercial emerging technologies and providing them with strategic roadmaps with funding sources. He also provides executable strategic market penetration plans with emphasis on profitable growth, in-depth market analysis, and teaming agreements/negotiations. Most importantly, He has directly contributed to national security at the diplomatic level throughout the vast majority of the Russian Federation from Moscow to Siberia, to include states of the Former Soviet Union. While at the Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Coast Guard he received numerous commendations for his homeland security efforts. www.cellucciassociates.com

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Ravi Das
Technical Writer
(This speaker is online only)

Ravi is a technical writer for BiometricNews.net, Inc., and independent news and information business about the Biometrics Industry. Ravi has been involved in Biometrics for 10+ years. He holds a BS in Ag Econ from Purdue, and MS in Ag Bus Economics (International Trade) from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and an MBA (MIS) from Bowling Green State University.


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