Dr. Ibrahim (Abe) Baggili is the Elder Family Endowed Chair of Computer Science & Cybersecurity at the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of New Haven, CT, specializing in Cybersecurity & Forensics. He serves as the Assistant Dean and is the founder of the University of New Haven’s Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group (UNHcFREG).
Abe is also the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (JDFSL). He received his BSc, MSc and PhD all from Purdue University where he worked as a researcher in CERIAS. Abe co-authored over 70 publications including books, peer reviewed articles, and conference papers and has received funding for his work from a variety of sources including the NSF, NSA, DHS and MITRE. Most recently, work with his students showed security issues in mobile social messaging applications that affect over 1 billion people worldwide they also found major Virtual Reality exploits that affect people globally.
His research interests include cybersecurity and forensics from technical, social, and psychological perspectives. He has worked closely with law enforcement and private sector and has published work on real challenges facing cybercriminal investigators and has presented at a number of conferences worldwide. Abe’s work has also been featured in news outlets and on TV worldwide in over 20 languages.
Kavya Pearlman is well known as “The Protector” or “Cyber Guardian” of two virtual world economies, Second Life and the latest social VR platform called Sansar for her work with Linden Lab. She is one of the Top 20 influencer in Cybersecurity for 2018 as voted by IFSEC.
Recently Kavya was awarded 40 under 40 Top Business Executives 2019 by San Francisco Business Times, Rising Star of the year 2019 by Women in IT Award Series. Kavya is truly passionate about privacy, security, and ethics in emerging technologies and devotes her time contributing to the industry. Kavya is a representative of what a woman can do in spite of adversity, especially if she puts her mind to it.
Kavya Grew up in India and came to the United States in 2007. Until 2011, Kavya was a cosmetologist and cutting hair for $10 and hour. It was then she read Cyber War by Richard Clark and saw a window into the future. She could foresee what is happening in today’s threat landscape. Kavya is now a prominent speaker and advocate for women in security. Kavya graduated from DePaul University, Chicago with a Masters in Network Security and hold a CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) certificate from ISACA. Kavya is also certified PCI-DSS ISA (Internal Security Assessor) and PCIP. She has successfully implemented multiple security and privacy frameworks including NIST-CSF, ISO27001, EU-US Privacy Shield, PCI-DSS3.2, GDPR and currently preparing for California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) adoption.
Kavya is an active contributor to various International Security Standards including NIST Special Publications, NIST Cloud Computing Program (NCCP) and Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). She is also a member of advisory board – CISO Council North America. For her work and contribution to security industry, Kavya was also named minority CISO of the year 2018 by ICMCP. Kavya is an inspiration for women and under represented communities in security and an inspiration figure for many around the world.
April Boyd-Noronha has over 20 years of experience in academia and advanced technologies. April is a global keynote speaker, thought leader, and global advisor on emerging trends and the future of work with a particular focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion in XR and cybersecurity.
April was named 2018 Educator of the Year by the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals. Because of these distinct roles and experiences, she’s uniquely positioned to connect academia, corporations, and industry leaders with NextGen talent, especially tomorrow’s workforce that are of color and most times under positioned for success. She is a distinguished author who has been sharing her experience and expertise via publications and books such as “The Top 5 Rules of Engagement for Parents Raising a Girl in STEM”.
XRSI’s Global STEM and Diversity Advisor, April Boyd-Noronha serves as the Chief Engagement Strategist at The STEM Broker, LLC and advises many boards such as FinTech4Good, United Way, MindDrive, and Suburban Balance. April is based in North America with her family that includes three future STEM technologists including Cybersecurity Analyst (daughter), Behavior Analyst (daughter), and Drone Pilot (son). As a Professor, she advocates the use of immersive technologies to advance curriculums in Health Information Management (HIM), Cybersecurity, and Computer Information Systems (CIS).
April actively serves her community as an advocate and mentor for girls and youth via virtual reality hackathons, drone racing and events promoting diversity and emerging technologies bringing her real-life experiences and challenges to inspire many generations around the world.
Mr. Peter Cassidy is Secretary-General of the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) which he co-founded in 2004. Since then, Mr. Cassidy has developed the institution’s programs of intervention against cybercrime. Mr. Cassidy founded the annual Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (authoring the initial CFP in 2006), the only peer-review research conference dedicated exclusively to cybercrime studies which has published more than 110 papers from leading research laboratories from across the globe. Mr. Cassidy also founded the annual Symposium on Global Cybersecurity Awareness, which has been hosted by the European Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime over the years. Mr. Cassidy is also co-founder and principal architect of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. cybersecurity awareness campaign, which has been launched by national cabinet-level ministries and national NGOs as a national cybersecurity awareness campaign in 22 countries since 2010.
Amber Rose Kandarian (Ամբեր Ռոուզ Կանդարյան) is an Armenian-American filmmaker, founder of Impact International Pictures. Kandarian is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and was selected to be a video/multimedia artist scholar at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach. Kandarian was one of the first ArtsBridge scholars in the Picturing Peace project. Amber Rose is an active global real estate advisor with Engel and Völkers Commercial, Capital and Residential Real Estate. She has travelled all over the world from New Zealand to Armenia in the journey to make knowledge more sexy and accessible to the world.
She founded DocuMovement and created three brands: DOCUinc for businesses; DocuThesis for universities and Sexy Knowledge as Crowd-Funding platform where humans can support knowledge and researchers. She dreams of a World where Nobel Prize Winners would be more celebrated and known than pop-star icons. Amber is bringing this wealth of knowledge and experience to the world of XR and in order to help create awareness around risks associated with these brave new worlds.
David Clarke FBCS C|CISO is highly experienced Head Of/CTO/Cyber Security, Data Protection Consultant operating across FTSE 100, SME and start-ups within Financial Services, Government, FinTech, Telecoms, Technology and Utilities sectors.
Author of GDPR, Breach and Marketing Accredited global online courses by CEPAS.APMG/GCHQ.
Contributing Author to a number of GDPR and Cybersecurity books
Founder of The Linkedin GDPR Technology Forum – Founder LinkedIn Forum 17700 + Members
Sanchari Das is an award winning cybersecurity professional with prime focus on privacy and data protection in cyberspace including emerging technologies. She is currently a doctoral researcher at Indiana University Bloomington and Information Security Engineer for American Express. Besides her engineering skills Sanchari also plays a role of Technical Project Manager on various American Express internal security and privacy projects where she uses her research to solve identity and access management related challenges.
Growing up in india, Sanchari observed the lack of cyber awareness leading to critical privacy threats which are still often ignored in technical implementation design. While she excelled in her studies all her life, she also developed a deep sense of understanding around how various technologies impact everything around us, both negatively as well as positively.
Through her passion and research, Sanchari established various user privacy and security solutions that combine the following:
Sanchari is an international speaker with tremendous experience in public speaking via multiple academic and industrial conferences including BlackHat, RSA, BSides, FC, SOUPS, and many more. She is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion where she not only represents but also guides and uplifts others in the field of science and technology.
Steve Hunt is a speaker, investor, advisor, and most of all, a teacher.
He has motivated and inspired leaders around the world by helping over 400 global organizations to optimize success by guiding leadership and operations toward performance excellence. He is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of security leaders. Steve served on the ISSA International Board of Directors, has served as a judge at RSA Conference, founded the Communities of Excellence, was inducted into the ISSA Hall of Fame, and CSO Magazine presented him with the “Industry Visionary” Compass Award.
He also appeared as an analyst on CNBC, Fox News, CNN, and other news programs. His analysis has appeared in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, and other global publications and trade magazines. Steve earned certifications CPP and CISSP, attended Elizabethtown College and was a graduate fellow at University of Chicago. Steve’s diverse background lends a fresh perspective on business and society and careers in security.
Marco Magnano is a multimedia journalist with 10 years of live radio experience and tremendous working knowledge of advanced media technologies. Marco is based in Europe and a strong strategic and exclusive media contributor for XRSI building a dedicated awareness space via ReadyHackerOne platform. He assembled his first Personal Computer (PC) at the age of Four. 30 years later, the mindset of building new ideas and deconstructing old ones is still there in his DNA. Marco’s actual journey started more than 20 years ago when he confronted the challenges of the digital evolution as a media activist focused on security and privacy and pitched in to the rise of web 2.0 with programming and development skills, walking on the wire between enthusiasm and active criticism. The mistakes and distortions of that epoch guide him to carry those lessons into the world of emerging technologies.
XRSI’s Strategic EU Advisor, Marco Magnano speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, a bit of German and most recently learning Arabic. In recent years Marco has traveled across continents to uncover stories of various dimensions and domains, from the Syrian war crisis, challenges of migrations in Asia, Africa and Europe to advocating for freedom of information and the protection of most vulnerable people. During his journey he has met humans from all walks of life and has collected every drop of knowledge on the road, becoming day by day more open to discovery, and now continuing his mission into the uncharted territories of XR technologies.
Sonya Haskins is a respected voice and journalist in the field of XR. Sonya discovered virtual reality in 2017 and began spending a lot of time in virtual reality when she realized that it reduced her pain. She had spent several months in the hospital following the birth of her fifth child and the next decade was incredibly difficult as she had to learn to walk again, go to countless doctor’s appointments, and take medication to stay alive. She was grateful to find something that helped.
Later in the summer of 2017, Sonya became the first female player as well as the first seated player to compete at the VR League North American Regionals. Rather than continue to play competitively, she decided to use her skills as a journalist to promote the technology that was bringing her so much joy and healing her physically.
Sonya has worked extensively with an objective to encourage the growth of positive, inclusive social environments. To further this goal, she serves as a board member for VR Community Builders, LLC, a community-driven platform focused on outreach, an organization she also helped get started.
Sonya Haskins has written thousands of articles and eight books. For the past two years, she has specialized in covering XR topics, with a particular focus on VR Esports, gaming, and XR community. She helped launch the VR Esports department of VR Fitness Insider and serves as their VR Esports Editor. She believes XR technology can have positive impacts on healthcare, education, mental health, business and every other aspect of our lives, but we must responsibly explore the capabilities and limitations.
Tamas is an instinctive, meticulous, and forward-thinking security professional with years of leadership experiences that have created a passion for implementing effective cyber security programs, best practices, strategies and technologies via a combination of exceptional thought leadership and innovative directions. Solid history utilizing out-of-the-box approaches, adapting to new business environments, and negotiating win-win agreements. Skilled strategist recognized for ability to incorporate innovative management techniques that result in enhanced business practices, increased productivity, and increase in security posture.
Through his career Tamas has held various roles across various security disciples and launched numerous successful programs that aimed at effectively reaching its goal vs “checking the box”. With his work in Third Party Security he aimed at not only minimizing risks unilaterally but to work with third parties to increase their security posture and help them be a better digital citizen. Across other disciplines he fought against CEI in collaboration with We Are Thorn and collaborated with the Technology Coalition to help distribute technology to companies to fight CEI.
Tamas has a passion for gaming and he is actively involved in various gaming communities like Minecraft. There he helps with the Modding community on Security, Privacy and general business direction. Secondly, Tamas works with YouTube, Twitch and Mixer content creators to enable them to connect with various businesses, advise on go to market strategies and analytics for community growth.
A seasoned CTO, with experience in AI, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Disaster Recovery, Bigdata, &managed services professional focused on business value. Jorge As delivered advice in several AI, ML, ICO, STO with comprehensive understanding of technology disruption effects caused by both Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain technology.
He created the process A6 of security: Assess, Architect, Apply, Administer, Awareness and Agility. He architects practical & business focused solutions using standards and industry best practices, designed SLAs to meet today’s business resiliency using cloud computing & managed services business requirements. Mr. Sebastião has been the speaker at numerous international conferences with topics including: Blockchain, AI, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Big Data, & Managed Services.
Jorge is action and results oriented with passion to deliver a results…
Jessica Outlaw, M.S., is a culture and behavior researcher and founder of the Center for Immersive Technology at Concordia University. She does research in digital worlds, app design, and gives trainings to new and experienced designers. She uses behavioral science to help XR companies build and test experiences that put the user first. She is a 2017 winner of Oculus Launch Pad.
Jessica brings a unique perspective to the field of immersive technologies. Rather than helping to feed the hype cycle, Jessica gently asks us to step back and delve into the fundamental human motivations that drive everyday activities, the need for connection, and ways in which people try to make sense of their world.