4iQ CTO Julio Casal is an inventor, explorer, and entrepreneur. He was CISO for several ISPs, before building the first white hat / pentesting team in Spain and operating IP Seguridad, an MSSP serving clients in the banking, government, and defense sectors. In 2007, Julio founded AlienVault, which has grown to become one of the most popular and widely deployed Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) tools in cyber security.
Julio has a BS in Physics from Complutense University of Madrid. He serves as a strategic advisor to venture funds, is on the board of several startups and serves as a cyber security expert, and speaks at private and public sector events around the world.
Alan Dugger works for the Department of Defense, where he has taught on the subjects of military strategy, asymmetric warfare, and conflict in South Asia. Alan is a veteran of Afghanistan. Before serving in Afghanistan, Alan completed a Ph.D. in Government at the University of Virginia. The views expressed in his contributions to Homeland Security Today are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the United States Government.
Kurdish leader Aldar Khalil is Senior Officer of Diplomatic Relations of the Movement for a Democratic Society TEV DEM.
David Meltzer joined Tripwire in 2013 after serving as CTO at Sonicity, Cambia Security and nCircle. Today, he’s responsible for driving Tripwire’s product strategy. Dave’s commitment to excellence doesn’t end at work, as he spends more time reconfiguring his home theater setup than actually using it. The first tech that inspired him was a 1979 Hayes Micromodem II, which connected his PC to hundreds of people online—quite a crowd in the early days of the internet.
Laura Olson has 17 years of experience leading disaster recovery, hazard mitigation, climate adaptation and resilience initiatives. She has responded to hurricanes, oil spills, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes, and floods. She currently works with the United Nations Development Program’s Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction Team and with the Culture and Disaster Action Network (CADAN). Her work reflects a commitment to the cultural values of stakeholders and the delivery of effective disaster programs and services. Laura is Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University School of Humanitarian Affairs & Georgetown University’s Emergency & Disaster Management program. She is a Senior Fellow with Virginia Tech’s Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, a Research Associate with Jacksonville State University’s Disaster and Community Resilience Center. She has a Ph.D. in Public Administration from The George Washington University.
Katherine E. Browne, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology at Colorado State University. Her disaster research examines how social history, cultural identities, and a sense of agency shape trajectories of collective resilience to adversity. She identifies practices of outside institutions that are misaligned with local needs and strengths and has promoted the use of culture brokers to address these cultural gaps. Her general-audience books, films, and articles suggest that a paradigm nudge is needed to integrate local knowledge into practices of mitigation and recovery in order to reduce risk, increase preparedness, and improve resilience. In 2016, she co-founded the Culture and Disaster Action Network (CADAN) as an academic/practitioner collaboration. In 2018, the American Anthropological Association named Browne recipient of its highest honor, the Franz Boas Award.
William Forstchen is the New York Times bestselling author of the One Second After series. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He has made numerous appearances on Fox News, ABC, CBS and NBC as a recognized expert on Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) and CPE events, with specializations in military history and the history of technology—he has written a valid and realistic account that expertly paints a picture of humanity’s reaction to a cataclysmic event. He is an in-demand speaker for audiences such as NASA and STRATCOM. He is currently a faculty fellow and professor of history at Montreat College, near Asheville, North Carolina.