James R. Slaby serves as Director, Cyber Protection at Acronis, where he focuses on the conjunction of IT security and data protection. Prior to Acronis, Slaby was an industry analyst covering IT security, cloud computing, and networking at Forrester Research, HfS Research, Yankee Group, and The Info Pro. With over 300 published IT research reports, he has been quoted in The Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and countless tech publications. Slaby has also held campaign, solutions, vertical and product marketing roles at a variety of tech vendors, including Sonus, Acme Packet, Bay Networks and Motorola.
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.