Preliminary Round Evaluators
Roger Piqueras Jover
Prasad V Rao
Paramjot S Oberoi
Computer and Information System Security
Air Force Research Lab
Booz Allen Hamilton
Final Round Judges
David K.A. Mordecai
David K.A. Mordecai is the President and co-founder of Risk Economics, Inc. (RiskEcon), a New York City based advisory firm. RiskEcon specializes in the application of computational economics to the proprietary development and scalable implementation of robust modeling and data analytic frameworks for valuation, strategic and systemic risk analysis, and dynamic asset-liability management.
Dr. Mordecai is a Visiting Scholar at the recently established Risk Economics Lab for Decision Metrics at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He is also a Fellow at, and a member of the Advisory Board of, the Mathematical Finance Program at Courant and has served as a guest lecturer for the program since 2006.
Dr. Mordecai is also a Senior Advisor to, and member of the Advisory Committee of, Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm, specializing in forensic valuation, litigation and regulatory analysis. Compass Lexecon is a unit of FTI Consulting, a NYSE traded corporation. His expertise includes: economic damages related to market structure; financial institutions governance; and complex issues related to finance, economics and market standards and practices within securities, derivatives and commodities markets, the financial sector and a broad range of non-financial industry sectors.
During his thirty year tenure in the financial services industry, Dr. Mordecai has served as a Managing Director at Swiss Re, where he led Relative-Value Market Strategies, a quantitative economics and financial engineering function with the global mandate to develop firm-wide and industry standards, benchmarks and frameworks for the valuation and trading of exposures underlying long-dated life, health, medical and pension liabilities as well as geopolitical risk. Prior to this, he served as Senior Advisor to the Head of Swiss Re Financial Services. Previously, at a multi-strategy hedge fund with $10 Billion of assets under management, he was Managing Director of Structured Products, responsible for $5 billion CDO assets. Prior to his role as a hedge fund manager, he was Vice President of Financial Engineering/Principal Finance at AIG, and a Director at the rating agency Fitch. During the first decade of his career, he specialized in credit analysis and the origination, structuring, and trading of leveraged loans for non-recourse project finance and highly leveraged transactions involving corporations and financial institutions.
Dr. Mordecai has served as an advisor on systemic risk issues to the Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and as an advisor on hedge fund valuation issues to the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). He has also been a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). He is the founding Co-Chair of the International Association of Financial Engineers’ (IAFE) Liquidity Risk
Marc Donner, PhD, Engineering Director, Google Health
Marc Donner, PhD, has over 30 years of experience in engineering of hardware, software, and complex systems. He is currently engineering director for Google Health.
Before taking on Health, Donner was the engineering site director for ads development in New York and looked after the DoubleClick integration into Google. Prior to joining Google, he worked at Morgan Stanley as an executive director, where he led a series of projects ranging from one of the first corporate intranets, re-engineering of the broker-dealer back office systems, elimination of paper from the clearance and settlement systems, and event-based simulation forecast modeling for individuals and enterprises. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Donner was a research staff member at IBM Research, where he developed a juggling robot, introduced UNIX and TCP/IP networking, initiated the Agora distributed computing environment, and wrote the Op Cit bibliographic markup system for IBM's GML text processing system. Prior to IBM, he worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab where he developed an extremely high capacity recording system to support planetary radar signal processing.
Donner holds a BS in Engineering from Caltech and a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University, where his dissertation work made Ivan Sutherland's six-legged robot walk. He serves as associate editor-in-chief of the IEEE Computer Society magazine, "Security & Privacy" and he has been the organizer of the New York CTO Club. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and of USENIX.
Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Director of Research for Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, Dartmouth College
Shari Lawrence Pfleeger is the Director of Research for the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection at Dartmouth College, a consortium of leading universities, national laboratories and nonprofit institutions dedicated to strengthening the cyber infrastructure of the United States.
Shari was a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation, a not-for-profit company doing high-quality, high-impact research in the public interest. At RAND, she worked on policy and decision-making issues that helped organizations and government agencies understand whether and how information technology supports their mission and goals.From 1982 to 2002, Dr. Pfleeger was president of Systems/Software, Inc., a consultancy specializing in software engineering and technology. From 1997 to 2000, she was also a visiting professor at the University of Maryland's computer science department. She was founder and director of Howard University's Center for Research in Evaluating Software Technology (CREST), and was a visiting scientist at the City University (London) Centre for Software Reliability, principal scientist at MITRE Corporation's Software Engineering Center, and manager of the measurement program at the Contel Technology Center.
Dr. Matthew Campagna, Director, Certicom Research
Matthew Campagna joined Certicom in 2007 as the Director of Research. At Certicom, Matthew has been focused on defining strategy for Research, Standardization, and Intellectual Property generation. Matthew has specialized on development of efficient implementation and the development of new cryptographic primitives using elliptic curve cryptography.
Prior to joining Certicom, Matthew managed the Secure Systems research group at Pitney Bowes' Advanced Concepts and Technology division. In addition to managing Matthew functioned as the group's lead cryptographic researcher. Matthew focused was on developing, engineering and deploying efficient public key systems for low cost and low computing power devices communicating over restricted communication channels. Matthew worked for the National Security Agency as a senior cryptologic mathematician focused on commercial cryptography. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Wesleyan University in group theory, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Fordham University.
Gus de los Reyes, Executive Director, AT&T Security R&D Center
Gus is an Executive Director of Technology Security in the AT&T Chief Security Office (CSO). Gus leads the AT&T Security R&D Team under the AT&T Chief Security Officer -- Ed Amoroso. The Security R&D Team is responsible for looking ahead at both the threat and opportunity landscape in AT&T’s priority services such as Mobility and Cloud Computing.
Previously, Gus had responsibility for defining the security architecture and security requirements for key AT&T IP Services such as AT&T Business and Consumer VoIP Services.
Gus has been with AT&T for 22 years. He has contributed to AT&T in the areas of robust design, service delivery, and photonic development.
Gus has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. He has a BSME and MSE from MIT. Before joining AT&T, Gus designed control systems for General Electric Aircraft Engines.
Bill Horne is a Research Manager in the Cloud and Security Lab of HP Labs. He primary areas of interest are security, algorithms and machine learning. He manages HP Labs’ Princeton research facility and oversees research projects involving systems and network security, cryptography, privacy and risk management. Prior to joining HP, he held industrial research positions at InterTrust Technologies and NEC Research Institute.
Chesert J. Maciag, Chief of the Cyber Offense Branch, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Lab
Chesert Maciag is chief of the Cyber Offense Branch, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Lab, Rome NY. In this capacity he is responsible for the planning, execution, development, and transition of basic and applied technologies to enable the Air Force to “fly and fight in cyberspace.” Prior to his current position, Mr. Maciag was a senior computer engineer with over 15 years experience developing AF technology solutions in the areas of network management, firewalls, guards, intrusion detection, digital forensics, and enterprise protection planning. He has authored 12 papers in the field of information assurance and information operations, and is co-author of a book chapter on live computer forensic techniques.
In addition, Mr. Maciag has served since 2001 as an adjunct professor at Utica College and teaches in the award-winning Economic Crime Management master’s program. He has experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels on the topics of information security, and Internet security. He has extensive experience in classroom, residency, and online delivery formats. He has assisted in the development of the undergraduate Information Security degree program, and was the Federal consultant during the development of the successful 2002 National Science Foundation Grant “Building Excellence in Information Assurance for Federal Cyber Science.”
Mr. Maciag has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a M.S. in Economic Crime Management from Utica College.
Ton Kalker, FutureWei Technologies, VP of Technology
Marcus Sachs, Vice President for National Security Policy, Verizon, Washington, D.C.
Baris Coskun, Researcher, AT&T Security Research Center
Baris Coskun is a researcher at the AT&T Security Research Center. He is interested in the general area of computer and information security. He is particularly interested in multimedia security and network security. His recent research focuses on network-based detection of malware, botnet and other malicious activities.
Baris received his PhD from Polytechnic Institute of NYU, his MS and BS from Bogazici University (Turkey), all in Electrical Engineering. He joined AT&T in 2010. He was a summer intern at Microsoft Research in 2006 and 2007. Before starting his PhD, Baris was a Software Engineer at Argela. Baris was the winner of 2009 CSAW Best Applied Security Research Award.
Cristina Serban, PhD, CISSP, Researcher, AT&T Security Research Center
Cristina Serban is a researcher with the AT&T Security Research Center. Her research interests include security and privacy for mobility and cloud, as well as CDN and IPTV security, and their implications on service security. She is also one of the main organizers of the Annual AT&T Cyber Security Conference http://tawkster.att.com/securityconference.
Cristina is involved with major security conferences including ACSAC, NSPW, and COMPSAC, where she served as member of Steering Committee, Organizing Committee and PC for many years. She received her Ph.D. in computer security from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Randy David Smith, Senior Member, Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
Randy Smith, PhD, is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He is involved in and leads a number of activities at Sandia ranging from system analysis and design to algorithm research and development for streaming network analysis, all from the perspective of improving security.
Previously, Randy worked in the telecommunications industry for several years, where among other things he developed telephony signaling software for carrier-grade products, bridging IP-based and legacy protocols.
Randy has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin—Madison. His dissertation work focused on models, algorithms, and architectures in support of high-speed network analysis. He also holds a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.
Sounil Yu, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Sounil Yu is a security evangelist with 30 years of hands on experience creating, breaking, and fixing computer and network systems. His clients include private and public sector institutions spanning from multiple Fortune 100 companies with three letters on the stock exchange to secretive three letter agencies that aren't. Sounil also specializes in establishing, managing, and protecting startups within the environment of an existing large enterprise. Every summer, he runs an intern program with over 100 students to channel their energy and creative ideas into plans for world domination. Although he enjoys writing about himself in the third person, he would rather meet people in person to share ideas and experiences rather than writing it up in a short bio. Sounil lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and their four homeschooled children.
Henry Mendenhall, Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin
Henry Mendenhall is a Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow, and is a Chief Scientist at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories in Cherry Hill, NJ. In his role as Chief Scientist, Henry provides technical oversight for the laboratory's Cyber-Security R&D.