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BEAR
Electronic Detection K9, Cybercrime Fighter

Bear is a two-year-old black Labrador Retriever, and was the first electronic detection K9 trained by Todd Jordan. He became famous after his deployment to Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's home. He was deployed on several other search warrants, including US Olympic Gymnastics Coach Marvin Sharp. He was then sold to the Seattle Police Department, and handler Detective Ian Polhemus. Ian and Bear have since been very successful working warrants in the state of Washington. They were also called to assist on a warrant in Las Vegas.

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DEVON BYRAN
CISO
Federal Reserve Bank

Devon Bryan is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for the Federal Reserve System. As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Devon oversees information security, including incident response, for the enterprise, ensuring information security architecture, standards, policies and programs remain effective and efficient. Devon was appointed System CISO in February 2016.

Devon came to the Federal Reserve from Fortune 500 payroll and human resources provider ADP, where he served as Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Devon led ADP’s information security strategy,
collaborating across the company’s geographically dispersed business operations to ensure coordination, consensus, and effective execution across global operations. Prior to joining ADP in 2011, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after directing the IRS’s FISMA-compliant information security program and leading the IRS’s incident response team.

His information security career began in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Captain and lead engineer working on systems and programs to protect the critical network and communications tools of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command.

Devon is Co-Founder & immediate past president of ICMCP (International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals), which he launched in an attempt to bridge the ‘great minority cyber divide’ by providing academic scholarships, innovative outreach, mentoring and networking programs targeting minority cyber security professionals worldwide and by promoting academic and technical excellence in our tradecraft.


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AMELIE KORAN
Deputy CIO
HHS Office of Inspector General

Amélie E. Koran serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General. Amélie’s path to DHHS OIG took her the long way around ? through multiple industry sectors, academia, and the public sector. Her professional experience includes time spent at The Walt Disney Company, Carnegie Mellon University CERT/CC, Mandiant, The World Bank, and The American Chemical Society. She began her time in the public sector as Lead Enterprise Security Architect for the U.S. Department of the Interior, eventually moving on to lead Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation implementation for the U.S. Treasury Department. Amélie later spent time on a leadership development rotation as part of the President’s Management Council Fellowship serving the Federal CIO in supporting cybersecurity policy analysis and legislative review, where she took an active role in the government-wide Open Data Initiative and helped in giving “birth” to the United States Digital Service (USDS). She’s an ardent advocate for innovative approaches to hiring talent and rationally applying security strategies and technologies for the Federal Government space.

 

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WHITNEY MERRIL
Privacy, eCommerce & Consumer Protection Counsel
Electronic Arts (EA)

Whitney Merrill (@wbm312) is a hacker and privacy attorney at Electronic Arts (EA). Recently, she served her government as an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission where she worked on a variety of consumer protection matters including data security, privacy, and deceptive marketing and advertising. Whitney received her master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Her graduate research examining privacy and security abuses by ad libraries on Android was published in the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS). She was awarded Duo Security's 2017 Women in Security Award and named one of the 2017 Top Women in Cybersecurity by CyberScoop. She also runs the Crypto & Privacy Village which appears at DEF CON each year.


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