October 25, 2018
Simplify Your IT
Denver Biz Tech Expo
Mile High Stadium
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
A moderated discussion on the evolving cybersecurity threat landscape featuring key experts in the field. Drawing from their experience and frontline exposure, the panelists will offer insight into evolving threats, strategies for responding to threats and attacks, safeguards to protect data and how we can enhance the national cybersecurity landscape through information sharing. Simplify your cyber security!
Erfan Ibrahim, Ph.D.
Center Director for Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Resilience R&D
National Renewable Energy Lab
Dr. Erfan Ibrahim is the Founder and CEO of The Bit Bazaar LLC (TBB) (http://tbbllc.com )since August 2001. TBB offers a full suite of professional services in IT, networking, communications and cybersecurity to service providers, corporate enterprises, academia, healthcare and government agencies. Erfan’s professional career spans over 30 years and includes hands-on experience in nuclear engineering, information technology, communications, networking, cybersecurity, smart grid and renewable energy. He is an expert in helping organizations align their digital technology goals with their strategic business goals.
During his 3-decade career Erfan has worked for Lawrence Livermore National Lab, UCLA, Pacific Bell, Jyra Research, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). At EPRI he led the Smart Meter and Cybersecurity R&D Programs during 2008 – 2011 for electric utility and high-tech companies.
While at EPRI, he organized and led the first 2 workshops for Smart Grid Interoperability Roadmap Project for the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) in 2009 to build consensus on standards for interoperability in the smart grid. Those workshops led to the creation of a public-private partnership known as Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (part of Smart Electric Power Alliance today).
Jennifer Kurtz, PMP
Cyber Program Director
Author, Hacking Wireless Access Points: Cracking, Tracking, and Signal Jacking
Jennifer Kurtz is cyber program director at Manufacturer’s Edge, the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partner for Colorado. Her mission is to promote the understanding that the cyber security journey is like hiking a 14er: you have to start early (now!); commit to taking many steps; pack appropriate tools and supplies; and be resigned to encountering occasional false summits, surprise crevasses, and changing conditions. She assists manufacturers within the aerospace and defense supply chain with NIST 800-171 compliance activities–and any Colorado SMB with HB 1128 compliance and with being more secure tomorrow than they are today.
Jennifer’s first professional experience with information security was working as an analyst on Kissinger’s National Security Council staff, in the days when the emphasis was on physical protection of classified information. She was also on the DynCorp team to design security for the first electronic IRS tax filing system; worked five years as technology infrastructure, security, and project manager for an international automotive manufacturer; pushed broadband initiatives as award-winning director of eCommerce for the State of Indiana; studied and worked at Purdue University’s CERIAS with security guru Professor Gene Spafford; and was consultant on ISO 27001 and related projects.
Jennifer is affiliate faculty at Regis University (graduate courses in cyber security and project management since 2010); SME and coach for the Colorado SBDC network; and writer. She is author of the book “Hacking Wireless Access Points: Cracking, Tracking, and Signal Jacking” (2016) and the DLP chapter in “The Data Breach and Encryption Handbook” (2011), in addition to numerous other book chapters and articles—as well as a monthly blog on practical security, Simply Cyber. She holds an MBA and PMP certification.
CEO & CTO
Paul Mako, born and raised in Minnesota, is the CEO & CTO of Massive Networks (massivenetworks.com). Graduating at the top of his class in computer science and literature from the University of Colorado, Paul began his journey in custom network engineering back in 1996 as an internet service provider with Rockynet. Utilizing his extraordinary skill set, Paul designed a proprietary T1 and security service system that went unchallenged until the advent of true VLAN’s in 2000.
Even more important than the innovations in technology, Paul was also able to expand the infrastructure within a building on a success-based build-out. This allowed Paul to light up both large and small buildings at a very low cost. While the security technologies have since been replaced, the inexpensive model for lighting small buildings continues to thrive and go unchallenged.
Today, Paul oversees the network customization for Massive Networks where he is able to help streamline enterprise class data transport services across the entire us domestic carrier system and to 181 countries worldwide equating to over 1.7 million buildings.
Massive offers blended managed network & colocation services, premium internet services, managed network services, and a new class of engineered ethernet LAN services allowing companies to extend their private networks across the country without VPN. Additionally, companies can connect their internal LANS directly and privately to their servers in our world class data centers around the country. With Paul’s prior activity within the mergers and acquisitions field, he is actively pursuing expansions that can benefit the enterprise sector.
To learn more about Paul Mako, you can connect with him on Linkedin or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President & CEO
Metro North Chamber of Commerce
Gregg Moss is the President and CEO of the Metro North Chamber of Commerce; a regional organization spanning 12 cities, 4 counties and 6 school districts in Northern Colorado. Since 1959, the Metro North Chamber has played an integral role in fostering business development within the region.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Gregg served as Executive Director of Mile Hi Church overseeing a 58 year-old non-profit community that serves more than 180,000 people a year through 12 community-based programs.
Gregg is a well-known fixture in the business community because he was an anchor/reporter for 9NEWS for more than two decades, and prior to that he worked for The Denver Business Journal as Associate Publisher.
In addition to the work history described above, Gregg has experience as a business-owner, senior level manager and educator. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, the International Olympic Committee around the world, and he has held several leadership positions at large non-profits in the metro area.
Moss moved to Colorado in 1985 from New Orleans, Louisiana where he attended Loyola University with a double-major in Communications and Social Work; he also has an honorary doctorate degree from the Colorado Institute of Art. Moss has received numerous awards for his community involvement and journalistic work. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Enterprise Fund, the North Area Transit Alliance, Smart Commute Metro North, the DRCOG Advisory Council, the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation and the advisory board of A Precious Child.
Special Agent in Charge
US Secret Service