With our new data-driven culture, data must be and is everywhere. Everyone – Minister to citizen, student to patient, ally to ally – becomes both the "supplier" and the "consumer" of the government's information. The users of this information – military mission data, healthcare pandemic data, natural disaster insights, SCADA operations and more – need and expect more data. At faster speeds. In more places. As they want and need it.
Government information – and the communication of that information – is of critical value to adversaries: nation-states, terrorists, or other enemies of the state. The threat of impending attack against government IT and control systems running critical infrastructure and sensors is a steady threat. The sense of urgency is real.
Palo Alto Networks Public Sector Advisory Council is an organization of retired military and civilian officers who advise Palo Alto Networks on the cybersecurity challenges and technology needs of the world's governments. Where has industry not yet met the needs of the government? How must the vendor community evolve to meet those needs?
Where do capabilities exist that have been slow to adopt but could otherwise significantly enhance the cyber capacity of government? The advice of this council will help answer these questions and, ultimately, improve the quality of cybersecurity available to the world's government institutions.
General Peter Pace retired from active duty on October 1, 2007, after more than 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.
General Pace was sworn in as sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sep. 30, 2005. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, he served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Pace holds the distinction of being the first Marine to have served in either of these positions.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Teaneck, NJ, General Pace was commissioned in June 1967, following graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Administration from George Washington University, attended the Harvard University Senior Executives in National and International Security program, and graduated from the National War College.
During his distinguished career, General Pace has held command at virtually every level, beginning as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Vietnam. He also served as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment; Commanding Officer of the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.; Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Somalia; Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Somalia; Director of Operations for the Joint Staff; Commander, U.S., Marine Forces Atlantic/Europe/South; and Commander in Chief, US Southern Command.
In June, 2008, General Pace was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a President can bestow.
General Pace is currently serving on the Board of Directors of several corporate entities involved in management consulting, private equity, and IT security. He has served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board. He also served as leader-in-residence and the Poling Chair of Business and Government for the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. He is a Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar for Fordham University, and an Adjunct Faculty member of Georgetown University.
General Pace is associated with a number of charities focused on supporting the troops and their families, to include: He is Chairman of the Board for Wall Street Warfighters Foundation, an organization that provides training support and job placement services for disabled veterans interested in careers in the financial services industry. He is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation – a charity that provides scholarship bonds to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed while serving our country. He serves on the Advisory Board for Snowball Express, a charity focused on providing positive activities for children of our fallen military members. He and his wife Lynne are on the advisory board for Our Military Kids, an organization that supports children of deployed Guard and Reserve personnel with tutoring and enrichment activities. General Pace and his wife, Lynne, have a son, Peter; a daughter, Tiffany; a daughter-in-law, Lynsey Olczak Pace; and three grandchildren, Linden, Hadley, and Holden Pace.
James C. Trainor is Senior Vice President within Aon’s Cyber Solutions Group. Mr. Trainor joined Aon after a distinguished career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he most recently led the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters.
Mr. Trainor played a critical role in devising the FBI’s national strategy to combat cyber-crime and was the senior FBI executive responsible for all cyber investigations. During his three year tenure in the Cyber Division, Mr. Trainor led FBI Agents and Analysts in every major high-profile cyber investigation involving the FBI.
In his new role, Mr. Trainor will help shape Aon’s overall cyber strategy on behalf of clients, working closely with colleagues across technology, system integration, risk transfer and advisory to ensure a holistic and integrated approach.
Mr. Trainor joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1996. Over his twenty year FBI career, he served in both overseas and domestic assignments focused on cyber, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, intelligence and criminal matters. He has served in field assignments in Chicago; New Haven, CT; Boston; New York City and at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Mr. Trainor is a graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and obtained a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut. He is also a certified Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) from Carnegie Mellon University and has GIAC certifications in GISP, GSLC and GISF.
Prior to joining the FBI, he was a military intelligence officer for the U.S. Army.
Lieutenant General Hernandez retired on 1 November 2013 following 39 years of distinguished service in the United States Army. His last active duty assignment was as the first Commander of Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), where he was responsible for the daily operations and defense of all Army networks, and when directed, conduct the full range of cyberspace operations. In addition to building a cyber force of more than 17,000 people, he led the development of a wide range of transformational concepts, plans and programs to increase the Army’s ability to conduct Land and Cyber operations. As the Army’s lead for all cyberspace activity, he was the force modernization proponent for cyber doctrine, training, leader development, organization, materiel and people. He developed strategic direction, requirements and an acquisition approach for all cyberspace operations in the Army. Additionally, he was responsible for the Army’s full-spectrum Information Operations (IO) organization, which provides IO theory development and training to operational application across military operations.
Previously General Hernandez served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Operations; Chief, U.S. Military Training Mission, Saudi Arabia; and Commanding General, Human Resources Command. In all three positions, he was involved in key issues and decisions at the highest levels. In his role as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Operations, he oversaw Army operations worldwide, directed Army transformation efforts, co-chaired the programming and budget board, chaired the Army network modernization board, approved and prioritized Army requirements. As the Chief, Military Training Mission, Saudi Arabia, he was the senior defense official to the U.S. Ambassador. He led the largest security assistance program in the world, oversaw the Foreign Military Sales program, strengthened the strategic military partnership and increased readiness and interoperability.
As the Commanding General of Human Resources Command, General Hernandez directed the personnel management, from accession to retirement, for all soldiers and officers. He transformed personnel services and the management systems to support an Army at war.
General Hernandez has extensive operational experience, and has held commands at each level from Lieutenant to Lieutenant General. He served as the Assistant Division Commander, Support for 1st Armored Division and oversaw the division’s deployment and logistic operations in Baghdad, Iraq. As the Operations Chief in J-39, IO, he established and directed the IO Task Force responsible for supporting the integration of Combatant Command IO plans with USG activities.
General Hernandez holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Masters of National Security Strategy from the National War College where he was named a distinguished graduate. His overseas experience includes tours in Germany, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
Currently, General Hernandez serves as the West Point Cyber Chair to the Army Cyber Institute, is the President of CyberLens, LLC and serves as a cyber expert on advisory boards.
He and his loving wife, Pat, grew up together in Palmerton, PA and were married in 1976 upon graduation from West Point. They currently reside in the DC area and have two wonderful children.
Bruce McConnell is responsible for leading EWI’s communications and networking with public and private sectors around the world. He also manages the institute’s Cooperation in Cyberspace Program, which includes its Worldwide Cybersecurity Initiative.
Beginning in 2009, McConnell provided programmatic and policy leadership to the cybersecurity mission at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He became Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity in 2013, and responsible for ensuring the cybersecurity of all federal civilian agencies and for helping the owners and operators of the most critical U.S. infrastructure protect themselves from growing cyber threats. During his tenure, McConnell was instrumental in building the national and international credibility of DHS as a trustworthy partner that relies on transparency and collaboration to protect privacy and enhance security.
Before DHS, McConnell served on the Obama‐Biden Presidential Transition Team, working on open government and technology issues. From 2000‐2008 he created, built, and sold McConnell International and Government Futures, boutique consultancies that provided strategic and tactical advice to clients in technology, business and government markets. From 2005‐2008, he served on the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency.
From 1999‐2000, McConnell was Director of the International Y2K Cooperation Center, sponsored by the United Nations and the World Bank, where he coordinated regional and global preparations of governments and critical private sector organizations to successfully defeat the Y2K bug.
McConnell was Chief of Information Policy and Technology in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget from 1993‐1999, where he led the government‐industry team that reformed U.S. encryption export policy, created an information security strategy for government agencies, redirected government technology procurement and management along commercial lines, and extended the presumption of open government information onto the Internet.
McConnell is also a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He received a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School for Public Policy at the University of Washington, where he maintains a faculty affiliation, and a Bachelor of Sciences from Stanford University.
McConnell is married to Margaret Anderson, a futurist and life coach.
Teri Takai served as the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO) until May of 2014, after being appointed in October 2010. In this capacity, she served as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management/Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as non-intelligence Space systems, critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs, spectrum and telecommunications. She provided strategy, leadership, and guidance to create a unified information management and technology vision for the Department and to ensure the delivery of information technology based capabilities required to support the broad set of Department missions.
Prior to this federal political appointment, Ms. Takai served as Chief Information Officer for the State of California. As a member of the Governor's cabinet, she advised the governor on the strategic management and direction of information technology resources as the state worked to modernize and transform the way California does business with its citizens. Prior to her appointment in California, Ms. Takai served as Director of the Michigan Department of Information Technology (MDIT) since 2003, where she also served as the state's Chief Information Officer. In this position, she restructured and consolidated Michigan's resources by merging the state's information technology into one centralized department to service 19 agencies. Additionally, during her tenure at the MDIT, Ms. Takai led the state to being ranked number one four years in a row in digital government by the Center for Digital Government. Additionally, in 2005, Ms. Takai was named "Public Official of the Year" by Governing magazine.
Before serving in state government, Ms. Takai worked for the Ford Motor Company for 30 years, where she led the development of the company's information technology strategic plan. She also held positions in technology at EDS and Federal-Mogul Corporation. Ms. Takai earned a Master of Arts degree in management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan.
Richard A. Spires currently serves as the CEO of Resilient Network Systems, a San Francisco-based software firm that provides the Trust Network platform to bring trust to the cloud and the Internet of Things. Trust Networks virtualize real-world relationships and conditions of trust by resolving identities in the network and enforcing each party's rules in transit.
Mr. Spires was appointed and served as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) from August 2009 till May 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Spires was responsible for the strategy and operations of the department’s annual $5.6 billion investment in Information Technology (IT). Mr. Spires also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Federal Government CIO Council and the Co-Chairman of the Committee for National Security Systems (CNSS), the committee that sets standards for the US Government’s classified systems.
Mr. Spires held a number of positions at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from 2004 through 2008. He served as the Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support, having overall responsibility for the key support and administrative functions for the IRS, to include Information Technology, Human Capital, Finance, Shared Services, Real Estate, and Security functions. Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Spires served as the IRS’ CIO, with overall strategic and operational responsibility for a $2 billion budget and a 7,000-person Modernization and Information Technology Services organization. Mr. Spires led the IRS’s Business Systems Modernization program for two and half years, which is one of the largest and most complex information technology modernization efforts undertaken to date.
From 2000 through 2003, Mr. Spires served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Mantas, Inc., a software company that provides business intelligence solutions to the financial services industry. Prior to Mantas, Mr. Spires spent more than 16 years serving in a number of technical and managerial positions at SRA International.
Mr. Spires currently serves on the Board of Directors of Learning Tree International (NASDAQ: LTRE), Acentia, Inc., and Mortgage Harmony Corporation.
Mr. Spires received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Cincinnati. He also holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University. Mr. Spires has won a number of awards for his leadership in IT, to include the 2012 Fed 100 Government Executive Eagle Award, TechAmerica’s 2012 Government Executive of the Year, Government Computer News 2011 Civilian Government Executive of the Year and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering in 2006.
From July 2008 until November 2014, Sir Iain was the Director of Government Communications Headquarters in the United Kingdom, having previously served as its Director General for Operations from 2004. This represented a period of over ten years’ leadership of operational delivery in contexts as varied as counter terrorism; cyber defence; support to the military campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya; the prevention and detection of serious crime; and the development of an integrated service of intelligence and security.
As the GCHQ Director he attended the UK’s National Security Council on a weekly basis from its very first meeting in May 2010 and was a Principal member of the Joint Intelligence Committee for over six years.
Cyber Security, both nationally and internationally, has been at the heart of his role in recent years where he has set new direction for innovative partnering with the private sector and with academia.
His reputation is of a transformational leader and he is credited with repositioning GCHQ externally, seeing and grasping the opportunity to radically reshape GCHQ’s role for the cyber security era, as well as with spearheading GCHQ’s internal transformation over the last decade: organisationally and culturally. He was a member of GCHQ’s Board for 13 years, almost half of that period as its Chair, employing a rigorous set of governance systems built around corporate risks, programme and project management described as “world-class”, a strong emphasis on compliance and ethics, and a bold work-force strategy with groundbreaking public service policies.
Sir Iain is now engaged in three fields: the advocacy and demystification of Cyber Security, providing strategic advice and personal perspective, nationally and internationally, to governments and businesses; sharing lessons and insights on strategic and institutional leadership; and entrepreneurship, in the broadest sense of the word.
A Partner and senior strategy adviser at C5 Holdings, he is also on the Board Financial Crime Risk Committee at Standard Chartered Bank. He formed part of the independent panel of experts advising the Australian Prime Minister on Australia’s Cyber Security policies and strategies. He also acts as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of CyLon, Europe’s only incubator space dedicated to developing early stage cyber security companies, and is involved in a number of roles in academia.
He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in the 2013 New Year Honours, having previously been made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2006 Honours.
Mr. Khoo Boon Hui began his career in the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in 1977, after a short stint in the Singapore Armed Forces. In July 1997, he was appointed Commissioner of the Singapore Police Force, a post he held till January 2010. He also served as President of INTERPOL from 2008 to 2012. After his stint in the police force, Mr. Khoo was appointed as the Senior Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs from 2010 to 2014. He concurrently assumed the appointment as Director of the Institute of Leadership and Organisation Development, Civil Service College on 21 January 2013. Upon his retirement from the Government, Mr. Khoo was appointed the Senior Advisor of the Ministry of Home Affairs on 21 January 2015, and a year later was re-designated a Senior Fellow. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Home Team Academy and the Civil Service College.
He is concurrently the Deputy Chairman of the Singapore Quality Award Governing Council and serves on the boards of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd, Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore, Certis CISCO and Temasek Foundation. He is an Advisor to INTERPOL, Standard Chartered Bank (UK)’s Board Financial Crime Risk Committee, the International Centre for Sports Security based in Qatar, Singapore’s National Cybersecurity R&D Programme and is a member of World Economic Forum Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. He co-chairs the annual US-Singapore Law Enforcement Homeland Security and Safety Cooperation Dialogue with his counterparts from the US Department of Justice and Homeland Security. He also chaired the first two ASEAN Senior Officials’ Roundtable on Cybercrime held in conjunction with the RSA Asia Pacific and Japan Conference.
He had previously served as Chairman of Technology Against Crime, the organiser of the International Forum on Technologies for a Safer World, based in France; and as an advisor to the Cambridge University Police Executive Program, Oxford University’s Journal of Policing and the Independent Commission on the Future of Policing in the UK.
He is also the Chairman of the Singapore Golf Association Governing Council and the Singapore Island Country Club; and serves on the Singapore Symphony Orchestra Council and YMCA Singapore’s Advisory Council.
Mr. Khoo obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Engineering Science & Economics) from Oxford University in 1976 and his Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard in 1982. He attended the Advanced Management Program at Wharton in 2002 and has received numerous international honors and local awards.
Ash Carter is a distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also a Senior Executive at the Markle Foundation, helping the Markle Economic Future Initiative advance transformative strategies that use technology to enable all Americans to flourish in the economy of a networked world.
Ash was Deputy Secretary of Defense from October 2011 to December 2013, serving as DOD’s chief operating officer overseeing more than $600 billion per year and 2.4 million civilian and military personnel, and managing global 24/7 operations. From April 2009 to October 2011, he was Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics with responsibility for procurement of all technology, systems, services, and supplies, bases and infrastructure, energy and environment, and more than $50 billion annually in R&D.
In his five years in the Pentagon's #2 and #3 positions, Ash
Previously Ash was a Senior Partner of Global Technology Partners focused on advising major investment firms in technology and defense, and an advisor to Goldman Sachs on global affairs. At Harvard’s Kennedy School, he was Professor and Chair of the International Relations, Science, and Security faculty. He served on the boards of the MITRE Corporation, Mitretek Systems, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories, and a member of the Draper Laboratory Corporation. Ash has been a member of the Defense Policy Board, the Defense Science Board, and Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.
Ash earned his bachelor’s degrees in physics and in medieval history from Yale University in 1976, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and received his doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University in 1979, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was a physics instructor at Oxford, a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University and M.I.T., and an experimental research associate at Brookhaven and Fermilab National Laboratories. From 1993-1996, Ash served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, responsible for policy regarding the former Soviet states, strategic affairs, and nuclear weapons policy.
For his service to national security, Ash has on five separate occasions been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, DOD’s highest. He received the Defense Intelligence Medal for his contributions to intelligence and the Joint Distinguished Service Medal from the Chairman and Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate for both the #2 and #3 Pentagon positions.
Ash is author or co-author of 11 books and more than 100 articles on physics, technology, national security, and management.
A native of Philadelphia, Ash is married to Stephanie Carter and has two children, Will and Ava.
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Mark Weatherford is a principal at The Chertoff Group and advises clients on a broad array of cybersecurity services. As one of the nation’s leading experts on cybersecurity, Mr. Weatherford works with organizations around the world to effectively manage today’s cyber threats by creating comprehensive security strategies that can be incorporated into core business operations and objectives.
Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Mr. Weatherford served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity within the National Protection and Programs Directorate. In this role, he worked with all critical infrastructure sectors as well as across federal government to create more secure network operations and thwart advanced persistent cyber threats. It was through his leadership that DHS expanded its efforts to share actionable cyber threat information with private sector partners and to assist in identifying pre-incident vulnerabilities as well as forensics and remediation activities following a cyber incident. These actions led DHS to reach news levels of cybersecurity maturity.
Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Weatherford was Vice President and Chief Security officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he directed the cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection program. Prior to joining NERC, Mr. Weatherford was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as California’s first Chief Information Security Officer. Earlier in his career, he served as the first Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Colorado, where he was appointed by two successive governors.
Previously, Mr. Weatherford worked at Raytheon Company where he successfully built and directed the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet Security Operations Center in San Diego, California, and was part of a team conducting security certification and accreditation with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. As a former U.S. Navy Cryptologic Officer, Mr. Weatherford led the U.S. Navy’s Computer Network Defense operations and the Naval Computer Incident Response Team (NAVCIRT).
Mark Weatherford earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications. He was one of the Information Security magazine “Security 7 Award” winners in 2008, was awarded SC Magazine’s prestigious “CSO of the Year” award for 2010, and was named one of the “10 Most Influential People in Government Information Security” by GovInfoSecurity in both 2012 and 2013.
Lieutenant General Flynn served from 2012 to 2014 as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the military intelligence component within the Department of Defense. DIA has over 17,000 uniformed and civilian personnel deployed worldwide, is responsible for all Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance planning, and provides military intelligence to warfighters, defense policymakers and force planners in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community in support of U.S. military planning and operations and weapon systems acquisition. Prior to DIA, LTG Flynn served as Assistant Director of National Intelligence where he dealt with domestic and international partner agencies.
During his tenure at DIA, and in previous command positions including as the senior intelligence officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, LTG Flynn consistently pushed for greater information and intelligence sharing. LTG Flynn spent more than 33 years in the U.S. Army, but as a senior officer virtually all of his positions were joint or working for civilian agencies.
LTG Flynn's career in the U.S. Army was primarily operational, with numerous deployments and special operations assignments. He also served as the senior intelligence officer for Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), where he created new operations-intelligence 'fusion' centers that proved very successful against Al-Qaeda and its associated movements. LTG Flynn also served as the senior intelligence officer for U.S. Central Command, and in various U.S. Army units including the 82nd Airborne and the XVIII Airborne Corps. Flynn, unusually for an intelligence officer, is a widely published author with articles appearing in Joint Forces Quarterly, Military Review, and Small Wars Journal.
In 2010, while the senior intelligence officer working for General McChrystal, then commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, Flynn published a report outside normal Defense Department channels and through the Center for New American Security entitled "Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan". The study was another example of LTG Flynn’s unconventional and self-critical thinking in that it criticized the intelligence community for lacking an understanding of the social and economic contexts in Afghanistan and encouraged increased use of open source reporting. While many inside the Pentagon were shocked at LTG Flynn’s blunt report, then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates praised it as "a candid, critical self-assessment".
A native of Rhode Island, LTG Flynn graduated from the University of Rhode Island. He has earned three masters degrees and has been awarded two honorary doctorates as well as numerous other military, intelligence, civilian and international awards and honors.