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Bill Bender

Lt. General Bill Bender

General Bender served as Chief Information Officer for the United States Air Force (USAF), where he was responsible for 50,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe with oversight for the USAF’s IT investment strategy and a portfolio valued at $17 billion. General Bender joined Leidos, a FORTUNE 500® science and technology company, in 2017 as their Senior Vice President for Strategic Accounts & Government Relations.

Paul Connelly

Paul Connelly

Formerly Chief Information Security Officer at the White House where he served under Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, Paul now serves as Vice President of Information Privacy & Security and Chief Information Security Officer for Hospital Corporation of America. At HCA, Paul leads the program and teams responsible for all aspects of information protection for HCA’s 165 hospitals, 1000+ outpatient care and physician practice facilities, other business units and facilities, and more than 200,000 staff members.

Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon

Keith is the Information Security and Risk Management Executive for Ally Financial where he is responsible for Strategy, Innovation and Security Architecture; Data Security and 3rd party/Supplier Security, Cyber Analytics, User Behavior Analytics for Information Security as well as Enterprise Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity.

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Paul Maurer

President, Montreat College

Dr. Paul J. Maurer brings a wealth of experience as the eighth president of Montreat College. As a visionary and results-driven Christian leader, he believes deeply in the value of Christ-centered higher education. Drawing from more than 25 years of leadership in nonprofit and higher education administration, Dr. Maurer has led efforts in governance, organizational development, marketing and communications, adult and graduate studies, and government relations.

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Pete Seeber

Chief Strategy & Risk Officer, Corvid Cyberdefense

Pete Seeber is the Chief Strategy and Risk Officer at Corvid Cyberdefense, a cybersecurity solutions and consulting organization. He brings a wealth of business and entrepreneurial expertise to Corvid from his 20+ years of experience in professional services, large scale consulting, and information technology. He has proven himself as an industry leader in several different verticals, including financial services, healthcare, utilities, retail, distribution, and hospitality. Prior to starting Rocus Networks, now Corvid Cyberdefense, Pete served as a managing partner at Vaco, a national IT, finance, and accounting consulting firm. Pete was a founding member of the management team at Blueharbor Bank in the Lake Norman area where he was instrumental in the launch of the bank as well as the $20+ million capital raise. Pete has a consulting background at Arthur Andersen and Grant Thornton and holds an accounting degree from Wake Forest University.

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Ed Skoudis

Founder of Counter Hack

Ed Skoudis is a leading professional “ethical hacker.” He is a teaching fellow at the SANS Institute, a private U.S. company that specializes in information security and cybersecurity training. He is also the CEO of CounterHack and appears as a cybersecurity expert on the PBS series NOVA. Skoudis got started in computer security while in college and, after graduating, found work at Bellcore, a division of the Bell System. Following a stint in operator services, he jumped into computer security with gusto, helping respond to attacks against phone company networks. Skoudis then moved from Bellcore to SAIC, where he branched out to work with large banks, major high-tech firms, and other Fortune 500 companies. Later, he started performing incident response and penetration testing for government agencies and military customers. Skoudis received his master’s in information networking from Carnegie-Mellon in 2002 and his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1991.