Never before has safeguarding data and the integrity of computer networks been more critical. Hear from leaders in the field as they report on the newest tools and research in the fight against cyber attacks and digital breaches.


Friday, October 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
MARC Pavilion, 2nd floor


10880 SW 16th St
Miami, FL 33199
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Conference highlights

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  • Panel on financials
  • Panel on privacy issues associated with multiple-device connectivity
  • Panel on Smart City infrastructure and privacy engineering
  • Networking opportunities
  • Live demo on Eurasian cyber criminal underground intrusion

Who should attend?

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  • Business and banking professionals who need to understand potential threats to their data
  • IT professionals seeking to stay on the cutting edge
  • Students looking to hear directly from industry leaders
  • Anyone with an interest in data security issues

Learning objectives

  • Better understand potential threats to their companies’ networks
  • Better understand how to take steps to ensure against data breaches within their organizations
  • Have knowledge of soon-to-be-available tools for safeguarding data
  • Know more about where digital security efforts are headed
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Includes: Parking in the “Blue Garage” located off of the 16th street entrance, admission to conference and access to exhibits, educational materials in the form of printed handouts, continental breakfast and lunch

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Trent Jaeger - Keynote

Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Trent Jaeger is a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at The Pennsylvania State University and the Co-Director of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security (SIIS) Lab. Trent's research interests include operating systems security and the application of programming language techniques to security. He has published over 100 refereed research papers and is the author of the book "Operating Systems Security," which examines the principles of designs for secure operating systems. He is currently the Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit, and Control (SIGSAC).

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Walt Augustinowicz

Founder/CEO, Identity Stronghold LLC

Walt Augustinowicz is a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) industry thought-leader, consumer advocate and founder of Identity Stronghold. Identity Stronghold is the leading provider of RFID security sleeves and badge holders to the U.S. government, and offers a full line of consumer products from card and badge holders to purses and wallets. Augustinowicz is best known for touring the country and visiting with over 100 media outlets to take on the major credit card companies on the issue of “electronic pickpocketing” and “Phantom Keys.

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Eldred Garcia

Director Security Solutions, Bluefin Payment Systems

Eldred F. Garcia is the Director of Security Solutions at Bluefin Payment Systems – the 1st company in the U.S. to be PCI validated for Point-to-Point Encryption. He brings 20+ years of experience in the payments industry through banking, consulting, the major credit card brands, processor, 3rd party vendor, and on the merchant side as well. Eldred’s focus has been primarily in the credit card industry and more specifically with emerging technologies and fraud prevention.

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Alfredo Perez

VP of Sales, Anywhere Commerce

Mr. Alfredo Perez has thirty-eight years’ experience in Information Systems, Product And Services, Manufacturing, Banking and Payment Systems and specializing in Wide Area Networks, Software Development, Technical Support and Risk Management. For 27 years, Mr. Perez was responsible for the Visa Latin American Operations Center, Risk and Fraud Management Division, Physical and Data Security, Online Information Services, Facilities, Implementation of New Technologies and the ongoing direction of the development of the Global Payment Systems.

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Robert Villanueva

ATSAIC US Secret Service

Mr. Villanueva is a Miami native and is an alumni of FIU. He has been with the United States Secret Service (USSS) for over 24 years and has been assigned to various offices as an agent and a supervisor to include Miami, South America and Washington DC. Presently he is Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge (ATSAIC) at the Miami Field Office and specializes in Transnational Cybercrimes, Access Device Fraud, Network Intrusions and Identity Theft Data Breaches. ATSAIC Villanueva also headed the U.S. Secret Service’s Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force (MECTF) which has over 821 members from the South Florida Private Sector, Academia and Local/Federal Law Enforcement community.

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Scott Ewers

Director of Enterprise Architecture, Assurant Solutions

Scott Ewers is the Director of Enterprise Architecture for Assurant Solutions. His responsibilities include collaborating with Assurant's Connected Living group on the creation of their global technology strategy and roadmaps, helping them protect consumers and their connected devices that matter most. Previously, Scott has held senior leadership positions in both the financial services and consumer goods sectors, and has executed innovative digital enablement projects for corporations including UPS, Equifax, and Invesco. Scott holds a Master's degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security from Boston University.

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Garret Rose

Associate Professor UTK, former Air Force Research Lab

Garrett S. Rose has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee since 2014. From 2011 through July 2014 he was a Senior Electronics Engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate in Rome, NY. Through his career, his research interests have been focused in the area of nanoelectronic circuit design as applied to a range of applications, including reconfigurable computing, neuromorphic computing and hardware security.

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Mark Tehranipoor

Professor, University of Florida

Mark M. Tehranipoor is currently the Intel Charles E. Young Professor in Cybersecurity at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Florida. His current research projects include: hardware security and trust, electronics supply chain security, counterfeit IC detection and prevention, and reliable and testable VLSI design. Tehranipoor has published over 250 journal articles and refereed conference papers and has given more than 150 invited talks and keynote addresses since 2006. In addition, he has published six books and ten book chapters. His projects are sponsored by both the industry (Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), Texas Instruments, Freescale, Comcast, Honeywell, LSI, Mentor Graphics, Juniper, R3Logic, Cisco, Qualcomm, MediaTeck, etc.) and the Government (NSF, ARO, MDA, DOD, AFOSR, DOE, etc.).

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Lok Yan

Senior Researcher, Air Force Research Lab

Lok is a Senior Researcher and Computer Scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate in Rome, NY. He is also an adjunct faculty at NYU Polytechnic and teaches the online section of Information Security and Privacy, also known as Computer Security. He is also a contributor to the DECAF/DroidScope open source dynamic analysis platform.

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Erfan Ibrahim

Center Director at National Renewable Energy Lab

Dr. Erfan Ibrahim is the Center Director for Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Resilience R&D at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden Colorado. Dr. Ibrahim works with the public and private sector to identify security requirements, evaluate cybersecurity standards, test cybersecurity controls and determine residual risk in smart networks in the electric sector, water and oil & gas. He serves as the chief liaison from NREL to the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the Department of Energy. He is also serving on the cybersecurity and resilience team within the Grid Modernization Lab Consortium for the DoE.

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Raimundo Rodolfo

Assistant Chief Information Officer, City of Coral Gables

Technology manager, electrical and electronics engineer and project manager with over 22 years of working experience in Telecommunications, Information Technology and Electronics industries, including leadership positions in USA and Latin America. He is currently the Assistant Chief Information Officer of City of Coral Gables, Florida, where he helps develop and implement smart city and sustainability technology strategies. Previously, he has held technical and managerial positions with Bellsouth, Siemens, and NCR; and has worked on projects with Agilent, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, Alcatel, Microsoft, Cisco, CheckPoint, VMWare and other organizations.

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Emily Loos

Client Executive, IBM

Emily Loos is a Client Executive in South Florida for IBM’s Public Sector industry organization which includes state & local government, K-12 education, and higher education. Emily has thirty+ years’ experience in delivering business and technology solutions with specific expertise in local government. Prior to joining IBM in 1982, she was an operating systems programmer in the airline industry.

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Raj Rajagopalan

Senior Principal Research Scientist, Honeywell ACS Labs

Dr. Raj Rajagopalan is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at Honeywell’s Security Research Lab. His work focuses on enabling Honeywell businesses to adopt security technology and helping enhance their security quality metrics for their enormous product portfolio. Among his research interests is the problem of improving intrusion detection systems that suffer from a myriad of challenges ranging from the false positive problems to scalability and adaptability.

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Paul Plofchan

VP of Government Affairs and Chief Privacy Officer, ADT

Paul leads both ADT’s political engagement and public policy strategy, to include oversight of the company’s political action committee (ADT PAC) and grassroots efforts, and is a leader within the company’s data stewardship and protection program. As Chief Privacy Officer, Paul works with ADT’s senior management team to provide organization-wide privacy oversight to foster customer and employee trust and manage the risks and business impact of privacy laws and policies.

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