Career Coaches

Andrea Little Limbago

Tuesday 12:00-14:00

    Andrea Little Limbago is a computational social scientist specializing in the intersection of technology, national security, and society. She is the Chief Social Scientist at Virtru, an encryption and data privacy software company, where she researches and writes on the geopolitics of cybersecurity, global digital privacy trends, and usable security. Her writing has been featured in numerous outlets, and she frequently presents on a range of cybersecurity topics such as norms, attacker trends, computational propaganda, digital privacy, and workforce development. Andrea is also a Senior Fellow and Program Director for the Emerging Technologies Law and Policy Program at the National Security Institute at George Mason, and she contributes to numerous security conference program review committees. She previously was the Chief Social Scientist at Endgame. Prior to that, Andrea taught in academia and was a technical lead at the Department of Defense, where she received the top award for technical excellence. Andrea earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

    Roy Wattanasin

    Tuesday 12:00-14:00

      Roy Wattanasin is currently a information security leader in the healthcare industry. Previously, Roy was the information security manager of Asia Pacific for a robotics company. He was the information security officer at a Massachusetts healthcare medical center (for many years) responsible for all aspects of the information security program. Roy has also worked in the consulting, financial, life sciences, technology and academic industries as well. He has also been a long-time ISSA New England member, a ISSA Healthcare SIG contributor/member and a former ISSA CISO Forum member.

      Additionally, Roy is an avid speaker who has spoken at many conferences and webinars. Roy also enjoys data forensics & incident response, building security in and managing relationships. He is heavily involved with many computer security groups including ISSA, OWASP Boston, BASC and the local US and APAC communities. Roy is also a member of multiple advisory groups. He was an adjunct instructor at Brandeis University for over 10+ years as part of the Health and Medical Informatics program and is also one of the co-founders of that program. He is credited for bringing back the Security BSides Boston conference (setting the standards) and enjoys seeing it grow each year and being successful with its new team members. Roy also enjoys IoT and privacy

      Josh Schwartz

      Tuesday 12:00-14:00

        Josh Schwartz, aka FuzzyNop, has been known as a computer who knows how to computer. He has presented and taught trainings on the subject of red teaming, social engineering, and adversary simulation at conferences across the globe. Josh is currently a proud member of The Paranoids, the security team at Verizon Media, where he serves as the Director of Offensive Security and oversees the Red Team, Phishing, and Security Engagement

        Kenneth Newton

        Tuesday 14:00-16:00

          Kenneth has over 20 years of experience in InfoSec, working as an IT Security manager at UCSF. He’s worked in California at companies like Clarivate Analytics, Esurance, and Informatica. Ken moved to California to be the director for Threat Intelligence startup, CyByL, mentioned in the epilog of the book “Fatal System Error”. Prior to that, he worked in Arizona for Honeywell in their global response team and Mayo Clinic Arizona as ISO. Ken also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Prolexic Technologies, the subject of “Fatal System Error”, prior to acquisition by Akamai. He started his career as the first Internet Security Analyst at State Farm Insurance, working there for 10 years.

          Margaret White

          Tuesday 14:00-16:00

            Margaret White is an award-winning Management Professional recognized and promoted for outstanding leadership in operational risk management, technology strategy execution, process improvement and effective cost cutting. She received early practical leadership training in Bank of America’s Global Technology and Operations Foundations for Success Program. A top performer at the Bank of America since 2003. Margaret is a trusted advisor and strategic partner to senior level management and technical teams relied upon to outline and map long term proactive risk management strategy for systems and processes.

            Karthik Rangarajan

            Tuesday 14:00-16:00

              Karthik is an experienced security engineer with a focus on application and infrastructure security. Karthik started his career as a consultant working on, and then leading application security assessments, penetration tests, and social engineering engagements for the Fortune 500. After a few years of breaking things, Karthik decided to try his hand at building security programs. He led the security team at Addepar, helping the company grow to over $500B in assets. Currently, Karthik leads the security team at Robinhood and works with an incredibly talented team of engineers with diverse experience. In a prior life, Karthik was also a part of various information security podcasts. Karthik holds a Masters from Georgia Institute of Technology, with a major in Information Security.

              Andrew Hay

              Tuesday 16:00-18:00

                Andrew Hay is a veteran cybersecurity executive, strategist, industry analyst, data scientist, threat and vulnerability researcher, and international public speaker with close to 25 years of cybersecurity experience across multiple domains. He is the COO at Lares, a security consulting firm that helps companies secure electronic, physical, intellectual, and financial assets through a unique blend of assessment, testing, and coaching. Andrew is the author of multiple books on advanced security topics and is frequently approached to provide expert commentary on industry developments. He has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired, USA Today, and CSO Magazine.

                John Sicklick

                Tuesday 16:00-18:00

                  John Sicklick has over 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry as a software developer, systems administrator, systems integrator, and systems security engineer. John is a retired U.S. Navy Commander where he served as an Information Corps Warfare Qualified officer. John currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at a local community college, teaching courses in ethical hacking, Linux operating system, and computer forensics. He has also served as a mentor instructor for SANS. A graduate of New York Maritime College And Azusa Pacific University, he holds a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Applied Computer Science and Technical Programming. He holds the GSLC, GXPN, GWAPT, GCIH, GCFE, GPEN, and CISSP certifications and the Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking certificate from the SANS Technology Institute. John is excited and honored to help others further their careers in cybersecurity.

                  Elizabeth Wharton

                  Tuesday 16:00-18:00

                    Elizabeth is the VP, Operations & Strategy for Prevailion (a tailored intelligence startup), overseeing the development and implementation of legal, public policy, and strategic business initiatives and operations. Over the course of her career she’s represented information security researchers, advised local, state, and federal legislators, and guided technology projects for the World’s Busiest Airport. Outside of work she hosted the “Buzz Off with Lawyer Liz” radio show, mentors startup companies through CyberLaunch VC, and volunteers with student aerial robotics teams

                    Ron Stoecker

                    Wednesday 12:00-14:00

                      Ron currently works as a Medical Device Penetration Tester for a large medical device manufacturer. He started working in IT supporting VMS and Novell environments in the early 1990s. This expanded into other platform and network engineering roles. Ten years ago he made the transition into Information Security full time, applying his previous skills into a new security role. In his current role he provides mentoring to junior security team members to help them identify their strengths and areas of interest in the security field.

                      Peter Keenan

                      Wednesday 12:00-14:00

                        Peter is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Lazard where he is responsible for the global information security strategy and program at one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms with operations in 43 cities across 27 countries . Prior to Lazard, Peter was with Citigroup’s global information security team serving as the Head of Information Risk Governance, where he led the team that was responsible for Information Security Policy globally. His experience also includes 6 years as a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Threat and Vulnerability Management advisory practice and over a decade founding and operating a publicly traded technology consultancy that specialized in designing, building, and operating secure high availability data centers and networks around the world for military, intelligence, and commercial clients.

                        Jennifer Havermann

                        Wednesday 14:00-16:00

                          Over the past 31 years, Jen has held roles from technical to leadership in cyber and information technology and helped others find their path in cyber careers. I’ve worked across markets, mostly defense contracting/government/military and some commercial.

                          Larci Robertson

                          Wednesday 14:00-16:00

                            Larci Robertson is the Senior Manager, Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) at Epsilon, a digital marketing company. She began her cyber career in the United States Navy as an intelligence analyst. She had many different opportunities in the intelligence community at sea and shore. She is a proud plank owner of the Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC) where she was one of the first CTI analysts as we know them today. After leaving the Navy she worked as a defense contractor in various roles in the intelligence and technology fields. She has worked with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Booz Allen Hamilton, Raytheon and PepsiCo before landing at Epsilon. Constantly transferring with her Army husband gave her many opportunities to get hired not only in the US but also overseas. She has plenty of tips to share about getting into cyber security and to getting hired

                            Robert Beltran

                            Wednesday 14:00-16:00

                              Robert gives back to the community through resume review, mock interviews and his favorite, tutoring students in Data Structures. He has a degree in CS from San Diego State University and he made the jump from SW Engineering to InfoSec in 2014. He is currently a manager in Application Security at Sony Interactive Entertainment PlayStation)

                              Kevin Mau

                              Wednesday 14:00-16:00

                                Over the years Kevin has held many diverse roles including security engineering, incident response, development, reverse engineering, and threat hunting. In his current role as a threat researcher he’s charged with career plan development, training, and mentoring across several teams. In a leadership role he also assists with reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates to help build out high performance teams.

                                Aakin N. Patel

                                Wednesday 14:00-16:00

                                  Aakin has worked in cybersecurity for over two decades across a variety of industries in both the public and private sector. Starting as a hands on technical UNIX engineer, he is now a manager who
                                  focuses on building strong and effective teams in the national infrastructure space to tackle the unique cybersecurity challenges faced in that environment. He also serves on the College of Sothern Nevada advisory board, helping build a more effective cybersecurity program for the students there. He was also one of the founding member of his local hackerspace, and continues to serve on the board there.

                                  Michael Rich

                                  Wednesday 14:00-16:00

                                    Michael Rich is a retired Air Force Lt Col. My military career spanned engineering, acquisitions, intelligence, and operations with the 67th Cyberspace Wing. I successfully transitioned to commercial life in 2016. I started out as a defense contractor working for MITRE but decided I wanted to do something different. After a bit of a dry spell looking for a non-defense-related job, I finally “closed the deal” and got a job as a Senior Manager for Infosec at my current health-care related company. I grew that into a director position running both the security and infrastructure side at the same company. I’ll be happy to discuss what I did to prepare myself for retirement, how I positioned my resume to finally land my current job, the differences between military and commercial life, why I find it hard to hire veterans in to my shop, or anything else that is on your mind (including mental health).

                                    John Edward Dunnahoe

                                    Wednesday 16:00-17:30

                                      [John] Edward Dunnahoe, Senior Managing Security Consultant – Edward (“Ed”) Dunnahoe has over eleven years of information security experience, with an emphasis on vulnerability and risk assessments, penetration testing, and information security program management. Prior to joining GuidePoint Security, Ed initially performed a variety of information security consulting services including penetration testing, security awareness training, vulnerability and risk assessments, IT control audits, and social engineering for hundreds of small, medium, and large financial institutions across the country. From there, he transitioned into a network defense role for a financial services application service provider where he not only assisted with information security program development, but was also responsible for engineering objectives, such as security monitoring, incident response, and vulnerability management.

                                      Bret Peresich

                                      Wednesday 16:00-17:30

                                        Bret Peresich is a senior cyber security specialist with Athena Consulting Group. He is a Navy veteran; served for 10 years. He has worked as a Department of Defense contractor for just over 19 years. He received his B.S. – Information Technology from Strayer University. He has obtained the ISC2 Certified Information Security Specialist (CISSP) and ISACA Certified Information System Auditor certifications. When he is not working, he enjoys gaming, programming, and reading; always striving to learn something new.

                                        Pete Cooper

                                        Wednesday 16:00-17:30

                                          Pete Cooper was formally a fast jet pilot in the UK RAF before moving into cyber operations. Since he left the military, he now has many hats…. He advises on developing cyber security strategy across everything from international organisations, governments and companies. Most recently he has been focussed in the aviation sector where he has been advising IATA and ICAO on global aviation cyber security strategy. He is also an Atlantic Council Cyber Statecraft Senior Fellow and the founder and Director of Cyber 9/12 UK, the UK’s only student cyber strategy challenge. Here he helps university students understand the value of their skills and hook up with cyber security roles in industry. As part of this he has also been successfully advocating into government and industry on the need for diverse cyber security skills and recruitment. Pete is also one of the leads for the Aviation Village at DEF CON 27 this year; is a speaker at events such as RSA, Cyber UK and more; was judged 12th on a list of global cyber security influencers by IFSEC in 2018 and holds a Post Grad in Cyberspace Operations where he published on the topic of developing legal active cyber defence strategies. 

                                          Brian Markham

                                          Wednesday 16:00-17:30

                                            Brian Markham has been working as an information security practitioner and manager for over 16 years in both higher education and as a consultant in the public and private sectors. He currently works as the AVP for Information Security at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Brian has an undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Maryland and a number of professional certifications.

                                            Resume Reviewers

                                            Kris Rides

                                            Tuesday 12:00-14:00, 16:00 - 18:00

                                              Kris is Co-Founder of Tiro Security a Cyber Security Staffing and Professional services company. He has been working in recruitment for over 20 years and is heavily involved in the InfoSec community. When not sitting on panels and advising CISO’s on security recruitment you will find him either snowboarding or scuba diving with sharks.

                                              Tim Welch

                                              Tuesday 12:00-14:00

                                                Tim Welch is a Senior Technical Recruiter for Tenable. He lives in Scotts Valley near Santa Cruz, Ca with his wife Cheryl and 16-year-old son Kai. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Tim and Cheryl lived in Hawaii for a couple of years before moving to the San Jose area where Tim got into high-tech recruiting in the late 90’s.

                                                In his spare time, Tim likes to play drums with a few local bands playing Funk, Soul, R&B and Rock. He also likes to mountain bike in the Santa Cruz Mountains and go to the dog beach.

                                                Erica Schneider

                                                Tuesday 12:00-14:00, Wednesday 12:00-14:00

                                                  Erica loves nature, travel, food and wine enthusiast who is passionate about talent acquisition, company culture and how companies handle their email verification.

                                                  Susan Peediyakkal

                                                  Tuesday 14:00-16:00

                                                    V. Susan Peediyakkal is a Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Lead Consultant in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Commercial Cyber Defense Program where she focuses on helping their clients establish and cultivate industry-leading cyber threat intelligence programs. With over 14 years of cyber security experience, focused primarily in Threat Intelligence, she draws on her significant knowledge from working with various intelligence operations in the federal government and international commercial domains. Susan spent 17 years in the US Air Force (active and reserve), is trained in Project management Professional (PMP) and GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence (GCTI), and is a certified Splunk power user.

                                                    Justin Chen

                                                    Tuesday 14:00-16:00

                                                      Justin supports security engineering recruiting at Robinhood Financial LLC, one of the fastest growing brokerages in terms of customer accounts. Robinhood Financial is democratizing access to America’s financial system by lowering investing barriers. Outside of the office, Justin is an avid LA sports fan and is constantly exploring new cities through food.Robinhood Financial LLC, member FINRA/SIPC

                                                      Tracie Connors

                                                      Tuesday 14:00-16:00, Wednesday 16:00-17:00

                                                        Tracie Connors, Principal Technical Recruiter dedicated to Cyber Security for the Paranoids at Verizon Media. She has over 20+ years of recruiting both technical and non-technical professionals. She’s worked for Yahoo!, Amazon, and Digitas. She’s an avid skier and volunteer for Disabled Sports at Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows. Originally from Boston, MA and now based in Sunnyvale, CA.

                                                        Merissa Villalobos

                                                        Tuesday 16:00-18:00

                                                          Merissa is an ISSA Member, passionate about the cyber community and matching people to positions they love. For the past 10 years, I have been an interview coach, a resume reviewer, and a professional development mentor for national and global non-profits; a leadership coach and corporate recruiter for a security consulting firm and a Federal Government contractor, focusing on acquisitions for DoD, DHS and the intelligence community. Connect with me for Senior Security Consultant opportunities, how to decode HR and communicate with them to get promoted and/or advice on how to land your first role in security.

                                                          Savion Agard

                                                          Tuesday 16:00-18:00

                                                            Savion Agard is a dedicated Recruiter with working experience in Corporate, Agency and Start-Up environments. Specializing in finding talented engineers focused on web development and cybersecurity, Savion has had to worked with individuals along the entire technology spectrum and skill levels. Currently, Savion is working as the lead for Technical Recruiting within BlackBerry Cylance as well as supporting it’s growing Professional Services team. Savion holds his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. Originally from New York, Savion has spent the last couple of years living in Southern California where he is an active member of the local Rugby team

                                                            Mark Lloyd

                                                            Wednesday 12:00-14:00

                                                              Mark is a Career Services professional with a 9+ years of experience in career counseling and recruiting IT, Systems, Creative, Cyber, Network, Security, Telecom, and all things technical. Additionally, Mark has wide ranging experience including serving in the US Navy as an Officer, working in various industries, recruiting for both corporate companies and agencies in both the commercial and cleared sectors, and spending time as a career counselor in higher education. He is a consummate professional that believes relationship building is the key to success having spent his career defying traditional “recruiter stereotypes” and shattering preconceived notions of what it means to work in the talent industry. Mark prides himself on being a trusted advocate for all his candidates.

                                                              Megan Calidonna

                                                              Wednesday 14:00-16:00

                                                                Megan Calidonna is a passionate Cyber Security recruiter who had dedicated her career to helping IT and Security professionals find a role that truly inspires them. Every day we become more connected and Megan is passionate about finding unique, talented individuals to secure this ever-evolving world.
                                                                Megan is a Florida State University graduate living in NYC and has 8 years recruitment experience in the Cyber Security space. She specializes in recruiting for the following roles: Red Team, Blue Team, Data Forensics and Incident Response, Cyber Fusion Centers, Embedded Security Engineers, IoT Specialists and DevSecOps. Currently, Megan is leading the recruitment efforts for the Professional Services team at Blackberry Cylance.

                                                                Kirsten Robin Renner

                                                                Wednesday 15:00-17:00

                                                                  Kristen is a Recruiting Director for a mid sized data analytics and cyber security company with 20 years of experience. Specializes in intel and has a passion in connecting talent to the right opportunities. Can also be found in the Car Hacking Village in a con near you.

                                                                  Matt Duren

                                                                  Wednesday 15:00-17:00

                                                                    Matt Duren has been in recruiting since he graduated college in 2001. Starting out in a technical staffing agency, Matt quickly transitioned to corporate recruiting and has lead recruiting teams responsible for IT and college recruiting, as well as Employment Branding. Matt is currently a Sr. Recruiting Manager at Tenable, located in Columbia, MD.

                                                                    Originally from Virginia, Matt has lived in Maryland since graduating from James Madison University. He also holds a Masters in Organizational Development and Strategic HR from Johns Hopkins. When he’s not recruiting, you can find Matt enjoying family-time with his wife and two daughters, training for the occasional Obstacle Course Race, and eating Gummy Bears…lots of Gummy Bears.

                                                                    This page last updated July 31, 2019