Speakers 2017-03-07T23:19:32+00:00


Below is the list of 2015 Connected World Conference speakers.

Seth Danberry
President and cofounder

Seth Danberry, a cyber-security expert, is the president and cofounder of Grid32, a provider of penetration testing and other cyber-security services. Leading organizations hire Grid32 to hack into their networks and expose and remediate issues before malicious sources find them. Seth has nearly twenty years of experience managing and securing information technology infrastructures, lending technology support to organizations such as the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, AOL, and NASA. Seth is an alumnus of the University Of Rhode Island and holds numerous IT and Information Security certifications.
Deidre Kashou Diamond
Founder and CEO

Combining 21 years of experience working in technology and staffing and a love for the cybersecurity community, Deidre created Cyber Security Network; a company transforming the way cybersecurity professionals approach job searches.
James Drylie, Ph.D.
Executive Director, School of Criminal Justice & Public Administration
Kean University

James is a recognized expert in emergency management and operations. Recently, James was appointed as the acting director of the Center for Cyber Security, Kean University.
John Grimes

On May 1, 2012 John joined the UAB Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research as its first Director of Intelligence Analytics. He had only retuned to campus the previous February 2012 after serving for 18 months as the Senior Intelligence Officer (Forward) with the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) and the University of Virginia, in both Afghanistan and Charlottesville, VA. While forward deployed and based in Kabul, John directed 180 NGIC intelligence analysts for all of calendar 2011 across the Center’s science and technology disciplines including Counterinsurgency Targeting, Biometrics, Domain (document, cell phone, pocket litter, etc.) Exploitation, Weapons Technical Intelligence and Anti-Armor Analysis programs of record. Prior to this deployment, John also deployed as the Senior Intelligence Officer in the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 2002-2003 where he directed the intelligence operations for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan (all Army Green Berets, Navy Seals, Air Force SOF and Marine Corps Reconnaissance personnel). During his thirty years in uniform as a member of the Active, Guard and Reserve components of the US Army, he also served as a member of the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) instructing courses in Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Criminal Investigation where he also coached the UAB Mock Trial Team (Nat. Champion: 2006) for fourteen years.

Colonel Grimes is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Sniper, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Defense Against Methods of Entry (DAME), Special Security Officer, and Psychological Operations Officer schools. He is a graduate of the Command and General’s Staff College (Commandant’s List) and is an Advanced Course graduate and branch qualified in Infantry, Military Intelligence, Civil Affairs, and Judge Advocate. His awards and decorations include the NATO Badge, Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Excellence in Competition Bronze Medal, Pistol. COL Grimes is also rated as a Commercial Pilot in both Single & Multi-Engine Fixed Wing and Helicopter, with Instrument Rating.

John’s Blazer Roots run deep being a native of Birmingham, Alabama where he graduated from Ramsay High School in 1972, the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1976 and Cumberland School of Law in 1981.
Boaz Kestel
Director of North American OEM Sales and Business Development
Altair Semiconductor

Boaz brings a wealth of telecommunications business development experience. Boaz helped position the company as the leading developer and supplier of single-mode LTE chipsets. Boaz holds an MBA degree from UT Austin, Texas, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
David Olive
Catalyst Partners
Jem Pagán
Flatiron Strategies

Jem serves on the Cloud Standards Customer Council in support of developing best practice cloud-adoption strategies for enterprises. He also is a member of the Object Management Group and serves on the Advisory Board for Continuum Data Centers.
Major General N. Lee S. Price
Retired United States Army officer

Last served as the Program Executive Officer for the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office, Command Control Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Lee became the first female program executive officer for the Army in November 2009 when she became the PEO for C3T. Within one year of General Price’s tenure, PEO C3T was awarded the David Packard award, the Department of Defense acquisition community’s highest award. The dedicated PEO C3T team works by the Warfighter’s side in training and theater locations throughout the world. They acquire, sustain, and support the networked mission command solutions that bring technological dominance to present and future Warfighters. General Price was nominated by President Barack Obama to the grade of Major General on July 27, 2011. The Senate confirmed this nomination on Nov. 10, 2011. Price is a certified member of the Army Acquisition Corps. Price was promoted to Major General on March 2, 2012. In September 2013, General Price retired from military service.
Jonathan Ratner
Vice President

Following liberal arts studies at Columbia University in New York, Jonathan Ratner emigrated to Israel, and completed his master’s degree in international finance at Boston University’s program in Be’er Sheva. In 1996 he taught in a multi-national educational program in Moscow, Russia, and upon his return to Israel he worked with Russian & Israeli engineers in founding and managing start-ups in clean coal technologies for American utilities and commercializing one of Israel’s top ten airport security devices. For more than a decade he managed the operations of hedge funds concentrated in the Homeland Security sector, and recently led a biometric cyber security company in Citi’s Tel Aviv Technology Accelerator program. He has vast experience in adult education, and unique international insights into Homeland Cyber Security.
Scott Schober
Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Inc.

Scott is a wireless technology and cybersecurity expert as well as the president and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, a 40-year-old provider of advanced wireless RF test and security solutions. He has overseen the development of numerous cellphone detection tools used to enforce a 'no cell phone policy’ in correctional, law enforcement, corporate, university, military, and secured government facilities.

Scott regularly appears on Bloomberg TV, Canadian TV News, and Arise TV as a cybersecurity expert with numerous appearances on Fox Business Channel, Fox News, Inside Edition, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, PIX11, The Blaze, OAN, Al Jazerra, CCTV, The Peggy Smedley Show, X/M Sirius Radio, and Bloomberg Radio. He has presented as a subject expert discussing cybersecurity/corporate espionage at numerous conferences around the globe.
Major General Jocelyn Seng
United States Air Force

General Seng is the mobilization assistant to the Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. She assists in providing full spectrum education, research, and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education, and academic degree granting. She assists in leading the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, graduating more than 50,000 resident and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year. Additionally, she assists with officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

General Seng entered the Air Force in 1984 as a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology ROTC program. Her technical area of expertise is composite materials design, analysis, and manufacturing, and she is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Prior to assuming her current position, she was the mobilization assistant to the Military Deputy, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. As a civilian, she is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, working in the areas of cyberspace, missile defense, science and engineering workforce management, and the assessment of military critical technologies.
JD Sherry
VP Technology and Solutions
Trend Micro

JD is responsible for providing guidance and awareness regarding Trend Micro’s entire security portfolio aimed at protecting both commercial and government ecosystems. Well-versed in enterprise and data center architecture, he has successfully implemented large-scale public, private, and hybrid clouds leveraging the latest in virtualization technologies. For the past decade, he has established himself as a trusted senior advisor and cloud security specialist for the protection of PCI (Payment Card Industry), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), and PPI (Personally Identifiable Information) data. He also has an extensive background in developing and bringing to market mobility platforms and applications. JD has spent the last 15 years in senior IT leadership roles.

Prior to Trend Micro, JD spent nearly seven years with publicly traded NIC /EGOV.com as vice president of technology where he was head of NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) centralized technology and security strategy. While at NIC, he managed the technology platforms that processed more than $18 billion in payments on behalf of citizens, businesses, and governments. He also has held various leadership positions within Honeywell FM&T, which manufactures and assembles 85% of the non-nuclear components in nuclear weapons for the U.S. Dept. of Energy. JD has held Top Secret clearance and has an M.B.A/IT degree from Jones University and a B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska.
Gary Warner
Director of Research in Computer Forensics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research
Brian Zaugg
Director of Information Security
Authentic8, Inc.

Brian Zaugg is an information security leader with more than 20 years experience designing, integrating, securing, and deploying enterprise technology solutions. Brian is currently the director of information security at Authentic8, Inc., a software-as-a-service startup company that secures Internet browsing for consumers and enterprises. Brian is studying for a PhD in Information Assurance and Information Security. Brian has an MBA in Global Management and an MS in Physics. Brian also holds several professional certifications, including his GSEC and CISSP (in renewal). Brian has worked with organizations across many industries, including telecommunications, bio-technology, education, and defense. Brian's diverse experiences enable him to provide an interesting perspective on the business and security challenges we face across the globe.