Speaker Profiles 2011

Gale A. Brewer

Member, New York City Council

New York City Council Member Gale A. Brewer currently chairs the Committee on Governmental Operations after having chaired the Committee on Technology in Government (now the Committee on Technology) from 2002 through 2009. As Government Operations Chair, Brewer works to review governmental structure and organization with an eye toward increasing both efficiency and accountability, particularly in the delivery of services and the use of technology. Since taking office, Brewer has worked to make better use of technology to save money, improve city services, and bring residents, businesses, and non-profits closer to government and their communities. 

Brewer co-chairs the Manhattan Delegation (MD), sits on the Council's Budget Negotiating Team (BNT), and is a member of the Rules Committee Working Group. She has been instrumental in passing numerous laws, including legislation protecting domestic workers; a bill establishing the Broadband Advisory Committee; a bill establishing an electronic death registration system; two bills aimed at eliminating graffiti and unwanted stickers; and legislation requiring City publications to be made available via the Web.

Jeff Crume

Distinguished Engineer, IBM Security Solutions Technical Sales

Jeff Crume is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and IT Security Architect with 28 years experience in the IT industry. He is the author of a book entitled "Inside Internet Security: What Hackers Don't Want You To Know" and has written articles on cryptography, virtual private networking and identity management. He holds CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and ISSAP (Information Systems Security Architecture Professional) security industry certifications as well as Distinguished Chief IT Architect credentials from The Open Group. Jeff lived in Beijing on assignment in 2006 where he helped architect secure infrastructures for clients in the Greater China geography. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and serves on the NC State University Computer Science Strategic Advisory Board, the "Information Management & Computer Security" research journal editorial board and has worked with clients in 40 countries across 6 continents.

Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, NYIT

Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., became NYIT’s provost and vice president for academic affairs in August 2011. In this role, he is responsible shaping academic priorities and programs, attracting and supporting outstanding faculty, and expanding research initiatives, especially multidisciplinary efforts.  He oversees faculty and curriculum development, planning and budgeting, and initiatives for teaching and learning with technology, domestically as well as globally.
For eight years prior to joining NYIT, he served as dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver. There, he developed five new interdisciplinary degree programs, spearheaded the technology transfer office, and established partnerships with universities overseas while starting joint programs with major companies. He also oversaw strategic plans and a multimillion-dollar fundraising effort while collaborating on education and research programs throughout the university.
Dr. Shoureshi has authored more than 250 technical publications and he is the holder of several patents. He has supervised and graduated 80 Ph.D. and M.S. student theses. He has collaborated with various government agencies and the private sector. He is an expert in automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, bioengineering, energy/power engineering, structural engineering, and automotive noise, vibration, and harshness.
After teaching mechanical engineering and conducting research at Wayne State University and Purdue University, Dr. Shoureshi joined the Colorado School of Mines as a distinguished and endowed chair professor of engineering. He served as founding director of National Science Foundation industry/university cooperative research centers in the areas of power engineering and intelligent biomedical devices and musculoskeletal systems, as well as an industry-supported center on automation, robotics, and distributed intelligence. 
Dr. Shoureshi earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Thomas D. Smith, J.D. 

Director, Office of Cyber Security (OCS), Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES)

Thomas D. Smith was appointed Director of the Office of Cyber Security in July 2010.  Prior to that, he served as Assistant Deputy Director and Counsel since 2007. In that position, he assisted in the agency's policy direction; managed the agency's large scale procurements; coordinated the agency's legislative program; and served as Co-Chair of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center's Procurement Workgroup. He also served as the agency's Ethics Officer and Records Appeals Officer.

Before joining the Office of Cyber Security, Mr. Smith served as a supervising attorney at the State Office for Technology where he oversaw the legal team for the State Data Center and served as legislative liaison.  From 1986-2000, he worked in the New York State Office of the State Comptroller, where he served as an associate attorney in the Division of Legal Services/Municipal Law Section and the Division of Legal Services/Investments.
Mr. Smith graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and earned his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School.  He and his wife reside in the City of Albany and have three children.

Krishnan Sabnani, Ph.D.  

Senior Vice President, Networking Research Laboratory at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs

B.Tech in electrical engineering, Indian Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in electrical engineering, Columbia University

Krishan Sabnani is currently Vice President of Networking Research at Bell Labs. He manages all networking research in Bell Labs, comprising nine departments in six countries: USA, France, Germany, Ireland, India, and Belgium.  Krishan has conceived and launched numerous systems projects in the areas of internetworking and wireless networking. His successful transfers of research ideas to products in Alcatel-Lucent and (previously) AT&T business units have had a major positive impact on the business. Krishan has also conducted extensive personal research in data and wireless networking. His contributions have played a major role in modern mobile networks, and his recent breakthrough re-engineering of routers has launched a revolution in network designs.

Krishan received the 2005 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award and the 2005 IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award. He is a Bell Labs Fellow and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He received the Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society in 1991 and the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India. He also won the Thomas Alva Patent Award from the R&D Council of New Jersey in 2005, 2009, and 2010. He holds 40 patents and has published more than 70 papers.

Krishan received his B. Tech. in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi in 1975, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York, in 1981. He joined Bell Labs in 1981.

Paul Stirpe, Ph.D. 

Founder, Letse, LLC

Ph.D. in Computer Science, Boston University

Paul Stirpe obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Boston University in 1992. He has held numerous professional positions over the past twenty five years including Researcher at IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre, Reuters, Professor of Computer Science at NYIT, and various IT and security advisement positions in the financial services industry including Reuters, Credit Suisse, Wolters Kluwer, and Bunge Corporation to name a few, and appears on television and in print.  He has authored numerous patents and research papers.  He is the founder of Letse, LLC, a global software plus services corporation with offices in New York and Kolkata, India, and over ten years of business in financial services. Letse is a technology partner for premier Wall Street and European banks with international presence, and is a thought leader in cloud computing for the financial services industry. Dr. Stirpe is also a cyber security advisor to the New York Institute of Technology.

Kenneth Brancik, Doctorate in Computer Science 

Managing Director, Northrop Grumman Cyber Security Research (NGCRC)

BS, Business Administration/Finance, SUNY Fredonia ‘80
MS, Management and Systems, NYU ‘02
Ph.D, Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University ‘05

Dr. Kenneth Brancik has been a leader for more than 30 years in technology and information assurance for financial services and the federal government in the public and private sectors. He is currently the Managing Director of the Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium and Cyber Architect for the Technology and Engineering Group at NGC. His past work experience includes Director, Trusted Security Advisor, and Consultant for VerizonBusiness Security Solutions Group; Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers' Advisory and Business Assurance Services in support of the federal government; Senior Technology Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Technology and Safety and Soundness National Bank Examiner for The United States Treasury Department's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Vice President and Manager for Citigroup's Technology Project and Risk Review Group; and Corporate Technology Auditor for Merrill Lynch & Co. He earned his Doctorate in Computer Science at Pace University (2005) and a Master's Degree in Management and Systems from New York University (2002). Dr. Brancik is the author of the book, Insider Computer Fraud: An In-depth Framework for Detecting and Defending Against Insider IT Attacks, and has co-authored various white papers on cyber security, including "The Optimization of Situational Awareness for Insider Threat Detection," presented this year during the Proceedings of the First ACM Conference on Application Security and Privacy in San Antonio, Texas. He holds several certifications in professional security.

Gary Morse

President and Founder, Razorpoint Security Technologies

Gary Morse has 30 years of experience in information technology, with a focus on information security, network architecture, and new media. In particular, he is an expert in security assessments and penetration testing that uncover and identify serious, real-world vulnerabilities used by malicious attackers against corporate networks.

Before founding Razorpoint Security Technologies in 2001, Morse served in IT security and management positions for ConcreteMedia, Thaumaturgix, and IConCMT in New York City.
Prior to those positions, Morse led the technology effort for a state-of-the-art, multinational European information network for the international transportation industry. Earlier in his career, Morse held a number of secret Department of Defense clearances while working on the development of tactical training systems for the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

Currently, Morse holds multiple security certifications including ISC2's CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), ISACA's CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), and Check Point's NG/NGX CCSA & CCSE.

Kevin M. O'Connell

President and CEO, Innovative Analytics

BA, International Studies, Ohio State University 
MA, Public Policy, University of Maryland

Kevin O'Connell is President and CEO of Innovative Analytics and Training, LLC, a "sources and methods" company designed to improve the quality of analysis and decision-making for government and commercial clients. He is the former director of the Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis (CIRA) and Vice President for Intelligence Community Programs within Defense Group Incorporated. His professional interests include national security decision-making, intelligence and intelligence policy issues, and the policy, security, and market issues related to remote sensing. Mr. O'Connell has served on a number of senior government panels, including a DHS information policy board and a DARPA-NGA panel. He is the former Chairman of NOAA's Federal Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) and previously served as the staff Director of the Independent Commission on the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) (1999-2000). Mr. O'Connell served as the first Director of RAND's Intelligence Policy Center (2001-2004) during almost a decade at RAND.

Mr. O'Connell joined the Department of Defense in November 1982, and served in various positions as a senior staff officer and intelligence analyst. In 1986, he joined the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research as a research analyst. In 1990, he was assigned as the Senior Analyst in the White House Situation Room, National Security Council, and later served as a Special Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs. From 1993-1995, Mr. O'Connell served on the Community Management Staff of the Director of Central Intelligence, where he was responsible for assessing non-traditional intelligence activities, including the DCI's Openness initiative. Mr. O'Connell then spent almost ten years with RAND in research and managerial capacities.

Mr. O'Connell's recent activities have included research assessments on issues related to intelligence integration, intelligence analysis, and open source issues. He has chaired a number of workshops on cyberspace analytics and security. He has also led research efforts on the market and security issues associated with commercial remote sensing. He has lectured and taught extensively about intelligence at the RAND Graduate School and Georgetown University.

Timothy Brown 

SVP Chief Security Architect and Distinguished Engineer
CA Technologies, Security Business

Tim Brown is a SVP distinguished engineer and chief security architect for the Security business unit at CA Technologies. He has overall technical direction and oversight responsibilities for the CA security products. With more than 20 years of information security expertise, Brown has been involved in many areas of security including identity and access management, security compliance, threat research, vulnerability management, encryption and managed security services. He has worked with many companies and government agencies to implement sound and practical security policies and solutions. He is an avid inventor with over 20 filed patents, is on the board of the Open Identity Exchange, and has provided expert testimony at a U.S. Congressional hearing entitled "Cyber Security R&D." He also is a frequent speaker on the evolution of security and cloud computing.

Gustavo de los Reyes, Ph.D. 

Director of Technology Security, AT&T

BSME, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MSE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D, Electrical Engineering, Columbia University

Gus is an Executive Director of Technology Security in AT&T.  Gus leads the AT&T Security Research Center under the AT&T Chief Security Officer – Ed Amoroso. He has been working on security since 1998 starting with AT&T WorldNet security – AT&T’s first consumer Internet service. Gus has had responsibility for defining the security architecture and security requirements for key AT&T IP Services such as AT&T Business and Consumer VoIP Services.Gus began working at AT&T Bell Labs (later AT&T Labs) in 1988 doing design and development of automatic photonic manufacturing systems.  He has also contributed to AT&T in the areas of robust design of wireless devices and systems, and service delivery. Before joining AT&T, Gus designed digital control systems for General Electric Aircraft Engines. Gus has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.  He has a BSME and MSE from MIT. 

Nasir Memon, Ph.D. 

Director, Information Systems and Internet Security Laboratory at NYU-Poly

Nasir Memon is a Professor in the computer science department at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, New York.  He is the director of the Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) lab at Polytechnic.
Prof. Memon's research interests include Digital Forensics, Data Compression, Computer and Network Security and Multimedia Computing and Security. He has published more than 250 articles in journals and conference proceedings and holds  patents in image compression and security with six more pending application.  He has won several awards including the NSF CAREER award and the Jacobs Excellence in Education award.   His research has been featured in NBC nightly news, NY Times, MIT Review, Wired.Com, New Science Magazine etc. 

He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Security and Forensics and an associate editor for the IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine.

Prof. Memon is the co-founder of Digital Assembly and Vivic Networks, two early stage start-ups in NYU-Poly's incubator. 

He is a fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Signal Processing Society distinguished lecturer for the years 2011 and 2012. 

Thomas D. Bianculli 

Senior Director, Emerging Business Office, CTO, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Tom Bianculli serves as the Senior Director of Emerging Business Opportunities within the Chief Technology Office of Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Solutions (EMS) business. In this role, Tom is responsible for the exploration and development of new business opportunities and product solutions that fall adjacent to the current enterprise businesses.

Tom joined Symbol Technologies, Inc. in 1994 as a product development engineer in the Advanced Data Capture business in Holtsville, NY. In 1998, he co-led the development of the company's first and industry's leading imaging based two-dimensional handheld data capture product. This development effort was executed in partnership with Olympus Optical Co. Ltd. while living in Tokyo, Japan.
Over the next several years Tom held positions of increased responsibility. As larger investments were made in the emerging imaging data capture product category, he provided technical leadership for the business in this area. Tom formed and led several cross-functional teams from architectural strategy development, working to deliver improved product cycle times, to the formation of a competitive analysis team, focused on delivering competitive content to engineering and sales teams.

In 2004, Tom led the definition, implementation and foundational intellectual property for the data capture division's device management solutions, creating competitive advantage and a clear linkage between the company's products and services and overall vision of enterprise device manageability. He was appointed Director of Electrical Engineering that same year, where he was responsible for managing the electrical engineering product development team for the advanced data capture business.

Just prior to Motorola's acquisition of Symbol Technologies in 2007, Tom was tasked with forming the engineering team within a newly created organization, the Emerging Business Office (EBO). Tom built the initial EBO process, engineering team, budget and definition of key initiatives. Most recently, he was appointed the leader of the EBO organization including both engineering and business development functions. Currently, this team has relationships with key decision makers at major customers, a pipeline of growth initiatives and is executing on projects to drive revenue in new areas and product categories for EMS.

Tom has been granted 19 U.S. patents and is a Motorola Distinguished Innovator. Tom holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, NYU.

Raj Goel

Chief Technical Officer, Co-founder, Brainlink

BS, Computer Science, New York Institute of Technology

Raj Goel, CISSP, is an IT and information security expert with over 20 years of experience developing security solutions for the banking, financial services, health care, and pharmaceutical industries. A well-known authority on regulations and compliance issues, Raj has presented at information security conferences across the USA and Canada. He is a regular speaker on PCI-DSS, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, and other technology and business issues, and he has addressed a diverse audience of technologists, policy-makers, front-line workers, and corporate executives. Raj works with Small-to-Medium Businesses (SMBs 10-200 employees) to grow their revenues & profitability. He also works with hospitals and regional medical centers across the north east (NY, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania) in helping them meet HIPAA compliance requirements and utilizing Health Information Systems (HIS) effectively.

Gregory Conti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, West Point

BS, MS, Ph.D., Computer Science

Dr. Conti is an associate professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the US Military Academy. His previous assignments include Platoon Leader, 124th Military Intelligence Battalion; Company Commander, 713th Military Intelligence Group; S-3, 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion, and Senior Cyber Warfare advisor, US Cyber Command. He has deployed during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Colonel Conti is a graduate of INSCOM's National Systems Development Program and the Army's Command and General Staff College, and is a professionalized NSA Signals Collection Officer. His research interests include cyber warfare, information visualization for security, secure and usable interface design and online privacy.  He is an author of two books and numerous articles in academic, military, and security industry journals and magazines on information security and cyber warfare topics.

Spencer Jay Turkel, Ph.D.

Associate Provost, NYIT

Spencer Turkel received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Anthropology, and has been at NYIT for more than 30 years. As a faculty member for more than 20 of those years, he taught courses in anthropology, anatomy, and general biology. In the 1980s he was among the first group of NYIT faculty to utilize desktop computers, videoconferencing, and online technologies in his courses. He has conducted archaeological excavations in the Middle East, North America, and for many years in France. He has been a consultant to the various medical examiners in the New York Metropolitan area as a forensic anthropologist, leading searches for and making identifications of human remains. He was instrumental in the recovery of more than 400 burials at the “African Burying Grounds” in lower Manhattan during the 1990s. He has published numerous articles regarding osteo-archaeology, forensic anthropology, and anatomy. His study of the shoulder ligaments has recently been cited as number 72 among the 100 “classic papers” in the history of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Turkel has served as departmental chair, associate dean, and president of the NYIT academic senate. For the last decade he has been the Associate Provost in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Ayat Jafari, Ph.D.

Ayat Jafari, Ph.D., is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYIT.  Prior to joining NYIT in 1986, he worked at Philips Laboratories, Briarcliff Manor, New York. At NYIT, he has chaired the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department. He is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Global, and Special Initiatives in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at NYIT. Dr. Jafari’s research interests span the areas of computer networks, cyber security, fuzzy logic and neural networks. He is a senior member of IEEE and the Director of the Computer, Network and Information Security (CNIS) laboratory at NYIT.  Dr. Jafari received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from City University of New York.

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