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Cybersecurity Symposium


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

In order of appearance:

Peter Alfonso, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
University of Rhode Island

Dr. Peter Alfonso became the first Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Rhode Island in March 1, 2007. He holds a number of public and private sector science advocacy positions, including service on the Executive Committee of the APLU Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, the Board of Directors of the EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation and Coalition, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce subcommittees on enhancing the RI knowledge economy, and the RI Science and Technology Advisory Council. Dr. Alfonso is a 1990 Fulbright Research Scholar to The Netherlands, a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a Fellow of the American Council on Education. [read more]

David M. Dooley, Ph.D.
University of Rhode Island

Dr. David M. Dooley became the 11th president of the University of Rhode Island in July 2009. He joined the University with nearly 30 years of experience in public and private higher education. Since he's been in Rhode Island, President Dooley has traveled throughout the state --- each trip he considers to be just a "little more than a Montana mile" -- to meet with community groups, business leaders, politicians, alumni and more. He met with journalists at media outlets statewide, participated in a web chat with Providence Journal readers, and started his own blog. He has watched football games with URI students in the newly renovated basement of his campus home, invited artists to display their works there, and he has even thrown out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game. [read more]

James Langevin
U.S. Congressman
State of Rhode Island

Recognized as a national and party leader on national security, health care and stem cell research, Congressman Jim Langevin has dedicated his many years of public service at the federal and state levels to the hard-working citizens of Rhode Island.

Langevin serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Ranking Member of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, and serves on the subcommittees on Seapower and Projection Forces, and Strategic Forces. [read more]

Mark Weatherford
Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Mark Weatherford is the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a position that will allow DHS NPPD to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyberspace. Weatherford has a wealth of experience in information technology and cybersecurity at the Federal, State and private sector levels.

Weatherford was previously the Vice President and Chief Security Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he directed the cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection program. [read more]

Victor Fay-Wolfe, Ph.D.
Professor, Computer Science and Statistics
University of Rhode Island

Dr. Victor Fay-Wolfe is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rhode Island (URI), where has been since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fay-Wolfe founded URI's Digital Forensics Program, and is the Director of URI's Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center (DFCSC) which has recently been designated as a NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The DFCSC provides an undergraduate and graduate curriculum, a research program, and a service center. Dr. Fay-Wolfe has been the principal investigator on over $10M in federal research grants and published over 100 professional articles and books. [read more]

Bret Hartman
RSA CTO and EMC Fellow
RSA: The Security Division of EMC

As CTO of RSA and an EMC Fellow, Bret Hartman is responsible for defining the corporate security technology strategy for all of EMC.

Bret has 30 years of experience building security infrastructures, including Cloud, Virtualization, SOA, Web services, policy development and management, and security modeling and analysis. Bret has spoken at dozens of security and privacy industry events and prior to EMC held senior management roles at IBM, DataPower, Hitachi, and Concept Five. [read more]

William D. Newhouse
Cybersecurity Advisor, Computer Security Division, Information Technology Lab
National Institute of Standards and Technology

William D. Newhouse is a cybersecurity advisor in the Computer Security Division, part of the Information Technology Lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Mr. Newhouse's primary role is representing NIST in several collaborative efforts. Mr. Newhouse is part of the team at NIST leading the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). He represents NIST in a partnership with DHS and the financial sector to develop and test innovative cybersecurity technologies and processes. [read more]

R. Corby Hovis, Ph.D.
Program Director, Research Experiences for Undergraduates
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Corby Hovis is a program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia, where he oversees the NSF-wide Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program and co-manages several grant programs in NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources, including the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, which provides scholarships and supports other activities to build strong educational programs in cybersecurity at colleges and universities. [read more]

Jinendra Ranka
Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Dr. Jinendra K. Ranka is a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. His focus at DARPA is on the development and demonstration of advanced surveillance, computation, and network systems.

Dr. Ranka received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and his PhD in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University. He is the author of more than 40 technical papers with over 5,000 citations and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn
Assistant Director of National Intelligence, Partner Engagement
Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Michael T. Flynn graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1981 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in Military Intelligence. His first assignment was as a paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Since that time he has served in a variety of command and staff positions to include, Commander, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion and G2, 82nd Airborne Division; G2, 18th Airborne Corps, CJ2, CJTF-180 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan; Commander, 111th Military Intelligence Brigade at the Army’s Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Director of Intelligence, Joint Special Operations Command with duty in OEF and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command with duty in OEF and OIF; Director of Intelligence, the Joint Staff; Director of Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan and US Forces-Afghanistan, Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2; and he currently serves as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence, Partnership Engagement. [read more]

Lisa DiPippo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Statistics
University of Rhode Island

Dr. Lisa DiPippo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Rhode Island where she has been since 1998. She earned her B.S. in Computer Science at Lafayette College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics respectively at URI. Dr. DiPippo is the Director of Cybersecurity Academic Programs for URI's Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center (DFCSC). [read more]

Theresa Murray
Executive Director
State of Rhode Island: Emergency Management Agency

Theresa Murray was appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency in January 2012. Murray joined RIEMA in June 2009 as the Regional Planning Coordinator overseeing Regional Planners covering 39 communities in Rhode Island for the development of Emergency Operations Plans, Continuity of Operations Plans and Dam Emergency Action Plans. In 2011, Murray served as the Regional Catastrophic Planner at RIEMA and was responsible for coordinating Rhode Island's regional catastrophic planning efforts with the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. [read more]

Major George Mannix
Project Manager, Cyber Critical Infrastructure Protection
R.I. Army National Guard

Major George Mannix is a member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard. He serves as the Cyber Critical Infrastructure Protection Project Manager for the National Guard Bureau Mission Assurance office. He is responsible for conducting risk and resilience assessments, analyzing threat information, and planning and coordinating with Joint and Interagency mission partners. Prior to this, he served as the Deputy Program Manager and Cyberspace Operations Planner for the Army National Guard Information Operations office. Other previous assignments include training and real-world support to US Strategic Command and US Special Operations Command, managing non-lethal targeting for Multi-National Division Baghdad, and service as a Mechanized Infantry platoon leader in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. He was commissioned through the University of Rhode Island Reserve Officers' Training Corps program; he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2001. His civilian work experience includes jobs in the film, television, and Internet industries.

Robert Pate
Vice President for Cybersecurity
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Rob Pate is currently the Vice President for Cybersecurity at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Prior to joining SAIC, Rob has held positions as the Chief Security Officer at Renesys and Vice President for Cybersecurity and Privacy at McNeil Technologies. During his time with the federal government, Rob served as the Deputy Director of Outreach and Awareness at the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) at the Department of Homeland Security as well as the Director of Focused Operations with the United States Computer Incident Readiness Team (US-CERT). [read more]

Cybersecurity Symposium 2012

Strengthening Cybersecurity in Rhode Island

For more information about this event, please contact:

Dr. Lisa DiPippo
Dept of Computer Science and Statistics
9 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-2701