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The End of Passwords

This presentation will explain how the present use of passwords to secure the internet is inherently flawed and that an age of password-free security is not far off. This presentation will also demonstrate Swoop’s password-free, email-based login technology.

John Killoran, Jr. CEO at Swoop

John Killoran is an inventor, entrepreneur, and the Chairman of Clover Leaf Solutions, an information technology company that also provides consulting services to government agencies. He believes in rational magic: that pursuing what is genuine and kind creates more joy for yourself and for others. John has been innovating for Clover Leaf since its founding in 2005 and has over 25 patents and 30 patents pending to his name. He currently leads Clover Leaf’s investment in Swoop, an authentication service that eliminates the need for passwords on websites and apps.

Swoop launched in late 2018 and helps software providers upgrade their single or multi-factor login experience and shed obsolete passwords. With Swoop, instead of logging in, users “message in” with two taps: one to create a pre-addressed email and the second to send it. Authentication is secured by cryptographic keys inserted by the email server—infinitely more secure than a password. Swoop is now the authentication expert for teams that build everything from data analytics platforms to e-commerce apps.

Snowball was one of John’s first public innovations; it’s a fundraising platform that offers text-to-give, online giving, events, and peer-to-peer fundraising tools for nonprofits. By making giving simple, Snowball increases the donations that these organizations can raise online. The Snowball effect is real! John founded Snowball in 2011 and now it serves over 7,000 nonprofits and is the #1 nonprofit fundraising platform.

Clover Leaf started as an environmental consulting firm and has grown into a government services company that provides a wide range of technical solutions for federal, state and Fortune 500 companies.

John was an environmental sustainably consultant and invented GEMS (Geographic Environmental Management System) and the Reg Navigator. Both technologies are now retired, but they were really cool in 1999. 

Cybersecurity Education – Certifications & Degrees

If you’re wondering what to do after following more traditional routes in cybersecurity or want more information about other available options, this panel is designed to teach you about alternate pathways for certifications and degrees. Hear from experts about their experiences working in the cybersecurity field, moderated by Michael Davis, CEO of Merek Security Solutions. Each panelist has a wide range of knowledge about these topics, which can be applicable in many situations.

Moderator: Michael Charles Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Merek Security Solutions, LLC

Michael C. Davis leads Merek.io, which is a cybersecurity firm that primarily focuses on human behavior as it relates to cyber-mindfulness and awareness.

His keen ingenuity and passion for mindfulness and technology have fueled decades of accomplishments in technology and innovation throughout his career. His 22-year career within the United States Navy, married with his Information Security work with Boeing, IBM, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been widely recognized for his cross-sector competence and his ability to analyze—and redefine—technology markets, businesses, and mindfulness within cybersecurity.

Michael also enjoys the process of being creative within technology and finds that the dialogue that unfolds from making people feel comfortable ties deeply into the why he has chosen a career within cybersecurity and human behavior.  

Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Language, holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, and before opening the doors to his own cybersecurity firm, he was pursuing a doctoral degree in Information Technology with a focus on Technical Innovation Management. He has been slated to be a TEDx speaker for Santa Fe New Mexico’s TEDx talk series in January 2020, and his book, Cyber Happiness, is expected to be published within the next year.

Lorie M. Liebrock is interim Director of the Cybersecurity Centers and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Lorie M. Liebrock is interim Director of the Cybersecurity Centers and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico. She is interim Director for both the Cybersecurity Education Center and the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity for Economic Development. She is the principal investigator for NMT’s NSF-funded Scholarship for Service Program in which she has mentored over 60 students who have gone on to government service in security. Dr. Liebrock has extensive experience in cybersecurity, as well as parallel and high performance computing. She has published twenty-six journal articles, thirty-nine conference and workshop papers, and holds two US patents. Her research includes enterprise-wide cybersecurity, foundations of computer science, information assurance, parallel processing, and visualization with a focus on complex problems that require the integration of many aspects of computer science. This provides many student research opportunities, as she integrates students in all of her research – from freshmen to Ph.D. candidates. Dr. Liebrock holds both M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University and B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University. She is an Associate Editor for Applied Mathematics and Computation and is a member of ACM and IEEE.

Jessica Johnson, Director of Strategic Initiatives at EC-Council

Jessica has been with EC-Council for 5 years. She helps grow EC-Council’s direct training division (iClass) through her partnerships with Security Groups such as ISSA, OWASP, ISACA and ISC2 as well as Enterprise Companies. The EC-Council iClass Division runs courses online and in person, public and private for EC-Council certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacker(CEH), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) as well as courses in Computer Forensics, Incident Handling, Penetration Testing, Security Administration and SecurityAwareness for Users among other Certifications. 

Kenneth L. Ingham, Ph.D., CIS and CSCI faculty SB 201 School of Business & IT at CNM

Kenneth has a PhD in computer science, with a research topic in cybersecurity.  As a consultant, he worked with companies all over the world, helping them produce more secure systems by working with developers, showing them how software failed and how to apply this knowledge to produce more secure software.  He has also worked with companies on meeting various cybersecurity standards such as PCI-DSS and NIST 800-171.  Kenneth was hired January 2019 at CNM to oversee the cybersecurity curriculum.

Open Source Legal Analysis & Intellectual Property Guidelines
David Snead, General Counsel at cPanel

David Snead is the General Counsel for cPanel – the world’s largest web hosting automation company. He is responsible for cPanel’s global legal operations and is a member of the company’s management team. David has provided advice and counsel to technology companies since 1995 beginning with a practice based on technology exports. Since 1999, his practice has focused exclusively on the Internet infrastructure industry. In 2011 he co-founded the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (I2Coalition), an advocacy organization for the Internet infrastructure industry. He manages the i2Coalition’s global public policy portfolio. David is also on the Board of Directors of the Open Cloud Foundation. The Foundation seeks to establish standards that promote transparency and customer choice in the cloud. David received his J.D. in 1991 from Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.A. in 1987 in International Affairs from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and State of New Mexico.

Presentation Overview

In this introductory level talk, we will discuss how the use of open source changes your legal risk status, beginning to understand open source licenses, and establishing a license compliance framework in your business. You will learn:

· How open source transfers risk from the code writer to the code user.

· Why “IANAL” analyses are critical to understanding open source licenses and uses.

· Questions to ask your vendors when they supply you with products containing open source code.

· Methods to create easy to understand, and use, license tracking charts.

· Strategies to communicate the use of open source to your lawyers, and minimize the impact of the use of open source on your company’s valuation.

Richard Krukar, Partner of Loza & Loza, LLP
Presentation Overview

This talk highlights some of the common intellectual property issues that technology startups encounter by tracking the stumbles of a fictional startup – AggroTech.  AggroTech begins with the dream of detecting and avoiding real world aggro by combining video analysis, sensor fusion, and machine intelligence. As tech startups do, the team proceeds to build the plane while flying it. They are good at what they do and what they know. They don’t know the law, especially intellectual property law. Regardless, they try handling legal issues on the fly and with the best of search engine legal advise.  They hire lawyers to get them out of trouble instead of avoiding trouble. 

The Future of Education 
Paige Prescott, Executive Director of the Computer Science Alliance
Presentation Overview

Computer Science Education in NM- preparing the future tech workforce starting at a young age 

Since 2016 the number of HS students taking a CS class in NM has doubled and the demand for offering CS education in our NM schools is growing.  Learn about the policy efforts to expand CS education in NM and the current trends in our state as well as nationally.  Our local tech companies should be a part of growing this vibrant and dynamic area of education and connect to their workforce of tomorrow. 

Dr. Shelly Gruenig, CEO of Be Greater Than Average

Dr. Shelly Gruenig is an expert in Workforce Education and specializes in STEM Enrichment programs designed to help build the STEM Workforce Pipeline. She is a robotics coach of an internationally award-winning robotics team, R4Robotics as well as a co-host of the STEM Southwest Podcast. In 2019, Gruenig received the AFRL STEMY award for Coach of the Year. Along with her team of 40 students, she runs STEM camps and programs that are led by teens for other students – teaching them about 3DCAD Solidworks, how to build a robot, a drone, and 3D printers along with an exciting array of Media arts training, students are inspired into the STEM workforce pipeline. Learn more at Be Greater Than Average. Her online curriculum, Life Launch Academy, has served many students in developing a plan for their future. Her mission is to build STEM enrichment and support for students and coaches through community collaboration and she invites you to connect with her to build a better future for New Mexico!

Presentation Overview

Educating and Building a STEM Workforce using Competitive Robotics 

This presentation will highlight the research regarding the value of competition in the training of our young people, specifically in STEM-related careers. Resources and information will be shared that is critical to individuals and companies in their development of programs that will benefit the STEM workforce in New Mexico. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to hear from students that are part of competitive robotics programs and understand how they can leverage corporate involvement as a way to recruit young STEM professionals. 

Economic Development Programs & Resources

This session will provide an overview of NMEDD programs including JTIP, Catalyst Fund, SBIR, Innovation Voucher, Angel Investment Tax Credit, and LEDA. TechHire NM is a grant-funded program that pays for IT certifications providing job placement support services and skills upgrade training for employers.

Mark Roper, Director of the NM Economic Development Division

Mark Roper is the Director of the NM Economic Development Division. He has more than 20 years of economic development experience and currently oversees the Science & Technology, Finance, JTIP, MainStreet, and International Trade programs. Roper has been involved in some of the agency’s biggest deals – Facebook, Intel, Flagship Foods, Lavu, 3D Glass, and Advanced Network Management.

Tawnya Rowland, TechHire NM Program Director Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico

Tawnya Rowland has been active in federal grant writing and program management for twenty years, with a focus on programs that assist minority and underserved populations. The TechHire New Mexico grant program has funding to cover all Tech/IT tuition costs and job placement support services for 270 individuals between the ages of 17 and 29 who have barriers to training and employment.

Women in Tech – Women in STEM Leadership panel

Women in STEM make up only 24% of the workforce and on average hold 21% of Senior Leadership roles in the US yet studies show that companies with greater gender diversity show increasing productivity, innovation  and enhanced collaboration.  We have made significant strides in creating more gender-inclusive work environments at all levels including the board room but there is still much work to be done when it comes to including more women in STEM and in Leadership.

Join us to hear from these amazing women and how they persevered in their careers, overcame challenges on their path to a leadership role and the advice they have on developing the next generation of Women leaders In STEM!

Moderator | Paige Briggs, Director, Customer Success at Tanium

Paige Briggs is a multi-disciplinary, results-driven technical leader with over 20 years of experience managing enterprise solutions and software development engagements for cybersecurity, higher education, neuroscience research, high consequence weapons manufacturing, and healthcare organizations.  Ms. Briggs has held various leadership positions including; customer success director, center director, delivery executive, senior program manager and primary technical lead.  Her most recent role is with Tanium as a West – Customer Success Director.  Tanium is a cybersecurity software firm serving 12 of the top 15 US banks, 6 of the top 10 retailers and 4 of the US Armed forces.  Our product is an enterprise solution that changes the way organizations manage and secure their information systems integrating IT Operations, Security and Risk teams through visibility, speed, and scale. Prior to Tanium, she was the Director of Customer Success with RiskSense a local NM Tech Cyber Security startup.  She has served as the Rural Sourcing, (RSI) Albuquerque site Development Center Director.  In each of these three roles, she delivered software solutions, stable/scalable technology environments, staffing plans and strategic objectives including KPIs, IT governance processes and technology roadmaps. She has had an opportunity to work extensively with customers to deliver software solutions and strategies throughout local and national organizations. Prior to RSI she served as the director of Office of Institutional Analytics for the University of New Mexico (UNM), where she was responsible for the institutional data and technical strategic direction. While at UNM Paige also managed the UNM Student Information Systems team and worked for the Health Sciences Center as Strategic Support Manager. Before UNM she managed $18M of NIH grants supporting neuroimaging research programs with correctional facilities in New Mexico and Wisconsin for the Mind Research Network. With roots in application software development, she began her career with Sandia National Laboratories as a senior member of the technical staff supporting Oracle applications while she was completing her MBA in Management Information Systems from the University of New Mexico.  Ms. Briggs also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from New Mexico State University. She is a certified Scrum Master and Project Management Professional (PMP). She has acted as the subject matter expert and team member on governance projects both on the organizational and departmental levels. Ms. Briggs is a highly skilled client services executive with proven accomplishments leading results-driven technical teams. She is credited with delivering solutions that improve effectiveness and productivity while exceeding business objectives.

Carol Jones, Chief Information Officer at Sandia National Laboratories

As Chief Information Officer, Carol Jones is responsible for the vision and
leadership of Sandia’s information technology and information management
strategies, as well as the organization that develops and deploys them. In her
role as Director of IT Services, Carol leads the team that builds and
maintains Sandia’s information and communication backbone.
Carol previously served as Deputy Chief Information Officer, responsible
for ensuring Sandia has a well-defined and well-executed information
environment. She has directed strategic programs developed to meet
mission goals, coordinated IT standards, policies, and procedures, and
helped pilot the implementation of IT Service Management (ITSM), a
framework that focuses on high-quality IT services. Carol also worked to
define IT architecture that will meet Sandia’s complex and evolving missions
and transform the Labs’ IT environment, while managing a balanced
portfolio of information services and mitigating IT and cyber risks.
Prior to her tenure as Deputy CIO, Carol served as Senior Manager for
Sandia’s Cyber Security Technology and Analysis Program, where she
directed research and development to advance cyber technologies. As
leader of Sandia’s cyber-defense team, Carol directed intrusion-detection
systems and mitigated vulnerabilities in a cyber risk-management framework.
She also worked with Sandia’s partners in government, industry and
academia to share cutting-edge cyber security tools and processes.
A New Mexico native, Carol earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration
and master’s degree in Management Information Systems at the University of New
Mexico. Carol and her husband, David, have two grown children, and enjoy skiing
and traveling.

Bindu Purushothaman – Chief Information Officer at DaVita Medical Group

Bindu Purushothaman is Chief Information Officer (CIO), and she brings to DaVita Medical Group over 20 years of experience in information technology. She oversees the IT team as well as the Medical Records team.  She is passionate about healthcare and believes that technology has a crucial role in transforming today’s healthcare delivery model, meeting the demands of today’s tech savvy consumers, while improving the quality of care.  As a part of the DaVita Medical Group national leadership team, Purushothaman plays a central role in the medical group’s national technology strategy and innovation efforts.

Purushothaman has a Bachelor of Electronics Engineering degree, and a Master’s in Computer Science.  She also currently serves as Treasurer on the New Mexico Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Board of Directors.

Nora Tocchi, President, CEO and co-founder of Contrast, Inc.
Nora Tocci is President, CEO and co-founder of Contrast, Inc. Along with her B.S. in Optical Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Nora has more than 25 years of experience in optical system design, assembly, and testing; including beam control and pointing systems, alignment of diagnostics, multispectral imaging sensors, optical metrology, medical imaging devices and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. She is co-author of 27 issued and pending U.S. patents for optical devices and systems. As President, Nora oversees all aspects of technology development at Contrast, managing budgets, marketing strategies and customer relations.