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Chris Laping

Author, Speaker & Founder
People Before Things

Chris Laping brings 25 years of information technology and business transformation experience to his newly launched effort, People Before Things, which includes a recently-released, best-selling book focused on change leadership. Chris enjoyed 14 years as a chief information officer across three different brands and the work of the teams he led has been spotlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, and CIO Magazine among others. His book, People Before Things: Change Isn't an End-User Problem, explores the connection of the human experience to the outcomes of change and transformation initiatives and the role leaders play to pave success.

Prior to founding People Before Things, LLC, Chris served as SVP, business transformation and chief information officer at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. In these roles, he was a highly contributing member of a management team that completed a successful turnaround, taking the company from an $8 stock to $89.

Chris has received several awards for his work including The Economist's Top 5 Social Business Leader and InformationWeek’s Social Business Technology Leader. He has also been named as a ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leader and has received three InfoWorld 100 awards. The work of his teams has been spotlighted in three books: The Engaged Leader, Mobile Mind Shift, and Implementing World Class IT.

Chris is originally from Jacksonville, FL. He received a Bachelor of Science in management information systems at Florida State University and his Master of Business Administration at the University of Florida.

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Kris Evans

Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Consultant
Harvard Risk Management Corporation

Kris Evans is a professional speaker, entertainer, and nationally recognized expert on identity theft. Kris is a certified identity theft risk management consultant who has worked in this industry for over fifteen years, completing numerous trainings, seminars, and certifications. His blend of humor with his knowledge on the subject matter has made Kris one of the most sought-after speakers on this topic. He has received countless speaking and training awards, been featured in multiple news publications, consulted with numerous associations and government organizations, as well as spoken with thousands of individuals nationwide about the devastating effects of identity theft and how to protect their private information. Kris is currently serving as a partner and board member with the Harvard Risk Management Corporation; a consulting company specializing in identity theft education, and resides in Lebanon, TN with his wife Kaci, and their four children.

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2017 Speakers - Concurrent Sessions

Explore our growing lineup of experts who will share their strategies, best practices and innovative solutions to address today’s challenges in cyber security!

Tony Aukland

Information Security Analyst
ND Information Technology Department

"Cyber Security Intelligence Sharing in Our Schools."
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Tony Aukland is employed by the North Dakota Information Technology Department attached to the State and Local Intelligence Center. He is an information systems security analyst and has been working in information technology for nearly 25 years, 20 of which he served with the state of North Dakota. He has served in a number of roles including, desktop (physical and virtual), systems/server administrator, unified communications, SCCM, security and much more. Tony's current role includes identifying and analyzing threats, digital forensics, gathering intelligence, information sharing and promoting cyber security awareness with both private and public partners.

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Art Bakke

Information Security Officer
Starion Bank

 "So You Want to be an Information Security Officer." 
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As the Information Security Officer for Starion Bank, Art provides oversight and management to protect the information assets of the bank and supports the information technology governance policies and processes, compliance, information security and business continuity plans for the organization's 15 locations across North Dakota and Wisconsin. He has more than 23 years of information technology and information security experience supporting large, complex enterprise networking environments. 

He formerly served as the Enterprise Information Systems Security Administrator and Architect with the North Dakota Information Technology Department, and as a Wide Area Network administrator and Information Security Officer for the ND Department of Human Services. He served local government entities as a system support analyst with the ND Association of Counties, and he served at the federal level as an IT manager in the United States Air Force. Art is a member of InfraGard – a partnership between critical infrastructure providers and the FBI. Art has served as North Dakota’s primary member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center since 2006.  He currently serves as a member of the Financial Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

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Megan Bouret

Manager, DOT IT Services
North Dakota Department of Transportation

"One Student at a Time: Encouraging and Developing IT Professionals." 

Megan Bouret has her B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from North Dakota State University. She has worked in IT since 2004 at NDSU. She was a T1 and T2 tech for the Help Desk. She then had an IT internship with the DOT Support Center providing IT support and .Net web development for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. She has since been promoted to the IT Manager position at DOTSC. She does project management, IT support, server administration, and some development.

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Kevin Fishbeck, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Information Systems
University of Mary

"Filling the Demand and the Need for an Educated Cyber Security Workforce." 

Kevin Fishbeck has been a professor of computer information systems at the University of Mary since 2001. He earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Art in business education from Northern State University, and a Ph.D. in teaching and learning from the University of North Dakota. He previously taught at Bismarck State College (1997-2001) and at Sitting Bull College. Fishbeck helped revitalize the computer information systems curriculum and created a new major: information technology management. He is certified by Microsoft and Cisco, and he is the CEO and owner of Fishbeck Technology Consulting, providing expertise to local churches, schools and small businesses.

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Chuck Gardner

Director of Curriculum
Cyber Innovation Center

Dr. Charles “Chuck” Gardner is the Director of Curriculum at the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), in Bossier City, LA. He received his BS from the US Merchant Marine Academy and his MBA and Ed.D. from the University of Phoenix. After ten years in the maritime industry and ten years in the classroom, Dr. Gardner now leads a team of subject matter experts as they write and present workshops on elementary, middle, and high school curriculum that allows students to explore STEM opportunities as well as the humanities and liberal arts in a cyber-themed, project-based setting.

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Dr. Mark Hagerott

"NexusND for the North Dakota University System"

Dr. Mark Hagerott is Chancellor of North Dakota, and concurrently holds joint appointments (non tenured) in the NDSU department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and the School of Engineering and Mines at UND, and is a Cyber Fellow (NR) at the New America Foundation.  Previously he served as a member of the Defense Science Board Summer of 2015 study of autonomous machines and as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Naval Academy Cyber Center.  One of his major initiatives as chancellor has been the creation of a statewide cyber security education effort.Earlier in his career, Hagerott served as a naval nuclear engineer,  naval tactical data network manager, and combat systems engineer of the highly automated AEGIS weapons system.  He is published in International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute, National Academy of Sciences (, Foreign Policy Magazine and Combat Studies Institute.  He has published book chapters on changing technology and military workforce development.  In 2014 he presented before the Geneva Convention conference on the operational implications of artificial intelligence and robotic warfare technologies. Hagerott is a certified naval nuclear engineer, and holds a masters degree from Oxford University in politics and economics (where he was a Rhodes Scholar) and a PhD in the history of technology from the University of Maryland.

Joe Gumke

Information Security Engineer

"For Forensics Sake...What to do when IR Strikes." 
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Joe Gumke has spent the past several years working at various financial institutions, providing incident response, digital forensics, logging, and regulation and compliance. Joe's current role is an information security engineer at US Bank, where he works with the organization's SIEM solution.

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Kayla Jones

North Dakota State University

Filling the Demand and the Need for an Educated Cyber Security Workforce

Kayla Jones, CDT, is a full-time student at NDSU studying Management Information Systems at NDSU with minors in Writing Studies and Military Science. She is a cadet with the NDSU Army ROTC program, runs a radio show on KNDS, and works part-time during the school year. She plans to apply her interest in cyber security and network security to her military career after she graduates NDSU and is commissioned as an Army officer in May 2018.

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Justin Kallhoff

CEO, Infogressive

Justin Kallhoff is the fearless leader and founder of Infogressive, a Fortinet Platinum Partner and global cyber security firm. Infogressive combines the world’s best security technology with highly trained engineers into a simple, flexible, and affordable solution.

Justin has worked in a variety of roles in the computer industry since 1999, but recognized early on that there is a strong need for improved cyber security across all industries. In 2006, Justin decided to create Infogressive to help organizations of all sizes and segments address the cyber security issues that capture the headlines in our media so often.

Since the inception of Infogressive they have been partnered with Fortinet and now has customers in 44 states and 20 countries around the globe with more on the horizon. Justin has worked very closely with so many customers including banks, critical infrastructure, governments, law enforcement, hospitals, fortune 500, non-profits, family-owned businesses—you name it, Infogressive accepted the mission.

In his free time Justin loves to cook. He has a bachelor’s degree in biopsychology pursuant to being a brain surgeon before recognizing his calling to fight cybercrime.

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Pratap Kotala

Senior Lecturer
Computer Science Department, North Dakota State University

"Filling the Demand and the Need for an Educated Cyber Security Workforce." 

Pratap Kotala is a senior lecturer in computer science at NDSU in Fargo. With more than 18 years of teaching experience, he has taught variety of computer science courses at undergraduate and graduate levels in traditional and online/web-based settings. Dr. Kotala also has two years of industry experience as an IT consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. His research interests include human-computer interaction and secure software engineering.

Dr. Kotala obtained his Ph.D. in computer science from NDSU. He is actively involved in developing NDSU's graduate certification program in cybersecurity, and he is scheduled to offer the first principles of cybersecurity class during spring 2017.

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April Lorenzen

Chief Data Scientist
Dissect Cyber Inc.

"Arm Chair Global Scale Hostname Research with April's Cool Tools." 

An Internet security researcher specializing in the preemptive discovery of miscreant and crimeware resources in the domain name system, April Lorenzen has established web reputation and anti-malware data collection systems and taught data mining and data interpretation techniques. She developed systems to eliminate millions of false negatives from the mail stream, produced data visualizations of the entire IPv4 space as a 3D bar chart of /16 CIDR blocks, and is the principal architect of the free open source data visualization software, Mal4s.

Lorenzen is also the primary architect of the ZoneCruncher tools known as April's Cool Tools that are often used by law enforcement, Internet security firms, anti-spam and academic researchers. She works with organizations involved in Internet data analysis, including CAIDA at the UC San Diego Super Computing Center Spamhaus, the Internet Software Consortium's Security Information Exchange, REN-ISAC and SURBL. As a frequent speaker at international ISP, law enforcement and security industry conferences, she shares her expertise to help organizations contain malware and spam. Lorenzen has presented at the Anti-Phishing Working Group, Internet2, Internet Security Operations Task Force, and M3AAWG, and is a recipient of the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance award for "Outstanding Support in the On-Going Battle Against Cybercrime," as well as the 2016 award for Global Impact from DHS Science and Technology Directorate, Cyber Security Division.

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John Lukach

Tundra Labs

"I'm gonna have to Data Science the DFIR out of this!" 
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John Lukach is an information security professional with over a decade of digital forensics and incident response experience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Valley City State University and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Dakota State University. John maintains the CISSP and GCFA security certifications. 

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Jordan Moore

North Dakota State University

Filling the Demand and the Need for an Educated Cyber Security Workforce

Jordan Moore is a full time student in his senior year at North Dakota State University, majoring in Management Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science, and will be graduating December 2017. He is also a part time Network Support Analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Jordan has a unique perspective on Information Technology, as he brings nearly 3 years of experience from working throughout his college career. He has completed two internships.  The first was at Bobcat, as a full-time Application Developer Intern for 8 months following his freshman year of college. The second internship was at NorthStar Technology Group, as a Technical Support Analyst Intern. Following those internships, he accepted a position at TrueIT as a Support Technician for 1 1/2 years.  His next move was to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota as a Network Support Analyst where he currently works, since August 2016. Jordan has proven excellent time management throughout his college and professional career, and has experience in high pressure, time sensitive settings. He is a highly-motivated, well-rounded, and an innovative student seeking to advance his career in the field of Information Technology.

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Chris O'Donnell

Lead Security Engineer

"Threat Landscape in Higher Education and How REN-ISAC Can Help"
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Chris has been with the REN-ISAC for the past 5 years doing systems and security work, preceded by many years of system administration, consulting, and support roles.

When not doing CSIRT tasks or other day to day operations, he enjoys meeting and working with those in various security and technical communities. "A lot of us are doing cool things. If your cool thing compliments our cool thing, then maybe we can do even cooler things together."

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Steve Palmer

K12 Information Systems Security Analyst

"Cyber Security Intelligence Sharing in Our Schools."
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Steve Palmer is the K12 information systems security analyst at EduTech. He is responsible for the strategic leadership of North Dakota's K-12 Information Technology Security Program, working directly with K12 schools in researching, developing, implementing, testing and reviewing K12 school information security posture. He previously worked as a PeopleSoft systems administrator for the North Dakota Information Technology Department's ConnectND program. Prior to that, he worked as a network administrator for Cloverdale Foods.

Steve joined the Air Force in 1989 working with a variety of different mainframes, computer systems and networking environments. He spent the last part of his Air Force career working in network security. He retired from the Air Force in August 2009.

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Dr. Prakash Ranganathan

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of North Dakota

"Filling the Demand and the Need for an Educated Cyber Security Workforce." 

Dr. Prakash Ranganathan is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks since 2007. He is also the director for Secure Cyber Physical Energy Systems and Data Sciences Laboratory at UND. Currently, he is serving as an associate lead for cyber education and research initiatives to build cyber programs across North Dakota University Systems institutions, as appointed by the chancellor. His research interests include cyber security, linear programming models, simulation and modeling, smart grid technologies, optimization methods and software engineering. He is an active IEEE Senior Member and frequent reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and Sensors Journals. Dr. Ranganathan has several papers on linear programming and smart grid areas.

Dr. Ranganathan holds a Ph.D. in software engineering and Master of Science in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University, Fargo. Dr. Ranganathan received the North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award in 2013 from the UND Alumni Foundation, recognizing his significant contributions in teaching, research and service. He is also a recipient of Public Scholar Award in 2014 from the Center for Community Engagement.

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Harley D. Rinerson

Cyber Security Advisor
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Region VIII

"Department of Homeland Security Cyber Security Resources Overview." 

Harley D. Rinerson is the cyber security advisor for the US Department of Homeland Security, Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY). Rinerson earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Dakota, a Masters of Military Arts and Science from the United States Army Command & General Staff College, and a Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University.

He served as an active duty army officer for 22 years, as well as working for the governor of the state of Colorado as his chief information security officer. Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security he worked as the director of compliance for the Denver International Airport.

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Jerry Rostad

Assistant CIO
North Dakota University System

"NexusND for the North Dakota University System." 

As an assistant chief information officer for the North Dakota University System, Jerry Rostad is responsible for developing and implementing a communications strategy, serving as an academic liaison for the University System institutions and assisting with special projects.

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Mike Saunders

Hardwater Information Security

"Intro to Software Defined Radio" 
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Mike Saunders' love of IT started in the third grade when he discovered he could view code in BASIC programs on an Apple ][e. Mike now performs penetration testing and vulnerability assessments for a multinational agribusiness corporation. He has held many information technology and IT security positions, including developer, network administrator, system administrator, security architect and security incident handler. Mike maintains ISC2 CISSP certification and holds GIAC GPEN, GWAPT, GMOB, and GCIH certifications. When he is not at work, he is an avid ice fisherman and member of a local horn rock band.

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Corey Steele

Network/Security Engineer
High Point Networks 

Corey Steele is an information security professional with 15+ years of experience. His emphasis is in penetration testing, secure network architecture, business continuity and disaster recovery.

Over the last decade, Steele has performed hundreds of penetration tests for large and small clients in all industries.  His experience in working with a diverse base of organizations as a security consultant, allows him to bring solid recommendations to standard and unique security situations at every company level.

Steele holds several industry and vendor specific certifications related to networking and network architecture. He uses his wide range of experiences to help customers design highly resilient and secure networks.  He can address even the most challenging network environments with his knowledge of routing, switching and access control systems. In addition, Corey’s easy-going nature allows him to relate to any audience as he shares his knowledge and experiences through security education classes.

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Daniel Stein

Program Lead, National Cybersecurity Training and Education Program
US Department of Homeland Security

"Federal Resources for Cybersecurity Education and Talent Development." 

Dan Stein is the program lead for the National Cybersecurity Education and Training Program (NCTEP) within the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch. NCTEP's portfolio includes the nationally-focused Federal Virtual Training Environment and Cybersecurity Training Events Program. NCTEP also oversees DHS's partnerships with the National Security Agency on the National Centers of Academic Excellence programs and with the National Science Foundation for the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service program.

Stein has supported DHS's interests in cybersecurity education and training for eight years, both as a federal employee and as a contractor. He has also been active in federal government information security efforts for the past eleven years. Stein recently graduated from the U.S. National War College with a Master of Science in national security strategy. He also holds two master's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester.

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Terry Yackel

Senior Systems Engineer, Juniper/ByteSpeed Partner

Software-Defined Secure Network

Terry Yackel has 25 years of experience in security, switching, routing, and wireless working with customers, partners, and telecommunications vendors across all markets and industries.  He has attended and spoken at multiple public networking venues both nationally and internationally as well as participating in past Interop vendor showcases and testing with multiple technologies.  Terry joined Juniper in 2013 as a Sr. Systems Engineer working with local partners to design solutions for customers that “solve” real world business problems using Juniper’s core routing, switching, and security solutions.

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