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2018 Keynote Speakers

Jay Beale

Jay Beale

Information Security Analyst, InGuardians

Jay Beale is an information security specialist, well known for his work on mitigation technology, specifically in the form of operating system and application hardening. He's written two of the most popular tools in this space: Bastille UNIX/Linux, a system lockdown and audit tool that introduced a vital security-training component, and the Center for Internet Security's Unix Scoring Tool. Both are used worldwide throughout private industry and government.

Through Bastille and his work with the Center, Jay has provided leadership in the Linux system hardening space, participating in efforts to set, audit and implement standards for Linux/Unix security within industry and government. In the past, Jay was a member of the HoneyNet Project and worked actively on the OVAL project, working with government and industry to standardize and improve the field of vulnerability assessment. 

Jay has served as an invited speaker at a variety of conferences worldwide as well as government symposia. He's written columns and articles for Information Security Magazine, SecurityFocus and SecurityPortal.com. He has worked on five books in the Information Security space. Three of these make up his Open Source Security Series, while two are technical works of fiction in the "Stealing the Network" series.

Jay works as an information security analyst with InGuardians, a firm he co-founded with Ed Skoudis, Mike Poor, Jim Alderson and Bob Hillery. He formerly led the MandrakeSoft/Mandriva Security team.

Avis Yates Rivers

Avis Yates Rivers

CEO, Technology Concepts Group International, LLC (TCGi)

Avis Yates Rivers is the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC (TCGi), a global asset, expense and procurement management firm founded in 2008.  TCGi provides Tail Spend, Software License Management, Telecom Expense Management and IT Procurement Services to Fortune 500 companies. In 2017, TCGi was ranked #3 of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women Owned/Led Companies by WPO/American Express.

Avis's accolades include the White House Champion of Change in STEM, awarded by President Barack Obama for her work with NCWIT.  Avis chronicles her tech experience in her first book, Necessary Inclusion: Embracing the Changing Faces of Technology, released in January 2017. She was selected to serve on New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's transition team as a co-chair of the Government Technology and Innovation Committee in 2017.

Tony Aukland

Tony Aukland

Information Systems Security Analyst
ND Information Technology Department & NDSLIC 

Tony Aukland, has been in Information Technology for 25 years, 20 years alone with the State of North Dakota.  He is employed by the Information Technology Department and attached to the NDSLIC, North Dakota State and Local Intelligence Center, as an IT Security Analyst focusing on Cybersecurity.  A native of Devils Lake, North Dakota, Tony graduated from Valley City State University with degrees in Math Education and Computer Science.  He and his wife, Donna, reside in Bismarck and have 3 children.

Kevin Fishbeck

Kevin Fishbeck

Professor of Computer Information Systems
University of Mary

Kevin Fishbeck, Ph.D. has been a Professor of Computer Information Systems at the University of Mary since 2001. He earned a BS and an MA in Business Education from Northern State University, and a Ph.D. Teaching and Learning from the University of North Dakota. Previously, Fishbeck 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 is the CEO and owner of Fishbeck Technology Consulting, providing expertise to local churches, schools and small businesses.

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Richard Frovarp

Senior Software Engineer
North Dakota State University

Richard Frovarp is a Senior Software Engineer with North Dakota State University in the Enterprise Computing and Infrastructure department. At NDSU he develops and maintains systems that create and manage accounts across a wide variety of systems, making sure that system that weren’t designed to work together do. He is also responsible for the federated authentication systems at NDSU, including the InCommon

Kevin Noltan

Kevin Noltan

Director of Academic Outreach
Cyber Innovation Center
National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center

Kevin Nolten serves as Director of Academic Outreach for the Cyber Innovation Center, headquartered in Bossier City, Louisiana. In this role, he is responsible for the operations of the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) where he oversees the development and distribution of STEM, cyber, and computer science curricula, professional development, and other resources for K-12 educators, school systems, and state departments of education across the country. Kevin’s passion and visionary philosophy empowers educators and school systems with resources and confidence to transform classrooms into 21 st century learning environments. Prior to joining the Cyber Innovation Center, Kevin served as an Assistant Principal of a K-8 school in Louisiana. Kevin is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Mike Saunders

Mike Saunders

Mike's love of IT started in the third grade when he discovered he could view the code of BASIC programs on an Apple ][e. Mike now performs penetration testing and vulnerability assessments for a multinational agribusiness corporation. He also owns and operates Hardwater Information Security, an information security consulting company.  He has held many information technology and IT security positions, including developer, network administrator, system administrator, security architect and security incident handler. Mike holds the OSCP, ISC2 CISSP, and GIAC GPEN, GWAPT, GMOB, and GCIH certifications. Mike has spoken at a number of security conferences including DerbyCon, BSides Minneapolis, BSides Winnipeg, MISC.conf, and the NDSU Cyber Security Conference.  When he is not at work, he is an avid kayak fisherman and member of a local horn rock band.

Natalie Vanatta

Natalie Vanatta

U.S. Army Cyber Officer and Deputy Chief of Research 
Army Cyber Institute

Natalie Vanatta is a U.S. Army Cyber officer and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Research at the Army Cyber Institute (an Army "think tank"). Here she focuses on bringing private industry, academia and government agencies together to explore and solve cyber challenges facing the U.S. Army in the next 3-10 years. She holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, as well as degrees in computer engineering and systems engineering. She previously served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National Security Agency.

Presentation: This Way to the Dark Metaverse: Threatcasting Tomorrow's Threats


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