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Security Trends and Issues 2011

Attacks, Compliance, Privacy

February 16, 2011 

A Complimentary Luncheon Sponsored by Trainer Communications at the RSA Conference 2011

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When:                    February 16, 2011

Time:                     2:30 PM

Where:                  Café LuLu, 816 Folsom Street, San Francisco - Google Maps

Please join Trainer Communications for this invitation-only event to hear esteemed luminaries along with members of top-tier business and technology publications predict IT security trends for 2011 and beyond.

You will have an opportunity to interact with panelists and other guests (which include CSOs from the leading Fortune 100 companies), ask questions and form valuable networking relationships.  As our guest, you’ll be treated to a delicious country French lunch.  We think you’ll find the opportunity to network and have open dialogue with our panelists and guests makes this a “sweet” deal!

Please note, this is an exclusive offer to invited guests only.  Please submit your registration here as soon as possible.  Seating is limited.

Panelists Include:

  • Byron Acohido, Reporter, USA TODAY, The Last Watchdog
  • Becky  Bce, noted IT security author, Founder and CEO, Infidels
  • Skip Glass, partner, Foundation Capital
  • Rhonda MacLean, Former Global CSO (Barclays); PGP Board Member, Venrock Consultant
  • Chris O’Brien, Business Columnist, San Jose Mercury News
  • Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading
  • Deb Radcliff, SANS Reading Room Editor, SC Magazine Contributor
  • Ken Rutsky, Security Consultant and former Security Vendor Executive
  • Chenxi Wang, Ph.D., Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester
  • Bob West, Founder Echelon One and former CSO


Byron Acohido

Reporter, USA Today, The Last Watchdog

Twitter: @lastwatchdog

Byron Acohido is a native of the 50th state of Hawaii and currently covers technology topics for USA TODAY. While at the Seattle Times earlier in his career, he was awarded the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting and 11 other national awards for stories linking a dangerous defect in the rudder controls of Boeing 737 jetliners to a string of crashes that killed hundreds of people.

Since joining USA TODAY in December 2000, Acohido has led the newspaper’s cutting-edge coverage of Internet security and cyber crime. The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants awarded he and co-author Jon Swartz the 2008 Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards for their newspaper stories about data theft and identity fraud. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers awarded Acohido and Swartz the 2005 Best in Business Award for Projects by large newspapers; and they were named finalists for the prestigious 2005 and 2006 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.

As an author, analyst and speaker at, Acohido provides a venue for productive discussions and fresh thinking about cybersecurity and personal privacy. Acohido co-authored  Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks And Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity, which was, awarded the prestigious Excellence in Financial Journalism Award for general audience books from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accounts.

Based in Seattle, Acohido has conducted numerous workshops on aviation safety, investigative journalism and technology topics.

Becky Bace

Noted IT security author, Founder and CEO, Infidels

Becky Bace is an internationally recognized expert in computer system intrusion detection and network security. She has more than 20 years of experience in software and systems, 15 of those in computer and network security. While at the National Security Agency from 1984-1996, Becky built an intrusion detection research program that earned her a Distinguished Leadership Award. Next, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, she served as Deputy Security Officer for the Computing Division. In 1998, she started Infidel, Inc., a network security consulting firm that serves a variety of commercial customers

Skip Glass

Partner, Foundation Capital

Skip joined Foundation Capital in 2007, and has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor to dozens of successful software, networking, and security companies, including as CEO and President of URoam. He currently represents Foundation Capital on the boards of SpringCM, MSDSonline, and Attensity.

Prior to Foundation Capital, Skip worked with Canaan Partners, representing that firm on the boards of Voyence (acquired by EMC), Groundwork Open Solutions, and VUE Technology (acquired by Tyco). As an early stage investor, Skip has invested in several technology startups including Sygate (acquired by Symantec), SleepyCat Software (Acquired by Oracle), eHealth Insurance (IPO), and Retention Education (privately held). Skip holds a BS from Sacramento State University and an MBA from University of Arizona.

Kelly Jackson Higgins

Senior Editor, Dark Reading

Kelly has been a writer and editor in the IT industry for 21 years. As a senior editor at Dark Reading, she covers emerging trends, threats and cyber security. She is often first to break news stories that impact the global IT media community. She was one of the first reporters to cover an emerging protocol called TCP/IP and earned mocking derision from her editors for telling them it might have real future in networking. Prior to becoming a senior editor at Dark Reading, she was a contributing editor for Network Computing and Secure Enterprise magazines. Kelly is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she played Division I soccer.

Rhonda MacLean

CSO, MacLean Risk Partners, Former Global CSO (Barclays); PGP Board Member, Venrock Consultant

Rhonda MacLean was the Global CISO of Barclays, a major global financial services provider. Before joining Barclays, she ran MacLean Risk Partners LLC, a consulting firm that provides strategic consulting services for Fortune-ranked business enterprises, governments, industry associations and product companies specializing in risk management solutions.

In 2002, Ms. MacLean was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury to serve as the sector coordinator and chairperson of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security. In that role, she brought together 26 financial services trade associations, utilities and professional institutes and worked with Treasury’s private sector liaison to create several important industry initiatives. In 2004, Ms. MacLean was presented with The Secretary’s Certificate of Appreciation for establishing a “model for public-private initiatives” in conjunction with her leadership.  MacLean is chairperson emeritus of the Council. She also sits on the Global Council of CSO’s, a think tank of senior cyber leaders from the public, private and academic sectors.

Chris O’Brien

Senior Analyst, Forrester Research

Twitter: @sjcobrien

Chris O’Brien has covered Silicon Valley for more than a decade. Since arriving at the Mercury News in 1999 at the peak of the dot-com bubble, O’Brien has written about everything from the dot-bust to the California energy crisis to the region’s innovation economy. O’Brien now writes a column that focuses on the people, ideas, companies and policies that shape Silicon Valley.

In addition, O’Brien was a recipient of a Knight Foundation News Challenge grant in 2007 for The Next Newsroom, a project with the goal of designing the ideal newsroom of the future.

Chris is available to speak on trends in Silicon Valley as well as the transformation of newsrooms for the digital age.

Deb Radcliff

SANS Reading Room Editor, SC Magazine Contributor

Deb Radcliff is an award-winning writer who has covered information security and online crime since 1994. Her articles are carried regularly in SC Magazine, Computerworld, Networkworld, CSO, The Register, CNN Online, and other leading computing and business magazines. They are also translated into many different languages, cited in research and law journals, and used verbatim in college textbooks. 

As a speaker, she's addressed audiences on business radio stations in Vancouver and Los Angeles, West Point, H.O.P.E. (Hackers on Planet Earth) and elsewhere. Radcliff holds a bachelor's in journalism from San Jose State University, where she graduated with honors.

Ken Rutsky

President, KJR Associates

Twitter: @jayrutz

Ken Rutsky is the principal and founder of KJR Associates, a strategic go to market consulting firm.  KJR has clients in enterprise software and services segments including network, systems and cloud management, and enterprise security.  Ken has 20+ years of experience marketing and selling enterprise and end user technology and solutions.

Ken holds an MBA from the Stanford Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Chenxi Wang

Ph.D., Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester

Twitter: @chenxiwang

Dr. Wang is a Principal Analyst on Forrester's Security and Risk team. She covers cloud security, application and content security for Forrester. Chenxi is a frequent keynote speaker in research and industry conferences. Prior to joining Forrester, Chenxi was an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. At CMU, Chenxi led a number of large research projects, including efforts funded by the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation. Chenxi conducted consultative projects for the Federal Trade Commission, HP Labs, Lucent, and a number of Venture Capital companies. Earlier on in her career, Chenxi held one of the first research associate position at Citibank’s Corporate Information Security Office (CISO), the very first CISO designation in the country. Chenxi holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. Her Ph.D. thesis research received an ACM Ph.D. thesis award.

Bob West

Founder Echelon One and former CSO

Previously, Bob was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati where he was responsible for the enterprise information security strategy. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Bob worked for Bank One in Columbus where he held several key leadership roles, including Information Security Officer for Bank One's Retail Group. Prior to joining Bank One, Bob was a manager with Ernst & Young’s Information Security Services practice in Chicago, and a Senior Systems Officer with Citicorp International in New York and Chicago.

Bob received the 2004 Digital ID World Conference award for Balancing Innovation and Reality, and a 2004 InfoWorld 100 Award for implementing cross-company authentication using SAML. Bob graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in German and then received his Master of Science in Management Information Systems from North Central College.

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