Security Magazine

Most Influential People in Security

December 1, 2010

Each year, Security magazine honors top security executives who positively impact the security industry, their organization, their colleagues and their peers. They change the security landscape for the better. They are nominated by their colleagues and associates, and they are chosen based upon their leadership qualities and the overall positive impact that their security projects, programs or departments have on their shareholders, organizations, colleagues and general public. This year’s Most Influential is organized by nine categories: Corporate Security Practitioners, Information Technology/Cyber Security Practitioners, Non-Government Organization Security, Government Security, Solution Innovators, Security Organizations, Think Tanks/Universities, Cities, Counties, States Security and Defense Industrial Base Security. Congratulations to the Class of 2010 Most Influential People in Security.


Special thanks goes to Bob Hayes, Lynn Mattice and the Security Executive Council staff and Emeritus Faculty, who were our Recognition Project Partners and who provided subject matter expertise and research.


Corporate Security Practitioners


donaldbitnerDonald P. Bitner,

Executive Director, Corporate

Security & Aviation, Amgen

Don Bitner is responsible for the worldwide security program at Amgen, the largest independent pharmaceutical and biotechnology company in the world, with more than 17,000 employees globally. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise of bringing safe, effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Bitner has been in the security industry since 1978, when he began working as an investigator with United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in Hartford, Conn. Bitner was the first security manager at Amgen and coordinated its expansion to all sites worldwide (spanning 37 countries). Bitner’s direct reports include regional security managers who cover Amgen sites around the world. He also started the aviation operation and began building the team in 2001 after the company bought its first aircraft. In his 18 years at Amgen, Bitner has developed and maintained an access control philosophy of “one card throughout the world.” He transitioned the access control system from analog to digital in 1995 and established one access control software for all company sites worldwide. He also moved digital video recording from external digital video recorders to internal servers to provide a cost-effective method to store video. 


Marc Fidanza

Marco (Marc) Fidanza,

Senior Director, Security,

Takeda Pharmaceuticals


When Marco Fidanza went to work at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in 2001, he was tasked with building a security function that now also handles brand protection, information protection, investigations and crisis management oversight. Takeda is a world-class pharmaceutical company headquartered in Osaka, Japan, and is the largest, oldest pharmaceutical company in Japan with a significant presence in the United States. Fidanza was part of a team that led construction of a new Takeda North American corporate campus in the Chicago area. In addition to overall design and development of the campus, he was instrumental in developing a security master plan and architecture to protect and safeguard personnel and company assets. Managing many security program issues for the global company while operating in a U.S. subsidiary, Fidanza has put together a first-class global security staff, including full-time employees and an outsourced security provider. He emphasizes the importance of professionalism, relationships, of holding people accountable and of surrounding yourself with people who challenge you rather than with those who always agree. Before coming to work at Takeda, Fidanza was manager of security investigations at Abbott Laboratories, where he was responsible for global company investigations. 


randyharrisonRandy L. Harrison,

Director Corporate Security,

Delta Air Lines, Inc.


As Director of Corporate Security worldwide for Delta Air Lines, Randy Harrison has reorganized the security program to integrate security into the company business model. Harrison oversees diverse security program elements at Delta that include investigations ranging from theft to narcotics trafficking, workplace violence to asset protection, customer misconduct to fraud (related to customer promotion products, employee benefits and credit cards). Possessing exceptional decision-making, project management and negotiation skills, Harrison has driven a corporate philosophical transformation that incorporates a threat/risk methodology to drive business decisions in support of a changing business model and board-level risks. He has also orchestrated security for the largest international expansion in aviation history, including expansion into third-world countries with the highest levels of threats and risks. Harrison has implemented Security Information Management Systems to systematically capture security incidents and to proactively influence the implementation of programs/processes to manage threats and risks. He implemented an enterprise-wide Security Council to engage senior leaders in continuous security review and policy decisions. When Delta and Northwest Airlines merged, he developed and implemented a combined organization responsible for operating both security programs on the date of the merger; all security programs were aligned within 14 months.


mikehowardMike Howard,

General Manager

Global Security, Microsoft


Microsoft is the world’s largest software company, providing services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. Headquartered in Redmond, Wash., the company operates subsidiary offices in more than 100 foreign countries. Mike Howard, General Manager Global Security, is a recognized leader within the security industry. He is sought to share his insight on successful leadership strategies to help other organizations succeed. His influence in the physical security industry is so significant that organizations outside of Microsoft are implementing their physical security infrastructures based upon the Microsoft model. Howard has been with Microsoft since 2002 where he was first hired to run the Executive Protection Unit responsible for the protection of Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and other senior leaders. In 2003, he was appointed to run all of Microsoft Global Security. Microsoft Global Security encompasses executive protection, global operations, investigations, risk mitigation/crisis management, and a number of other areas, including Global Security Operations Centers (GSOCS) responsible for global monitoring and response 24 x 7. These GSOCs are located at Microsoft campuses in Redmond, the United Kingdom and Hyderabad, India. Prior to joining Microsoft, he spent 23 years with the CIA.


Tim Janes

Tim Janes,

Vice President & Chief Security Officer, Corporate Security Services,

Capital One Financial Corp.


Tim Janes has been at Capital One for nine years. Prior to Capital One, he spent three years as a security executive at Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, following seven years in security at First Chicago NBD. He is looking to develop the next generation of security leaders, both within Capital One and in the security profession at large. Janes serves as co-chairman of the American Society for Industrial Security Chief Security Officer (CSO) Roundtable, focusing on succession planning, increasing security awareness within businesses and bringing a business and risk focus to the industry. As chairman of the International Security Management Association Education Committee, he has worked to introduce business acumen into development programs aimed at security professionals. The newest example is “Emerging Issues for Emerging Leaders.” This course, developed in concert with the faculty of Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, combines real case studies from seasoned CSOs with recent academic research and various business profiles and frameworks. He is working to enhance existing strategy and leadership development programs at both Kellogg and Georgetown University. He seeks to create a future vision of what the next generation of security programs and practices will look like, including business models, technology, visual analytics, forecasts, management and leadership.


robertmessemerRobert A. Messemer,

Chief Security Officer,

The Nielsen Company


As The Nielsen Company’s first Chief Security Officer, Robert A. Messemer designed and implemented a new world class corporate security program that protects The Nielsen Company’s people, data, intellectual property, operations and reputation around the world in more than 100 countries. The Nielsen Company is a leading global information and measurement company that provides its clients with a thorough understanding of consumers and consumer behavior. In his first year at Nielsen, Messemer streamlined operations and implemented a completely new set of corporate security policies. He provided Nielsen employees with guidance and new practices in information security, social media usage, safe disposition of assets and the proper care of confidential data. He designed and implemented a comprehensive special event security plan, including an emergency medical contingency plan for Nielsen’s engagement as a sponsor for the 2008 Olympic Games. In his second and third years, he introduced new business continuity plans, new emergency evacuation procedures, pandemic flu contingency plans as well as a crisis response plan, all of which were adopted globally. Additionally, he conducted several risk assessments resulting in a reduction of risks for workplace violence and business interruptions arising from politically inspired acts of violence. Over the past three years, he has led highly sensitive internal investigations that served as deterrent to fraud and yielded actionable insights to senior executives. Prior to his current position, he retired as a Special Agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after a distinguished 24-year career.


Information Technology/Cyber Security Practitioners

Melissa Hathaway  Melissa Hathaway,

Former Senior Advisory to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Cyber Coordination Executive,

Executive Office of the President


Melissa Hathaway worked on cyber security for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and led President Obama’s 60-day Cyberspace Policy Review from February to May 2009. She assembled a team of experienced government cyber experts and inventoried relevant presidential policy directives, executive orders, national strategies and studies from government advisory boards and private-sector entities. Hathaway then produced a comprehensive report that contained multiple annexes and 25 near-term and mid-term recommendations. After reviewing Hathaway’s report, President Obama announced that cyber security is one of his administration’s priorities. As acting Senior Director for Cyber Security at the National Security Council, Hathaway convened the policy meetings that began work related to the top 10 recommendations contained in the Cyberspace Policy Review and set the expectation and pace to move the United States toward a stronger, more resilient information and communications infrastructure. Hathaway is currently a senior advisor to the Project Minerva cyber security initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Shawn HenryShawn Henry,

Executive Assistant Director, FBI


As chief of the Computer Investigations Unit in the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center, Shawn Henry worked across the U.S. intelligence community and the private sector to develop partnerships to address cyber threats. He had direct oversight for significant international investigations, including the “Lovebug virus” and substantial DDOS attacks against major U.S. companies ultimately attributed to “Mafia Boy.” Henry has also served on the U.S. delegation to the G8 as a member of the High-Tech Crimes Subgroup, focusing on international cyber-investigation policy. He later served in other positions in both field operations and FBI headquarters before his current position as FBI Executive Assistant Director responsible for all FBI criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, as well as international operations and critical incident response. Henry has overseen hundreds of cyber investigations, both domestically and internationally, from various perspectives. Public awareness is a key component in mitigating cyber threats, and Henry has addressed thousands of people as a keynote speaker at conferences, both domestic and international, over the last 10 years. He has also served as a panelist on think tanks examining the cyber problem, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 


Lorna KoppelLorna Koppel,

Director-IT Security, Kohler Co.


Lorna Koppel believes that those in IT security need to be senior business leaders, not technologists. She stresses the importance of holistic aspects related to IT security such as knowledge of financial acumen and budgets, communication skills with various styles of personalities and exerting influence up and down the chain of command. IT security leaders also need to be able to motivate their teams and develop them professionally, she contends. Koppel is Director-IT security at Kohler Co., which offers a breadth of products and services, including plumbing fixtures, furniture, tile and stone and primary and backup power systems, as well as hospitality and world-class golf destinations. Koppel gets involved in any teaching, leadership research or global learning initiative that allows her to influence others. Koppel takes small teams with no influence and programs with minimal effectiveness and transitions them into solid security programs. Koppel pushes for aggressive spending to address gaps. At Kohler, in the first three years, her team put in four major technical projects that have truly transformed the security team and its response and efficiency (three in IT security and one in SAP security).


Theresa PaytonTheresa Payton,

President and CEO of Fortalice, LLC, Former CIO of the White House


As Chief Information Officer for the White House from May 2006 to September 2008, Theresa Payton directed a program to overhaul and modernize key components of technology strategy and operations at the Executive Office of the President. Among the changes was the transformation of IT security, which included creating the first-ever 24/7/365 Security Operations Center for the Executive Office of the President. Building the operations center and establishing a new approach to information assurance and incident management required significant outreach and partnership-building with the Department of Homeland Security, White House Military Office, FBI Cyber Division, U.S. Secret Service, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, the National Security Agency and the Defense Information Systems Agency. During her tenure, Payton implemented a “good to great” improvement strategy using industry best practices adapted for the government. Today she is the CEO of Fortalice, LLC, which assists organizations in making appropriate “risk versus reward” tradeoffs, balancing productivity, mission-critical activities and information protection. Payton recently assisted a federal organization with streamlining incident handling and management processes. In one process alone, the steps were streamlined to allow incident analysts to handle a ticket in five mouse clicks instead of 30. 


Non-Government Organization Security


Denise BarndtDenise Barndt,

Director, Corporate Security,

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Denise Barndt took a non-traditional career path to security by starting in emergency services and public safety. Now she leverages her emergency response experience and knowledge to provide proven business continuity and crisis management acumen for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world with an endowment of $33.5 billion. The primary aims of the foundation are to “enhance healthcare and reduce poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.” Barndt manages the protective services for the foundation’s employees, contractors and guests at foundation offices, events and meetings, and also provides security for the foundation’s assets and offices. Barndt challenges usual “group think” practices and blends critical self-assessment and integrated design techniques to encompass all security disciplines. She encourages both her team and a networked community of colleagues in business, academia and thought leadership to challenge “usual practice” security approaches to achieve better strategic performance. 


Ronald E. PlescoRonald E. Plesco,

CEO, National Cyber Forensic Training Alliance Foundation (NCFTA)


Ron Plesco is an information security and privacy attorney with 14 years of experience in information assurance/privacy, identity management and computer crime law. He is the CEO of the National Cyber Forensic Training Alliance Foundation (NCFTA), a nonprofit corporation funded by the private sector and federal funds that evolved from one of the nation’s first High Tech Task Forces. The NCFTA has established an alliance among more than 500 subject matter experts (SMEs) worldwide in the public and private sectors to address complex and often internationally spawned cyber crimes. To streamline intelligence exchange, the NCFTA regularly organizes SME and law enforcement interaction into threat-specific initiatives. The NCFTA then manages collection and sharing of intelligence about significant cyber crime trends with industry partners, law enforcement and other cross-sector SMEs. The object is to develop real-time intelligence to an actionable level. Hundreds of criminal (and some civil) investigations have been launched, and more than 300 cyber criminals have been successfully prosecuted worldwide. NCFTA has produced more than 400 cyber threat intelligence reports over the last three years, and corporate partners have prevented hundreds of millions of dollars in fraud loss. 


John SchaferJohn Schafer,

Director of Security, InterAction

Humanitarian Policy & Practice


John Schafer is a pioneer in the security of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and his current activities have him frequenting Darfur, Yemen and Haiti implementing the theory that security does not exist until the entire community collaborates in the common cause. Certified by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security as a Field Security Coordinating Officer, Schafer provides coordination for the 190 members of InterAction, the largest non-governmental organization in the world. In this position, he facilitates security measures, coordination, information and training for the membership in some of the world’s most dangerous operating environments. Schafer is an acting Council Member of the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council; and he is the liaison to the United Nations Safety and Security Office. Schafer’s unique blend of experience in private, United Nations and NGO operations sets him apart as one of the foremost authorities in both providing security and crafting policy for those committed to NGO operations. Examples of noteworthy projects and programs he has developed, or helped to develop, are “Saving Lives Together,” a framework of cooperation between the United Nations and NGO, “NGO Security Risk Assessment Guidance;” and “Security Collaboration Best Practices.”


Gregory StarrGregory Starr,

United Nations, Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security


At a time when the United Nations faces heightened and serious security risks around the world, Gregory Starr provides the benefit of extensive experience managing the global security operations of a civilian organization, developing security policy and setting organizational standards. As Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, Starr has been tasked with strengthening the performance-based accountability of the post. He also seeks to continue the cooperative relationship between the United Nations and the host government (U.S.) during the crucial period of renovations at U.N. headquarters in New York. His duties include improving security of at least 20 United Nations outposts in dangerous corners of the world that suffer from inadequate security despite rising threats to the organization. These include U.N. Offices in Iraq and Afghanistan and also outposts in Somalia, Sudan’s Darfur region, the Palestinian territories and Lebanon. Starr has advocated an increase in the use of private security firms in Pakistan, where U.S. relief workers have been the target of kidnappings and killings. Starr formerly worked as Director of the Diplomatic Security Service and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security for the Secretary of State.


Government Security


Charles AllenCharles Allen,

Former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, DHS


Charles Allen spent 20 years as an intelligence officer in the CIA before he was tapped as Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis and Chief Intelligence Officer for the Department of Homeland Security in 2005. At the DHS, he defined and established the intelligence architecture and developed DHS all-source intelligence analytic capabilities to meet the needs of the Department, state and local governments, and the traditional intelligence community. Allen also integrated DHS’ intelligence activities and ensured that the intelligence offices of the Department were aligned with the goals and priorities of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Allen developed a homeland security program that focused on security of U.S. air, land and sea borders; movement of WMD materials and diseases across U.S. borders; protection of U.S. critical infrastructures; demographic flows that pose security challenges; and radicalization within the U.S. Allen is a nationally recognized expert in counterterrorism, homeland security, warning intelligence and information sharing. Presently, he is an independent consultant and principal of the Chertoff Group, and he serves as senior adviser to the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.  


Eric J. BoswellEric J. Boswell,

Assistant Secretary of State,

Bureau of Diplomatic Security


The sheer scope and scale of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s responsibilities and authorities have grown immensely over the past decade in response to emerging threats and security incidents worldwide. Assistant Secretary of State Eric J. Boswell, who accepted his present appointment in 2008, also previously served in the same position from 1995 to 1998. He came to his current assignment on the heels of senior security management roles with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and at the United Nations in New York, after retiring from a 25-year Foreign Service career with the rank of Ambassador. Now in its 25th year of operation, Diplomatic Security (DS) provides the most secure environment possible for the conduct of America’s foreign policy. The Department currently operates diplomatic missions in locations where, in the past, the post would have been closed and all personnel evacuated. The number of DS special agents has tripled since the 1990s, and the bureau’s current budget of more than $2 billion is vastly larger than it was then. DS relies on a Worldwide Protection Services (WPS) contract to provide protective security, aviation support and fixed guard services in Iraq, Afghanistan and other high-threat zones.


Dr. Thomas CellucciDr. Thomas Cellucci,

Chief Commercialization Officer, DHS


Thomas Cellucci, Ph.D., literally wrote the book on the value of public-private partnerships. Or, more accurately, he wrote the books. His two-volume “The Future of Government: Harnessing the Power of the Private Sector for Public Good” is being released this year. Cellucci, who is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s first Chief Commercialization Officer, is a recognized expert on the practical commercialization of new and emerging technologies in both the private and public sectors. Since he received the non-political, five-year appointment in 2007, there have already been significant results for the benefit of the DHS and taxpayers through partnering with the private sector to spend $3.6 billion thus far in R&D to develop, at private sector cost, products and services for the DHS, first responder and critical infrastructure and key resource markets. Success has included recently developed federal programs such as SECURE and FutureTECH. The Requirements Development Initiative will save more than $2.5 billion in DHS resources; the commercialization process will save more than $10 billion annually at DHS at full implementation; and the Science and Technology (S&T) Private Sector Outreach program will save more than $350 million in S&T budget and opportunity costs. Cellucci also re-engineered the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s First Responder Requirements Development Framework for all U.S. First Responders (federal, state, local and tribal). 


Michele M. LeonhartMichele M. Leonhart,

Acting Administrator Drug Enforcement, DEA


From combating drug cartels in Central and South America to fighting narco-terrorists in Afghanistan to attacking pill mills and violent gangs in the United States, Michele Leonhart has demonstrated her understanding of the significant role drug law enforcement plays in global security. Under her leadership, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has successfully investigated drug-related crimes and brought criminals to justice. Totaling more than 30 years of experience, Leonhart’s career as a DEA Special Agent has led to several senior leadership positions as she advanced through the ranks of DEA, serving in numerous capacities. Since November 2007, she has served in a dual capacity as both Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the $2.7 billion agency commanding a worldwide law enforcement organization of nearly 10,000 people in both the U.S. and more than 60 countries worldwide. Leonhart has testified before Congress on the threat that transnational drug enterprises represent to global stability and U.S. national security. Leonhart also works with regulatory and law enforcement entities, Internet providers and the pharmaceutical industry to fight prescription drug abuse and rogue on-line pharmacies. 

Security Organizations


Gerry CauleyGerry Cauley,

President and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)


Without question, the cyber and physical security of the North American power grids is center stage in the efforts to ensure critical infrastructure resilience in the United States and Canada. Every aspect of modern life depends on electricity, from banking and finance to transportation, from education and social services to operation of our military complex, from hospitals and public safety to communications. As President and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Gerry Cauley is ultimately charged with ensuring the reliability of the bulk power system (electric grid) in North America. Consequently, Cauley leads the effort to improve physical and cyber security for the bulk power system by initiating leadership, supporting security practitioners and moving the electric sector forward by addressing threats to critical infrastructure. NERC, through Cauley’s leadership, coordinates electric industry activities designed to protect the industry’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats. Security is addressed in the daily operation of the electricity grid and in future planning of the grid. NERC operates the industry’s Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ESISAC) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Canada. ESISAC gathers information about security-related threats and incidents, and communicates it to government authorities.


Dr. Lou MarcianiDr. Lou Marciani,

Director, National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security


As Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), Dr. Lou Marciani works to provide a mechanism for building sport security awareness and improving sport security policies and procedures to be prepared and to protect our sports facilities, and most importantly, fans and their families. Dr. Marciani’s vision of the NCS4 Center and Laboratory is to serve as a center focused on research, education and outreach efforts in the spectator sport industry. His goal is to develop the training tools necessary to meet the operational and technological needs of facilities and security managers at sports facilities, both public and private. His reach includes the public and private sector, from the State and Federal DHS, to the various professional and collegiate leagues to private industries. In August, Dr. Marciani conducted the First Annual National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) Conference in New Orleans. In addition, Dr. Marciani and the Center, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) developed a Sport Event Risk Management Workshop to be conducted for more than 5,400 professional at 80 NCAA institutions. He has and continues to influence the entire safety and security business, not only the sports world but the domino effect of college campuses and federal, state and local municipalities where the precedent set by the standards in the spectator sport world influence other vertical markets. 


James RatleyJames Ratley,

President, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners


The 55,000 members of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) work to reduce business fraud worldwide and to inspire public confidence in the integrity and objectivity of the profession. James D. Ratley is president of the ACFE, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. The ACFE awards the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential to denote proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence. Ratley began his career working in law enforcement after graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He joined the Dallas Police Department as an officer in 1971 and was assigned to several department divisions including vice, child abuse and internal affairs. He was a member of numerous department task forces that concentrated on major fraud cases. In 1986, Ratley left the police department to join Wells and Associates, a forensic accounting practice. In 1988, he was named program director for the ACFE and oversaw all aspects of the ACFE’s training and education programs. Ratley became president of the ACFE in 2006. He works to promote the ACFE to the public and other professional organizations and also continues to assist in the development of anti-fraud products and services to meet ACFE members’ needs. 


Hord TiptonHord Tipton,

Executive Director, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium


Headquartered in the U.S. with offices in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium Inc. [(ISC)2] is the global, not-for-profit leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers. Hord Tipton is responsible for ensuring that members receive value for their dollar, and he continually strives to improve (ISC)2 programs and services to meet the needs of members. Tipton works to maintain a reputation built on trust, integrity and professionalism. Membership is an elite network of nearly 60,000 certified industry professionals worldwide. During a time when corporations and governments are cutting back on conference and seminar attendance, (ISC)2 is expanding its services to adapt, including introduction of one-day events and half-day online seminars offering continuing education credits. Also, the SecurityTALK Web channel provides a searchable multimedia library. (ISC)2 is also developing new certifications to serve changing market needs, such as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional. Tipton has the distinction of being the only CIO to ever have been ordered by a Federal Judge to disconnect 85,000 people (an entire Cabinet agency) from the Internet. It took him three years to get them reconnected to the judge’s satisfaction. The President gave him the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for his efforts. Tipton was also the first CIO to obtain the CISSP certification.


Think Tanks/Universities


Professor James P. ChandlerProfessor James P. Chandler,

President, National Intellectual Property Law Institute


An intellectual property law scholar for more than 20 years, James Chandler is president of the National Intellectual Property Law Institute, where he advances the study and practice and identifies emerging issues of intellectual property law in the U.S. and Canada. Chandler has compiled an enviable academic record while distinguishing himself in numerous areas of both U.S. and international law. He is emeritus professor of law at George Washington University School, chairman of the Chandler Law Firm PLLC and a professional arbitrator. The Science and Technology Section of the American Bar Association owes its founding, in part, to Chandler; and he served as a member and as section adviser of the Section Council, which addresses legal problems and complications arising from the creation of new technologies. Chandler has lent his expertise to help create the Computer Law Association of America. Chandler’s advice and counsel are sought regularly from intellectual property lawyers and professionals, judges and government representatives. Chandler is the original author of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and worked closely with the U.S. government to support enactment of the legislation, which makes the theft or misappropriation of a trade secret a federal crime. He is also the original author of the National Trade Secrets Act.


Frank J. CilluffoFrank J. Cilluffo,

Director, George Washington University Homeland Security

Policy Institute


Frank J. Cilluffo directs the multi-disciplinary Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at The George Washington University, where he also serves as an associate vice president. HSPI is a nonpartisan “think and do tank” that builds bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security. Cilluffo chairs HSPI’s Ambassador Roundtable Series on International Collaboration to Combat Terrorism and Insurgencies, which has engaged more than 30 ambassadors and Cabinet-level officials in an ongoing dialogue on counterterrorism efforts. He also moderates the Institute’s Policy and Research Forum series, which has included Cabinet secretaries, including former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge as its most recent guest.  Long before the most recent wave of threats came to the fore, Cilluffo identified and warned of important gaps and shortfalls in American homeland security – including his work on jihadi radicalization in various contexts such as in prisons and over the Internet, both homegrown and overseas. This includes extensive research on how the threat has metastasized, to include al-Qaeda senior leadership and its affiliates, and likeminded terrorist organizations such as Tehrik-i-Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba. 


James A. LewisJames A. Lewis,

Center for Strategic and International Studies


A former tactical practitioner and current industry spokesperson, James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has claimed a special place in the industry as an honest broker in depicting both the strategic and tactical cyber security challenges our country faces. He provides contemporary perspectives from multiple angles to promote understanding of trends, statistics and forecasts, and to forge potential solutions. A senior fellow at CSIS, Lewis directs the Technology and Public Policy Program. His research involves innovation and economic change, Internet policy and cyber security, space programs and intelligence reform. Before joining CSIS, he was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service and Senior Executive Service, where he worked on national security and technology-related issues. Lewis has authored numerous publications since coming to CSIS, including “Securing Cyberspace in the 44th Presidency,” which was well received across both the public and private sectors and helped guide policy making. He has had direct national-level input on such topics as cyber war thresholds, supply chain risk, Internet security, cyber workforce strategy, intellectual property protection, cyber crimes, the nation’s competitiveness, the country’s innovation challenges and the global science and technology comparative advantage. He is a well-published, highly regarded and recognized bi-partisan thought leader.


Dr. Graham SpanierDr. Graham Spanier,

President, Pennsylvania State University


As president of Pennsylvania State University for 15 years, Graham Spanier has worked to open doors of communication and understanding between academia, industry and many government agencies. In 1995 he began to work with the FBI and CIA to establish cooperative approaches to link higher education and national security, which led in 2004 to creation of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board with Spanier as its chairman since inception. Consisting of presidents and chancellors of prominent U.S. universities, the Advisory Board fosters outreach and promotes understanding between higher education and the FBI. Spanier also serves on the National Counterintelligence Working Group and on the Board of Advisors of the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College. Spanier oversees the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State, the advanced research arm of the university that does about $200 million a year in defense-related research, which ranks Penn State as second in the nation in defense-related research. Spanier has consulted with the Secretary of Defense, the Chief of Naval Operations, military personnel leaders and others on policy matters related to defense research, personnel and other topics. He has been a keynote speaker for the FBI at seminars, speaking about national security and higher education and on topics of counterterrorism, counterintelligence and cyber security. 


Cities, Counties, States Security


Leroy BacaLeroy Baca,

Sheriff, Los Angeles County, California


Since becoming Sheriff of Los Angeles County in 1998, Lee Baca and his command staff have developed and implemented a number of strategies to positively impact residents. The Community Oriented Policing Services Bureau (COPS Bureau) finds long-term solutions to crime trends impacting neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles. COPS Bureau deputies use a face-to-face approach to remove barriers that have formed over time between law enforcement and the neighborhoods they patrol. Another strategy is the VIDA (Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives) Program designed for at-risk youth between ages 11 and 17, which is operated by the COPS Bureau from eight sites. Since its inception, more than 6,000 families have participated in the program, which involves students in 10 hours of supervised activity each week, eight hours on Saturdays, and two-hour midweek counseling sessions. Also, the Parolee Monitoring Program collects and disseminates information regarding some 30,000-plus inmates placed on Non-Revocable Parole status. The Department’s technology-based strategies include a law enforcement information sharing program that involves COPLINK, a tactical, line-level analytical solution designed to address common problems in law enforcement information systems.


William J. BrattoWilliam J. Bratton,

Chairman, Kroll; Former Commissioner New York City Police Department and

Former Chief, City of Los Angeles Police Department


William Bratton is one of America’s premier police chiefs and the only person to have led both the two largest police forces in the United States – the New York Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Bratton is now chairman of Kroll, a risk consulting company, which he joined in November 2009 after serving as LAPD chief for seven years. Bratton revitalized police morale and significantly cut crime in each of the four law enforcement leadership positions he has held, which also include New York City Transit police chief and Boston Police Commissioner. In the process, he established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments and fighting crime. In the New York Police Department, Bratton led development and deployment of CompStat, an accountability process and management program based on comparative statistics that is similar to Six Sigma and Total Quality Management (TQM) programs. In 1999, before returning to public service as LAPD chief in 2002, Bratton formed his own company, The Bratton Group LLC, as a consultant on safety and security throughout the United States and on four continents, including extensive work in South America. 


Cathy LanierCathy Lanier,

Chief, Washington, D.C.

Metropolitan Police


Cathy Lanier was named Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in 2007. She was 39 at the time and the first woman to take on one of the most high-profile, demanding jobs in law enforcement. Lanier’s management style is to listen, build consensus and create specialized teams around her. Her priorities include making police more visible on the street, improving department efficiency and lifting morale by empowering officers and supervisors. Lanier had spent her entire law enforcement career with the department, most of it on the front lines. Since joining the department in 1990, Lanier has displayed her inclusive management style and tireless work ethic in a rapid rise through several positions, including Commander of the Fourth District, one of the largest and most diverse residential patrol districts in the city. She also served as the commanding officer of the Department’s Major Narcotics Branch and Vehicular Homicide Units. More recently, Lanier served as Commander of the Special Operations Division (SOD) for four years. During her tenure as SOD Commander, she established the agency’s first Homeland Security/Counter-Terrorism Branch and created an agency-wide chemical, biological, radiological response unit known as the Special Threat Action Team.  


Defense Industrial Base Security


Arthur CummingsArthur Cummings,

Executive Assistant Director for National Security Branch, FBI


When Arthur M. Cummings II was named executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch in 2008, it was the culmination of a 20-year FBI career. The job involves overseeing the FBI’s Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Intelligence programs, as well as the Terrorist Screening Center. Cummings is also the lead FBI official responsible for coordination and liaison with the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and the rest of the Intelligence Community. At every level, from street agent to field supervisor to headquarters executive, Cummings’ career has concentrated on investigating and managing counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations. He has served in five field offices and in three different positions in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. In the field, he investigated and managed counterterrorism, counterintelligence and various criminal programs. He also deployed overseas to support major counterterrorism investigations. Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Cummings was assigned to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. He played a key role in the reorganization of the counterterrorism program and established the position of Chief of the National Strategic Assessment and Warning Section. He served as chief of the Counterterrorism Operational Response Section, charged with developing and overseeing FBI operations in foreign theaters such as Afghanistan. 


Edward HalibozekEdward Halibozek,

Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Northrop Grumman


Edward Halibozek’s career in industrial security spans more than 30 years. In 1985, he joined Northrop Grumman and has been the corporation’s senior security executive since 1995. Halibozek works from the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, where he is responsible for oversight of all company-wide security programs. Northrop Grumman is a global defense company with approximately 120,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries. Halibozek chairs the Northrop Grumman Security Council, working to develop a common, company-wide approach to addressing security strategies, processes, issues and problems. The Security Council is the key deliberative body for security, fire, contingency planning, and investigative issues and opportunities facing the company. In addition, Halibozek is responsible for developing and implementing security processes that protect the people, information and property at the corporate office locations. Halibozek has contributed to security as a security professional, an author and a teacher. He has co-authored five books on security, including the broad-based “Manager’s Handbook for Corporate Security” and “Introduction to Security” (eighth edition). Halibozek also teaches a course on security management at California State University Fullerton.


Ray MusserRay Musser,

Staff Vice President Security,

General Dynamics Corp.


Ray Musser directs global security operations for General Dynamics, an aerospace and defense company with $32 billion in annual revenue in 2009 and 91,000 employees worldwide. He is responsible for all aspects of security activities including the company’s information security operations and compliance programs. Since joining General Dynamics in 1984, he has led efforts to foster and encourage partnership and information sharing among law enforcement, the intelligence community and the private sector. He continues to be a champion of this approach in his leadership roles as co-chair of the FBI’s National Security Business Alliance, where he helps to tailor and advocate the FBI’s outreach initiatives to industry. Musser was an early proponent of combining the traditional security discipline and cyber security discipline under one umbrella. Highlights of Musser’s 30-year career in security and law enforcement also include development and implementation in 2002 of General Dynamics’ global security operations, named the Global Incident Response Center. Musser identified the need to have worldwide situational awareness of employees when they were on company travel or working offsite for a customer program. He led the effort to implement a reporting and tracking system, combined with a security staffing model that allowed the company to have key expert staff available 24/7 worldwide. 


Steven ShirleySteven Shirley,

Executive Director,

DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3)


Steven Shirley’s first tour of duty as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations involved him in counterintelligence and security support to national space systems. It also introduced him to collaboration between the government and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), which includes tens of thousands of companies and their subcontractors who contract with the Department of Defense. Later at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Shirley worked to protect sensitive programs of defense contractors during arms control treaty inspections. Since 2004, Shirley has created a model for sharing cyber threat data with the DIB. Shirley was a principal participant in discussions with senior officers of defense contractors, beginning in 2005, which led to a Deputy Secretary of Defense decision in 2007 to create an unprecedented public-private sharing model to exchange cyber threat data. Under the DoD Cyber Security/Info Assurance Program, Shirley organized the DoD/DIB Collaborative Information Sharing Environment at the DC3, which began pilot operations in February 2008 as the operational “front door” for cyber threat sharing with defense contractor companies. The network DC3 built for this purpose, now migrated to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), at maturity will be a conduit to the defense contractor community for other multi-disciplinary threat and security data.