Yigal Unna is the Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate.
In his previous position, he served as the head of the Sigint Cyber Division In the Israeli Security Agency ("Shin-Bet") directly under the Director general, including the national responsibility of Cyber defense and Critical Infrastructures security, intelligence collection, and operations.
Prior to that, Yigal served for three decades in the Israeli security apparatus in the fields of Sigint and Cyber. He holds a M.B.A (Tel-Aviv university) and a B.A in History and management (Tel Aviv University).
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel
Conference Chairman of Cyber Week; Director Blavatnik ICRC, Tel Aviv University,Israel
Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel graduated from Tel Aviv University with degrees in mathematics, physics and philosophy, earning his PhD in 1988. A retired major-general in the Israel Air Force, Prof. Ben-Israel has served as head of military R&D of the Israel Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense. He is a recipient of the Israel Defense Award (twice) and the Israel Air Force Award, and was a member of Knesset from 2007 to 2009.
He is the Chairman of the Israeli Space Agency at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space and Head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center and the Yuval Ne'eman workshop for Science, Technology and Security at Tel Aviv University.
In 2010 he was appointed by Israel PM to lead a task force that submitted to the Government a plan which made Israel a major player in Cyber Security.
In 2018 he was appointed again by the PM to lead the next revolution in Israel: Secured Artificial Intteligence.
Mikko Hypponen is a global cyber security expert. He works as the Chief Research Officer for F-Secure. He has written on his research for the New York Times, Wired and Scientific American and lectured at the universities of Oxford, Stanford and Cambridge.
Theresa Payton is one of America’s most respected authorities on Internet security, net crime, fraud mitigation and technology implementation. As White House Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Executive Office of the President from 2006 to 2008, she administered the information technology enterprise for the president and 3,000 staff members. Prior to her time at the White House, Theresa Payton was a Senior Technology Executive in banking, spending 16 years providing banking solutions using emerging technologies. Payton founded Fortalice in 2008 and lends her expertise to government and private sector organizations to help them improve their information technology systems. In 2010, Security Magazine named her one of the top 25 “Most Influential People in Security.” Her new book, "Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth" was publish in 2020.
Fellow and Lecturer, Chief of Security Architecture, Harvard Kennedy School; Inrupt, Inc, USA
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by the Economist. He is the author of 14 books -- including the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath:
The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project, and an advisory board member of EPIC and VerifiedVoting.org.
Bruce Schneier is a world famous cyber blogger and commentator, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center and the Kennedy School, as well as the Chief Technology Officer of IBM Resilient.
Jaya Baloo is Avast’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and joined Avast in October 2019. Previously, Ms. Baloo held the position of CISO at KPN, the largest telecommunications carrier in the Netherlands, where she established and lead its security team whose best practices in strategy and policy are today recognized as world leading. Prior to this, Ms. Baloo also held the position of Practice Lead Lawful Interception at Verizon, and worked at France Telecom as a Technical Security Specialist.
Ms. Baloo is formally recognized within the list of top 100 CISOs globally and ranks among the top 100 security influencers worldwide. In 2019, she was also selected as one of the fifty most inspiring women in the Netherlands by Inspiring Fifty, a non-profit aiming to raise diversity in technology by making female role models in technology more visible.
Ms. Baloo has been working in the field of information security, with a focus on secure network architecture, for over 20 years and sits on the advisory boards of the NL’s National Cyber Security Centre, PQCrypto and Flagship Strategic. She serves on the audit committee of TIIN capital, a cybersecurity fund, and is also a member of the IT Committee of Sociale Verzekeringsbank. Ms. Baloo is currently a member of EU Quantum having been a member of the EU High Level Steering Committee for the FET Quantum Flagship from 2016 - 2017. Ms. Baloo has spoken widely at high profile conferences such as RSA, TEDx and Codemotion on topics including Lawful Interception, VoIP & Mobile Security, Cryptography, and Quantum Communications Networks. Additionally, Ms. Baloo is a faculty member of the Singularity University since 2017, where she regularly lectures.
Hillbilly Hit Squad, vCISO, Advisor, Researcher, Hacker, USA
Chris Roberts is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on counter threat intelligence and vulnerability research within the Information Security industry. Roberts is currently the Chief Security Strategist for Attivo Networks. Additionally, he serves as an advisor for Cympire, Virsec, OverwatchID, HHS and others. He has worked with and founded multiple companies specializing in DarkNet research, intelligence gathering, cryptography, deception technologies, and providers of security services and threat intelligence.
Roberts is credentialed in many of the top IT and information security disciplines and is a CyberSecurity advocate and passionate industry voice. Furthermore, is regularly featured in national newspapers, television news, industry publications and several documentaries, and is routinely invited to speak at industry conferences.
Partner and Head of Israel Office, YL Ventures, Israel
Ofer Schreiber, Partner & Head of Israel Office at YL Ventures, has broad responsibilities across the firm’s portfolio company management, value-add activities, and investment due diligence. He is instrumental in developing the firm’s robust network within Israel’s cybersecurity ecosystem.
Ofer is committed to empowering Israeli cybersecurity entrepreneurs to dominate the global market by supporting their ideation processes, and, once their company takes form, taking active board roles and providing ongoing value-add support. He regularly speaks, writes and features in interviews about the state of the cybersecurity industry, investment strategies, start-up development, and Israeli cybersecurity innovation.
Prior to YL Ventures, Ofer spent three years at the IVC Research Center researching and analyzing the technology and venture capital industry. He served in Unit 8200, an elite technological unit of the Israel Defense Forces’ Intelligence Corps. Ofer holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Tel Aviv University.
Gil Shwed is the founder, and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Shwed is considered the inventor of the modern firewall and authored several patents, such as the company’s Stateful Inspection technology. Mr. Shwed has received numerous accolades for his individual achievements and industry contributions, including an honorary Doctor of Science from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, an honorary Doctor of Science from Tel Aviv University, the World Economic Forum’s Global Leader for Tomorrow for his commitment to public affairs and leadership in areas beyond immediate professional interests, and the Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award for his innovative contribution to business and technology. Mr. Shwed is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Youth University of Tel Aviv University. Mr. Shwed is a Tel Aviv University Governor and founder of the University’s Check Point Institute for Information Security. He is also Chairman of the Board of directors of Yeholot Association Founded by the Rashi Foundation whose charter is, among other things, to reduce the dropout rates in high schools.
Microsoft Corporate Vice President; Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Azure
Mark Russinovich is Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s global enterprise-grade cloud platform. A widely recognized expert in distributed systems, operating systems and cybersecurity, Mark earned a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He later co-founded Winternals Software, joining Microsoft in 2006 when the company was acquired. Mark is a popular speaker at industry conferences such as Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Build, and RSA Conference. He has authored several nonfiction and fiction books, including the Microsoft Press Windows Internals book series, Troubleshooting with the Sysinternals Tools, as well as fictional cyber security thrillers Zero Day, Trojan Horse and Rogue Code.
Udi Mokady is the Chairman and CEO of CyberArk (NASDAQ: CYBR), and a pioneer in establishing the Privileged Access Security software market. Since co-founding the company in 1999, Mokady has entrenched CyberArk as the market leader. During his tenure at CyberArk, Mokady has also served as CyberArk’s chief strategist and visionary, overseeing global expansion, management, execution and corporate development.
Microsoft Corporate Vice President; Chief Technology Officer, Cloud and AI Security; Israel R and D Center General Manager
Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk is Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Corporation, General Manager of Israel Research & Development Center and CTO, Cloud and AI Security division.
Israel Research & Development Center (ILDC) is one of Microsoft’s most innovative and successful development centers and includes ~2000 employees, mostly engineers. ILDC specializes in Cybersecurity, analytics, AI based technologies and more. As the CTO & GM of the Cloud and AI Security division, Braverman-Blumenstyk is running the global Cloud and AI Security strategy, technology and innovation. Braverman-Blumenstyk has initiated and drove some of Microsoft most innovative security products, including Azure Sentinel, Azure Security Center, Azure IoT security and more. Michal founded the Cybersecurity Center in Microsoft Israel R&D center when she joined Microsoft in November 2013.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Michal served as the General Manager of RSA Israel and the global leader of the Cyber Fraud and Risk Analytics product line at RSA/EMC (now Dell). Michal came to RSA via the Cyota acquisition in 2006. Under Michal’s leadership, the revenues of the Fraud and Risk Analytics product line grew 20-fold and the number of protected users worldwide reached 300M.
At Cyota, an innovative cyber and FinSec startup, Michal served as the COO, leading the R&D, product management and the Anti-Fraud array of services. Prior to Cyota, Michal served in several senior management positions in startups and global companies.
Michal holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science (majoring in Artificial Intelligence) from Columbia University in New York where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Michal also graduated the Top Executive program at the Recanati Graduate school of Business at Tel Aviv University.
Ran Shahor is the CEO and co-founder of HolistiCyber. He is a Brigadier General (Ret.) who founded the leading-edge cybersecurity program of the Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence branch. After 27 years of service, Ran had multiple leadership roles in the private sector. Prior to co-founding HolistiCyber, Ran was the founder and the Co-CEO of Focal Energy (clean energy power plant). Previous to Focal Energy, Ran was a Managing Partner of Star Ventures, a $1 billion global venture capital group. Ran started his career in the elite IDF special forces which he also commanded. Ran received a LL.B. and MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Mike Sentonas is CrowdStrike’s Chief Technology Officer. Previously, he served as Vice President, Technology Strategy at CrowdStrike. With over 20 years’ experience in cybersecurity, Mike’s most recent roles prior to joining CrowdStrike were Chief Technology Officer – Security Connected and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer APAC, both at McAfee (formerly Intel Security). Mike is an active public speaker on security issues and provides advice to government and business communities on global and local cyber security threats. He is highly-sought after to provide insights into security issues and solutions by the media including television, technology trade publications and technology centric websites. Michael has spoken around the world at numerous sales conferences, customer and non-customer conferences and contributes to various government and industry associations’ initiatives on security. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia and has an Australian Government security clearance.
Christopher Hadnagy is the founder and CEO of Social-Engineer, LLC. In his 16 years in the industry, Chris has written the world’s first social engineering framework, had the first social engineering based podcast and newsletter, and has written four books on the topic of social engineering.
Chris has spoken and taught social engineering around the globe, including at the Pentagon and other highly secure facilities. As the creator of the world’s first SECTF (Social Engineering Capture the Flag), he has led the way in educating people on this serious threat.
Chris works with some of the world’s leaders in scientific research to understand social engineering, and has even authored a book with Dr. Paul Ekman about how nonverbal communication is used by social engineers.
Chris holds his OSCP and OSWP and is the creator of the SEPP and MLSE Certifications.