Honorary Chairman
Tom Ridge
Ridge Global

Tom Ridge is Chairman of Ridge Global. He served as the first US Secretary of Homeland Security, and is known worldwide as an expert on cyber security, international security and risk management issues.

  • The first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security
  • The first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • In the above role, worked with more than 180,000 employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide
  • Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms
  • Twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state's 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001
  • His aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state's advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment.
  • Board Member of the Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Board Member of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
  • Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's National Security Task Force.
  • Harvard graduate, with honors
  • Law degree from Penn State-Dickinson Law
  • Served in Viet Nam as infantry staff sergeant for the U.S. Army
  • Awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry

Executive Director
Phil Bond

Phil Bond is one of America’s most honored technology policy experts. A former US Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology, his 25-plus year career in Washington has included numerous citations for his leadership roles in the Executive branch, on Capitol Hill, at major high technology companies, and associations.

  • Served four years as Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Technology and also served as Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans
  • Named to the Federal 100, the annual listing by Federal Computer Week of the most influential people in government technology;
  • Served as Deputy Chair of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance, a federation of more than 70 national technology associations around the world;
  • Named a Tech Titan in Washingtonian Magazine’s annual listing of tech leaders;
  • Recognized by Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, as one of The Fabulous Fifty, a listing of the most powerful staff in Congress
  • Served as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Monster Worldwide, the world’s largest online career site, and General Manager of Monster Government Solutions
  • Served as Director of Federal Public Policy for the Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Served as Chief of Staff to the late Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn (R-WA)
  • Was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs under then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney 

Vice Chairman
David Powell
CyberMaryland / CyberUSA

David Powell is the Chief Executive Officer for the Federal Business Council (FBC).  David is the co-founder of CyberUSA.  He and his team have developed many cyber initiatives, including The CyberMaryland Advisory Board & Conference, The CyberTexas Conference, The National Cyber Map, The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame and the original Federal Information Assurance Conference.  He is currently spearheading multiple initiatives geared to defining and advancing cyber throughout the country. FBC also works extensively within the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and Civilian Agencies of the United States Government to produce mission-specific training events, exercises, meetings, industry outreach programs, conferences and expositions.  

David currently serves as a Board Member or Advisor for:

  • The US Army Cavalry and Armor Association (Fort Benning, GA)
  • The CyberMaryland Advisory Board (Baltimore, MD)
  • CyberUSA Advisory Board (Washington, DC)
  • Cyber Resilience Institute (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence Network (Sedona, AZ)
  • Commission on the Future (Columbia, MD)
  • Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Advisory Board Member
Tom Hopcroft

Tom Hopcroft is President and CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the region’s leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy-makers.

  • Founded and led the New England Business and Technology Association
  • Merged with the Mass Software Council in 2005 and later the Mass Network Communications Council in 2009 to form what is today the largest technology organization in the New England with 500+ member companies ranging from early stage start-up to global enterprise across the entire tech ecosystem.
  • Massachusetts attorney and former adjunct professor at Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration
  • Chairman of the Fiscal Affairs and Administrative Policy Committee on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
  • Board Member of MassRobotics
  • Board Member MassTLC Education Foundation
  • Board Member of the Technology Councils of North America

Advisory Board Member
Larry Letow
​Convergence Technology Consulting
CyberMaryland / CyberUSA

Larry Letow is the CEO and President of Convergence Technology Consulting LLC.  As CEO and President, Mr. Letow has led the company to strong growth in each year.  In addition, he has acquired multiple organizations as part of Convergence’s growth.     

Letow currently serves the technology community in many capacities.  He is presently Co-Chair and Founder for the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame and servers on the Executive Committees for CyberMaryland and CyberUSA.    He serves on the Board for the Governors Workforce Development Board, State of Maryland Cyber Task Commission and the State of Maryland 2.0 Cyber Maryland Board.   He is Chairman-emeritus of the Tech Council of Maryland and GovConnects.

His philanthropic activities include serving on the Board of Visitors for Towson University and the Foundation Board for the University Systems of Maryland.  He is very involved in multiple charities and is Chairman-emeritus for Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and The Little Things for Cancer.   

Pervious accolades have included being named a finalists for Executive of the Year for multiple publications and being recognized as the 2008-2009 Corridor Person of the Year and Howard County 2009 Tech Legend.

Advisory Board Member
Rick Geritz
CyberMaryland / CyberUSA

Rick Geritz is the CEO and Founder of LifeJourney, a technology platform designed to inspire our nation’s youth to "Test Drive” what their future would be like to follow careers in the Cyber and STEM fields. A serial entrepreneur, he has spent the last 20 years building early stage companies.

  • Former President and CEO of BDMetrics, an online business matchmaking technology for the tradeshow industry
  • Former President and GM of SafeNet’s VPN software, hardware and silicon businesses
  • Executive Vice President and a board member at Rockville based ICARUS Corporation – an engineering simulation software company where he led the company's worldwide product, operations, and until its sale to Aspen Technology (NASDAQ; AZPN)
  • Speaker on network security on TV and radio shows such as “Today”
  • Holds a patent for online business networking
  • Named one of Baltimore’s “Top 40 under 40” executives, and “Innovator of the Year”
  • Board Member of The Howard County Hospital
  • Board Member of The Cyber Incubator at UMBC
  • Co-founder of the CyberMaryland initiative.

Advisory Board Member
R. Jane Ginn, MSIA, MRP
Cyber Threat Intelligence Network
CyberColorado / CyberArizona

Jane Ginn has over 30 years of international business experience in engineering consulting, information technology, and cyber security threat intelligence.

  • Co-Founder of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Network, Inc., a U.S.-based Delaware C-Corporation with offices throughout the U.S. and Europe
  • Co-Secretary on the OASIS Cyber Threat Intelligence - Technical Committee (CTI-TC) on STIX/TAXII standards development
  • Technical Adviser to the European Network Information & Security Agency (ENISA) Threat Landscape Stakeholders' Group
  • Board Member of the Cyber Resilience Institute (CRI), the primary sponsor of the Sports-ISAO
  • Curriculum Developer for training of threat intelligence analysts for ISAOs and Universities
  • Former Director of Operations for a non-profit entity funded by Novartis
  • Former General Manager of the US West Coast operations office for CG Maersk
  • Adviser to five Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Commerce on international trade issues
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) from Norwich University
  • Masters in Environmental Science & Regional Planning (MRP) from Washington State University
  • Fellow at Washington State University’s Institute for Resource Management.

Advisory Board Member
Darin Andersen

Darin Andersen is a distinguished professional in cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT) with nearly two decades of experience in the security industry. His leadership, expertise and perspective in the cyber sector have made him a frequent speaker, panelist, moderator, corporate/startup advisor, author and media analyst.

  • Co-Chair, Economic Development Subcommittee, California Governor Jerry Brown’s Cyber Task Force
  • Chairman, CyberCalifornia
  • Chairman/Founder of CyberTECH, a San Diego-based network of tech-inspired startups
  • Chairman/CEO of CyberUnited, a San Diego-based boutique cybersecurity, big data and predictive analytics firm
  • Former Chief Operating Officer (COO) at ESET, an award-winning antivirus solutions company
  • Creator of the “Securing Our eCity” initiative, now an independent foundation, recognized in 2010 by the White House as the “Best Local/Community Plan” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Challenge
  • Board Member of Securing Our eCity Foundations for the City of San Diego and the State of Maryland
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute
  • Name a 2014 Cybersecurity Award-winner (Internet of Things) by the San Diego Business Journal
  • Graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a double-major BA degree in Government and Literature
  • MBA in Finance and Operations Management and a second MBA in Information Systems and Operations Systems, both from the University of Southern California

Advisory Board Member
Joe Sanchez

Joe Sanchez is the Executive Director of the CyberTexas Foundation. He is an executive experienced in military and community activities involving Intelligence, Cyber Operations and Security, Education and Legislative matters.

A 6th generation Texan, Joe Sanchez is an executive experienced in military and community activities involving Intelligence, Information Technology Operations and Security, Education, Innovation and Legislative matters. A local “social entrepreneur and technology evangelist,” Joe established a prominent Cyber Security educational base in San Antonio and has helped promote the growth of local cybersecurity industries and associations. Joe served in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives as a Congressional Fellow. He currently is the Chief, Network Operations, 625 AF Operations Center, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland.

Doug DePeppe

Advisory Board Member
Doug DePeppe

Doug DePeppe has practiced multidisciplinary cyberlaw while serving in cyber operations offices in the US Government, in the US Military, and in private practice since 2004.  He holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws degree with a focus on national security law and cyberlaw.  He served on the 2009 White House 60 - day Cyberspace Policy Review, as part of the Lawyers Working Group; and, in 2012, he was recognized as a Subject Matter Expert for his contributions to the US Department of Energy publication:  Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model.  In private practice with eosEdge Legal, a firm he founded, Mr. DePeppe provides Breach Coaching and Cyber Due Diligence advisory to corporate leadership, and public-privacy partnership and information sharing assistance to a cross-sector set of clients.  His deep understanding of cyber risk, honed from years of legal support to cyber operations, military and commercial, affords clients cutting edge preparation and response to cyberattack. Mr. DePeppe engages in international consulting to both public and private organizations, has spoken at conferences across five continents, and has published his work in periodicals and journals. He also leads two cyber working groups with affiliation to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the ISAO Standards Organization; and he serves as Board President of the Cyber Resilience Institute, and leads its Sports-ISAO Program Office.  He presently serves as Principal Investigator for a Community Cyber Marketplace model, the c-Market, under contract to DHS. 

Senior Policy Advisor
Ira Hoffman
Butzel Long

Ira E. Hoffman is a Shareholder in the Washington, DC office of Butzel Long, a 165 year-old, full-service, Michigan-based law firm, where he practices cybersecurity law and policy, government contracts law, and international law (primarily ITAR and EAR).  In addition, he serves or has served as follows:

  • Fellow of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI)
  • Member, CyberMaryland Advisory Board
  • Co-Founder of CyberMontgomery
  • Director and instructor, Public Contracting Institute
  • Governor’s International Advisory Council of Maryland (2012-2014)
  • Editor,The Annotated Export Administration Regulations Desk Reference (West 2010-13)
  • Advisory Board Member, Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of California-Irvine
  • Author of multiple articles, including “U.S. Law and International Cooperation in Combating Cyber Threats,” and “The Problem of Attribution in Cyber Attacks: the Sony Example
  • Speaker or Moderator at numerous cyber conferences
  • Adjunct Instructor, “International Trade Law” and “European Union Law,” George Mason University School of Law (2007-08)
  • Counsel to the Vice Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission
  • M.Sc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, where he also taught
  • J.D. (cum laude) from University of Miami School of Law, where he served on Law Review
Advisory Board Member Bert Steele ​Cyber Innovation Center ​CyberLouisiana
Advisory Board Member Gen. Les Eisner ​Clemson University ​SCCyber