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McAfee Speakers


Anne Aarness, Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Anne Aarness is responsible for all go-to-market strategies for McAfee Advanced Threat Defense. With nearly 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, Anne has focused on security solutions for the past 10 years. Anne joined McAfee through the acquisition of Secure Computing in 2008, where she held product marketing roles for web security solutions.


David Allott, Product Marketing Engineer

David Allott is responsible for helping business communities build resilient cybersecurity initiatives across the Asia Pacific region. With 18 years of experience in the IT industry, he is highly sought after for his insights on cybersecurity.


Wayne Anderson, Enterprise Security Architect, Americas

Wayne Anderson is focused on helping customers—and McAfee’s own teams—navigate a hyper-evolving threat landscape. Wayne’s multi-disciplinary background as an experienced global information security executive and architect is complemented by recognition from EC Council, information security management certification from GIAC and ISACA, and IT Architecture certification from IASA Global.


Christiaan Beek, Director of Threat Intelligence – Malware Operations at McAfee Labs

Christiaan Beek leads research on advanced attacks and assists in take-down operations. Previously, Christiaan was the director of incident response and forensics for the Foundstone team in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He is a passionate instructor and cybercrime specialist who has developed multiple training courses, workshops, and presentations. Christiaan is also a contributor to the best-selling security book, “Hacking Exposed.”


Grant Bourzikas, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and VP of Data Science Applied Research

Grant Bourzikas is responsible for McAfee’s cybersecurity and physical security strategy, including security architecture and solutions delivery, security governance, risk and vulnerability, and security operations and intelligence programs. As McAfee’s Customer Zero, he is responsible for protecting the McAfee organization by implementing and operationalizing McAfee endpoint security, advanced threat detection, security and event management, and the Data Threat Intelligence Insights Platform.

In addition, he leads our Data Science organization, which is focused on defining the overall data strategy and governance for McAfee Labs.


Dave Bull, Director, Product Marketing

Dave Bull oversees messaging, packaging, and pricing of the McAfee Data Loss Prevention and web protection technologies. Dave has also worked at Stellent (now Oracle), where he focused on sales, product marketing, and product management groups. Dave lives in the Denver, Colorado area and holds a bachelor’s in engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Colorado Christian University.


Mo Cashman, Director of the Enterprise Architecture

Mo Cashman has more than 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing cybersecurity solutions for large government and enterprise customers globally. In his current role, Mo advises large service providers and customers in government, finance, and critical infrastructure on security transformation and business resilience. Prior to joining McAfee, he led the Computer Security Incident Response Team for the U.S. Department of Defense in Europe.


Allison Cerra, Sr. VP & CMO

Allison Cerra is responsible for leading all of McAfee’s marketing and communications initiatives. She was previously vice president and head of marketing at Intel Security.

Before joining McAfee and Intel Security, Allison served as vice president of marketing for the Americas Enterprise Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Prior to that, she served as vice president of marketing and communications at Alcatel-Lucent, vice president of sales and marketing at Frontier Communications, and director of consumer marketing at Verizon.


Cindy Chen, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Data Loss Prevention

Cindy Chen has more than 10 years of experience in the high-tech industry, specializing in product positioning, global launches, technical marketing, and channel marketing. Prior to joining McAfee, Cindy was a senior product marketing manager for Symantec, managing global marketing launches for endpoint protection and anti-spam appliance product lines. Previous, Cindy held various positions as product marketing engineer, technical marketing account manager, and mobile system architect for Intel. Cindy holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a bachelor’s in computer engineering from University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Louis Cheung, Enterprise Technology Specialist

Louis Cheung is focused on designing effective security postures for enterprises of all sizes. With more than a decade of technical experience in intrusion prevention systems, he has a deep understanding of network security management.


Graham Clarke, Sr. Director of Product Management

Graham Clarke has 20 years of experience in IT security at Dr Solomon’s Software, McAfee, and Intel. He has run a variety of engineering teams and defined product strategy for email security and data protection products, including encryption and data loss prevention.


Ben Cody, Head of Product Management, Data Protection

Ben Cody has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software, &D leadership roles, and sales and marketing leadership roles. Prior to joining McAfee, Ben was the vice president of product management for Serena Software. Ben oversaw the successful launch and growth of both an ITSM and DevOps product offering. Prior to that, Ben was the senior director of product management for the Remedy business at BMC Software. During his tenure, Remedy enjoyed double-digit market growth and climbed to the top spot in Gartner’s ITSM MQ. Prior to BMC, Ben was the vice president of product management and marketing at Global 360. Ben was a key member of the executive team that led a management buyout effort that created over 200% in shareholder return.


Salvatore DiBlasi, Sales Engineer

Salvatore DiBlasi has worked at McAfee for six years. His focus is endpoint protection, SIEM, and advanced threat protection. He has more than 10 years of experience in IT security and has extensive technical knowledge in global hardware, software, and services.


Martin De Jongh, EMEA ETS, Threat Intelligence and Data Exchange

Martin De Jongh is responsible for ETS, threat intelligence, and data exchange in EMEA.


Daniel Flaherty, Content Marketing Manager

Daniel Flaherty is a member of the content marketing team responsible for cloud security. He is responsible for education and messaging about cloud security technology and defense. He has been with McAfee since 2010.


Josef Gillhuber, Sales Engineer

Josef Gillhuber has worked at McAfee since July 2015 and is a sales engineer based in Germany.


Lynda Grindstaff, Sr. Director, Engineering

Lynda Grindstaff leads a global team that brings the future to life through innovative strategies and prototypes. Before McAfee, Lynda’s tenure with Intel spanned two decades and included numerous technical and leadership positions such as a business client strategist, innovation marketing manager, system software developer, chipset validation, and management of a global technical marketing team based in the United States and India. A respected expert in her field, she has two patents and won the Intel Achievement Award, the Intel Software Quality Award, and the Society of Women Engineers Emerging Leader and Fellow Awards. Lynda holds a bachelor’s in computer science and is a valued industry conference speaker. She has a passion for coaching, growing, and developing technical leaders and remains active in community outreach programs for the Society of Women Engineers and the National Center for Women & Information Technology.


Rolf Haas, Enterprise Technology Specialist

With more than 20 years of experience in IT security, Rolf Haas has built extensive technical knowledge in global hardware, software, and services. He provides structured and innovative approaches to solving complex technical issues, as well as solutions and responses to both end users and channel partners while developing lasting customer relationships.


Richard Hart, Enterprise Technical Specialist

Richard Hart is responsible for McAfee Enterprise Security Manager and McAfee Behavioral Analytics products. Prior to working at McAfee, Richard worked in professional services for NitroSecurity and networking and security for several higher education institutions.


Christian Heitmann, Sales Engineer

Christian Heitmann has many years of experience working with industry-leading security technologies. He focuses on web protection, endpoint protection, and advanced threat defense.


Nathan Jenniges, Sr. Director of Device Security

Nathan Jenniges leads a product management and marketing team responsible for planning and delivering security products and threat defense technologies across PCs, servers, and mobile and internet of things (IoT) devices. Before McAfee, Nathan spent 15 years working in a variety of roles in engineering, marketing, strategy, and product management at Motorola and Dell. Nathan has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.


Doug Keller, McAfee Endpoint Regional Specialist

Doug Keller has spent his entire career in various IT fields. He has specialized in endpoint security for the last nine years.


Brett Kelsey, VP and Chief Technology Strategist - Americas

Brett Kelsey uses his more than 25 years of experience to evangelize McAfee’s go-to-market strategy. Brett has also served as chief security officer in several government departments and financial organizations.


Christoph Kiechle, Sales Engineer

Christoph Kiechle has been working in security for 15 years. He has worked as a sales engineer with McAfee for five years, focusing on SIEM and database security.


Nicolas Lehoux, EMEA Inside Sales Engineering

Nicolas Lehoux has 11 years of experience working in IT and has been with McAfee since 2013. He has a background in data security and previously worked at EMC.


Michael Leland, Systems Integration Consultant

Michael Leland formerly served as CTO of NitroSecurity (now part of McAfee), bringing over 17 years of senior leadership to the company. He was responsible for developing and implementing NitroSecurity’s overall technology vision and roadmap. Michael held senior technical management positions at companies such as Eziaz, Cabletron, and Avaya. At Avaya, he served as CTO and led the company in its strategic efforts for converged data and voice development initiatives. Michael studied computer and electrical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and received an honorary MBA from Bentley University, where he helped create the Information Age MBA curriculum.


Mark Mastrangeli, Technology Solutions Architect

Mark Mastrangeli works alongside the business development team to identify, develop, and manage key technology partners that fulfill the “Together is Power” vision of McAfee. Mark has more than a decade of experience in enterprise IT security, having held numerous pre-sales engineering, solution architecture, and account management roles.


Thomas Maxeiner, Director of Enterprise Technology Specialists (ETS)

Thomas Maxeiner is responsible for orchestrating product line readiness and sales success and leading the EMEA ETS for the respective business units. Thomas joined McAfee in 2007 as part of the acquisition of SafeBoot, where he built up the German subsidiary and passed through different roles in the organization, including leading product management for the full disk encryption technology.


Grant McDonald, Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Grant McDonald is focused on endpoint security and endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions for enterprises. Working with McAfee customers and McAfee Labs, he is closely involved with monitoring the evolving threat landscape and building best practices for sustainable defenses.


Dave Messett, Head of Product & Solutions Marketing, EMEA

Dave Messett joined McAfee in April 2016. He’s responsible for ensuring that McAfee’s broad portfolio of security technologies are widely understood and that customers can make informed decisions about the security of their data and their infrastructure. Dave has been in the IT industry since 1994 in a variety of roles, initially with IBM and more recently as a product marketing manager for Kaspersky Labs.


Martin Ohl, Solution Architect, EMEA

Martin Ohl is a solution architect for the EMEA region and joined McAfee in 2013. He specializes in building enterprise architecture designs, blueprints, and integrations aligned to key cybersecurity outcomes. During his time at McAfee, he has held several roles in various countries in the EMEA region. Prior to McAfee, Martin worked with global IT solution integrators and solution partners.


Ted Pan, Technical Marketing Engineer

Ted Pan is a technical marketing engineer and has been working in the cybersecurity field for over 15 years. During his decade-plus tenure at McAfee, he has implemented security solutions at all ranges of organizations, from Fortune 10 companies to agencies with three letter acronyms.


Steen Pedersen, Principal Consultant, CISSP, Endpoint Practice Lead EMEA

Steen Pedersen has 24 years of professional experience within IT security. He works with McAfee's largest customers in Europe and the Middle East, including banks, financial organizations, shipping, oil and gas, production, and military and security organizations. Steen provides security consulting, analysis, design, architecture, review, advice, strategy, training, troubleshooting, and incident response. He also guides the implementation of McAfee technologies, including endpoint security solutions, anti-malware, encryption, DLP (endpoint and network DLP), application control, change control, host intrusion prevention, host firewall, host web security, and more, delivering fully optimized security solutions. Steen is an expert in McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, the centralized solution for security management, reporting, and identifying IOCs.


Sergio Pilla, Sales Engineer

Sergio Pilla is an information security professional with over 15 years of experience. With a degree in systems from CAECE University, he is also a certified information security manager and specializes in network security and risk management. He has held positions at companies such as Logicalis, Internet Security Systems, and IBM.


Jonathan Rendal, Sr. Systems Engineer

Jonathan Rendal is member of the pre-sales team in Madrid and has more than 20 years of experience in security. He has many certifications, including ISMS Auditor, Security+, and AENOR, and has deep technical knowledge on many different security technologies.


Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow

Raj Samani has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases and is special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in The Hague. Raj has been recognized for his contribution to the computer security industry through numerous awards, including the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame, Peter Szor Award, Intel Achievement Award, and more. Raj is also the co-author of the book “Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid” and is a technical editor for numerous publications.


Shel Sharma, Director of Product Management, Network Security

Shel Sharma is responsible for driving the next generation of IPS product direction at McAfee. He is a veteran of the security industry, having spent 15 years at various companies, both big and small. Sharma joined McAfee from Cyphort, where he oversaw product and marketing strategy of the APT Defense Platform. Previously, he held product and marketing leadership roles at Symantec, Infoblox, Secure Computing, and Blue Coat Systems. Sharma holds a bachelor’s in computer science from Govind Ballabh Pant University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.


Terry Stuart, Enterprise Solutions Architect

Terry is one of the key enterprise technology specialists for the SIEM solution at McAfee. With over 20 years of experience in IT, Terry has worked as a hands-on security practitioner and as a systems analyst for many Fortune 500 organizations, governmental agencies, and educational institutions with domestic and global presence.


Josh Thurston, Technology Strategist, Office of the CTO

Josh Thurston drives business growth and defines the McAfee go-to-market strategy, creating and communicating innovative solutions for today's complex information security and privacy challenges.


Steve Towndrow, Principal Consultant at McAfee Professional Services

Steve Towndrow specializes in the field of protecting businesses and government departments from threats delivered over the web. He has more than 25 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industry.


Brian Trombley, Sr. Director of Product Management

Brian Trombley leads a team that is defining our threat and attack analysis direction and capabilities. Prior to this, Brian was responsible for McAfee Labs product management, focusing on helping McAfee products excel in third-party test results and delivering next-gen threat protection capabilities. He spent the first portion of his McAfee career working on McAfee Consumer products, overseeing a team of product managers who redefined the product line’s feature set and user interface for Windows and Mac.


Ismael Valenzuela, IR/Forensics Technical Practice Manager, Foundstone Services

Ismael Valenzuela has participated as a security professional in numerous projects across the globe. As a top cybersecurity expert with a strong technical background and deep knowledge of penetration testing, security architectures, intrusion detection, and computer forensics, Ismael has provided security consultancy and guidance to large government and private organizations, including major EU institutions and U.S. government agencies.


Marcus Viertel, Enterprise Technology Specialist, EMEA Lead for Advanced Threat Defense

Marcus Viertel leads the Advanced Threat Defense platform in EMEA and has more than 20 years of experience in ICT and IT security with companies such as Alcatel, Cable & Wireless, and BT Global Services. He holds master’s degrees in business and information security and merges strong business focus with deep technical understanding of technology trends and architectures. He has significant background in network security and advanced malware, leads expert communities in these areas, and is a regular speaker at conferences and events.


Candace Worley, Vice President, Chief Technical Strategist

Candace Worley is a senior technology executive and recognized thought leader in the endpoint security industry. For over 20 years, she has developed and delivered successful enterprise software solutions, resulting in notable market growth and new revenue streams for global companies.

Initially joining McAfee as a product manager in 2000, she advanced rapidly within the company, and by 2010, was appointed senior vice president and general manager. Worley is currently responsible for go-to-market strategy and alternate routes to market, global enterprise messaging, solutions pricing and packaging, technical marketing, pricing and licensing strategy, and competitive intelligence across the corporate products portfolio.


Paul Zimski, Director of Product and Solution Marketing

Bringing more than 15 years of security industry experience, Paul Zimski leads the product marketing and solution strategy for McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange. Paul previously served as the vice president of solution marketing at Lumension and held strategic marketing and product management roles at Harris Corporation and Finjan.

Additional Speakers


Neil MacDonald, Vice President, Distinguished Analyst, Gartner

Neil MacDonald is a member of Gartner's information security and privacy research. Specific research areas include protection from advanced targeted attacks using context-aware security and big data analytic approaches.


Tony Palmer, Senior IT Validation Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG)

Tony provides third-party testing and analysis of IT services and solutions. Prior to ESG, he worked in pre-sales and technical marketing roles at networking, systems, and storage vendors including EMC and HP.


Mike Rothman, Analyst and President, Securosis

Mike Rothman is one of the most sought-after speakers and commentators in the security business and brings a deep background in information security. After 20 years in and around security, he’s one of the guys who "knows where the bodies are buried" in the space.


Chris Sherman, Sr. Analyst, Forrester Research

Chris Sherman is an analyst serving security and risk professionals. His research focuses on helping these professionals make strategic decisions regarding endpoint security (laptops, PCs, smartphones, and tablets) and data privacy, such as how to secure employee-owned devices while meeting industry compliance standards. Chris also works closely with Forrester's infrastructure and operations team to help integrate security operations with traditional endpoint management.


Heidi Shey, Sr. Analyst, Forrester Research

Heidi Shey serves security and risk professionals in solutions for data security and privacy and for security architecture and operations. Her research focuses on data discovery and classification, secure file sharing and collaboration, cybersecurity, and privacy topics such as policy and regulatory concerns, biometrics, and consumer security. Heidi also focuses on data-driven topics such as security spending and costs of a data breach.


Marc Spitler, Sr. Manager at Verizon Security Research

Marc leads the development of Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report and has co-authored six DBIRs since 2011. He is deeply involved in the development of VERIS, a framework for collecting breach incidents in a structured and repeatable manner using a common descriptive language.


Dr. Peter Stephenson, Cyber criminologist, PhD, CISSP

Dr. Peter Stephenson is a cyber criminologist, digital investigator, and digital forensic scientist. He has lectured extensively on digital investigation and security, and has written, edited, or contributed to over 18 books and several hundred articles in major industry publications. He is on the editorial advisory boards of several publications and is technology editor for SC Magazine. He is a professor emeritus at Norwich University.