The 2017 panel of expert judges represent companies Merck, EY Consulting, Booz Allen Commercial Services and Cisco Systems. Teams will be judged on creativity, methods, impact, Q&A and overall delivery.

Michael Davis is a Principal in EY Consulting. He is a leader in EY’s Cybersecurity Practice, focused on integrating Cyber solutions and controls into business processes and technical operations for Life Sciences and Health industry clients. Michael has over 15 years of information technology experience leading complex programs in Cybersecurity, IT operations, business transformation and analytics. He has a BS in Information Science and Technology from Drexel University and is TOGAF certified. Michael’s most recent experiences include working with clients on the technology aspects of their cyber transformations including strategy development, portfolio optimization, implementation and managed services.

Doug Dexter is a Strategic Country Security Advisor who has been with the Cisco Security Trust Organization and Information Security teams for 18 years. During his tenure, he has done everything from maintain Cisco’s internal firewalls, detect malware, conduct incident response, to lead architecture development for a variety of enterprise-wide solutions. As the Team Lead for Cisco’s internal PKI deployment, he built a team of people and solutions to protect key material, provide certificates and sign the production code for IP phones, call managers, and cable modems. He then led Cisco’s internal Audit Team, responsible for a global team of penetration testers who handled Cisco’s acquisitions, vulnerability assessments, and site assessments. The past three years Doug has been the security advisor to the Tokyo 2020 and Rio 2016 Olympics, ensuring all security aspects of the games, and providing leadership and advice in the Games Security Operations Center. Prior to working at Cisco, Doug was an active duty US Army Infantry Officer for 11 years and has retired from an Army Reserve Information Assurance unit. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Information Systems, Controls, and Assurance. He is a CISSP, CISSP-ISSMP, (CISA and CISM no longer current) and holds two patents related to Public Key Cryptography and Trust.

David Farkas Associate Director with Merck & Co., Inc. with over 35 years of experience in IT across various disciplines including, application development, systems administration, networking and most recently in cybersecurity.  Spend most of my career as an engineer, architecting, developing and deploying new solutions to meet the customer’s needs. Currently working as a lead engineer in the Data & Systems Protection group of the IT Risk Management & Security department focused on security solutions for endpoints and networks.

Mr. Tony Gaidhane has 20 years of experience in applying cybersecurity expertise to help clients reduce risk by managing their cybersecurity, strategy and compliance initiatives to achieve business success. At Booz Allen Commercial Solutions, Mr. Gaidhane is a leader in the firm’s Commercial Cyber Defense Practice. He specializes in driving innovative cybersecurity solutions across multiple cyber capabilities including the strategy, design and implementation of key Cyber Fusion Center (CFC) capabilities such as Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI), Threat Defense Operations (TDO), Attack Surface Reduction (ASR), Enterprise Risk Management, as well as Supply Chain Cybersecurity, and Incident Response. Most recently, Mr. Gaidhane led a breach readiness assessment at a Top 10 Oli & Gas company, a long-range data protection strategy engagement for a Top 5 Wealth Management Institution, and is currently leading an incident response and cyber fusion center build-out at a Top 10 Pharmaceutical company. Tony holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and also BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Nagpur University (India) and Texas Tech University respectively. Tony also hold numerous certifications, such as the PMP, CISSP, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, CISA and CIPP/US in the fields of Information Security, Audit, Information Privacy and Project Management.

Lonnie Harris is currently in his twentieth year at Cisco Systems, Inc. in RTP, NC, where he serves as a Cyber Security Specialists and Talent Development for Cisco’s Security and Trust Organization.  Lonnie received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.  In January, 2017, Cisco Systems became the first company to sponsor an Engineer in Residence with the College of Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC.  Through this initiative Lonnie is teaching Introduction to Networking and Cyber Security CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Assoc.) The CCNA certification, is globally recognized, and Lonnie has taught to more than 100 students. Lonnie holds a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor and has fifteen years of teaching and twenty-seven years of engineering experience.  Lonnie was recommended by A&T based on his strong relationship with the universities, the City of Greensboro and his passion for developing the next generation STE(A)M professionals.  Lonnie serves in his community as mentor by coaching both baseball and robotics.

Andrea Kirby currently leads the Supplier Management team within IT Business Operations. She has been with Merck since 2001 in various management roles like Internal/External Collaboration Platform Lead and Client Service Lead for Licensing and Global Communications. Prior to Merck she was a Consulting Firm Account Lead for Schering-Plough. Andrea was born in Germany and holds a B.A from Georg-August-University in Goettingen, Germany. She can be reached at Andrea.Kirby@Merck.com

Pratik Mehta leads end to end IoT solution engagements with both internal stakeholders and external partners across several verticals like; Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities, Transportation, Smart Cities, Healthcare and Connected Spaces. Pratik improves visibility and governance of Cisco’s IoT solution portfolio by helping Cisco’s customers meet their cybersecurity needs in these critical infrastructures. Pratik joined Cisco in 2015 as a Business Operations Manager driving business management, operations, strategy, service enablement, planning and intelligence; prior to assuming his role as Risk Manager in Trusted IoT. Pratik holds a Master’s of Business Adminstration degree from Jenkins Management School at North Carolina State, a Master’s of Science degree in Operations Research from North Carolina State and a Bachelor’s of Engineering degree in Electronics.

Lance Peterman is the Strategy & Platform lead for the Identity & Access Management COE at Merck. In addition to his ‘day job’, he is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and a member of the Board of Directors at IDPro, a professional development organization for Digital Identity Professionals.

Keith Respass is the Director, IT Security Strategy and Chief of Staff.  In this role he is responsible for developing the IT risk management and security strategy, planning, finances, leads strategic changes and acts as a risk liaison to the IT Planning and Innovation organization.  He is a member of the IT Risk Management and Security Leadership Team. Keith has served as Chair of the SAFE Biopharma Association Technology Working Group and is currently an adjunct member of the board. Keith began his career as a US Air Force Officer and served with the AF Rocket Propulsion Lab and Astronautics Laboratory.  Upon leaving the service, Keith worked in the consulting industry and education in a variety of roles while pursuing graduate studies.  He then joined Merck in 1992 and has held multiple progressive roles in Information Technology, Network Services and Information Security. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and a Masters of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Mr. Steve Riffer is a Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Associate on the Commercial Cyber Defense team and a leader in the Firm’s Cyber Fusion and Cyber Threat Intelligence Services business.  Steve has 15 years of experience planning, building, and operating intelligence programs in the Government and Commercial spaces, and specializes in integrating intelligence with security operations to drive technical solutions, operational priorities, and strategic decision-making.  Since joining the Booz Allen Commercial Team, Steve has led the design and implementation of Cyber Fusion Centers for multiple large financial institutions which focused on the integration of critical security services with actionable, customized intelligence.  These Cyber Fusion engagements included assessing client’s current-state security operations, and designing and implementing comprehensive Cyber Fusion solutions across multiple security functions to include incident response, vulnerability management, security operations center, red team, and security engineering.  Steve has also led Cyber Threat Intelligence operations in both Government and Commercial sectors, to include the development of a detailed Cyber Threat Landscape Assessment for a large Government cyber client and helping to manage the daily operations of a large, global financial institution’s CTI team.

Christi VanHorn is Executive Director, IT Risk Management. In this role she is responsible for security, policy, compliance, regulatory, and quality/technical assurance for the Global Technical Operations, Manufacturing and Research IT functions. Christi began her career in the food industry as a microbiologist, followed by moving to the cosmetics industry in the same role. Christi joined Merck in 1990 as a research microbiologist and quickly moved to a manufacturing role. Christi spent 8 years in the vaccine manufacturing areas, followed by 2 years on location in France to move the Merck ophthalmic manufacturing from the US to France and start up a new high tech antibiotic manufacturing facility. Christi joined Merck’s business standardization and global ERP initiative in 2007 as the overall compliance lead and business expert. Christi has since expanded her role by joining the CISO’s organization in her current risk and compliance position. Christi holds a Bachelors degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey and a Masters of Science degree from East Stroudsburg University. Christi has two grown children and two grandchildren.

Courtney Vilanova manages Merck’s Information Technology Early Talent Programs which consist of the summer intern program, and the full-time Global Emerging Talent Rotational (ETR) Program for recent college graduates.  She has been at the company for over 8 years and has worked in a variety of divisions and roles including Manufacturing (engineering, project management, operations, Lean manufacturing) and Information Technology (IT strategy/people/culture, emerging talent).  Courtney graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.