At time to time, our expert panel members provide response to our monthly questions which you can read here.

The Panel

The biographies from some of our panel members:

Alan Shimel

Alan ShimelCompany: The CISO Group

Position: Managing Partner

Twitter: @ashimmy

Bio: Alan is the managing partner at The CISO Group, a security consulting firm.  Prior to CISO Alan was the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at StillSecure, a managed security services provider and developer of a wide range of security solutions. Before StillSecure Alan has been involved in launching several technology based, venture backed startups.

Allan Pratt

allan-prattCompany:  Los Angeles City College & Consultant

Position: Adjunct Faculty & InfoSecurity Strategist

Twitter:  @Tips4Tech

Bio: Allan Pratt, an infosec strategist, represents the alignment of technology, marketing, and management. With an MBA Degree and four CompTIA certs in computers, networks, servers, and security, Allan translates tech issues into everyday language that is easily understandable by all business units. His expertise includes the installation and maintenance of all aspects of the PC and peripheral lifecycle and the planning and integration of end-to-end security solutions. Allan also teaches both the CompTIA A+ and the CompTIA Security+ certification courses, and has been quoted in industry publications. Follow Allan on Facebook.

A.N. Ananth


Company: EventTracker


Twitter: @LogTalk

A.N. Ananth is the co-founder and CEO of EventTracker. He was one of the original architects of the EventTracker enterprise log management solution. “Ananth” has an extensive background in product development and operations for telecom network management and has consulted for companies on compliance strategy, audit policy and automated reporting processes.

A leading expert on IT compliance with over 20 years experience in IT-control and operations, Ananth is a frequent speaker on topics including security breaches, big data analytics, audit and compliance, and IT forensics.

Prior to EventTracker, Ananth worked on product development for companies including Ciena, Westinghouse Wireless and Equatorial Communications.

He holds a MSEE from the University of Texas.

Andrew Agnês


Company:  FTSE 40 Company

Position: Global IS Manager

Twitter:  @sirjester

Bio: Andrew is currently responsible for the global integration of systems from acquired businesses for a constituent of the FTSE 100.  He previously spent ten years managing IT and Information Security departments for Identity Verification and Fraud Prevention companies.

Being able to mature in parallel with fast-growing e-Commerce sites allowed him to work with greenfield, thereby frequently appearing to get it right first time and earning plaudits for building on the blank canvas everyone else in the industry wishes they had.  Known to play pranks in the workplace to lighten stressful situations and has a weakness for Haribo.

Andrew holds CISSP, CISM, CISA, GCIH and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor certifications.

Avani Desai
avani-desaiCompany: Schellman & Company, LLC

Position: Executive Vice President

Twitter: @AvaniDe

Avani Desai is a Principal and the Executive Vice President at Schellman. Avani has more than 15 years of experience in IT attestation (SOC, HIPAA, HITRUST), risk management, compliance and privacy. Avani’s primary focus is on emerging technology issues and privacy concerns for organizations. Avani is an active writer, speaker, and enjoys spending her time educating people on security and privacy.

Bill Brenner

Bill BrennerCompany: Akamai

Position: Senior Program Manager

Twitter: @BillBrenner70

Bio: Journalist. Family man. Blogger. History buff. Heavy Metal fanatic. Devout Catholic. Frequent traveler.
In my day job, I write about threats to Internet security as seen from within Akamai’s Infosec team.
On the side, I write a personal blog called THE OCD DIARIES, about my struggles with and successes over addictive behavior and mental illness.
I’m a work in progress, making progress one day at a time.

Brian A. McHenry

Brian A. McHenry

Company: F5

Position: Security Solutions Architect

Twitter: @bamchenry

Bio: As a Security Solutions Architect at F5 Networks, Brian McHenry focuses on web application and network security. McHenry acts as a liaison between customers, the F5 sales team, and the F5 product teams, providing a hands-on, real-world perspective. Prior to joining F5 in 2008, McHenry, a self-described “IT generalist”, held leadership positions within a variety of technology organizations, ranging from startups to major financial services firms.

Brian Honan

Brian HonanCompany:  BH Consulting

Position: CEO

Twitter:  @BrianHonan

Bio: Brian Honan is an independent security consultant based in Dublin, Ireland, and is the founder and head of Ireland’s first CERT. He is a Special Advisor to the Europol Cybercrime Centre, an adjunct lecturer on Information Security in University College Dublin, was awarded SC Magazine’s Information Security Person of the year for his contribution to the computer security industry. He is a prolific writer on information security and a regular speaker at conferences.

Charles Sweeney

sweeneyCompany: Bloxx

Position: CEO

Twitter: @bloxx

Bio: Charles Sweeney is CEO of Bloxx. He has worked with a number of successful high-growth SMEs across a variety of sectors including medical devices, animal health and software development.

Claus Cramon Houmann

Claus Cramon HoumannCompany: A bank in Luxembourg.
Position: Head of IT

Twitter: @ClausHoumann

Bio: Claus Cramon Houmann is addicted to everything Infosec and is trying to contribute to the community by adding a “defending SMB’s in today’s evolving threat environment” POV. Claus currently runs an IT Consulting company plus works as Head of IT for a bank in Luxembourg. Claus previously worked in the IT outsourcing industry for many years.

Claus is acutely aware of the need to improve lingo and understanding of Information Security and all the issues and challenges this involves and has been working for many years to improve his own lacking communication skills in this regard. Claus actively supports initiatives that aim to improve security for us all, most notably the iamtheCavalry movement and The Analogies project, which he hopes to help spread to Europe/Globally. Claus runs a security twitter feed of aggregated infosec news and events which he mostly uses to learn more personally. Claus is an active blogger, blogging for Information Security Buzz and Peerlyst.

About Dean Wiech
Dean-WiechDean Wiech is managing director of Tools4ever, a global provider of identity and access management solutions. Dean has worked with businesses for more than 10 years, helping them identify solutions that make their businesses more secure, efficient and easier to manage. He is responsible for Tools4ever’s U.S. operations and has written dozens of articles about identity and access management, security, IT audits, BYOD, the cloud and managing IT for small businesses to enterprise systems. Follow him on Twitter.

Dejan Kosutic

Dejan KosuticCompany: Information Security & Business Continuity Academy

Position: CEO

Twitter: @Dejan_Kosutic

Bio: Expert in information security management (ISO 27001 standard) and business continuity management (ISO 22301/BS 25999-2 standard)

Gabriel Gumbs

Gabe GumbsCompany: WhiteHat Security

Position: VP of Product Strategy

Twitter: @GabrielGumbs

Bio:Combing a unique mix of technical vision, marketing and business acumen, Gabriel is responsible for delivering thought leadership, along with product and content strategy initiatives to advance Identity Finder¹s mission. An accomplished Security Professional, IT Director and avid Triathlete, Gabriel¹s knowledge of the security business spans 15 years across multiple disciplines.

Georgia Weidman


Company: Bulb Security LLC

Position: Founder and CEO

Twitter:  @georgiaweidman

Bio: Georgia Weidman is a penetration tester, security researcher, and trainer. She has a M.S. in computer science as well as CISSP, CEH, NIST 4011, and OSCP certifications. Her work in the field of smartphone exploitation has been featured in print and on television internationally. She has presented her research at conferences around the world including Shmoocon, Blackhat, Security Zone, and Derbycon. Georgia has delivered highly technical security training for conferences, schools, and corporate clients to excellent reviews. Building on her experience, Georgia recently founded Bulb Security LLC (, a security consulting firm. She was awarded a DARPA Cyber Fast Track.

Host Unknown - Andrew Agnes, Thom Langford & Javvad Malik

Error_Host_UnkownCompany: Host Unknown

Position: Founding Members

Twitter: @HostUnknownTV

Andrew Agnes

Andrew is the founding member of Host Unknown and also employed by a very respectable global company that obviously doesn’t know how to do Google searches on its employees. With a strong case of ADHD combined with undiagnosed Diogenes syndrome Andrew presents a unique figure in the industry. Surprisingly young, yet with… old fashioned… views on the industry and its trade shows Andrew is never afraid to speak his mind. Unfortunately his mind is never quite ready.

Thom Langford

Thom is the founding member of Host unknown, and It is said by Andrew and Javvad that he is so old Thom’s bones are half dust; this is not quite true but the pinnacle of his technical knowledge is NT3.51 with Exchange 4.0. IPX/SPX was a popular networking protocol that Thom would install on 10Base5 using vampire taps. No, we don’t know what that means either. A stickler for doing things right, Thom’s inability to read between the lines means he is regularly reading the manual while others have already microwaved their dinner.

Javvad Malik

Javvad is the founding member of Host Unknown and considers himself a legend in his own lunchtime, clearly suffering from a Napoleonic complex of massive proportions. A subscriber to the “shout loudest and longest” theory of management and creativity Javvad has carved a niche for himself in the infosec industry envied by both of his ardent fans. Never shy in front of the camera Javvad hides his eating disorders with thicker beards and tighter t-shirts.

Igor Baikalov
igor-baikalov_securonixAs Chief Scientist at Securonix, Igor leads cyber security research and threat analysis to develop a comprehensive portfolio of adaptive, risk-based behavior models of cyber-attacks, and to further advance Securonix’ signature-less threat detection capabilities through the innovative application of machine learning and anomaly detection techniques. Previously at Bank of America, Igor focused on creating novel solutions for predictive analytics, risk-based access governance and proactive data protection. A scientist by trade and innovator by heart, Igor is an author of nine scientific publications and ten commercial patents. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UCLA, M.S. in Biophysics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and maintains CISSP certification.

Javvad Malik

Javvad MalikCompany: AlienVault

Position: Senior Analyst, Enterprise Security

Twitter: @J4vv4D

Bio: Javvad Malik is a Security Advocate at AlienVault, a blogger event speaker and industry commentator who is possibly best known as one of the industry’s most prolific video bloggers with his signature fresh and light-hearted perspective on security that speak to both technical and non-technical audiences alike.

Prior to joining AlienVault, Javvad was a Senior Analyst at 451’s Enterprise Security Practice (ESP), providing in-depth, timely perspective on the state of enterprise security and emerging trends in addition to competitive research, new product and go-to-market positioning, investment due diligence and M&A strategy to technology vendors, private equity firms, venture capitalists and end users.

Javvad is an active blogger, event speaker and possibly best known as one of the industry’s most prolific video bloggers with his signature fresh and light-hearted perspective on security that speak to both technical and non-technical audiences alike. His articles regularly feature in online and print media, he is a coauthor of The Cloud Security Rules book and a volunteer member of the (ISC)2 foundations Safe and Secure Online initiative. Javvad was a founder of the Security B-Sides London conference, in 2010 was named as a finalist for SC Magazine’s Blogger of the Year award and in 2013 won the RSA Social Security Blogger award for the most entertaining blogger as well as winning best security video blogger and most entertaining blog at the European Security Blogger awards.

Kai Roer

Kai Roer

Company: The Roer Group

Position: Senior Partner

Twitter: @kairoer

Bio: Kai is an information security practitioner located in Europe, serving clients globally through his company The Roer Group since 1994. He focus on strategic security, which he combines with leadership and communication. He is an author, a blogger and a columnist at Help-Net Security. He is also a much used keynote speaker and trainer at conferences worldwide, including RSA, HackCon and SecurityZone.

Kenan Begovic

KenanKenan Begovic is seasoned information security professional with over 20 years of experience in the field across the various industry verticals, specializing in “green field” implementations. As one of the pioneers of information security in South-East Europe and GCC,  Kenan managed information security governance, risk and operations for intelligence/law enforcement, government departments, Islamic finance industry leaders and sports and entertainment companies. In the past several years he held position of CISO for the organizer of FIFA World Cup Qatar2022 and he  co-founded  avant-garde security consultancy firm GROUP40 that specializes in development of offensive security capabilities for government entities (headquartered in Istanbul).

Currently, Kenan is holding position of Group Director of Information Security for beIN Media Group in Doha where he is tasked with establishing and improving information security in all of the Group’s members spread across the five continents and 11 countries.

Lori MacVittie

Lori McVitteCompany: F5

Position: Sr Product Manager

Twitter: @lmacvittie

Bio:  Lori MacVittie is responsible for evangelism across F5’s entire portfolio including a broad set of network and application security solutions. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning technology editor at Network Computing Magazine with a focus on applications and security. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.

Neira Jones

neira-02-a-web-squareBio:More than 20 years in financial services and technology made Neira believe in change through innovation & partnerships. She is regularly invited to advise organisations of all sizes and address global audiences on payments, cybercrime, information security, regulations (e.g. PSD2, GDPR, etc.) and digital innovation where she always strives to demystify the hype surrounding current issues. She is a Non-Executive Director for cyber security firm Cognosec and Chairman for payments innovator Comcarde. She also chairs the Advisory Board for mobile innovator Ensygnia and is a partner for the international Global Cyber Alliance. She is an Advisor and Ambassador for the Emerging Payments Association and is on the City AM FinTech Most Influential Power List, the City AM Powerful Women in the City List and the Innotribe Femtech Leaders List. Tripwire nominated her ‘Top Influencer in Security To Follow on Twitter’ in January 2015, CEOWorld Magazine nominated her Top Chief Security Officer to Follow on Twitter in April 2014, She is the Merchant Payments Ecosystem Acquiring Personality of the Year 2013, the SC Magazine Information Security Person of the Year 2012 an is an InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame alumni since 2011 and was and voted to the Top 10 Most Influential People in Information Security by SC Magazine & ISC2 in 2010. She has previously served on the PCI SSC Board of Advisors for four years  and has worked for Barclaycard, Santander, Abbey National, Oracle Corp. and Unisys.



Preston Hogue

Preston Hogue 2Company: F5

Position: Director of Security Marketing Architecture

Bio: Preston Hogue is the Director of Security Marketing Architecture at F5 Networks and serves as a worldwide security evangelist for the company. Previously, he was a Security Product Manager at F5, specializing in network security Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC). He joined F5 in 2010 as a Security Architect and was responsible for designing F5’s current Information Security Management System (ISMS). Preston has a proven track record building out Information Security Management Systems with Security Service Oriented Architectures (SSOA), enabling enhanced integration, automation, and simplified management. Before joining F5, he was Director of information Security at social media provider Demand Media where he built out the information security team and the company’s ISMS, which included PCI, SOX, OFAC, DDoS, and DMCA programs. Preston’s career began 18 years ago when he served as a security analyst performing operational security (OPSEC) audits for the U.S. Air Force. He currently holds CISSP, CISA, CISM, and CRISC security and professional certifications.

Professor Avishai Wool
ISB expert panel member

Company: AlgoSec

Position: CTO of AlgoSec

BIO: Professor Avishai Wool is CTO and co-founder of security policy management company AlgoSec. Prior to co-founding AlgoSec, Avishai co-founded Lumeta Corporation in 2000 as a spin-out of Bell Labs, and was its Chief Scientist until 2002. At Lumeta, Dr. Wool was responsible for transforming the firewall analyzer technology he had helped develop at Bell Labs into a commercial product. He has published more than 90 research papers and holds 13 US Patents, and has served on the program committee of the leading IEEE and ACM conferences on computer and network security. Dr. Wool has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science.


john walkerTwitter @SBLTD

Bio: Visiting Professor at the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Visiting Professor/Lecturer at the University of Slavonia [to 2015], Independent Consultant, Practicing Expert Witness, ENISA CEI Listed Expert, Editorial Member of the Cyber Security Research Institute (CRSI), Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), Board Advisor to the Digital Trust, Writer for SC Magazine UK, Originator of DarkWeb Threat Intelligence, CSIRT, Attack Remediation and Cyber Training Service/Platform, Accreditation Assessor and Academic Practitioner and Accredited Advisor to the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences in the area of Digital/Cyber Forensics.

Raj Samani

Raj SamaniCompany: McAfee

Position: EMEA CTO

Twitter: @Raj_Samani

Bio: Raj is currently working as the VP, Chief Technical Officer for McAfee EMEA, having previously worked as the Chief Information Security Officer for a large public sector organisation in the UK.

He volunteers as the Cloud Security Alliance Chief Innovation Officer, and Special Advisor for the European CyberCrime Centre, and is on the advisory councils for Infosecurity Europe, and Infosecurity Magazine.  In addition, Raj was previously the VP for Communications in the ISSA UK Chapter, having presided over the award for Chapter communications programme of the year 2008, and 2009, and was inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame 2012.


rebecca prof


Companies: SIMBUS ( and The Privacy Professor (

Positions: Co-Founder & President, SIMBUS; and Founder & CEO, The Privacy Professor

Bio: Rebecca has over 25 years of systems engineering, information security, privacy and compliance experience. Rebecca is an entrepreneur; she is CEO and Founder of The Privacy Professor® consultancy she established in 2004, and is Co-Founder and President of SIMBUS, LLC, and information security, privacy, technology & compliance management cloud service for organizations of all sizes, in all industries, in all locations. Rebecca has authored 18 books, dozens of book chapters, and hundreds of published articles. Rebecca led the NIST SGIP Smart Grid Privacy Subgroup for seven years, was a founding member and officer for the IEEE P1912 Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group, and serves on the Advisory Boards of numerous organizations. Rebecca also serves as an expert witness for information security, privacy, and compliance issues. Rebecca was an Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University MSISA program for many years. Rebecca is frequently interviewed, including regularly on the KCWI23 morning television show, and quoted in diverse broadcasts and publications.  Rebecca holds the following certifications: FIP, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP/US, FLMI. Rebecca is based in Des Moines, Iowa.,

Twitter: @PrivacyProf


Ryan Dewhurst

Ryan Dewhurst BiographiesCompany: Dewhurst Security

Position: Security Engineer

Twitter: @ethicalhack3r

Bio: An Ethical Hacking graduate with a passion for information security. Creates and works on various security related Open Source projects, such as Damn Vulnerable Web App (DVWA), WordPress Scanner (WPScan) and others. Winner of the SC Magazine Europe 2013 Rising Star award. Worked conducting Web Application Security Assessments for RandomStorm clients while at university and now on a full time basis. Blogger. Addicted to Twitter.

Sarah Clarke

Sarah_Clarke Company: Infospectives

Position: Owner

Twitter:  @S_Clarke22

Bio: Sarah Clarke has 14 years experience in IT and Information Security and runs Infospectives Security GRC Consultancy. Infospectives provide niche expertise, helping small, medium and large firms to plan, streamline and update security assurance processes, with a particular focus on supplier and change security governance. They also have an award nominated security blog. Sarah is also a founding advisory board member of the GiveADay initiative (partnering security professionals with charities to donate advice) and a regular contributor to The Analogies Project.

Thom Langford

Thom LangfordCompany: Sapient

Position: Director, Global Security Office

Twitter: @ThomLangford

Bio: Thom is responsible for highlighting and advising on delivery, compliance and industry security risks across North America, Europe and India. Having successfully built security and IT programmes from the ground up Thom brings an often opinionated view of risk, both in assessments and management, but manages to do so with humour and pragmatism (mostly). Thom is also an international public speaker and award winning security blogger and can be found at both and @thomlangford.

More Biographies coming soon!