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Suits and Spooks DC 2017

“What we are creating now is a monster whose influence is going to change history, provided there is any history left.” (John von Neumann)

 When John von Neumann said those words in 1952, he didn’t mean the Atomic bomb that he helped create as a scientist with the Manhattan Project. He was referring to his revolutionary work in high speed computing. Over sixty years later, the computer has revolutionized every aspect of our life – from currency to medicine to warfare. Our almost total reliance upon insecure software and hardware has made the world less safe, and has fundamentally changed the power equations between State and Non-State actors. Suits and Spooks 2017 will focus on identifying the world’s most valuable new technologies, who the threat actors are that are looking to acquire them, and what can be done to stop them.


  • Peiran Wang

    Peiran Wang

    Doctoral Researcher, the Faculty of Law and Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • Paul Kurtz

    Paul Kurtz

    Paul Kurtz is the CEO and cofounder of TruSTAR Technology. Prior to TruSTAR, Paul was the CISO and chief strategy officer for CyberPoint International LLC where he built the US government and international business verticals. Prior to CyberPoint, Paul was the managing partner of Good Harbor Consulting. Paul has held senior positions with the US Government including special assistant to the President and senior director for critical infrastructure protection on the White House’s Homeland Security Council (HSC). He joined the HSC from the National Security Council (NSC) where he was both senior director for national security in the Office of Cyberspace Security and a member of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

  • Michael Sekora

    Michael Sekora

    Michael Sekora was founder and director of Project Socrates, the intelligence community program that used all-source intelligence to determine the underlying cause of America’s declining competitiveness and to develop the means to not just reverse the decline, but to ensure that the US remained strong economically for many generations. To rebuild US competitiveness, Sekora led the Project Socrates team in the development of the means to enable the US to generate and lead the next evolutionary leap in technology-based planning–the Automated Innovation revolution.  Today, Mr. Sekora focuses on “Operation U.S. Forward” which is presently implementing the structure to deploy a fully updated, enhanced version of the Socrates Automated Innovation system as a nation-wide planning asset in the US and in selected allied countries.

  • Michael N. Schmitt

    Michael N. Schmitt

    Professor Michael N. Schmitt is Charles H. Stockton Professor and Chairman of the Stockton Center at the United States Naval War College. He is also Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar with the Lieber Institute at the United States Military Academy (West Point), Professor of Public International Law at the University of Exeter (UK), Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program in International Law and Armed Conflict, and Senior Fellow at the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. The General Editor of the “International Law Studies,” Professor Schmitt serves on many boards of institutions, learned and professional societies, and publications dealing with international humanitarian law. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

  • Lewis Shepherd

    Lewis Shepherd

    Lewis Shepherd is a leading advisor on innovation, technology, cyber and national-security policy based in Washington DC, with a background in government and Silicon Valley. His current consulting clients include government agencies and America’s leading technology firms. He is a regular university lecturer, an adjunct professor at George Mason University (teaching Big Data in the Graduate Department of Information Sciences and Technology), a member of Georgetown University’s Technology Management Advisory Council, the elected Vice Chair of the national AFCEA Intelligence Committee, and currently serves on several government advisory boards focusing on advanced technologies and cyber security. Since 2010 he has traveled internationally for the U.S. State Department as a technology envoy.
  • Jeffrey Carr

    Jeffrey Carr

    Jeffrey Carr is a cybersecurity consultant, author, and entrepreneur. He has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, provided briefings to U.S. and foreign government agencies, and has spoken at hundreds of conferences around the world since 2009. He founded Taia Global, Inc. in 2011 to assist corporations and government agencies in identifying which of their digital assets would most likely be targeted by one or more foreign governments.

  • Ilya Sachkov

    Ilya Sachkov

    Ilya was born in Moscow in 1986. He is the founder and CEO of Group-IB – one of the global leaders in preventing and investigating high-tech crimes and online fraud. Since 2003 Group-IB has conducted 100+ successful incident investigations in Russia and Europe. At the current time, 80% of all high-profile investigation cases in Russia are supported by Group-IB experts. Group-IB is an Official Europol Partner and is recognized by Gartner as a threat intelligence vendor with a strong cyber security focus. Group-IB is recommended by the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE). In 2015 Ilya received the National EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the “Telecommunications” category and Special “Business Internet Choice” Prize. In 2016 Ilya Sachkov was featured on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, in the «Enterprise Tech» category. 
  • Giulio D Agostino

    Giulio D Agostino

    CEO and Founder of music company GD Seventy Eight Music Ltd., GD78video, FREEmium and Information Technology Entrepreneur. Giulio ‘s background is in Digital Marketing, Music Technology, Information Technology, Database Analysis and Polysomnography. Previously worked for Google, Hewlett Packard, WMG Ltd., Barclays Bank, and Apple Inc.

  • David Bray

    David Bray

    Dr. David A. Bray
    Senior Executive and CIO, Federal Communications Commission & Eisenhower Fellow to Taiwan and Australia

    Dr. David A. Bray began work in public service at age 15 at a 4 GeV high-energy electron beam accelerator facility, later serving in the private sector before returning as IT Chief for the CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program during 9/11, SARS, monkeypox, and other outbreaks. He volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan to “think differently” on military and humanitarian issues in 2009. In 2013, he served as the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community. He holds a PhD from Emory University’s business school and two post-docs from MIT and Harvard focused on collective intelligence and improving organizational resilience in turbulent environments. He has received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W.  Jones Award for Executive Leadership in addition to the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement MedalDr. Bray currently is a Senior Executive and CIO for the Federal Communications Commission and through the efforts of a team of positive “change agents” he led the transformation of the FCC’s legacy IT to award-winning tech in less than two years. He presently serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as a Visiting Associate at the University of Oxford, and as a Visiting Executive at Harvard University focused on issues of transformational leadership and the intersection of technology breakthroughs on foreign policies.

  • Alexey Polyakov

    Alexey Polyakov

    Future Technologies Security Intelligence Manager, Secure Solutions Development, Kaspersky Lab, USA

    Since graduating from Moscow State Airspace University with an M.Sc. in Physics, Alexey’s been working in the IT security industry – now for 18 years – with a résumé featuring positions at McAfee, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, Symantec and Microsoft. Prior to joining us at KL Alexey worked as a senior security program manager at Microsoft, where he became the proud founder of the Microsoft Security Response Team and was one of the key members of the company’s security development. He’s authored and co-authored security technologies protected by 18 patents, and one such technology was Secure Boot – perhaps the most ambitious advance in Windows 8 in terms of security.

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Why You Should Attend

The above schedule is just a partial list of the stimulating and controversial topics that our international group of speakers will discuss. Suits and Spooks isn’t your typical security con. You’ll have your own desk and microphone in a tiered-style classroom so that you can interact with the speakers and participate in the discussions. The Riverview Classroom on the 24th floor has outstanding views of the Potomac River, Georgetown University and downtown DC.

You’ll get to network with Congressional staffers, government CISO’s, foreign diplomats, intelligence, military, and law enforcement officers, and decision-makers from finance, energy, aerospace, and high technology companies.

Your registration includes all sessions on both days, plus refreshments and snacks which will be held during the networking breaks. Lunch can be had onsite or at one of the many restaurants within walking distance. Attendance is limited to no more than 135 people so register today to guarantee your seat and save money with our super early bird rates (effective until August 1st).

Register Today For Our Super Early Bird Rates

Unlike other security conferences, Suits and Spooks events are designed to encourage discussion and debate. The venue offers a tiered-classroom environment where every attendee has a desktop and microphone. 

We limit attendance to 135 people who include Congressional staffers, government CISOs, foreign diplomats, intelligence, military, and law enforcement officers, and decision-makers from finance, energy, aerospace, healthcare, and high technology companies.

We offer an industry rate and a reduced rate for full-time government employees including military as well as academia. Registration is refundable if cancellation is made prior to October 1, 2016.