CEB Waterview Conference Center

1919 North Lynn Street, Arlington, VA

SUITS AND SPOOKS DC 2017 | presented by Taia Global and Recorded Future

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

“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.

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  • Peiran Wang

    Peiran Wang

    Peiran Wang, doctoral fellowship, the Faculty of Law and Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels) Belgium. International engagement of cyber space is and will be his permanent research interest. In the past 5 years, Peiran Wang published several articles and peer-reviewed papers on concept sovereign, international conflict law application within cyber space, cyber security as one of the priorities of NATO-EU strategic partnership. 

  • 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.

  • Pamela Meyer

    Pamela Meyer

    Pamela Meyer is the CEO of Calibrate, a company that trains financial institutions, insurance providers, law firms and human resource professionals in verbal and non-verbal cues to deception, facial micro-expression interpretation, advanced interrogation techniques, information elicitation and inside threat mitigation. She authored the best selling book Liespotting, and  is known as the nation’s leading expert on deception detection. Her TED talk on spotting liars ranks in the top 20 with over 14M views . She has an MBA from Harvard, an MA in Public Policy, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

  • Nicholas Palmer

    Nicholas Palmer

    Nicholas is the Director of International Business for Group-IB, a cyber threat intelligence company, HQ’d in Moscow, Russia. Originally from Canada, Nicholas moved to Moscow 3 years ago and has since helped Group-IB share their unique knowledge of Russian speaking cyber crime with the international cyber security community.
    Group-IB is an Official Europol partner and is recognized by Gartner as a threat intelligence vendor with a strong cyber security focus on Russian speaking cybercrime.
  • 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.
  • Levi Gundert

    Levi Gundert

    As Vice President of Intelligence & Strategy at Recorded Future, Levi Gundert leads the effort to identify threats and measurably decrease operational risk for customers. Previous industry roles include VP of Cyber Threat Intelligence at Fidelity Investments, Technical Leader at Cisco Threat Research, Analysis, and Communications (precursor to Talos), Principal Analyst at Team Cymru, and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent within the Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF).

    Gundert is a prolific blogger and sought-after author/speaker, writing articles for Dark Reading, InformationWeek, and SC Magazine.

  • Jonathan Couch

    Jonathan Couch

    Jonathan Couch serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategy for ThreatQuotient. Previously, Jonathan was a co-founder and Vice President of Threat Intelligence Services for iSIGHT Partners, a cyber threat intelligence firm started in 2007 and acquired by FireEye in 2016.

    Jonathan is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Electrical Engineering and has over 20 years’ experience in information security, information warfare and intelligence collection. His expertise is in leading advanced cyber warfare, cyber security, information operations, and intelligence technologies research, development, analysis, test, fielding, operations, and policy. He served in the Air Force at the National Security Agency, Air Force Information Warfare Center, and in Saudi Arabia as the regional network engineer for the Joint Task Force – Southwest Asia, protecting and managing military networks in 7 countries.

  • John Robb

    John Robb

    Analyst, Author, Futurist, Entrepreneur. I spent last year working for the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff on his vision for how AGI (artificial general intelligence) and robotics would transform how the Joint Force fights in 2035.

    My experience ranges from flying special ops missions with seal team six to being the lead technology analyst in a top technology research firm to starting successful tech companies that pioneered online finance, social media, and on demand global manufacturing.

  • 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.

  • J.C. Herz

    J.C. Herz

    J.C. Herz is COO of Ion Channel, an software infrastructure-as-a-service company that automates continuous monitoring, updates and risk management of open source software, based on vulnerabilities, supply chain dependencies and ecosystem risk (i.e. size, responsiveness and geographic distribution of code contributors). Prior to Ion, JC built predictive analytics in the healthcare industry and conducted tech due diligence for private equity. She has developed analytic methodologies within the intelligence community, was a White House Special Consultant to the DoD CIO, and has worked on technology and acquisition strategy for autonomous unmanned air systems. Complex, wicked problems are a recurring theme.

  • Greg Elin

    Greg Elin

    Greg Elin is the founder and CEO of GovReady PBC which The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate recently awarded a two-year contract to develop tools to help developers through the C&A process to open the door for more secure, compliant and quality software systems. Mr. Elin provides governance, risk management and compliance consulting on multiple projects for federal and state government agencies including the Department of Education, the San Francisco Department of Environment, and Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Before founding GovReady, Mr. Elin was the first Chief Data Officer at the Federal Communication Commission, where he also briefly served as Acting CIO. Before the FCC, he created and established Sunlight Foundation’s Sunlight Labs as tent-pole organization in open government data. 

  • Graham Plaster

    Graham Plaster

    Graham Plaster is the CEO of, managing a social network of 100,000 national security and intelligence professionals worldwide.  Previously he has served as the Assistant Dean of Students for the Naval War College, and as US Military Liaison for UN Peacekeeping missions across the Middle East.  He is currently advising on policy for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and also the Editor in Chief of the Foreign Area Office Association Journal of International Affairs. He sits on boards for the Cold War Museum, the National Military Intelligence Association DC Chapter and other defense industry nonprofits.  He is the co-author of the best selling military history book, “In the Shadow of Greatness” which was endorsed by Tom Brokaw as a “must read for all Americans” and is included on the Navy’s official reading list. Graham serves as an adviser on several defense and intelligence innovation initiatives.

  • 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.

  • Fred Finan

    Fred Finan

    Fred is a former member of both the British Military Intelligence and MI5 (the Security Service).  He started his Intelligence career as the youngest person to be successfully undergo the training and selection process to join a sensitive British Army Covert Intelligence unit operating against a highly sophisticated highly effective terrorist organisations.  He later went on to join MI5 (Security Service); starting as a surveillance officer working against terrorist and counter espionage targets who posed a threat to UK interests. Fred has operational experience in 49 countries.

  • 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 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. Dr. 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.

  • Bryan Hurd

    Bryan Hurd

    A seasoned cybercrime, computer security and homeland security professional with over 20 years of founding programs that make the lives of people across the globe better. Accomplished organizational spokesperson, public speaker and advisor to CxO level and national level executives. Founder US Navy cyber CI program, innovation lead for US watch listing.

  • Anup Ghosh

    Anup Ghosh

    Anup Ghosh, Ph.D., is Founder and CEO at Invincea. Prior to founding Invincea, he was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he created and managed an extensive portfolio of cyber security programs.

    He has previously held roles as Chief Scientist in the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University and as Vice President of Research at Cigital, Inc. Anup has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in cyber security journals. He is a frequent on-air contributor to CNN, CNBC, NPR and Bloomberg TV. A number of major media outlets carry his commentaries on cyber security issues including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Associated Press, FoxNews and USA Today. He has served as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Naval Studies Board, informing the future of American cyber-defenses.

  • Andrey Nikishin

    Andrey Nikishin

    Future Technologies – Special Projects Director, Kaspersky Lab, USA

    In a career that stretches back to the early days of Kaspersky Lab, Andrey worked as a Senior Software Engineer and Architect before moving to the Strategic Marketing Department as a Product Strategy Manager. Prior to his present role, Andrey headed the Cloud and Content Technologies Research and Development Department.  Before joining Kaspersky Lab, Andrey had several years of experience developing his own antivirus programs. Andrey has a degree from the Baltic State Technical University in St. Petersburg and received his MBA from the London Business School.

  • Allan Dykman

    Allan Dykman

    Allan Dykman serves as Director of Business Development and International Liaison for the global strategic solutions firm Ametos. He is a skilled and highly regarded security expert with years of training in an elite Special Forces Unit of the IDF, Counterterrorism Units, and several Senior Security Agent positions for the Israeli Embassy to the UN and the Israeli Security Agency Dignitary Protection. He also served as assistant to the Director of the Israeli Security Agency otherwise known as Shin Beit.  This role consisted of Head of International Relations and Liaison of the ISA and global representative for the ISA and the Director.  

  • 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.

View the Suits and Spooks DC 2017 schedule & directory.

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 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 ($549) and a reduced rate for full-time government employees including military as well as academia ($375). 



  • Lewis Shepherd

    “It’s hard to detect the quality conferences, when there are more and more cyber and security events every month. Suits and Spooks is unique as a forum for blunt honesty and hardcore expertise, and I’ve always found it well worth my time.” – Lewis Shepherd, Vice Chair of the national AFCEA Intelligence Committee; formerly held senior positions at Microsoft and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

  • Tom Gjelton

    “The most interesting, provocative, lively discussion of cyber conflict issues I’ve seen. And that’s my layman’s view.” – Tom Gjelton, National Public Radio (NPR).

  • Stewart Baker

    “One of those rare conferences where even the speakers learn something new.” – Stewart A. Baker, former General Counsel at the NSA, and former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the US Department of Homeland Security

  • Robert Bigman

    “Suits and Spooks provides a first-class forum to openly and professionally debate cyber security policy issues.” – Robert Bigman, former CISO, Central Intelligence Agency