Dr. Margarita Konaev

Dr. Margarita Konaev

Associate Director, Analysis
Taka Ariga

Taka Ariga

Chief Data Scientist & Director, Innov. Lab
Lena Trabucco

Lena Trabucco

Postdoctoral Researcher
Jeff Phelan

Jeff Phelan

Public Sector CTO
Solomon Adote

Solomon Adote

Chief Security Officer
John Cleveland

John Cleveland

Deputy State CISO
Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy Wilson

Deputy CISO, Security Operations
Tony Lauro

Tony Lauro

Director, Security Technology & Strategy
John Breeden

John Breeden

Contributing Editor
Gerald Caron

Gerald Caron

CIO & Asst. Inspector General for IT
Peter Sursi

Peter Sursi

Head, Financial Processing & Mod.
Terry Horner

Terry Horner

Director, Enterprise Content Mgmt.
Ken Urban

Ken Urban

Public Sector Solutions Engineer
Jane Norris

Jane Norris

Contributing Editor
Jonathan Feibus

Jonathan Feibus

CISO & Deputy Director
Steven Hernandez

Steven Hernandez

Chief Information Security Officer
Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan

CTO, Security Strategy

Dr. Margarita Konaev

Associate Director, Analysis

Dr. Margarita Konaev is Associate Director of Analysis and a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) interested in military applications of AI and Russian military innovation. She is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Center for a New American Security. Previously, she was a Non-Resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, a post-doctoral fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. Before joining CSET, she worked as a Senior Principal in the Marketing and Communications practice at Gartner.

Margarita’s research on international security, armed conflict, non-state actors and urban warfare in the Middle East, Russia and Eurasia has been published by the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the French Institute of International Relations, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Lawfare, War on the Rocks, Modern War Institute, Foreign Policy Research Institute and a range of other outlets. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

Taka Ariga

Chief Data Scientist & Director, Innov. Lab

Taka Ariga is GAO’s first Chief Data Scientist and Director of the Innovation Lab. As an integral part of the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team, he will help GAO develop and implement advanced analytical capabilities for its auditing practices. Prior to joining GAO, he held executive positions at Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with audit, compliance, legal, and regulated entities.

Taka earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is natively fluent in both Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. In his spare time, Taka is a serious amateur classical chamber musician (performing on cello throughout the Washington DC region), as well as a competitive tennis player.

Lena Trabucco

Postdoctoral Researcher

Lena is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Military Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Her research examines the intersection of international security, international law, and emerging military technologies. During her time at CESR, Lena will explore artificial intelligence in NATO policy and the broader international security environment. Lena holds a PhD in international relations from Northwestern University and a PhD in law from the University of Copenhagen.

Jeff Phelan

Public Sector CTO

Jeffrey joins Rubrik from GDIT where he was responsible for all Sales, Marketing, and Product Management as Portfolio Lead for all FedRamp High & Impact Level 5 cloud services on milCloud 2.0. Prior to GDIT, Phelan was Chief Product Evangelist and Director of Strategic Growth for Northrop Grumman Information Systems where he focused on cyber security, cloud, and IT automation. Earlier, Phelan ran Product Marketing for SRA International where he concentrated on cybersecurity, big data, and analytics for the civilian market, Intel community and the DoD.

Solomon Adote

Chief Security Officer

Solomon Adote is the Chief Security Officer for the State of Delaware where he leads an information security program charged with protecting all the Delaware State network, systems, applications and data. Solomon has more than 20 years of experience in IT with a focus on cybersecurity. He designs comprehensive information security programs and oversees the deployment of some of the industry’s leading technologies. He has also developed hybrid-managed and in-house Security Operations Centers (SOC), led the architecture and implementation of secure computing environments for both public and private clouds.

Before joining the State of Delaware, Solomon served as Information Global Security Operations Manager for Multi-Billion dollar agricultural sciences company headquartered in Philadelphia. (FMC, Inc.)  Where he was responsible for the security of a complex, 90-site international manufacturing and corporate network.

For six years at FMC, Inc., he led the global IT cyber security team which. His team covered all aspects of cyber security —from network security, application security, incident response, identity and access lifecycle management, to internet and remote access. Solomon also previously worked as an IT security technical lead at QVC Inc., a leading e-commerce company in North America, where he secured a dynamic Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant credit card processing environment with a web presence in multiple countries.

Solomon’s educational accomplishments include a Master of Science in Computer Information Technology degree from Regis University and various industry leading certifications including: Computer Information Security Management (CISM), Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Cisco Certified Network Professional in Security (CCNP-S), Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), and SANs Firewall Security Analyst, among others.

John Cleveland

Deputy State CISO

John Cleveland is California’s Deputy State Chief Information Security Officer with the California Department of Technology (CDT).

Prior to his current position, John was manager of CDT’s Statewide Security Operations Center. His other positions included security operations chief at the Employment Development Department, chief information security officer at the Department of Child Support Services, and chief technology officer at the Contractors State License Board. He has been instrumental in his previous roles devising and implementing security operations strategies and has built security controls for some of the state’s largest benefit-based systems.

John brings over 20 years of private sector information security and technology management experience, including roles as service delivery manager for Banyan Systems, consulting manager and security practice manager at Lucent Worldwide Services, and principal consultant and owner of his own security consulting business.

He is an Iraq war veteran with over 10 years of military service.

Jeremy Wilson

Deputy CISO, Security Operations

Jeremy Wilson is the Deputy CISO for Security Operations for the State of TX Department of Information Resources (DIR) and works in the Office of the Chief Information Security Office (OCISO).   Jeremy is responsible for establishing a Pilot Regional Security Operations Center (RSOC) at a Texas university and overseeing the State of TX RSOC program once established. Jeremy will also establish and oversee the Texas cybersecurity incident response team, which will be responsible for responding to incidents, establishing play books, coordinating cybersecurity exercises, and performing threat intelligence across the State.

Jeremy has over 23 years of security and leadership experience and over 8 years of service working for the State of Texas at DIR, DPS.  He has held security, telecommunications and I.T. roles in the US Army, U.S. Army Reserve and the Texas Army National Guard and has been with the State of Texas in Cybersecurity since 2013 . He holds a CISSP, CISM, CRISC and Security + Certifications.

Tony Lauro

Director, Security Technology & Strategy

Tony is currently Director of Security Strategy for Akamai Technologies. He's been involved with Information Security since the late 90's when he worked for a large US based telecom provider. Since then Tony has worked with Akamai's top global clients to provide cyber security guidance, architectural analysis, web application and network security expertise. With over 20 years of Information Security operations experience Tony has worked and consulted in many verticals including finance, automotive, medical/healthcare, enterprise, and mobile applications. He is currently responsible for Akamai's North / Central / South American clients as well the training of an internal group whose focus is on Web Application Security / and adversarial resiliency disciplines.

Tony’s previous responsibilities include consulting with public sector/government clients at Akamai, managing security operations and pen testing for a mobile payments company, and overseeing security and compliance responsibilities for a global financial software services organization. Tony enjoys skateboarding, competitive grappling, Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, and spending time with his wife and kids in Dallas, TX.

John Breeden

Contributing Editor

FedInsider Contributing Editor John Breeden II is an award winning journalist and reviewer who has spent 20 years working in the federal, technology and government space. Articles and reviews written by him have appeared in numerous national publications including Chief Security Officer, Stars and Stripes, The Washington Post, NextGov Magazine, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Technology, Network World, The Sacramento Bee, The Boston Globe, Government Computer News, Up Front New Mexico and many others.

For FedInsider, he has written many articles and white papers and acted as the moderator for over 20 interviews featuring federal, state and local officials discussing technology, policy and governmental issues.

In addition to his normal writing, Breeden has authored two technical how-to type computer books published by Prompt Publications. Those titles, Exploring Microsoft Office and Guide to Webcams enjoyed both commercial success and reviewer acclaim. He is also the founding publisher and chief editor of Gameindustry.com, one of the longest running publications covering the video game industry. He is the CEO of the Tech Writers Bureau, a group of professional journalists who craft thought leadership projects for government and private organizations.

He has twice been awarded Jessie H. Neal gold medals for excellence in business journalism as well as numerous national awards for journalism by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

Gerald Caron

CIO & Asst. Inspector General for IT

Mr. Caron is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and is Chief Information Officer (CIO) / Assistant Inspector General of Information Technology (AIG/IT) for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as of May 2021.

Previously he has served as the Director of Enterprise Network Management (ENM) within the Directorate of Operations in the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) since June 2016.

Mr. Caron has over 24 years of information technology (IT) experience. He began his career in the US Army working in hands-on technical positions serving for 7 years as a Programmer and Administrator. Mr. Caron then spent 2 years as a contractor with the federal government, where he acquired more refined technical skills and a more detailed understanding of IT operations. He joined the federal government at the Department of State (DOS) in 2003 as a Systems Administrator. He has held multiple positions at the DOS, moving from managing small technical groups leading up to Director for ENM.

One of his most significant accomplishments was acting as the technical liaison during a major cyber security event at the Department. His leadership allowed the Department to resolve the incident as quickly and effectively as possible with minimal impact to the mission.

As the Director of ENM, Mr. Caron was personally responsible for the leadership of the largest office within the IRM bureau. This included managing the financial portfolio of over $200 million and prioritization of work across a wide range of disciplines. In this role he was responsible for the network and authentication infrastructure for the Department, led the re-engineering of the Department’s primary Identity and Access Management solution, formed teams to address key security efforts needed to mitigate future potential cybersecurity attacks through collaborative efforts, led the redesign of the Department’s Active Directory significantly improving security and responsible for the engineering and management of all the Department’s global network infrastructure and perimeter security infrastructure.

Mr. Caron is a co-chair on the CIO’s Innovation Counsel for Zero Trust as well as co-chair for ATARC.org Zero Trust Working Group. He previously chaired ATARC.org Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) 3.0 Working Group which resulted in 8 vendor proof of concepts being delivered to government participants.

Mr. Caron received his associate degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Computer Information Systems, Network Administration from the Northern Virginia Community College. At the Department of State, he also has received training in Executive Potential Program from the USDA Graduate School in 2009 and Advanced Leadership Skills in 2014. He received his certification in May 2020 as a Forrester Zero Trust - Strategist (ZTX-S) and received his Federal IT Security Manager Certification (FITSP-M) in 2017. Mr. Caron has received numerous individual awards for his exceptional service since 2004.