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Charles Blauner

Charles Blauner is an internationally recognized expert independent advisor on Cyber Resiliency, Information Security Risk Management and Data Privacy.

Charles is a Partner and CISO in Residence at Team8 Ventures and a Venture Advisor at the Cyber Mentors Fund. Charles is also the President of Cyber Aegis, a boutique cyber risk management consultancy.

Previously, Charles had a distinguished career working on Information Security for over 30 years, 25 years in Financial Services, including being the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank, and most recently the Global Head of Information Security at Citi.

During this time, Charles held numerous industry leadership roles including Chair of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), founding Director of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), and the Chair of the OpenGroup’s Security Program.

Charles has worked closely with banking regulators around the world (OCC, FRB, BoE, MAS, and HKMA) to help reduce the risk posed by cyber threats to the financial sector at large.

Charles is a regular conference speaker and has had the honor of appearing in front of US House and Senate committees.

In 2015, Charles was recognized by his peers, winning the Wasserman Award, which recognizes outstanding career achievement and contribution to the Information Systems Audit, Control, Security, Risk Management, and/or Governance professions.

Charles has a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) and a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Arthur W. Coviello, Jr.

Security investor and advisor
Executive Chairman (retired)
RSA, The Security Division of Dell technologies (EMC)

Art Coviello is an active investor and advisor in the security industry, guiding a number of security startups as a private investor and in his roles as a Venture Partner at Rally Ventures (an early stage investor in business technologies), as an adviser to ClearSky Security Fund, and as a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Group.

Art Coviello served as Executive Chairman of RSA and Executive Vice President of EMC. Mr. Coviello has been a central figure within the information security industry for more than 25 years. His vision and strategic and financial management as long-time head of RSA helped drive the company’s growth to revenues of over $1 billion in 2014 when he retired. Under his leadership, he built the most respected, vendor agnostic event in cybersecurity, RSA Conference. His expertise and influence have made him a recognized leader in the industry. He is frequently a featured presenter at conferences and forums around the world, and he has played key roles in several national cyber-security initiatives.

Mr. Coviello serves on the Board of Directors at Synchrony Financial, Bugcrowd, Tenable, Capsule8, ZeroNorth, and SecZetta.

Prior to RSA, Mr. Coviello had extensive executive management experience in several technology companies. He started his career as a certified public accountant at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (Deloitte.)

Mr. Coviello graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts in 1975 with a BBA, concentration in accounting.

Ann S. Johnson

Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Solutions Group

Ann Johnson is Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Solutions Group for Microsoft. She oversees the team responsible for helping organizations become operationally resilient on their digital transformation journey, and to unlock the security, compliance and identity capabilities of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud and next generation AI. She is a member of the board of advisors for FS-ISAC (The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center), an advisory board member for EWF (Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy), and an advisory board member for HYPR Corp. Ann recently joined the board of advisors for Cybersecurity Ventures. For more about Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Solutions, visit the Microsoft Security Site, or follow Microsoft Security on Twitter at Msft Security Twitter or Msft WDSecurity Twitter.