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"Arizona's Cybersecurity Valley: Can it become a reality?" - Arizona Chapter Mtg

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM (MST)

"Arizona's Cybersecurity Valley: Can it become a...

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Arizona's Cybersecurity Valley:
Can it become a reality?

A Panel on Cybersecurity

Bill Ross
Vice President
Information Security Solutions
General Dynamics C4 Systems 
Ty Lindteigen 
Chief Technology Officer

Raz Yalov  
Chief Technology Officer

Nadya Bliss 
Director, Strategic Projects Development
 Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and
Co-Director, Security and Defense Systems Initiative,
Arizona State University




A recent editorial stated that Arizona is uniquely positioned to develop a "Cybersecurity Valley". It stated that we have real talent residing in a high-tech environment, consisting of a blend of defense contractors, large financial institutions, but also smaller firms that are developing new technologies and conducting research. We also have Arizona State University, with its Information Assurance Center, the Security & Defense Systems Initiative" and ASURE, an off-campus component of the SDSI for conducting higher-TRL applied research and advanced technology development programs.


However, can Arizona capitalize on these assets and make the "Cybersecurity Valley" a reality?


The panel will discuss emerging trends, opportunities and critical resources needed to develop a stronger and competitive cybersecurity industry cluster.




Mr. Bill Ross is the Vice President, Information Security Solutions, General Dynamics C4 Systems. Mr. Ross is responsible for the design, development, and deployment of secure network architectures and infrastructure that delivers resilient mission critical services and solutions for the most demanding environments and missions. His portfolio includes programs with the Department of Defense (DoD), National Security Agency (NSA), Department of Justice (DoJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Mr. Ross has more than 20 years' experience in all aspects of network infrastructure design/deployment and integrated cyber defense solutions. In his tenure at General Dynamics, he has successfully delivered solutions for a large number of U.S. government and DoD programs including the High Assurance Platform (HAP), Trusted Network Environment (TNE), DoD PKI, Electronic Key Management, Remote Rekey, and many others. He has also provided network and cyber expertise to Verizon, Iridium, and AT&T managing programs focused on protecting information and data on commercial communication networks.


Ty Lindteigen is Chief technology Officer at SAIFE. Ty is an highly accomplished engineer and inventor, with more than 20 years of engineering experience developing and certifying high assurance security devices. He holds more than dozen patents relating secure communications and encryptions. He has led the development of several wired, wireless, and satellite-based Type-1 certified communication devices used by forces on the edge of military deployment for both voice and data services, supporting both Suite-A and Suite-B algorithms as well as backwards compatibility with legacy algorithms.  He has led the development of FIPS certified commercial security devices for terrestrial and satellite communications.  He has developed security architectures for modernizing the ground operating equipment that controls satellite telemetry systems.  These devices collectively are in use worldwide.  He has lectured and published on various security topics, including non-lock-step processor redundancy, software development practices, efficient and secure software architectures, and software optimization.  He is the author of several security-related patents. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).


Raz Yalov is Chief Technology Officer at 41Parameters.  Bringing more than 22 years of experience in the software and information technology industries, Raz Yalov comes with unique expertise in working with large enterprise customers and R&D teams.

Prior to joining 41 Parameters, Mr. Yalov spent several years at Mercury in various leading positions within the R&D and Managed Service Operations Groups. While there, he had oversight of enterprise-critical IT monitoring systems and played a central role in the development of a customer-oriented R&D team. Prior to his time at Mercury, Mr. Yalov spent several years as a Chief Developer at Edunetics.

Mr. Yalov brings extensive knowledge of web development as well as expertise in the management of enterprise critical web traffic monitoring systems and Internet protocols.


Nadya T. Bliss is the Director of Strategic Projects Development at Arizona State University. In that role, she reports to the Senior Vice President of Knowledge Enterprise Development and is responsible for developing and maintaining strategic relationships with funding agencies, working with the University leaders on developing large-scale, interdisciplinary research initiatives, and monitoring University's strategic investments. She also currently serves as the Interim Co-Director of ASU's Security and Defense Systems Initiative. She holds a Professor of Practice Appointment in the College of Technology and Innovation and leads and participates in sponsored research.

Prior to joining ASU, Nadya spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding Group Leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. In that capacity, Nadya developed, led, and managed research initiatives in advanced analytics, high performance computing systems, and computer architectures to address the challenges facing the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC). Under Nadya's leadership, the Group's research portfolio included a wide-range of programs funded by DARPA, iARPA, ONR, NGA, USAF, ASD(R&E), and other U.S. Government sponsors.

In 2011, Nadya was awarded the inaugural MIT Lincoln Laboratory Early Career Technical Achievement award recognizing her work in parallel computing, computer architectures, and graph processing algorithms and her leadership in anomaly detection in graph-based data (presented to 2 employees under 35). She has over 65 publications and presentations, holds a patent, and has served as a chair and member of multiple technical and organizational committees. Nadya received bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University, is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a Member of ACM.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM (MST)

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