Speakers

Ron Bennatan

Ron Bennatan

SVP & GM, Data Security Imperva

Ron joined Imperva through the acquisition of jSonar where he served as CTO and co-founder. He has been a “data security guy” for 25 years and has worked at companies such as J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Intel, IBM and AT&T Bell Labs. He was co-founder and CTO at Guardium which was acquired by IBM where he later served as a Distinguished Engineer and the CTO for Data Security and Governance. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and has authored 11 technical books. Previous Speaking Experience: Ron has spoken at the Nashville Cybersecurity Summit; Brightalk Virtual fireside chat: The state of data security; and CyberSummit USA.
Sebastien Lapointe

Sebastien Lapointe

Business information security officer, Desjardins group

Sébastien Lapointe recently joined the Desjardins Group in a new role as the business information security officer (BISO) of IT. A financial cooperative that manages $229 billion requires uncompromising security and in his role one Sebastien’s main responsibility is to implement the security operating model for the IT business sector. Prior to that, he was working for the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) as the Chief Architecture and Information Security Officer where he leads a multidisciplinary team of experts specialized in IT and OT technology. Sebastien has over 20 years of experience in the field of information security and risk management. His career started in the public sector working for the government of Canada as an IT security analyst. Strong from this experience he tackled the consulting business working with big IT firms and financial institutions. His work was mainly focused on building IT security architecture and IT security threat and risk assessments. He also co-founded CyberAction Canada a non-profit organization seeking to provide research and awareness on the secure usage of information and communication technology to protect the dignity and the personal integrity of children on the Internet. He holds multiple security certifications and a Specialized Graduate Diploma in IT governance, audit and security from Sherbrooke University.
David Ott

David Ott

Senior Staff Researcher and Academic Program Director within VMware Research

David Ott is a Senior Staff Researcher and Academic Program Director within VMware Research. VMware’s Academic Program is the external research arm of VMware, bringing together top academic researchers and company technical leaders to better understand disruptive technology trends and to explore new areas of innovation. Ott works on a range of topics at the intersection of security and systems and is a Ph.D. graduate in computer science from UNC Chapel Hill. He has spoken at the International Cryptographic Module Conference; Northeastern University Khoury College of Computer Science Speaker Series; Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research; the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) virtual workshop on Considerations in Migrating to Post-Quantum Cryptographic Algorithms and RSA Conference.
Suzie Smibert

Suzie Smibert

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Technology Officer for Ovare Group

Suzie Smibert is a technology and transformation executive with nearly 20 years of experience. Her strengths are an excellent ability to build diverse teams and create cultures that are inclusive and high performance driven. She has experience in mining, energy, defense, oil and gas, technology, management consulting, agricultural, chemical, ventures, marketing and financial industry. She is the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Technology Officer for Ovare Group, a holding company based in Los Angeles. She oversees the entirety of the technology portfolio, including data, digital and privacy. Previously, Smibert served as the CISO and global director of enterprise architecture for Finning International, a global industrial company, and Agrium (now Nutrien), a global Ag and Chemical enterprise. Smibert sits on the advisory board of the global CXO Summit and is involved in numerous STEM and inclusion and diversity programs. She mentor students, early career as well as seasoned individuals. Smibert’s recent accomplishments include recognition as the most impactful CISO voted by peers at the global CISO summit in 2019 and CISO of the year, enterprise category 2019 by ISACA. Smibert holds a Master of Business Administration and is a long-time holder of the CISSP certification.
Moshe Toledano

Moshe Toledano

CISO and Director of Cyber Security at Hydro Québec

Mr. Moshe Toledano was named CISO and Director of Cyber Security at Hydro Québec in April 2020. In this role, he leads the company’s cybersecurity activities. He has more than 20 years of cybersecurity experience in various companies, including more than 13 years with Deloitte. Prior to joining Hydro-Québec, Mr. Toledano was Director of Cyber Security at Domtar where he supported IT management by deploying security incident management processes while improving the company’s security operations. Mr. Toledano holds a Master of Business Management (MBA) and a BA in Applied Social Sciences from Concordia University. In 2005, he completed a certificate in professional information and security system at ISC2.