Tech Talk Tuesday: Current Challenges and Opportunities in Cyber-Security


Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag

Bay Colony Corporate Center, North Entrance
1000 Winter Street - Suite 4000
Waltham, MA 02451

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January 24, 2012 7:30AM–9:30AM


Cyber-security is at once a growing concern for businesses everywhere and a growth opportunity for technology companies and entrepreneurs throughout the Commonwealth. With its wealth of educational institutions conducting primary research and technology companies pioneering technological advances, and with the support of its financial services community for such efforts, Massachusetts is fast becoming an established leader in this burgeoning field.

Please join us on January 24, 2012 when a panel of seasoned cyber-security professionals will introduce you to the whirl of opportunities and the host of challenges posed to businesses by the fast-moving cyber-security field. Following the presentations there will be a Q&A session for the panelists to address questions from the audience.


  • Dan Geer: Dan is a security researcher with a quantitative bent. His group at MIT produced Kerberos, and a number of startups later he is still at it, today as Chief Information Security Officer at In-Q-Tel. He writes a lot at every length and sometimes it gets read. Dan is an electrical engineer, a statistician, and someone who thinks truth is best achieved by adversarial procedures. 
  • Rick Welch: Rick is vice president of Mass Insight Global Partnerships and director of the Advanced Cyber Security Center hosted at The MITRE Corporation. Rick combines deep executive experience in cybersecurity with a commitment to academia and teaching. He spent 10 years helping RSA become a dominant security firm, ultimately as senior vice president of the data security software division, with responsibility for a 50 person engineering team and product management and services groups. In 2007, Rick became senior vice president, global services, for Unica Corporation based in Waltham, a leading provider of enterprise marketing automation solutions, which was recently sold to IBM. Since 2010 Rick has committed his career to the intersection of industry and academia. Rick joined Boston University's School of Management where he remains an adjunct lecturer in BU's Executive Leadership Center. Rick received a BS from UNH and an MBA with High Honors from Boston University. He has two grown children and lives with his wife in Stow, Massachusetts.
  • Chris Wysopal: Chris is the founder, CTO and CISO of Veracode, a 6 year old application security SaaS company. As CTO he is responsible for the security analysis capabilities of the Veracode SaaS service and as CISO he is responsible for protecting his customer’s data. Chris started his career in software development and transitioned to information security in the mid 90’s when he was a prominent member of the security think tank, L0pht Heavy Industries. He has testified before the US Congress on the subjects of government computer security and how attackers exploit vulnerabilities in software. Chris is the author of the book “The Art of Application Security Testing”. He was recently named one of InfoWorld's Top 25 CTO's and one of the 100 most influential people in IT by the editorial staff of eWeek.


  • Michele Whitham: Michele is a Partner at Foley Hoag and founder of Foley Hoag's Data Privacy and Security Practice Group. Michele has over ten years of experience advising clients on the myriad of legal issues arising in the cyber-security context, including responding to data breaches, drafting corporate technology and acceptable use policies, crafting data privacy contract provisions, and advising on cross-border data security issues.