Election Integrity 2020 Conference


Election Integrity 2020 Conference

Date: October 24, 2019 | 9am - 3pm | Location: DreamPort Facility in Columbia MD


The Election Integrity 2020 Conference is coming to DreamPort!

Election Integrity 2020

The DreamPort team has been busy speaking with experts from academia, industry and government to learn what is keeping them up at night.

"Register, then vote." Sounds simple enough but in those simple words and call to action are a myriad of potential cyber threats to states, cities, precincts, churches, libraries and community centers and you the individual citizen.

These threats are all designed to interfere with your right to vote, to keep you from registering, to deny access to voter registration systems, to shut down critical infrastructure to voting tabulation centers and your local polling station and yes to hack you the human.

Stay tuned as we gather the personnel on the front lines of the Election Integrity 2020 to inform, listen and learn. Expected attendees include SMEs from industry, academia and other local, state and federal organizations.

Add your voice to the conversation.

Final Agenda

8:00 - 9:00am Registration
9:00 - 9:45am Keynote Address:
MAJ Charles A. Smith, USA
Election Security Lead
9:45 - 10:00am Break
10:00am - 10:55am Panel 1: Issues relating to voting infrastructure and election systems around the US
Chris Coleman, Looking Glass
William "Dix" Dallas, Northrop Grumman Program
Dr.Richard Forno, UMBC Department of Computer Science
Harri Hursti, Nordic Innovation
Sabrina Lea, Splunk
David Levine, Alliance for Securing Democracy
Dr.Joe Kiniry, Free and Fair
11:00 - 11:55am Panel 2: Social Media Threats To Election Security
Evan Blair, ZeroFOX
John Kelly, Graphika
Sam Visner, MITRE
Benjamin Yelin, University of MD Law
Elad Yoran, Koolspan
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch Break
Breakout Sessions
1:00 - 2:00pm Breakout Session 1: See Something, Say Something
Program Room 105 (Cyber Command)
This breakout session is for analysts to collaborate on what data is available, what data is shareable, what templates are used (STIX, etc.) and what data and context advances the enrichment process to better characterize a suspected Malicious Cyber Activity. Mutual understanding leads to better decision making by everyone.
Breakout Session 2: Malign Influence Campaigns
Program Room 107 (Edward Kao)
DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT C: Distribution authorized to U.S. Government Agencies and their contractors.
Breakout Session 3: Foreign Advisories In Hacking and High-Assurance Technologies for trustworthy Voting
Program Room 106 (Harri Hursti, Joe Kiniry)
2:00 - 3:00pm Breakout Session 4: EAC's Role In Securing Elections and Risk Limiting Audits
Program Room 105 (Jerome Lovato)
Breakout Session 5: Candidate Mobile Security
Program Room 107 (Elad Yoran)
Breakout Session 6: Social Media and Cyber Crime
Program Room 106 (Evan Blair)

The Panelists

Evan Blair
Evan Blair
Evan Blair is the co-founder of ZeroFOX and Global Vice President of Channel Sales & Partnerships. Holding previous leadership roles across Marketing, Operations, and Sales, he is currently responsible for driving the corporate vision through execution-focused initiatives and a partner-centric go-to-market strategy. Evan spends his time with customers, industry analysts and partners solving the security challenges and risks that social media presents to the modern business. As an experienced global speaker, he has presented at conferences including RSA Conference, Digital Copenhagen, McAfee FOCUS, SINET and has been featured by the New York Times, The Atlantic, Forbes and other major publications. Evan leverages a diverse background in economics and cyber security to shape value-based programs to help empower organizations in a digital age. Prior to founding ZeroFOX, Evan was a member of the Accuvant Leadership Team where he led the Partner Solution Practice and prior to that held both financial and business development leadership roles within the security industry at Ciphent and Application Security. He studied International Economics at Cambridge University and holds a BA in Economics from Wake Forest University.
Chris Coleman
Chris Coleman
Chris Coleman brings over 20 years of experience in information security and technology and a strong balance of hands-on experience and business acumen to his role as Chief Executive Officer at Lookingglass. He oversees all facets of the company's growth and direction, including delivery of products and services to Lookingglass' customers across the commercial, federal civilian agency and defense department communities. Prior to Lookingglass, Coleman served as the Director of Cyber Security at Cisco Systems, Inc. where he focused on identifying solutions to critical customer challenges through delivery of Cisco and partner technologies for civilian, defense and intelligence organizations. Previously, Coleman served in key management roles with Integrated Data Systems and ManTech. During his tenure at ManTech, he was responsible for the remote security monitoring services and data hosting services profit and loss centers and managed ManTech's IT services and operations. Coleman also managed the NetWitness product development team and was essential in the successful spin out of the technology and development team in 2006. Coleman studied Electrical Engineering at the New York Institute of Technology – Old Westbury. He is an active member of the cyber security community and enjoys ice hockey and skiing.
William "Dix" Dallas
Mr. William "Dix" Dallas is a senior cybersecurity manager with more than 35 years of federal and state experience of which he has more than 18 years in providing cybersecurity solutions as a senior leader. He is a skilled and experienced senior leader in the cybersecurity, network attack, information operations, and intelligence mission areas. He has years of experience leading and directing teams engaged in operational and strategic cybersecurity/computer network defense, intelligence operations, and Information Operations (IO) in the Department of Defense, Federal Civil, Intelligence Community, and state government. His most recent assignment included providing the DHS Chief Information Security Officer with strategic cybersecurity assessments, policy recommendations, and mission management. Dix also provided strategic threat assessments, mitigation strategies and Department level cybersecurity strategies that enhanced IT infrastructure protection, while enabling core missions and directly addressing Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) intrusions. He was also the Program Director and Transformation Security Services Lead for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) Project, a $2 Billion, 10 year Enterprise Information Technology (IT) Services program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He built the programs security infrastructure and transformed Commonwealth agencies into the new IT and security infrastructure and led the team that provided 24/7 Security Operations Center and Security Engineering services for 86 state agencies.

Currently, Dix is the Department & Program Manager for a Northrop Grumman Program valued at $355M that provides cybersecurity services and capabilities to the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. This Program includes extensive support to the United States - Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). He established this effort as a new Program and grew the Program from one task order and 108 positions to 283 positions and ten task orders in under a year providing the full range of innovative cybersecurity services. Northrop Grumman's NCCIC effort currently has 250 positions and provides traditional cybersecurity skill in addition to commercial & open source threat analysis, cloud initiatives and a comprehensive cybersecurity training and workforce development project.

Dix has a Master of Arts from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a Bachelors of Arts from Western Maryland College. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Resident) course. He graduated from numerous U.S. Army courses to include the Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Counterintelligence Officers Course, Automatic Data Processing Officers Course, Combined Arms Services and Staff School and the Intelligence Collection Manager's Course. He served in the U.S. Army for 22 years in successive level of command and staff assignments. His first assignment was providing security assessments for the Department of Defense (DOD) computer operations and his last military assignment was as the Computer Network Attack (CNA) and Defense Division Chief integrating attack capabilities into War Plans and conducting focused operations in support of National Security objectives. Dix has written many policy, strategy and technical papers. These include principle author for the DoD CNA report portion for the Quadrennial Defense Review; principle author DoD CNA command and control constructs and policy papers; and author for DoD Computer Network Defense Response Actions Concept Paper and Concept of Operations. He has presented at a number of cybersecurity conferences, to include giving the Keynote presentation at the State of Texas Information Security Forum and presenter at the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) Conference. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional; Project Management Professional and Information Technology Infrastructure Library Version 3 certified.
Dr. Richard Forno
Dr. Richard Forno
Dr. Richard Forno is a senior lecturer in the UMBC Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, where he directs the UMBC Graduate Cybersecurity Program and serves as the Assistant Director of UMBC's Center for Cybersecurity.

Prior to academia, his twenty-five year career in operational 'cyber' spans the government, military, and private sector, including helping to build the first formal cybersecurity program for the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as the first Chief Security Officer for Network Solutions (then, the global center of the internet DNS system), advising both defense entities and Fortune 500 companies on critical infrastructure protection, co-founding the CyberMaryland conference, and more. He is an affiliate of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS) and from 2005-12 was a visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, serving as an instructor for the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC).

As a student of national security studies, Dr. Forno has a strong interest in the influence of technology upon national security, individuals, and global society. He was one of the early thought leaders on the subject of "cyberwarfare" and he remains a longtime author, speaker, and commentator on the influence of internet technology upon society, including election cybersecurity and related influence operations.
Harri Hursti
Harri Hursti
Mr. Harri Hursti is a world-renowned data security expert, internet visionary and serial entrepreneur. He began his career as the prodigy behind the first commercial, public email and online forum system in Scandinavia. He founded his first company at the age of 13 and went on to cofound EUnet-Finland in his mid- 20's. Today, Harri continues to innovate and find solutions to the world's most vexing problems. He is among the world's leading authority in the areas of election voting security and critical infrastructure and network system security.

Mr. Hursti is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the topic of electronic voting security, having served in all aspects of the industry sector. He is considered an authority on uncovering critical problems in electronic voting systems worldwide. In the last 10 years, Mr. Hursti has pursued this important area out of a sense of duty to his fellow citizens of the world.

As a consultant, he has conducted and co-authored many studies, both academic and commercial, on various election systems' data security and vulnerability. These studies have come at the request of officials, legislators and policy makers in 5 countries; including the U.S. government, at both the state and federal level.

In the area of critical infrastructure, Mr. Hursti most recently completed an assignment organized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in February 2014, where he assumed the role of COO of an imaginary $53B critical infrastructure company in a cybersecurity attack simulation.

Mr. Hursti is the author of 4 U.S. patent applications for encryption and security and several additional international patents.
Edward Kao
Edward Kao
Edward Kao is a research staff in the Intelligence and Decision Technologies Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. For the last 10 years, he has been working on research topics in the exploitation of graph and network data, where actionable intelligence is derived from interactions and relationships between entities. These topics include threat network detection and analysis, causal experiments on social networks, statistical models for networks, high performance computing for large networks, and information content, optimal sampling, and experimental design for network inference. He was the recipient of the MIT Lincoln Scholarship and the National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship, from 2011 to 2016. He also received in 2013 the Tom R. Ten Have Research Award for his work in causal inference on networks, and in 2015 the Google Best Poster Award at the New England Statistical Symposium. He completed the Ph.D. degree in statistics from Harvard University in 2017.
John W. Kelly, Ph.D
John W. Kelly, Ph.D
John W. Kelly, Ph.D is the founder and CEO of Graphika, a social media analysis firm founded on technology he invented that blends social network analysis, content analysis, and statistics to make complex online networks understandable. John is also a recognized expert on advanced computational techniques for measuring online behavior. Most recently, he was invited to provide his expert testimony on foreign interference in the U.S. presidential election before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He is also an affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he works with leading academics to design and implement empirical studies of the Internet's role in business, culture, and politics around the world. A quantitative social scientist by training, John earned his Ph.D. in Communications from Columbia University, and has also studied at Stanford and at Oxford's Internet Institute. Today, he leads a team of business professionals and data scientists to bring new analytic technologies to market via the Graphika platform.
Dr. Joseph Kiniry
Dr. Joseph Kiniry
Dr. Joseph Kiniry is the Principled CEO and Chief Scientist of Free & Fair, a Galois spin-out focusing on high-assurance elections technologies and services. He is also a Principal Scientist at Galois and the Research Lead of several programs: High-assurance Secure Hardware Design, Rigorous Systems Engineering, Verifiable Elections, High-assurance Cryptography, and Audits-for-Good.

Dr. Kiniry has nearly twenty years of experience in the design, development, support, and auditing of supervised and internet/remote electronic voting systems while he was a professor at various universities in Europe. He co-led the DemTech research group at the IT University of Copenhagen and has served as an adviser to the Dutch, Irish, and Danish governments in matters relating to electronic voting. He now advises the U.S. government on these matters via his participation in the EAC-NIST VVSG public working groups.

His primary research interest is in applying formal methods to systems development (hardware, firmware, and software), especially in the areas of system correctness and security. Notable achievements include leading the network and external security evaluation team for the Dutch national internet voting system (KOA) and the Danish national single sign-on system; participating in, or leading the development of, verified voting systems for the American, Danish, Dutch, and Irish electoral systems; leading the development of the EU FP6-funded Mobius Program Verification Environment, the ESC/Java2 platform for extended static checking, and a number of other widely-used software platforms.

Dr. Kiniry is a founding member of the JML Consortium, has been on the Management Committee of COST Program Actions, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Object Technology and the Journal of Election Technology and Systems, and he has been on over fifty program committees for top international venues.
Sabrina Lea
Sabrina Lea
Sabrina Lea is a computer engineer and technical leader, with over 10 years of cybersecurity experience supporting the United States Federal Government. Currently, at Splunk, Mrs. Lea leads the Intelligence Community systems engineering team. In this role, her team provides security and product expertise to Splunk customers to as they engage is Security Analytics, Threat Hunting, Incident Response, SIEM implementation, and Automated Orchestration. Previously, Mrs. Lea served in a number of engineering and technical leadership positions at NSA, USCYBERCOM, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Mrs. Lea holds an MBA from Georgetown University, an MS from National Defense University, as well as a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Maryland Baltimore County.
David Levine
David Levine
David Levineis the Elections Integrity Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. David previously served in a range of positions administering and observing elections, and advocating for election reform. As the Ada County, Idaho Elections Director, he managed the administration of all federal, state county and local district elections in Boise and its environs. As Election Management Advisor for the Washington, DC Board of Elections, he supported the Executive Director and the Board in highly complex matters relating to elections operations, data management, voter registration and outreach, and advised others concerning legislation, statutes and regulations impacting election programs. He also served as the Deputy Director of Elections for the City of Richmond, Virginia. Before he actually administered elections, David worked with advocacy groups to improve the election process. He has also observed elections overseas in a number of countries for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Haverford College and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Jerome Lovato
Jerome Lovato
Jerome serves as Testing and Certification Director for voting system certification at the EAC. In this role, he assists jurisdictions with developing processes and procedures for conducting risk-limiting audits (RLA). He published the white paper "Risk-Limiting Audits - Practical Application" to provide a foundation for elected officials on how RLAs work and things to consider before conducting pilots or mandating RLAs via legislation. He assisted Marion County, IN and the Ball State Voting System Technical Oversight Program with conducting an RLA pilot, and the Michigan Secretary of State with pilot RLAs in Rochester Hills, City of Lansing, and City of Kalamazoo.

Prior to joining the EAC in September 2017, he worked as a Voting Systems Specialist at the Colorado Secretary of State's office for 10 years where he served as the voting system certification lead and risk-limiting audit project manager. He is a former Certified Colorado Election Official and former City of Centennial Election Commissioner. In 2007, Jerome led the re-certification testing campaigns on three of the four voting systems that were used in Colorado. In 2015, he was heavily involved in piloting four new voting systems for the 2015 Coordinated Election, and assisted in deploying and implementing a new voting system in 56 of 64 counties for the 2016 General Election. He also drafted and revised voting-systems related rules and procedures, conducted county audits and investigations, and provided county support on all voting-systems related matters.

While serving in the Secretary of State's office, Jerome spearheaded the effort to apply for a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to conduct research on performing RLAs in Colorado. With that grant, he assisted counties in conducting RLA pilots; chaired the RLA public working group; created training material and conducted trainings at regional county meetings. In addition, he drafted software specifications for RLA software, and created a project plan to implement a statewide RLA for the 2017 Coordinated Election.

Jerome received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Samuel S. Visner
Samuel S. Visner
Samuel S. Visner is the director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (NCF), which MITRE manages in support of the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).

In this role, Visner oversees efforts to bring together experts from industry, government, and academia to demonstrate integrated cybersecurity solutions that are cost-effective, repeatable, and scalable. The FFRDC is the first of its kind dedicated to cybersecurity.

Visner joined MITRE from an executive position at ICF International, which advises business and government entities on issues related to health, homeland security, defense, and energy. He also held leadership positions at CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

In addition, he served as chief of signals intelligence programs at the National Security Agency, where he was awarded the agency's Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 2003. Visner has been a leader in public/private partnerships and collaborations, including the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the Air Force Communications and Electronics Association, the Professional Services Council, and the National Academy of Science. Throughout his career, he has worked across multiple federal sponsors. He sits on the Army Science Board, and serves as an adjunct professor of cybersecurity at Georgetown University.

Visner holds a bachelor's degree in international politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He earned a master's degree in telecommunications from George Washington University.
Ben Yelin
Ben Yelin
Ben Yelin joined CHHS in August 2013, soon after graduating from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law (Maryland Carey Law).

Since joining CHHS, Mr. Yelin has assisted clients on projects relating to: exercise and training, policy updates for a campus security project, interoperability, Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA), resource management, emergency operations and many other emergency management subjects. Mr. Yelin also serves as the Center's Media Relations specialist, and co-runs the Center's extern and research assistants programs.

In addition to his client work, Mr. Yelin is a Professor for the Masters of Science in Law Program at the University of Maryland, teaching both online and in-person courses. He has taught "U.S. Law and the Legal System" as well as "National Security, Foreign Intelligence, and Privacy." Mr. Yelin also is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he teaches the National Security course.

Prior to law school, Mr. Yelin worked for two years as the Education Programs Coordinator at the National Quality Forum, a not-for-profit health policy organization in Washington, D.C. While in law school, Mr. Yelin previously worked as an extern and research assistant for CHHS from the summer of 2012 through the spring of 2013. He also completed externships at both the Maryland General Assembly and the United States House of Representatives.

Mr. Yelin graduated cum laude from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY in 2008, with a major in Government and a minor in Economics. He is originally from San Francisco, CA.
Elad Yoran
Elad Yoran
Elad Yoran is Executive Chairman of KoolSpan, CEO of Security Growth Partners (SGP) and Associate Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He is a 20+ year cybersecurity executive and entrepreneur, among other things having founded and led many foundational cyber companies.

He serves as director at Infinidat as well as on several government and industry boards including the Army Cyber Institute, the Cloud Security Alliance, and previously, the FBI IT Advisory Council. Mr. Yoran is the author of many articles going back to the original Internet Security Threat Report research papers. Mr. Yoran cybersecurity entrepreneurial experience, for which he was honored as "Entrepreneur of the Year" by E&Y, includes Riptech, MediaSentry, Sentrigo and Vaultive among others.

Previously, Mr. Yoran served as a US Army officer and is a veteran of Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and West Point.



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