2017 Speakers

Over 20 speakers will address efforts toward strong authentication technology in government identity programs, including Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials, developments in National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), trusted ID on the Internet and on mobile devices, developments in state and local ID, and evolving global standards.

Bassam Al-Khalidi

Co-CEO & Principle Consultant, Axiad IDS

    Bassam has over 15 years of experience in designing and deploying Identity and Access Management solutions across large government, enterprise and healthcare organizations. Bassam is a leading expert in CAC/PIV SmartCard and PKI deployment and has been involved in multiple enterprise-class ID badge deployments over the last several years. He has held a variety of management and senior technical roles for established industry leaders, including ActivIdentity.

    Tim Baldridge

    IT Specialist, DMDC

      Tim Baldridge is an Information Technology Specialist for Enterprise Architecture and Information Security. Since 2012 he serves as senior design architect for the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), a field activity and component of the Defense Human Resource Agency, an agency supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness. Mr. Baldridge is a Co-Chair for the Federal Public Key Infrastructure Policy Authority and in his DMDC role supports development and adoption of principles and standards underpinning Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management. Prior to DMDC in his tenure at NASA Mr. Baldridge provided technical leadership for proposing, engineering, deploying, operating and sustaining the systems for the foundation of the NASA ICAM Line-of-Business. He served as a Co-Chair of Architecture Working Group under the Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) Sub-Committee. He also was the Chairperson for the Technical Working Group under the Government Smart Card – Interagency Advisory Board (IAB) during the initial development of FIPS 201 and related special publications for which the IAB contributed significant input to the review process for these Federal ICAM foundation documents. Mr. Baldridge holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering for Engineering Science and a Master of Science in Engineering for Computer Information and Control Engineering both from the University of Michigan.

      Colonel Tom Clancy

      Office of the CIO Identity Management Programs, U.S. Department of Defense

        COL Tom Clancy serves as IdAM and PKI Lead in the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity staff. Originally commissioned as an Armor Officer from the United States Military Academy, Clancy was assessed into Functional Area 53 (Information Systems Management) in 1998. He has deployed in automation services and cyber security roles at the Brigade, Division, Corps, and Joint Task Force echelons. He most recently served as Chief of USTRANSCOM’s Joint Cyber Center. He holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy, an MS in Computer Science from SUNY Stony Brook, and an MS in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

        Michael Duffy

        Department of Homeland Security

          Hildegard Ferraiolo

          Computer Scientist, NIST

            Hildegard Ferraiolo is a Computer Scientist at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where she is the  lead for the PIV Program activities including the recent completed revision 2 of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201—the standard for identity verification of federal employees and contractors. She coordinates PIV related activities with the HSPD-12 Support Team, the FICAM Test Program and the Government Smart Cards-Interagency Advisory Board. Hildegard co-authored and developed several NIST publications in the FIPS 201 standard suite, including SP 800-73 Interfaces for Personal Identity Verification, SP 800-85A/B Derived Test Requirements for PIV Cards/Middleware and the forthcoming SP 800-157 Derived PIV Credentials. Prior to leading the PIV Program, Hildegard launched the NIST Personal Identity Verification test program (NPIVP), resulting in the full accreditation of ten independent test laboratories and (to date) validation of over 70 PIV Middleware and Card applications products.

            John Fessler

            Principal Engineer, Exponent

              Dr. John Fessler, P.E., CSCIP, is a Principal Engineer at Exponent and has been working in the areas of smart cards, identity, and access control for government applications for the past 16 years. He has been involved in the DoD’s CAC program and the GSA’s PIV program, with particular emphasis on the quality and reliability of cards and related peripherals. Dr. Fessler is also an active participant in the national and international standards committees related to identity cards. In recent years, Dr. Fessler and Exponent have begun working with various government agencies to help chart their mobile device authentication strategies.

              Michael Garcia

              Director, Trusted Identities Group, NIST

                Paul Grassi

                Senior Standards and Technology Advisor, NIST Trusted Identity Group

                  Paul Grassi is the Senior Standards and Technology Advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He joined NIST in June 2014 to advance and accelerate the development and adoption of identity authentication and authorization related standards and technologies needed to implement the identity ecosystem envisioned in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). Mr. Grassi comes to NIST with a broad background of technology and management consulting, and significant experience developing enterprise security strategies and systems, having served a range of Fortune 500 companies, as well as domestic and foreign governments.

                  Anil John

                  Program Manager, Identity & Privacy R&D, Department of Homeland Security

                    Anil John is the Program Manager for the Identity Management and Data Privacy Research, Development and Transition Program in the Cyber Security Division for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) at the DHS Science and Technology Directorate. The Identity Management and Data Privacy Programs help government program managers with the public and private sector research and development expertise and resources needed to enhance the security and trustworthiness of their programs. In cases where such technologies do not exist or under development, the programs make the necessary investments in applied research, advanced development and technology transition to ensure their availability to the Homeland Security Enterprise.

                    LaChelle LeVan


                      Devu Manikantan Shila

                      Principal Research Scientist, United Technologies Research Corporation

                        Dr Devu Manikantan Shila is a Principal Research Scientist and Discipline Lead in Cyber Security at the United Technologies Research Center. Under this role, she is responsible for developing, leading and executing UTRC cyber security research strategy and for marketing resulting innovations to the Business Units and external customers. Dr. Manikantan Shila has more than 8 years of experience designing and developing cyber security solutions leveraging principles of secure cryptographic protocols, game theory and machine learning for mobile and embedded devices. She currently serves as the PI and technical Project leader for multiple government and corporate funded research programs in the area of software/hardware assurance and cyber security for critical infrastructure and mobile device.

                        Jeff Nigriny


                          Jeff’s vision is for a single, unifying identity solution for LACS and PACS. As the founder and President of CertiPath, Jeff is committed to helping customers reduce the cost and increase the reliability and scalability of identity assurance associated with even the most massive projects. His efforts focus on overcoming the core challenges of identity and access management. His success has earned him recognition as one the industry’s leading visionaries for solutions and services in the areas of electronic physical access, enterprise security, risk mitigation and security system design.

                          Michael Queralt

                          President, Queralt, Inc.

                          Michael Queralt –Co-founder of Queralt Inc. and has been leading the innovation efforts for many organization around security and Internet of things applications. His efforts have lead Queralt Inc. and other organizations to receive funding for many of their projects. His focus on identity management and security, has enabled him to work under the auspices of the US Department of Homeland Security – Science and Technology Directorate – Cybersecurity Division, developing multiple products around Information sharing, Physical and Logical Convergence, Federated Identity and Mobile Authentication. This works has resulted on the technology transition of their applied research into production and currently being used to protect the Homeland Information Security Network, network operating centers in Washington DC and other organizations in the US.

                          Grant Schneider

                          Office of Management & Budget

                            James Sheire

                            Director, FICAM, GSA

                              James Sheire serves as Director of the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Program at the General Services Administration (GSA). Sheire oversees and directs the development of policies and services for identity and access management to support Federal government cybersecurity initiatives and enable secure online service delivery to citizens, including serving as Co-Chair of the Federal CIO Council ICAM Subcommittee. Sheire draws on fifteen years of program, innovation, and strategy management experience in the federal government and the private sector, including recently as Senior Advisor to the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) and previously as a Legislative Assistant to US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).

                              Mark Steffler

                              VP Government Practice, Quantum Secure/ HID Global

                                Mark Steffler has over 20 years’ experience in computer, network, and electronic physical security. With a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mark worked at AT&T and Exodus Communications in cyber security and more recently at Quantum Secure an innovator in physical identity and access management. Mark is the VP of the Government Practice for Quantum Secure and leads the company’s initiatives in aligning its flagship product, SAFE, for widespread adoption in the federal government in conformance with FICAM and HSPD-12. Mark is a member of the Secure Technology Alliance (SCA) Access Control Council as well as the Security Industry Association (SIA) Standards Access Control & Identity Subcommittee and regularly participates in open government sponsored forums focused on the evolution and adoption of FICAM and FIPS201.

                                Joseph Stuntz

                                Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, Office of Management & Budget

                                  Joe Stuntz is focused on cybersecurity policy as a member of the OMB Cyber team in the office of the Federal CIO. Currently he is leading policy updates and issuances in many areas including FISMA and ICAM. Prior to this role, Joe was a consultant focused on cyber risk management for Federal and commercial clients. Joe holds an MBA from Georgetown University and completed graduate work at the Naval Postgraduate School.

                                  Randy Vanderhoof

                                  Executive Director, Secure Technology Alliance

                                    Randy Vanderhoof is the Executive Director of the Secure Technology Alliance. The Secure Technology Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption and widespread application of secure solutions, including smart cards, embedded chip technology, and related hardware and software across a variety of markets including authentication, commerce and Internet of Things (IoT). The Secure Technology Alliance, formerly known as the Smart Card Alliance, invests heavily in education on the appropriate uses of secure technologies to enable privacy and data protection and open forums for end users and industry stakeholders in payments, mobile, healthcare, identity and access, transportation, and the IoT in the U.S. and Latin America.