Over 2 days, these 12 different sessions and more than 30 speakers will deliver an in-depth view of the future of federal government policies and technology developments for securing federal identity and access control of facilities and network systems. Experts from the federal government and the security industry will fill the conference agenda and exhibits area to address the present and future direction of the government’s efforts to manage identities and control access across all federal agencies.

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.

    Benjamin Andreas

    Director of Sales, XTec

      Ben Andreas leads XTec’s account management team and brings over 15 years of government security and identity management knowledge and experience. Ben has worked with numerous federal agencies and organizations to deploy enterprise credentialing solutions to meet federal mandates and deliver end to end security solutions. Over the last 5 years Ben has focused on the evolution of digital credentials on mobile devices working with NIST, government agencies, and technology partners to move the security provided by PIV credentials to mobile platforms.

      Damon Becknel

      CISO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ

        Damon Becknel is the Chief Information Security Officer for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Previously, he spent more than 20 years of active service in the U.S. Army, and held positions leading people and designing, building, maintaining and defending computer systems and networks. He led all efforts to maintain and defend all U.S. Military networks in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, directed all operations for the NSA’s Hunt Division, led the first military counter-cyber operations team to final operating capability and served as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science for the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, New York.

        Jordan Burris

        Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, Executive Office of the President

          Damon Becknel is the Chief Information Security Officer for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Previously, he spent more than 20 years of active service in the U.S. Army, and held positions leading people and designing, building, maintaining and defending computer systems and networks. He led all efforts to maintain and defend all U.S. Military networks in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, directed all operations for the NSA’s Hunt Division, led the first military counter-cyber operations team to final operating capability and served as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science for the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, New York.

          Omar Chavez

          Chief, Office of Security Systems, United States Marshals Services

            Colonel Tom Clancy

            Office of the Secretary of Defense's Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, 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.

              David Coley

              Senior Solution Architect, Intercede

                David Coley has over 20 years experience supporting US Government technical solutions in mobility and security. Throughout his career David has served in technical sales, SME, and product management roles with companies ranging from mobile device manufacturers, to systems integrators, and small mobile security app companies. He has consistently worked to help support an ever increasing mobile Government workforce. He currently serves as Sr. Solution Architect for Intercede with a focus on strong identity for mobile use cases.

                Tony Damalas

                VP - ICAM Professional Services, SigNet Technologies, “Convergint Federal Solutions”

                  Tony Damalas is responsible for the Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) Division of SigNet Technologies and serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all ICAM/FICAM opportunities. SigNet is a Convergint Technologies Company and a security systems integration company, headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area since 2006. Mr. Damalas has over 45 years in the electronic security industry, currently focusing in ICAM/FICAM, FICAM being ICAM in the Federal government. As Principal Architect for ICAM/FICAM solutions, Mr. Damalas is qualified in how physical security systems need to conform to ICAM and FICAM platforms and NIST Standards.

                  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.

                    Christine Finnelle

                    Deputy Assistant Director, Information Technology Division, United States Marshals Services

                      Ms. Finnelle has over 28 years of Information Technology (IT) leadership experience spanning research, design, engineering, product development, operations and program management. She currently is the Deputy Assistant Director for the Information Technology Division at United States Marshals Service (USMS) with oversight of the IT Core Infrastructure, Service Delivery and Enterprise Applications. She has successfully integrated many enterprise programs in support of the varied USMS missions.

                      Darleen Gore

                      General Services Administration

                        Paul Grassi

                        SVP of Cybersecurity, Easy Dynamics Corp

                          Paul Grassi is the SVP of Cybersecurity for Easy Dynamics Corp. Mr. Grassi is responsible to helping clients mature effective cybersecurity programs via an appropriate mixture of policy, process, technology, and operations. Prior to joining EDC, he was the Senior Standards and Technology Advisor and Lead for Digital Identity at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mr. Grassi has 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.

                          Ian Grossman

                          Vice President of Membership Services and Public Affairs, AAMVA

                            Brandon Iske

                            Mobile Enablement/Purebred Lead, DoD Public Key Infrastructure/Enablement | DISA

                              Anil John

                              Cyber Security R&D Program Manager, US 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.

                                Judy Keator


                                  Michael Kelley

                                  Principal Electronic Security System Technical Specialist, Parsons

                                    Michael Kelley is a Principal Electronic Security System Technical Specialist with Parsons Corporation. He has more than thirty-five years of system installation, design and integration experience. For the last seventeen years, he has supported Federal Government identity, credential and access management programs at the Department of State, Transportation Security Administration, GSA and the Department of Defense specializing in the development of systems, policies and procedures that leverage ICAM principals for physical access control. He is holds the Secure Technology Alliance CSCIP/G and CSEIP certifications and is a member of the Alliance’s Access Control Council Steering Committee. He is also an ASIS International board-certified Physical Security Professional and an IEEE Certified Biometric Professional. He previously served for 21 years as an electronics technician and engineer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

                                    Suzette Kent

                                    Federal Chief information Officer, Office of Management and Budget

                                      Suzette Kent serves as the Federal Chief Information Officer at the Office of Management and Budget. Ms. Kent is an industry leader of large-scale business transformation using technology, for the world’s most complex organizations. She most recently served as a principal at EY and has been a partner at Accenture, consulting president at Carreker Corporation and a Managing Director at JPMorgan. Although technology change has been at the core of her professional career, retooling the workforce and creating new opportunities for people has been an essential element of efforts that she has led. She has served as an enterprise leader for organizational learning, diversity and inclusiveness, and career development at every organization in which she has worked. Suzette is a frequent speaker in global industry forums, publisher of thought leadership pieces and holds patents in banking processes.

                                      Tom Lockwood

                                      Strategic Initiatives/Business Development, NextGenID

                                        Secure Technology Alliance Board Member, Member of the Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Identity Council. Tom is active in promotion and application of trusted computing to create value, solve challenges, and promote quality of life and service. Tom’s executive leadership and design-build experiences span public and private sectors including public safety, security, defense, transportation, chemical, pharmaceutical, and food sectors. He is a member of the Preparedness Leadership Council, Advisory Board of DomPrep Magazine; a Brookings Legis Fellow; a graduate of the Harvard Business School and class chairman; and Past-President of the Navy’s Association of Scientists and Engineers.

                                        Stafford Mahfouz


                                          Cathy Medich

                                          Director, Strategic Programs, Secure Technology Alliance

                                            Cathy Medich is Director of Strategic Programs for the Smart Card Alliance and Associate Director of the U.S. Payments Forum. In these roles, she manages strategic marketing and industry initiatives and directs industry council and working committee activities. Cathy has over 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic planning for technology businesses, including consulting engagements or positions with Hewlett-Packard, VeriSign, Verifone and CommerceNet. Cathy has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School.

                                            Joel Minton

                                            Executive Director, login.gov

                                              Will Morrison

                                              Manager, Infrastructure Protection Policy and Programs Division (AXF-100) & Chair of the ISC’s Convergence Subcommittee, Federal Aviation Administration

                                                Will Morrison chairs the Department of Homeland Security’s Interagency Security Committee’s Convergence Subcommittee. Before beginning his federal civil service career, Will served as a security and telecommunications specialist for the Coast Guard, retiring with over 22 years of active duty service. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the American Public University System’s School of Security and Global Studies, where he teaches courses in Homeland Security. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Homeland Security Leadership and Policy. He also maintains international certification from the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) International as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP).

                                                Jeff Nigriny

                                                President, CertiPath

                                                  For the past 14 years he has served as the founder and President of CertiPath, the highest assurance trust framework globally. CertiPath is committed to helping customers reduce the cost and increase the reliability and scalability of identity assurance. While at CertiPath, Jeff was the primary author and proponent of the first Digital ID law in America, passed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to CertiPath, Jeff spent a decade as the Chief Security Officer at Exostar helping secure supply chain interaction in the Aerospace and Defense Industry. Jeff graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science and American University with a Master of Science. He also holds the CISSP and SSCP certifications.

                                                  Andrew Sheedy

                                                  Sales Manager, Government, IAM, HID Global

                                                    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).

                                                      Drew Sindlinger

                                                      DHS - TSA

                                                        Judith Spencer

                                                        PMA Chair, Certipath

                                                          Judith Spencer is the Chair, CertiPath Policy Management Authority. She manages the CertiPath Bridge Certification Authority, which provides the federated trust environment for industry, including the Aerospace-Defense community. Previously, Ms. Spencer was Chair of the Federal PKI Policy Authority and co-Chair of the Federal CIO Council’s ICAM Subcommittee, building cross-organizational consensus on matters related to identity management and the implementation of HSPD-12. She continues to champion high assurance identity credentials in the federated environment.

                                                          Mark Steffler

                                                          Government Practice Manager, IAMS, HID Global

                                                            Mark Steffler leads the Federal Government Practice for HID/Quantum Secure and is active in the Secure Technology Alliance Identity and Access Councils and also in the Security Industry Association (SIA) government initiatives. Mark graduated with an electrical engineering and computer science degree from the University of Texas and has spent the last 20 years in both commercial and government enterprise security practices. For the last eight years, Mark has focused on helping government enterprise align with the Federal Identity Credential and Access Management (FICAM) initiative, and more recently the Continuous Diagnostic Mitigation Program (CDM) as it relates to physical access and security.

                                                            Kevin Stine

                                                            Applied Cybersecurity Division, NIST

                                                              Mr. Kevin Stine is the Chief of the Applied Cybersecurity Division in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Information Technology Laboratory. In this capacity, he leads NIST collaborations with industry, academia, and government on the practical implementation of cybersecurity and privacy through outreach and effective application of standards and best practices. The Applied Cybersecurity Division develops cybersecurity and privacy guidelines, tools, and reference architectures in diverse areas such as public safety communications; health information technology; smart grid, cyber physical, and industrial control systems; and programs focused on outreach to small businesses and federal agencies. The Division is home to several priority national programs including the Cybersecurity Framework, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, Identity and Access Management, and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

                                                              Lars Suneborn

                                                              Director of Training Programs, Secure Technology Alliance

                                                                During his 30 + year career in the security industry, Mr. Suneborn have served in various capacities with HIRSCH Electronics, Oberthur Technologies and Smart Card Alliance. Lars has become recognized as a Physical Access Control System (PACS) subject matter leader. As Director of Government Program with HIRSCH, Suneborn was deeply involved with PACS design and deployment for a wide variety of US, Canadian and British Security agencies in high-risk, high consequence sites nationally and worldwide. As part of security agencies desire to achieve internal self-sufficiency for long-term sustainability Suneborn developed and conducted customized agency specific week-long training courses and courseware as well as Train-the-Trainer programs for such agencies. wide. Suneborn was often specifically requested by name for specialized training requirements. As Director of the Smart Card Alliance Training Programs, Suneborn leading development and conducting ICAM E-PACS Certification Course for Federal and commercial System Engineers, Program Managers and Procurement officers and is assisting US agencies in their efforts to achieve HSPD-12- FICAM compliance. Suneborn is a frequent speaker and was for nearly six years, Chair of the SCA ACC.

                                                                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.

                                                                  William Windsor

                                                                  IT Program Manager, DHS

                                                                    William (Bill) Windsor serves as a Deputy Director of the Enterprise Security Services Division (ESSD), Security Compliance and Integration Office (EICO). As the Deputy Director, assists the Office of Chief Security Officer in the planning, implementation, and leadership of the identity authentication and access management for physical access control. Bill’s primary role is the leading DHS PACS Modernization for the Department, this includes the refinement of the DHS Physical Access Control System (PACS) Modernization Strategy with the goal of presenting it to the DHS Joint Requirements Council (JRC) for prioritization.