Keynote Speaker

Renee Forney

Renee Forney is currently the CEO of the Forney Group LLC and the Executive Managing Director of Global Cyber Security Management at Equinoxys Inc. She is a thought leader in areas of Cyber Workforce and Enterprise risk management.

Forney previously served as Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for Cybersecurity and Enterprise Operations, where she was responsible for managing the Department of Energy's (DOE) Enterprise Cybersecurity Program; advising Departmental senior officials on integrating cybersecurity; risk management; and implementing enterprise information resources management across the DOE. She provided executive-level guidance for the interagency on administrative cybersecurity initiatives; including the White House's Cybersecurity National Action Plan, the Defense Industrial Base Sector (for information safeguarding and critical infrastructure protection) and the NICE Interagency Coordinating Council lead by the NIST.

Prior to DOE, Forney was the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Executive Director for the Cyber Skills Management Support Initiative, where she was responsible for managing cybersecurity-related projects for the Undersecretary of Management. Forney also served as the Branch Chief for the General Services Administration's (GSA) Business Intelligence Division, where she developed innovative enterprise solutions such as the FAStoday Portal, and led the digital information efforts for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Transition Team. Forney also held a variety of information assurance and technology roles in the private sector, including Division Program Manager for Unisys, and Senior Security Analyst for Telos.

Forney holds a Bachelor of Science from DeVry University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University. She is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and has held the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.


Matt Larson

Matt Larson is an expert in Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure and security, and joined the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2016 as the Vice President of Research.

Larson previously worked at Dyn, where he worked as their Chief Technology Officer, focused on engineering and technical architecture. He has also worked for Verisign and Hewlett-Packard, and served as Chairman of the Board of the DNS Operations, Analysis and Research Center (DNS-OARC) and Vice Chair of ICANN's Root Server System Advisory Council (RSSAC).
Larson lives in Maryland and works in ICANN's Washington, D.C. office.




Brett Berlin

In his current faculty appointment within the George Mason University's Volgenau School of Engineering, Professor Berlin teaches, directs the joint capstone program, and helps develop curriculum for the multi-disciplinary Data Analytics Engineering M.S. program. Previously, Mr. Berlin has served as: President/Founder, Berlin Consulting Associates; Chief Scientist, WareOnEarth Communications; Vice Chairman & Founder, Institute for Clinical Information; Vice President, Kendall Square Research; Vice President, Cray Research, Inc. and other executive positions. His Air Force military service spanned 22 years as an active, then reserve officer and computer scientist.