Devon Bryan is Founder & President of ICMCP and is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for the Federal Reserve System (FRS). As FRS’ Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Devon oversees information security policy, programs and strategy, including incident response.
Devon joined the Federal Reserve from Fortune 500 payroll and human resources provider ADP, where he served as Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Devon led ADP’s information security strategy, collaborating across the company’s geographically dispersed business operations to ensure coordination, consensus, and effective execution across global operations. Prior to joining ADP in 2011, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after directing the IRS’s FISMA-compliant information security program and leading the IRS’ incident response team.
His information security career began in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Captain and lead engineer working on systems and programs to protect the critical network and communications tools of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command.
Devon launched ICMCP (International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals) to help tackle the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the field of cybersecurity by providing academic scholarships, mentoring and networking programs targeting minority cybersecurity professionals worldwide and by promoting academic and technical excellence in the tradecraft.
Devon received a Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics from South Dakota Technological University and a Master of Science, Computer Science from Colorado Technological University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He holds multiple certifications: CISSP, CIPP/US, CIPP/EU, and CISA and participates in several industry forums and is a sought after speaker and writer on emerging cyber security trends and issues.
Aric K. Perminter is Founder & Chairman of Lynx Technology Partners, an information security and risk management services company.
In addition to chairing the board of directors, Mr. Perminter is responsible for managing the company, formulating and executing long-term strategies, and interacting with clients, employees, and other stakeholders. He is Lynx’s primary decision- and policy-maker, setting the tone for the company’s values, ethics, and culture.
Mr. Perminter exemplifies Lynx’s commitment to helping its clients achieve high performance. He is a proven leader with deep expertise in developing strong client relationships, a passion for building outstanding client teams and a disciplined focus on operations and execution.
In his 25-year career, Mr. Perminter has held a wide variety of leadership positions across key parts of information technology businesses. Before founding Lynx in March 2009, he was a regional sales manager for Lumension Security’s northeastern region, which services clients’ endpoint security and risk management need.
From June 2004 through October 2007, Mr. Perminter was a partner at Secure Technology Integration Group, with primary responsibility for STIGroup’s business development program. In that role, he oversaw sales, marketing and partner management initiatives globally. He also served as Founder & CEO for Precise Technologies Group from January 1998 through August 2003 at which time he successfully sold to Infinity Consulting Group. Mr. Perminter spent his earlier career after serving in the United States Army with the Greenwich Technology Partners where he served as sales manager for the northern region.
Mr. Perminter represents some external venues. He is the second member and shareholder of THREAT STREAM, an investor in Security Current and CloudeAssurance, and serves on the executive boards of BCT Partners, International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), and Cyware.
Larry Whiteside Jr. currently serves as vice president of healthcare and critical infrastructure in the Office of the CISO at Optiv. In this role, Whiteside focuses on helping security executives in these focus areas develop a comprehensive security program that balances risk and aligns with the overall business goals. He is responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive suite of strategic services and solutions to help executives improve their security strategies through innovation. Whiteside also is co-founder and executive vice president of the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP).
Prior to Optiv, Whiteside served as the chief security officer at Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), an organization that supplies cost-effective electricity for Central Texas, manages water supplies and floods in the lower Colorado River basin, provides public parks, and supports community development in 58 Texas counties. In this role, Whiteside was responsible for the protection of all corporate personnel and assets, and led the Office of the CSO. Whiteside also worked at Comodo as corporate strategy advisor to the CEO, Lynx Technology Partners as CSO, Spectrum Health as CISO and director of enterprise operations, and Visiting Nurse Service of NY as CISO.
Whiteside started his career as an officer in the United States Air Force and separated in 2002. He served as chief, information warfare/network security divisions and chief, network security division – single agency manager for the Air Force at the Pentagon. In recognition for his achievements, Whiteside received the Company Grade Officer of the Year award for his units in 1997 and 2000, and a nomination for the National Information Security Executive of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Whiteside received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science at Huston-Tillotson University. He is an active member in various industry organizations such as Information System Security Association (ISSA), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and multiple industry-based security committees dedicated to strengthening security in the public and private sectors. Whiteside is a well-respected security expert, having briefed individuals at some of the highest levels of Department of Defense. He also is a thought leader in the industry with extensive experience presenting at conferences such as the Gartner Security Summit, RSA Conference and SC World Congress, and has been featured in many articles relating to information security and risk management.
Carlos Edwards Snr is Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations and is currently Chief, Security Risk Analytics, for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Carlos has over 20-years of experience in several facets of cyber security that encompass incident response, forensic analysis, identity management, information governance, and risk and compliance management.
Prior to his current role, Carlos most recently fulfilled the responsibilities as the Associate Director, Incident Response Center and IT Security Implementation programs with SEC and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In this capacity, Carlos was responsible for establishing and leading the Computer Security Incident Response Center (CSIRC) and Situational Awareness Management Center (SAMC) capabilities, along with several enterprise initiatives that touch all aspects of cyber security strategy and deliverables in the safeguard of business processes, enhance the enterprise security posture, and provide rapid response to cyber crisis.
Julian Waits is the former CEO of ThreatTrack Security and serves as the Chairman of ICMCP’s Strategic Advisory Board.
Julian is an accomplished chief executive, business development professional, risk-management strategist and sales leader with a tenured background in information security. He also has extensive experience in the venture capital arena, leading tech companies through periods of rapid growth, innovation and transition.
He has more than 20 years of experience at all levels of IT, from network engineer to sales and previous roles as CEO, when he led Brabeion Software Corporation, maker of IT governance, risk and compliance software, and Way2Market360 LLC., a startup accelerator. He also held senior leadership positions at Archer Technologies, e-Security and BNXSystems.
He is an alumnus of both Loyola University of New Orleans and Xavier University.