Featured Speakers

Albert Forkner, Wyoming Commissioner of Banking

Albert Forkner is Wyoming’s Commissioner of Banking, whose top priority is cybersecurity. Forkner has also served as an assistant banking commissioner. He is a strong believer in the role our nation’s community banks play in state and local economic development. His diverse work history, featuring both state and federal bank supervision, and tenure with a community bank and a national bank, has provided him with a breadth of knowledge about the financial services industry as a whole.

Forkner is a 1995 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a minor in finance. He also is a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado.

The Wyoming Division of Banking is responsible for the supervision and regulation of state-chartered banks, trust companies and licensed non-depository financial entities operating in this state. The division operates out of the Herschler Building in Cheyenne.

Dr. Gregory White, Director, Center for Infrastructure Assurance

Dr. Gregory White has been involved in computer and network security since 1986. He spent 30 years with the Air Force and Air Force Reserves. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 1995 conducting research in the area of Computer Network Intrusion Detection and he continues to conduct research in this area today. He currently serves as the Director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) and is a Professor of Computer Science at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). In addition, Dr White also serves as the Executive Director of the Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) Standards Organization (SO) and is the Chairman of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC).

Caitlin Long, “Blockchain Evangelist”

Educated at the University of Wyoming and Harvard, Caitlin Long was chairman and president of Symbtion, an enterprise blockchain company, which was named FinTech Company of the Year 2017 by CustodyRisk. She won the Women in Finance Award for Excellence in Blockchain 2016 by MarketsMedia and was named to the Inc. list of 10 business leaders changing the world through tech in 2016. She’s been a “blockchain evangelist” since 2014 and bitcoin since 2012 serving on Morgan Stanley’s internal blockchain working group. She has 22 years of corporate finance experience, 1994-2016 (Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Salomon Brothers); Managing Director 2001-2016.. She is a 1994 graduate from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government; she received her BA from University of Wyoming in 1990.

Pamela Passman, CEO, CREATe Compliance, Inc.

Pamela Passman is CEO of CREATe Compliance Inc., an Ethisphere business focused on helping companies assess, benchmark and improve programs for cybersecurity, anti-corruption, and intellectual property and trade secret protection. She is also President and CEO of the Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org), an organization dedicated to promoting leading approaches to managing risk and improving governance and compliance; and she is co-founder of The Cyber Readiness Institute, launched in July 2017 by CREATe.org and The Center for Global Enterprise to enable the private sector to better address cybersecurity risk management across value chains.

Prior to founding CREATe.org in 2011, Passman was Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation. From 2002 to 2011, Passman led Microsoft’s global public policy work and regulatory compliance across a range of issues, including privacy, security and cloud computing issues. She worked with Microsoft’s leadership to advance its businesses in China and other emerging markets.

She first joined Microsoft in 1996 and until 2002 led the Legal and Corporate Affairs organization in Asia, based in Tokyo, with a focus on Japan, Korea and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Passman practiced law with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and Nagashima & Ohno in Tokyo, Japan.

David Powell, CEO, Federal Business Council

.David Powell is the Chief Executive Officer for the Federal Business Council (FBC). David is the co-founder of CyberUSA – the national ‘community of communities’ designed to enable information sharing on cyber security and resilience topics. He and his team have developed a number of cyber initiatives, including the Cyber Market Development Project – creating a methodology for rapid development of cyber communities; the original CyberHive at UMBC, The CyberMaryland Advisory Board & Conference, The CyberTexas Conference, The National Cyber Map, The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame and the original Federal Information Assurance Conference. He is currently spearheading multiple initiatives geared to defining and advancing cyber outreach and information sharing throughout the country.

In 2016, David worked together with the Honorable Philip Bond, former Department of Commerce Undersecretary for Technology, and the Honorable Tom Ridge, former Governor of Pennsylvania & the first Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security to develop the CyberUSA program. He has worked to build capacity and outreach, helping to expand participation to organizations across 25 states, and growing.

In 2017, David was inducted into the National Information Sharing Hall of Fame, presented by the ISAO-Standards Organization.

As a federal contractor, David’s company, FBC produces mission-specific training events, exercises, meetings, industry outreach programs, conferences and expositions for the Department of Defense, U.S. Federal Agencies and the Intelligence Community. FBC works with thousands of government contractors and federal agency personnel across government to encourage dialog and create meaningful face to face interactions across the United States.

David serves on various community boards. He currently serves as Vice-Chair for CyberUSA, as a Board Member for the US Army Cavalry and Armor Association (Fort Benning, GA), the Maryland Cyber Advisory Board (Baltimore, MD), the Cyber Resilience Institute (Colorado Springs, CO), Cyber Threat Intelligence Network (Sedona, AZ), and CrowdForce – an on-demand security operations capability (Sedona, AZ/Chicago, IL). David volunteers within his local community as a Trustee for the Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Harwell (Navar) Holmes

Navar Holmes has more than 23 years of IT experience beginning in a work study program at the Sheridan VA as a desktop technician to his current position as Cyber Security Administrator at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.  After 16 years as System Administrator for CCH, Navar’s position evolved and adapted to the organizational need to mitigate new technological threats by focusing on information security and actively developing new education and communication tools to educate staff on cyber security awareness for use both at work and home.

In his spare time, Navar enjoys woodworking and making bird houses to sell at craft shows. He is an active backpacker and tries to spend 1 to 2 weeks backpacking and fishing in the Big Horn Mountains every year. Navar’s adventures were recently highlighted in Destination Sheridan magazine.

Greg Pierson, Community Relations Director, Better Business Bureau

Greg Pierson is the Community Relations Manager for the Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming. In his role, he helps promote BBB’s programs and services via networking and outreach events as well as speaking opportunities. He also connects with BBB’s eight advisory boards, two of which are located in Casper and Laramie.

Greg has been a corporate trainer for Vail Resorts, served as Career Services Coordinator and Success Coach for IBMC College, and taught public education for over a decade.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Northern Arizona University.

Host and Emcee, Sharon Fain, CEO of WyBrand Strategies

Sharon Fain is a trusted national communications expert with a successful track record of delivering complex information, developing crisis management plans and ensuring positive media outcomes. Sharon’s reputation for excellence, brand protection, journalistic integrity and strategic planning positions her to analyze and quickly prepare for any situation.