2015 Speaker/Panelist List
Below is a listing of speakers/panelists for this years conference.
Lewis C. Merletti
A 25-year veteran of the United States Secret Service, Lewis C. Merletti served as the agency’s 19th director prior to joining the Cleveland Browns organization, where he served as senior vice president for security under the Lerner family ownership (1999-2011). In that capacity, he was responsible for the direction, design and deployment of security for the entire Cleveland Browns operation, including the owners, coaches, players and the Browns Stadium.
Today, Merletti maintains strong relationships with intelligence sources and all-source analysis groups, conducts counter-surveillance, and carries out special activities relating to the design and deployment of tactical and electronic systems to ensure the safety of the Lerner family in the United States and abroad.
Before becoming director of the U.S. Secret Service, Merletti served as assistant director in the Office of Training, where he was responsible for the curriculum, methodology and content of training for all Secret Service employees. He served in the Presidential Protective Division under three Presidents: Reagan, Bush, and Clinton; and was named Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division (PPD), the 22nd agent to hold that position in the history of the Secret Service dating back to 1865.
As the Special Agent in Charge of PPD, he was ultimately responsible for the physical security of the President and First Family. Merletti maintains close contact with former Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton. He also maintains contacts with the Department of Justice, including Attorney General Eric Holder.
Merletti earned three United States Secret Service Special Achievements Awards. Among his other many honors are the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Support to the Security Division; Secretary of Treasury Commendation for Waco Review; and The Treasury Medal, the second highest honor bestowed by the Secretary in recognition of singular accomplishments and leadership in the Treasury Department. Also taking his name is the Lewis C. Merletti Complex for the Office of Training at the U.S. Secret Service James R. Rowley Training Center in Beltsville, Md.
The Honorable Howard Schmidt
The Honorable Howard Schmidt currently serves as a partner in Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He serves with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He is also executive director of The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode).
Schmidt’s expertise includes business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, gained from a distinguished 40-year career. Most recently, he served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the United States, through which he coordinated interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and managed engagement with federal, state, local, international and private sector cybersecurity partners. His former White House appointments include Cyber Advisor to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Previously, Schmidt was president and CEO of the Information Security Forum. He also held positions as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for eBay Inc., and operated as Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corp. He was Chief Security Strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security.
Schmidt spent more than 26 years in military and law enforcement service. Beginning active duty with the Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the AF he served in a number of military and civilian roles culminating as Supervisory Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations. He finished his last 12 years as an Army Reserve Special Agent with Criminal Investigation Division’s Computer Crime Unit, all while serving over a decade as a police officer with the Chandler Police Department.
Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters. He was an adjunct professor at GA Tech, GTISC, and is Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute. Currently, he is a professor of research at Idaho State University.