2015 Keynote Speakers
Jason Thomas - Chief Innovation Thomson Reuters Special Services, LLC
Jason is Chief, Innovation for Thomson Reuters Special Services. He likes to solve national security and intelligence problems through gaming, collective intelligence, social data, virtual environments, and mobile applications.
He is an expert in emerging technology and a professional public speaker known internationally for his popular and informative briefings. He has briefed numerous agencies including the CIA, FBI, DoD, USDOJ, US Senate, US House, and others on the use of technology for illicit purposes. He is an experienced intelligence professional with a solid understanding and real-world experience with terrorism, fraud, money laundering, cybercrime, computer intrusions, and cyber terrorism. His latest assignments include programs involving identity, digital currencies, threat identification and mitigation, mobile applications, data science, virtual environments, collective intelligence, information security and assurance, social data, open-source intelligence gathering, intelligence analysis, digital investigations, forensic accounting, and multiple agency missions.
Jason is the creator and founding director of the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). Within twenty fours after the September 11 terrorist attacks, IC3 was reprogrammed to become the sole Terrorist Tip portal for the US federal government, collecting invaluable open source information. This information was then fused with other intelligence resulting in the prevention of other terrorist attacks inside and outside the United States. In 2002, IC3 won the Excellence.gov award. This award is presented to federal government agencies that demonstrate innovative electronic government initiatives.
Prior to coming to Thomson Reuters Special Services, Jason was faculty at West Virginia University in the International Studies department. Jason was also the Director of the Open Source Intelligence Exchange and Fusion Center (OSIX) and served as the Associate Director of the Center for Intelligence and National Security Analysis (CINSA). Each of these programs has the specific mission of enhancing capability and competitiveness in disciplines related to open source intelligence collection and analysis. Prior, while employed at the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), Jason provided leadership and subject matter expertise in the area of intelligence collection. Previously, Jason served as the Associate Deputy Director, Operations for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
He is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Council on Technology and Innovation and serves on the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Cybersecurity and Privacy Committee and the NVTC Technology Innovations Committee.
Jason is the recipient of a number of awards including the FBI Director’s Award for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest, the Thomson Reuters Standing Ovation Award, the Thomson Reuters Oval Office Award for Innovation, the NW3C Cynthia Kay Hipsman Award, and was a nominee for the US Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service.
John Falkenbury - President and COO for USO of NC
Mr. John Falkenbury was appointed as President and COO for USO of NC in March 2009. He is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the operations of the state headquarters, five USO fixed centers and a mobile center in the areas in and surrounding Jacksonville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. These base and airport centers provide a full range of services including critical resiliency, transition assistance, financial literacy and children’s educational programs; Travel Assistance at Charlotte Douglas International, Raleigh-Durham and Fayetteville Airports; deployment and homecoming operations; internet and video link access; military and civilian community outreach programs; Fallen and Wounded Warrior escort services; Holiday feasts; and extensive morale-boosting activities.
With over 25 years’ experience in demanding corporate and military environments, he has successfully created business growth and operational successes through sound business management, organized strategic communications and marketing, and motivational leadership. Mr. Falkenbury served over twenty years in the U.S. Army, with assignments throughout the United States and in Germany, including Battalion Executive Officer, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Chief of Operations and later Director of Public Affairs, 56th Field Artillery Command, Germany; Director of Public Affairs, US Army War College and Carlisle Barracks at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Upon leaving active service, he returned home to North Carolina to become the president and CEO of Five Oaks Nursing Center in Concord, managing partner of the Falkenbury Family LLC and president of the Stephen D. Falkenbury Jr. Foundation in Charlotte. Mr. Falkenbury established and operated the first North Carolina division of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications holding the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager and serving as the Chair of the North Carolina Advisory Board. He was an adjunct faculty member in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Communication Studies. In Charlotte, Mr. Falkenbury served as WBT-AM radio station’s on-air military analyst and was a credentialed military consultant and frequent guest for News14 Carolina. He was also heard on WPTF-AM in Raleigh.
Mr. Falkenbury continues to serve on the board of the the Brigadier Foundation, as well as the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Citadel, Charleston, SC and advisory board of Carolinas Freedom Foundation, having served over 10 years on its board of directors.
Mr. Falkenbury received a bachelor’s degree in history from the Citadel, in Charleston S.C., and earned his master’s degree in management from Webster University, in St. Louis, Mo. He is also a distinguished graduate from the Defense Information School and a graduate from both the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Mr. Falkenbury, a former North Carolina Healthcare Facilities Association board member, is a licensed North Carolina nursing home administrator.
Ray A. Letteer, D.Sc., CISSP, C|CISO - Chief, Cyber Security Division at US Marine Corps
I have over 30 years experience in information system security/information assurance/cybersecurity in the federal government. I currently serve as the Senior Information Security Official for the Marine Corps as required by the Federal Information Systems Management Act (FISMA), responsible for the overall creation, promulgation, and execution of the Marine Corps Cybersecurity Program. I am also the supervisor for the Cybersecurity (CY) Division and appointed as the Designated Approval Authority (DAA)/Authorizing Official (AO) for the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN), managing the $10M Cybersecurity budget in the Command, Control, Communications, & Computer (C4) department in the Marine Corps. This includes working Cybersecurity programs and related security projects of the National Security Agency, US Cyber Command, DoD CIO, as well as the investigative and forensic standards of the Department of Justice. It also includes coordinating and approving law enforcement and counter-intelligence cybercrime investigation access to Marine Corps systems.
In my current position I establish, oversee, and enforce all Marine Corps base-line cyber security policies, to include firewall settings, wireless security standards, forensic and incident handling methodologies, cyber-investigations, system security architecture, and certification & accreditation processes. I also co-chair the Department of the Navy (DoN) Cybersecurity Workforce Working Group (CSWG), and am the Marine Corps voting representative to the DoD Enterprise Security Solutions Group (ESSG), DoD IA Security Accreditation Working Group (DSAWG), and the Committee for National Security Systems (CNSS).