2019 Keynote Speakers

Chris Roberts

Chris is currently the CSS for Attivo Networks, and is working on a number of projects within the deception and services space. Over the years, he’s founded or worked with a number of companies specializing in DarkNet research, intelligence gathering, cryptography, deception technologies, and providers of security services and threat intelligence.

Since the late 90’s Chris has been deeply involved with security R&D, consulting, and advisory services in his quest to protect and defend businesses and individuals against cyber attack. Prior to that he jumped out of planes for a living, visiting all sorts of interesting countries and cultures while doing his best to avoid getting shot at too often. (Before that he managed to get various computers confiscated by a number of European entities.)

Roberts is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on counter threat intelligence and vulnerability research within the Information Security industry.

Roberts has led or been involved in information security assessments and engagements for the better part of 20 years, and has a wealth of experience with regulations such as GLBA, HIPAA, HITECH, FISMA, and NERC/FERC. He has also worked with government, state and federal authorities on standards such as CMS, ISO, and NIST.

Roberts is credentialed in many of the top IT and information security disciplines and as a CyberSecurity advocate and passionate industry voice, Roberts is regularly featured in national newspapers, television news, industry publications and several documentaries. He can typically be found waving arms on a stage somewhere on this planet…or hacking into whatever’s taken his fancy…

As one of the well-known hackers and researchers, Chris is routinely invited to speak at industry conferences. CNN, The Washington Post, WIRED, Business Insider, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, and numerous others have covered him in the media.

And worst case, to jog the memory, Chris was the researcher who gained global attention in 2015 for demonstrating the linkage between various aviation systems, both on the ground and while in the air that allowed the exploitation of attacks against flight control system.


M. K. Palmore

MK Palmore serves as VP, Field CSO (Americas) for Palo Alto Networks. His responsibilities include support of the initiatives headed up by the office of the global Chief Security Officer and continuing to provide thought leadership in the cybersecurity arena through both writing and speaking engagements. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, MK served as the Head of the Cyber Security Branch for FBI San Francisco capping a career of public service spanning 32-years. His leadership and investigative experiences while in the FBI included: Cybersecurity, Crisis Response/Management, Risk-Management Advisory Services, and Counter-Terrorism Investigations. MK’s cyber security certifications include the CISM, CISSP, GCCC and the Carnegie Mellon University CISO Certification. He earned a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Pepperdine University where he currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the Information Systems Department for graduate studies. MK began his professional career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.