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Marc Blackmer, Cisco Systems/1NTERRUPT
Marc Blackmer is a technologist, blogger, speaker, and product marketing manager for Cisco Systems where his focus is on cyber security threat intelligence. His start in technology came in his 20s when he and a friend’s father built Marc’s first computer. After that, there was no turning back.
He is a graduate of Burncoat High School and is the third generation to own his home in Worcester.
Marc is a father, musician, photographer, avid traveler, advisor for BonBillo (a social impact incubator), a steering committee member for the Central Massachusetts STEM Network, and the founder of 1NTERRUPT.
Dan Thiffault, BookBub/1NTERRUPT
Dan Thiffault has over 10 years experience developing, architecting, and running large-scale web sites. He has built PCI-compliant sites from the ground up while keeping 99.95% up times.
Dan is currently working as a software engineer with Cambridge-based BookBub. He is a graduate of Mass Academy and WPI.
Michelle May, Atelier ID Global/1NTERRUPT
Michelle May is a graphic designer, artist, and founder of Cirque du Noir, a Worcester-based fundraiser that celebrates Worcester’s creative culture. She is also a co-founder of Atelier ID Global, a design, branding, and marketing firm.
Matt Ploessel, Cybereason
Matt Ploessel is a threat intelligence professional with Cybereason in Boston, MA.
Matt has a decade of security penetration testing and assessment, CSIRT, network engineering, and threat management. He is an author of Hacking Exposed, Special Ops Security, Hacknotes, and has participated in Boston Internet Exchange Network Security, Boston DNS Root Server J Server Operator, Network Time Foundation Security, Free Software Foundation Security.
Matt is in the Google Security Researcher Hall of Fame, volunteers as a DEFCON Hacker Conference Staff (Goon), has held an advisory role with US-CERT Vulnerability Response.
Matt’s additional experience includes:
- CISO, Markley Group, Largest Internet Exchange Datacenter in New England, on of the top five largest internet carrier hotels in the world
- Director of Cyber Security of the first legal online gambling Nevada Casino & FBI Cyber Security Task Force – Nevada Casino Industry
- US Congressional Hearing Testimony, Obamacare Security Vulnerabilities
- Director Security Attack and Penetration, Microsoft Corporate
- Lead Vulnerability Researcher Foundstone/McAfee/Intel/NTObjectives
Ayse Kaya Firat, Cisco Cloudlock
As the Director of Customer Insights and Analytics at CloudLock CyberLab, Ayse is responsible for identifying key customer and data insights that inform and shape strategic planning from identification of new market opportunities to product expansion. Prior to this role, Ayse was the Director of Customer Success at Cisco Cloudlock, turning customer challenges into opportunities for advocacy and success.
Ayse has a proven track record of successfully developing and managing enterprise client relationships, mining and turning customer data into insights through rigorous analysis, creative storytelling and timely actions. Some of Ayse’s work at CloudLock has been featured in media outlets such as VentureBeat, the Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Prior to CloudLock, Ayse worked as a strategic management consultant for several Fortune 50 companies, specifically focusing on online search, mobile and social media industries.
Ayse holds a Master of Science degree from MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, and completed research at MIT Sloan School of Management on Technology Forecasting. She also has an Master of Engineering degree from Texas A&M and bachelor’s degree from Bogazici University, both in the fields of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.
Alexander Commodore is a sophomore at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technology School (Monty Tech), where he studies Information Technology and is a member of the school’s cyber STEM team.
Alexander is a CyberPatriot competitor and a participant of many capture-the-flag (CTF) competitions. He is also an MCJROTC cadet, a volunteer for the Monty Tech middle school cyber camps, and an intern for Mission First Consulting – a woman-owned defense contractor.
Vincent Uguccioni, CrowdStrike
Vincent Uguccioni has over 12 years of information security experience. As a senior consultant at CrowdStrike, he focuses on conducting Red Team Penetration Tests, Incident Response cases, and Network Operations for the company’s clients.
Prior to coming to CrowdStrike, Vincent served in the U.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Technician for the Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group. In that capacity, he conducted remote operations, employing complex exploitation, collection and monitoring techniques across different target networks in a highly technical Computer Network Operations (CNO) environment.
While working at the National Security Agency Threat Operation Center (NTOC) Vincent achieved the position of Senior Technical Lead of NTOC’s Cyber Monitoring and Response Branch. He conducted cyber analysis and reporting, intrusion countermeasures and analytics on multiple data sources. He also managed the Computer Network Defense Mission (CND) in a Joint-Service military, civilian, contractor work center that included collaboration with extended enterprises.
Vincent received his Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science from the University of Maryland University College. He also maintains a number of professional certifications including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), and GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA).
Bill Galeckas, Akuity
Bill Galeckas is lifetime Worcester resident and is currently a Senior Project Engineer for a local IT service company. He has over 15 years of experience working as both an in-house systems and network administrator as well as a consultant. Bill works extensively with cloud services such as Office 365, virtualization, and network equipment.
Bill has volunteered with 1NTERRUPT since our first events in 2014 in Worcester and Atlanta.
Joe Scalise, Google
Joe Scalise is a Software Engineer with over a decade of experience creating secure websites, web services, mobile applications, games, social media services, and more.
Joe has worked at Google Inc. for the past 6 years creating web services, byte-sensitive search features, COPPA compliance, and improving applications privacy.
Jacob Berry, SecureWorks/Happy Hacker Society
Jacob Berry is an Information Security Consultant with SecureWorks‘ global consulting practice specializing in supporting enterprise customers security operations and incident response programs.
Jacob champions Happy Hacker Society – Worcester’s monthly technology and InfoSec meetup, Boston 2600, and volunteers as network operator for the biennial Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference.
When away from the keyboard, Jacob can be found at Worcester’s makerspace, Technocopia, or on a motorcycle adventure in the New England mountains.
Eric Commodore, BNY Mellon
Eric Commodore is a Managing Director with BNY Mellon, where he is driving Risk and Resiliency efforts for Information Technology. Eric previously served as Chief Administrative Officer for BNY Mellon’s Asset Service Technology group. Prior to assuming the role of CAO for AST, Eric held roles as a Mainframe and Distributed Software developer, Project Manager, Development Manager and Senior Information Risk Officer.
He is invested in education and invested in his community. He has been a member of the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical (Monty Tech) School Committee since 2010 and is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Committee and as the Chair of the Financial Planning Sub-committee.
Eric wants to help students achieve and volunteers his time assisting the Monty Tech Marine Corps JROTC Program, participates in CyberPatriot as a mentor, performs mock interviews for students at Monty Tech, and has been an 1NTERRUPT coach since 2015.
Eric serves as Past-President of the Fitchburg State University Alumni Board and has held roles as President, President-Elect and Treasurer. As President of the association, Eric held a seat on the Fitchburg State University Foundation Board.
Eric earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Fitchburg State University and a Master of Business Administration degree in International Business from Bentley University.