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Hear from McAfee leaders and other industry experts. This year's lineup of MPOWER keynotes includes Brian Krebs the writer of the cybercrime blog Krebs on Security, covering a dark corner of the Internet: profit-seeking cybercriminals; Kyle York, the GM/VP, Business & Product Strategy at Dyn; Chris Young - Chief Executive Officer, McAfee; Steve Grobman – Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, McAfee; Raja Patel, Vice President & General Manager Corporate Products, McAfee; Candace Worley, Chief Technical Stategist, McAfee; Grant Bourzikas, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, McAfee; Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow, McAfee; and Christiaan Beek, Lead Scientist & Principal Engineer, McAfee.

Brian Krebs
Brian Krebs
Investigative Journalist and Author, KrebsOnSecurity.com


Brian Krebs is the writer of the cybercrime blog Krebs on Security, covering a dark corner of the Internet: profit-seeking cybercriminals, who make billions off pharmaceutical sales, malware, spam, frauds and heists like the recent ones that Mr. Krebs was first to uncover at Ashley Madison, Adobe, Target and Home Depot.

It wasn’t until 2001 — when his entire home network was overrun with the Lion Worm by a Chinese hacking group, not once but twice, that he became intensely interested in computer security. After that incident, Krebs decided to learn as much as he could about computers and Internet security, and read everything on the subject. It’s an obsession that hasn’t let up. Eventually, his curiosity turned into a full-time beat at The Post and then on his own blog.

Krebs, a former reporter for The Washington Post from 1995 to 2009, has been profiled in The New York Times, Business Week, NPR, The Economist, USA Today and The Guardian. According to The New York Times, "few have done more to shed light on the digital underground than Mr. Krebs."

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from George Mason University and lives with his wife in Northern Virginia. Much of his knowledge about computers and Internet security comes from having cultivated regular and direct access to some of the smartest and most ‘clueful’ geeks on the planet. The rest, he says, probably comes from a willingness to take risks, make mistakes, and learn from them.


Kyle York
Kyle York
VP of Business & Product Strategy, GM Oracle Dyn


Kyle York is the GM/VP, Business & Product Strategy at Oracle Dyn where he has been a long-time executive, having joined in 2008. Over the years, Kyle has spearheaded company growth and corporate strategy, which led to the acquisition by Oracle (NYSE: ORCL). In his current role, Kyle focuses on product/business strategy and overall global business unit (GBU) operations.

As an expert in the global Internet, cloud, SaaS/IaaS, and technology markets and trends, Kyle has been featured in The New York Times. USA Today, WSJ, NPR ‘All Tech Considered’, PBS Frontline, Washington Post, Wired, TechCrunch, Entrepreneur & Web Hosting Industry Review. He has been a guest speaker at many universities and technology conferences globally, such as Harvard, Stetson, Bentley, SNHU, Gartner, Launch, The Next Web, Web Summit, CIO Summit, HostingCon, and Interop.

Kyle has spent the entirety of his career working in the “as-a-service” business model. Prior to joining Oracle Dyn, Kyle spent six years at SaaS company, WhippleHill Communications, Inc., acquired by Blackbaud Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB). In addition to his efforts at Oracle Dyn, Kyle is also a board member, advisor and investor in several fast growth startups.

He holds a BS in Marketing from Bentley University and lives in New Hampshire, with his wife and two sons.


Chris Young
Chris Young
Chief Executive Officer, McAfee


Christopher Young is chief executive officer of McAfee. In this role, Young leads the company's security business across hardware and software platforms, generating revenue exceeding $3 billion. Young was previously the senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security Group.

Prior to joining McAfee, Young served as senior vice president at Cisco's Security Business Group. In this role, he was responsible for strategy, engineering, and product development for the company's global security business.

Before that, Young served as senior vice president and general manager at VMware, where he led engineering, product development, and marketing for desktop virtualization, consumer, and end-user offerings. He also served as senior vice president of products for RSA, the security division of EMC.

A recognized security expert, Young speaks regularly at industry events, such as the RSA Conference, InfoSec, and the Gartner IT Security Summit. He serves on the board of directors of Snap Inc. and has served on the Princeton University board of trustees. Young has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy magazine and was honored with an Achievement Award from the Black Engineer of the Year organization.

Young earned a bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Princeton University and an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School.


Steve Grobman
Steve Grobman
Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, McAfee


Steve Grobman is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) for McAfee. In this role, Grobman sets the technical strategy and direction to create technologies which protect smart, connected computing devices and infrastructure worldwide. He drives McAfee innovation and leads thousands of technical resources to deliver robust and sophisticated cybersecurity solutions that protect corporate and consumer assets. Grobman is a trusted advisor to the industry and media in the field of cybersecurity defense and the evolving threat landscape.

Prior to joining McAfee, Grobman was at Intel where he spent over two decades in senior technical leadership positions related to the field of cybersecurity. His roles varied from protecting Intel’s own assets as an IT security architect to building new security architecture into hardware and software as the chief architect for Intel’s vPro platform. After the acquisition of McAfee in 2012, Grobman moved into the CTO office to drive new research and innovation capabilities for the division and was named worldwide CTO in 2014.

He has published multiple technical papers and books, and holds 24 U.S. and international patents in the fields of security, software, and computer architecture, with another roughly 20 patents pending.

Grobman earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from North Carolina State University.


Raja Patel
Raja Patel
Vice President & General Manager Corporate Products, McAfee


Raja Patel is vice president and general manager of corporate products. He is responsible for defining and executing the strategic direction for McAfee’s corporate products portfolio, which includes solutions for endpoint security, advanced threat detection, security and event management, and cloud security. Patel leads strategy, product management, & user experience teams responsible for building security solutions for the corporate products group.

Prior to this role, he was general manager for the network security business unit, within Intel. Patel joined Intel from Cisco where he led its cloud security services business, with a focus on content security, threat intelligence and advanced threat solutions.

Patel also held other senior positions at Cisco, including strategy development across the enterprise-networking portfolio, product management for its integrated services routing portfolio, overseeing development, go-to-market and lifecycle management for a broad range of hardware and software offerings.

Prior to Cisco, Patel worked in business development, application and flight test engineering at Honeywell.

Patel holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in mathematics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, and an MBA degree in global management from the University of Phoenix.


Candace Worley
Candace Worley
Chief Technical Strategist, McAfee


Candace Worley is Vice President and Chief Technical Strategist for McAfee. She manages a worldwide team of Technical Strategists responsible for driving thought leadership and advancing technical innovation in McAfee security solutions.

Prior to this role, Candace served as Vice President for Enterprise Solutions for the Intel Security Group at Intel Corporation. She had worldwide responsibility for all facets of product and vertical marketing for the complete corporate products solutions set.

Worley joined McAfee in 2000 and has held a number of technology leadership positions in her McAfee career including, five and a half years as the SVP and General Manager of the Enterprise Endpoint Security business. Prior to joining McAfee in 2000, she spent seven years with Mentor Graphics, where she led a team of product managers responsible for electronic design automation and electronic component software.

Worley holds a bachelor's degree in management from Oregon State University and an MBA degree from Marylhurst University.


Grant Bourzikas
Grant Bourzikas
Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, McAfee


Grant Bourzikas is vice president and chief information security officer (CISO) for McAfee. He is responsible for McAfee’s cybersecurity and physical strategy, architecture, governance and compliance, engineering, operations, and intelligence programs across the organization. As McAfee’s CustomerZero, Bourzikas is responsible for protecting the McAfee organization and implementing and operationalizing McAfee endpoint security, advanced threat detection, security and event management, and cloud security products.

Prior to this role, he has spent 19 years in cybersecurity and was the senior security leader (CISO), responsible for a Fortune 500 Gaming company, a top Financial services Bank and Brokerage organization security, and a Fortune 500 Critical Infrastructure Utility company. Bourikas begin his career in public accounting where he specialized in attack and penetration, security architecture and application assessments, and security strategy development and execution programs.

Bourzikas hold a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri in St. Louis and is a Certified Public Accountant. Additionally, he was named 40 under 40 Most Innovative Information Technology Professionals.


Raj Samani
Raj Samani
Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow, McAfee


Raj Samani is a computer security expert working as the Chief Scientist, and McAfee Fellow for cybersecurity firm McAfee. Raj has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases, and is special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in The Hague. Raj has been recognized for his contribution to the computer security industry through numerous awards, including the Infosecurity Europe hall of Fame, Peter Szor award, Intel Achievement Award, among others. Raj is also the co-author of the book 'Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid', CSA Guide to Cloud computing, as well as technical editor for numerous other publications. He can be found on twitter @Raj_Samani.


Christiaan Beek
Christiaan Beek
Lead Scientist & Principal Engineer, McAfee


Christiaan Beek, lead scientist & principal engineer is part of McAfee’s Office of the CTO leading strategic threat (intelligence) research within McAfee. He coordinates and leads passionately the research in advanced attacks, plays a key-role in cyberattack take-down operations and participates in the NoMoreRansom project. In previous roles, Beek was Director of Threat Intelligence in McAfee Labs and Director of Incident Response and Forensics at Foundstone, McAfee’s forensic services arm. At Foundstone, he led a team of forensic specialists in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Beek develops threat intelligence strategy, designs threat intelligence systems, performs malware and forensic analysis, pentesting and coaches security teams around the globe. He is a passionate cybercrime specialist who has developed training courses, workshops, presentations and is guest teaching at universities and Police academies. He speaks regularly at conferences, including BlackHat, RSA, BlueHat and Botconf. Beek contributed to the best-selling security book "Hacking Exposed." Twitter: @ChristiaanBeek.



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