Renita Rhodes is a seasoned professional with over 22 years of distinguished experience in Information Technology (IT), IT Audit, Risk Management, Compliance, and Cybersecurity. She currently holds the pivotal role of Vice President, Audit Manager – Cybersecurity Manager at a prominent global bank, where her expertise is instrumental in safeguarding critical information security controls and conducting audits of paramount significance.
Renita’s commitment to knowledge dissemination is evident through her roles as an Adjunct Instructor at Maryville University and Harris-Stowe State University. She imparts her extensive knowledge through various courses, spanning Cyber Law, Policy, and Compliance, Security Information and Event Management, Introduction to Information Security, Applied Programming – Python, Cybersecurity Operations, and Systems Analysis and Design.
Her academic journey includes a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems from Tennessee State University, a Master’s degree in Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Cybersecurity Certificate from Saint Louis University. During her graduate studies, she published a whitepaper titled “Developing Dynamic PeopleSoft Field Security Applications: A PeopleSoft Developer’s Guide.”
Beyond her professional and academic achievements, Renita is a passionate advocate for cybersecurity awareness and training. She actively engages in various organizations and initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the technology sector. Renita is also a conference panelist and podcast guest, solidifying her status as a visionary in cybersecurity and technology.
Anita Karim serves as the Vice President of Policy, Risk, and Control for CISO at Citi Bank. She has over 15 years of experience in Cybersecurity in various roles. Prior to joining CITI, she was at Children’s Health and managed various areas such as identity and access management, cybersecurity awareness, risk assurance, etc. She has also focused her experience on strategy, threats operations, incident response, crisis management, metrics, communication, and developing cost effective solutions.
Anita has a Master’s in Health Information Management and a Bachelor’s in Biology/Chemistry. Her passion is to educate students and teach various college level courses for over 10 years. She is currently on the advisory committee for Collin County College as they build their Cybersecurity bachelor’s program.
Alan, Chief Product Officer at Tessian, boasts over 20 years of experience in the Software-as-a-Service sector. His visionary leadership and deep industry knowledge have been instrumental in shaping the company’s product portfolio. Alan’s unwavering commitment to innovation drives Tessian’s mission to deliver cutting-edge solutions in the cybersecurity and tech industry.
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With over 26 years of experience, Lou Rabon is a seasoned technology professional. Lou has dedicated 22 years to Cybersecurity and 9 years to International Privacy, honing expertise in Incident Response, Cloud Security, Privacy, and Regulatory Compliance. Currently serving as the CEO and Founder of Cyber Defense Group, a cybersecurity strategic advisory firm founded in 2016, Lou focuses on delivering exceptional Incident Response and Security Program Management consulting services. Before joining CDG, Lou served as the Information Security Officer (CISO) at Spokeo. In this role, he diligently analyzed threats across a widely dispersed “perimeter,” which included a hybrid cloud environment for the Alexa Top-500 ranked website.
Lou’s entrepreneurial spirit shines through as he’s established and managed consultancies in France, Australia, and both coasts of the United States. He frequently shares his expertise on panels and at industry conferences, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to advancing the cybersecurity landscape. Passionate about safeguarding the digital future of our children, Lou is dedicated to protecting and securing the ever-evolving technology landscape.
As Head of Americas for CyberVadis, Julian is responsible for helping organizations assess and reduce their third party cybersecurity risks with both a screening solution and scalable evidence-based assessments. Julian is responsible for both the operations & commercial scaling of the business in the region, supporting a growing number of clients and providing more accurate, actionable tech-enabled TPCRM than they had previously. Prior to joining Cybervadis, Julian helped build a third-party risk company in New York City from inception through to sale of the business. He also sat on the board of the International Energy Risk Association during this time. Prior to that he founded, built and sold a UK-based sports event management business.