Mr. Neal Ziring is the Technical Director for the National Security Agency’s Capabilities Directorate, serving as a technical advisor to the Capabilities Director, Deputy Director, and other senior leadership. Mr. Ziring is responsible for setting the technical direction across many parts of the capabilities mission space, including in cyber-security. Mr. Ziring tracks technical activities, promotes the technical health of the staff, and acts as the liaison to various industry, intelligence, academic, and government partners. Prior to the formation of the Capabilities Directorate, Mr. Ziring served 5 years as Technical Director of the Information Assurance Directorate.
His personal expertise areas include security automation, IPv6, cloud computing, cross-domain information exchange, and data access control, and cyber defense.
Prior to coming to NSA in 1988, Neal worked at AT&T Bell Labs. He has BS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and an MS degree in Computer Science, all from Washington University in St. Louis.
Vandana is a seasoned security professional with a decade worth of experience ranging from application security to infrastructure and now dealing with cloud security. She works with various communities (InfosecGirls, OWASP, WoSec and null) and is passionate about increasing female participation in Infosec space. She is currently working as a Security Architect with IBM India Software Labs. She has spoken and trained at various conferences AppSec Europe, AppSec USA, Nullcon, Security Guild 2019, BSides Delhi, c0c0n (Kerala Police Conference) and Global AppSec Tel Aviv. She is part of the crew for OWASP SeaSides and Bsides Delhi conferences. She also does CFP Reviews for AppSec Europe, Global AppSec Tel Aviv, Global AppSec DC and Grace Hopper US 2019 (Security/Privacy Review Track).
Caroline’s close and practical information security knowledge stems from broad experience as a Cigital consultant, a Symantec product manager, and day-to-day leadership roles at eBay and Zynga. Caroline is an advisor for RSA Conference and ISC2 North America. She has been featured in Forbes and SC Magazine. Caroline was named one of the Top Women in Cloud by CloudNOW and received a Women of Influence Award from the Executive Women’s Forum.
Caroline authored the popular textbook Security Metrics: A Beginner’s Guide, published by McGraw-Hill. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and holds a certificate in Finance and Accounting from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
James is a dynamic speaker on software engineering topics ranging from security to development practices. He spends a lot of time at the intersection of the DevOps and Security communities, and seeing the gap in software testing, James founded the open source project, Gauntlt, to serve as a Rugged Testing Framework.
James works as a Sr. Security Engineer and Developer Advocate at Verica, and is he is the author of several courses on DevOps and DevSecOps at LinkedIn Learning. His courses include DevOps Foundations, Infrastructure as Code, DevSecOps: Automated Security Testing, Continuous Delivery (CI/CD), Site Reliability Engineering, and more.
James is the creator and founder of the Lonestar Application Security Conference, which is the largest annual security conference in Austin, TX. He also runs DevOps Days Austin and Serverless Days Austin. He previously served on the global DevOps Days board.
In his spare time, he is trying to learn how to make a perfect BBQ brisket.