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How to Reduce the Impact of Cyber Security Threats

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October 18, 2016
Boston, MA



Our online infrastructure currently faces approximately 500,000 cyber attack attempts....every minute. The Internet of Things provides an unprecedented opportunity for hackers. We are pleased to host a Cybersecurity panel featuring Dr. Peter M. Fonash, Chief Technology Officer for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in the Department of Homeland Security. Joining Dr. Fonash is Dan McGahn, CEO and Director of American Superconductor.  Mr. McGahn is a key panelist as he is the only outspoken American CEO who has publicly and relentlessly discussed his experience of China’s intellectual property (IP) theft. His appearances include a very candid interview on 60 Minutes with Leslie Stahl. Rounding out the panel is Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox’s Chief Technology Officer, who also serves as the sole director of PARC Inc, a Xerox Company providing custom R&D services to enterprises, startups and government agencies..  Hot topics may include hacks of mobile payment and other non-traditional payment systems, data manipulation and sabotage, open source vulnerabilities, and ever-more-sophisticated phishing pitfalls. Learn what to do about cyber threat mitigation at this timely, and critical, forum.

Our Panelists:

Dr. Peter Fonash

Dr. Peter Fonash is the Chief Technology Officer for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in the Department of Homeland Security. He has previously held positions as Cybersecurity Advisor to the Staff Director, Federal Reserve Board; Director of the National Cybersecurity Division; Director of the National Communications System; Chief of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA’s) Advanced Technology Office, and Chief of DISA’s Joint Combat Support Applications Division. 

Dr. Fonash received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering; a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; and a Ph.D. in Information Technology and Engineering from George Mason University. He is member of the George Mason University School of Engineering Advisory Board, and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Dr. Sophie V. VandebroekDr. Sophie V. Vandebroek has been Xerox’s Chief Technology Officer since 2006, a function in which she leads Xerox’s research labs globally. She is also the sole director of PARC Inc., a Xerox Company that provides custom R&D services to  enterprises, startups and government agencies. Xerox has deep capabilities in analytics, automation and personalization technologies that support its services businesses in transportation, healthcare, retail, customer care, transactional processing and more. Handling client and user information with the highest level of security and privacy is paramount. Dr. Vandebroek will share best practices and technologies that are critical enablers towards achieving secure business processes.
Dr. Vandebroek is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation. She holds 14 US patents. She was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and elected into the Royal Flemish Academy for Arts & Sciences in Belgium. Dr. Vandebroek serves on the advisory council of the dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is a member of the Board of Directors of IDEXX Laboratories.   Previously she served on the board of directors of Analogic Corporation and of Nypro Corporation. She earned a master's degree in electro-mechanical engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Daniel McGahnMr. Daniel McGahn was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) in June 2011. Mr. McGahn joined AMSC in 2006 as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development, and was later promoted to Senior Vice President of Asian Operations. In these roles, he was responsible for establishing AMSC's operations in China, Korea and India. In 2008, Mr. McGahn was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of AMSC Superconductors. In this role, he led efforts to significantly enhance AMSC's wire performance and production processes. In 2009, he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for AMSC's day-to-day global operations. Mr. McGahn was elected to the board of directors in 2011.  

Mr. McGahn is a key panelist as he is the only outspoken American CEO who has publicly and relentlessly discussed his experience of China’s intellectual property (IP) theft His appearance include a very candid interview on 60 Minutes with Leslie Stahl.

From 2003 to 2006, Mr. McGahn served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Konarka Technologies, a venture-backed developer of polymer photovoltaic technology for renewable power. While at Konarka, he helped significantly boost the company's profile with key external audiences and secure nearly $40 million in financing. He also was responsible for business development efforts in Asia, Europe and North America.

Prior to 2003, Mr. McGahn was General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Hyperion Catalysis, a world leader in carbon nanotube production and application development, where he managed research and development, product development, manufacturing, sales and operations. He also held managerial positions at IGEN International, a medical device company, and Princeton Consultants.

Mr. McGahn holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Our Moderator:

Walt PresseyWalter M. Pressey, Vice Chairman and President (Ret), Boston Private Financial Holdings. Walt Pressey is a respected business leader and independent director with extensive experience leading financial services institutions, negotiating mergers and acquisitions and conducting investor relations. He is an Independent Director of The Forsyth Institute, a medical research organization dedicated to discovering break-throughs in oral health and disease prevention.  Walt currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee of Boston Children's Hospital, and he serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of The Boston Club.


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Location and Time


Seaport Hotel
200 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA

Program Start: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration Begins 30 minutes prior.



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