Anomali, Sr. Director of Cyber Intelligence Strategy
A.J. Nash is the Sr. Director of Cyber Intelligence Strategy for Anomali. As a cyber intelligence strategist and public speaker, he is primarily focused on building cyber intelligence programs that capitalize on disparate data and information to create and deliver tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence to protect personnel, facilities, data, and information systems. A.J. honed his skills across 18 years of military service and defense contracting, serving in roles focused on intelligence collection, analysis, reporting, and briefing. His career included near real-time intelligence collection and reporting in support of combat operations in multiple areas of operations (AORs), indications and warning (I&W), tracking war criminals, battling human trafficking, countering improvised explosive device (IED) production and deployment, and combating nation-state, criminal, and hacktivist threats in cyberspace. A.J.’s work has been delivered to military and government decision-makers, including intelligence agency Senior Executives and Directors, the U.S. Secretary of State, Congress, and the White House. A.J. holds a B.S.in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College and an M.A in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.
Texas A&M University System, CISO & Director of Statewide Cybersecurity Services
Dan Basile is the CISO and Director of Statewide Cybersecurity Services for the Texas A&M University System. Dan has over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity where he enjoys building security programs and finding solutions to interesting security problems. 6 years ago, he founded the Security Operations Center for the System and it now supports organizations statewide. Dan holds a Master of Science degree in cybersecurity from the University of Maryland University College.
Anomali, Chief Product Officer
Mark Alba is Chief Product Officer at Anomali, joining the company in April 2020. Mark has over 20 years of experience in building, managing, and marketing disruptive products and services. His proven track record includes bringing to market the security industry’s first fully-integrated appliance firewall, leading the integration of global threat intelligence into perimeter security technologies, and introducing advanced analytics in support of cybersecurity operations. Throughout his career, Mark has been on the front lines of innovation, leading product efforts in both start-up and large enterprise organizations including Check Point Technologies, Security Focus, Symantec, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Flashpoint, Director of Risk Intelligence Strategy
Mike Smola has spent the last 25+ years within the retail space. He has worked with a variety of retailers including Foot Locker Inc., Starbucks, and most recently Walmart. During his time in the retail industry, he has worked in a variety of different verticals including operations, HR, compliance, training and development, corporate compliance, and investigations. Mike came to Flashpoint from Walmart where he spent 11 years -- with the last 7 focused in the Information Security division. Mike led the DACI (Data Assurance and Cyber Intelligence) as a Senior Director, and focused on building and maturing Cyber Intelligence, Data Loss Prevention, and User-Based Analytics for the Walmart enterprise. Mike has a proven track record of applying technology solutions to real-world applications.
Morgan Stanley, Head of Global Intelligence
Valentina Soria is an Executive Director and Head of Global Intelligence at Morgan Stanley. She supervises a global team of intelligence analysts who are responsible for monitoring the threat landscape and assessing operational risks to the Firm’s assets, people, and operations. Her team’s expertise spans the cyber and fraud domains, as well as geopolitical risk, civil unrest, extreme weather, terrorism, and pandemics. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in January 2017, she spent three years at the Bank of England where she was appointed Head of Threat Intelligence in 2015. In this capacity, Valentina has been a longstanding contributor to several global industry information-sharing initiatives, both in the UK and the U.S., and has actively supported efforts to enhance intelligence sharing between public and private sector partners. Valentina started her career as a Counter-Terrorism Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London prior to joining IHS Jane's as a security consultant specializing in counterterrorism, national security, and intelligence matters.