Mike Rankin is an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mike attended the University of Wyoming and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He also attended the University of Wyoming College of Law and served as an attorney for the Wyoming Supreme Court before entering on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1991. From 1991 to 2001, Mike was assigned to the Salt Lake City Division where he conducted a wide variety of investigations, to include the investigation of drug trafficking and gang matters, kidnappings, domestic terrorism, white collar crimes, extortions and bank robberies, fugitives and crimes on government reservations. He also served as a team leader for the Salt Lake City Division’s SWAT Team. In 2001, Mike was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division, Drug Section, at FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. In that assignment, his duties included managing and coordinating multi-jurisdictional and multi-national drug investigations. Mike served in that capacity until October 2002, when he was assigned as an Assistant Inspector, Inspection Division, at FBI Headquarters. In September 2003, Mike was promoted to Supervisory Senior Resident Agent for the Resident Agency in Carlsbad, California, with supervisory responsibilities for all of the FBI’s investigative programs in North San Diego County. In May 2007, he was promoted to Deputy Legal Attaché for the Legal Attaché Office in Baghdad, Iraq. In that capacity, Mike served as the second in command for the FBI’s operations in Iraq. In May 2008, he was assigned to serve as the Legal Attaché in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.In July 2008, Mike was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the Denver Division. In this position, he oversees the FBI’s Criminal and Critical Incident Response Programs in Colorado and Wyoming. Mike was also detailed to Pretoria, South Africa, in 2010 to serve as the Legal Attaché and assist in preparing for FBI operations during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Barry Schrager is credited as one of the people who started the concept of data security when he founded and was the first Manager of the SHARE Security Project in 1972. The project delivered a series of requirements to IBM in 1974 including data protection by default and algorithmic grouping of users and resources. When IBM delivered its security product, RACF, in 1976, it did not meet the requirements and IBM told him they were not achievable. So, Barry developed his own security product, ACF2, which met the requirements and was used by customers such as General Motors, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, Britain’s MI-5, the Federal Reserve System and the Executive Office of the President of the United States. When Barry sold the company, SKK, Inc., it had a 60 percent market share against IBM’s RACF and CA’s Top Secret. Under Barry’s leadership, SKK developed the first VM operating system security product, ACF2-VM, and the first automated Operating System auditing product, Examine-MVS, now known as CA-Auditor.
Barry is honored to be selected as a member of the Enterprise Executive Magazine’s Mainframe Hall of Fame.
Eric W. Welch
Eric W. Welch is an Associate Professor and director of the Center forScience, Technology and Environmental Policy, School of Public Affairs, Sustainability Scientist, School of Sustainability for Arizona State University. His research interests include genetic resources for food and agriculture, information technology in government, environment policy, and public management. His current projects are, among others, working with Bioversity International to examine and assess the facilitators and barriers to germplasm flows, NSF work analyzing the different roles that network structure and resources play in the career success of men and women scientists, and exploring the use of social media technologies in public and private organizations. Dr. Welch is also currently an Agropolis Foundation research fellow working on genetic resources for food and agriculture with colleagues at CIRAD in Montpellier, France. Welch is the author of over 50 articles and book chapters.(cv)
Mr. Peter McNaul is the Director of Technical Marketing, WatchGuard since 1999. For the past 10 years has been a Sales Engineer supporting both end users and WatchGuard Partners. Peter has leveraged his extensive technical knowledge to help customers recognize and define the security challenges they face, while providing them with comprehensive, effective solutions that mitigate risk. In that time, he has presented to 1000s of users evangelizing and educating on security issues. Peter is passionate about raising security awareness among all users of technology.