US CYBER GAMES
Big Champions with Big Followings
We are excited to introduce the official US Cyber Games Mega Fans! These cybersecurity leaders and influencers are making major contributions to cybersecurity education, gaming, E-sports, and cyber games. Learn more about these Mega Fans below and show your support by following and subscribing to their content!
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Gerald Auger, Ph.D.
Chief Content Creator, Simply Cyber
I am passionate about information security and believe there is an appropriate, tailored information security program for every organization that reduces cybersecurity risk, increases value, and supports the business mission. Through Coastal Information Security Group, I provide large and small organizations consulting and advisory cyber security services to implement these programs.
Executive Director & Founder, Raices Cyber Org
Eric Belardo, The Founder and Executive Director of Raices Cyber, is a US ARMY Military Intelligence Veteran of Bosnia and Kosovo with NATO. Eric Brings over 30 years of Cyber Security & Online Safety Experience across many industry domains including Civilian Government, Department of Defense, International, Financial, and Civilian markets, where he has supported organizations in strategic direction, program assessments, remediation and monitoring, intelligence services (VIP & High-Value individuals), and Security Risk Mitigation and Security Education.
CISO, Query.AI; Founder, Cyber Insecurity
Neal is a cyber security influencer who runs his own Twitch channel that speaks to thousands of professionals every week and is sought out by media outlets frequently for his depth of perspective on the industry.
CISO, Digital Shadows
Rick has more than 15 years’ experience working in information security. Before joining Digital Shadows, he was a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, providing strategic guidance on security architecture, operations, and data privacy. Rick also served as an intelligence analyst in the US Army. He is currently the co-chair of the SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit and holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Texas, Dallas. Rick regularly speaks at leading security conferences across the globe and has been interviewed by industry and business media including BBC News, CNN, Dark Reading, Motherboard, NPR, The Register and Wall Street Journal.
Corporate Vice President - Security, Compliance, & Identity, Microsoft
Ann Johnson is the Corporate Vice President - Security, Compliance, & Identity at Microsoft. She is the host and co-creator of the Afternoon Cyber Tea Podcast which discusses why security, trust, and privacy are the foundation of every digital transaction. Ann believes that cybersecurity requires a commitment to sharing, ecosystem, partnering, innovation, and growth. Cybersecurity is a marathon, not a sprint. We are all on the same journey. Providing strong leadership to a high-performing team of talented cybersecurity professionals is Ann's goal. Lifelong learning and commitment to being a "learn it all" in every aspect of life is my aspiration.
Technical Manager - Attack & Penetration, Optiv
Savannah Lazzara is a Technical Manager in Optiv’s Threat Management practice on the Attack & Penetration team. Savannah has multiple years of experience in security consulting working with many Fortune 500 corporations. Lazzara’s primary role is to carry out security assessments, including network assessments, social engineering exercises, physical facility penetration tests, and wireless assessments. Savannah also performs adversary simulation assessments which include remote breach simulations, insider threat assessments, and onsite breach assessments. Savannah’s area of expertise is focused on social engineering and physical security.
CEO and Co-Founder, Hive Systems
Alex helped start Hive Systems with his passion for cybersecurity and the role it plays in today’s interconnected world. He brings executive-level expertise in the establishment and continuous improvement of preeminent cybersecurity programs and applies his work from various cybersecurity disciplines in a holistic approach that prioritizes the organization’s operations. Alex has provided cybersecurity consulting for a decade to the public sector for federal, state, and local agencies, and in the private sector for a wide variety of industry segments. His work has reduced the cybersecurity risk for Fortune 500 tech, financial, healthcare, consumer goods, and energy companies in addition to the US Department of Justice, Peace Corps, US Federal Aviation Administration, and US House of Representatives.
PhD Student, Occasional Bug Bounty Hunter, and Educational YouTuber
My name is Katie and I'm a lecturer of Cyber Security at Manchester Metropolitan University and an Early Career Researcher in the domain of security research. I have a Ph.D. from Cranfield University, studying natural language processing and insider threat. My research roughly revolves around the intersection of AI/ML and Infosec, both in how AI/ML can improve security applications and processes, supporting practitioners rather than supplanting them and the security of AI/ML systems. I'm very interested in pedagogy and teach on MMU's Cyber Security degree program at Degree Apprenticeship, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. I'm interested in new teaching methods and incorporating gamification and interactivity into lectures. I speak at conferences and events fairly often and have had the pleasure to speak at CISA's (Cyber Security and Infrastructure Agency) Cybersummit, BlackHat, British Computing Society, OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) as well as speaking at events with industry partners.
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Jaclyn "Jax" Scott
President & Founder, Outpost Gray; Cybersecurity Consultant, Grant Thornton
As a tenured Special Operations Warrant Officer, tech blogger, podcaster, entrepreneur, and senior analyst in global intelligence, Jaclyn “Jax” Scott has sought to expand her skills within cybersecurity. Jax has held positions on boards of nonprofits providing tactical advice to reduce injury to women and children affected by sex trafficking and held executive leadership roles providing cybersecurity guidance to foreign leaders. She is an expert in military cyber policy and has led global development operations in cyber countermeasures to mitigate near-peer attacks.
Ms. Skelly has twenty years of experience in providing security and management solutions across a wide array of platforms including personnel, physical, and cybersecurity. Her expertise in business management, crisis management, cybersecurity, intelligence analysis, and Homeland Security make her an admired and respected leader among her colleagues. Skelly has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Women in Cybersecurity by Cyber Defense Magazine, by The Software Report in the Top 25 Women Leaders in Cybersecurity 2019, and one of the Top Female Executives by Women World Awards in 2019. Skelly is also a mentor and coach for Cyber Patriot, Girls Who Code, and, was awarded the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu Mentor of the Year for 2019, and Top Women in Cybersecurity 2020 by Cyber Defense Magazine.
Offensive Cybersecurity Evangelist, CyCognito
Phillip Wylie is a cybersecurity professional and offensive security SME with over 18 years of experience, over half of his career in offensive security. Wylie is the Offensive Security Evangelist & Enablement Manager at CyCognito. He is a former college adjunct instructor and published author. He is the concept creator and co-author of The Pentester Blueprint: Starting a Career as an Ethical Hacker and was featured in the Tribe of Hackers: Red Team.