John G. Bates, JD, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, Manager within EY’s Cyber Strategy, Assessment, and Compliance program


John G. Bates was formerly Senior Counsel of the partner ecosystem at DocuSign.  He was General Counsel and CISO for Clarity Insights (Accenture) in Chicago, IL.  He has led legal, risk, IT security, data governance, and compliance programs and has successfully completed HITRUST and ISO 27001 certification projects.

Mr. Bates has spoken at numerous events including ISC² Security Congress, Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, ACC Cybersecurity Summit, ACC Chicago Summit, ACC Philadelphia Summit, Chicago Bar Association, and local ACC chapters.

Mr. Bates received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and JD from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.


Mary Bobos, Cybersecurity Director, Darktrace


Mary Bobos is a Cybersecurity Director at Darktrace. Based out of Chicago, Mary works with leading organizations across the Midwest in a range of industries to deploy Darktrace’s Self-Learning AI. During Mary’s tenure at Darktrace, the company has grown to over 6,500 customers and has been the recipient of numerous achievements, including ‘Security Trailblazer’ at the annual Microsoft Security 20/20 Awards and being named one of TIME Magazine’s ‘Most Influential Companies’ 2021. Mary holds a bachelor degree from Indiana University Bloomington. clients.

Jason Bowen, Managing Director, Protiviti Chicago


Jason Bowen is a subject-matter expert in the areas of network security, data loss prevention, vulnerability management, and security architecture.  Jason manages the implementation of global information security programs encompassing security governance, operations, and strategy functions for key clients.

David Braun, President & CTO, Indecium


David has more than 35 years of global strategic leadership and technological expertise in the IT Industry. With a strong background in Cybersecurity, Governance, Compliance, Auditing and Cloud Solutions, David brings the broad knowledge required to identify and meet customer needs. After 14 years in the US Army and many years in both Corporate and startup organizations, David founded Indecium to provide the solutions and technologies that companies need in their application of Security and Governance of the sensitive data they possess and to help them contain and eradicate threats and reduce events

Dr. Michael Chahino, CIO, Elgin Community College


Dr. Michael Chahino has served as the Chief Information Officer at Elgin Community College
(ECC) since May 2017. He is also an adjunct faculty member of ECC and taught in the areas of computer & information systems, economics, business, and management. Prior to working at ECC, Dr. Chahino worked in different capacities with DeVry University, the National University of Health Sciences, the Universal Technical Institute, and as a Research Economist at the Near East Bureau of the US State Department.

Dr. Chahino earned a bachelor degree and a master degree in international economics from Illinois State University and has a doctorate degree in educational technology from Northern Illinois University.

Keith Conlee, Chief Security Officer, IT, College of Dupage


Dr. Keith Conlee has over 30 years in the Information Technology field delivering innovative and effective solutions including working at the National Security Agency (NSA), Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technology, and is currently the Chief Security Officer for Information Technology at the College of DuPage. His duties are focused on building strong security governance, security policy/procedure and risk management programs including Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Keith is a Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP)™, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®), and a Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP). He is an active member in the ISC2, ISACA, PCI Security Standards Council, and the BRPA of Chicagoland. His undergraduate and graduate education is in Computer Science, and with an added Law Degree gives Keith the unique ability to interpret and align technical legal regulatory compliance and business


Fred Kwong, Ph.D., Vice President, Chief Information Security, DeVry University


Dr. Fred Kwong has been a Security and Technology leader with 20 year’s experience working in education, financial, and telecommunication sectors. He has a proven track record of building security programs through risk-based methodologies and his work includes the creation of security and privacy policies, standards, and procedures. He is a subject matter expert in PCI, leading organizations to pass their report on compliance. With an extensive background in IT technologies.  Fred continues to challenge the status quo by providing guidance in security and network architecture creating holistic designs that align to todays’ threat vector for Manager (CISM), and a PCI Professional (PCIP).


Fred has a passion of combining IT skills with organization development values. His broad range of IT skills has allowed him to view IT from many different paradigms and present them to the business partners in an easy to understand language. Fred servers as an adjunct professor at Benedictine and Roosevelt University teaching courses in international business, organization behavior, project management, and information systems. He holds a Ph.D. from Benedictine University and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Roosevelt University. Fred is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM), and a PCI Professional (PCIP).

Brian Palmer, Director IT Security & Infrastructure, Ventas


Adaptive, customer-focused executive skilled at delivering projects and services of superior quality; history of leading large, geographically-disbursed teams to meet service level agreements, timelines, and budget targets with solutions that result in improved IT scalability, availability, security, and cost efficiency.

George Quinlan, Senior SE Manager, Gigamon


George Quinlan is a Senior Manager at Protiviti Chicago in the Security & Privacy area.  He has security program and GRC experience including quantitative risk programs and assessments for global enterprises in financial services, manufacturing, CPG, healthcare, and the insurance.

Peter Steyaert, Senior SE Manager, Gigamon


Peter Steyaert is a leading cyber security and IT architect who directs all detailed and extensive ASOC product discussions for private and public sector customers. His background and knowledge spans the fields of cyber defense, SOC management, VoIP, and network architecture.  Peter has worked on significantly large projects in both the federal government space and private sector.  He received his Master of Science degree in Cyber and Information Security from Capitol Technology University, an accredited institution recognized by both NSA and DHS as an Academic Center of Excellence.