On Thursday, May 6, Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) and Rockville Chamber of Commerce presented a virtual roundtable discussion entitled “New Cyber-threats in the Next Normal: Issues Employers Need to Address as Work Environments Evolve.”
Part of the ongoing series created by the REDI Workforce Education Committee, the roundtable event drew its highest registration to date and featured five expert cybersecurity panelists who offered a variety of valuable insights to employers and individuals to help them understand the growing complexity and necessity for proper cybersecurity in place. Our experts discussed cybersecurity to protect a variety of data including proprietary bio data, employee information, banking and health information, and more.
Additionally, panelists and other experts provided resources to help businesses identify, address, and resolve any cybersecurity issues. These can be downloaded here:
- Joe Roundy, CISSP, Cybersecurity Program Manager at Montgomery College (Moderator)
- Harry Perper, Principal Cybersecurity Technologist, MITRE
- Mark Meszaros, CEO, vCIO, at Digital Industry
- Alexander Stolz, North American Business Head, Ekran System
- Tom Breeden, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Baltimore Cyber 2
About Our Panel
Joe Roundy, CISSP, Cybersecurity Program Manager at Montgomery College, manages the College’s new cybersecurity lab, works with faculty and staff to develop and managing the new cybersecurity lab and Networking curricula, and oversees outreach activities including competitions and training opportunities developed with industry partners. Prior to this position, Joe was the Manager of IT Security for Montgomery College, managing the team of security engineers responsible for the IT security of systems and network within the College environment. He has also worked as security analyst at the House of Representatives and FINRA, and managed the Security practice for International Network Services and large networking and security consulting firm.
Harry Perper is a Principal Cybersecurity Technologist at The MITRE Corporation. In his role, Harry contributes his expertise to multiple projects including technology research and critical infrastructure cybersecurity guidance. He led teams at the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, creating reference architectures and example implementations for the energy and financial sectors. He has also led teams evaluating a range of cybersecurity technologies. He is a frequent speaker at cybersecurity events, including RSAC, GridSecCon, ProtectOurPower, and FS-ISAC. Prior to joining MITRE, Harry worked in the telecommunications industry in various capacities including operations, engineering, and marketing.
Mark Meszaros is a corporate leader with 25 years of experience in guiding businesses in their IT landscape and Operations. He has overseen, engineered and developed service offerings in the areas of Voice and Data Communications, Cyber Security and Compliance Management. These have included service for small and medium companies as well as global corporate network environments, application service hosting, and cloud-based service environments. International experience includes projects in many countries and regions in the Americas, Europe, and Africa. Mark is presently the CEO for a Silver Spring, MD-based Managed Service Provider, Digital Industry, whose focus is predominately the SMB market in the Washington DC area.
Alexander Stolz graduated from the University of Edinburgh, in the UK, in 2015 with a joint master’s with honours degree in politics and energy economics. After working for several years internationally in the entrepreneurship scene, Alexander moved back to the Washington D.C. area. Alexander joined Ekran System, a cybersecurity firm focusing on the insider threat APT detection. He handles all business aspects for Ekran Systems in North America. Cybersecurity and data privacy are extremely important topics in both Alexander’s professional and personal life and he is keen to share this information in order to help people protect themselves.
Supervisory Special Agent Tom Breeden entered on duty at the FBI in 2008. He has worked a variety of investigations since entering the FBI, but never left cyber throughout his almost 13 year career. He has served the FBI in divisions of Jacksonville, Philadelphia, the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and FBI Cyber Division before he was chosen to lead the Cyber Criminal squad in Baltimore in 2020. From 2017-2020, SSA Breeden led and coordinated the FBI effort to counter botnets established by cyber criminals. SSA Breeden was nominated for the Attorney General’s award for his work against this threat. He enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with his family, and digging through log files to find that golden nugget that solves the case! He has a B.S. degree in Agriculture and a M.S. in Entomology and Plant Pathology from the University of Tennessee.