David Furr, Lead Faculty. David is an attorney with 35 years of experience managing and resolving complex business issues. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Wake Forest University School of Law, and the University of Florida (L.L.M., taxation). David has authored, lectured and moderated Wake Forest University’s Cyber C-Suite certificate program, now in its third year. He also serves on the Data Security and Privacy Committee for the NC Bar Association and was recently appointed to serve on the Advisory Board of SC Cyber. Most recent publication: Avoiding the Bullseye: Cybersecurity Lessons From the Target Litigation
Ben Beeson is Senior Vice President and Leader of the Cybersecurity Practice at Lockton Companies. Based in Washington, DC, he advises organizations on how best to mitigate emerging cyber risks to mission critical assets that align with the business strategy. As insurance continues to take a greater role in a comprehensive enterprise cyber risk management program, Ben also designs and places customized insurance solutions to fit an organization’s specific needs. Ben’s experience ranges from addressing data privacy issues in the utility, financial, healthcare, retail, and hospitality industries to identifying merging property damage and bodily injury risks from a cyber attack in energy, transportation, and manufacturing. Prior to moving to Washington DC, Ben was based in Lockton’s London office for seven years, where he cofounded and built one of the leading cybersecurity teams in the industry. Ben holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in modern languages from the University of Durham, UK, and a certification in cybersecurity strategy from Georgetown University, Washington DC.
Lester D. Eisner, Major General (USA Retired) is the Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Engagement at the University of South Carolina (USC). In that capacity he is working public–private partnership opportunities leveraging the University’s substantial academic strength in Cyber, Data Analytics/Predictive Maintenance, and Aerospace. Eisner comes to USC following a distinguished 37 year career in both the Active Army and Army National Guard. He held key leadership and staff positions throughout his career to include serving with the Night Stalkers Special Operation Task Force and commanding at the Battalion and Brigade level. Throughout his U.S. Army career he was involved in the development and implementation of cutting edge technologies and leveraging strategically significant activities to enhance the capabilities of the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. Eisner is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
Rick Howard is the Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks, a leading enterprise security platform to enterprises, service provider, and government entities worldwide. Founded in 2005, Palo Alto Networks has grown to over $800M in revenues. Rick is a graduate of West Point and the Naval Academy post-graduate school.
Kristin Judge was elected to serve as a Washtenaw County Commissioner in 2008 and supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in growing cybersecurity outreach to state and local government officials. After elected office, she worked at the Center for Internet Security, focusing on connecting state and local governments to federal services and technology needed to improve cyber security. As Director of Government Affairs at the National Cyber Security Alliance, Kristin has worked with Google, FTC, FBI, SBA, congressional leaders and other key stakeholders across the country to educate consumers and businesses how to protect sensitive data. In February 2016, NCSA was named a White House partner for authentication education in President Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) after Kristin’s leadership to create the NCSA “Two Steps Ahead” national program. As a thought leader, Kristin has been seen on the C-SPAN Network, local news outlets and called on by technology publications like SC Magazine and Government Technology to share best practices for online safety. In 2017, Kristin was chosen for the 3rd cohort in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program which is a partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson to bring together a select group of leaders who share a desire to create positive change across our Nation.
Cindy Liebes is the Regional Director for the Southeast Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission. She has been with the FTC since 1986. Ms. Liebes is responsible for supervising and litigating various law enforcement actions involving a variety of unfair and deceptive consumer protection issues, including online privacy; fraudulent Internet schemes; telemarketing fraud and consumer credit statute enforcement. She also regularly conducts seminars and gives outreach presentations to business and consumer groups, and has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts to discuss various consumer fraud, privacy, and credit issues.
Ms. Liebes serves on the FTC’s Privacy Steering Committee, which is charged with developing and implementing the Commission’s internal privacy program. Ms. Liebes previously served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for both the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Northern District of Georgia, criminally prosecuting perpetrators of telemarketing fraud.
Chris Whelchel is an attorney and subject matter expert in employment related matters with over 10 years of experience forming and implementing compliance programs and integration with employment policies, procedures and agreements. Chris is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law.