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
Lester D. Eisner, Major General (USA Retired) is the Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Engagement at the University of South Carolina (USC). He is the Founder of the highly successful South Carolina Cyber industry, academia and government consortium, SC Cyber, created to protect, educate and economic enable opportunities in the growing software defined economy. In his current role, he is directly involved in innovative public –private partnership opportunities that leverage the University’s substantial academic strength in Cyber, Advanced Manufacturing, Data Analytics and Predictive Maintenance, and Aerospace. These partnerships with such industry leaders like IBM, Siemens, and GE along with other government and International partnerships are having dynamic impacts to the University and State partners. He joined the University of South Carolina in June 2014 after a distinguished 37 year career in both the Active Army and Army National Guard. MG Eisner (Ret) held key leadership and staff positions throughout his career to include serving with the U.S. Army Aviation Special Operation Task Force and commanding at the Battalion and Brigade level. Throughout his U.S. Army career MG Eisner (ret) has been involved in the development and implementation of cutting edge technologies, leveraging strategically significant activities, such as cyber, technology related to block chain and threat finance and data analytics, further enhancing the capabilities of the U.S. Department of Defense. His culminating assignment was as the Deputy Adjutant General of the South Carolina National Guard where he had personnel management, training, equipping and infrastructure oversight of more than 12,000 soldiers and airmen in South Carolina and deployed around the world. MG Eisner (Ret) is a 5000 plus hour pilot in command, maintenance test pilot and instructor pilot, rated in multiple rotary and fixed wing aircraft, including the AH-64 Apache and UH-60. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
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 Swecker served 24 years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) retiring in 2006 as Assistant Director, Criminal Investigations Division, with oversight over all FBI Criminal and Cyber Investigations. Swecker also served as the FBI’s On Scene Commander in Iraq in 2003 where he led a team of FBI Agents conducting counter-intelligence, terror financing and international terrorism investigations including investigating suicide bombing attacks on the UN headquarters and other civilian occupied facilities.
As Corporate Security Executive for Bank of America from July 2006 to January 2009 Swecker led investigations; physical security; international security, employment screening and executive protection. He provided strategic direction and overall management for over 600 proprietary associates and over 3800 contract security guards with an annual budget of over $250 million. Swecker created a world class advanced Security Operations Analysis and Command Center (SOAC) to support security operations worldwide. The SOAC consolidated, monitored and managed the largest alarm, access control and digital video surveillance system in the financial sector with responsibility for 6100 bank branches,18,000 ATMs and 450 administrative facilities. He led the bank’s crisis and business continuity response for security or terrorism events.
Swecker served in the Civil Litigation Unit at FBI headquarters in Washington from 1985-1987 and as an Assistant District Attorney from 1981-1982 in the First District of NC. He has a solo law practice in Charlotte, NC and has served as Independent Special Counsel for the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office.
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.