2017 Security Congress Keynotes
Ben Makuch, National Security Reporter, VICE News
Ben Makuch is an award winning national security reporter with VICE News. Previously with the Canadian Press’s Parliamentary Bureau, Makuch was in contact with several homegrown Islamic State militants from Canada. That reporting caught the attention of federal counterterrorism investigators who are trying to force Makuch to hand over all source materials connected to Farah Mohamed Shirdon, an alleged ISIS fighter from Calgary. Makuch refused and is now fighting the production order in court. He faces possible jail time if he loses.Makuch is currently the correspondent for Cyberwar on the VICELAND network, an investigative documentary series examining the covert world of signals intelligence and hackers.
Donald W. Freese, Deputy Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Don Freese currently serves in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Information Technology Branch. In his capacity as Deputy Assistant Director, Mr. Freese is responsible for worldwide customer service, IT continuity, risk management, and network operations. In addition, he oversees integration of engineering support and liaison with all enterprise IT divisions, security operations, and incident response.
Mr. Freese has served as a Special Agent with the FBI since 1996. Prior to his assignment with ITB, Mr. Freese served as the Director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), one of the seven designated federal cyber centers. In this capacity Mr. Freese was responsible for leading 24 partner agencies and in partnership to accomplish the nation’s top-tier, domestic cyber mission, through coordinating, integrating, and sharing cyber threat data enabling intelligence and investigative operations worldwide. In previous assignments, Mr. Freese directed operational teams conducting criminal and national security investigations, including international and domestic portfolio management, with increasing leadership responsibility in cross-functional areas of both disciplines. Preceding his appointment as Director of NCIJTF, he served as FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge responsible for all cyber, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence operations in north Texas. Mr. Freese has deep experience leading division level business operations, designing and executing complex financial crime investigations, and establishing critical incident response teams at the field office level.
Mr. Freese is a former Captain in the U.S. Army. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from California State University (Fullerton) and a Master of Science in Business Continuity, Security and Risk Management from Boston University. He currently maintains professional certifications in tactical command and cybersecurity strategy.
Juliette Kayyem, Founder, Kayyem Solutions, LLC
Juliette Kayyem has spent over 15 years managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government. She is the founder of Kayyem Solutions, LLC, providing strategic advice in technology, risk management, mega-event planning and more. Currently, Kayyem serves as the Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is Faculty Director of the Homeland Security Project. She is an on-air security analyst for CNN and hosts a regular podcast entitled "The SCIF” for WGBH, Boston’s local NPR station.Previously, Kayyem was President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Her book, “Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home,” was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016.
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