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.
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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Sao Paulo, Brazil • June 29-30
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