Brian O’Higgins, President, Brian O’Higgins and Associates
Brian O’Higgins is an executive with over 20 years as a leader in security technology development for enterprise and government customers—possibly known best for his role pioneering PKI (public key infrastructure)— and as the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Entrust, a leading Internet Security Company. He was also a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Third Brigade, a provider of security products for physical and virtualized servers that was acquired by Trend Micro in 2009. Brian’s approach to security is both visionary and pragmatic. He is a frequent presenter at security and industry events around the globe. In 2008, he was appointed as a delegate to contribute to the Global Cybersecurity Agenda of the International Telecommunications Union. He is also a founding author and contributor to the Cloud Security Alliance.
David J. Dutkowsky, EVP Communications Networks Division, Sanmina-SCI
Dave is EVP of the Communications Networks Division of Sanmina-SCI with responsibility for the global management of this $3B Vertical Market. In this role, Dave is responsible for creating value for customers in this segment by providing solutions spanning from design to manufacturing to end of life services. In his 10 year career with Sanmina-SCI, Dave has lived in Asia and Latin America and run operations in these regions followed by leading the Communications Networks business on a global basis from his current home in Dallas Texas. Prior to joining Sanmina-SCI, Dave’s experience included Engineering and Plant Management roles with Dupont in the US and Asia followed by Regional Management responsibility with Berg Electronics, FCI and SCI in Asia.
Dave has an MBA from University of Delaware and BSME from Clarkson University. He has also completed an Executive Leadership program at Stanford.
Steve Kaplan, VP Virtualization, INX
Steve Kaplan is VP of virtualization at INX, a publicly-traded professional services firm. Steve formerly co-founded and ran a VMware focused consultancy, AccessFlow. Kaplan grew AccessFlow from a start-up with two employees in 2005 to 30 employees and revenues of over $10M when acquired by INX 3 years later. AccessFlow was consistently profitable from the start, and picked up VMware Rising Star of the Americas and VMware Advantage + Awards during its second and third years in business respectively. Kaplan previously ran By The Bell, an ROI consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations assess the relative value of various enterprise IT strategies. He got started in IT in 1987 by co-founding and running an integration firm, RYNO Technology, which was named the Citrix Partner of the Year for the United States and was generating annual revenues of nearly $18M with 55 employees before its acquisition by MTM Technologies in 2001.
Kaplan has co-authored a book on VMware (USENIX) and two books (8 editions) on Citrix/Terminal Server – all “Official Guides” published by Osborne/McGraw-Hill. He has written scores of published IT articles and white papers on subjects such as security, disaster recovery and the effect of regulatory compliance on IT..
He holds a BS in business administration from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Northwestern’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management with emphases in both finance and marketing.
Gary Lamb, Founder/CTO NextCloud
Gary Lamb is Fouder & CTO of NextCloud, a state of the art provider of cloud hosting services to enterprises, healthcare providers, local governments and education markets. Previously, Gary was Sr. Director of Data Center Virtualization at INX a publically traded Professional Services firm and Founder of AccessFlow, acquired by INX, which was named VMware Rising Star of the Americas during its 2nd year in business and won the VMware Rainmaker Award the following year. Gary Lamb is a nationally known expert in the virtualization field and is one of 30 members from around the world on the VMware Partner Advisory Council. Gary’s presentation at Virtualization Congress 2009 was voted one of the five most popular sessions. Gary is a co-author of the Sage book, “Deploying the VMware Infrastructure”, and has co-authored several virtualization articles and white papers. With 27 years in IT, Gary has worked as a MVS Systems programmer, LAN/WAN design and integration architect and an enterprise security assessment practitioner, including running a consulting practice for 2 ½ years for ISS. He also has an extensive background in disaster recovery. Gary has helped several manufacturers build their products to better interoperate with a virtual infrastructure.