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Wednesday Breakout Speakers

Welcome, Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Shawn Riley, CIO, State of North Dakota

Shawn Riley was born to a broken and abusive home. Shawn overcame the challenges of his youth and adopted a growth mindset and “we can make the world a better place” attitude.  At the age of 16 he started a technology company. Later in his career he entered the private sector and worked as a thought leader for companies like IBM and the Mayo Clinic. His career has included massive change and transformation initiatives spanning multi billion-dollar organizations. In 2017 Shawn was appointed by Governor Doug Burgum to lead the state of North Dakota’s technology services as the Chief Information Officer. He is always looking to connect with others who have a “we can change the world” attitude as he strives to be a servant leader and improve lives, empower people, and inspire success.  


Presentation: COVID-19 Lessons Learned
9:10 am - 10:00 am

Dawn Moen, ND Dept. of Management and Budget
Dawn started working at the State Water Commission well attending high school and college.  In 2003, Dawn was hired full time at the State Water Commission.  In 2006, Dawn started working at the OMB-Risk Management Division as the administrator.  In 2012, Dawn was promoted to the loss control analyst position within the OMB-Risk Management Division.

Dawn has the responsibility to review the incidents for adequacy and potential liability exposures; analyze and manage risk management issues by identifying, measuring; providing agencies with information to make decisions on operational, procedural or environmental risks; and managing the accounts payable and receivables.  Dawn is also responsible for administrating and providing training for the continuity manager and continuity notification systems.  Dawn also needs to ensure that continuity of operations plans (COOPs) are meeting specific requirements for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).

Dawn volunteers her time by serving on Rita Murphy Parents Teachers Organization (PTO) for her son’s school.  Dawn has served as the Vice President and currently the Treasurer. Dawn received her bachelor’s degrees in Business Management in 2003 from Minot State University.
 Chris Kalash, Greater North Dakota Chamber

Chris is the Director of Membership at the Greater North Dakota Chamber. In his role, Chris is charged with recruiting and growing membership and cultivating engagement. This utilizes Chris’s strengths of networking and relationship building to promote members and the business climate of North Dakota. Prior to his current position, Chris worked for the state in various roles giving him further understanding in the benefits of public: private partnerships. The UND grad lives in Bismarck with his family and would accept any offer to participate in North Dakota outdoor hobbies.

James K. Leiman, PhD, ND Dept. of Commerce

Dr. James Leiman is an executive professional, change agent, professor, mentor and small business owner that has successfully completed several governmental transformation efforts across the United States. Simultaneous in his capacity as the Director of the University of Minnesota Veden Center for Rural Economic Development, James serves as the Director of Economic Development and Finance for the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Prior to joining Commerce in May 2018, James was a City Administrator in Minnesota. Before arriving in the Midwest, James managed a significant transformation portfolio at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Washington, DC resulting in a 30% reduction in the national claims backlog. As the lead for Integration and Synchronization, James oversaw a $140 million per year program and hundreds of employees which revamped the business process for thousands of employees.
Before joining VA, James managed several National Security programs at the Departments of Homeland Security, State and Agriculture where counter terrorism efforts were the focus; areas of operation included the US-Mexico border, the Caribbean and Persian Gulf. James also served in the Army and is a proud veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom where he was recognized for achievement overseas by serving as an Intelligence Analyst and interpreter. After over a decade of fighting terrorism, James sought to use his skills to solve domestic issues.
James has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for the University of Texas at El Paso since 2008, Tulane University since 2011 and Georgian Court University since 2010. In addition, James has taught and lectured at institutions such as Marymount University, New Mexico State University and Kent State. James has been retained since 2011 by the State of New Jersey university system to provide specialized management training and mentorship to Homeland Security, law enforcement and military professionals. Dr. Leiman holds a PhD from the North Dakota State University, James also is  the owner of The Maso Group, LLC, a real estate investment firm in North Dakota as well as Enzo’s Mango, a private equity investment firm. James is a proud husband and father and lives in Fargo, ND.

Presentation: Critical Infrastructure Training Opportunities
10:10 am - 11:00 am

Dave Sonheim, CISA Region VIII

Dave currently serves as the one of the Cybersecurity Advisors within region VIII with Rick Gardner. Rick primarily covers UT, WYO, and Montana while Dave has CO, SD, and ND. The CISA Cybersecurity Advisor program includes promoting cyber resilience with public and private sectors partners through various engagements and performing risk and resilience-based assessments. Mr. Sonheim began his federal career in 2002 with DoD in the Information Management Directorate for the COLO National Guard G6 office. Serving as the Deputy CIO for the last seven years at the agency. As part of his connection to the National Guard he is also an actively drilling National Guard Officer with over 25yrs of service. His current role is the Defensive Cyber Operations Team Chief where he runs the Cyber incident response Blue team. He served as the TF Cyber Commander for the CDOT SamSam ransomware event in 2018. Early in 2019 Mr. Sonheim transitioned to DHS/CISA in his current role as a CSA for region VIII.

Ronnie Warren - FEME Region VIII – National Preparedness Division

Ronnie has more than 35 years of combined public safety service experience at the local, state and Federal levels of government.

The majority of that time he was with the Oklahoma City Police Department where he achieved the rank of master sergeant and the last seven years he served as director of the Oklahoma City Office of Emergency Management (OKCEM). As the emergency manager, he built strong and lasting partnerships with multiple jurisdictions and disciplines in the public safety community. He led the City’s planning and response to a myriad of natural disasters that required seamless coordination with multiple public safety agencies. While serving with OKCEM, he was awarded the “2007 Oklahoma Emergency Manager of the Year” for leadership, dedication and professionalism. He also served two terms as the Local Emergency Planning Councils chairman. During his career with the Oklahoma City Police Department, he received numerous acknowledgments for his dedication and professionalism as an Oklahoma City police officer. He was awarded several lifesaving medals, awarded the Medal of Meritorious Service and received the Medal of Valor for his immediate response and actions during the Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing.

In addition to being a police officer, he has been a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for over 34 years and worked for Mercy Health Center – Emergency Medical Service for 17 years.  Ronnie also put his EMT skills to use as a patrol officer and on the Oklahoma City Police Departments Tact-Team, Emergency Response Team taking care of injured citizens and first responders. Ronnie is a certified Crime Scene Investigator and worked in the Oklahoma City Police Departments Crime Scene Unit for several years.

Following his retirement from the City of Oklahoma City, he was selected to be the Emergency Program Coordinator for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where his focus was on agriculture emergencies during disasters and when naturally occurring agriculture diseases breakout. He was recognized for his leadership within the USDA during disasters and urgent agricultural emergencies. While with the USDA, he was awarded the USDA “Secretary’s Award for Management Excellence” for his dedicated work during the British Petroleum Deep Water Horizon accident.

In 2010 he transitioned to FEMA to become a program analyst within the National Preparedness Division. In that capacity, he managed FEMA’s preparedness grants, worked on catastrophic disaster planning, assisted with the development of disaster exercises, wrote safety plans, facilitates meetings, and teaches emergency preparedness and safety. In present day FEMA Region 8, he is the Regional Training Manager, Law Enforcement Liaison, Terrorism/Threat Liaison Officer and CBRN coordinator.

Outside of FEMA, Ronnie maintains his Law Enforcement certifications and works part-time as a patrol deputy sheriff in Colorado.


Presention: The Impact of Foreign Influence and Cyber Attacks on Main Street and State and Local Governments
11:10 am - 12:00 pm

Jeremy Straub, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University

Jeremy Straub is the associate director of the NDSU Institute for Cyber Security Education andResearch and a Challey Institute Faculty Fellow. He holds a Ph.D., two master's degrees and twoB.S. degrees. He has published over 50 journal articles and hundreds of technical papers. Inaddition, his work has been featured in media outlets including Fast Company, CNN, ECN, PBS,GCN - Government Computer News, Business Standard, CBS News and Newsweek.

Presentation: Beyond Passwords: Two-Factor Authentication, Biometrics and More
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch Speaker: Matt Durrin, LMG Security

Matt Durrin manages the incident response and R & D teams at LMG Security. He is an instructor at the international Black Hat USA conference, where he teaches “Data Breaches” He regularly conducts cybersecurity webinars and seminars for hundreds of attendees in all sectors, including banking, retail, health care, government and more. A seasoned forensics professional, Matt specializes in incident response, ransomware cases, cryptojacking, and banking trojans. Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Montana and previously worked as a “blue team” field technician/system administrator for over 10 years. His malware research was recently featured on NBC Nightly News.  

Presentation: Incident Prevention and Case Studies
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm

Russel Zuraff, ND Natonal Guard
Russell Zuraff currently manages the Data Processing Center for the North Dakota Army National Guard in Bismarck, ND.  The Data Processing Center maintains the database of record for both pay and personnel transactions, and provides management information services the that include data processing, secure communications support, and application and database development.
Mr. Zuraff has over 20 year of working experience in the Information Technology arena and has held various positions within the North Dakota Army National Guard.  These positions include Information Systems Technician on a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), Help Desk Technician, Visual Information Manager, Applications Developer, IT Systems Administrator and in 2015 Mr. Zuraff was hired to Manage the Data Processing Center.  He has also worked as a Team Manager for a Microsoft Call Center and has worked several years as an independent IT consultant for various companies within North Dakota. 
Certifications Include Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for SharePoint Configuration, CompTIA Security Plus, NGB Level III Computer Network Defense Team and CISCO Certified Network Associate.Jesse Heck is the Director of Operations for Dakota Carrier Network (DCN).  DCN and its 14 independent broadband provider owner companies operate a 40,000 mile fiber optic infrastructure that provides service to nearly every community in North Dakota.
Mr. Heck earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck.  He worked as an IT consultant for 2 years prior to being hired as a Network Operations Center (NOC) technician for DCN in 2000.  He served as a NOC technician at DCN for 11 years before being promoted to the position of Director of Operations.  Mr. Heck lives in Bismarck with his wife Candice and their two children. 

Jesse Heck, Dakota Carrier Network
Jesse Heck is the Director of Operations for Dakota Carrier Network (DCN).  DCN and its 14 independent broadband provider owner companies operate a 40,000 mile fiber optic infrastructure that provides service to nearly every community in North Dakota.

Mr. Heck earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck.  He worked as an IT consultant for 2 years prior to being hired as a Network Operations Center (NOC) technician for DCN in 2000.  He served as a NOC technician at DCN for 11 years before being promoted to the position of Director of Operations.  Mr. Heck lives in Bismarck with his wife Candice and their two children. 

Dr. Kevin Fishbeck, University of Mary
Dr. Kevin Fishbeck is the Program Director for the Computer Information Systems and the Information Technology Management departments at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. He has been teaching and working in the Information Technology field for over 20 years.  He specializes in network and systems administration along with providing best security practices for small businesses. Dr. Fishbeck owns and operates Fishbeck Technology Consulting for over 20 years and has advised, aided and performed numerous installations, upgrades and migrations for small businesses. He holds many industry certifications including MCSE, MCT, Network + and CCNA. He has also presented at numerous events promoting what colleges and universities must do to help prepare graduates for the technology workforce. 

Presentation: Louisiana Cyber Events
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm

Devin King, Lead Cyber Investigator, Louisiana State Police

Devin King is an information security professional with over 20 years of experience in both the publicand private sectors. Mr. King serves as the Lead Cyber Investigator for the Louisiana State PoliceCyber Crime Unit (CCU) and works with the Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE). Mr. King established the nation’s first cyber unit imbedded within a fusion center, co-foundedthe National Fusion Center Association's Cyber Intelligence Network, and serves as primary lead forthe State Police on all cyber intrusions. Mr. King also supports the Federal Bureau of InvestigationsCyber Task Force as a Digital Extraction Technician and the U.S. Secret Service’s Electronic CrimesTask Force as a Network Intrusion Officer. While in these roles, he works on the following types ofcases: network intrusions, busi ness email compromises, insider threats, telephony denial of serviceattacks, distributed denial of service attacks, threats of bodily harm made using Internet connected devices and cyber stalking.

Zoom Happy Hour
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

(Moderator) Darin Hanson, ND State and Local Intelligence Center

Darin Hanson is the Critical Infrastructure Program and Security Manager with the North Dakota State and Local Intelligence Center (NDSLIC).  In this capacity he has given numerous presentations to both private and public organizations on topics ranging from crime trends and prevention to physical security assessments and active shooter training.  He is currently a regional representative to the National Fusion Center Association’s Private Sector Engagement Subcommittee.  Prior to joining the NDSLIC Mr. Hanson worked for 11 years in the financial services sector at Dakota Community Bank & Trust, N.A. and Edward Jones where he provided financing and counseling to both new and experienced business owners while working with SBA, the Bank of ND, The ND Department of Commerce, and USDA.

Mr. Hanson holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and an MBA in Management from the University of Mary. is currently pursuing a Master’s in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA as one of only 4 North Dakotans ever selected. A firm believer in community service, he has given numerous presentations to entrepreneurs for SCORE, has been a guest instructor at Bismarck State College, and is also the past President of the Board for the Greater Bismarck/Mandan Chapter of Rebuilding Together.

In addition, Mr. Hanson served over 20 years in the Army National Guard in numerous leadership and advisory positions. Having deployed two times, his past accomplishments include being named Battalion Soldier of the Year, SPC Ryan Maxie "Checkfire" Memorial Award, and the Raymond Buckley Connor Memorial Award Winner. During his career he has served as the Company Intelligence Support Team leader, Biometrics Manager, Linguist Manager Military Police Platoon Sergeant, and Company Electronics Warfare Officer earning a Bronze Star Medal for his outstanding service.

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