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Keynote Speakers

2021 CyberCon Keynote Speakers


  Opening Keynote Speaker:

  John Strand, Black Hills
  Information Security
October 5, 2021
  12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

John has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing. He is a coveted speaker and much loved SANS teacher. John is a contributor to the industry shaping Penetration Testing Execution Standard and 20 Critical Controls frameworks.


Wednesday Morning Speaker:
Craig Bowman
8:35 am - 9:35 am
October 6, 2021

Craig Bowman is the Sr. Director of National Security at VMWARE and previously served as the Vice President of Verizon’s Advanced Solutions Division; providing strategy and engineering support for cyber initiatives in the Public Sector. Craig speaks internationally on the subject of cyber security, zero-trust, and software-defined networks and has briefed congressional offices, senators, Olympic Committees and international defense leaders. He has keynoted at Qatar’s CERT conference, a variety of university security conferences, Amazon’s Public Sector Summit, and has appeared on Federal News Network.

Prior to these roles, Craig led the Defense and International Security Division of Adobe Systems, a Fortune 500 software and cloud software provider. In that capacity, Craig helped to engineer secure content delivery systems for the most rugged security environments. In his earlier years, Craig was a software cyber security engineer for the Defense and National Security Industry where he penetrated, tested, built and deployed secure software applications, remotely managed secure IT environments, and deployed and managed secure telecommunication solutions.

Closing Keynote Speaker:

Regina Phelps
Emergency Management & Safety Solutions

October 6, 2021
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm


Regina Phelps is an internationally recognized expert in the field of crisis management, exercise design and business continuity and pandemic planning. Since 1982, she has provided consultation and speaking services to clients in four continents. She is founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions (EMS Solutions), a consulting company specializing in crisis management and business continuity planning.

A partial list of clients includes Bank of Canada, Bank of Colombia, Bank of Peru, Graduate Institute of Geneva, IMF, Microsoft, Northern Trust, VISA, Ellie Mae, LabCorp, Levi Stauss & Co., Gilead, Merck, Whole Foods Market, Salt River Project, Stanford University, Caltech Institute, Nike and the World Bank.

Ms. Phelps conducts over 100 exercises per year for her large multi-national clients. She has lectured extensively at international disaster and business continuity conferences, including DRJ, Continuity Insights, WCDM and IAEM.

Ms. Phelps is the author of three exercise design books: Emergency Management Exercises: Exercise Design, From Response to Recovery, Everything You Need to Know to Create a Great ExerciseEmergency Management Exercises: The Instructor’s Guide; and Cyber Breach. Her fourth book, Crisis Management – How to Develop a Powerful Program, was released September 2018. She has also designed college-level courses in exercise design and has written numerous papers and has given hundreds of lectures on the topic.

Ms. Phelps has received numerous honors and awards, including the Business Recovery Managers Association Award for Excellence in Business Recovery Planning, College of the Sequoias’ Hall of Fame, ARC’s Outstanding Employer, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s Women Entrepreneur of the Year and the Small Business Administration’s Champion of Small Business. Ms. Phelps was the 1991 Chairman of the Board of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

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