Security by the Schuylkill
Data Privacy and Security
April 16, 2019
Our third annual Security by the Schuylkill conference presented by Comcast Labs Connect is an opportunity for a “share-and-learn” experience for security engineers and professionals working to improve data privacy and security. These issues increasingly generate news headlines, as companies and organizations around the world work to strengthen their security and data protection efforts.
Join us for a full day with two learning tracks to gain knowledge about changes in the data privacy and security landscape including new data protections, security best practices, business obligations, and challenges. Collaborate with the security community to learn about data privacy and security in a fun and functional way.
The registration fees for this event will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence, a 501(c)(3) organization. If you have questions about the deductibility of your donation, please contact a tax professional.
Tuesday, April 16
Speakers and Presenters
Noopur Davis is the Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Information Security Officer for Comcast. Her responsibilities include product security and privacy, information and infrastructure security, cybersecurity risk management, security architecture, security engineering, security operations and incident response, security intelligence and analytics, identity management, and Legal Response Center for Comcast Corporate and Comcast Cable businesses. Noopur’s teams are doing groundbreaking work in the use of blockchain for IoT security, in building streaming security data integration platforms, and in using machine learning to build models for early threat detection.
She is a champion of women in technology, is the executive sponsor of Comcast/NBCUniversal TechWomen, on the steering committee of Comcast Technology, Product, eXperience Diversity Council, and an executive sponsor of the Comcast Asian Pacific Americans Employee Resource Group.
Noopur joined Comcast from Intel, where she served as Vice President, Global Quality, ISecG. Previously, she was a Visiting Scientist and Senior Member of Technical Staff at Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Principal of management consulting firm Davis Systems, and held various leadership and technical positions in Fortune 500 companies.
Noopur holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). She is the recipient of the WICT/SCTE•ISBE/Cablefax Women in Technology award for 2018.
Christin is Senior Vice President, Chief Privacy and Information Security Officer in Comcast’s legal department. Her dedicated team of attorneys provide support and legal counsel for the business on all aspects of the privacy and information security issues that are critical to our customer facing services, our products, and our internal systems. Christin and her team also coordinate with the government affairs and regulatory teams on advocacy regarding the host of newly proposed state and federal privacy and information security laws and regulations, and provide compliance advice on our new obligations.
Before joining Comcast, Christin was a Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where she chaired the firm’s Privacy and Security Practice Group and advised clients – including Comcast – on privacy compliance, information governance, cybersecurity, public policy, and regulatory matters. Prior to that, she served in various roles at Charter Communications, including Vice President of Government Affairs and Chief Privacy Officer, as well as Deputy General Counsel.
Aaron Roth is the class of 1940 Bicentennial Term associate professor of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, affiliated with the Warren Center for Network and Data Science, and co-director of the Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS) program. Previously, he received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New England. He is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awarded by President Obama in 2016, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, an NSF CAREER award, and a Yahoo! ACE award. His research focuses on the algorithmic foundations of data privacy, algorithmic fairness, game theory and mechanism design, learning theory, and the intersections of these topics. Together with Cynthia Dwork, he is the author of the book “The Algorithmic Foundations of Differential Privacy.” Together with Michael Kearns, he is the author of “The Ethical Algorithm”, forthcoming in 2019 by Oxford University Press.
Brian is a Principal Architect for Network Security at CableLabs. He is focused on security organizational strategy using PKI, blockchains, and data privacy/confidentiality to differentiate network providers. Brian holds a B.S.E in Computer Engineering (University of Michigan) a M.S. in Computer Science (University of Colorado), and an M.B.A. in Technical Strategy (University of Colorado). For the last four years, Brian has been the chair of the Security Working Group at the Open Connectivity Foundation. Brian brings his extensive experience in software, security, and cryptographic governance to both economic and technical analysis activities.
Brian’s background includes technical roles creating and protecting strategic network communications at companies like Lockheed Martin and Sun Microsystems, he also has led multiple technology organizations in technical leadership roles including Chief Scientist, CIO and CTO.
Dave is an Enterprise Software Architect with over twenty-five years of technical leadership in the telecommunications, financial services, and healthcare domains. Dave’s diverse experience ranges from engineering event-based and rule processing systems at “PaaS” (Platform as a Service) scale to building an autonomous-agent workplace simulation engine. At Comcast, Dave is a Distinguished Architect leading the end-to-end ingest, distributed compute, and machine learning pipeline architectures for Big Data applications supporting Customer Experience and Systems Engineering in both public and private cloud environments.
Debra J. Farber is the Senior Director of Privacy Strategy at BigID, where she launches and leads initiatives that evangelize and advance data privacy, industry collaboration, privacy engineering, product innovation, and strategic partnerships. After she completed law school, she launched a career with a dual-focus in privacy and information security and has spent nearly 15 years as a practitioner in those fields with roles at American Express, Visa, IBM, The Advisory Board Company, and TrustArc.
As a leader in the field, Debra serves as Vice Chair of the U.S. Technology Advisory Group (TAG) to the ISO/PC 317 privacy-by-design for consumer goods and services standard-setting project; co-founded Women in Security & Privacy (WISP); launched and oversees a global network of Engineering Privacy Meetup groups; and, serves on Advisory Boards for the IAPP, The Future of Privacy Forum, Habitu8, and TrustRank. In addition to a JD, she has earned industry certifications including the CISSP-ISSMP, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, CIPP/E, CIPT, CIPM, and FIP.
Ellen Nadeau is part of the Privacy Engineering Program at NIST, where she works to develop and pilot privacy risk management guidance and tools for organizations across sectors. She specializes in privacy-enhancing identity management solutions. Ellen received her Master’s of Public Administration from New York University, where she was a Scholar for Service at the NYU Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy. Previously, Ellen worked at a digital rights nonprofit (Derechos Digitales) in Santiago, Chile, as a Google Policy Fellow, and with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the Netsmartz Workshop.
Nick Feamster is a professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University and the Deputy Director of the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, with a focus on network operations, network security, and censorship-resistant communication systems.
Before joining the faculty at Princeton, he was a professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. He was an early-stage employee at Looksmart (acquired by AltaVista), where he wrote the company's first web crawler; and at Damballa, where he helped design the company's first botnet-detection algorithm.
Pankesh Contractor is a Platform Architect for Comcast, who has been working to help organizations and teams design, build and evolve their platforms to be more resilient, scaleable ans secure to meet the demands of their customers and the business.
When Mr. Contractor is not at work, he is busy tinkering with gadgets, out photographing landscapes, or hiking with his son and dog.
Phil Yannella is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Privacy & Data Security Group. He regularly advises clients on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Stored Communications Act (SCA), Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), EU-US Privacy Shield, New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) Cybersecurity Regulations, PCI DSS, HIPAA Security Rules, state date security laws, and FTC enforcement activity. As the Leader of Ballard's Incident Response Team, Phil has helped guide more than 100 clients through data breaches, including identifying exposure, facilitating public notice under state and federal laws, coordinating forensic examinations, responding to regulator inquiries, and managing resolution. Phil also has extensive experience in litigating and investigating privacy and data security related issues, including leading Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) control and data breach investigations, defending and prosecuting Telephone Consumer Practice Act (TCPA), Defense of Trade Secret Act, CFAA, and SCA claims, and defending against ""right to know"" claims.
Phil is a frequent legal commentator, presenter and author on digital issues. He serves on the advisory board for the ACC Foundation's Cybersecurity Survey, and is a member of the ABA Litigation Privacy & Data Security Committee. Each quarter, he lectures Philadelphia CISO Network members on changes to privacy and data security law. He is the Co-Chair of PLI's eDiscovery & Ethics course. Last year, he received a Readers' Choice award from JD Supra for his writing on cybersecurity issues.
Pranav is the Lead Product Security Engineer at Dow Jones in charge of the secure design and development of Dow Jones products (e.g., The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Factiva).
Pranav's recent work includes improving the security pipeline at Dow Jones by embedding security automation into the continuous integration and deployment process. He is also the creator of "Dow Jones Hammer," an open source DevSecOps tool.
Sameer Wadkar is a senior principal architect for machine learning at Comcast NBCUniversal, where he works on operationalizing machine learning models to enable rapid turnaround times from model development to model deployment and oversees data ingestion from data lakes, streaming data transformations, and model deployment in hybrid environments ranging from on-premises deployments to cloud and edge devices.
Previously, he developed big data systems capable of handling billions of financial transactions per day arriving out of order for market reconstruction to conduct surveillance of trading activity across multiple markets and implemented natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision-based systems for various public and private sector clients. He is the author of Pro Apache Hadoop.
Joyce Rancani is the Director of Business Information Security in Comcast Business. In this role, Joyce works in collaboration with the Comcast Cybersecurity team to build security-in for Managed Enterprise Solutions. Prior to this role, Joyce architected and implemented security into Xfinity Mobile’s design.
Joyce is also the Comcast Security Guild co-chairperson. The Security Guild is a collaborative platform to drive innovative security practices, professional development, network opportunities and community outreach to increase security awareness.
Joyce is passionate about building effective, cross-functional collaboration between engineering, security and operations. She believes there are many positive benefits of grooming, educating and empowering the teams to become security champions. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Computing and Security Technology) from Drexel University.
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