As Chief Technology Officer, Ashley Stephenson leads the company’s global DDoS mitigation solution strategy. A seasoned executive with a proven track record in the technology industry, he brings a notable record, having co-founded or led several technology companies as Chairman or CEO. An IT industry executive and Internet technology entrepreneur, Stephenson has operating experience in the United States, Europe and Asia. As CTO he drives Corero’s global strategy, focusing on the company’s growth by capitalizing on its market leading real-time DDoS mitigation offerings and strong blue-chip customer base.
Previously, Stephenson was CEO of Reva Systems, acquired by ODIN, and Xedia Corporation, acquired by Lucent. He was awarded “CEO of the Year” by the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council for his work at Xedia Corp.
In recent years, he has spent the majority of his time providing strategic advisory services on the evolution of the global IT market. Stephenson began his career at IBM Research & Development in the United Kingdom. For several years he taught Entrepreneurship as an Adjunct Professor in the Babson College MBA program. Stephenson has served on the Board of Directors of many venture-backed startups and industry consortia. He is a graduate of Imperial College, London with a degree in Physics and an Associate of the Royal College of Science. He is the holder of several U.S. patents.
Col. Cedric Leighton is founder of a strategic risk consultancy after serving 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and overseeing numerous critical intelligence missions throughout his career. He served at U.S. Special Operations Command, the Joint Staff, and the National Security Agency, where he helped train the nation's cyber warriors. A Middle East combat veteran, he is the recipient of numerous military awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Bronze Star. Currently, Col. Leighton advises multinational businesses on cyber attacks and the management of complex global strategies to reduce risk and unpredictability.
Roger Grimes, KnowBe4’s Data-Driven Defense Evangelist, is a 30-year computer security consultant, instructor, holder of dozens of computer certifications and an award-winning author of 10 books and over 1,000 magazine articles on computer security. He now serves as the Data-Driven Security Analyst for KnowBe4. He has worked at some of the world’s largest computer security companies, including Foundstone, McAfee and Microsoft. Grimes holds a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University. He was the weekly security columnist for InfoWorld and CSO magazines from 2005-2019.
Emmy-winning journalist Bruce Sussman spent more than 20 years on TV screens in Portland, Oregon. During his "second career" he became fascinated by cybersecurity while working with CISOs at Gartner. He joined SecureWorld in 2017 to help grow its media division. Currently, he hosts the Remote Sessions daily web conference series and SecureWorld podcast published each Tuesday, and oversees news content for secureworldexpo.com. Sussman graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism back in the dark ages. Message him on LinkedIn if you'd like to connect!