Conference Overview

The Tulsa Cyber Summit will feature four keynote speakers, six sectoral panels, and featured speakers on two parallel tracks for leadership and technology. Cybersecurity innovators can also submit their ideas to the Tulsa Cyber Summit Pitch Competition.

Keynote Speakers

John Brennan, Former Director, CIA

“Living in a Digital World: The Challenges and Opportunities Awaiting the Next Generation of Americans”

john brennanJohn Brennan is a national security expert with nearly four decades of experience, culminating in his tenure as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2013 to 2017. Previously a deputy national security advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Brennan teaches audiences how to think about and respond to global events, terrorism and cybersecurity concerns. Brennan’s presentations offer an insider’s look at the shifting global landscape and reveal what it takes to remain an effective player in business while keeping pace with the alarming proliferation of cyber threats.

Aanchal Gupta, Director of Security, Facebook

“Cybersecurity Workforce and Technical Challenges on the Frontier”

Anachal GuptaAanchal Gupta is Director of Security at Facebook. Her global team assesses and mitigates security risks across services including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Oculus and WhatsApp. Her team also is responsible for the security of Facebook’s corporate infrastructure. Gupta previously was Chief Information Security Officer at Microsoft for Skype and Skype for Business and led Yahoo’s Global Identity team, contributing to authentication and authorization open standards such as OpenID and OAuth.


Daniel C. Holtzman, Cyber Technical Director, United States Air Force

“Cyber Resiliency: The Intersection of Technology and Culture”

Daniel HoltzmanDaniel C. Holtzman is an internationally recognized authority on cybersecurity, program protection planning, security engineering, supply chain risk management, mission/system assurance and resiliency. His work in large-scale systems engineering and high-assurance weapon systems has supported the U.S. Department of Defense, NATO, public and private industry and federally funded research and development centers. He currently serves the United States Air Force as Highly Qualified Expert, Cyber Technical Director at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.


Pascal Millaire, CEO, CyberCube

Insurance: Reshaping the Future of Cyber Risk Management in the 21st Century”

Paschal MillairePascal Millaire is the CEO of CyberCube, a Symantec Ventures company that provides data-driven cyber underwriting and aggregation management analytics to the global insurance industry. Millaire previously was vice president at Symantec, where he oversaw cyber insurance product development and insurance security partnerships. He also was president of an Internet of Things technology company and spent seven years at McKinsey, where he advised clients in the insurance industry.


Leadership and Technology Tracks

Participants can choose to attend sessions discussing cybersecurity issues at the leadership or technical levels. Participants are free to move between tracks as desired.

Leadership Track Sessions

  • Incident Response and Threat Detection
  • Know Your Adversary
  • Workforce Development
  • Elements of Corporate Culture
  • IoT Governance
  • Cyber 101 for Leadership

Technology Track Sessions

  • AI/ML in Cybersecurity
  • Application Security
  • Privacy Technology
  • Tokenization and Vulnerability Management
  • IoT and CPS Security
  • Enterprise Security

Sectoral Panels

Cybersecurity Innovation

This panel will explore the symbiotic relationship between community and enterprise in cybersecurity innovation and entrepreneurship. What are the key environmental supports and impediments for start-ups trying to develop novel security solutions? What resources can a community provide to attract and retain cybersecurity talent?  How can public-private-academic partnerships best catalyze economic growth for this industry? Robert Spoo, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at The University of Tulsa, will moderate discussion. Panelists will include Jerald Dawkins, Chief Information Security Officer of True Digital Security; Pablos Holman, inventor and futurist with Intellectual Ventures; and representatives from economic development and venture capital organizations.

Finance Panel

The financial industry has been managing cybersecurity risks for longer than just about any other sector, because it has long been targeted by profit-motivated criminal actors. What are the most pressing cyber risks facing the financial industry? What strategies are available to mitigate those risks? How are cybercriminal strategies evolving, and how do we keep up? Tyler Moore, Tandy Associate Professor of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance at The University of Tulsa, will moderate the discussion.

Transportation Panel

How does cybersecurity apply to the transportation industry? Whose interests are at stake, and who is responsible? What is the difference between functional safety and cybersecurity? How does cybersecurity differ between passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles? How do we ensure the talent to manage these needs? Jeremy Daily, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Tulsa, will moderate discussion.

Electricity Panel

What are the cybersecurity challenges facing the electricity industry?  How is the move to the Smart Grid and small-scale distributed generation, such as wind and solar, impacting the sector? What new risks and challenges emerge as the grid becomes decentralized? What skill sets are needed to address these challenges? Peter J. Hawrylak, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Tulsa, will moderate discussion.

IOT Governance

This session explores the dangers and opportunities presented by the emerging ecosystem of the Internet of Things, an area of cyber risk that often goes unnoticed, potentially decreasing the barrier on malicious actors. The “physical internet” broadens the attack vector, requiring a robust security strategy. This session will focus on the roles of industry, government and consumers in enhancing the security, safety and privacy of the Internet of Things ecosystem. Ido Kilovaty, Frederic Dorwart Endowed Assistant Professor of Law at The University of Tulsa, will moderate discussion.

Oil and Gas Panel

This panel will explore current cybersecurity challenges and solutions in the oil and gas industry. Mauricio Papa, Associate Professor of Computer Science at The University of Tulsa, will moderate discussion.