Technology Managers Forum

TechForum's Security Forum: Emerging Trends in Enterprise Security
Oct. 9th, 2014, 8AM-4:30PM, Metropolitan Pavilion, 2nd Floor, Metropolitan Suite,
123 W. 18th St., bet. 6th and 7th Ave., NYC 10011

Speakers (more TBA)


    • Roota Almeida, CISO, Covanta
    • Todd Bearman, CISO, Towers Watson
    • Eduardo Cabrera, Deputy CISO, US Secret Service
    • Don Codling, U.S. Dept. of State Global Cyber Threat Trainer and Advisor, Former FBI Unit Chief Cyber Division
    • Sam Dekay, Vice President, Information Security, BNY Mellon
    • Martin Gomberg, SVP & Global Director Governance, Security & Business Protection, A&E Networks
    • Christopher Leigh, CISO, ConEdison
    • Joe Bernik, Promontory Financial Group
    • CipherCloud (TBA)
    • Julian Waits, President & CEO, ThreatTrack Security


Speaker Profiles

Moderator and Founder: Priscilla Tate, Executive Director, Technology Managers Forum
Priscilla Tate founded Technology Managers Forum (TechForum), a professional association for IT managers, in 1994. TechForum has a membership base of over 850 IT managers in the New York area who work for some of the largest enterprise organizations in the world. Each year Ms. Tate produces multiple enterprise IT focused events for end-user  IT managers. Ms. Tate is a sought-after industry analyst and has been quoted in numerous publications, including the New York Times and Computerworld. In addition to creating content for and moderating panels at TechForum events, Ms. Tate has moderated panels at other industry events, including the Computerworld Premier 100 and RSA Conference in San Francisco. Prior to TechForum, Ms. Tate was a technology manager at Citibank, EF Hutton and Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Ms. Tate graduated from Duke University with a BA in History and an MA in Art History. She also studied at the Freie Universitat in Berlin with a scholarship administered by the Fulbright commission. She was a Columbia Fellow and did graduate work at Columbia University.


Roota Almeida, CISO, Covanta

Roota Almeida is the Chief Information Security Officer at Covanta Holdings Corporation, a leader in waste-to-energy and renewable energy projects. Roota has the responsibility of leading all aspects of IT security and risk, including establishing and maintaining global security strategies, architectures, standards, and compliance. She has over 14 years of experience in Information Security, Risk and Compliance. Prior to joining Covanta, Roota was with Merck & Co., leading Information Risk and Compliance. She was responsible for guiding the development, implementation and maintenance of information security strategy representing more than 50 nations. Additionally, she guided the company in the development and deployment of Safe Harbor certification process and led IT Security Risk Assessments for all applications and vendors. Roota is a governing body member of Evanta’s CISO Executive Summit, an exclusive leadership community of CISOs, as well as a member of other industry groups. Roota is a frequent presenter at conferences. She has a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from India.





Todd Bearman, CISO, Towers Watson

Mr. Bearman works at Towers Watson as the CISO with responsibility for both Information and Physical Security.  Mr. Bearman is responsible for ensuring appropriate security is in place to protect corporate and client assets in over 140 offices across more than 25 countries.   Mr. Bearman works hand in hand with all lines of business, data privacy, audit, compliance, and legal to coordinate, execute, and govern the corporate Information Security program. Current responsibilities in this position include: managing the corporate information security program; defining strategy; coordinating security initiatives efforts across lines of business, audit oversight, incident management, and IT risk management; and reporting information security program status to the board of directors and various leadership committees. Mr. Bearman has over 25 years of information systems experience and has been involved with various aspects of Information Security for over 18 years. Prior to working at Towers Watson/Towers Perrin, Todd was the Director of Information Security at Commerce Bank (now TD Bank). Previously, Todd has spent much of his career as a consultant, where he last was responsible for managing the Information Security practice at Schlumberger Ltd, a global oilfield services organization. He has also had various consulting engagements as well as several years of banking experience at CoreStates Bank (now Wachovia).  Mr. Bearman has successfully leveraged his broad base of security expertise and experience with his strong business sense to empower companies to protect their information assets while managing information risk and business costs and impacts. Todd has been invited to participate on several panels and presented security lectures for various organizations including Gartner, Symantec, NJ CIO Forum, NJ Technology Forum, and the Information Security World Conference, CISO Summit, and PwC State of Security Panel.  Todd has also been featured in multiple articles including in Information Technology and Security magazine and  He earned his BS in Marketing from Monmouth University.


Joe Bernik, Promontory Financial Group


Eduardo Cabrera, Deputy CISO, United States Secret Service

Eduardo E. Cabrera is a 19-year veteran of the United States Secret Service, having served in protective and investigative assignments in Miami, Florida and Washington, D.C. Currently, Mr. Cabrera is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing information security policies and processes across the Secret Service to reduce information, communication and technology risks. 

Mr. Cabrera began his career as a special agent with the Secret Service in 1995 in the Miami Field Office before transferring to Washington, D.C. where he served on the Presidential Protective Division for President George W. Bush. Upon completing his protective assignment, he was transferred to the Criminal Investigative Division where he led cyber operational programs to develop and implement innovative forensic, investigative, and information sharing programs to combat financially driven data breaches targeting critical infrastructure. Specifically, as the Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP) program manager, Mr. Cabrera was responsible for training, equipping and setting policy for over 300 Computer Forensic and Network Intrusion Responder agents within the Secret Service.

Most recently, he was detailed to the DHS, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). There he served as an Advisor to the NCCIC where he was responsible for leveraging Secret Service programs to coordinate and collaborate on national level cyber incident response, threat analysis, malware analysis coordination, and cyber threat information sharing across public and private critical infrastructure sectors.

Mr. Cabrera is a native of Miami, Florida.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University, School of Criminology. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and just completed his graduate studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research earning a Master of Science in Cyber Systems Operations.




Don Codling, U.S. Dept. of State Global Cyber Threat Trainer and Advisor, Former FBI Unit Chief Cyber Division



Sam Dekay, Vice President, Information Security, BNY Mellon

Sam DeKay is responsible for BNY Mellon’s information security policies, standards, and guidelinesHe’s also co-editor of BloginfoSec, an online Information Security magazine and co-editor of Business Communication Quarterly, a publication of the Association of Business Communication. He received his PhD from Columbia University and Fordham University andhas earned his CISM and CGEIT.



Martin Gomberg, SVP & Global Director Governance, Security & Business Protection, A&E Networks

Martin Gomberg, was SVP and Chief Information Officer for nineteen years with the A+E Networks where he now serves as Senior Vice President and Global Director of IT Governance, Security and Business Protection. He is a member of ISACs for Media and Entertainment for technical and cyber security and for business continuity, and has recently been appointed as vice chair for a U.S. State Department OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council) on security and threat mitigation for media and entertainment as an industry. Martin chairs the Enterprise Security and Privacy Committee for his company and is a member of the Executive Crisis Communication Team. Martin is the founder of Heroes Partnership, a founding member of the CIO Executive Council, and is a frequent speaker, writer and contributor on issues and practices in security, continuity and governance. Martin has had a unique background both as forensic specialist consulting to law enforcement and medical examiners in three states and in support of public safety and preparedness. He brings a unique perspective to security and the mitigation of risk.



Julian Waits, Prsident & CEO, ThreatTrack Security


Christopher Leigh, CISO, ConEdison

Christopher Leigh is responsible for managing Information Security at ConEdison.  In this role, he is responsible for managing IT secuirty policy, threat and risk management, incident response and IT risks such as privacy and other regulatory risks.  Prior to joining ConEdison in April of 2013, he spent 16 years at United Technologies Corporation in Hartford Ct. where he held positions including Global IT Security, Infrastructure and Application Services and Internal Audit.  Christopher has also spoken on security and privacy at the Advocacy Today conference in June 2014 and the Palasaides Institute in December 2013, the Cyber Risk & Data Breach Management Summit in New York in 2011.  He has also presented at the University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University on the changing IT security environment and regulations.  Christopher has a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Management from Saint Joseph’s College, a Masters in Business Economics from Southern Connecticut State Univiersity and a Masters of Science in Information Assurance from Norwich University.  Chris is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems and Controls (CRISC). 











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