The Steering Committee serves to foster and increase communication between industry, academia, government, law enforcement, and military. The Steering Committee works extensively with the Advisory Committee and Faculty Committee and the GCI team to create a strong and effective GCI experience.
The Steering Committee convenes on a regular basis to guide the development and fulfillment of the GCI’s mission. The Steering Committee carries out its responsibilities in collaboration with the Curriculum Committee and Advisory Committee.
The Steering Committee sets and reviews the general direction of the GCI programs, ensuring the programs are meeting the needs of the industry.
Rhea Siers has an extensive operational and academic background in cyber activities, policy and research. Ms. Siers retired as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service after over thirty years at the National Security Agency (NSA) including postings at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of State.
Ms. Rhea Siers combines her operational, legal and policy experience from thirty years in the US Intelligence Community to bring a multifaceted approach to cybersecurity. During her service in the US Government, Ms. Siers dealt with some of the most critical issues facing the Intelligence Community including cyber operations, information sharing, counterterrorism and counterintelligence. She served as NSA’s senior representative to the FBI, as well as NSA’s Deputy Associate Director for Policy, led operational and intelligence production as a senior manager, and served in the NSA Office of General Counsel. Ms. Siers was a member of the Executive Committees of the New York, Washington DC and Miami Joint Terrorism Task Forces.
As an attorney and policy expert in the cybersecurity arena, Ms. Siers was selected as a “Cyber Trail Blazer” in November 2014 by the National Law Journal. She has worked with companies and organizations designing cyber security programs that meet regulatory needs and are tailored to the challenges of different industries. She designs and executes cyber crisis simulations to educate professionals at many levels, including Boards of Directors.
She is currently the Scholar in Residence at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University (GWU) and Senior Fellow for Policy and Legal issues at the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P). Her work currently focuses on key cyber policy issues such as “Active Defense”, with an emphasis on training the next generation of cyber and intelligence analysts as well as creating a multidisciplinary cyber curriculum.
Ms. Siers is a member of the adjunct faculty of GWU and the Johns Hopkins University where she developed and teaches courses on Cyber Threats, Data Privacy, Middle East issues, Non-State Actors, Terrorism, and Transnational Security issues.
Ms. Siers serves as a consultant Special Counsel for the Cyber Practice at Zeichner, Ellman and Krause in New York City, where she assisted clients in devising legal strategies for cyber vulnerabilities and incident response. She is on the editorial board of The Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare and a co-author of the book Cyber Warfare: Understanding the Law, Policy, and Technology (2015). She has authored a number of recent articles about cyber deterrence, attribution, and relevant cyber case studies published in the Wall Street Journal and The Cipher Brief. Ms. Siers is also on the Board of the Millennium Alliance, which focuses on providing guidance to senior executives on digital transformation. Ms. Siers is frequently quoted in different media regarding cybersecurity, cybercrime, intelligence issues and related law and policy.
John Hopkins Professor of Law in Cybersecurity, Terrorism, and National Security. Deputy Director of Policy at NSA (ret.)
Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Aristedes Mahairas entered on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1996. He has served as the FBI’s Legal Attache’ in Athens, Greece, and was a Supervisor on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. SAC Mahairas also served as a Section Chief of the Strategic Operations Section in the Counter terrorism Division of FBI Headquarters, and as the Chief of Staff to the Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch.
In 2015, FBI Director James B. Comey appointed him as the SAC of the FBI’s New York Special Operations/Cyber Division. Prior to his entry into the FBI, SAC Mahairas served as a Police Officer in New York City. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from Baruch College and his Juris Doctor from New York Law School.
As the CSO of one of the world’s largest providers of human capital management solutions, Roland Cloutier has functional and operational responsibility for ADP’s cyber, information protection, risk, workforce protection, crisis management and investigative security operations worldwide. Roland’s depth of global protection and security leadership experience includes the management of strategic converged security and business protection programs. Prior to ADP, Roland served as Vice President and CSO of EMC, where he spearheaded protection of the company’s worldwide business across both the commercial and government sectors. Roland has also held executive security management roles at consulting and managed security service organizations and served the first half of his more than 25 year career in federal law enforcement.
Roland is active in industry development and serves on several private advisory boards. He has won numerous industry awards and was recognized by Security Magazine as one of the “Most Influential People in Security.”
As a United States Air Force veteran, Roland understands the importance of serving our country and supporting those who have made many sacrifices to ensure our way of life. Roland volunteers for veteran organizations such as the American Legion, 100 Nights of Remembrance and serves as executive sponsor for the ADP National Employee Veteran Council.
Daniel Garrie serves as the Executive Managing Partner of Law & Forensics, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law & Cyberwarfare and is the CISO and Partner at Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP. He is sought-after computer forensic expert, as well as a technical special master at JAMS. Daniel is also a Professor at Cardozo School of Law and has taught at Harvard, Georgetown and Rutgers School of law, including the first class on Cyber Warfare and the Law and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law.
Daniel has built and sold several Internet security, e-commerce, and search technology startups. In addition to his Law Degree, he holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in computer science and appears as comfortable talking with entrepreneurs as he is with developers, lawyers, and judges. Daniel’s entrepreneurial experience includes several start-ups in the search, mobile and cybersecurity verticals, including, SearchApp Inc., LegalTech Group and Digital Reef Inc. Daniel is also an active advisor and board member for a number of different companies, including Get.it, Digital Cupcake, and Eccentex.
In addition, Daniel has written more than 150 scholarly articles published, including: Wall Street Journal, Harvard National Security Law Journal, the Daily Journal, Huffington Post, and Litigation Journal of American Bar Association. His scholarship is cited by Black’s Law Dictionary for defining the terms Internet, Software, and Algorithm. In addition, Daniel has been cited by dozens of federal and state courts, including: Arrivalstar v. US, US v. Briggs, Coast Professional, Inc. v. US, Genger v. TR Investors, LLC, John B. v. Goetz, and Northruop Grumman Computing Systems, Inc. v. US. Daniel is also frequently quoted in publications such as Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times on issues relating to cyber security and cyberwarfare.. Daniel is also the co-author six books published by Thomson Reuters, the American Bar Association.
Daniel has a bachelors from Brandeis University in Computer Science, masters from Brandeis University in Computer Science, JD from Rutgers School of Law.
David is the Chief Information Security Officer for IBM. He has global responsibility for all aspects of security practices, processes, and policies across the IBM Cloud SaaS business unit.
Previously David served as the SVP & Chief Information Security Officer for Elsevier. Where he lead an organization of experienced legal, risk and security professionals that provided data protection, privacy, security, and risk management guidance on a global basis for Elsevier.
David has extensive experience in IT security, risk assessment, risk management, business continuity and disaster recovery, developing security policies and procedures. He has played a key role in leading and building corporate risk & governance and information security organizations in the financial sector. As the Senior Director of Information Security Risk and Governance for Freddie Mac, David rebuilt the risk and governance function and developed a team to provide risk assessments, methodologies, tools, services, and training to improve the organization’s capabilities and maturity. Prior to that he was Vice President of Risk Management for JPMorgan Chase, and was responsible for providing an accurate assessment of the current risk management state, contributing to the future direction of risk management, continuity and disaster recovery capabilities for the organization.
David has a MSE from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MBA from MIT. He is also a frequent speaker at high profile industry conferences, and serves on the Board of Directors for PixarBio Corporation.