Computing Trust and Security in a Hyper-Connected World

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Santa Clara University
Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Adobe Lodge
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053



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It’s a hyper-connected world. The ubiquity of social media connects people, organizations and their content easily and conveniently. The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) connects us to a host of smart appliances, from TVs and thermostats to refrigerators and even smart cooking tools.

As huge amounts of data are generated, so are issues around misinformation and the use of personal data.

Join our distinguished panel as we look at building and protecting a trustworthy, healthy cyber-environment.


Our Distinguished Guest Speakers


Ranjeet Khanna

Global Practice Head Product Sec. Engineering

Ranjeet Khanna is the Global Practice Head of Product Security Engineering at Wipro. Ranjeet has extensive experience in cybersecurity solution strategy and gauging the practical impact of changes in the technology ecosystem. He is focused on helping customers to build digital trust and resilience within their connected products and platforms. In recent past, Ranjeet incubated Digital Identity and Data Security product for Industrial IoT and Financial Payments. He has also been driving the product/solution strategy around AI/ML based security intelligence and security assurance, helping large enterprises to address their unique cybersecurity requirements.


Yuhong Liu

Assistant Professor Computer Science and Engineering
Santa Clara University

Yuhong Liu, an assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Santa Clara University, is an authority on cyber security and trustworthy computing. Her expertise includes online social network security; privacy, security and the internet of things (IoT); and trustworthy cloud computing.

Dr. Liu earned a doctorate in computer engineering from the University of Rhode Island and holds a master’s degree in signal processing and bachelor’s degree in information engineering, both from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.


Jarrett Kolthoff

Founder & CEO

Jarrett Kolthoff is a former Special Agent – U.S. Army Counterintelligence, with duty stations in Maryland, Bosnia, and Germany. He’s the Founder and CEO of SpearTip – a cyber counterintelligence firm that protects their client’s environment through SpearTip’s 24/7 Security Operations Center throughout the globe.

Jarrett’s civil casework includes investigations of Chinese cyber espionage, Russian extortion, hostile corporate take-overs, rogue IT personnel, hacktivists, international wire fraud, and ransomware cases.


Irina Raicu

Internet Ethics Program Director
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics – SCU

Irina Raicu is the director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Center. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (U.S.) and was formerly an attorney in private practice. Her work addresses a wide variety of issues, ranging from online privacy to net neutrality, from data ethics to social media’s impact on friendship and family, from the digital divide to the ethics of encryption, and from the ethics of artificial intelligence to the right to be forgotten.

Irina holds a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University’s School of Law, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s degree in English and American Literature from San Jose State University.


Imran Hajimusa

Technology & Business Leader

Imran is a global technology and business leader with 20+ years of experience working and living in Singapore, Germany and USA.

Imran has a strong background in eCommerce, payments, mobile, security, data analytics, connectivity, Secure Inclusive Designs and SaaS industry. In his various leadership roles at Siemens, Infineon, Lantiq, NXP, Verifone and Exponent as VP, GM and President, he is known for driving new market innovations and providing simple solutions for daily life problems by reducing the friction in the use of the technology.

Imran is also a faculty member (adjunct) at Santa Clara University (SCU) and University of Santa Cruz (UCSC) focusing on mobile payments, e-commerce security and cryptocurrency.

Imran holds an M.S. in computer engineering from University of Southern California (USC) and has completed Global Management Development from Babson college.


Our Distinguished Moderator


Ahmed Amer

Associate Professor Computer Science and Engineering
Santa Clara University

Ahmed Amer is associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Santa Clara University and Emerging Issues Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara. His work includes the intersection of technology and society, and in particular, the ethical and social issues involving data storage and management.

Dr. Amer’s research focuses on systems topics, particularly storage systems, operating systems, and distributed systems. His work also includes alternative and upcoming storage technologies, and their most practical and effective applications.

He holds a doctorate in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo.