Global Cyber Issues – What Companies Need to Know – Things That Go Bump in the Night

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Time: 4:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Silicon Valley Bank
Kellogg Auditorium
3005 Tasman Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Cybersecurity is now a top-of-mind issue for governments and companies, globally. Strikingly, the US government has said that cyber is the #1 national security issue for the United States. Other countries, China, UK, Germany, India, Japan, are similarly focused. Cyber is not only a national security issue – it is an economic security issue. The loss of intellectual property, ability to provide core services, and loss of consumer confidence are top of mind concerns.

For companies in the Valley, not only do they have to manage this risk to maintain their competitive advantage in their markets, they have to negotiate differing government and customer demands globally.

For an industry that tends to build-once-and-sell globally, these complex forces can and do affect market, innovation, and global risk management strategies. We will discuss these issues.





Mark McLaughlin

Chairman, President and CEO
Palo Alto Networks

Mark D. McLaughlin joined as president and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in August of 2011 and became Chairman of the Board in 2012.

Before coming to Palo Alto Networks, Mark served as President and CEO of Verisign. He held a number of key positions at Verisign from 2000 to 2007, including serving as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Products and Marketing, and head of the company’s Naming Services business. Prior to Verisign, he was the Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Signio, a leading Internet payment company, and was instrumental in driving the acquisition of Signio by Verisign in 1999. Before joining Signio, he was the Vice President of Business Development for Gemplus, the world’s leading smart-card company. Previous to Gemplus, he also served as General Counsel of Caere Corporation and practiced law as an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP.

President Barack Obama appointed Mark to serve on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) in January, 2011. In 2014, President Obama appointed Mark to the position of Chairman of the NSTAC. He received his J.D., Magna cum Laude, from Seattle University School of Law and his B.S. Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as an attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and earned an Army Commendation Medal and Airborne Wings. Mark currently serves on the board of directors for Opower (NYSE:OPWR).


Ryan Gillis

Vice President of Gov’t Affairs
Palo Alto Networks

Ryan Gillis is Vice President of Gov’t Affairs, Ryan is responsible for developing corporate policy; serving as the primary point of contact for legislative and public policy matters; and ensuring appropriate company participation in government forums and industry initiatives. He joined Palo Alto Networks from the White House, where he was Director, Legislative Affairs and Cybersecurity Affairs. He began working in the White House in 2012, following six years with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) culminating with his position there as Senior Advisor and Legislative Director for National Protection and Programs.


Donald R. Proctor

Senior Vice President
Office of the Chairman and CEO
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Don Proctor is Senior Vice President at Cisco in the Office of the Chairman and CEO. As executive sponsor of Cisco’s Cybersecurity Task Force, he works with worldwide government leaders in defense, civilian agencies, and the intelligence community to advance the safety, privacy, and integrity of their critical network infrastructures.

Proctor joined Cisco in 1995 and has held a variety of leadership positions in the company’s enterprise, commercial, and service provider businesses. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Cisco’s global software group and was responsible for development of Cisco’s IOS software, network management, VoIP, web collaboration, and global government solutions

Before that he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group, Voice Technology Group, and Service Provider Switching Group. Early in his tenure at Cisco, Proctor led the product team that developed Cisco’s first integrated voice/data router. Prior to joining Cisco, he worked for software maker Sybase.

Proctor has led or served on a broad variety of Cisco’s corporate boards and councils, including the Enterprise Business Council, the Cisco Development Council, the Software Council, and the Technology Policy Council.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Proctor is a member of the professional faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. He formerly taught in the UC Berkeley Extension Engineering program. He represents Cisco on the advisory boards of the Lawrence Hall of Science, focused on K–12 STEM education, and the Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership. He is on the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in White Plains, New York.


Jim Pflaging

The Chertoff Group

Jim Pflaging is the global lead for the strategy and business development practice for The Chertoff Group. He works with technology firms and investors to develop growth plans, and to evaluate and implement investment opportunities across many sectors. In these roles, Mr. Pflaging focuses on the intersection of big data, cyber security, and open source software, and provides strategic advice encompassing product, positioning, alliance, and channel development strategy. In addition, he serves on the board of several security companies.

Mr. Pflaging has over 25 years of Silicon Valley experience including 15 years as CEO of cyber security and data management companies. Earlier, he spent over 10 years with global telecommunications providers in sales and marketing management.

Previously, Mr. Pflaging was the Director and Managing Principal of SINET, a cybersecurity community builder and advisory firm. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Pflaging was CEO of SenSage, a provider of security management solutions that was acquired by KEYW. Under his leadership, SenSage moved from early revenue to profitability and a multi-year leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM & Log Management. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Pflaging served as CEO of Bonsai Networks, an 802.11 OSS/BSS provider that he led through its acquisition. Prior to leading Bonsai Networks, he was CEO of Intraspect, a provider of collaboration and content management software, which was acquired by Vignette. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Pflaging was the founder and CEO of Pacific Bell Network Integration (PBNI), the managed security and network services subsidiary of SBC. Before launching PBNI, Mr. Pflaging spent 10 years with Sprint where he ran a $200M+ organization within Sprint’s national accounts division.

He is based in San Francisco and is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity and related issues. Mr. Pflaging holds a B.S. in Commerce with dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia.


Audrey L. Plonk

Director of International Security and Internet Governance Policy
Intel Corporation

Audrey L. Plonk is the Director of International Security and Internet Governance Policy at Intel Corporation. Audrey leads a global team of policy experts focused on Internet policy issues and governance, cybersecurity and privacy. She also works with product teams at Intel to integrate privacy and security into product design and development.
Prior to joining Intel in 2008, Audrey worked for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) based in Paris, France. Audrey led the OECD’s security policy work on critical information infrastructure protection and malware. In that role, she also served as liaison to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Telecommunications and Information Working Group, the International Telecommunication Union, and the Internet Governance Forum.
From 2003 to 2006, Audrey worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Division, primarily focusing on international security policy issues in their International Affairs Division. Audrey attended The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and received her B.A. in international affairs with a focus on the European Union, and received a double minor in French and dance.


Our Distinguished Moderator

Adam Golodner

Kaye Scholer LLP

Adam Golodner is a Partner and Leader of the Global Cybersecurity and Privacy practice at the international law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP. With a unique career spanning more than 20 years of leadership positions in business, academia and government, Adam is well recognized for providing high-impact strategic advice and resolving complex issues at the intersection of technology, security, national security, innovation and economics. Prior to joining Kaye Scholer, he spent ten years leading global cyber policy for Cisco Systems, Inc., and served in government (Justice Department, Agriculture Department, The White House), and academia (Dartmouth College, ISTS). He has deep experience with the issues facing private and public-sector clients in critical information infrastructure sectors and focuses on existing and proposed cybersecurity laws and policies, litigation, corporate governance and transactions. He also advises on regulatory and compliance matters, including in the antitrust arena, helping clients to develop effective and efficient programs and representing them in investigations and related litigation brought by various US and international regulatory regimes. Adam is also a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group (, a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS an Executive Fellow at Tuck’s Center for Digital Strategies (, and member of the Experts Group of the Risk Assistance Network+ Exchange (RANE).