GLSEC 2018

Security / Privacy

The theme of our conference this year is "Security / Privacy".  Join us and learn from industry leaders about new practices, strategies and technologies to help keep your company's data and systems safe and secure.

April 30, 2018 | Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration is open

$275 general registration

$35 student registration (limited number of tickets!)

See who we've 'secured'!

Confirmed GLSEC18 Speakers

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Aaron Bedra

Chief Scientist, Jemurai

Aaron Bedra is Chief Scientist at Jemurai, where he works at the intersection of software, security, and business.

He has served as a Chief Security Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Principal Engineer/Architect. He has worked professionally on programming languages, most notably Clojure and ClojureScript.

Aaron is the creator of Repsheet, an open source threat intelligence toolkit. He is the co-author of Programming Clojure, 2nd and 3rd Edition and a contributor to Functional Programming: A PragPub Anthology.

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Tamara Shoemaker

CoFounder, Midwest MCISSE Chapter

Tamara Shoemaker began her professional career as Lead Investigator and owner of Quest Private Investigations. After twelve years in the Criminal Justice world she brought those talents to the Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy. An accomplished investigator and entrepreneur, Tamara handles all aspects of running the Center, coordinating all interactions with state and federal agencies, as well as international, educational and business contacts for the Center. She is also the Operations Manager for the national Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) and Vice President of the Michigan Midwest Regional Chapter of CISSE (MCISSE). 

As a founding Board Member of the Midwest CISSE Chapter, she has helped form partnerships with schools and industry, across the region.  She and her husband Dr. Daniel Shoemaker travel extensively spreading awareness of the work that the UDM Center has carried out  in the area of Cyber Security Education for such entities as the Department of Defense. Her primary mission has been to address the critical shortage of specifically educated and trained Cyber Security professionals.

Tamara Shoemaker has become an evangelist for the CyberPatriot Program, founding the Michigan CyberPatriot program to grow the number of teams participating across Michigan.    In October MCISSE was honored to become the 12th Center of Academic Excellence with the National CyberPatriot program for the work Tamara spearheaded. In April MEDC partnered with UDM on this project and funded two summer camps and team registrations across Michigan.    It is her hope to have CyberPatriot camps across the state and to make sure that every school that wants to participate in this amazing program will receive the support she and her amazing group of volunteers can provide.

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Kelley Goldblatt

Cyber Intel Analyst, Michigan State Police

Kelley Goldblatt is a Cyber Intel Analyst for the Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3) with the Michigan State Police.  In her position, Kelley coordinates information sharing pertinent to addressing cybersecurity needs and activities with public and private partners. 

As part of her duties, Kelley creates and disseminates cybersecurity documents which are disseminated throughout the state and nationwide.  She also works with organizations to complete cybersecurity assessments. 

Kelley is currently the President of Lansing Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and a board member of the Michigan InfraGard.

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Laura Leenhouts

Innovation Group, Newell Brands

Laura takes ideas and dialogue from flat to fully dimensional through Graphic Recording, the practice of using images and text to capture the essence of presentations and conversations in a highly engaging visual format.

An architect by education, she has moved from architecture to R+D to research, consulting to innovation.  While working in innovation my synthesizing, listening and artistic skills coalesced—allowing me to capture thoughts and ideas in real time, creating visual artifacts that create deeper engagement and understanding. During my tenure at different companies, I’ve worked across divisions and segments, helping identify areas of strategic growth for the company and then working to research, design and facilitate workshops that discover new concepts for business growth. 


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Michael Swieton

Software Developer, Atomic Object

Michael is a software developer at Atomic Object.

For more than decade he has written, tweaked, bent, and broken code into the shape of software of all sorts for many industries. He obsesses over details, lines, and patterns.

He travels regularly and seeks out adventures ranging from theatre and culture to altitude sickness. He enjoys peeking under the hood of everything, be it math, or software, or coffee, or cake.

In the past, He has spoken at RailsConf, Windy City Rails, SyntaxCon, BeerCityCode, GLSEC, and several local meet-ups.



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Dave Poortvliet

Web Manager, GVSU

Dave has been providing technical direction and oversight of university web operations at Grand Valley State University for over 15 years.

He ensures design and development of custom web applications align with the strategic goals of the organization. Dave leads, manages, and mentors a talented team of web developers, designers, and student workers to deliver custom web applications that provide value to the faculty, staff, and students of the university.


Brian McKeiver

Solutions Architect, BizStream

Brian McKeiver is Co-Owner & Solutions Architect at BizStream, a software development company in Allendale, MI. He has over 15 years of experience leading his agency of more than 25 employees, about a hundred clients spread out across North America, and one heck of an interesting story of how it all started from a two-person team. In addition to his expertise in web development, integration, and digital marketing, Brian is active with the tech community via his blog at

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Brittany Postnikoff

Researcher, University of Waterloo

Brittany Postnikoff is a graduate student in the Cryptography, Security, and Privacy Lab at the University of Waterloo. She researches the interplay between robots and social engineering to predict and mitigate the negative impact of social robots on security and privacy.

Brittany holds a diploma in Business Administration from Red River College, an Honours Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Manitoba, and will be completing her Master of Mathematics degree at the University of Waterloo this year.

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Sara-Jayne Terp

Data Scientist, AppNexus

Data scientist, strategist and community builder, focusing on complex business and social problems. Currently working on misinformation and auction algorithms at an online advertising

Previous work on belief systems and situation awareness across several disciplines (journalism, online advertising, political data science, crisis data, intelligence analysis, autonomous systems).

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Gary Coburn

Cloud Engineer, Google

Gary is a Cloud Engineer for Google with almost 2 decades of experience in helping industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and insurance, with innovation through automation and cloud solutions. 

After spending 8+ years as a thought leader at Whirlpool (a global manufacturing company) he moved on to consult with many global companies while at VMware. His expertise in automation and virtualization/cloud solutions has proved to give those organizations a better level of service to their business through technology. 

This experience has opened up many unique speaking opportunities at global conferences and has brought a blog following for fun enablement of the different technologies. 

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Kimberly Wolting

Software Consultant, Atomic Object

Kimberly is a software consultant and designer at Atomic Object, passionate about projects and organizations that facilitate social change through design and illustration.

Kimberly holds degrees in illustration and graphic design from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s Certificate in graphic design from the Florence Design Academy.

She currently acts as a mentor to designers participating in DesignLab and as a board member of The Illustration League. Formally, she was the AIGA Director of Design For Good West Michigan, raising over $500k in two years, and a Co-Founder of Ladies That UX GR.

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Chris Winczewski

Founder, BlueshiftID

Chris Winczewski is confident that we are on the verge of a technology revolution. One that will both empower individuals and reduce corporate risk. He is so passionate about it that he left his Strategy & Product Planning responsibilities within a Fortune 150 company to start Blueshift ID, a company leveraging this new technology.

Chris is an Estonian e-resident who has lived on three continents but co-hosts the monthly GR Blockchain meetup locally. Formally, Chris is a Computer Engineer with two great kids and a wonderfully supportive wife.

As VP of Product Marketing at X-Rite, a Danaher operating company, Chris has presented at numerous conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia. The largest was a conference in Manila, Philippines where he presented on color management to over 300 printers and print shop owners. 

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Aunshul Rege

Criminology Professor, Temple University

Aunshul Rege is a criminology professor at Temple University. Her National Science Foundation sponsored research projects examine cyberattacks/security from a human behavioral perspective, focusing on adversarial decision-making, adaptation to disruptions, group dynamics, and metrics and measurement. She intersects theoretical frameworks and methodologies from criminology with hard science approaches, such as game theory, simulations, and machine learning, to foster innovative and multidisciplinary proactive cybersecurity research.

She is passionate about educating the next generation workforce about the relevance of the human factor in cybersecurity.