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Advisory Board

Daniel Chun

Daniel Chun @chunderstruck

Daniel Chun is a Senior Consultant with FireEye Mandiant. His work experience has includes incident response, forensics, malware analyst, vulnerability research, penetration testing, and security operations development in various industries; healthcare, industrial, financial, aerospace and hospitality. Daniel enjoys teaching and mentoring others, he has been mentoring Cyber Patriot teams. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Network Security and Technology Forensics from the University of Advancing Technology and is pursuing a Masters of Science in Digital Forensics from Champlain College as well as multiple industry certifications. GSEC, GCIA, GCFE, GCFA, GREM, GPEN, and GXPN.

Hayden Johnson

Haydn Johnson @haydnjohnson

Haydn has over 6 years of information security experience, including penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, identity, and access management, cyber threat Intelligence and management. Additionally, he has a Masters in Information Technology and holds the OSCP and GXPN certifications. Haydn is currently a security manager helping build a security program for At Points. Haydn regularly contributes to the infosec community, speaking at various conferences including HackFest, BsidesTO, BsidesLV, and SecTor. Originally born and raised in Australia, he now calls Canada home.

Lauren Proehl

Lauren Proehl

Lauren Proehl currently leads CenturyLink's Cyber Defense incident response team and is an Advisory Board member for SANS GCIH. Lauren has designed and implemented security solutions for small to large scale environments where she leverages hunting techniques to identify and mitigate cyber adversaries within the network. Lauren also volunteers her time teaching and learning in the Kansas City security community, such as SecKC and BSIDES KC. When she is not behind a screen, you can find Lauren outdoors, trying not to crash her mountain bike.

Xena Olsen

Xena Olsen @ch33r10

Xena Olsen has 15 years of consulting experience in small and medium sized business guiding clients through challenging topics related to marketing campaign strategy, electronic medical record (EMR) implementation, startup development and launch, Agile project management for software development, international business partnerships, multimillion dollar real estate transactions, and real estate lifecycle management.

She is a graduate of the SANS 2017 Women’s Academy, an MBA in IT Management, a D.Sc. Cybersecurity student at Marymount University, and currently holds the GSEC, GCIH, GCFE, GMON, GDAT and GPEN certifications. She has spoken at DerbyCon, DEFCON BlueTeamVillage, Diana Initiative, ShmooCon, Art into Science: A Conference of Defense (ACoD), RSA Conference, THEIIA/ISACA/ISSA 2018 Annual Conference, CircleCityCon, and hosted SANS Webcasts on CTI Operational Intelligence and Adversary Detection Pipelines.

Xena enjoys giving back to the infosec community by forming strategic partnerships and arranging curated content for underrepresented minorities in the information security industry. She is the founder of the Women in Information Security Study Group and the Chicago Chapter President of Women in Security and Technology. She is a member of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), Yara Exchange, and FuzzySnugglyDuck. Xena serves as an Advisor for a Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program in Chicago and she is on the Advisory Board of the CyberThreat Summit with the National Cyber Security Centre in London.

Jorge Orchilles

Jorge Orchilles @jorgeorchilles

Jorge Orchilles has been involved in Information Technology since 2001. He began his career as a network and system administrator for a small private high school. Realizing his passion for IT, he founded The Business Strategy Partners in 2002 providing consulting services to residential, small, and medium businesses. While gaining work experience, he was a very involved, full-time student in Florida International University (FIU). He founded the FIU MIS Club and was later contracted to work on the University's Active Directory Migration Project. After successful and on time completion of the project, he was employed by Terremark in 2007, a datacenter and cloud service provider acquired by Verizon. Jorge helped build and secure Terremark's Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution first called Collocation 2.0 and then "The Enterprise Cloud" in 2008. Jorge developed a large interest in Information Security and was promoted to a Security Operations Center Analyst position in 2009. After a year of defending critical infrastructure for federal and commercial customers, he moved to an offensive analyst position with a large, global financial institution in 2010. Since then, Jorge has performed hundreds of application and infrastructure vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. His leadership gained him various promotions and opportunities to lead various teams within the offensive information security team of over 140 ethical hackers including the Advanced Penetration Team (Red Team), the Responsible Vulnerability Disclosure program, and the Cloud Security program.

Yolonda Smith

Yolonda Smith @ysmithnd

Yolonda Smith is a Lead Infosec Analyst with Target Corporation’s Business Information Security Office (BISO), aligned with the Digital portfolio. In this role, she provides expert security consultancy to developers, business leaders and key stakeholders to ensure that Target's web and mobile applications are designed, developed and deployed with minimal risk to Target or its guests. A security professional herself, she spent 8 years in the United States Air Force as a Cyberspace Operations Officer with duties and responsibilities varying from Mission Commander, (Advanced Network Operations) where her team planned and executed the first DoD Cyber Threat Hunting Missions to Flight Commander, (Cyber Defense Capabilities Development) where her team developed and fielded the first and only malware neutralization tool for the Predator Drone Weapon System. Additionally, she successfully completed multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom where her teams delivered secure, reliable communications capabilities to forward-deployed units on-demand. Yolonda holds a litany of degrees and certifications including a Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (University of Notre Dame, 2005), Master of Science, Information Technology, with a concentration in Information Assurance (University of Maryland, 2010) as well as GSEC (2008), GCIH (2011), and CISSP (2008) certifications.

Jessica Solper

Jessica Solper @jessploit

Jessica Solper is the Offensive Security Manager at Salesforce, where she runs the internal red team. She has 19 years of information technology and security experience in industries ranging from luxury real estate to aerospace to security consulting. She is active in the security community and has organized a hacker conference in Arizona since 2012. Jessica holds a BA in English Literature and an MS in Information Management from Arizona State University.

Susan Peediyakkal

Susan Peediyakkal @v33na

V. Susan Peediyakkal is a Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Lead Consultant in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Commercial Cyber Defense Program where she focuses on helping their clients establish and cultivate industry-leading cyber threat intelligence programs.

With over 14 years of cyber security experience, focused primarily in Threat Intelligence, she draws on her significant knowledge from working with various intelligence operations in the federal government and international commercial domains. Susan has been a part founding many new CTI programs for the United States Postal Service (USPS), the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE), and, most recently, she was appointed as the first cyber intelligence specialist for the judicial branch of government, hired specifically to establish a threat intelligence program for the US Courts network. In March 2018, she was named one of “10 Women in Security You May Not Know But Should“ by one of the most widely-read cyber security news sites on the Web, Dark Reading.

Susan spent 17 years in the US Air Force (active and reserve), is trained in Project Management Professional (PMP) and GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence (GCTI), and is a certified Splunk power user. Susan was recently chosen as a board member for EC-Council's Global Advisory Board for Certified Threat Intelligence Analysts. She is the DC Chapter Lead for the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu. She was there for the inception and creation of the non-profit Mental Health Hackers, and serves on the board as the Chief Wellness Officer. Wanting to bring cyber to her hometown, she is the founder and co-director for BSides Sacramento, an infosec conference in Califonia's capital city.

Susan is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and enjoys teaching yoga in her free time, loves traveling extensively, and mentoring junior analysts in Cyber.

Erik Van Buggenhout

Erik Van Buggenhout @ErikVaBu

Erik Van Buggenhout is the lead author of SEC599 - Defeating Advanced Adversaries. In addition to SEC599, Erik teaches SEC560 - Network Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking and SEC542 - Web Application Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking. He has been involved with SANS since 2009, first as a Mentor, working his way to Community Instructor in 2012 and finally becoming a Certified Instructor in 2016.

Erik loves explaining deeply technical concepts by using war stories, adding a few funny anecdotes here and there. As a testimony of his technical expertise, he has obtained the GSE, GCIA, GNFA, GPEN, GWAPT, GCIH, and GSEC certifications.

In addition to his work with SANS, Erik is the co-founder of Belgian cyber security firm NVISO, which focuses on high-end cyber security services, specializing in government, defense and the financial sector. Together with his team of 20+ technical experts, Erik delivers a wide array of technical security services, including penetration testing, security monitoring & incident response.

Prior to NVISO, Erik spent five years at Big 4 firm, starting as a junior penetration tester and evolving into a subject matter expert for the EMEA region.

Eva van der Valk

Eva van der Valk

Eva van der Valk has been working in IT for over 20 years, (over 11 of which in the IT Security field) and has been taking things apart for as long as she can remember. With a background in UNIX sysadmin and networking, Eva joined the IT Security team at Canon EMEA in 2008, where she initially joined as technical IT Security Officer (which included operations) and moved on to manage the Security and Compliancy Operations/SOC team

In her current role as Security Incident Manager/3d line Analyst at a national grid operator, she focuses on growing the security posture of the organisation as a whole, which includes developing and maturing defensive and offensive operations such as the SOC and SIEM, the vulnerability scanning and pen testing program, deriving security solutions and guiding their implementation. She also tries to educate the rest of the organisation and build some bridges across departments in order to come up with an holistic security approach, while still facilitating the business to their needs.

Eva has gained a wealth of experience in both the IT and information security fields, with multiple focus points, including IT auditing, compliancy and offensive and defensive operations, and currently holds the ISC2 CISSP & GIAC GWAPT, GMON, GPEN and GXPN certifications.

In her spare time, she likes to play CtFs, go diving in warm places or go boating on the beautiful Amsterdam canals with her dog.