Richard Purcell, Corporate Consultant
Richard Purcell is a leading voice in addressing consumer privacy and data protection challenges, domestically and internationally. In 2003, Mr. Purcell formed Corporate Privacy Group, an independent consulting firm focused on establishing sustainable, affordable privacy programs. Mr. Purcell advises Fortune 100 corporations and government agencies about achieving the twin goals of respecting and protecting personal information. Through seminars, lectures and writings, he promotes leading practices for consumer data protection and security.
In addition to program reviews and advice, Privacy Directions™, a training curriculum for corporations designed to institutionalize privacy awareness, practices, and compliance throughout their employee base, has become a landmark offering from his company.
As Microsoft's original privacy officer, Mr. Purcell designed, developed, implemented and oversaw one of the world's largest and most advanced privacy programs, spanning software development, web deployment, infrastructure management, workforce management, and consumer data handling practices. His corporate office developed and monitored a distributed team of privacy managers throughout the enterprise, including global subsidiaries.
Mr. Purcell holds several significant privacy appointments. He is Chairman of TRUSTe, sits on the Privacy Certification Advisory Board of the Int'l Association of Privacy Professionals, a member of the Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee for the Dept. of Homeland Security and a Fellow at the Ponemon Institute.
Ira Winkler, CISSP, CISM is President of the Internet Security Advisors Group. He is considered one of the world's most influential security professionals, and has been named a "Modern Day James Bond" by the media.
He obtained this status by identifying common trends in the way information and computer systems are compromised, by physically and technically "breaking into" some of the largest companies in the World, then telling them how to cost effectively protect their information and computer infrastructure.
Mr. Winkler has written the book Corporate Espionage, which has been described as the bible of the Information Security field, and the bestselling Through the Eyes of the Enemy. Ira is also author of the riveting, entertaining, and educational forthcoming book, Spies Among Us.
Dr. Stephen Flynn is one of world's foremost authorities on homeland and maritime security and critical infrastructure protection. In his new landmark book, The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation, Flynn details the major man-made and natural perils that will almost certainly confront the United States and offers a menu of actions the U.S. government, the private sector, and everyday Americans should undertake right now to manage these dangers. Flynn is also the author of the critically acclaimed and national bestseller, America the Vulnerable, which was the first book to comprehensively analyze America's susceptibility to deadly and disruptive attacks on America's domestic front, and to propose more inclusive, more democratic and ultimately more effective measures to confront our current state of homeland insecurity.
A Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former Commander in the United States Coast Guard, Flynn has been at the forefront of homeland and maritime security issues since long before the attacks of September 11. He served as the lead consultant on border control, trade and transportation security issues for the congressionally chartered Hart-Rudman Commission that so presciently warned of the catastrophic terrorist threat to the United States nearly one year before al Qaeda struck New York and Washington. Since 9/11 he has provided testimony on seventeen occasions on Capitol Hill.
Flynn is a regular guest on all the major news programs including Meet the Press, 60 Minutes, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The Today Show, CNN, The Tim Russert Show, the Charlie Rose Show, and National Public Radio. He is the author of many influential articles including cover stories in the prestigious journal, Foreign Affairs and U.S. News & World Report.
At the podium, Flynn presents a persuasive case for how Americans, Canadians, and the international community can adapt to our dangerous times while improving our quality of life and remaining true to democratic ideals. In a powerful and urgently needed call to action, he delivers a timely message that guides and empowers corporate and general audiences everywhere on how to embrace resiliency as a way to deftly manage the challenges that disasters will present in the 21st Century.
A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Flynn is a highly-decorated officer who spent twenty years on active duty in the Coast Guard, including twice in command at sea. The recipient of M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees in International Politics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Flynn has been a Guest School at the Brookings Institution, an Annenberg Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a consulting professor at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation. He served in the White House Military Office during the George H. W. Bush administration and as a director for global issues on the National Security Council staff during the Bill Clinton administration.
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