ICCWS Biographies

Below are the ICCWS Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs


Janice M. “Jan” Hamby, Rear Admiral (Retired), U. S. Navy Chancellor, Information Resources Management College (IRMC), National Defense University

As Chancellor, RADM (Ret) Jan Hamby, USN, provides strategy and vision to the IRMC  in its mission to educate future senior leaders of the cyberspace domain.  During her Navy career she focused on the employment of telecommunications, space and computer systems to make information available for command and control of the Force and to enhance decision making at all levels of the chain of command.   Her service included two command tours, positions on the Navy, NORAD/USNORTHCOM, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of Defense Staffs, and operational assignments in aircraft carriers, directing the Navy’s offensive and defensive cyber forces, and Baghdad, Iraq.  She served as senior officer and community leader for the Navy’s Information Professional officer corps.  Highly decorated, her highest military award is the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.  She holds master’s degrees in the Management of Information Systems, Business Administration and National Security and Strategic Studies.


Dr. Hurley is currently Professor, National Defense University, focusing on Data Analytics and Cyberspace strategies. He has over 35 years’ experience in the area of data and information management. He served as Senior Manager, Distributed Computing in the Networked Systems Division, The Boeing Company, Bellevue, WA. Dr. Hurley was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of three research centers (Scalable and Embedded Applications Center, Materials Processing Assessment and Characterization Center, and Avalon Scalable Embedded Computing Center) and the Co-Director, Army Center of Excellence in Electronic Sensors and Combat at Clark Atlanta University, in Atlanta, GA.


Dr. Jim Q. Chen is Professor of Cybersecurity in the College of Information and Cyberspace at the U.S. National Defense University (NDU). His expertise is in cybersecurity technology, cyber strategy, cyber warfare, and cognitive science. He has published widely on these topics. He is a recognized cyber security expert.

Key Note Speakers

Mini Trak Chairs


Martti Lehto is Professor of Cybersecurity in the University of Jyväskylä in the Faculty of Information Technology. He has over 30 years’ experience as developer and leader of C4ISR Systems in Finnish Defence Forces. Now he is a Cyber security and Cyber defence researcher and teacher and also pedagogical leader of the Cyber Security MSc. program. He is also Adjunct Professor in National Defence University in Air and Cyber Warfare


Dr. Noam Ben-Asher is a Senior ORAU researcher fellow at the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Before this position, Noam was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dynamic Decision Making Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University and IBM Research. His primary interests lie at the intersection of cognitive science, decision science and human factors engineering, with a particular interest in usable security and cyber security decision making.


Dr. Char Sample is a researcher for ICF supporting efforts at the US Army Research Laboratory and a visiting academic at the University of Warwick in the UK. Dr. Sample has most recently focused her studies on the role of culture in cyber attack and data fidelity.  Additionally, she has interest in metrics, traffic analysis, risk management, and predictive models.  Dr. Sample’s background encompasses commercial, government and most recently academic environments.  She continues to try to merge the best features of all three environments.


Stilianos Vidalis has been involved in the Information Operations arena since 2001. He has participated in high profile, high value projects for large international organisations and Governments. He has implemented access controls in secure environments that were employing a Defense-in-Depth strategy. He has collected and analysed information for prestigious European financial institutions, applying international standards under the context of risk and threat assessment. He was training British Armed Forces (Tri-Service) in penetration testing and digital forensics. He is currently the Director of Training for the Cyber Security Centre at the University of Hertfordshire, responsible for developing training courses in cyber security, cyber intelligence and digital forensics for Law Enforcement.


Unal Tatar worked as a principal cybersecurity researcher in government and industry 10+ years. He is the former coordinator of the National Computer Emergency Response Team of Turkey. He worked in various cyber risk assessment projects in critical infrastructure sectors as a researcher and project manager. Mr. Tatar is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in ODU Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department. He’s the director of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on A Framework for a Military Cyber Defense Strategy. His main topics of interest are cyber security risk management, cyber insurance, critical infrastructure protection and policy & strategic issues in cybersecurity.


Dan Shoemaker is Principal Investigator and Senior Research Scientist at UDM’s Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies. Dan is also a full Professor of Cybersecurity and was the former Department Chair at University of Detroit Mercy where he has worked for over 32 years. Dan is a prolific writer. He has authored seven books in the field and over two hundred articles. He also speaks internationally on cybersecurity topics. For four years, he was also the Chair of Workforce Training and Education for the Department of Homeland Security’s Software Assurance Initiative.


Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the University of Washington, an NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and Research, a Principal Research Scientist at UW Applied Physics Lab and a Department Fellow at Aberyswyth University, Wales following a 20-year career in industry.  Her research interests include enterprise-wide security and compliance, forensic-readiness, cybersecurity education and secure coding. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists. Barbara holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science/Computer Security, an MS in Information Systems Engineering, and an MBA