Industry and subject matter experts, including Randy Franklin Smith and other Microsoft MVPs, will present you with education, hand-on experience and technical knowledge. You’ll engage these experts one-on-one before and after the sessions at the Experts Bar!
Windows Security Subject Matter Expert
Randy Franklin Smith is an internationally recognized expert on the security and control of Windows and Active Directory security who specializes in Windows and Active Directory security. He performs security reviews for clients ranging from small, privately held firms to Fortune 500 companies, national, and international organizations.
Randy has written over 300 articles on Windows security issues, which appear in publications like Information Security Magazine and Windows IT Pro where he is a contributing editor and author of the popular Windows security log series. In 2003 Randy received the Apex Award of Excellence in the category of How-to Writing for his security feature “8 Tips for Avoiding the Next Big Worm.” He is also the publisher of www.UltimateWindowsSecurity.com and the Patch Observer newsletter which provides same-day, independent analysis of Microsoft security bulletins.
Randy Franklin Smith began his career in information technology in the 1980s developing software for a variety of companies. During the early 1990s, he led a business process re-engineering effort for a multi-national organization and designed several mission critical, object-oriented, client/server systems. As the Internet and Windows NT took off, Randy focused on security and led his employer's information security planning team. In 1997, he formed Monterey Technology Group, Inc. where he serves as President.
Microsoft Certified Master
Sean Metcalf is founder and principal consultant at Trimarc (www.TrimarcSecurity.com) a professional services company which focuses on improving enterprise security. He is one of about 100 people in the world who holds the Microsoft Certified Master Directory Services (MCM) certification, is a former Microsoft MVP, and has presented on Active Directory attack and defense at Black Hat, BSides, DEF CON, DerbyCon, Microsoft BlueHat, Shakacon and Walmart Sp4rkCon security conferences. He currently provides security consulting services to customers and regularly posts interesting Active Directory security information on his blog, ADSecurity.org.
Nick Cavalancia is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP, has over 25 years of enterprise IT experience, is an accomplished consultant, speaker, trainer, writer, and columnist, and has achieved industry certifications including MCSE, MCT, Master CNE, Master CNI. He has authored, co-authored and contributed to nearly two dozen books on various technologies. Nick regularly speaks, writes and blogs for some of the most recognized tech companies today on topics including cybersecurity, cloud adoption, business continuity, and compliance..
Senior UC Product Architect and Distinguished Engineer, Quest, and Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP
Curtis Johnstone has 20 years of experience designing and delivering management solutions which enable enterprises to securely adopt, deploy, and manage their Microsoft applications and services. He is a nine year Microsoft MVP recipient, with deep expertise in Microsoft Office 365 including Teams, Skype for Business, Exchange Online, Azure Active Directory and their Microsoft on-premises server counterparts. Curtis is a Distinguished Engineer and Microsoft Office Apps & Services MVP in the Platform Management Business Unit at Quest Software.
Colin Truran is a principal strategist at Quest who functions as the EMEA virtual chief technology officer. Primarily responsible for the Microsoft Platform Management business, he engages with business and IT decision makers to build trusted relationships and articulate how Quest can enable them to achieve their IT and business goals. With over 30 years’ business experience his areas of expertise include IT strategy, pre-sales consultancy, professional services, solution architecture, cloud, software as a service (SaaS), application development, artificial intelligence, security and regulatory compliance strategy. He holds a BA in Computing & Information Systems from the University of Brighton.
GSEC and Microsoft Security MVP
Susan — aka the Patch Lady — has made it her mission to help small businesses manage technology and digital security. She cut her teeth on Basic in high school and then progressed (or regressed) to Cobol in college. But then the PC revolution kicked in, and she’s been wrangling personal computers ever since. She remembers the infamous Code Red/Nimda days, and she recalls exactly where she was when SQL Slammer hit — while trying to buy something on eBay and wondering why the Internet was so slow. She is the Patch Lady at Askwoody.com and moderated the only dedicated group focusing on patch management at www.patchmanagement.org. In real life, she manages a fleet of business systems (servers, workstations, Office 365 and even iPhones) at a California accounting firm. Susan is a Microsoft Security MVP.