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Andrea-DiFabio

Andrea Di Fabio

CISO & Associate CIO
East Tennessee State University

Andrea Di Fabio is currently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Associate CIO at East Tennessee State University, where he plays a significant role in strategic planning, business process re-engineering, policy development, risk management, and technology transformation. He is currently and adjunct faculty at the university’s college of computing. In his previous life, Andrea served twelve years as Norfolk State University’s CISO, and two years as CIO supporting IT mission essential functions in a time of institutional crisis. In his spare time, he taught a wide range of hands-on IT security classes at Tidewater Community College and volunteered with local schools and ham radio clubs. ...show more

Andrea is a member of four prestigious CompTIA committees: The Executive Advisory Board, the Governance Board, the Technical Advisory Committee, and the Certification Development Committee. In these roles, Andrea helps facilitate the recruitment of qualified IT professionals worldwide and provides CompTIA with the support and expertise needed during the planning and development of globally recognized IT certifications. Additionally, Andrea served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Information Security Council where he recommended strategic direction on Commonwealth information security and privacy-related initiatives. He chaired and participated in multiple technology committees. He currently serves on the Tennessee Board of Regents CISO committee.

Finally, Andrea served as a member of the InfraGard Board of Directors. He was the InfraGard's Information Technology sector chief for Hampton Roads. In these roles, Andrea helped provide synchronized communication between local InfraGard leadership, FBI Coordinators, and area members, by promoting key insight into the IT sector to help protect and ensure the continuity of the critical infrastructure of the United States.

Andrea is currently seeking a Ph.D. in Information Assurance at Nova Southeastern University to inspire his young kids about the benefits of continued self-improvement and education. Andrea completed his Master of Science in Computer Science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where he also earned a Bachelor in Computer Engineering.

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Nancy Hammervik

Executive President, Industry Relations
CompTIA

As executive president, industry relations, for CompTIA, Nancy Hammervik is responsible for elevating the association's public profile among its membership and across the IT industry. She is the principal liaison between members and the association; helps shape CompTIA member programs and association initiatives for the IT industry; and acts as an advocate on behalf of members and the broader industry. ...show more

In 2013, Ms. Hammervik led an initiative to evolve CompTIA’s membership model and grow utilization of its vast library of content. CompTIA’s “Open Access” membership model provides digital access to the vast majority of its industry insight, research and business tools to a wider audience beyond paid membership. This membership model grew CompTIA’s industry engagement from 2,000 corporate members to include more than 100,000 registered users.

In 2014, Ms. Hammervik helped to manage the integration of TechAmerica, one of the first US technology associations, into the CompTIA organization, broadening CompTIA’s membership base, strengthening its policy voice and growing its position in the public sector market space of the technology industry.

Late 2016, Ms. Hammervik led the efforts to bring AITP, a 65 year old industry professional society, under the umbrella of CompTIA member organizations and is responsible for building out a new professional association that serves aspiring students and individuals, seeking and growing IT careers.

Hammervik joined CompTIA in 2011 after a 25 year career with United Business Media’s Everything Channel, a top provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting and sales and marketing services. Her last position with the company was senior vice president, events, where she was responsible for the company's entire global events business. She led the sales, marketing, recruitment, content and event production strategies for the events business. Her event portfolio focused on large scale, regional, community, virtual and custom events that brought together leading executives in the high tech industry. During her tenure there, she managed the integration of Gartner’s Vision Events portfolio, including Midsize Enterprise Summit and HealthCare Summit.

During her tenure at Everything Channel, Ms. Hammervik founded Channel@Work, a corporate charitable initiative that allows members of the high tech industry to give back to local communities. Projects included the construction of new housing; student mentoring and training programs; technology makeovers for schools; and technical and financial support for wounded military personnel and families of deployed troops.

Hammervik is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she received a bachelor's degree in business and marketing. She resides on Long Island, in Bethpage, NY.

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Rise-Jacobs

Risé F. Jacobs

Senior Vice President & CTO
Astoria Bank

Risé Jacobs is a Senior IT Executive with over 20 years of experience achieving excellence in service while implementing creative solutions and curtailing costs. She is currently the SVP & CTO at Astoria Bank and is responsible for collaborating with business leaders to design and deliver IT services. Under her leadership, the Bank achieved a higher rating from federal regulators and a 99.6% reduction in IT Audit findings. ...show more

Ms. Jacobs has received several industry awards and is a respected speaker and thought leader. She is on the Boards of the Society for Information Management and LISTnet, and serves on advisory boards. As a subject matter expert in governance, cyber security and technology, Ms. Jacobs chaired a client consortium of banks to oversee technology-related governance and regulatory issues at FIS.

Ms. Jacobs has an MBA from Baruch College and holds several certifications, including a Corporate Board Governance Fellowship from the NACD, Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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Seth Robinson

Senior Director, Technology Analysis
CompTIA

Seth Robinson is the senior director of technology analysis for CompTIA, the leading trade association for the IT industry. In this role, he analyzes technology trends in the IT industry and provides insight into trend drivers and future direction. Seth has led research studies on cloud computing, mobility, Big Data, and IT security, among other areas. ...show more

Seth Robinson is the senior director of technology analysis for CompTIA, the leading trade association for the IT industry. In this role, he analyzes technology trends in the IT industry and provides insight into trend drivers and future direction. Seth has led research studies on cloud computing, mobility, Big Data, and IT security, among other areas. Previously, he spent 10 years in processor development at IBM, building the chips for the Xbox360, PS3, and Wii U. He has been cited in various media outlets, including Wall Street Journal and USA Today, for his thoughts on how businesses are using technology and how the role of IT is changing.

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James-Stanger

James Stanger, PhD

Chief Technology Evangelist
CompTIA

Dr. James Stanger is a respected authority in security, open source, network administration and IT education. For more than 20 years, he has consulted with corporations, governments and learning institutions worldwide, including IBM, Symantec, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the U.S. Department of Defence (DoD), the United Arab Emirates Cultural Division, the Open University (UK), the U.S. Department of State, Mesei University and the University of Phoenix. He has developed IT-based education and certification programs used around the world....show more

James has published books and articles with O’Reilley, Sybex, Eselvier, Linux Pro Magazine and Admin Magazine and many others concerning security, Linux, web technologies and IT support. His writings have been translated in more than a dozen languages.

He is also a respected educator, having created education events and webcasts to audiences worldwide since the 1990s. He has designed and taught both traditional and online courses,and is an award-winning blogger and social media consultant. He regularly speaks at events worldwide.

Currently, Dr. Stanger is Chief Technology Evangelist at CompTIA, where he liaises with IT leaders and professionals to help determine certification offerings. CompTIA is the world’s largest vendor-neutral certification body, offering certifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+). He lives and plays in the Puget Sound area of the United States.

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Todd Thibodeaux

President and Chief Executive Officer
CompTIA

Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, the leading non-profit trade association for the global technology industry. CompTIA represents more than 2,000 member companies and 3,000 business partners spanning the worldwide technology industry. ...show more

Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, the leading non-profit trade association for the global technology industry. CompTIA represents more than 2,000 member companies and 3,000 business partners spanning the worldwide technology industry.

Since joining the organization in 2008, Mr. Thibodeaux has led the expansion of CompTIA’s commitment to advancing industry growth through education and training programs, market intelligence and research, networking events, professional certifications and public advocacy.

Mr. Thibodeaux is a frequent commentator and source quoted in news coverage of the technology industry, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and USA Today. He also contributed written columns to a variety of business and industry publications, including CIO and InformationWeek Dark Reading.

Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Mr. Thibodeaux spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), where he served in a wide range of roles culminating as its senior vice president of industry relations.

Mr. Thibodeaux is a life-long IT and tech enthusiast dating back to his very early years. The son of an electrical and mechanical engineer, his love of technology continues to this day and he has infused CompTIA with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the industry the organization represents.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Bachelor of Science, economics, 1988) and George Mason University (Master’s degree in economics, 1997).

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Jesus-Vigo

Jesus Vigo

IT Consultant
Mac|Jesus, LLC

Jesus Vigo is a Network Administrator by day and owner of Mac|Jesus, LLC, specializing in Mac+Windows integration, while providing solutions to SMBs and enterprises alike. He brings 20 years of experience and multiple certifications from several vendors, including Apple and CompTIA. ...show more

As a Network Administrator for Miami-Dade County Public Schools since February, 1998, he has been responsible for the management of the LAN/WLAN supporting 3,000+ users and 3,000+ devices - including desktops, laptops, tablets, printers and servers.

Jesus is a member of CompTIA’s SME Technical Advisory Committee.

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