Hacks & Hops is an event series hosted by FRSecure where we bring together information security professionals to learn, network, and enjoy beer. Join us for a full-day conference with topics ranging from mental health, cyber insurance, MSSPs, and more.
Evan speaks often on a variety of topics, including information security, social engineering, ransomware, how to protect your company from hackers, threat management, unifying the information security industry, compliance with industry standards, fixing the talent shortage, and more.
Joe Scargill is the Special Agent in charge of the Minneapolis Field Office for the United States Secret Service. His career with the Secret Service has spanned more than 21 years in a variety of assignments. Special Agent Scargill started his career in the Columbus, Ohio Resident Office. Following that assignment, he was selected as an instructor at the James J Rowley Training academy, where all special agent trainees as well as assigned special agents and uniformed division officers receive their training. Following that assignment, Special Agent Scargill was selected as the assistant Attaché to the US Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. He was then promoted to the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit, MI Field Office. During his time there, he established the Michigan Electronic Crimea Task Force. Prior to his current assignment as the Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis Field Office, he served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the George HW Bush Protection Division in Houston, TX.
Arin is often referred to by his peers as a security enthusiast. With over 20 years of experience leading technology teams and successful security compliance initiatives including HITRUST, HIPAA, SOC2, and PCI-DSS certification, addressing and mitigating security risks is one of Arin’s key strengths. He has a passion for bringing new solutions to market by leveraging cutting-edge technology and automation that expands capabilities for SeaChange clients and brings added efficiencies to internal processes.
Friends and family note his vibrant and down-to-earth personality, and they’re pretty pleased with his generosity as informal tech support and auto mechanic too. While Arin loves spending time with his family, rest assured his hobbies aren’t all calm ones. He likes high-speed driving on race tracks, has been known to do cartwheels in a suit, and used to be in a punk band.
Tony is a professional geek who loves to jump into all things related to detection and digital forensics. After working in enterprise IT administration and detection engineering for several years, he now applies his DFIR skills to research malware, detect malicious activity, and recommend remediation paths. Tony is a natural teacher and regularly shares his findings and expertise through blogs, research reports, and presentations at conferences and events.
Mike has been working in Information Security for 18 years in a myriad of environments that require a heavy emphasis on security. These environments span from small and mid-sized businesses to Fortune 100 companies, from retail to financial institutions, healthcare, and 3-letter government agencies. At FRSecure Mike has worked on both the vCISO Consulting Team and the Incident Response Team. This diversity of experience allows him to be very versatile, and he prides himself on not doing Incident Response “in a bubble,” always keeping the organization’s greater needs and future in mind throughout all engagements.
Amanda Berlin is the Lead Incident Detection Engineer for Blumira and the CEO and owner of the nonprofit corporation Mental Health Hackers. She is the author of a Blue Team best practices book called “Defensive Security Handbook: Best Practices for Securing Infrastructure” with Lee Brotherston through O’Reilly Media. She is a co-host on the Brakeing Down Security podcast and writes for several blogs. She has spent over a decade in different areas of technology and sectors providing infrastructure support, triage, and design. She now spends her time creating as many meaningful alerts as possible.
Amanda is an avid volunteer and mental health advocate. She has presented at a large number of conventions, meetings and industry events. While she doesn’t have the credentials or notoriety that others might have, she hopes to make up for it with her wit, sense of humor, and knack for catching on quickly to new technologies.
Oscar holds a Masters of Science in Information Security and a bachelor’s degree in Decision Science and Information Systems. He has been working in information security for sixteen years with experience managing Cyber Security Incident Response programs, Cyber Defense programs, Vulnerability Management programs, working closely with CPI, ISO 27001, SOC 2, and HIPAA controls to ensure compliance. Oscar currently manages a team of pen testers and ethical hackers with over 75 years of experience in security. While working for large enterprise corporations Oscar managed a team of senior security managers specializing in blue team defense with multi-million dollar annual budgets.
Sonu Shankar is the Head of MDR Product at Arctic Wolf and is responsible for the vision, strategy, and roadmap for Arctic Wolf’s flagship Managed Detection and Response (MDR) offering. Prior to joining Arctic Wolf, Sonu was a part of software engineering, technical/product marketing, and product management teams at Cisco and Box, focused on trustworthy technologies, threat detection, and cybersecurity strategy. Sonu began his security career as a Researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He holds an MBA from Duke University and a degree in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Timothy provides expertise in the areas of data protection laws, privacy liability and cyber technology best practices for protecting information and their processes. He consults with clients on how best to develop strategies to manage their total cost of risk within their organizations while protecting their critical assets and information. Timothy has over 25 years of information protection experience in Insurance, Healthcare, Medical Devices, Government, Retail Merchandising, Higher Education, and Crisis Management industries. Timothy is a member of the IAPP Training Advisory Board, the Grand Canyon University Technology Advisory Board, and is a former U.S. Army Ranger.
Michael Kennedy began his career with 20+ years of corporate leadership experience in global security operations, network infrastructure, program management, and M&A integration for multiple Fortune 500 companies & large enterprises. After a ransomware event struck his friend’s business, Kennedy left the corporate world on a mission to create a world-class, comprehensive cybersecurity solution for small businesses and medium sized companies. Thus, Ostra Cybersecurity – a next-gen MSSP – was born.
Mike is passionate about data privacy and helping educate SMB owners on security challenges they face. An avid outdoorsman and grill master, you can usually find Mike outside the Ostra garage at lunch cooking up a feast on the Blackstone.