The culmination of the MS CRS program is a capstone project which provides the students with the opportunity to integrate the technical and legal/policy training they have received over the past year in response to a real-world cybersecurity issue. The Integrative Cybersecurity Management Capstone is a team-based effort under the direction of two Capstone Directors, Samuel Rascoff and Nasir Memon.
The Capstone experience is further enhanced by the direct attention to each team of a Capstone Mentor who is a noted professional in the cybersecurity field.
Distinguished Capstone Mentors for the Class of 2019, Class of 2020, and Class of 2021 include/have included:
Omkhar Arasaratnam is an experienced cybersecurity and technical risk management executive. He has led organizations to realize their business goals while effectively managing cybersecurity risk and compliance requirements.
Omkhar has over 15 years of experience leading global cybersecurity projects. Omkhar is currently the Executive Director of Data Protection Engineering and JP Morgan Chase. He has previously led security organizations at financial and technology institutions, such as Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, TD Bank Group, and IBM. In this capacity, he has revolutionized the effectiveness of cybersecurity controls. He is an accomplished author with several granted patents and has led contributions to many international standards. Omkhar is also member of the NYU Cyber Fellow Advisory council, and a Senior Fellow with the NYU Center for Cybersecurity.Close
Michael Adams leads Palantir Technologies’ business in the Carolinas, serving in an executive capacity focused on building Palantir’s commercial and government business and designing data integration strategies and solutions for customers. Michael previously served for 25 years in the U.S. Navy and was deputy general counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he advised Chairmen Dempsey and Dunford and the Joint Staff on international and national security law affecting military operations, including cyberspace, intelligence, special operations, maritime and other U.S. Government activities. He then transitioned to private practice and was a partner with the international law firm McGuireWoods. Michael is a graduate of Harvard Law School (LL.M.), Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.), and the United States Naval Academy (B.S.).Close
Dr. Ed Amoroso is currently Chief Executive Officer of TAG Cyber LLC, a global cyber security advisory, training, consulting, and media services company supporting hundreds of companies across the world. Ed recently retired from AT&T after thirty-one years of service, beginning in Unix security R&D at Bell Labs and culminating as Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of AT&T from 2004 to 2016.
Ed holds the BS degree in physics from Dickinson College, the MS/PhD degrees in Computer Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Columbia Business School. He holds ten patents in the area of cyber security and media technology and he has served as a Member of the Board of Directors for M&T Bank, as well as on the NSA Advisory Board (NSAAB). Ed’s work has been highlighted on CNN, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has worked directly with four Presidential administrations on issues related to national security, critical infrastructure protection, and cyber policy.Close
Geoffrey Brown was appointed Chief Information Security Officer for the City of New York in 2016, a position focused on cybersecurity and aggregate information risk across all 100+ NYC departments and agencies. In July 2017, Mayor de Blasio established New York City Cyber Command, led by Geoffrey and charged with setting Citywide cybersecurity policies; directing response to cyber incidents; and advising City Hall, agencies and departments on the City’s overall cyber defense.
Prior to joining City government, Geoffrey worked in financial services, developing and operating threat management disciplines including threat intelligence, detection, response and countermeasures. Geoffrey also served in the federal government, including work with the National Commission for Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission), supporting the investigation’s work with the first responder community in NYC. Geoffrey is a graduate of Middlebury College.Close
Devon Bryan, with 22+ years of public sector and industry cyber security and enterprise risk management experience including leadership roles at the Federal Reserve System and the IRS, who is an expert in managing cost-effective, high-performance, information technology security programs that balance enterprise risk with regulatory compliance in the support of business objectives, has joined KPMG as Managing Director and Chief Information Security Officer.
Prior roles include: Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer – Federal Reserve System; Vice President, Global Technical Security Services (CISO) – ADP; Deputy Associate CIO Cybersecurity – IRSClose
Una A. Dean is currently the Investigations and Regulatory Associate General Counsel and VP at IBM.
Prior to joining IBM, Una was a partner in Fried Frank’s White-Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations and Cybersecurity Practices, resident in the New York office.
Una concentrated her practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, cybersecurity and related civil litigations. She represented public, multinational corporations and financial institutions in conducting internal investigations involving allegations of fraud and other misconduct. She also routinely advised corporate clients on issues relating to cybersecurity corporate governance, cyber preparedness and incident response.
Prior to joining Fried Frank, Ms. Dean served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) from 2010-2017 where she investigated, prosecuted and tried some of the EDNY’s most important and high-profile cases across a wide spectrum of practice areas, including money laundering, securities fraud, trade sanctions, and cybercrime. Notably, she secured convictions in seven jury trials and successfully argued numerous cases for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitClose
Chris has over 25 years of experience in cybersecurity, risk management and regulatory compliance. Chris is an Executive Vice President of Moody’s Cyber Assessments Inc. and serves as Special Advisor of Cyber Risk for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and National Board Member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Chris served as the Senior Advisor to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman on Cybersecurity. Chris was also a senior member of the US Treasury Financial Banking Information Infrastructure Committee where he provided leadership across a range of cybersecurity programs impacting the financial services sector. Prior to joining the SEC, Chris held several leadership roles including EY’s Wealth and Asset Management Cybersecurity practice leader, Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at GE Capital and Senior Vice President of Information Security at Citigroup.Close
Peter is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Lazard where he is responsible for the global information security strategy and program at one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms with operations in 43 cities across 27 countries. Prior to Lazard, Peter was with Citigroup’s global information security team serving as the Head of Information Risk Governance, where he led the team that was responsible for Information Security Policy globally. His experience also includes 6 years as a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Threat and Vulnerability Management advisory practice and over a decade founding and operating a publicly traded technology consultancy that specialized in designing, building, and operating secure high availability data centers and networks around the world for military, intelligence, and commercial clients.
Erez Liebermann, Chief Counsel, Cybersecurity and Privacy; VP, Regulatory Law at Prudential Financial
Erez is Prudential’s chief counsel on cybersecurity and privacy matters. He leads a team on a wide range of cybersecurity and privacy legal, policy and investigative matters. Erez serves as primary counsel to the Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Privacy Officer, and IT Risk on information security and privacy matters. In this role, Erez also oversees the High Tech Investigations Unit. Together with the Information Security Office and IT Risk, Erez works closely to review the enterprise’s cybersecurity program and update executive management on the enterprise’s program. Erez also serves as a point of contact to regulators and law enforcement on cyber security matters and provides updates to the enterprise on the regulatory and threat landscape. Since joining Prudential in 2014, Erez has also worked on response planning for a cybersecurity and privacy incidents including technical and business oriented tabletop exercises. Through his work with the High Tech Investigations Unit, Erez oversees investigations into cyber incident response, cyber crimes, privacy breaches, and intellectual property theft, as well as E-Discovery production and computer forensics.
Erez previously led Prudential’s Corporate Investigations Division (CID), which consists of attorneys and investigators responsible for investigations relating to internal and external fraud, regulatory matters, employee misconduct, and sales practice.
Prior to joining Prudential Financial in February 2014, Erez spent 10 years as a federal prosecutor. He served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey, and Chief of the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section. Additionally, Erez oversaw the white collar units, including Economic Crimes, National Security, Healthcare and Money Laundering. He was the lead prosecutor on numerous cyber, securities, and fraud matters, including United States v. Drinkman, the largest credit card data breach investigation and prosecution to date, involving the theft of over 160,000,000 credit and debit card numbers. Albert Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for his role in the conspiracy.
Erez is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, numerous letters of recognition from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Prosecutor of the Year Award by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
Erez is a frequent lecturer on cybercrime, privacy, and fraud. He previously taught Cybercrime Law at Rutgers University School of Law.
He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He received his law degree from Columbia University Law School.Close
Amy is responsible for developing strategies that aim to increase the cyber resiliency posture of the Federal Reserve’s most critical systems. Amy is a highly experienced public service professional with over 15 years of knowledge in cybersecurity policy development, assessments and training. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Amy was part of the National Security Agency working on offensive cyber tactics. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Polytechnic University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.Close
Tom Quinn is Head of Enterprise Security for T. Rowe Price and serves as the firm’s Chief Information Security Officer. He is responsible Cyber and Information Security strategy and execution. Before joining T. Rowe Price, he was Managing Director and Technology Controls Officer for JPMC Consumer and Community Banking. Previously, Tom was Managing Director, Chief Information Security Officer for BNY Mellon and Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer for State Street Corporation. He also managed both Infrastructure and Application Security teams at Goldman Sachs.
Tom earned a B.A. in Political Science from Old Dominion University and a M.S. in Information Technology Management from Naval Postgraduate School. Tom has over 20 years of technology and cyber security experience in Financial Services, has served as a US Navy Officer during combat operations, is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a Board Member for Advanced Cyber Security Center.Close
Phil leads the firm’s Operational Risk Management & Analysis function. He is a member of the Firmwide Risk Committee, Firmwide Technology Risk Committee, Firmwide Operational Risk Committee and Global Business Resilience Committee. Previously, Phil served as Chief Information Risk/Security Officer and Head of Technology Risk. He joined Goldman Sachs as a vice president in London in 2000 and transferred to New York in 2001. Phil was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, he was Chief Information Security Officer at Deutsche Bank and also functioned as the global head of Technology Risk Management for Standard Chartered Bank. Before that, Phil served in various technology, network management and software engineering roles at a number of finance, energy, and defense organizations. Phil serves on the Executive Committee of the US Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection, is co-chair of the Board of Sheltered Harbor, and is a member of the boards of the Center for Internet Security and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He is also an advisor to the cyber-security efforts of the US National Research Council, the Institute for Defense Analyses and a US intelligence agency. Phil is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Phil earned a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of York and an MSc in Computation and Cryptography from the Queen’s College at Oxford University. He was awarded the designation of Chartered Engineer in 1995 and Chartered Scientist in 2002 and was elected a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2005.
Ariel Weintraub, Head of Security Operations & Engineering Enterprise Technology & Experience (ETX) | Enterprise Information Risk Management (EIRM), Mass Mutual
Ariel Weintraub recently joined MassMutual as the Head of Security Operations & Engineering. Prior to joining MassMutual, Ariel served as the Senior Director of Data & Access Security within Cybersecurity Operations. In this role, she was responsible for the Data Protection and Identity & Access Management (IAM) programs and led a three-year business transformation program to position IAM as a digital business enabler. Ariel first joined TIAA in 2015 as a Senior Manager within IT Risk & Information Security. In that role, she managed the Treatment & Vulnerability Remediation teams under Cyber Risk.
Prior to TIAA, Ariel held the position of Global Head of Vulnerability Management at BNY Mellon where she developed and led the Vulnerability Management function and designed a cross-department Information Security Metrics program. Ariel joined BNY Mellon during the inception of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) organization and played a critical role in laying the foundation for many of the security compliance functions including Mobile Device Security, Endpoint & Host Compliance, and Secure Configuration Management. Prior to her role at BNY Mellon, Ariel was part of the Threat & Vulnerability Management practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she was responsible for performing Penetration Tests, Security Risk Assessments, and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance assessments for a variety of Financial Services clients.
Ariel holds a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business. Ariel has a passion for empowering women, especially the next generation of female cybersecurity leaders.