Ian Charters
CEO at Charter Cyber Consulting

Ian Charters is a veteran of U.S. Intelligence Community with over 25 years of service. In addition, he has considerable experience consulting with the U.S., Canadian and other governments on cyber security issues and solutions. Similarly, he has provided International Organizations, the Financial Community, and the Technical Sector with solutions to their IT security, privacy, business process engineering and intellectual property challenges. He has also developed a significant reputation for developing incident response, computer investigation and digital forensics capabilities for a varied client base. It has been his honor to work with some of the leading Federal and Local law enforcement agencies while either leading or participating in a number of highly sensitive investigations.

Mr. Charters is also a recognized expert in systems evaluation and audit having taught and lectured extensively on the subject. Moreover, he is also recognized as a expert in the FISMA security framework the development of high performance technical teams, and the development of risk assessment and mitigation strategies having taught numerous classes, workshops, and lectured and written extensively on these topics. Mr. Charters has also joined with his closest colleagues to blog extensively on security, risk, and cyber policy and cyber philosophy.

Ian currently lives in Northern Virginia and in his spare time enjoys making sushi, writing, and prowling the various museums in the Nations Capital.


Nitin Kumar
Interim CISO

Nitin Kumar is a seasoned, dynamic business leader and management consultant with deep operational experience in start-ups, turnarounds as well as driving exponential growth. He has built organizations around security consulting and advisory services and transformed them into multi-million dollar businesses in short spans of time by accelerating volumes, growth and profitability.

During his career he has held several executive roles such as Consulting Partner, Business Unit Head, Turnaround CEO, M&A Integration Leader, Start-up CEO, interim CISO and General Manager focused on sales, delivery, growth and operational excellence. He has vast global experience spanning North America, Europe, Asia (Middle East, India & Far East), Australia & Africa.

Nitin is widely regarded as a growth strategist and a turnaround executive who helps propel organizations to their next level of growth. His core skills lie around organic growth strategies, business model innovation, IT Risk, M&A integration, CISO services and Operational Excellence. He has also played significant leadership roles in the IT Risk, Security & Privacy area managing large global practices serving the CISO community. He has led several high profile global engagements with Fortune 500 clients .

He was formerly a practice leader for security at Hewlett-Packard after which he served as a Vice President at Deloitte and later CEO of a global information risk management start-up. He is a CISSP, a CGEIT, an LPT, a CMC ,a CM&AA, a Certified Interim Executive and a PMP to name a few credentials that he holds. Nitin is a globally known speaker, thought leader and author of several articles in the IT Risk, CISO and CIO advisory and growth strategy space. Nitin serves on the board of Institute of Management Consultants (NJ Chapter), the LPT governance board of EC-Council and is also a strategic advisor to the board to the Association of Due Diligence Professionals.


Ron Baklarz
CISO at Amtrak

Ron Baklarz has over twenty years in the Information Security field developing “first-of-a-kind” information security programs within government, military, and private sector organizations including the Naval Nuclear Program, U.S. House of Representatives, Prudential Insurance Company, MedStar Health, and Amtrak. Ron is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at Amtrak and he has held various information security consulting, technical, and operational positions throughout his career.


Lois Boliek
Global Manager, IT Assurance Program, HP Technology Consulting, Hewlett-Packard Company

Lois Boliek is the global manager for the HP Technology Consulting IT Assurance Program. The goal of IT Assurance is to integrate security across all service portfolios and advanced solutions. The focus is to “assure” security is architected into all client solutions and offer security enabling services as a competitive differentiator for HP Technology Consulting. IT Assurance means security is built into all solutions up front versus as an isolated business or an afterthought.

Boliek has a proven track record as well as field experience in security practice leadership, sales support and portfolio development. Boliek was previously the Americas Security & Risk Management Practice Principal and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). During her career at HP starting in 1989, Boliek has played many roles including systems engineer, project manager, business developer, consulting manager and practice principal. Security has been one of the main themes throughout her IT career and in each of her roles at HP. She has provided consulting and project management for a variety of clients in IT consolidation, data center operations, web application development, security and identity management projects. Boliek has also conducted assessments and provided recommendations on IT organizational structure, IT operations, project management, time management and application development practices for various clients.

Prior to joining HP, Boliek gained her foundation experience in IT and security as an IT systems and application manager for a local government in Virginia and as an application developer for a state university. She has taught college level information technology classes and especially enjoys people development. Boliek is from Virginia and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.


Karthik Swarnam
CISO at TransUnion

Karthik Swarnam is the Chief Information Security Officer at TransUnion LLC a Credit services agency that specializes in credit reporting, analytics and decision. Karthik is responsible for establishing strategy, implementing and managing Information Security globally.

Previously, Karthik was an executive in Accenture’s Technology Consulting (ATC) Security Practice. He led the firm’s Security capability for Resources industry vertical where he helped large global organizations with security and infrastructure related capabilities. Karthik also built a right-sourced delivery model for security solution as part of the model he built and operated an offshore delivery team spread across multiple geographies, He was the global lead for Accenture’s offshore security delivery practice during his tenure at Accenture. In this capacity Karthik built a security practice in India and have integrated that to the Accenture’s solution delivery.

Karthik has over 18 years of experience in IT specializing in Infrastructure technologies. Karthik has worked extensively in designing and implementing information technology programs, infrastructure services and network implementations for various clients globally. Karthik has been in security officer roles for client engagements.

Karthik has been instrumental in helping large enterprises establish infrastructure strategy and translate the strategy into solutions. He is an advisor to several C-level executives on IT Strategy, security vision, and regulatory implications and to translate organizations into high performing business enabling business growth and securing the extended enterprise.

Karthik earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Annamalai University, India, and holds a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit. He is an active Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Active in the profession, Karthik has been involved in CIDX Cybersecurity initiative for the Chemical industry, and in several task forces, open forums and in Communities of Practice (CoP) in Identity & Access Management, Infrastructure services, and Next generation technologies.

Karthik has extensive experience in assisting clients with regulatory needs such as Sarbanes Oxley 404, IRS 1075, PCI DSS, FERC, NERC regulations, HIPAA, GLBA and several others.

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