IT-Defense 2020Speakers

Speakers – IT-DEFENSE 2020

Sami Laiho

Sami Laiho is one of the world’s leading professionals in the Windows OS and Security. Sami has been working with and teaching OS troubleshooting, management, and security since 1996.

At Ignite 2018, Sami’s “Behind the Scenes: How to build a conference winning session” and “Sami Laiho: 45 Life Hacks of Windows OS in 45 minutes” sessions were ranked as #1 and #2 out of 1708 sessions!! This was the first time in the history of the conference that anyone has been able to do this.

Before that, at Ignite 2017, the world’s biggest Microsoft event, Sami was evaluated as the Best External Speaker! Also, Sami’s sessions were evaluated as the Best session in TechEd North America, Europe and Australia in 2014, and Nordic Infrastructure Conference in 2016, 2017 and 2019.


Dr. Boris Nikolai Konrad

Dr. Boris Nikolai Konrad was born in Bochum in 1984 and grew up in Hattingen on the Ruhr. Already in his early years he was interested in memory techniques and memory sports.

He successfully studied Physics and Applied Computer Science minoring in Business Administration and Mathematics at TU Dortmund (Germany) and the University of Reading (UK). Boris obtained his doctorate in the specialist field of psychology on the neuronal principles of exceptional memory performance at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich in 2014. Since then, he has been working at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen (Netherlands) in the “Sleep and Memory” working group.

He regularly presents his research results at international conferences and professional congresses.

At the same time, Boris has been participating in memory sports for years, adding to his long list of successes. Some highlights include:

• eight times team world champion
• four Guinness World Records (e.g. 201 names and faces in 15 minutes)
• several world records in individual categories such as “memorizing words” (280 in 15 minutes)
• winner of the TV show “Deutschlands Superhirn” (ZDF)
• three appearances at the TV show “Wetten, dass...?” in Germany
• appearances in dozens of TV shows around the globe, e.g. twice at “The Brain” (China) in front of more than 100 million viewers

Boris has been a speaker and memory trainer since 2006. In 2016, he was awarded “Certified Speaking Professional” (CSP) by the US National Speakers Association making him part of the elite of professional speakers. He won the 5-Sterne-Rednerpreis in the main category Best Performer Speaker in 2017.

Boris is married with two children. Together with his family, he lives in Kranenburg on the Lower Rhine close to Nijmegen (Netherlands). Besides memory sports, he is also an enthusiastic sport stacker and a fan of the soccer club VfL Bochum. Several times a week he stood on the soccer field himself for many years, as a referee up to the sixth division and an assistant in the fourth division in Westphalia and Bavaria.


Jim Manico

Jim Manico is the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He is also an investor/advisor for KSOC, Nucleus Security, Signal Sciences and BitDiscovery. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices, is a member of the Java Champion community, and is the author of "Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications" from Oracle Press. Jim also volunteers for the OWASP foundation as the project co-lead for the OWASP ASVS and the OWASP Proactive Controls. For more information, see


Grégoire Ribordy

Grégoire Ribordy studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, where he obtained his master in 1995 with a specialization in optics. Passionate about applications of science and technology, he then decided to join industry and had the opportunity to work in the R&D department of Nikon Corp. in Tokyo, Japan. During his 18 months stay in this country, Ribordy also learnt to speak Japanese.
Upon his return to Switzerland, Ribordy decided to go back to academia to obtain his PhD, but he was careful to select a research group with strong ties to applications and from which start-ups had already been spun off. He thus joined the Group of Applied Physics of University of Geneva and worked in the field of quantum cryptography under the guidance of Prof. Nicolas Gisin and Hugo Zbinden. After obtaining his PhD in 2000, he decided to start a company in October 2001– ID Quantique – to pursue the commercial opportunities of quantum technologies in the field of secure communications.
The company was the first to bring products such as quantum random number generators and quantum cryptography to the market. In 2007 in a world premiere, ID Quantique’s quantum cryptography solution was used to secured communication between two datacenters in Geneva, Switzerland. ID Quantique currently has a staff of about 50 employees and is the world leader in the field of quantum-safe cryptography.
In October 2016, Ribordy has been appointed to the High-Level Steering Group set up by the European Commission to provide advice on its Quantum technologies strategy.
In October 2017, Ribordy, along with other ID Quantique co-founders Profs. Nicolas Gisin and Hugo Zbinden, received the Innovation Medal of the University of Geneva. More recently, in September 2018, he has been selected as one of the 100 Digital Shapers (people who lead digitalization of the country) in Switzerland.
Ribordy has co-authored more than 25 scientific papers and is listed as an inventor on more than 10 patents. Ribordy is also the recipient of several awards for technology entrepreneurship such as the 2001 New Entrepreneurs in Technology and Science Prize or the 2002 de Vigier Award for Young Swiss Entrerpreneurs.

Yuval Ron

Yuval Ron is a Master's student for Computer Science at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He is a speaker at both national and international conferences, such as Black Hat, BSides and OWASP Global AppSec.

As part of his thesis work, Yuval is researching vulnerabilities in virtual assistant software of multiple vendors with the goal of providing secure design guidelines and tools for early detection of such vulnerabilities. For his findings, Yuval was acknowledged several times on the MSRC's public researchers website. Yuval holds a B.Sc. in Software Engineering.

Lance Spitzner

Lance Spitzner is Director at SANS Security Awareness. He has over 20 years of security experience in cyber threat research, security architecture and awareness and training. He helped pioneer the fields of deception and cyber intelligence with his creation honeynets and founding of the Honeynet Project. In addition, Lance has published three security books, consulted in over 25 countries and helped over 350 organizations build awareness programs to manage their human risk.  Lance is a frequent presenter, serial tweeter (@lspitzner) and works on numerous community security projects.  Before information security, Mr. Spitzner served as an armor officer in the Army's Rapid Deployment Force and earned his MBA from the University of Illinois.


Amichai Shulman

Amichai Shulman is a cyber security researcher, entrepreneur and investor. Amichai carries more than 25 years of cyber security experience in military, government and commercial environments. He co-founded Imperva in 2002 and served as CTO for the company over 15 years, driving innovation and thought leadership. For the past 18 years Amichai has been involved in leading thought in the cyber security industry through research. He regularly talks in top tier conferences including RSAC, InfoSec and Black Hat and his research and commentary gets published in industry magazines such as The Register, Dark Reading and even general press such as New York Times. Amichai accompanied successfully a number of startup companies as a seed investor and advisor (including SkyFence and Lacoon) and is currently an advisor and board member for a number of cyber security startup companies. Amichai is also an Adjunct Teacher in the Technion Institute of Technology where he teaches cyber security for undergraduate college students and conducts independent research. Amichai holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Science.


Dr. Paul Vixie

Dr. Paul Vixie is an internet pioneer. Currently, he is the Chairman, CEO and Cofounder of award-winning Farsight Security, Inc. Dr. Vixie was inducted into the internet Hall of Fame in 2014 for work related to DNS and anti-spam technologies. He is the author of open source internet software including BIND 8, and of many internet standards documents concerning DNS and DNSSEC. In addition, he founded the first anti-spam company (MAPS, 1996), the first non-profit internet infrastructure company (ISC, 1994), and the first neutral and commercial internet exchange (PAIX, 1991). In 2018, he cofounded SIE Europe UG, a European data sharing collective to fight cybercrime. Dr. Vixie earned his Ph.D. from Keio University for work related to DNS and DNSSEC in 2010.