New Keynote Speakers Announced!

Jamil Farshchi
Jamil Farshchi
Jamil Farshchi is the Chief Information Security Officer of Equifax. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the security of the company’s digital assets, and has been tasked with transforming Equifax into an industry leader in data security. Reporting directly to CEO Mark Begor, Farshchi’s role is uncommonly progressive for not only its position in the organization but also its scope, combining cybersecurity, physical security, privacy, and fraud prevention.

Before joining Equifax in February 2018, Farshchi had spent his career building industry-leading cybersecurity programs to protect some of the world’s most sensitive assets, particularly in times of urgent need. Most recently, as CISO of The Home Depot, he successfully led a rebuilding effort to mature their security program into an industry leader following what was one of the largest cybersecurity breaches in history.

Prior to his role at The Home Depot, Farshchi held first-ever CISO roles at Time Warner, where he was responsible for defending the infrastructure and content of entities such as Warner Bros., CNN, and HBO; and at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he secured some of the United States’ most sensitive national security and nuclear weapons information. He served as the VP of Global Information Security at Visa, where he was responsible for protecting over $7 trillion of payment card transactions annually, and transformed Visa’s security program into one of the most mature within the financial services industry.

Farshchi earned an MS from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a PLD from Harvard Business School, and a BBA from The University of Oklahoma.

Jimmy Sanders
Jimmy Sanders
Information Security
Netflix DVD
Jimmy Sanders manages the information security for Netflix DVD. He is also the president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of ISSA. In addition, he is a Cyber Security Committee advisor for St. Mary’s University, Merritt College, Ohlone College, 42 Silicon Valley, as well as on advisory board for other colleges and non-profit movements. Prior to Netflix, Jimmy was the Security Architect for Samsung Research of America as well as heading the security for various other companies. Jimmy has been involved in computer technology for over 20 years with 13 years focused on security. Jimmy maintains the certifications of CISSP, CRISC, and CISM. Furthermore, he holds degrees in Psychology and Behavioral Science from San Jose State University.

Helen Wetherley Knight
Helen Wetherley Knight
Calgary Drop In & Rehab Centre Society
Helen Wetherley Knight’s passion for IT ignited when she learned to program at the age of 9 – and still burns bright. Now with over 20 year’s work experience as visionary and strategist, Helen continues to bring significant and meaningful business transformation through the secure application of technology. Extensive work experience and an unending thirst for knowledge are the backbone of her ability to influence, design, solve problems and implement effective strategic change.

As Director of IT for the largest housing-focused emergency shelter in North America, Helen is transforming the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community and the people who support and serve them. Her strategic, multi-year, multi-phased, digital transformation affects all aspects of the shelter from back office Client Relationship Management to optimized and secure front-line self-service delivery for clients. This transformation revolutionizes the vital services delivered at the shelter, improving speed of delivery and increasing individuals’ capacity for independence. However, optimization at one shelter doesn’t address the interrelated delivery of social services so Helen is also focusing her passion for significant and meaningful change on interrelated and secure social services with an innovative federated identity solution. This will identify end-to-end usage across services and inform the advocacy required to end chronic homelessness.
Disrupting the Disrupted: Emergency Services Digital Transformation