Steven I. Cooper is a founding partner of Strativest (www.strativest.com ), a firm focused on identifying emerging technologies applicable to homeland security and emergency response and preparedness, assisting in the development of go-to-market actions, and in providing management advisory services for business strategy and business development, competitive intelligence,Â and the strategic use of information and communications technology for competitive advantage.
In November 2007,Â Mr. Cooper joined Fortified Holdings Corporation (www.fortifiedholdings.com) as President. From May 2005 to July 2007, he was senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of the American Red Cross, where he was responsible for the information technology (IT) assets and leveraging them to support the humanitarian organization's 35,000 employees and the 300 million Americans they serve.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, Mr. Cooper was active in the federal government. In February 2003, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as the first CIO of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). His accomplishments include the implementation of a Homeland Secure Data Network to enable the exchange of classified homeland security information among federal civilian agencies and with the Department of Defense; and, in partnership, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the deployment of a Homeland Security Information Network to share sensitive information with state and local agencies; first responders, and private sector entities who own critical infrastructure; and in standing up the "day one" IT operations of DHS. Earlier, in March 2002, Mr. Cooper was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and also served as senior director for information integration in the White House Office of Homeland Security. In this role, he initiated the integration of the terrorist watch lists, and launched the development of the National Enterprise Architecture for Homeland Security to address information integration within the federal government and the sharing of homeland security information with state, local, and relevant private-sector entities.
Currently as Chairman of T.A.I., Lt. General Teddy Allen has assisted clients in navigating challenging international pitfalls and identified lucrative business opportunities worldwide. General Allen's forte is strong negotiating skills, coupled with foreign business practices and protocol experience. General Allen was Chairman of the Board of Miltope Corporation, one of the leading suppliers of ruggedized computers and peripherals for military programs. He was CEO of Millidyne, a holding company that was part of a privately held consortium of more than 300 companies. He was a troubleshooter for the consortium's joint ventures in several countries.
Teddy Allen has more than 35 years of leadership experience retiring from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant General and Director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency. He developed and managed requirements and resources for more than 60 countries that receive appropriated loan and grant funds. He programmed, budgeted, and executed $3-4 billion annual Foreign Military Financing program, $42 million annual International Military Education and Training programs for 121 countries, and $300 million annual operating budget. He controlled manpower, funding, and policy for the worldwide security assistance organizations in 70 countries. He managed cases valued at $197 billion and visited more than 80 countries.
Jon McDowall is the Chief Executive Officer of Fraud Resource Group and has been conducting fraud investigations for over twenty years. In that time, he has successfully concluded thousands of identity-related, economic, insurance and business fraud investigations. Jon is a court-recognized expert regarding identity frauds and is the author of "The Identity Theft Handbook." He is a member of the Chicago Electronic and Financial Crimes Task Force, the Chairman of the ASIS International Economic Crime Council, a charter member of the Anti-Phishing Working Group and a founding member of the Center for Information Security Awareness.
Jon is a graduate of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Academy, the NICB Advanced Academy and the John E. Reed School of Interviewing and Interrogation. He studied sociology and philosophy at the American College of Greece in Athens, Greece and Chapman University in Orange, California and has a B.S. in Sociology from North Lexington University. His is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Professional Certified Investigator, Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator, Certified Professional Investigator and Certified International Investigator. Jon has been providing risk mitigation training for businesses and public entities for over ten years and is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Anti-Fraud Education Award from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Howard Medow is Vice President of Financial Services with Modis. Howard has been in the IT staffing industry for nearly 25 years. He began his career in sales and achieved much success providing resources across industries ranging from telecommunications, to insurance, to banking, brokerage and finance. He joined Zeitech, Inc. as a partner in 1990. Over the next 6 years, Howard was instrumental in helping transition the small startup firm from a $1 million a year in revenues, to $70 million annually. Anticipating a profound shift in the buying habits and attitude of major clients, Howard established the Corporate Alliance Group. The CAG is a forum where senior procurement and HR executives, representing companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Verizon, Prudential, Merrill Lynch and American Express discuss trends, best practices, and common issues.
Zeitech was acquired by Modis, Inc., in 1996. Since that time, Howard has used his expertise and relationships to help establish Modis as a leader in the information technology staffing & services industry. As a member of the senior management committee of Modis, Howard is instrumental in the direction of this $850 million division of the MPS Group, a Fortune 1000 corporation. In addition, he is actively involved with some of Modis' most prestigious clients, including JPMorganChase, Bank of America, Verizon and Constellation Energy. He is currently a member of the Board of the Pace University School of Computer Science and Information Technology, and also serves on the board of Strikeforce Technologies, a startup technology company specializing in data security, identity authentication, and anti-keylogging. He earned a Bachelors degree from Lehman College, C.U.N.Y.
Sondra Schneider is CEO and Founder of Security University, an Information Security Training, Certification and Education Company. Security University developed the Q/ISP (Qualified/ Information Security Professional) and Q/IAP (Qualified/ Information Assurance Professional) classes and certifications programs. The SU "Qualified" programs are the first of their kind to measure candidates' tactical hands-on security skills with "practicals & licenses that prove your qualified for your job.
Security University is honored to be a member of the new Microsoft SDL Pro Network. The Microsoft SDL Pro Network is a group of security consultants and trainers from around the world that specialize in application security and have substantial experience and expertise with the methodology and technologies of the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL).
Prior to founding Security University, Ms. Schneider was a co-founder of IFSEC, an Information Security Consulting firm in New York City, where she was responsible for Business Strategy and New Business Development. As Partner of New Business Development, she was responsible for the introduction and implementation of Intrusion Detection and Public Key Infrastructure solutions for customer networks like AT&T and multiple managed services, as well as implementing Information Security Training programs for IDS and PKI. IFSec was purchased by Price Waterhouse Security Practice in 2000. Capitalizing on her earlier product experience as NorthEast Director of Business Development for the WheelGroup (acquired by CISCO), Ms. Schneider brought real-time intrusion detection systems and tools to telecommunication, healthcare, financial institutions and Fortune 500 customers. In 1992, Ms. Schneider became the first Internet Specialist at AT&T (Senior Data Network Engineer).