Dr. Ron Ross (KEYNOTE)
Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His focus areas include computer security, systems security engineering, trustworthy systems, and security risk management. Dr. Ross currently leads the NIST Systems Security Engineering Project which includes the development of standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and United States critical infrastructure. He also supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Ross previously served as the Task Leader for the Joint Task Force, an interagency group that includes the Department of Defense, Office of the Director National Intelligence, U.S. Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems, with responsibility for developing a Unified Information Security Framework for the federal government. He also served as the project leader for the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project and is the former Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency. During his twenty-year military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. He has lectured at Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Pepperdine University, Naval Postgraduate School, Ohio State University, Auburn University, Hood College and gave the Commencement address at George Washington University (School of Engineering).
Dr. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also holds both Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School specializing in artificial intelligence and robotics.