CalCISO Advisory Board

The CalCISO Advisory Board is its principle sounding board for the vision and direction of the initiative, including its platform, priorities and activities. The Advisory Board represents executives from a range of industries, all of whom bring years of experience in cybersecurity.

Colin Ayer
Chris Finan
Larry Rohrbough
Jamey Sample
Charlie Benway
Michael Kaiser
Randi Parker
Dave Wennergren

Not pictured:

Thomas Borton, San Francisco International Airport

Quentin Hodgson, MITRE Corporation


Dr. Ayer serves as SwitchRay’s CTO and VP of Engineering & Product Management and is responsible for driving product development innovation and efficiency in pursuit of the company’s overall vision and strategy. Colin oversees the strategic development, R&D, test and deployment of our Class 4 and Class 5 VoIP Softswitch and related products. With his successful track record of product delivery, Colin brings more than 25 years of development and leadership experience in systems and software engineering and product development in the related fields of speech recognition, cordless telephony, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, VoIP and LBS/Navigation. Colin is a Chartered Engineer (MIET) and received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Speech Recognition from Imperial College, London and his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from The University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

DAVIN BAKER, Chertoff Group

Davin Baker joined The Chertoff Group after holding several business and technology leadership roles at top global cybersecurity companies including Blue Coat Systems, Solera Networks, and SafeNet. Mr. Baker applies his unique combination of technical and business acumen to assist clients in identifying unsolved market problems and to deliver innovative solutions into the global Enterprise and Public Sector markets.

Residing in San Francisco, but having lived and worked for nearly a decade in the Washington, DC region, Mr. Baker uses his experience collaborating across Federal Government agencies and Silicon Valley to bridge the capabilities gap. He has delivered numerous advanced cybersecurity solutions to the Commercial Markets as well as U.S. Federal Agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and their mission partners around the world. Mr. Baker has significant international experience having presented on cybersecurity topics and conduced business in more than 30 countries spanning five continents. 

In addition to organic product initiatives, Mr. Baker applies his experience in corporate development, strategic partnerships, and M&A to advise clients on effective growth strategies, sustainable differentiation, and long-term value creation. 

Mr. Baker received a Bachelor of Science in Network and Systems Security with Highest Honors from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). During his time at the University, Mr. Baker conducted independent research into network security, cybercrime, and cyber law. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Pragmatic Marketing Certified (PMC) in Product Management.

CHARLIE BENWAY, Advanced Cyber Security Center

As Executive Director of the ACSC, Charlie Benway brings proven leadership, an entrepreneurial background in the defense sector, and experience organizing collaborative public policy initiatives in Massachusetts connecting the state, defense assets in the region, and the federal government. He also serves as an advisor to the Massachusetts Military and Security Strategy Task Force to support, enhance, and grow the missions of the six MA military installations.

Benway served as the Executive Vice President for the Defense Technology Initiative (DTI) funded by membership and by the state through Mass Development and housed at the MA High Technology Council. With a particular focus on linking Hanscom Air Force Base and its cyber security role to the regional defense sector, he engaged private and public defense sector senior leaders from government, industry, and academia to develop and implement a result-oriented agenda to support military installations and the defense sector.

Previously, Mr. Benway spent 25 years in the management of several defense firms. His entrepreneurial and executive experience includes positions as major partner and chief operating officer for a defense services firm, where he planned and implemented tremendous expansion over ten years culminating in a successful acquisition transaction.
Mr. Benway received his BA in Political Science, Economics from the University of New Hampshire and his MBA from Babson College.


Michael Borohovski, or “Borski,” is the CTO and Co-Founder of Tinfoil Security, a startup in Silicon Valley that provides cybersecurity for developers and DevOps. Tinfoil empowers developers to find and fix security vulnerabilities as a part of the development process, rather than as an afterthought. 

Borski pursued an interest in computer security at a very early age, writing his first exploit when he was 13 years old, and has been involved in the industry ever since. At Tinfoil, Borski is responsible mainly for ensuring the product remains the best-in-class web application and API security solution on the market, and also has a heavy hand in recruiting, PR, and enterprise sales.

Previously, Michael worked in the DC area doing “offensive software security for the intelligence community,” responsible for vulnerability discovery and exploit development. Borski has also worked in at companies such as Apple, Mandiant, Morgan Stanley, and KBC Financial Products.

CHRIS FINAN, Manifold Technology

Chris Finan is CEO and Co-Founder of Manifold Technology, a Silicon Valley-based startup that provides a private blockchain platform for compliant asset liquidity. Chris previously led business development for Impermium, a cybersecurity startup that was acquired by Google. Prior to that, Chris was the Product Director for Plan X, a Department of Defense cyber warfare research and development program at DARPA.

Chris previously served in the Obama Administration as the Director for Cybersecurity Legislation and Policy on the National
Security Council staff in the White House. Chris began his career in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and intelligence officer, including a tour in Iraq where he worked as an intelligence officer and counterterrorism liaison to the
Iraqi government. 

At Manifold, Chris has focused on building a world-class team, and bringing the Manifold Liquidity Platform to market to give enterprises a more efficient means of conducting transactions and providing next-generation financial services to their customers.

BATYA FORSYTH, Hanson Bridgett

Batya's banking and business litigation practice includes bank customer disputes related to secured and unsecured loan products, deposit accounts and collections and business disputes on behalf of owners, licensors, and service providers related to breach of contract, fiduciary duty and fraud. Her business-owner matters have also included minority shareholder dissolution actions, dissenter's rights actions, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud from the initial stages of litigation through fair value appraisals and buy-outs in real estate, manufacturing and transportation. Batya's real estate litigation experience includes commercial leases, eminent domain proceedings and purchase and sale transactions.

MICHAEL KAISER, National Cyber Security Alliance

Michael Kaiser joined the National Cyber Security Alliance in 2008. As NCSA’s chief executive, Mr. Kaiser engages diverse constituencies—business, government, other non-profit organizations—in NCSA’s broad public education and outreach efforts to promote a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet. Mr. Kaiser leads NCSA in several major awareness initiatives, including National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28) and STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the global online safety awareness and education campaign. NCSA builds efforts through public-private partnerships that address cybersecurity and privacy issues for a wide array of target audiences, including individuals, families and the education and business communities.

KEVIN KIRST, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Kevin is a Director within PwC’s San Francisco Forensic Technology practice Kevin specializes in Cyber Security and Breach Response with focus in incident response, computer forensics, and eDiscovery. Kevin has expansive experience in cyber security, cyber operations, threat intelligence, and forensic investigations. 

Kevin’s previous experience includes Forensic Technology leader for PwC Switzerland where he was responsible for building the Cyber Security Services practice.  Kevin’s responsibilities also included building capabilities and serving clients across Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA).  Kevin previous work experience includes Booze Allen Hamilton, KPMG and the United States Military.

Kevin served as a Signal Officer in the US Army in the Pacific where he witnessed the transformation from traditional communication operations to cyber operations.  While in service Kevin had the opportunity to work with joint service commands and intelligence community namely the United States Pacific Command (PACOM), and the United States Cyber Command (CYBERCOM).  

PAUL KURTZ, TruSTAR Technology

Paul Kurtz is the CEO and Co-Founder of TruSTAR Technology. Prior to TruSTAR, Paul was the CISO and chief strategy officer for CyberPoint International LLC where he built the US government and international business verticals. Prior to CyberPoint, Paul was the managing partner of Good Harbor Consulting.

Paul was also the founder and executive director of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance and worked closely to bridge the gap between commercial companies and the US government to share information and raise cybersecurity awareness.

Prior to his work in the non-profit and commercial sector, Paul held senior positions with the U.S. Government including special assistant to the President and senior director for critical infrastructure protection on the White House's Homeland Security Council (HSC). He joined the HSC from the National Security Council (NSC) where he was both senior director for national security in the Office of Cyberspace Security and a member of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

THOMAS PARENTY, Cyber Security Consulting

Thomas is Managing Director of Cyber Security Consulting in the United States and Parenty Consulting Limited in Hong Kong. He has over thirty years of experience in the computer security and cryptography fields, including employment at  NSA.  He has designed and evaluated the information security protections of numerous national and global systems, including those for banking, electronic commerce, payment card processing, healthcare, manufacturing, shipping, electric power generation and nuclear command and control. 

He has testified five times before the United States Congress on global competitiveness, national security, law enforcement, and encryption export controls.  He advised the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection and assessed the quality of the information security work at NIST on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences.

Thomas has been featured over 100 times in international television, web and print media ranging from CNN’s Global Office to The Economist and Wall Street Journal Asia and has lectured and spoken throughout the world at over 100 industry conferences and universities, including the Universities of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles, the National Cryptologic School (NSA), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Harvard Business School published his book, Digital Defense: What You Should Know About Protecting Your Company’s Assets. He has lived in Hong Kong and Shenzhen for a decade and has worked in over 25 countries across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Mr. Parenty holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross, both in the United States.


Randi Parker focuses on cybersecurity as well as workforce development issues including IT and cybersecurity job training and certification,immigration reform and STEM education priorities. She advocates on behalf of the IT industry to members of Congress, the Executive Branch and government agencies. Ms. Parker serves on the Executive Committee for the IT-Sector Coordinating Council and is the Vice-Chair of the Cybersecurity Credentials Collaborative. 

Prior to joining CompTIA, Parker served as director of counsel of federal government relations for TechAmerica, before it was acquired by CompTIA. In this role, Parker was responsible for issues related to cybersecurity, immigration, smart grid, and STEM education. She managed various association committees while actively lobbying on Capitol Hill.

Parker began her career in Washington as legislative counsel to Congressman John Shadegg (R-AZ). She was the Congressman’s lead staffer on the Energy & Commerce Committee’s Communications, Technology and Internet Subcommittee, as well as the office attorney. In addition, she was responsible for judiciary, immigration, national security, and foreign relations issues. Parker graduated cum laude from American University and holds a law degree from New York Law School.

JAMES REED, Squire Patton Boggs

James Reed, patent counsel in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group, focuses on patents in the areas of medical devices, renewable energy (wind and solar), data analytics, automotive systems, sensors, learning systems, encryption and cybersecurity. His practice emphasizes patent portfolio management and patenting strategy, due diligence and freedom-to-use, patent litigation and patent licensing.

With a background in industry, degrees in aerospace engineering and applied mathematics and more than 15 years as a practicing patent attorney, James has built a solid reputation for his knowledge of the patent law, ability to identify core technologies and obtain patent protection for those core technologies.

Before entering the legal field, James worked for nearly 10 years as an aerospace engineering consultant to NASA, advising on earth and remote-sensing satellite system performance during launch and on-orbit data acquisition. 


Larry Rohrbough is the Executive Director of TRUST. Prior to joining TRUST, Mr. Rohrbough was ESCHER Research Institute's Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Rohrbough has over 20 years of experience in software engineering, technology consulting, program management, and business development for commercial, military, and government customers. Mr. Rohrbough has particular expertise in the Telecommunications and Department of Defense industries, Science and Technology research and development initiatives, and large-scale Operations Support System (OSS) development, deployment, and support.

Prior to joining ESCHER, Mr. Rohrbough held technical and management positions with CACI International, Accenture, and Delex Systems. At CACI International, Mr. Rohrbough provided technical program management support to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In this role, Mr. Rohrbough managed the day-to-day activities of multiple research and development programs valued at more than $100M. Mr. Rohrbough provided domain expertise and technical analysis in the areas of wireless sensor networks, embedded systems, and complex, software-intensive systems. Mr. Rohrbough helped DARPA launch new research and development programs and supported the successful transition of DARPA-funded technology to the Department of Defense and commercial companies.

Prior to that, Mr. Rohrbough was a manager with Accenture leading major engagements for communications and high-tech clients. At Accenture, Mr. Rohrbough led development and release management teams through full life-cycle implementation of large-scale billing, customer care, and order management systems, developed and implemented release management and software configuration management procedures and tools, and performed day-to-day management and client facing activities for multiple engagements. Prior to that, Mr. Rohrbough was a software engineer with Delex Systems. At Delex, Mr. Rohrbough developed sophisticated, computer-based weapons training systems for the U.S. military and foreign governments, researched, designed, and developed modeling algorithms to support multiple DoD weapon systems, implemented weapon training systems at customer sites, and conducted system administrator and end user training sessions.

Mr. Rohrbough holds a B.S. in Systems Analysis from Miami University and an M.S. in Software Systems Engineering from George Mason University. He is a member of ACM and IEEE.

JAMEY SAMPLE, Ernst & Young

Jamey is a leader in Ernst & Young's Risk Advisory Services with over 20 years of experience in establishing and operating enterprise security risk management programs. He specializes in integrating security into strategic business planning, business operations and processes, and enterprise risk management. Jamey serves as a member of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Cyber Policy Task Force that is updating the bipartisan report, Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency, for the 45th Presidency. This report serves as the primary blueprint for Administration policy and congressional legislative reform in the cyber space. The Task Force is co-chaired by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), James A. Lewis and Sameer Bhalotra.

Most recently, Jamey served as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). He was accountable for the governance, oversight, and support of PG&E's enterprise security and critical infrastructure protection program. He was responsible for overall achievement and compliance with regulatory requirements and identifying, assessing, and prioritizing cybersecurity risk. This included establishing vision; rules, principles, policies and practices; and setting the standard of performance for PG&E. He led 70 security professionals plus support service contractors to govern PG&E’s ~$50 million annual cybersecurity portfolio.

Prior to PG&E, Jamey served as the CISO for Tennessee Valley Authority and Manager of Information Security at the California Independent System Operator.

Jamey served in the United States Navy as a Cryptologic Technician where during his last assignment was the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of U.S. Commander in Chief Pacific, Intelligence Directorate Systems Engineering and Assistant ISSO.


Harris Schwartz is a global security, risk and investigations professional, with over 25 years of private sector experience; experience in the design, development and implementation of comprehensive security, investigations and intelligence strategies in a variety of business climates and organization cultures.   Demonstrated experience as a Problem Solver in developing security and risk programs for a variety of business sectors, designing comprehensive threat mitigation solutions, managing and leading incident response for critical information security and cyber security concerns, enhancing data security and privacy across global organizations, coordination and managing and mentoring of direct reports and multiple departments. 

Harris is currently the head, global cyber security at Levi Strauss & Company.

Mr. Schwartz specializes in crisis management, incident response, business continuity, executive protection strategies and investigative solutions. Harris has direct experience with the retail, financial, entertainment, communications, Internet and pharmaceutical industries. Aside from his work duties, Mr. Schwartz actively participates in several industry working groups, including Electronic Crimes Task Force (Secret Service) and High Tech Crime Investigators Association.

DAVE WENNERGREN, Professional Services Council

David M. Wennergren is Executive Vice President, Operations &Technology at the Professional Services Council, the principal national trade association of the government technology and professional services industry. He has extensive leadership experience in information technology and change management and has served in a number of senior positions, most recently in the private sector as a Vice President at CACI International Inc., and prior to that, across the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal government, including DoD Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology/Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer and Vice Chair of the U.S. Government’s Federal CIO Council. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.