Speaker Bios



Matthew Barrett, program manager, NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and his team are responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with both private and public sector Cybersecurity Framework stakeholders.  Barrett works through those relationships to provide perspective and guidance, as well as gather input on use of the Framework and to inform broader NIST cybersecurity activities. He is also known for his program management of the security content automation protocol (SCAP) program and NIST’s support of OMB's Federal Desktop Core Configuration initiative (predecessor to the U.S. Government Consensus Baseline initiative).  Previous to NIST and over the past decade, Barrett has served in various IT security executive roles.

Photo Carri Bennet’s experience spans all aspects of communications law and policy.  In 1995 she became a founding member of Bennet & Bennet. Bennet has provided expert testimony to the FCC and Congress on rural wireless issues and speaks regularly at industry trade shows and legal seminars. She represents her clients before the FCC, state regulatory agencies, the courts and Congress. For more than 25 years, she has advised clients and industry groups on creating strategic alliances and new business opportunities in the fast-paced world of telecommunications technologies. Bennet is a registered lobbyist. She serves as general counsel to the Rural Wireless Association and serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Rural Service. Her clients include wireless providers, content providers, mobile virtual network operators, equipment manufacturers and investment companies. Bennet was also named to the 2013 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers list.
Photo Timothy Blute serves as program director for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ Homeland Security & Public Safety Division. Blute focuses on cybersecurity, public safety communications and information sharing. Prior to joining NGA, Blute served as intelligence analyst in the Counterterrorism Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, detailee to the Office of the General Counsel at the National Security Law Branch and intern for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Blute holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in International affairs from the George Washington University.
photo Larry Clinton is president and chief executive officer of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA). In 2015 the National Association of Corporate Directors named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the field of corporate governance. He serves on the executive committee of the IT Sector Coordinating Council and the Cybersecurity Advisory Board for the Center for Audit Quality. In 2016, SC Magazine awarded ISA with its Editor’s Choice Award for excellence in cyber security. Clinton is widely published and has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, PBS Morning Edition, CNN and MTV.
photo Gary G Daemer, a seasoned security consultant with more than 30 years of experience, founded InfusionPoints nine years ago to assist his clients to improve their security posture. He has also led multiple security teams in several government consulting organizations, where he supported the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense customers. He worked in industry as a program manager, security architect, and enterprise security integration engineer, where he honed his security leadership, management, and operations skills.  He led many security efforts for state and federal agencies, small to midsize business, telecommunications, health care, aerospace, manufacturing, retail, banking, and insurance industries. His teams have built, defended and tested, multiple enterprise business environments over the years. 
photo Robert Dowling is the product manager for Cyber RiskScope, a portfolio of cyber risk management solutions. As product manager, Dowling is responsible for product development, sales and marketing. His background includes systems and software engineering development for NASA and Department of Defense, as well as managing federal government sales and marketing activities for companies such as Northrop Grumman, SAIC and Dynetics. Dowling has a computer engineering degree from Auburn University.
photo Dave Duncan has been the chief executive officer of the Iowa Communications Alliance since its formation in November 2013. The Alliance represents about 125 locally owned and operated communications providers and it is the voice of Iowa’s rural communications industry. Prior to the formation of the Alliance, Duncan served as president of the Iowa Telecommunications Association for 11 years.  

Matthew J. Eggers is executive director for cybersecurity policy in the National Security and Emergency Preparedness Department at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Eggers also leads the Chamber’s Cybersecurity Working Group, which focuses on developing and advocating the Chamber’s cyber policies before Congress, the administration, and the business community. He handles homeland and national security issues, such as cybersecurity, chemical security, and pandemics, on behalf of the Chamber’s approximately 200 National Security Task Force members.


photo Peter J. Elliott is the president, chief executive officer and director of Telcom Insurance Group, which is a captive insurance company owned and directed by NTCA and its members. Elliott has more than twenty-five years of experience working in the insurance industry. He has first-hand knowledge of mutual, stock, and captive insurance company operations from working at each type of company. He has taken his knowledge of insurance and associations and has become a recognized specialist in helping not only NTCA but also other associations create one of a kind insurance member benefit programs.

Jefferson H. England is the chief financial officer at Silver Star Communications. England has been actively involved in cybersecurity initiatives within the telecommunications industry, including testimony before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and a number of speaking engagements at the FCC, NIST, and various industry association meetings.  In addition to his role as chief financial officer at Silver Star Communications, he serves as the vice president of the Wyoming Telecommunications Association and as a member of the National Security and Public Safety Committee at USTelecom. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Master of Business Administration from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, and master’s in finance at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. 



Christian Fjeld serves as senior counsel on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL).  He previously worked for former Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Rockefeller (D-WV), then House Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush (D-IL), and former Congressman Bill Luther (D-MN).  Christian holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a law degree from George Washington School of Law.

photo Brian Ford has served as NTCA’s regulatory counsel since March 2013.  He advocates on behalf of NTCA’s RLEC members at the FCC, with a primary focus on a variety of issues such as Universal Service, intercarrier compensation, the ongoing IP-transition, E-rate, net neutrality, and other rulemaking proceedings.  He previously held the same position for eight years at OPASTCO, a trade association also representing RLECs. Brian has a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.   
photo In Hala V. Furst's role as the cybersecurity and technology business liaison for the Department of Homeland Security’s Private Sector Office, she is a principal strategic-level liaison between department headquarters, the policy community in D.C. and technology communities across the country; serves as a conduit between the private sector and department leadership; and manages a range of issues within the department’s cybersecurity and technology interests.  She holds a Juris Doctorate from Roger Williams University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota. 
photo Dallas Harris is a policy fellow at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on lifeline modernization technology transition and privacy issues. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Harris was a law clerk for the firm Utrecht, Kleinfeld, Fiori, Partners. Throughout her time in Washington, D.C., she has interned with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, D.C. City Council Member Mary Cheh, and was a summer law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. In her last year of law school, she spent a semester as a policy extern at Facebook. She received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. 
photo Larry Hedin is a 28-year veteran of the IT industry, consulting with small to mid-sized business on their evolving IT needs. He currently serves as vice president of sales for OXEN Technology, a regional IT solutions provider in the Midwest. He has provided industry leadership by serving on the HP reseller advisory council and Ingram micro advisory council, and is currently serving as a leader for Ingram Micro’s sales management peer groups.  
photo Throughout his career, Dee Herman has counseled clients on wireless regulatory, contractual and transactional issues, as well as issues involving emerging technologies. He works on complex wireless matters spanning all licensed and unlicensed bands, including cellular, PCS, AWS, 700 MHz, BRS, EBS and the U-NII bands, and actively lobbies the FCC and Congress on wireless and wireline policy matters. In counseling wireless and broadband companies, including ISPs, local exchange carriers, high-tech start-ups, and facilities-based wireless carriers and re-sellers, he also focuses on law enforcement requests, homeland security matters, tower siting, spectrum acquisition, secondary market transactions and roaming matters.
Photo Lisa Hone is the associate bureau chief responsible for broadband privacy and E-rate issues in the Wireline Competition Bureau at the FCC. Hone also worked on the Commission's Lifeline and Rural Healthcare programs and led the FCC’s Truth in Caller ID rulemaking team.  Hone has also served as a legal advisor on wireline issues for former Commissioner Michael J. Copps, and as a special counsel in the competition policy division of the Wireline Competition Bureau.  Prior to joining the staff of the FCC in 2010, Hone worked at the Federal Trade Commission where she conducted and supervised federal court litigation and rulemaking proceedings involving a wide array of consumer protection issues, including Internet scams, pyramid schemes, and telemarketing fraud and provided legal and policy guidance on technology policy issues, with a particular focus on consumer protection issues in the mobile marketplace.  While at the FTC, she was also detailed to work for Senator Rockefeller on the oversight and investigations team of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology. 

Carrie Johnson is the manager of government and external relations for SDN Communications, based in Sioux Falls, S.D. Prior to joining SDN, she served as Senator Tim Johnson's lead policy adviser on telecommunications, education, budget, tax, and labor public policy. She received her M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and B.A. from American University.