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2022 Speaker Committee

Kirsten Renner

Possibly best known in the hacker community as the co-organizer of Car Hacking Village and serial volunteer across our community, Kirsten has been recruiting, primarily in infosec since 2010. After a brief spell programming and running help desks, she settled into recruiting, and specializes in the hacking community. After a 6 year journey as the Director of Recruiting at Novetta, recently acquired by Accenture Federal Services (AFS), Kirsten now runs recruiting for the AFS National Security Portfolio. She can be found volunteering at events across the community throughout the year.

Scott D. Applegate

Scott Applegate is the Global Director for Incident Response for Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, where he manages cybersecurity operations and cyber threat intelligence for 200 offices in more than 80 countries.

A retired military officer with more than 28 years of experience in leadership, management, communications, and security, Mr. Applegate has served in a variety of positions in peacetime and war including two combat tours in Iraq. Among his assignments, Mr. Applegate served as the Joint Staff, J5, Cyber Policy Division, Deputy Division Chief and Program Manager for the Joint Staff’s Cyberspace Security Cooperation and International Engagement portfolio; as the Current Operations Director for Defensive Cyberspace Operations for the U.S. Army, managing the defense and incident response of 2.2 million computers across multiple networks; and as the Director of the U.S. Army Red Team conducting multidisciplinary, information warfare-based vulnerability assessments of major military commands on three continents.

Mr. Applegate has a Bachelors Degree and two Masters Degrees. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and has been teaching graduate-level courses in cybersecurity since 2012. He is a published author and speaker. He currently holds the GCIH, GCTI, CEH, CISSP-ISSMP and CISSP Certifications.