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Reed Smith is a dynamic international law firm dedicated to helping clients move their businesses forward. With 3,000 people across 30 offices, including more than 1,700 lawyers, our long-standing relationships and collaborative structure make us the go-to partner for the speedy resolution of complex disputes, transactions, and regulatory matters.

Reed Smith is a dynamic international law firm dedicated to helping clients move their businesses forward. With 3,000 people across 30 offices, including more than 1,700 lawyers, our long-standing relationships and collaborative structure make us the go-to partner for the speedy resolution of complex disputes, transactions, and regulatory matters.

Wendi Whitmore

Senior Vice President, Unit 42

Palo Alto Networks

Wendi Whitmore serves as senior vice president for Unit 42 at Palo Alto
Networks. She is a globally recognized cybersecurity leader, with two decades of experience building incident response and threat intelligence teams that have helped clients solve some of the world’s largest and most complex breaches.

Wendi leads the new and expanded Unit 42, which includes former Crypsis security consultants and members of the original Palo Alto Networks threat researcher group (the original Unit 42). The combined team helps organizations tackle the most complex cyberthreats — from ransomware to state-sponsored espionage.

She joined Palo Alto Networks from IBM, where she led the global X-Force incident response, threat intelligence, incident command, and cyber range teams. She previously held executive level positions in the professional services organizations of CrowdStrike and Mandiant.

She began her career as a Special Agent conducting computer crime investigations with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Wendi regularly meets with executive leadership teams and boards to advise them on strengthening their security programs to address their most-pressing threats. She is a frequent speaker at high-profile technical conferences and has taught graduate-level computer science and cyber security courses at Carnegie Mellon University and The George Washington University.

BRIAN RUTTENBUR

MANAGING DIRECTOR, EQUITY AND INDUSTRY RESEARCH GROUP

Imperial Capital, LLC

Brian Ruttenbur is Managing Director in Equity Research covering the Security Industry.  Mr. Ruttenbur is HQ out of NYC for Imperial Capital and has over 25 years of experience in equity research. He was most recently spent over two years as a senior investment banker in the security sector closing several transaction including a corporate divesture and an endpoint cybersecurity sale.  As a research analyst, Mr. Ruttenbur is 2x ranked as a top analyst by the Wall Street Journal and 5x by Thomas Reuters for stock picking and earnings accuracy.   Prior to Imperial Capital Mr. Ruttenbur’s experience includes Drexel Hamilton (research and banking), BB&T Capital Market, CRT Sterne Agee Capital Group, Morgan Keegan and SunTrust. Mr. Ruttenbur earned a BA from University of Tennessee and MAS from University of Montana and served as a commissioned officer in the USAF guarding and securing nuclear weapons.

John Robuck

Head of Security and Fund Finance, Managing Director

CAPITAL ONE BANK COMMERCIAL & SPECIALTY FINANCE

Mr. Robuck is Managing Director and Head of the Security Finance lending practice within Capital One Bank’s Commercial and Specialty Finance business.  In this role, Mr. Robuck leads a team in the underwriting and structuring of senior asset-based and cash-flow financings for middle-market businesses.  Specific sectors of focus include alarm monitoring, public safety, government contracting, defense/homeland security, and systems integration businesses.

Mr. Robuck has more than 15 years of senior debt investment experience and more than 13 years of specific security industry experience.

John E. Mack III

Co-Head Investment Banking Group, Head of Security Group

Imperial Capital, LLC

Mr. Mack is the Co-Head Investment Banking Group and Head of Security Group. Prior to joining Imperial Capital, Mr. Mack founded USBX Advisory Services, LLC, where he was the Chief Executive of this preeminent boutique investment banking firm focused on the Security Industry. Before founding USBX, Mr. Mack served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Protection One, Inc., the second largest security alarm monitoring business in North America and a party to approximately 200 M&A/Finance transactions. Mr. Mack earned a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.