Protect SummIT Keynote Speakers
Ben Hammersley
Futurist, Author, Digital Thought Leader
Ben Hammersley is one of the most thought-provoking futurists of our time and has been addressing audience around the globe for over 10 years. He brings a practical, proactive approach to future technologies inspiring audiences to be present now to be prepared for the future.

As an international reporter, author and adventure seeker, Ben explores the effects of the internet and the digital network on the world’s business, political and social atmospheres. His latest book, which was published internationally, “64 Things You Need to Know Now For Then” gives us the essential guide to the things we need to know for life in the 21st century. Ben is the writer, host, and narrator of Netflix and BBC television series “Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley” that was shot in over six countries across the globe. As the first specialist correspondent on the internet for The Times [of London] and the Guardian, he became the inventor of the popular term, ‘podcast’.

With his current position as the Editor-at-Large of UK’s WIRED magazine, Ben has been called upon to advise three governments and countless organizations in the area of technology and media including a seat on the European Commission High-Level Group on Media Freedom of the European Union. His personal experiences from the fields of aviation, emergency medicine, genomic science, disaster response, and war reporting, has enabled Ben Hammersley to deliver insightful, practice-changing messages to corporate and governmental clients on five continents for over two decades.
John Strand
Owner & Security Analyst
Black Hills Information Security
John has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing.  He is a coveted speaker and much loved SANS teacher. John is a contributor to the industry shaping Penetration Testing Execution Standard and 20 Critical Controls frameworks.
Bob Bragdon
SVP and Publisher
As SVP/Publisher of CSO—the leading information resource for security, risk and privacy executives—Bob Bragdon leads all operations for the full CSO product line, including, the CSO portfolio of national and regional events and the Security Smart Newsletter. A respected name in the both the media and security industries, Bragdon is invited to work closely with risk management and security leaders, as well as security solutions providers —in both the public and private sectors—to identify, interpret and address the challenges of today’s complex security and risk management environments. A popular public speaker and industry analyst, Bragdon participates in myriad industry events via face to face and webcast appearances. Bragdon has been often quoted by major media organizations including CNN.

Brett Schmidt
VP, West Region
Brett Schmidt is vice president of the West region for CDW. Schmidt is responsible for the performance goals, strategic direction, business initiatives and talent development of the West region team for the company’s medium and large market segments.

Schmidt joined CDW in 1992 as an account manager and prior to assuming his current role in 2006, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in the corporate and public sector sales organizations. Schmidt has made significant contributions in the development of segmentation models for various business units, along with successfully developing highly effective sales teams. Most recently, he was responsible for the sales and marketing activities within the nonprofit segment, overseeing a team exclusively focused on associations, foundations, faith-based organizations and social service groups.

Schmidt earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business management from Northern Illinois University.