Join us at 4:30 PM on October 10 for a Special Session to kick off Florida Cyber Conference 2018! Vice Admiral (Ret.) Mike McConnell will be joined by Manny Medina, CEO of Cyxtera, for an informal and enlightening discussion on the future of cybersecurity. Presented by USF and the SunTrust Foundation Lecture Series, The Future of Cybersecurity Special Session will explore key questions faced by the industry: How is cybersecurity predicted to evolve in the coming years? With so much funding going into cybersecurity, where would those dollars be best spent? How much funding is needed and why are people directing it to certain areas? These questions and more will be explored by these two cybersecurity luminaries!

After the discussion, join us for an opening Networking Reception in the Exhibitor Hall—all included with your conference registration!

About Vice Adm. (Ret.) Mike McConnell

Mike McConnell is a retired Vice Admiral, USN, and former Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton where he served on the firm’s Leadership Team and led the firm’s intelligence and cyber security business. 

With a 50-year career focused on international and foreign intelligence, Mr. McConnell brings a depth of knowledge and experience acquired from service in both the public and private sectors. His 29-year career as a US Navy intelligence officer included significant assignments that impacted national security. During Operation Desert Storm and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Mr. McConnell served as the Intelligence Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell, and the Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney. 

From 1992 to 1996 he served as the Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA) under Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. As DIRNSA, he led the agency during a critical period as it adapted to the multi-polar threats brought about by the end of the Cold War, providing global intelligence and information security services to the White House, Cabinet officials, Congress, and a broad array of military and civil intelligence agencies.

After retiring from the US Navy in 1996, Mr. McConnell joined Booz Allen Hamilton to lead development of the firm’s Information Assurance and Intelligence business focused on policy, operations, transformation, homeland security, intelligence analytics and counter-terrorism.

Upon being asked by President George W. Bush in 2007 to become the second US Director of National Intelligence (DNI), he left Booz Allen and served as the DNI, a position of cabinet rank, and a member of the White House National Security Council for two years under Presidents Bush and Obama. During this time, he successfully advocated for a multi-billion-dollar investment to substantially improve cyber security standards for the US—securing support from two U.S. Presidents and the U.S. Congress. 

As the DNI, he managed the expansive national Intelligence Community—an organization of over 100,000 people, and an annual budget of over $50 billion—and he had extensive interactions with the White House, the President’s Cabinet, Congress, international leaders, and the US business community. 

In 2009, Mr. McConnell returned to Booz Allen as an executive vice president to lead the firm’s Intelligence business, and in 2011, he was elevated to the position of Vice Chairman of the firm—serving in that capacity until his retirement in 2014. He continues to serve as a Senior Executive Advisor for Booz Allen. 

Mr. McConnell’s interest since his service as Director of NSA in 1992-96 has been to improve the cyber security posture of businesses and government agencies around the globe to better protect them from hackers, criminals, terrorists and nation states focused on economic espionage or destruction of vital data. 

He serves on the US-based Board of Directors of Nokia for US-based business operations as well as the boards of numerous start-up companies that are developing technologies and capabilities for improved cybersecurity posture.
Mr. McConnell also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, a statewide center formed by the Florida Legislature in 2014 to help position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity with a focus on education, workforce development, research and community engagement.

In addition to having been awarded many of the nation’s highest military awards for meritorious service, Mr. McConnell has twice received the nation’s highest award for service in the US Intelligence Community—once from President Clinton and once from President George W. Bush. Mr. McConnell has also served as the Chairman and CEO of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), and he is the 2011 recipient of INSA’s William Oliver Baker Award, which is awarded annually for sustained and excellent service in intelligence and national security.

Mr. McConnell holds an M.P.A. degree from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University (Global Telecom), the National Defense Intelligence College (Strategic Intelligence), and he holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Furman University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. McConnell has been awarded several Honorary Doctorate degrees—the most recent from the University of South Florida in 2016.

About Manny Medina

Mr. Medina is the Chief Executive Officer of Cyxtera Technologies, a global leader in data center infrastructure and cybersecurity solutions. Medina is an experienced and highly successful businessman and entrepreneur in the IT infrastructure and cybersecurity industries.

Medina was the Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Terremark, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ until April of 2011, when Terremark was acquired by Verizon for an enterprise value of $2 billion. Under his leadership, Terremark distinguished itself as the leading global provider of managed IT infrastructure services for Fortune 500 enterprises and federal government agencies. 

Following the sale of Terremark, Mr. Medina founded Medina Capital in 2012, a private equity firm investing in innovative companies in the cybersecurity, data analytics, cloud infrastructure and software-as-a-service markets. He currently serves as its Managing Partner. 

Mr. Medina is also the founder and chairman of the board of eMerge Americas, the premier B2B technology event connecting the U.S., Latin America and Europe. He has been recognized with accolades from many business and community organizations for his leadership and community service.

Medina is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from technology trends and global business to entrepreneurship and has served as either a keynote speaker or panelist at large investor conferences and IT industry tradeshows. His leadership in the IT industry and insightful analysis of market trends have resulted in appearances on NBC News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business as well as interviews with global media outlets. Medina received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University and began his career as a certified public accountant at Price Waterhouse.