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Jim Stickley

Cybersecurity Expert

Jim Stickley has stolen credit cards, hacked Social Security numbers, robbed banks, and created fake ATMs. He has broken into armed government facilities and has stolen from teenagers. He is an identity thief, but he is no criminal. Fortunately for all victims involved, Stickley is a cybersecurity expert with over 20 years in the industry who was hired to perform these attacks by corporations testing their security, news agencies investigating security concerns, and other media outlets interested in knowing just how easy it is to commit identity theft. His job is to find security flaws before the real criminals and warn people and organizations about what they can do to protect themselves.

Stickley is a published author and has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers including Time Magazine, Business Week, Fortune Magazine and New York Times. He has also been showcased on numerous television shows including NBC's "Nightly News", CNN's "NewsNight", CNBC's "The Big Idea", Anderson Cooper's "Anderson" and is a frequent guest on NBC's "Today Show.” You can also see Stickley almost any night of the week as the featured cybersecurity expert for LifeLock infomercials.




Ann Pickren, MBCI


Ann Pickren currently serves as the President of OnSolve. In this role, Ann leverages her deep domain expertise and years of experience in the notification industry to oversee all functional areas of the company. Ann has spent 20+ years in the Business Continuity and Crisis Communications field, having held positions at Comdisco and SunGard for over 16 years. Ann was recently awarded the DRI International Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the industry at large.


Dr. Bernard A. Jones, CBCP

St. John's University

Dr. Bernard A. Jones, CBCP is an Assistant Professor at St. John's University teaching courses in Homeland Security & Emergency Management and a Business Continuity and Emergency Management professional for a health care organization in New York City.


Jason Fries

S&P Global

Jason Fries is currently the head of Business Continuity Management at S&P Global and has over 20 years of experience in business continuity, disaster recovery, enterprise resiliency and crisis management, primarily in financial services.  Jason is certified as a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) from Disaster Recovery Institute International and has a Master’s degree in Business Continuity and Crisis Management from Norwich University in Vermont.


Chris Rossi

Senior Manager, IT Security Audit, Vanguard

Chris Rossi spent 12 years in Cybersecurity Consulting prior to joining Vanguard, including as a co-founder of Rule4 Inc., as well as 9 years at AppliedTrust. Chris has provided consulting and auditing services for a variety of healthcare, federal, municipal, and private organizations. He has also served as an outsourced CISO for several healthcare organizations, helping them establish and maintain strategies and programs to ensure their information assets were adequately protected. Chris is heavily involved in the Philadelphia IT community, including running and occasionally presenting at the Philadelphia Security Shell meetup


The following team members will be speaking at Surge 2019.


Craig Potts

Chief Executive Officer


Charlie Boffin

Global Chief of StRategy


Michele Corvino

VP, Product Management


Dustin Fioravanti

Sr. Manager, Cust. Support


Pat Crowe

Product Manager


Jackie Weeks

Senior UX Researcher


Stan Kuruvilla

Product Marketing Manager


Mike Moniz

Principal Consultant

Full Conference Agenda

The schedule lined up for you is jam-packed with speakers and sessions devoted to the education and engagement of business continuity professionals.