DAY 1 //
douglas c. merrill


Douglas C. Merrill was Chief Operating Officer of New Music for EMI Records and President of EMI’s Digital Business from 2008 to 2009. In those roles, he was responsible for the operation of the new music creation business, and led all of EMI’s digital strategy, innovation, business development, supply chain and global technology activities.

Dr. Merrill served as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Engineering of Google Inc. from 2004 to 2008 and was responsible for all billing and revenue technology and processes for Google worldwide, together with internal engineering and support worldwide. During his tenure at Google, he was involved in its groundbreaking IPO in 2004, the creation of Google Checkout, now a multi-billion dollar business, and Google’s compliance efforts. He also helped develop and implement Google's strategy and business development activity in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, the two fastest growing broadband populations in the world.

Before joining Google, Merrill served as Senior Vice President of Charles Schwab and Co., Inc. At Schwab, Mr. Merrill was responsible for such functions as information security, common infrastructure, and human resources strategy and operations. He served at Price Waterhouse as a Senior Manager in the information security practice. Mr. Merrill was an Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he studied information security, and technology policy topics for several US government and military clients. He has been a Director of several private companies worldwide.

Dr. Merrill holds a BA from the University of Tulsa in Social and Political Organization and both an MA and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University.

DAY 2 //
robert lentz

The last year has been a tipping point for cyber security. Safeguarding the internet and the underlying critical information infrastructures has taken center stage as a National imperative. We share threats & vulnerabilities to these fragile underpinnings critical to our ability to sustain economic growth, foster international stability and achieve national security. Do we adequately collaborate across public and private sector for protection and defense? Is our risk appetite sufficient to manage the polarity between information sharing, access, and security? And what is the Military's role in defense of our cyber national security?

Mr. Lentz, as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in both the Bush and Obama administrations and the first Senior Information Assurance Official for the Department of Defense serving since Nov 2000 will provide his perspective and lessons learned over several decades working in the cyber security field. Mr. Lentz will outline his future vision and goals and those critical policy, technical and operational challenges facing us in this race to leverage the power of the internet.


Mr. Lentz is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber, Identity and Information Assurance (CI&IA) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Networks and Information Integration/Chief Information Officer. Since November 2000, he has been the Chief Information Assurance Officer (CIAO) for the Department of Defense (DoD) and, in this capacity, oversees the Defense-wide IA Cyber Program, which plans, monitors, coordinates, and integrates IA Cyber activities across DoD.

Mr. Lentz is the Chairman of the National Space INFOSEC Steering Council (NSISC), DoD member of the Presidential Sub-Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), the leader of the DoD IA Steering Council, and the IA Domain Owner of the Global Information Grid Enterprise Information Management Mission Area. In his capacity as the CIAO, Mr. Lentz is a member of the DoD CIO Executive Council. He is also the DoD liaison to several private sector boards, including the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Strategic Advisory Council, the Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE) Senior Advisory Council, the International Cyber Center Advisory Board and SAFEcode.

Mr. Lentz has over 26 years of experience with the National Security Agency (NSA) in the areas of financial management and technical program management. He has served as Chief of the Space and Networks IA Office, Chief Financial Officer of the NSA IA Directorate, Executive Assistant to the NSA SIGINT Collections and Operations Group and Field Chief of the Finksburg National Public Key Infrastructure/Key Management Infrastructure Operations Center.

Mr. Lentz has received the NSA Resource Manager of the Year Award, the Defense Meritorious Service Award, 2006 “Top 20” Award, the 2003 Presidential Rank Award and the 2004 “Federal 100” award. In 2004, Mr. Lentz also received the highest-level honorary award the Department can bestow on a civilian employee, the prestigious Secretary of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award. In 2008, he was named Information Security government Executive of the year for the Middle Atlantic region, culminating in his award as the North American Executive of the year. In 2009, he was the recipient of the RSA award for Excellence in the Field of Security Practices.

Mr. Lentz is a graduate of the National Senior Cryptologic Course at the National Cryptologic School, Federal Executive Institute (FEI) and the Resource Management Course at the Naval Postgraduate School. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in History and Social Science from Saint Mary's College of Maryland and a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.