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October 19 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Title: CyberSpeaks: From Tech Startup to Industry Giant

Speaker(s): Bob Lentz, Executive Professor, Entrepreneur in Residence, Leader of the Investment Network at Northeastern University; John L. Manferdelli, Professor of the Practice, Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at Northeastern University; and Udi Mokady, Chairman and CEO at Cyber Ark

Location: Northeastern University, 805 Columbus Avenue, Interdisciplionary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC), 1st Floor, Room #102, Boston, Massachusetts 02120


Join us at CyberSpeaks: From Tech Startup to Industry Giant!  Enjoy a coffee table conversation featuring Udi Mokady, Bob Lentz, and John Manferdelli.  If you’re interested in cybersecurity and entrepreneurship this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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About the Speaker(s) 

Bob Lentz, Executive Professor, Entrepreneur in Residence, Leader of the Investment Network at Northeastern University

Bob Lentz joined Northeastern University in July 2012 as the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Center for Entrepreneurship Education. In addition, since 2009 he has been the Chairman of the board of advisors for IDEA, Northeastern’s student-run venture accelerator, and is on the advisory board for Northeastern’s Center for Research Innovation.

Bob has extensive executive management and entrepreneurial experience in the technology industry having been involved in the growth and eventual sale of a number of successful technology ventures.

Prior to joining Northeastern, Bob had been consulting to technology companies, primarily as their Interim CEO. Prior to his consulting, he served as CEO and President of PermissionTV, an innovative online video platform company. Bob held the senior executive positions at OATSystems, Inc.; the recognized leader in radio-frequency identification (RFID) frameworks, now part of Checkpoint; and at eRoom Technology; a Web-based collaborative workspace that enables distributed teams to work together more efficiently; sold to Documentum Inc. and now part of EMC Corp.

Bob was a member of the management team responsible for the turnaround at Xionics Document Technologies, which became the leading provider of digital page processing software and technology for the office market and sold to Oak Technology. His experience also includes executive management positions at Individual Inc., an Internet information services company that merged with Desktop Data to become NewsEdge Corporation, Appex Corporation, a software company serving the cellular telephone industry that was sold to Electronic Data Systems, and Raster Technologies Inc., provider of high performance 3-d graphics systems. Bob started his career with Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst&Young) leaving as a manager to join one of his clients, GCA Corporation.

Bob is a member of the board of directors of Monotype Imaging Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE), Woburn, MA, and has served on the board of several private companies including eCopy, Inc., Nashua, NH, (sold to Nuance). He holds an MBA from Babson College and a BS in Business from Northeastern University.

John L. Manferdelli, Professor of the Practice, Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at Northeastern University

John Manferdelli is Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at Northeastern University.  Immediately prior to that he was Engineering Director for Production Security Development at Google.

Prior to Google, John was a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation and co-PI (with David Wagner) for the Intel Science and Technology Center for Secure Computing at the University of California at Berkeley.  He was also a member of the Information Science and Technology advisory group at DARPA and is a member of the Defense Science Board.

Prior to Intel, John Manferdelli was a distinguished engineer at Microsoft and was an affiliate faculty member in computer science at the University of Washington. He was responsible for computer security, cryptography and systems research, as well as research in quantum computing. At Microsoft, John also worked as a senior researcher, software architect, product unit manager, general manager at Microsoft and was responsible the development of the next-generation secure computing base technologies and the rights management capabilities currently integrated into Windows, for which he was the original architect. He joined Microsoft in February 1995 when it acquired his company, Natural Language Inc., based in Berkeley, California.

At Natural Language, Manferdelli was the founder and, at various times, vice president of research and development and CEO. Other positions he has held include staff engineer at TRW Inc., computer scientist and mathematician at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and principal investigator at Bell Labs. He was also an adjunct associate professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Manferdelli’s professional interests include cryptography and cryptographic mathematics, combinatorial mathematics, operating systems, and computer security.  He is author of many papers of computer security, high performance computing, cryptography, has given invited talks on high performance computing quantum computing and computer security and signal processing and has been awarded many patents.  He is also a licensed Radio Amateur (AI6IT).

Manferdelli has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and a PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Udi Mokady, Chairman and CEO at Cyber Ark 

Udi Mokady is the Chairman and CEO of CyberArk, and a pioneer in establishing the Privileged Account Security software market. Since co-founding the company in 1999, Mokady has entrenched CyberArk as the market leader in privileged account security and compliance. During his tenure at CyberArk, Mokady has also served as CyberArk’s chief strategist and visionary, overseeing global expansion, management, execution and corporate development.

Since assuming the position of CEO in 2005, Mokady’s leadership and direction has been instrumental in guiding CyberArk to achieve record growth, while accelerating overall market adoption for privileged account security solutions to protect against an evolving advanced threat landscape. Mokady was elected Chairman of the Board in 2016. Today, CyberArk is a trusted security partner to more than 3,300 global businesses, including more than 50% of the Fortune 100.

Prior to his role as CEO, Mokady served as CyberArk’s COO between 1999 and 2005. During this time, Mokady established CyberArk’s US headquarters in Newton, Massachusetts and successfully transitioned the company to a market leadership position in Privileged Account Security by helping organizations to recognize the connection between privileged accounts and advanced internal and external security threats. Mokady also orchestrated the company’s market expansion in the US, Europe, and Asia by elevating awareness of the security and compliance risks of privileged accounts while successfully implementing and managing channel development, international sales operations and marketing for CyberArk’s award winning information security products.

Prior to CyberArk, Mokady specialized in legal management and business development for international high-tech companies. He previously served as the general counsel at Tadiran Spectralink, a highly specialized producer of secure wireless communications systems.

Mokady was honored by a panel of independent judges with the New England EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Technology Security category. A veteran of a Military Intelligence unit, Mokady holds a law degree (L.L.B.) from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a master of science management degree (MSM) from Boston University.


October 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)
805 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02120 United States
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