Symantec Gov Symposium

Cyber Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Cyber Award Winners

Captain Anthony Rodriguez
Aide-de-Camp to the Commander of the 24th Air Force, U.S. Air Force

As Aide-de-Camp to the Commander of the 24th Air Force, Captain Anthony Rodriguez is recognized for directing operations and maintenance for a $1.5 billion network and providing essential leadership on IT and cyber issues. He developed strategic-level guidance for USCYBERCOM component organizations to include the Cyber Protection Teams, directed cyber defensive operations for Air Forces Cyber and USCYBERCOM, monitored 351 AF cyber-sensors/interdiction platforms at 122 sites across the world, and much more.

LTC Matthew Vea
Commander of the USCYBERCOM Army Reserve Element, U.S. Army

U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Vea serves as the Commander of the USCYBERCOM Army Reserve Element. LTC Vea has been instrumental in planning, implementing, and enforcing policies and procedures so each of his elite cyber warriors are able to conduct cyberspace operations. In his pursuit of operational excellence, LTC Vea has developed significant expertise in cyber mission analysis and course of action development across cyberspace operations. He has consistently shown Department of Defense warfighters how to maximize the integration, synchronization, and coordination of the Army’s cyber assets.

Mike DeWine
Attorney General, Ohio

Ohio Attorney General (AG), Mike DeWine, is protecting Ohio’s families and businesses through his creation of CyberOhio, a collection of cybersecurity initiatives aimed at helping Ohio’s businesses and consumers fight back against cyber-attacks. Under the leadership of AG DeWine, the Ohio General Assembly passed groundbreaking legislation to improve the legal cybersecurity environment in Ohio. In addition, DeWine’s office spearheaded efforts to pass Ohio Senate Bill 220, which creates a safe harbor for eligible businesses that implement measures to protect consumer data.

Michael Sardaryzadeh
Chief Information Security Officer, Texas A&M University

As the Chief Information Security Officer of Texas A&M University, Michael Sardaryzadeh is responsible for securing one of the largest higher education systems in Texas with over 76,000 faculty and students. Since taking over as CISO, Mr. Sardaryzadeh has reduced costs and vendor sprawl while putting a strong focus on maximizing security across the student body and the devices connected to its networks. Under his leadership, Texas A&M is under an aggressive timeline to consolidate various solutions into one platform, making the university a world class cyber security, risk management, policy and compliance leader in the education system.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) serves as the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Information Technology. Congresswoman Kelly has focused her efforts on improving cybersecurity, strengthening IT infrastructure, and encouraging new and emerging technologies. She crafted a three-pronged approach to combat the real and growing threat of cyberattacks – and to ensure that cybersecurity remains a top priority for everyone from Washington, D.C to Silicon Valley and in between.

Senator Cory Gardner

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has been instrumental in sponsoring bipartisan legislation focused on privacy and cybersecurity – a critical step towards improving the nation’s ability to deter cyberattacks and cyber criminals. He is recognized for introducing the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018, an effort to develop a framework for how America might handle state-sponsored malicious cyber activity.

Kathy Jobes
Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, OhioHealth

As Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at OhioHealth, Ms. Jobes created a best-in-class operation that leverages the latest cybersecurity technologies, policies, and procedures to protect data across its systems – from on-premise to cloud environments. The system Jobes installed ultimately increased the integration of the health systems’ cybersecurity to a comprehensive, structured solution. Jobes is one of the most forward-thinking security professionals in the healthcare community and her vision and leadership landed her on the most recent Security Scorecard, “Top 15 CISOs” list.



  • Essye Miller
    Department of Defense
  • John McCaffrey
    Westchester County, New York
  • Robert O’Connor
    Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Congressman John Ratcliffe
  • Congressman Bennie Thompson


  • Chris Christensen
    State of Michigan
  • Michael Dent
    Fairfax County
  • Jennine Gilbeau
    Department of Homeland Security
  • Master Sergeant Robert Harris
    Air Force Global Strike Command
  • Congressman Will Hurd
  • Jason Lim
    Transportation Security Administration
  • Trevor Smith
    Air Force Global Strike Command
  • Senator Mark Warner


  • Gary Galloway
    Department of State
  • Mark Gower
    State of Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services
  • Ronald James King
    USDA National Finance Center
  • Congressman Jim Langevin
  • Richard Naylor
    Defense Security Service
  • Achim Purdy
    Chesterfield County Public Schools, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Senator John Thune


  • Chiyun- Kwei Chiang
    Montgomery College/MC Cyber Watch
  • Michael Daniel
    Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator
  • Patrick Dowd
  • Lieutenant General Ronnie Hawkins
  • Congressman Mac Thornberry
  • Michael Watson
    VITA/Commonwealth Security and Risk Management
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
  • Veda Woods
    Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board


  • Rickey T. Branning
    U.S. Postal Service
  • Senator Tom Carper
  • Kristopher Cox
    J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSRCC)/Virginia Community College System
  • Cornelia Rogall-Grothe
    Federal Republic of Germany
  • Governor Rick Snyder
    State of Michigan
  • Major General Suzanne M. Vautrinot
    24th Air Force


  • Dion Herbert
    Department of State
  • Congressman Michael McCaul
  • Alex Pettit
    State of Oklahoma
  • Tony Sager
    National Security Agency


  • Trent Carpenter
    State of Michigan
  • Senator Tom Carper
  • Michael Dent
    Fairfax County Government
  • Priscilla Guthrie
    Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Doug Jacobson
    Iowa State University
  • Chuck McGann
    U.S. Postal Service
  • Ron Ross
    National Institute of Standards and Technology