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Board of Directors January 2013

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism"
George Washington






  • Bob Almberg

  • Scott Christie

  • Phil Chaiklin

  • Jason Falciola

  • Barbara Farrington
  • Bob Kennedy

  • Gideon J. Lenkey

  • Yoel Piney

  • Donna M. Parsons

  • Dan Tum Suden

  • Jody Washkewicz

  • Gene Plaskon


Bob Almberg is an IT Department Manager for a Fortune 50 company. In addition to his role as President of the NJ InfraGard Chapter, he also serves on the NJ Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC) Public Sector Advisory Group (PSAG.) He has been an active member of the NJ InfraGard Chapter since 2002 and attended the FBI Newark Division Citizen's Academy in 2005. Bob has worked with many information securities related technologies and has been involved in the deployment of technology worldwide over the past 20 years. During the later part of the 1980's and early 1990's Bob completed technology deployment assignments based out of Hong Kong and London, working in over 15 countries in the Asia Pacific and Europe Regions. Bob completed an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management; he has a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems. Bob served as an Armor Officer, Infantry Company Executive Officer, and Combat Engineer in the US Army Reserves.

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Scott Christie is a partner of the law firm McCarter & English, LLP.  He is a trial lawyer who actively litigates all types of intellectual property, information technology and data privacy cases, as well as white collar criminal cases.  He also counsels clients in and handles transactional matters involving legal issues in these and related areas.

Mr. Christie regularly litigates copyright, trademark, trade dress and patent infringement cases; trademark counterfeiting, trademark dilution, unfair competition, and deceptive commercial advertising matters; violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; and claims involving misappropriation of trade secrets.  Correspondingly, he helps clients with registration, valuation, licensing, assignment, sale and other transactional issues pertaining to copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets.

Mr. Christie performs audits to determine the nature and extent of online trademark infringement through unauthorized registration of Internet domain names, use of metatag keywords, and advertising through sponsored linking.  He pursues arbitration and litigation against cybersquatters, typosquatters and other online infringers.  Mr. Christie also tracks down, identifies, and initiates legal proceedings against companies and individuals engaging in product counterfeiting and product diversion.

Mr. Christie provides counseling to companies on protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their proprietary business information security and electronic privacy laws and regulations.  He further assists companies in developing computer network incident response plans, providing guidance when these clients experience network security breaches and violations of network policies and procedures, conducting internal investigations of such breaches and violations, and litigating against those responsible for network intrusions.

Mr. Christie instructs companies on protecting personally identifiable information of customers and employees, investigates breaches of security of such information, provides guidance to such clients concerning their obligations in response to suc h breaches of security, assists clients in satisfying these obligations, and defends companies sued for data security breaches.

Prior to joining McCarter & English, Mr. Christie served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey where he headed the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section of that office.

He was lead prosecutor in a major undercover investigation targeting Shadowcrew, an international criminal organization of approximately 4,000 members dedicated to malicious computer hacking, Internet fraud schemes, credit card fraud, and identity theft that concluded with the filing of criminal charges against 27 senior Shadowcrew members in the U.S. and the arrest of six members in four foreign countries.  Mr. Christie also successfully investigated and prosecuted numerous cases of Internet fraud, telecommunications fraud, dissemination of computer viruses, computer extortion, theft of electronic data, and malicious computer hacking as well as a wide variety of criminal copyright, trademark and trade secret theft cases.
Mr. Christie received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Colgate University and his J.D., cum laude, from the Harvard Law School.  Upon graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey.
Mr. Christie is recognized in the 2006-2009 editions of Best Lawyers in America.

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Phil Chaiklin is a Technology and Security Specialist and the owner of High Tech Depot, LLC, a company he started back in 1989 while still attending college and earning his Bachelor's Degree. His work experience has primarily been focused on Physical Security, while also working with Data and Information Security as well. He has worked with many small and large businesses, local law enforcement agencies and Municipalities providing security solutions and other technologies. He is a graduate of the Newark's FBI Citizen Academy and now a member of it's Alumni Association. He has attended numerous security classes sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and many security conferences that have added to his colorful and knowledgeable security education. Phil is currently serving as both Vice President and Treasurer of the New Jersey Macintosh Users Group. He is the founder of Security Professionals of the Northeast (SPOTNE) that holds regular security workshops via Meetup.com. Phil is also a founding member of his township's technology committee that gives technology advice to the local town officials.
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Jason Falciola pursues his passion to help clients navigate the intersection of business priorities, technical security challenges, and the regulatory compliance landscape as a Technical Account Manager with Qualys. Prior to Qualys, Jason held a variety of roles including lead security analyst, architect, and business development manager in the Managed Security Services organization at IBM Internet Security Systems. Jason's areas of expertise include vulnerability management, wireless security, advanced analytics, data mining, intrusion detection/prevention, incident response, and security architecture. He also has strengths in business resilience, web application security, forensic investigations, threat intelligence collection, IT governance, and risk management. Jason has advised many organizations around the world, including government agencies, educational institutions, and firms in the Fortune 1000 and Forbes Global 2000. He has trained practitioners from leading global organizations on wireless security. Jason speaks regularly at international events including FIRST, IANS, InfraGard, InterOp, ISACA, ISSA, IT Roadmap, OWASP, SC World Congress, and various IBM conferences. Jason serves as a board member for NJ's FBI InfraGard Alliance chapter, and is also a founding board member of the NY Metro Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) chapter. He is also a member of the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF), the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). He serves on the SANS GIAC Advisory Board and holds GIAC certifications in Assessing Wireless Networks (GAWN) and Incident Handling (GCIH). Jason received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Management of Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has over 15 years of professional experience, with more than a decade focused on security and compliance. .

FBI - Chapter Coordinator

Barbara Farrington has served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 1987.  During that time, she has investigated a variety of federal violations, primarily in the White Collar Crime and Cyber areas.  She has been assigned to the Louisville and Newark FBI Divisions and has been involved with the New Jersey Chapter of InfraGard for the past ten years.

Robert J. Kennedy, CFP, CISSP, CIPP/G
Membership Chairman
INMA Regional Representative

Bob Kennedy is a Leadership Partner for Gartner's Enterprise IT Leader Security & Risk Management program. His responsibilities at Gartner, Inc. include advising commercial and government members how to align the right blend of security, privacy, and risk management controls with their businesses. Bob is also the Northeast Regional Representative for the National InfraGard Members Alliance and is responsible for 23 Chapters and 10,500 members. Bob has over 35 years of experience in information technology, specializing in security and privacy. Prior to joining Gartner, Inc. Bob was an Executive Advisor for the Cyber Technology Practice at Booz Allen Hamilton where his responsibilities included translation of security and technical requirements of commercial clients into comprehensive information security solutions and service offerings. Before joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Bob was the IBM Global Sales Integration Executive for the IBM $1.4 billion acquisition of Internet Security Systems (ISS) for Sectors/Industries. At IBM Bob held various sales, management, delivery (infrastructure services and outsourcing), and consulting positions. He was one of IBM's representatives to the National Standards Committee for ISO 17799, a member of the IBM Data Governance Council, and the Security Business Advisory Council (Business Partners). Bob's most recent speaking engagements include for the U.S. Secret Service – Electronic Crimes Task Force, NY/NJ. Bob completed his undergraduate studies and earned a BS in Management and Economics at Northeastern University. He went on to earn an MBA from Missouri State University. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional including Government Privacy (CIPP/G). Bob also holds a USCG Masters License.

Past President and Program Chairperson

Gideon J. Lenkey, CISSP is the president and co-founder of Ra Security Systems, a New Jersey based Network Security Monitoring Company.  Gideon currently specializes in vulnerability assessment of IT infrastructures. Other professional interests include advanced hacker tools and techniques as well as Internet counter-intelligence methodologies. Gideon holds a CISSP certification from the ISC2 and is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigations Association as well as the Computer Security Institute.

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Donna M. Parsons is a college instructor with over Twelve years experience delivering a wide variety of Computer Science courses including those specifically related to Computer Forensics, Information and Network Security, Linux, Adobe, CompTIA and Microsoft.  She has consistently been recognized as an academic leader in today's constantly changing, dynamic, and challenging world of technology. Donna is the President of Tech Exec Consulting, L.L.C., an enterprise that specializes in Information Security solutions and training to corporations, government, and financial institutions.  For more than 25 years, she has deployed her techniques in system management and administration, threat identification and analysis, data mining and forensic recovery.  She has garnered many certifications from worldwide providers in the computer and technology arena.  Donna is a 2007 Graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. 


Dan obtained a B.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Shortly after, Dan joined IBM in July of 1987 and has been hooked on security ever since. He started his IBM career as a member of the RACF mainframe security team. In various positions in RACF Design and Development he contributed to many RACF and OS/390 Security Server releases. Next, he worked as a member of the IBM SecureWay Competency Centre. As a member of this world-wide team, Dan assisted the field force, and educated customers, on IBM's I/T Security products and solutions. In December 1998, Dan was recognized by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). In 1999 he joined the IBM Tivoli Security team as a Security I/T Specialist assisting clients in the Northeast with Tivoli Security solutions. Dan next moved into an IBM Tivoli enablement role in 2003 where he assisted clients throughout the Americas with security and management needs. In April 2005, Dan joined SOA Software as Sales and Technical Director in the Metro New York region where he focused on client needs regarding Web services security, management, and governance. In 2006, Dan joined Encode Inc. as an Account Manager where he assisted clients with best practice solutions and services involving security and identity management. In 2012, Dan joined IBM partner SecurIT USA, Inc. as Director of Sales. At SecurIT Dan assists clients in North America to deploy the TrustBuilder solution to satisfy needs around versatile authentication, adaptive access control, and transaction integrity. Dan has presented numerous security topics at GUIDE and SHARE technical conferences, RACF conferences, ITSO security workshops, Tivoli Conferences, and IBM briefing centers.

Program Chairperson

Jody is a security manager for Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., responsible for multiple facilities located in the Northeastern United States.  Jody is a graduate of the University of Delaware and was formally commissioned into the United Staes Army in 1981.  Jody spent 11 1/2 years in the Army at various posts throughout the world, resigning his commission in late 1992.  Shortly after his release from the Army, Jody began working for ADP at its Jersey City location.  Since employed by ADP, Jody has modernized ADP's data collection, entry, analysis and recordkeeping processes, moving them away from a manual process to an automated process.  After Broadridge's spin-off from ADP, Jody has continued to modernize the security technology at Broadridge.

Jody is an active member of New Jersey InfraGard and has been a Chapter member since February, 2000 and the Program Co-chairperson since January of 2008.  Jody is also a graduate of the FBI's Citizens Academy and a Certified Protection Professional.

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