Call for Track Speakers is Closed! See our Keynote Speakers and Breakout Tracks below:



The Cornerstones of Trust organizing committee is excited and honored to announce our featured Keynote speakers.

Morning Keynote - Peter Wicher - Director of Strategic Relations of Singularity University

Peter Wicher

Director of Strategic Relations of Singularity University

Peter enables engagement with SU for multi-national corporations, governments, education institutions and investors. He works to ensure that clients and partners realize the maximum possible benefits from Singularity’s rich ecosystem for innovation and impact.

Peter has held senior executive positions in Silicon Valley in the semiconductor, consumer electronics, education, and embedded systems industries. Working with both start-up and public companies he has managed international organizations and built relationships with numerous multi-national clients and partners. He holds bachelors and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and an MS in Special Education from St. Joseph’s University.

Afternoon Keynote -  Rick Howard - Chief Security Officer (CSO) - Palo Alto Networks.


Rick Howard

Chief Security Officer (CSO) - Palo Alto Networks

Rick is the Palo Alto Networks’ Chief Security Officer (CSO) where he has overall responsibility of the company’s internal security program, leads the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Team (Unit 42), directs the company’s efforts on the Cyber Threat Alliance Information Sharing non-profit, hosts the Cybersecurity Canon Project, and provides thought leadership for the company and the Cybersecurity community at large. His prior jobs include TASC CISO, iDefense General Manager, Counterpane SOC Director, and Commander of the U.S. Army’s Computer Emergency Response Team where he coordinated network defense, network intelligence and network attack operations for the Army's global network. Rick holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and an engineering degree from the US Military Academy. He also taught computer science at the Academy from 1993 to 1999.

Howard Published Books:
“Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures” by  Rick Howard (Executive Editor), CRC Press, Published 1 April 2009

“Cyber Security Essentials” by Rick Howard (Executive Editor), Ryan Olson (Primary Author), Auerbach Publications, Published 15 December 2010,


2018 Speaker Tracks

  • Developing Secure Processes in an Age of Disruption
  • The Individual in an Age of Disruption
  • Protecting Enterprise Technologies in an Age of Disruption
  • The Future is Chaos

Once again, we received more speaker proposals than we have speaking slots for COT. Thank you to all who submitted a proposal to speak!

Please see the Conference Schedule page to for individual track topics & speakers, room locations, and more details.

Speaker bios and presentation details for conference tracks will be posted prior to the conference.