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Paul B. Kurtz

Paul B. Kurtz, executive director of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, most recently was special assistant to the President and senior director for critical infrastructure protection on the White Houseís Homeland Security Council (HSC), where he was responsible for both physical and cyber security.

Before joining HSC in 2003, Kurtz served on the White Houseís National Security Council (NSC) as senior director for national security of the Office of Cyberspace Security and a member of the Presidentís Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, where he developed the international component of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. Previously, he was a director for counterterrorism in the NSCís Office of Transnational Threats from 1999-2001.

Prior to his White House work, Kurtz served in several bureaus in the State Department, specializing in weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation policy and strategic arms control. He also served as political advisor to Operation Provide Comfort in Incirlik, Turkey, and as science attachť in Vienna, Austria. He participated in several arms control inspection teams, traveling to Iraq and North Korea.

Kurtz received his Bachelor's degree from Holy Cross College and his Master's degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins Universityís School of Advanced International Studies.


Liz Gasster

Liz Gasster is CSIA's General Counsel. Liz serves as senior advisor to the Executive Director regarding law and policy both domestically and internationally and works with the Executive Director to identify, prioritize and execute on CSIAís overall agenda and strategy.

She spent over 26 years at AT&T, most recently as Public Policy Director and Senior Attorney, Federal Government Affairs. During her tenure at AT&T, she was responsible for developing and coordinating policy positions on a broad range of e-commerce, technology and intellectual property issues, including privacy, network security and critical infrastructure protection, and trademark and copyright policy. Gasster was responsible for advocacy on these issues with the U. S. Congress, federal departments and agencies, and with various industry associations and coalitions.

In addition, Gasster created AT&Tís Technology Center in Washington, DC, which focuses on the impact of public policy on the development of information technology and infrastructure.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, she completed her undergraduate work at George Washington University.

Marika Konings

Marika Konings joined CSIA in September 2006 as its Director European Affairs. She is tasked with running the CSIA office in Brussels, Belgium, which is dedicated to representing CSIAís interests before the European Union institutions.

Prior to joining CSIA, Marika worked for almost 7 years for Interel Public Affairs, a Brussels based public affairs consultancy, as a senior consultant. There, she developed true all round capabilities managing accounts for blue chip companies, not-for-profit organizations as well as professional societies. Marika has developed extensive experience in strategic counseling, client representation, developing and implementing targeted European and international public affairs campaigns and stakeholder outreach in the ICT sector. Before that, she worked in the European Commissionís Technical Assistance Office and the European Parliamentís Foreign Affairs Committee.

Marika has a degree from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, in Culture and Sciences and a Masterís Degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Laura Brown

Laura Brown, Director of Government Affairs for the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, joined CSIA in August of 2004. Previously, she worked for two years in the Government Affairs Department at the American Bus Association, the trade organization for the private motorcoach industry. While at ABA, Brown managed the organizationís political action committee, tracked legislation for the industry, worked with both the House and Senate Committees on small business issues, served as editor of two association publications, and was a member of the Associationís Technology Committee.

In previous positions, Brown served as a paralegal for the Office of the Independent Council of the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC; was a research analyst for the Delaware Department of Education; and was commended as a Legislative Fellow to the Delaware State Legislature.

Brown received her Bachelorís degree from Villanova University and her Masterís degree in Public Administration from the University of Delaware.

Vishant Shah

Vishant Shah is Director of Technology Initiatives for CSIA. He works on cyber security public policy issues at the international, federal and state levels. Vishant is responsible for policy issues pertaining to the resiliency and availability of information and Internet infrastructures in healthcare; continuity of operations and secure, mobile work; software assurance, control systems and spyware.  He received a BA in Political Science from Carleton College and an MS in Information from the University of Michigan.