Cybersecurity Panel

Think your small business is safe from cyber-threats?  About 60% of small businesses that suffer a cybersecurity attack go out of business within six months. According to the Better Business Bureau, the annual average loss for small businesses from cyber attacks is estimated to be US$80,000 with maximum total loss of up to US$1 million. 90% of small business don’t use any data protection at all for company and customer information.  In response to these staggering figures, the U.S. Commerce Department’s, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the cybersecurity framework that provides guidance to every small business to protect their company. 


Susan PrinceOutreach & Engagement Strategist, The MITRE Corporation National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

Susan Prince is the Outreach and Engagement Strategist Lead for the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center, operated by MITRE in support of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), within the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The NCCoE is dedicated to increasing the rate of adoption of practical cybersecurity solutions. In this role, she is responsible for driving engagement with industry and technology partners as they tackle some of our nation’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges, including those faced by the financial services and internet security sectors.

Prior to her work with the NCCoE, Ms. Prince was Director of Communications for Montgomery County, MD Department of Economic Development. Previously she started and grew a strategic communications company; was VP of Marketing at InteliData; Treasury Manager at Prudential Home Mortgage; and VP at Bankers Trust Corporation in NYC. She holds a double bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Tulane University, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


Ola Sage, Chief Executive Officer, CyberRx,  is the founder of two IT and cybersecurity companies, CyberRx and e-Management, an award-wining company recognized by Inc. magazine and Washington Technology in its Fast 50 list of ranked companies. Sage is the recipient of the 2010 Women in Technology leadership award in the Corporate Public-Sector Small Business category.  


Sapna George, VP of Product Development, Cryptonite NXT, has been the VPof Product Development at Cryptonite LLC since the company was founded in 2015. Prior to that, she was the Program Manager at Intelligent Automation Inc., the parent company of Cryptonite. At Intelligent Automation, she was actively involved in the development of the technology that led to CryptoniteNXT product.



Julie Holdren, Chief Product & Operation Officer, KoolSpan, is tasked to lead the company’s operations and manage its subscription-based end-to-end mobile encrypted calling and text messaging offer called TrustCall Global Service.

Julie Holdren brings to KoolSpan 25 years in executive-level positions for operations and product management within multiple technology and cybersecurity companies. In her role as Chief Product Officer Julie is responsible for the KoolSpan product family as well as all corporate operations.

Julie personally founded three start-up companies and served as CEO, including OGI (SharePoint Mobile Security software and Insider Threat product company), Twin-Soft (Enterprise Portal, Content Management and Business Intelligence service provider to the Federal Government) and Olympus Group (web application development provider to predominantly large commercial accounts). Following the acquisition of OGI by Fixmo, Julie was EVP of Collaboration Security Products for the secure mobile container company, and ran on-shore and off-shore development teams building next generation products. Julie also worked in product management at Sprint International, in data communications and messaging technologies.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from George Mason University. She was the alumnus of year of George Mason University and received the Outstanding Engineering Entrepreneurial award from the School of Engineering. Julie has testified before the U.S. Senate on technology workforce issues. She has also served on the White House Millennium Council, Boards of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital, the Alexandria Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.