MCSA Monthly Live Webinar Speaker Bios

Speakers at the October 21, 2021 Webinar about Cybersecurity: Risk & Mitigation

Cristin Flynn Goodwin

Cristin Flynn Goodwin

Cristin Flynn Goodwin is the Associate General Counsel of the Digital Security Unit in Microsoft’s Customer Security and Trust organization.  The Digital Security Unit includes Microsoft’s Threat Context & Analysis team, and the Cybersecurity Legal team. 

On the Threat Context side, Cristin’s team leads Microsoft’s efforts to understand nation state attacks against our customers and the computing ecosystem and disrupt nation state attacks.  The Threat Context & Analysis team track activity in Russia, China, Iran, and other areas, working closely with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC).

On the legal side, Cristin’s team provides a focal point for addressing complex cybersecurity legal problems across Microsoft, including legal support for MSTIC and advanced incidents with the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), cybersecurity law and compliance; election law and legal support for Microsoft’s Defending Democracy initiatives; national security law, and support for the Government Security Program for information sharing and assurance with governments around the world.  

Cristin joined Microsoft in 2006, where she initially served as policy counsel in Microsoft’s Washington, DC office.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Cristin worked for several telecommunications companies. She began her career as a trial lawyer in New York City and worked in the World Trade Center – which cemented her commitment to security for the rest of her career.

Lance Larson Ph.D.

Investigator Lance Larson, Ph.D.

Lance Larson is a Cyber Investigator for the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC) and an FBI Task Force Officer with the FBI Orange County Cyber Task Force. Lance has been a reserve police officer with the Laguna Beach Police Department for nineteen years. During his tenure with the department, he has served multiple assignments including a role as the technical leader for the first online crimes against children sting in California, patrol, special investigations, and his current role helping to protect the cyber security infrastructure within Orange County at OCIAC. 

Dr. Larson holds a Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences – Information Systems management, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), has authored two books, and teaches both undergraduate and graduate information systems and homeland security courses for the California State University System in San Diego.