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  • Wednesday, June 14, 2023
    8:30 am
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    8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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    Your opportunity to visit our solution vendor partners, whose sponsorship makes SecureWorld possible! Booths have staff ready to answer your questions. Look for participating Dash For Prizes sponsors to be entered to win prizes.

    9:00 am
    [Keynote] That Moment When You Realize There Is Nowhere Left to Hide
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    CISO and Senior Director, Boom Supersonic
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    9:00 am - 9:45 am

    We’ve connected everything, everywhere, all the time, so how DO we more efficiently interact with a digital realm that continually measures our pulse in the real world? Let’s talk about some attack vectors that I’ve spent the last few years researching and helping others work on. And then let’s talk about what we CAN do about things. You’ll never look at your lights the same way again.

    9:45 am
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    9:45 am - 10:00 am
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    10:00 am
    Navigating the Insider Threatscape
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    Sr. Director, Cyber Security, Acumatica, Inc.
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    10:00 am - 10:45 am

    Threat methods and controls utilized for the corporate workforce that now expands beyond the office building and into remote locations is not as comprehensive and effective for those who are typically in the office. The intent of employees may not be malicious but rather inherent to poor practices; however, there are those who happen to begin unintentional but gradually become the intentional insider threat.

    This presentation is designed to help individuals identify how  seemingly “innocent” activity can make them an insider threat and help organizations. Identify existing critical controls needed to develop an Insider Threat Program using a white hat hacking methodology.

    Through live demonstrations, learn simple techniques used to bypass various controls.

    Objectives:

    • Learn the methodologies utilized by individuals within the organization that would be considered insider threat activity.
    • How to identify system based behavioral indicators.
    • Learn which existing or enhanced security layer can provide insider threat profile data.

    Take-Aways:

    • How to identify business processes which can contribute to intentional or unintentional insider threats.
    • Enhance procedures required to identify insider threat exposures.
    • Enhance awareness training to include additional methods of insider threat.
    • Enhance existing physical and digital security layers to better identify specific insider threat activity.
    10:00 am
    Incredible Email Hacks You'd Never Expect and How You Can Stop Them
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    Data-Driven Defense Evangelist, KnowBe4
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    10:00 am - 10:45 am

    If you think the only way your network and devices can be compromised via email is phishing, think again!

    A majority of data breaches are caused by attacks on the human layer, but email hacking is much more than phishing and launching malware. From code execution and clickjacking to password theft and rogue forms, cybercriminals have more than enough email-based tricks that mean trouble for your InfoSec team.

    In this webinar Roger A. Grimes, KnowBe4’s Data-Driven Defense Evangelist and security expert with over 30-years of experience, explores many ways hackers use social engineering and phishing to trick your users into revealing sensitive data or enabling malicious code to run.

    Roger will show you how hackers compromise your network. You’ll also see incredible demos including a (pre-filmed) hacking demo by Kevin Mitnick, the World’s Most Famous Hacker and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer.

    Roger will teach you:

    • How remote password hash capture, silent malware launches and rogue rules work
    • Why rogue documents, establishing fake relationships and tricking you into compromising your ethics are so effective
    • The ins and outs of clickjacking
    • Actionable steps on how to defend against them all

    Email is still a top attack vector cybercriminals use. Don’t leave your network vulnerable to these attacks.

    10:45 am
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    10:45 am - 11:00 am

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    11:00 am
    Social Engineering: Training the Human Firewall
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    Team Leader of Information Security, Garmin
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    11:00 am - 11:45 am

    Phishing is one of the leading cyberattacks worldwide, resulting in numerous social engineering training exercises to train average users to defend against these attacks. This discussion focuses on research that took a pool of users with three different phishing campaigns. Each campaign progressively has a phish that should be more advanced to spot than the previous phish presented. The research shows the psychological reasoning behind why a user will interact with a phish, regardless of educational awareness. Results include why a 0% or 100% report rate is unrealistic and how to use phishing metrics to quantify risk in a business.

    11:00 am
    Succeeding in Succession Planning: The Future You Build
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    CISO, Veterans United Home Loans
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    11:00 am - 11:45 am

    Cybersecurity leaders are experiencing serious challenges on non-technical fronts with 8,000-10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day, the loss of more than 100,000 technical jobs in the last six months, five generations in the workforce, and pressing needs to be more risk-focused. Many people are addressing the technical challenges, but few are truly addressing and developing solutions for the coming issues of non-technical leadership issues. Join Randy as he serves as a guide to help you learn how to Identify and Develop Cybersecurity Leaders and how to create a leadership pipeline in your organization.

    11:00 am
    The Anatomy of a Cyberattack
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    Chief Security Advisory, EMEA, Tanium
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    11:00 am - 11:45 am

    This session delves into the stages and workings of cyberattacks. Attendees gain a comprehensive understanding of attack methodologies, including motives, techniques, and tools employed by cybercriminals. Various attack vectors like phishing, malware, and social engineering are explored, emphasizing the need for a multi-layered defense strategy. The session covers the attack lifecycle, highlighting the importance of threat intelligence, proactive monitoring, and incident response planning. Participants learn to identify compromise indicators, conduct digital forensics, and implement effective mitigation measures. “Anatomy of a Cyberattack” equips attendees to anticipate vulnerabilities and build robust defense mechanisms for safeguarding critical assets.

    11:45 am
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    11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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    12:00 pm
    A Whole Lotta BS (Behavioral Science) About Cybersecurity
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    Executive Director, National Cybersecurity Alliance
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    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    Let’s be honest: people can frustrate us. They don’t always do the things we’d like, and they often do some things we’d rather they didn’t. New research from the National Cybersecurity Alliance reveals insights about the public’s attitudes and beliefs about security.  We’ll explore the 2022 “Oh Behave! Cybersecurity Attitudes and Behaviors Report,” and some of the findings may surprise you! We’ll also give you practical, actionable advice on how you can better communicate to influence the behavior change you want to see.

     

    12:00 pm
    [Fireside Chat] The Ethics of Technology
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    Chief Security Officer & Technology Lead, Trexin Group
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    Co-Founder & Managing Partner, XPAN Law Partners
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    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    “The pace of technological change has been accelerating at an unprecedented rate over the past few decades” (at least, according to ChatGPT). This creates a continuing stream of opportunities, and also causes considerable less-desirable disruption. Technology is about what “can be done”, whereas ethics are what “should be done”. This talk discusses our responsibilities viewed through the lens of providers, practitioners, users, and the US legal system.

    12:00 pm
    A Healthier View on Compliance
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    CISO, Automox
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    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    Too often, we see compliance as an adversarial process. We know that compliance is imperfect, but articulating the challenges is difficult. However, we can develop models for more appropriate compliance, while appreciating those limitations. Further, it is even possible that we can learn to appreciate compliance as an enabler to our organization’s core mission.

    12:45 pm
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    12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

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    1:00 pm
    The State of the Cybersecurity Workforce
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    2023 Job Data: It Will Surprise You!
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    Founder and CEO, CyberSN and Secure Diversity
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    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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    1:00 pm
    The Risks and Rewards of Deploying AI Technologies in Your Organization
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    Member, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Clark Hill Law
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    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

    Data-driven technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and automated processes, increase operational efficiencies and can transform businesses. These technologies also present new and complex legal challenges along the way.  This session will explore AI use cases and impacts on cybersecurity and privacy, and discuss emerging legal requirements businesses should be aware of when developing AI governance programs.

    1:00 pm
    Uncovering the Threat of Business Email Compromise
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    The Evolution of Phishing and the Future of Business Security
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    Program Director, Military & Veteran Program, Cybercrime Support Network
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    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

    This session will present a high-level view of the problem, along with the common tactics used by scammers in their attempts to gain access to your organization’s systems. We will take a look at the role Artificial Intelligence plays in phishing attacks and how it can serve as both the problem and the solution in the fight against cybercrime.

    1:45 pm
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    2:00 pm
    Cyber World on Fire: A Look at Internet Security in Today’s Age of Conflict
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    CNN Military Analyst; U.S. Air Force (Ret.); Chairman, Cedric Leighton Associates, LLC
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    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

    This informative session analyses the growing threat of cyberattacks and risks to internet security in today’s world. Col. Leighton explores the various types of attacks and vectors, including how bad actors can impact businesses and individuals. The session also examines the role of governments and international organizations—partnering with public and private businesses—in protecting against cyber threats.

    Col. Leighton describes how nefarious actions are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and widespread, with hackers targeting not just large corporations but also smaller businesses and even individuals. He emphasizes the need for organizations to take proactive measures to protect their networks and data, including investing in advanced security technologies and providing regular training to employees.

    He shares examples of cyber activity—good and bad; offensive and defensive—from Ukraine, China, and around the globe.

    2:00 pm
    AI, DEI, and Ethical Guidance
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    Lead, Security Awareness; Sr. Engineer, Information Security & Risk, Cardinal Health
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    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

    Security Awareness Month is an annual campaign that emphasizes the importance of cybersecurity and prepares individuals and organizations to tackle evolving cyber threats. In today’s interconnected world, where digital risks are pervasive, being proactive and informed about security practices is crucial. This month-long initiative aims to raise awareness, educate users about common threats, and empower them with knowledge and skills to protect themselves and their digital assets. Through workshops, training sessions, webinars, and awareness campaigns, individuals are equipped to identify and respond effectively to cyber threats. For organizations, Security Awareness Month offers an opportunity to reinforce cybersecurity as a fundamental aspect of their operations. By engaging employees in interactive programs and simulations, organizations can create a culture of security awareness and foster a collective responsibility towards protecting sensitive information. As Security Awareness Month approaches, it is essential for individuals and organizations alike to evaluate their preparedness and take proactive steps to strengthen their cybersecurity posture.

    2:00 pm
    [Keynote] Cyber-Enabled Fraud and Business Email Compromise in 2023
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    Financial Fraud Investigator, Global Investigative Operations Center, U.S. Secret Service
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    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
    This presentation will focus on the BEC fraud playbook and show how technical advancements and applications have reduced the red flags and defenses against cyber fraud, allowing threat actors to increase the efficacy of their attacks.
Exhibitors
  • Automox
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    Automox tackles one of today’s biggest cybersecurity challenges: misconfigured and out-of-date systems that can easily be exploited. Legacy tools simply cannot remediate known vulnerabilities as efficiently as modern IT demands. Automox is rewriting those rules with a cloud-native endpoint hardening platform that delivers unprecedented speed, simplicity, and automation—whether it is on-prem, in the cloud, or on the move.

  • CREST
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    CREST is an international not-for-profit accreditation and certification body that represents and supports the technical information security market. CREST provides internationally recognised accreditations for organisations and professional level certifications for individuals providing penetration testing, cyber incident response, threat intelligence, and Security Operations Centre (SOC) services.

  • Cybercrime Support Network
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    Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) is a public-private, nonprofit collaboration created to meet the challenges facing millions of individuals and businesses affected each and every day by cybercrime. CSN’s mission is to improve the plight of Americans facing the ever growing impact of cybercrime by bringing together national partners to support cybercrime victims before, during, and after.

  • KnowBe4
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    We are a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant and the fastest-growing vendor in this space.

    KnowBe4 is the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform that helps you manage the ongoing problem of social engineering.

    The KnowBe4 platform is user-friendly and intuitive. It was built to scale for busy IT pros that have 16 other fires to put out. Our goal was to design the most powerful, yet easy-to-use platform available.

    Customers of all sizes can get the KnowBe4 platform deployed into production twice as fast as our competitors. Our Customer Success team gets you going in no time, without the need for consulting hours.

  • National Cybersecurity Alliance
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    Our alliance stands for the safe and secure use of all technology. We encourage everyone to do their part to prevent digital wrongdoing of any kind. We build strong partnerships, educate and inspire all to take action to protect ourselves, our families, organizations and nations. Only together can we realize a more secure, interconnected world.

  • Okta
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    Okta is the World’s Identity Company. As the leading independent Identity partner, we free everyone to safely use any technology—anywhere, on any device or app. The most trusted brands trust Okta to enable secure access, authentication, and automation. With flexibility and neutrality at the core of our Okta Workforce Identity and Customer Identity Clouds, business leaders and developers can focus on innovation and accelerate digital transformation, thanks to customizable solutions and more than 7,000 pre-built integrations. We’re building a world where Identity belongs to you. Learn more at okta.com.

  • Tanium
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    Tanium defends every team, endpoint and workflow against the largest attack surface in history by delivering the industry’s first convergence of IT management and security operations with a single platform under a new category, Converged Endpoint Management (XEM).

    The integrated offering links IT operations, security and risk teams from a single pane of glass to provide a shared source of truth, a unified set of controls, and a common taxonomy that brings together siloed teams for a shared purpose—to protect critical information and infrastructure.

    For more information, visit: https://www.tanium.com.

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Keynote Speakers
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    Chris Roberts
    CISO and Senior Director, Boom Supersonic

    Chris is the CISO for Boom Supersonic and works as an advisor for several entities and organizations around the globe. His most recent projects are focused within the aerospace, deception, identity, cryptography, Artificial Intelligence, and services sectors. Over the years, he's founded or worked with several folks specializing in OSINT/SIGINT/HUMINT research, intelligence gathering, cryptography, and deception technologies. These days he’s working on spreading the risk, maturity, collaboration, and communication word across the industry. (Likely while coding his EEG driven digital clone that’s monitoring his tea and biscuit consumption!)

    Since the late 90’s Chris has been deeply involved with security R&D, consulting, and advisory services in his quest to protect and defend businesses and individuals against various types of attack. Prior to that he jumped out of planes for a living, visiting all sorts of interesting countries and cultures while doing his best to avoid getting shot at too often. (Before that, he managed to get various computers confiscated by several European entities.)

    He’s considered one of the world’s foremost experts on counter threat intelligence and vulnerability research within the Information Security industry. He’s also gotten a name for himself in the transportation arena, basically anything with wings, wheels, tracks, tyres, fins, props or paddles has been the target for research for the last 15 years. (To interesting effect.)

    Chris has led or been involved in information security assessments and engagements for the better part of 25 years and has a wealth of experience with regulations such as GLBA, GDPR, HIPAA, HITECH, FISMA, and NERC/FERC. He has also worked with government, state, and federal authorities on standards such as CMS, ISO, CMMC, and NIST.

    Chris has been credentialed in many of the top IT and information security disciplines and as a CyberSecurity advocate and passionate industry voice, he is regularly featured in national newspapers, television news, industry publications and several documentaries. He can typically be found waving arms on a stage somewhere on this planet…or hacking into whatever’s taken his fancy… (Cows and camels being two of the more bizarre things, we’ll ignore things in space for now.)

    As one of the well-known hackers and researchers, Chris is routinely invited to speak at industry conferences. CNN, The Washington Post, WIRED, Business Insider, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, and numerous others have covered him in the media.

    And worst case, to jog the memory, Chris was the researcher who gained global attention in 2015 for demonstrating the linkage between various aviation systems, both on the ground and while in the air that allowed the exploitation of attacks against flight control system.

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    Mike Muscatell
    Sr. Director, Cyber Security, Acumatica, Inc.

    Mike Muscatell is a seasoned IT veteran with more than 21 years in the Information Security field. He is a certified ethical hacker (CEH). Was honored as top 100 professionals in the Information Security field by Strathmore's for 2014. Member of a number of security organizations, including InfraGard and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Cyber Committee.

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    Roger Grimes
    Data-Driven Defense Evangelist, KnowBe4

    Roger Grimes is a 30-year computer security consultant, instructor, holder of dozens of computer certifications and an award-winning author of 10 books and over 1,000 magazine articles on computer security. He has worked at some of the world’s largest computer security companies, including Foundstone, McAfee and Microsoft. Grimes holds a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University. He has been the weekly security columnist for InfoWorld and CSO magazines since 2005.

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    Reanna Schultz
    Team Leader of Information Security, Garmin

    Reanna Schultz is from Kansas City, MO, and attended the University of Central Missouri (UCM). She graduated in 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity: Secure Software Development and in 2020 for Master of Science in Cybersecurity: Information Assurance. While being in the industry, Reanna has been exposed to numerous SANS hosted classes. Reanna volunteers as a National Cyber League coach and provides her industry expertise by doing guest speaker talks for numerous colleges and high schools across the Midwest to STEM students. Reanna currently works as a Team Lead at Garmin and directly reports out of their SOC.

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    Randy Raw
    CISO, Veterans United Home Loans

    Randy Raw is Chief Information Security Officer at Veterans United Home Loans in Columbia, Missouri. He has more than 25 years of experience in both public entities and private industry, having built several Information Security programs from the ground up. He is a proponent of risk-based, layered security measures that utilize both preventative and detective approaches to achieve the right solution for the organization. Randy is a CISSP and is active in the Central Missouri InfoSec community. He has spoken at SecureWorld on many technical topics and turns his focus towards helping others move from the technical trenches to a leadership role.

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    Zachary Warren
    Chief Security Advisory, EMEA, Tanium
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    Lisa Plaggemier
    Executive Director, National Cybersecurity Alliance

    Lisa Plaggemier is Executive Director at the National Cybersecurity Alliance. She is a recognized thought leader in security awareness and education with a track record of engaging and empowering people to protect themselves, their families, and their organizations. Lisa is a University of Michigan graduate (Go Blue!) and while she wasn’t born in Austin, Texas, she got there as fast as she could.

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    Glenn Kapetansky
    Chief Security Officer & Technology Lead, Trexin Group

    Glenn Kapetansky has a passion for building systems, organizations, and teams, and has done so across a number of business sectors, technologies, and roles. For over 20 years, Glenn has advised senior executives and built teams throughout the delivery cycle: strategy, architecture, development, quality assurance, deployment, operational support, financials, and project planning. His credentials were earned in such diverse industries as healthcare, finance, energy, consumer products, and telecommunications. Glenn's current focus areas—as Senior Principal and Chief Security Officer at Trexin Group—are agile management, data protection, and audit/regulatory compliance.

    Glenn speaks and publishes on occasion. He has been named numerous times in various Who's Who, and is a repeat recipient of Bell Labs' Arno Penzias Award for Innovation in the Marketplace. He is active in CIO Roundtables, CISO Chicago, the Chicago Life Sciences Consortium, and the Technology Leaders' Association. Glenn's certifications and memberships include IEEE, ISC2 (CISSP), ISACA (CISA), and ITIL (SM).

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    Rebecca Rakoski
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner, XPAN Law Partners

    Rebecca L. Rakoski is the managing partner at XPAN Law Partners, LLC. Rebecca advises her clients on a proactive, multi jurisdictional approach to identify and address data privacy and cybersecurity compliance gaps and potential liabilities. She uses her extensive experience to work with her clients to create and tailor a security and privacy governance program that fits their specific needs in order to limit their regulatory exposure.

    Rebecca counsels and aggressively defends public and private corporations, and their boards, during data breaches and responds to state/federal regulatory compliance and enforcement actions. As an experienced litigator, Rebecca has handled hundreds of matters in state and federal courts. Rebecca skillfully manages the intersection of state, federal, and international regulations that affect the transfer, storage, and collection of data to minimize her client's litigation risks.

    Rebecca regularly negotiates complex contractual provisions that are impacted by domestic and international data privacy regulations including the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. She understands how the nature of the data can affect the role her client plays in the data transaction and uses that knowledge to mitigate corporate liability.
    As a thought leader in the area of data privacy and cybersecurity, Rebecca serves on the New Jersey State Bar Association's Cyber Task Force. Rebecca is Vice-Chair Elect for the New Jersey State Bar Association's Bankruptcy Law Section.

    Rebecca has been appointed and served in multiple highly complex litigation matters by the New Jersey Superior Court as a Special Master in the areas of technology and eDiscovery. She also served on the Complex Business Litigation Committee that drafted and revised the New Jersey Court Rules involving electronic discovery. Rebecca was on the eDiscovery committee of her prior law firm and created its eDiscovery subgroup.

    Rebecca is on the Board of Governors for Temple University Health Systems and is also the Acting Dean of Online Learning and an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

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    Jason Kikta
    CISO, Automox

    Jason Kikta is the Chief Information Security Officer at Automox. He previously served for over 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, which included seven years at U.S. Cyber Command designing and managing the national counter-APT and counter-ransomware missions.

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    Deidre Diamond
    Founder and CEO, CyberSN and Secure Diversity

    Deidre Diamond is the founder and CEO of CyberSN, the largest cybersecurity talent acquisition technology and services firm in the U.S., transforming job searching and hiring for the cybersecurity industry. Standardizing all cybersecurity job functions into a common taxonomy of 45 roles, the CyberSN platform allows professionals to make anonymous, public profiles that match with employer-posted job descriptions using the same taxonomy. This innovation is disruptive and solves a serious national security issue. Deidre’s leadership style combines 25 years of experience working in technology and staffing, her love of the cybersecurity community, and a genuine enthusiasm for people. She has led large-scale sales and operations and built high-performance teams at Rapid7 and Motion Recruitment prior to founding her own organizations. She believes a company-culture established on ‘anything is possible’ attitudes and open communication frameworks, along with positive energy, career advancement, and kindness, enables her teams to have fun at work and reach beyond peak performance. She also encourages the use of EQ (Emotional Intelligence) skills: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social skills, and empathy. Deidre has also founded SecureDiversity.org, a non-profit organization working to raise awareness for, and increase the hiring of, women and underrepresented humans in the cybersecurity workforce. She has also spoken at some of the biggest tech summits, conferences, and podcasts in the world including ISC2 Congress, RSA, ISSA International, and Hacker Halted.

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    Myriah V. Jaworski, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPP/E
    Member, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Clark Hill Law

    Myriah Jaworski is a Member, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, at Clark Hill Law. She represents clients in data breach actions, technology disputes, and in the defense of consumer class actions and related regulatory investigations stemming from alleged privacy torts and violations of the TCPA, BIPA, IRPA, and other state and federal privacy laws. Myriah also works with clients to devise and implement privacy and security compliance programs and to evaluate and implement new technologies, including enterprise-wide AI and machine learning tools. She is also been recognized as a Super Lawyer® for her Civil Litigation practice in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

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    Ally Armeson
    Program Director, Military & Veteran Program, Cybercrime Support Network

    Ally Armeson serves as the Program Director for the Military & Veteran Program at Cybercrime Support Network (CSN). Ally is responsible for building and managing CSN’s Military & Veteran Program, which provides service members, veterans, and their families with the education and resources they need to protect themselves from fraud and scams throughout each phase of military life and beyond.

    She is a milspouse and veteran who served for more than 10 years as an officer in the U.S. Army. During her time in the military, she worked as a Civil Affairs Officer where she developed and implemented many humanitarian assistance projects in developing countries. After transitioning out of the military, Ally completed her MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and began her civilian career as an operations manager.

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    Col. Cedric Leighton
    CNN Military Analyst; U.S. Air Force (Ret.); Chairman, Cedric Leighton Associates, LLC

    Cedric Leighton is a CNN Military Analyst and a retired United States Air Force Colonel. On CNN, he has provided incisive commentaries on the Israel-Hamas War, the War in Ukraine, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and numerous other conflicts around the world. His analysis has been seen by millions of viewers around the world and provided much needed context to some of the most pressing national security issues of our time. As a U.S. Air Force officer, Colonel Leighton served at U.S. Special Operations Command, the Joint Staff, and the National Security Agency, where he helped train the nation's cyber warriors. A Middle East combat veteran, he is the recipient of numerous military awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Bronze Star. After serving 26 years as a U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer, Col. Leighton founded a strategic risk consultancy and became the co-founder of CYFORIX, where he advises multinational businesses on developing better cyber strategies designed to reduce risk and unpredictability.

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    April Boyd-Noronha
    Lead, Security Awareness; Sr. Engineer, Information Security & Risk, Cardinal Health

    April, also known as The STEM Broker, is currently the Global Diversity & Inclusion Advisor and Board Member of the XR Safety Initiative (XRSI), the first global non-profit with the mission of helping build safe and inclusive realities. In her role, she continues to advise the CyberXR Coalition, launched by XRSI, where she helped lead the launch of the Immersive Technology Standards as a baseline for developing a new mindset for immersive tech which featured four pillars: diversity and inclusion, ethics, trust and safety, and accessibility.

    April has over 20 years of experience in academia and advanced technologies as an author, global keynote speaker, thought leader, and advisor on emerging trends and the future of work on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility of historically marginalized populations. She also is the Program Director and Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. April is the first Black elected school board member of the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) and is committed to ensuring that “diversity is the strength” of SMSD. She is the parent of three children who all are pursuing a STEM career track in cybersecurity, engineering, and drone piloting.

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    Stephen Dougherty
    Financial Fraud Investigator, Global Investigative Operations Center, U.S. Secret Service

    Stephen Dougherty has over a decade of investigative experience. His career as a Financial Fraud Investigator in support of the federal government has played a pivotal role in criminal investigations, surrounding cyber-enabled financial crime, money laundering, human trafficking, identity theft, healthcare fraud, embezzlement, tax/government program fraud, dark web crimes, among others. Stephen’s main area of expertise is combatting money laundering in all its forms. Aside from this, Stephen has been proactive in identifying new and future trends in the world of financial crime. Such trends include the cyber security nexus of financial crimes and its ever-growing relationship in major financial crimes such as Business Email Compromise and the rise of the dark web and the use of virtual currency as a vehicle for facilitation of financial crimes. Stephen has been a leader and a mentor to other investigators teaching them how to uncover fraud internally and externally. Stephen is currently an investigator contracted to the U.S. Secret Service’s Global Investigative Operations Center (GIOC) in Washington D.C.

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