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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024
    9:00 am
    [PLUS Course] Implementing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Including 2.0
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    vCISO, Cyber Risk Opportunities LLC
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    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

     

    Have you ever wondered how to actually use the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and apply it to your business or organization?

    In this course, you will get an inside look at how cybersecurity, information technology (IT), and business professionals use the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) Version 2.0 to understand and actively manage their risk posture.

    You will begin by learning the fundamentals of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, including:

    • What are the components of the framework?
    • Why is the framework is valuable?
    • What type of organizations can use the framework?

    Then, you will dive deeper into the framework to fully understand the Framework Core, the Framework Tiers, and the Framework Implementation Profile.

    You will also review various case studies from diverse organizations across the globe, including critical infrastructure organizations, technology companies, governmental organizations, and others.

    Finally, we will spend the majority of this course walking you through how to implement this framework within your own organization by conducting a Cyber Risk Mapping (CR-MAP). This CR-MAP of your organization will aid you in identifying your weaknesses and creating a remediation plan to achieve higher levels of security by minimizing your cyber risk.

    We even include a free bonus digital workbook that helps you conduct a step-by-step Cyber Risk Mapping at the conclusion of the course.

  • Thursday, May 30, 2024
    7:30 am
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    7:30 am - 4:15 pm
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    Come to the Registration desk in the lobby to check-in and get your badge. SecureWorld staff will be available throughout the day if you have any questions.

    8:00 am
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    8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Location / Room: Exhibitor Hall

    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.

    8:00 am
    Advisory Council Roundtable Breakfast – (VIP / Invite only)
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    8:00 am - 8:45 am

    This roundtable discussion is for our Advisory Council members only.

    8:00 am
    Association Chapter Meetings
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    8:00 am - 8:45 am

    Participating professional associations and details to be announced.

    8:45 am
    Networking Break
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    8:45 am - 9:00 am
    Location / Room: Exhibitor Hall

    Visit the Exhibitor Hall to network with attendees and connect with our vendor sponsors and association partners.

    9:00 am
    [Opening Keynote] Converge 2024: Outcome-Driven Cybersecurity Transformation
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    CNN Military Analyst; U.S. Air Force (Ret.); Chairman, Cedric Leighton Associates, LLC
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    Founding Partner, CYFORIX (Former CISO & Sr. Executive at Keurig Dr Pepper, Comcast, HD Supply, and GE)
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    9:00 am - 9:45 am
    Location / Room: Keynote Theater

    The cybersecurity landscape is no longer defined by APTs and static defenses; it’s a dynamic battlefield where agility, strategic insights and creative risk reduction executed with technical veracity drive differentiating outcomes. Our co-presenters provide differentiating insights at the intersection of national defense, global security trends, and cybersecurity risk management.

    This session helps you reimagine your security posture and provides you with a battle plan to protect your organizational assets. Col. Leighton and VJ delve into the defining trends of cybersecurity transformation, including using AI to shift from detection to prediction; addressing the evolving human factor risk with advanced security training and creating a culture of security; embracing integration and breaking down siloed data and disparate tools; and building future-proof defenses with automation and threat intelligence platforms.

    9:45 am
    Networking Break
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    9:45 am - 10:15 am
    Location / Room: Exhibitor Hall

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    10:15 am
    Running Cybersecurity as a Business
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    Chief Trust Officer, Pantheon.io
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    10:15 am - 11:00 am

    The old way of running security no longer works. Providing insights from a CISO’s perspective—and perhaps with some controversial takes—this keynote delves into the strategic shift from traditional IT security to “trust product development” measured in value outcomes. The session underlines how such a strategic pivot can meet rigorous cybersecurity standards while promoting growth and retention by aligning trust mechanisms to various customer stakeholders.

    10:15 am
    Mental Health vs Mental Wellbeing: How to Cultivate Resilient Security Teams
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    CISO, YAGEO Group
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    Director, Information Security & Compliance, Carnival Cruise Line
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    Co-Founder & Community Director, Mind Over Cyber
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    10:15 am - 11:00 am

    This panel discussion will confront the challenge of building infosec teams with the skills to manage stress under pressure. Four cybersecurity executive leaders will explore how to create team cultures, practices, and processes for proactively building mental well-being instead of addressing mental health from a reactive position. Much like building a security program, the group will look at the role mindfulness can play in helping defenders increase job satisfaction, improve focus, and lower the risk of burnout. Attendees can expect to gain actionable insights and practical steps that can be implemented within their organizations to cultivate this type of resilience. Moderated by Carlos Guerrero, Co-founder and Community Director for Mind Over Cyber.

    10:15 am
    How to Protect It If It Is Connected
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    10:15 am - 11:00 am

    Come ready to hear use cases, examples, successes (and failures) related to network security. If it’s connected to the Internet, you want to keep it secure, private, fast, and reliable. Our co-presenters share how to secure websites, APIs and Internet applications; protect corporate networks, employees and devices; and write and deploy code that runs on the network edge.

    11:00 am
    Networking Break
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    11:00 am - 11:10 am
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    11:10 am
    The Future of Encryption: Quantum Computing and AI
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    Sr. Intelligence Analyst, Expedia Group
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    11:10 am - 11:55 am
    “The Future of Encryption: Quantum Computing and AI” explores the impending impact of quantum computing on current encryption methodologies and how AI can offer solutions. This presentation highlights quantum-resistant encryption algorithms, preparing audiences for the significant changes quantum advancements will bring. Case studies from startups and tech firms developing quantum-safe encryption solutions will provide practical insights. The key takeaway will emphasize the urgency of adapting to quantum computing developments to ensure robust, future-proof encryption strategies. This topic is crucial for understanding the evolving landscape of cybersecurity in the quantum/AI era.
    11:10 am
    How to Build an Insider Threat Program
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    11:10 am - 11:55 am

    Sometimes just having a SOC isn’t enough to address insider threat issues. Security operations teams are managing massive amounts of data across billions of events from on premises to the cloud. Looking for specific needles like insider threats in this complex haystack has special requirements that encompass both searching historic data and seeing evolving credential behavior changes as they happen.

    Whether from downsizing or expanding the business, employees, vendors, contractors, and more are moving in and out of your environment. And often, it is during turbulent times that insider threats go unobserved as everything  changes so quickly. Insider threat initiatives require a new, more focused approach.

    This presentation will explore:

    • The common scenarios that indicate you need an insider threat team, how to build a mission statement, and tools
    • Four attributes of a successful insider threat program
    • How behavioral analytics baseline “normal” behavior of users and devices – showing risk faster
    • An automated investigation experience that replaces manual routines and effectively guides new insider threat teams
    11:10 am
    [Panel] Unveiling the Threat Landscape and Unmasking Digital Villains
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    11:10 am - 11:55 am

    In the shadows of our digital world, a clandestine battle is waged against our data, systems, and infrastructure. These hidden threats, much like the villains of comic books, lurk in the shadows, seeking to exploit vulnerabilities and disrupt our digital lives. Join us as we delve into the ever-evolving threat landscape, unmasking the villains of the digital realm and exploring their nefarious tactics.

    Our panel of cybersecurity experts unravel the intricate world of cyber threats, shedding light on the latest trends, emerging attack vectors, and the expanding arsenal of malicious tools employed by cyber adversaries. Learn the motivations behind these threats, from profit-driven cybercriminals to state-sponsored actors wielding cyberweapons.

    Our panel provides a comprehensive overview of the current threat landscape.

    12:00 pm
    LUNCH KEYNOTE
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    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
    Location / Room: Keynote Theater
    12:00 pm
    Advisory Council Lunch Roundtable – (VIP / Invite Only)
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    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    Advisory Council roundtable discussion moderated by:

    12:45 pm
    Networking Break
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    12:45 pm - 1:15 pm
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    Visit the Exhibitor Hall to network with attendees and connect with our vendor sponsors and association partners.

    1:15 pm
    Using People, Process, and Technology to Build a World Class SOC
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    CISO, State of North Dakota
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    1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

    Session description to come.

    1:15 pm
    Securing Your Sensitive Assets in a Cloud-First World
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    1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

    Key take-away: 
    How to rethink database security controls in a cloud-first world.

    For most organizations, data repositories hold our most sensitive, mission critical assets. As enterprises continue their digital transformation journeys, data repositories and the sensitive assets within are more exposed than ever before for several reasons, including a dramatic rise in the:

    • Amount of data created, collected, and stored
    • Number of repositories storing sensitive data across clouds
    • Number of users and applications that need access to data
    1:15 pm
    [Panel] The Secret Potential of AI and ML: Empowering Cyber Superheroes with Artificial Intelligence
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    1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

    Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have emerged as powerful tools for cybersecurity professionals, offering the potential to revolutionize how organizations and individuals detect, analyze, and respond to cyber threats. Join us as we delve into the world of AI- and ML-powered cybersecurity, exploring the hidden potential of these technologies and their ability to transform cybersecurity superheroes into formidable defenders of the digital realm.

    Our panel of experts unravel the intricate world of AI and ML in cybersecurity, shedding light on the latest advancements, emerging applications, and the challenges involved in harnessing the power of these technologies effectively. They discuss the use of AI in threat detection and analysis, ML-powered threat prediction, and the potential of AI-driven automated response capabilities.

    Our panel provides a comprehensive overview of AI and ML in cybersecurity, empowering attendees to understand the hidden potential of these technologies and explore how they can be leveraged to enhance their organization’s cybersecurity posture. Learn how to identify and implement AI and ML solutions, overcome the challenges of data privacy and ethics, and embrace the future of AI-powered cybersecurity.

    2:00 pm
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    2:00 pm - 2:10 pm
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    2:10 pm
    Conquering the Past: Strategies for Overcoming Technical Debt in IT and Cybersecurity
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    Director of Cybersecurity, Avelo Airlines
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    2:10 pm - 2:55 pm
    This presentation tackles the challenge of overcoming technical debt in IT and cybersecurity, defined as outdated or underinvested technology and infrastructure. It offers leaders practical strategies to update and enhance their technological assets. The talk covers the causes, impacts, and risks of technical debt and provides systematic approaches for its identification, assessment, and prioritization. Actionable steps for addressing technical debt will be shared, focusing on resource allocation, technology selection, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. This is vital for professionals aiming to improve their cybersecurity posture and IT efficiency, leading to a more secure and future-proof organization.
    Learn to identify and assess technical debt in IT and cybersecurity, implement strategic remediation approaches, including resource allocation and technology selection, and foster a culture of continuous improvement to update infrastructure and align with industry standards regularly.
    2:10 pm
    An Honest Peer-Driven Conversation About Cyber Insurance
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    2:10 pm - 2:55 pm

    Cyber insurance is no longer a “do I need it?” but a must-have for organizations. This conversation among cybersecurity peers will discusse how to properly assess insurance programs, including a candid look into how the organization should drive what is and is not covered, not the insurance provider.

    2:10 pm
    Benchmarking Your Cybersecurity Framework
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    2:10 pm - 2:55 pm

    Measuring one’s cybersecurity framework against others in the same industry, or even outside of their vertical, can provide valuable insights into areas to improve or adjust.

    3:00 pm
    Networking Break and Dash for Prizes
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    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Location / Room: Exhibitor Hall

    Visit the solution sponsor booths in the Exhibitor Hall and connect with other attendees.

    Participating sponsors will announce their Dash for Prizes winners. Must be present to win.

    3:00 pm
    Happy Hour
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    3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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    Join your peers for conversation and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. This is a great opportunity to network with other security professionals from the area, and to discuss the hot topics from the day.

    3:30 pm
    [Closing Keynote] Drag Racing & Cybersecurity: The Crossover
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    CISO, United Musculoskeletal Partners
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    3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
    Location / Room: Keynote Theater

    You’d be amazed what you can learn from everyday hobbies or obstacles to help you become a better practitioner. Krista Arndt shares a very personal story of survival after a bad drag racing accident in 2015. It was a life-altering experience and provided perspective on her personal and professional life that drives her every day as a loving mom and wife, volunteer, and successful CISO.

Exhibitors
  • Arctic Wolf Networks
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    Arctic Wolf Networks provides SOC-as-a-service that is redefining the economics of security. The AWN CyberSOC™ service is anchored by Concierge Security™ teams and includes 24×7 monitoring, custom alerting, and incident investigation and response. There is no hardware or software to purchase, and the end-to-end service includes a proprietary cloud-based SIEM, threat intelligence subscriptions and all the expertise and tools required. For more information about Arctic Wolf, visit  https://www.arcticwolf.com.

  • Axonius
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    Axonius is the cybersecurity asset management platform that gives organizations a comprehensive asset inventory, uncovers security solution coverage gaps, and automatically validates and enforces security policies. By seamlessly integrating with over 200 security and management solutions, Axonius is deployed in minutes, improving cyber hygiene immediately.

  • Check Point Software Technologies
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    Check Point Software Technologies is a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions to governments and corporate enterprises globally. Its solutions protect customers from 5th generation cyber-attacks with an industry leading catch rate of malware, ransomware, and other types of attacks. Our solutions offer multilevel security architecture, “Infinity” Total Protection with Gen V advanced threat prevention.

  • Cloudflare
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    Cloudflare, Inc. (NYSE: NET) is the leading connectivity cloud company. It empowers organizations to make their employees, applications, and networks faster and more secure everywhere, while reducing complexity and cost. Cloudflare’s connectivity cloud delivers the most full-featured, unified platform of cloud-native products and developer tools, so any organization can gain the control they need to work, develop, and accelerate their business.

    Powered by one of the world’s largest and most interconnected networks, Cloudflare blocks billions of threats online for its customers every day. It is trusted by millions of organizations—from the largest brands to entrepreneurs and small businesses to nonprofits, humanitarian groups, and governments across the globe.

    Learn more about Cloudflare’s connectivity cloud at cloudflare.com/connectivity-cloud. Learn more about the latest internet trends and insights at radar.cloudflare.com.

  • Gurucul
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    Gurucul is a global cybersecurity company that is changing the way organizations protect their most valuable assets, data and information from insider threats and external cyberattacks, both on-premises and in the cloud. Gurucul’s real-time Cloud-native Next-Gen Security Analytics and Operations Platform provides customers with Next Generation SIEM, UEBA, Open XDR, and Identity & Access Analytics. It leverages machine learning behavior profiling with predictive risk-scoring algorithms to predict, detect and prevent data breaches, fraud and insider threats. It also reduces the attack surface for accounts and eliminates unnecessary access rights and privileges to increase data protection.

    Gurucul is backed by an advisory board comprised of Fortune 500 CISOs, and world-renowned experts in government intelligence and cybersecurity. The company was founded in 2010 by seasoned entrepreneurs with a proven track record of introducing industry-changing enterprise security solutions. Gurucul’s mission is to help organizations protect their intellectual property, regulated information, and brand reputation from insider threats and sophisticated external intrusions.

    Gurucul technology is used by Global 1000 companies and government agencies to fight cybercrimes, IP theft, insider threat and account compromise. It is also used for log aggregation, compliance and risk-based security orchestration and automation for real-time extended detection and response. Gurucul is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Lacework
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    Lacework automates security across Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), providing a comprehensive view of risks across cloud workloads and containers. Lacework’s unified cloud security platform provides unprecedented visibility, automates intrusion detection, delivers one-click investigation, and simplifies cloud compliance.

  • Oasis
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    Oasis Security is the leading provider of Non-Human Identity Management (NHIM) solutions. NHI Management is a huge and unresolved security weakness that is constantly exploited by malicious cyber attackers. By enabling control over Non-Human Identities, we bridge the gap between devops/R&D and security ensuring our customers elevate their security posture while maintaining highly efficient operations.

  • Perception Point
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    Perception Point is a Prevention-as-a-Service company for the fastest and most accurate next-generation detection, investigation, and remediation of all threats across an organization’s main attack vectors – email, web browsers, and cloud collaboration apps. The solution’s natively integrated and fully managed incident response service acts as a force multiplier to the SOC team, reducing management overhead, improving user experience and delivering continuous insights; providing proven best protection for all organizations.

    Deployed in minutes, with no change to the enterprise’s infrastructure, the patented, cloud-native and easy-to-use service replaces cumbersome legacy systems to prevent phishing, BEC, spam, malware, zero-days, ATO, and other advanced attacks well before they reach end-users. Fortune 500 enterprises and organizations across the globe are preventing attacks across their email, web browsers and cloud collaboration channels with Perception Point.

    Our unique technology which uses 7 advanced detection layers to provide a single verdict in just seconds, has been recognized by Gartner and has proven time and time again to deliver the most effective ROI when compared to leading cyber solutions. As a result, the company now serves hundreds of global enterprises from all sizes and across all verticals, including Telecom, Food & Beverage, Tech, Healthcare, Finance, Insurance and more.

  • South Florida ISSA Chapter
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    The South Florida chapter of the Information System Security Association (ISSA) stands as a cornerstone within the global ISSA community, celebrated for its prominence and esteemed reputation.

    Since its inception in 1998, the South Florida ISSA has consistently organized Security Conferences every two years. These events have featured keynote speeches from illustrious figures such as Orson Swindle, former head of the FTC, alongside other notable experts from leading corporations and academic institutions.

    With a dynamic involvement in the InfoSec realm, South Florida ISSA engages a diverse audience ranging from managers to technical specialists, addressing a wide spectrum of InfoSec subjects. This engagement extends through their monthly meetings and various specialized events.

    A highlight of our calendar is the Hack the Flag Challenge, which takes place annually in September. This event is acclaimed throughout Florida as a top-tier collaborative learning opportunity within the industry.

    Furthermore, South Florida ISSA takes pride in being the professional sanctuary for numerous ISSA Senior Members, including the distinguished ISSA Fellow William A. Cellich, underscoring its significant contribution to the community and the field at large.

  • ThreatLocker
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    ThreatLocker® is a global cybersecurity leader, providing enterprise-level cybersecurity tools to improve the security of servers and endpoints. ThreatLocker’s combined Application Whitelisting, Ringfencing™, Storage Control, and Privileged Access Management solutions are leading the cybersecurity market towards a more secure approach of blocking unknown application vulnerabilities. To learn more about ThreatLocker visit: www.threatlocker.com

  • WiCyS Florida Affiliate
    Booth: TBD
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Keynote Speakers
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    Kip Boyle, Instructor
    vCISO, Cyber Risk Opportunities LLC

    Kip Boyle is the Virtual Chief Information Security Officer of Cyber Risk Opportunities, whose mission is to help executives become more proficient cyber risk managers. He has over 24 years of cybersecurity experience serving as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and in other IT risk management roles for organizations in the financial services, technology, telecom, military, civil engineering, and logistics industries.

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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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    VJ Viswanathan
    Founding Partner, CYFORIX (Former CISO & Sr. Executive at Keurig Dr Pepper, Comcast, HD Supply, and GE)

    VJ Viswanathan is a seasoned technology executive recognized and awarded for innovation, business capability transformation, and thoughtful mentorship. Most recently, VJ is the founding partner at CYFORIX, a global cybersecurity research, advisory, and strategic consulting firm delivering solutions to public and private sectors. He also serves as the CEO at TORQE, a specialized advisory firm focused on analytics, automation, and convergent technologies. VJ is the co-host of ELEVATEINTEL, a podcast series at the nexus of technology, social, and defense.

    With more than 25 years of pioneering enterprise technology, cybersecurity, privacy, and compliance & risk management experience, VJ has a detailed track record of designing, implementing, and leading highly successful programs, products, and services at multinational Fortune 100 brands spanning CPG, telecom, media, supply chain, healthcare, and finance segments. As a strategic thought leader, VJ has delivered the first of its kind "Supply Chain Security" & “Omni-channel Risk Management” frameworks. As a published author and featured keynote speaker at global industry events, he approaches disruptive digital paradigms with innovation, creativity, and active collaboration with his key industry peers, researchers, national & international law enforcement, and defense groups.

    VJ is an active mentor at various incubators and accelerators groups, serves as an advisory board member for growth stage companies. As a strategic adviser to VC & PE firms, he specializes in developing market analysis, competitive product road maps, and guides in opportunity mapping. As a board member and subject matter advisor to CEOs and corporate directors, VJ evaluates and audits enterprise technology and cybersecurity programs for veracity and operational effectiveness.

    VJ is passionate about animal rights and giving back to the technology and security industry. He has created a rescue and foster care group for large breed dogs. He is actively engaged with academic institutions and purpose-driven professional groups like Minorities in Cyber Security, where he serves as a board member and chair of mentorship programs to develop the next generation talent through coaching and facilitating scholarships for technology and cybersecurity education.

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    Sabino Marquez
    Chief Trust Officer, Pantheon.io

    Sabino Marquez is the Chief Trust Officer at Pantheon.io, a premier provider of WebOps solutions for Drupal and WordPress sites globally. His approach to leading cybersecurity as a ‘Trust Product Practice’ has led to substantial returns on security investments, higher value-generation velocity, and enhanced equity valuations. Sabino leads the Trust Product organization as a go-to-market leader, working alongside the productive business to enable and defend value, and transforming stakeholder Trust into a powerful tool for competitive differentiation. Within his key areas of focus, Sabino ensures robust protection mechanisms are in place for stakeholder interests while also leveraging organizational Trust as a distinct advantage in a competitive market landscape. His work has not only brought him recognition as ‘2023 C100 Winner’, but he is also an esteemed thought leader who frequently shares insights in Security Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Cyber Security Tribe.

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    Michael Calderin
    CISO, YAGEO Group
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    Michelle Garcia
    Director, Information Security & Compliance, Carnival Cruise Line

    Michelle is recognized as a leader in the fields of IT and OT Cyber Security with an extensive foundation of knowledge in ecommerce, security operations, technology globalization and pioneering where cybersecurity and vessel safety converge. In Michelle’s 30-year career, she has extensive experience leading diverse teams across multiple technologies and platforms.

    Michelle has deep knowledge in the areas of SOX and PCI-DSS compliance as well as international regulations specific to IMO and SOLAS. Her security expertise includes security management, attack surface management, application security, incident response, vulnerability management, and project management. She is a master at building and leading high-performance teams.

    Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing and a master’s degree in Cyber Security Management and Policy as well as professional certifications from the Project Management Institute and SANS Institute.

    She is currently a director at Carnival Cruise Line where she is the head of IT Security and Compliance.

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    Carlos Guerrero, Moderator
    Co-Founder & Community Director, Mind Over Cyber

    Given that his roots are in fine arts, Carlos Guerrero's journey into the world of cybersecurity and compliance might seem unconventional. However, it is precisely this artistic background that has shaped his distinctive approach and allowed him to thrive as a Senior Account Executive at 360 Advanced, a leading cybersecurity audit and compliance firm.

    With a decade of experience in IT, cybersecurity, and GRC, Carlos has established himself as a trusted advisor to cybersecurity leaders navigating the complexities of the modern business landscape. His art training has cultivated a rare blend of creative thinking, visual communication skills, and attention to detail – traits that have proven invaluable in an industry that demands innovative solutions.

    Moreover, Carlos' artistic background has fostered a deep sense of empathy and emotional intelligence, which he leverages to build strong interpersonal relationships and understand clients' unique needs. This human-centric approach, combined with his adaptability and willingness to iterate, has been instrumental in his ability to guide organizations toward secure and compliant operations.

    With his diverse skill set and commitment to fostering trust through active listening and following through on commitments, Carlos continues to make a significant impact in the cybersecurity realm, redefining what it means to be a successful business leader in this dynamic field.

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    Bidemi Ologunde
    Sr. Intelligence Analyst, Expedia Group

    Bid is a seasoned intelligence analyst with years of experience and industry certifications in security operations, threat intelligence, cybercrime investigations, inter-agency collaboration, and lots more. He's currently a Senior Intelligence Analyst at Expedia.

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    Michael Gregg
    CISO, State of North Dakota

    Michael Gregg is the state of North Dakota’s Chief Information Security Officer. The state CISO is responsible for establishing and leading the strategic direction of cyber security for the state and advising the governor and legislators on key cyber issues.

    With Michael’s cyber experience span being over a period of two decades, he has been a pioneer of helping people interested in becoming IT professionals as well as seasoned IT professionals achieve by sharing knowledge by means of authoring over 25 IT cyber security books. He enjoys contributing his time and talents where there is a need to help others learn and grow by holding board, committee, and advisory positions for non-profit organizations. He holds a Bachelors degree, Masters degree, and many security certifications.

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    David Sledge
    Director of Cybersecurity, Avelo Airlines

    David Sledge is the Director of Cybersecurity for Avelo Airlines, where he collaborates with the CISA and FBI. He holds +20 IT and cybersecurity-focused professional certifications, including CISSP, CISM, and CIPM. He brings 16 years of experience in IT and security leadership, working with global Fortune 500 companies. Previous speaking engagements include keynote speaker and panelist. He is a current ISACA – Greater Houston Chapter Board Member and active member of SIM Houston, ISSA South Texas, OWASP Austin, and ISC2 Austin. A cybersecurity advisory board member at multiple universities and is recognized as an ambassador, mentor, and advocate in the cybersecurity industry.

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    Krista Arndt
    CISO, United Musculoskeletal Partners

    Krista Arndt is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at United Musculoskeletal Partners. As the CISO, Krista is responsible for the safety and security of all UMP and its practices' patients and employees. Krista accomplishes this by ensuring continued maturation and providing strategic direction for UMP's information security program in alignment with the business objectives. Additionally, Krista provides oversight of the security program's day to day operational effectiveness.

    Prior to joining UMP, Krista served as the Director of Security Governance, Risk and Compliance for Voyager Digital, a leading cryptocurrency trading platform, where she was responsible for the development, maturation, and maintenance of Voyager's security program. Krista has served in various leadership and operational roles within the information security profession for 14 years within the financial and defense sectors, bringing a deep understanding of how strong security and privacy practices can help enable best in class care and peace of mind for UMP and its practices' patients.

    Krista has a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Felician College and currently holds her Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications.

    Krista is an active member of ISACA, Infragard's Philadelphia Chapter, as a member of both Neumann University's Business Advisory Council and Women in Cybersecurity-Delaware Valley Affiliate's Membership and Education Committees. Through this service, Krista's mission is to give back to her community by providing mentorship and support for aspiring cybersecurity professionals, especially for women who wish to enter the field.

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