Cyber Security Seminar

  • Cyber Security Seminar

    November 5, 2020
    9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    This year, the event will be held online, details to follow.

    Registration is closed.

    Increased awareness and training will protect you and your company from cyber threats. IUP, S&T Bank, and InfraGard Pittsburgh Members Alliance will partner once again to bring this program to the region. This year’s event will be expanded to include four different tracks (Executive, General, Beginner Technical, and Advanced Technical). More details and an agenda to follow.

    Date and Time

    • Thursday, November 5, 2020
    • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


    • This year, the event will be held online, details to follow.


    There will be sessions for technical and non-technical personnel and for executive decision makers.

    Cybersecurity experts will educate attendees on current and future trends in cybersecurity and what they can do to secure and defend critical information. We are currently accepting sponsors and proposals for speaking opportunities.

    Registration is Closed


    “Excellent array of topics, selection and caliber of speakers!”

    “The quality of speakers was great. Each brought a unique perspective to the challenges faced in today’s cyber environment.”

    “Well organized, great event!”

    Sponsorship/Speaker Opportunities Available!

    Keynote Speaker: Chris Roberts, Chief Security Strategist

    Chris RobertsChris is currently serving as a vCISO, or advisor, for a number of entities and organizations around the globe. His most recent projects are focused within the deception, identity, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and services space. Over the years, he’s founded or worked with a number of folks specializing in OSINT/SIGING/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 ’90s 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 a number of 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 getting a name for himself in the transportation arena—basically anything with wings, wheels, tracks, tires, fins, props, or paddles has been the target for research for the last 10–15 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, 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 being one 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. Twitter: Sidragon1,
    LinkedIn: Sidragon1

    Omar Khawaja Keynote Speaker: Omar Khawaja, CISO Highmark Health

    Omar has been developing and managing security solutions for startups, service providers, consulting firms, and enterprises. He is currently CISO at Highmark Health, an $18-billion integrated health-care delivery and financing system, employing 40,000 and serving 50 million Americans. Prior to Highmark Health, he was at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, where he was responsible for a portfolio of security solutions with customers in 72 countries. Omar believes the right people are the greatest asset of any security program, and relentless incrementalism is the ultimate weapon in combating cyber risk. He believes security programs should be business driven and technology ought to be subordinate to business outcomes and service improvements. To get the Why-What-How sequence right when selecting and executing initiatives, he developed the BOSITE framework.

    Omar currently serves on the boards of: HITRUST, Leadership Pittsburgh, Action Housing, and FAIR Institute; on the Governing Body of Evanta; on the CISO Workgroup of BCBSA; and is adjunct faculty for the CISO program at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, he serves as an advisor to half a dozen tech firms. Omar’s certifications include: CPHIMS, CISSP, CCSK, CCSP, and FAIR Risk. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

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