National cybersecurity conference announces keynotes, speaker sessions and roundtables for EDGE2017
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 10, 2017 – The EDGE Security Conference, a first-class cybersecurity conference taking place this Oct. 17-18 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, has announced the final schedule for keynotes, speaker sessions and roundtables.
The conference will explore today’s most challenging cybersecurity topics and developments including data breaches, ransomware, blockchain technology, personal privacy, corporate governance and the Internet of Things (IoT). Sessions will range in topics from entry level to advanced, giving both business executives and IT professionals the opportunity to learn and share their knowledge.
The conference will kick off Tuesday morning with a welcome from John McNeely, president and CEO of Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, the host of EDGE, followed by an introduction from Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero.
From there, keynote speakers Dr. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, best known for the remote compromise of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, will reveal how they identify vulnerabilities in various technologies and devices, discuss their roles as ethical hackers, and explain what this means for specific industries, organizations and individuals.
Chris Poulin, principle/director of Booze Allen Hamilton, will then explore the security impacts of the Internet of Things and where the line between biology and technology becomes blurred with continued advances in human augmentation.
Several expert-led afternoon sessions will then take place, focusing on topics at the forefront of cybersecurity ranging from risk management and incident response to cloud exploitation and mobile device security.
EDGE will cap off the day with an interactive after-hours event Tuesday evening at the Convention Center.
Wednesday morning will start with a keynote address from retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Brett T. Williams, former director of operations, U.S. Cyber Command (2012-2014). As one of the few speakers who can talk with the credibility that comes from being on the front lines of defending the nation in cyberspace, he will present a message that applies to business leaders and security professionals alike, and will provide specific action items they can use to defeat today’s complex cybersecurity threats.
Robert Johnston, president and CEO of Adlumin, will then provide insights on the DNC hack and discuss how analytics, deception, and data streams are saving the security industry, or would have at least saved the Democratic National Committee.
Experts will conduct another round of afternoon sessions on topics such as building a security program with zero budget, the future of blockchain and its possibilities, and the Internet of Things (IoT) as it relates to cybersecurity.
Other sessions include a lively roundtable discussion regarding effective threat management, dealing with data breaches, proper handling of ransomware outbreaks, and best practices for incident handling. A PCI Q&A panel discussion will also take place about the upcoming changes to the DSS, hosted by Jack Dempsey, managing consultant of Sword & Shield’s PCI practice.
Both days will feature end-of-day CyberViews panels, moderated by emcee Brandon Bruce, that will focus on “big picture” topics that challenge cybersecurity to spur conversations about how to solve these problems. Tuesday’s CyberViews will focus on the greatest cyberthreats enterprises face today and what can be done about them. Wednesday’s CyberView will address the changes needed in the cybercommunity as a whole to achieve better security and privacy, and provide a call-to-action as the conference comes to a close.
“There’s a genuine interest from everyone who attends EDGE2017 in trying to do something about the state of security and helping companies protect themselves,” McNeely said. “Whether you’re a security veteran or a curious company decision maker who is looking to better understand the cybersecurity landscape, there’s something for everyone to take away at EDGE2017.”
To register, or to find out more information about EDGE2017, including remaining sponsorship opportunities, visit https://edgesecurityconference.com/.
EDGE2017 Security Conference is the second offering of the annual EDGE Security Conferences presented by Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc. EDGE2017 is focused on exploring real-world solutions to today’s toughest cybersecurity challenges. Dedicated to advancing the security industry through comprehensive world-class sessions, EDGE2017 is designed to educate business professionals and encourage information security professionals to openly discuss the issues that are facing their industry to foster a community of creative problem solvers.
To learn more about EDGE2017 and to sign up, visit https://edgesecurityconference.com/.