Cyber Symposium March 24 to Position Virginia Beach as National Resource

Commonwealth Has More Than 100,000 Cyber Attacks a Day

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development and Cyber Protection Resources will host a Cyber Symposium on March 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, 4535 Commerce St.

The agenda includes introductory remarks by Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen R. Jackson, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner and Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr.

Keynote speakers include:
Paul Tiao, Organizational Cybersecurity Challenges
Tiao is a partner at Hunton & Williams's Washington office. He is co-chair and co-founder of Hunton’s multidisciplinary Energy Sector Security Team. His practice focuses on investigations, litigation, regulations, policy and legislation relating to a wide range of homeland security and privacy issues, including cyber intrusions, data breaches, theft of intellectual property, FOIA, security clearances, electronic surveillance, criminal violations, and data privacy. Tiao served on the 2015 Governors Commission on Cybersecurity.

Dan Stein, Cybersecurity Education: Start Early – and Don't Stop!
Dan Stein is the program lead of the National Cybersecurity Education and Training Program (NCETPP) within the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch. NCTEP’s portfolio includes the nationally focused Federal Virtual Training Environment and cybersecurity training events.

A lunch panel discussion on Making Virginia Cyber Secure will include Martin Joseph, CEO/president of 360IT; Robert Cochran, supervisory special agent, FBI; Dr. Aurelia T. Williams, computer science department chairman with Norfolk State University; and Rob Hegedus, chief executive officer of Sera Brynn.

There will be six afternoon breakout sessions:

Cyber Academic Engagement with Dr. Patrick Konopnicki, director of technical & career education, Virginia Beach City Public Schools; Kimberly Perez, professor information system technologies, Tidewater Community College; Dr. Chris Strasser, faculty, George Washington University; and Dr. Adrian Gheorge, professor and chair of engineering management and systems engineering at Old Dominion University

Enabling Advanced Cyber Threat Analysis: Moving Beyond the Traditional SIEMs with Anthony Perez, federal security architect, Splunk, Inc.

Cyber Risk Summary: An FBI Perspective with Robert Cochran, supervisory special agent, FBI

The CxO’s Cybersecurity Handbook: A Guide to Understanding Cyber Risk in the C-Suite with Stephen Watkins, senior security advisor, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Operation: Camera Shy presented by Threat Connect

Cyber Solutions within a Risk Management Framework with Todd Black, CISSP-ISSEP, senior systems engineer, Klett Consulting Group; and Ed Whalen, PMP, CISSP, ZCEA, senior systems engineer, Klett Consulting Group

A special Skype appearance by the world’s most famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick, will also be part of the activities.

Tickets are $90 to $100 and can be purchased at For additional information, call Scott Phillpott, Cyber Protection Resources, at 1-866-882-7728.

Cyber security is the protection of information systems from theft, damage or disruption. The field is essential for every governmental entity, business and private citizen due to the increasing reliance of computer systems, smart devices and data networks across the world. Cyber security focuses on the processes and mechanisms by which digital equipment, information and services are protected from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction and the process of applying security measures to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.

The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international businesses to stimulate capital investment and create jobs. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia with a population of 450,000, and it is the 37th largest in the United States. It is recognized as one of the Best Run Cities in America by 24/7 Wall St. The Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council in 2012 and is one of only 29 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. It is listed among the Top Five Overall Mid-sized American Cities of the Future, Top 10 for Economic Potential and Top Five for Infrastructure by fDi magazine. ranked Virginia Beach as the Easiest Place to Start a Business and the 2nd Most Business-Friendly City in the country. For more information, visit

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