EDGE2017 Offers Federal Employees CyberSecurity Insight

edge-logoNext month, business leaders and cybersecurity professionals from all over the country will converge on Knoxville, Tenn. to talk shop about new developments in information security, but the EDGE2017 Security Conference, held October 17-18 at the Knoxville Convention Center, is not just geared toward the issues private enterprise faces.

Several of this year’s speakers will address cybersecurity issues federal agencies experience as their employees work to secure the nation’s critical data.

The EDGE2017 keynote speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 18 is Gen. Brett Williams (ret.), who served as the director of operations for the U.S. Cyber Command from 2012 to 2014. He will discuss the United States’ readiness for a cyber war with another nation state. Williams says the nation’s critical infrastructure, including our financial services, the electric grid and the oil, telecommunications and transportation industries, are always under attack. His unique combination of both military and private sector experience gives Williams a clear understanding of the nation-state cyber threat and its effects on business and federal agencies.

Other noted session speakers with insight into federal agency cybersecurity include:

  • Tim Flowers, computer crime and intellectual property trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, who will discuss the lessons learned in combatting computer crimes locally and around the world.
  • Chris Poulin, principal/director at Booz Allen Hamilton, a noted federal security partner. Poulin will speak about “The Internet of Humans: Hacking the Hacked Human” and the effects of cybersecurity on Artificial Intelligence.
  • Wes Widner, senior software engineer for CrowdStrike, the private firm that confirmed the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Widner will discuss the safety of the iPhone and other iOS devices.
  • Robert Johnston, president and CEO of Adlumin, who will describe how analytics, deception and data streams can save the security industry. Johnston is formerly of CrowdStrike and was a member of the team that worked on the DNC hack.
  • Craig Thomas, chief information security officer at Consolidated Nuclear Security at the Y-12 National Security Complex, who will talk about what is needed to transform and securely operate the enterprise environment of a national security complex.

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.

There’s still time to register for the conference. To learn more about EDGE2017 and to sign up, visit https://edgesecurityconference.com/.


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