Montreat College will host its 4th annual RETR3AT Cybersecurity Conference on November 2 on the Montreat College campus. RETR3AT is designed to engage, educate, and raise awareness about cybersecurity in Western North Carolina and beyond. The conference goes beyond the “1s and 0s” approach to cybersecurity training, challenging attendees to think about how to lead in protecting their organization’s information within an ethical framework.

“Cybersecurity and cyberwarfare are becoming the most critical national defense and economic crises of our time,” said Montreat College President Paul Maurer. “Montreat College seeks to play a formative role in shaping the nation’s approach to educating the cybersecurity leaders of the future by anchoring it, for the first time, in a character and ethics-based curriculum.”

This year’s RETR3AT keynote speaker is Strategic Link Partners Co-Founder Joan Myers. Other speakers at this year’s conference will include SAS Cybersecurity Solutions Vice President Bryan Harris, D4C Global Chief Operating Officer Tiffany Lopez-Winters, National Small Business Association President Todd McCracken, Snyder’s-Lance Sr. Information Security Manager Mike Muscatell, North Carolina House Appropriations Chairman of Information Technology Rep. Jason Saine, Rocus Networks CEO Pete Seeber, Counter Hack Founder Ed Skoudis, Retired U.S. Army Special Operations Commander Lt. Gen. Kenneth Tovo, and AIG Cyber Security Risk Consultant Dan Wilson.

Among the sponsors for the 2018 RETR3AT conference are Bank of America, RISC Networks, Ally Bank, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Tenable Network Security, Edgepoint Strategic Consulting, MAHEC, Samaritan’s Purse, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Biltmore Corporation, BlackBerry, Rocus Networks, ERC Broadband, and Southern Champion Tray.

The RETR3AT Cybersecurity Conference will take place Friday, November 2, on the Montreat College campus. Early bird registration is $125 ($150 after September 17). Learn more and register at