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2019 RETR3AT Conference

Audio and Slides from 2019 Plenary Sessions

2019 RETR3AT Schedule

7:45 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Breakfast, Networking & Registration (Anderson Auditorium lobby)

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Welcome (Anderson Auditorium)
Dr. Paul Maurer (President, Montreat College)

9:20 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.: Opening Keynote: Infosec Career Lessons I learned from Santa, Dr. Seuss, and a bunch more (Anderson Auditorium)
Ed Skoudis (Founder, Counter Hack; Faculty Fellow, SANS; Adjunct Faculty, Montreat College)
Keynote Description: The cybersecurity industry is rapidly changing and is in desperate need of skilled personnel to staff the huge number of open positions. Simply put, we need A LOT more people to defend commercial, government, military, and educational networks and systems. At the same time, social and cultural changes are making the cybersecurity field more difficult to navigate for brand new and even experienced cybersecurity pros. In this presentation, Ed Skoudis will share tips and lessons he’s learned through in-depth conversations over the years with several of his personal friends, including Santa Claus, Dr. Seuss, and even Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Tours of FBI Mobile Cyber Lab (Outside in Front of Anderson Auditorium)

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Morning Breakouts
Management Track (Gaither Fellowship Hall): Protecting and Serving Local WNC Communities Online
Tim Draegen (CEO, dmarcian)
Ed Carroll (General Manager, dmarcian Americas)
Breakout Description: Efforts to make the Internet a safer place are underway at the international, country, and state level. Unfortunately, local communities – citizens, small businesses, and local governments – often lack local resources to help prevent and minimize the impact of online crime. Fortunately, all of the pieces are now present within WNC to build a program to protect local communities: for local communities by local communities. Cybersecurity frameworks exist to describe What needs to be done; the WNC initiative tackles How the needs of the local community can be met.

Technical Track (Upper Anderson): Linux Hacking & Security
Jacob Haug (Director of Software Development & Information Technology, Kimmel & Associates) and Ethan Knowlton, CISSP (Software Engineer, Kimmel & Associates)
Breakout Description: This talk will consist of a live exercise mimicking a hacking competition. A web server has been exploited by a former employee. What would you do? Together, we’ll walk through discovering and mititgating each vulnerability.

Educator Track (Anderson Auditorium): Together: How We Can Develop A Stronger Internet Defense
Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley (Associate Dean Davis iTEC Cyber Security Center | Forsyth Technical Community College)

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch (Howerton Dining Hall)

12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.: Students Only! Lunch & Learn Session: The Dangers of Information Disclosure from an OSINT Perspective (Morgan Science Center 110)
Joe Gray, Senior Security Architect and Blogger/Podcaster, “Advanced Persistent Security”

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Plenary Panel: The Impact of Cyber Crime on Small and Mid-Sized Businesses and Local and Regional Governments (Anderson Auditorium)
Paul Connelly, Vice President of Information Privacy & Security and Chief Information Security Officer, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
Bill Bender, Senior Vice President – Strategic Accounts & Government Relations, Leidos
Keith Gordon, Chief Information Security Officer, Ally Bank
Plenary Panel Description: A recent cover story published by the Charlotte Business Journal was titled: Small Isn’t Safe. The article focused on the growing threat faced by small and midsized businesses. A recent headline in the New York Times declared: Ransonware Attacks Testing Resolve of Cities Across America, which described the dozens of cities that have been shut down by ransomeware attacks in 2019. Drawing on the decades of experience of our panel, this session will explore answers to the vexing questions faced by every organization: how can I keep my data secure?

1:50 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Keystone Award & Carolina Cyber Center Excellence Award (Anderson Auditorium)

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Tours of FBI Mobile Cyber Lab (Outside in Front of Anderson Auditorium)

2:15 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.: Afternoon Breakouts
Management Track (Gaither Fellowship Hall): Growing a Culture of Cybersecurity
Dr. Paul Gratton, Associate Dean for Adult and Graduate Studies, Business Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Business, Montreat College

Technical Track (Upper Anderson): A Technical and Business Guide to Why Small Business Cybersecurity Is Broken
Pete Seeber, Chief Risk Officer, Corvid Cyberdefense
Conor Quinlan, MSP Channel Strategy Leader, Corvid Cyberdefense
Breakout Description: A 15+ year owner of multiple managed service providers explains the business and technical challenges facing internal and outsourced IT teams trying to secure American small businesses.

Educator Track (Anderson Auditorium): Teaching Cryptography Through Gamification Techniques
Dr. Karen Benson, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, Georgia Gwinnett College
Dr. Lorraine Jonassen, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, Georgia Gwinnett College

3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Noah – What a 10,000-year-old Story Can Teach Us About Our Approach to Cybersecurity Threats (Anderson Auditorium)
Jim Kelly, HCA Healthcare

4 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Closing Remarks (Anderson Auditorium)

2019 RETR3AT Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors

Ally Bank logo

Platinum Sponsors

DHG logo
Edgepoint logo

Gold Sponsors

MAHEC logo
Biltmore logo
Corvid logo
Southern Champion Tray logo

Silver Sponsors

Blackberry logo
ERC logo
DMarcian logo

Bronze Sponsors

MCNC logo
KNR logo
One Who Serves logo
Immedion logo
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board logo

2019 RETR3AT Speakers

Bill Bender

Lt. General Bill Bender

General Bender served as Chief Information Officer for the United States Air Force (USAF), where he was responsible for 50,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe with oversight for the USAF’s IT investment strategy and a portfolio valued at $17 billion. General Bender joined Leidos, a FORTUNE 500® science and technology company, in 2017 as their Senior Vice President for Strategic Accounts & Government Relations.

Paul Connelly

Paul Connelly

Formerly Chief Information Security Officer at the White House where he served under Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, Paul now serves as Vice President of Information Privacy & Security and Chief Information Security Officer for Hospital Corporation of America. At HCA, Paul leads the program and teams responsible for all aspects of information protection for HCA’s 165 hospitals, 1000+ outpatient care and physician practice facilities, other business units and facilities, and more than 200,000 staff members.

Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon

Keith is the Information Security and Risk Management Executive for Ally Financial where he is responsible for Strategy, Innovation and Security Architecture; Data Security and 3rd party/Supplier Security, Cyber Analytics, User Behavior Analytics for Information Security as well as Enterprise Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity.

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Paul Maurer

President, Montreat College

Dr. Paul J. Maurer brings a wealth of experience as the eighth president of Montreat College. As a visionary and results-driven Christian leader, he believes deeply in the value of Christ-centered higher education. Drawing from more than 25 years of leadership in nonprofit and higher education administration, Dr. Maurer has led efforts in governance, organizational development, marketing and communications, adult and graduate studies, and government relations.

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Pete Seeber

Chief Strategy & Risk Officer, Corvid Cyberdefense

Pete Seeber is the Chief Strategy and Risk Officer at Corvid Cyberdefense, a cybersecurity solutions and consulting organization. He brings a wealth of business and entrepreneurial expertise to Corvid from his 20+ years of experience in professional services, large scale consulting, and information technology. He has proven himself as an industry leader in several different verticals, including financial services, healthcare, utilities, retail, distribution, and hospitality. Prior to starting Rocus Networks, now Corvid Cyberdefense, Pete served as a managing partner at Vaco, a national IT, finance, and accounting consulting firm. Pete was a founding member of the management team at Blueharbor Bank in the Lake Norman area where he was instrumental in the launch of the bank as well as the $20+ million capital raise. Pete has a consulting background at Arthur Andersen and Grant Thornton and holds an accounting degree from Wake Forest University.

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Ed Skoudis

Founder of Counter Hack

Ed Skoudis is a leading professional “ethical hacker.” He is a teaching fellow at the SANS Institute, a private U.S. company that specializes in information security and cybersecurity training. He is also the CEO of CounterHack and appears as a cybersecurity expert on the PBS series NOVA. Skoudis got started in computer security while in college and, after graduating, found work at Bellcore, a division of the Bell System. Following a stint in operator services, he jumped into computer security with gusto, helping respond to attacks against phone company networks. Skoudis then moved from Bellcore to SAIC, where he branched out to work with large banks, major high-tech firms, and other Fortune 500 companies. Later, he started performing incident response and penetration testing for government agencies and military customers. Skoudis received his master’s in information networking from Carnegie-Mellon in 2002 and his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1991.