October 11, 2013
Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom
1442 W. Wisconsin Avenue.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
To kick off Cyber Awareness Month in October, Wisconsin will be hosting a cyber security summit intended to link business leaders, state and federal partners, and industry experts together to discuss the state’s role in cyber security. The event will be held October 11, 2013 in Milwaukee at the Marquette University Ball Room.
“Cyber security is a pervasive threat to our nation; and the state of Wisconsin has a unique and important role to play in the national framework,” said Gov. Walker. “This Cyber Summit will bring together industry and government in a collaborative setting to discuss these threats and how we can work to improve cyber security at all levels.”
The state of Wisconsin has taken substantive steps over the past few years in its cyber posture. For example, Wisconsin places high emphasis on protecting the state’s computer systems, networks and data. Currently, the state blocks about six million cyber-attacks per day that target state agencies. In addition, the state receives about 3.5 million incoming e-mail messages per day. Officials say about 94% of those messages are filtered and blocked because they are malicious.
Major General Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor, is heading up the summit. “The purpose of the summit is to take a strategic pause, assess the current cyber environment and ensure Wisconsin has a clear path,” said Maj. Gen. Dunbar. “We will consider a broad array of issues to guide our next steps to include a review of existing laws relating to cyber crimes and the role of the state in cyber emergency response, assuring continuity of operations/continuity of government in the cyber age and developing (if necessary) a specific state cyber strategy.”
The Cyber Summit will be held at Marquette University, Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom, 1442 West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee. For more information on the summit:
Mr. William Pelgrin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Center for Internet Security (CIS)
“Cyber Threat Prevention, Protection and Response for State and Local Agencies”
Mr. William Pelgrin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Internet Security (CIS). The Center for Internet Security is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities, with a commitment to excellence through collaboration. CIS has responsibility for the operation of the Multi-State ISAC to provide critical cyber security services for state, local, tribal and territorial governments; development and distribution of benchmarks that establish standards for the secure configuration of information technology systems; negotiation of aggregate purchasing opportunities that enable SLTTs and not-for-profits to procure high-quality, cost-effective cyber security solutions; and development and distribution of actionable intelligence products to be shared with our partners to help strengthen our collective cyber posture.
Jim Christy, Special Agent (Retired)
The Christy Group LLC
“Cyber Crime: An Old Fart’s Perspective”
Jim Christy left the government in July 2013 after 42 years of public service and now started his own consulting firm, The Christy Group, LLC. Jim is a retired special agent that has specialized in cyber crime investigations and digital forensics for over 27 years with the Air Force Office of Special Investigation and Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center. Jim founded and ran the DoD Cyber Crime Conference for 12 years and is now starting the US Cyber Crime Conference. Jim consulted with David Marconi (writer of Enemy of the State, Mission Impossible 2 & Live Free or Die Hard) and contributed technical advice on critical infrastructure attacks (Fire Sale) used in the movie Live Free or Die Hard. Jim was also featured in 2013 in the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary on the movie; The Real Story: Live Free or Die Hard.
Chief Research Analyst
“How We Got Here: A Short History of Cyber Threats”
Richard Stiennon is author of Surviving Cyberwar (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010) He is Chief Research analyst of IT-Harvest which reports on the 1,200 vendors in IT security. He writes the popular Cyber Domain column for Forbes.com. He is also the Senior Fellow of the International Cybersecurity Dialogue, a non-profit that seeks to bridge the gap between security technologists and policy makers. Prior to founding IT-Harvest Richard Stiennon was Chief Marketing Officer for Fortinet, Inc. the leading network security infrastructure vendor. Before that he was VP Threat Research at Webroot Software. Before Webroot, Mr. Stiennon was VP Research at Gartner Inc. where he covered security topics including firewalls, intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, security consulting, and managed security services for the Security and Privacy group. He is a holder of Gartner’s Thought Leadership award and was named “One of the 50 most powerful people in Networking” by NetworkWorld Magazine. Stiennon is a native of Wisconsin who moved to Michigan to get his BS in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently writing his thesis for an MA in War in the Modern World at King’s College London.
“Utilizing the Critical Security Controls for System Defense”
James Tarala is a principal consultant with Enclave Security and is based out of Venice, Florida. He is a regular speaker and senior instructor with the SANS Institute as well as a courseware author and editor for many SANS auditing and security courses. As a consultant, he has spent the past few years architecting large enterprise IT security and infrastructure architectures, specifically working with many Microsoft-based directory services, e-mail, terminal services, and wireless technologies. He has also spent a large amount of time consulting with organizations to assist them in their security management, operational practices, and regulatory compliance issues, and he often performs independent security audits and assists internal audit groups in developing their internal audit programs. James completed his undergraduate studies at Philadelphia Biblical University and his graduate work at the University of Maryland. He holds numerous professional certifications.
Chief Counsel – South Carolina Department of Revenue
“The 2012 Cyber Attack at the South Carolina Department of Revenue”
Mr. Milton Kimpson is the Chief Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Revenue – Office of General Counsel for Tax and Regulatory Services. He has been with the South Carolina Department of Revenue since 2003. In the fall of 2012, the department was notified of a cyber attack. Approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were exposed in the cyber attack. Mr. Kimpson will discuss the event and what steps the state of South Carolina has taken to prevent future attacks. Mr. Kimpson also has a background in military and private practice.