Wisconsin’s economy is built upon the efficiencies leveraged by a modern cyber foundation. Every day there are new reports of cyber-attacks on businesses, government agencies and individuals. As the demand for information and technology grows, so does the vulnerabilities to our financial institutions, public infrastructure and private businesses. As part of October’s Cyber Awareness Month, Wisconsin will host the 2nd Annual Cyber Security Summit on October 8 at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Cyber security is a concern for Governor Scott Walker who recently expanded the role of Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor, Major General Don Dunbar to include senior state official for cyber security issues. “State agencies receive more than 6 million incoming e-mails a day and almost 95% of those are filtered and blocked because they are malicious” said Gov. Walker. “Wisconsin has taken many steps to improve our cyber security but there is much more work to be done.”
The summit will once again bring together national and international cyber security experts to discuss how the threat of cyber attacks can be reduced by implementing cyber hygiene practices by government agencies and businesses. Members from the National Campaign for Cyber Hygiene will be speaking at the summit and promoting the following cyber hygiene tips:
The cyber hygiene campaign is similar to many emergency management planning and preparedness efforts that focus on disasters such as floods and tornadoes. Wisconsin has been a leader of incorporating cyber security into emergency planning as well as being a part of the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council.
“The impact of a modern emergency will have physical effects, cyber effects, or both. A cyber attack could be just as deadly and costly as a severe storm or major tornado. Cyber criminals could severely degrade basic services that we rely on such as power, water and communication systems,” said Maj. Gen. Dunbar. “That’s why Governor Walker ordered the expansion of the State of Wisconsin Emergency Response Plan to include an annex focusing on the state’s response to cyber attacks and has authorized the adoption of the cyber hygiene campaign.”
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:
Major General Don Dunbar
The Adjutant General, WI – Wisconsin National Guard
Major General Donald P. Dunbar is Wisconsin’s Adjutant General. He commands the Wisconsin National Guard and is responsible for Emergency Management. He also serves as Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor, chairs the Homeland Security Council, and serves as the senior state official for cyber matters. Gen Dunbar serves as the Chairman for the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC) and serves on the executive committee of the Adjutants General Association of the United States (AGAUS).
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Mr. William Pelgrin
President and Chief Executive Officer – Center for Internet Security (CIS)
Your Annual Cyber Physical: 5 Steps to Cyber Health
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.
Chief Information Officer – Department of Administration
State of Wisconsin Update
David Cagigal was appointed CIO for the State of Wisconsin in November, 2012. As the CIO, he also serves as Division Administrator for the Division of Enterprise Technology (DET). DET manages the state’s IT assets and provides technology to state agencies such as computer services, voice-datavideo telecommunications, and print and mail services. The division also provides geographic information systems (GIS) services to state agencies, organizations and local governments.
David is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in information technology visioning, strategic planning and management. He is experienced in converging business strategies with ever-changing and innovating information technologies. He also identifies and implements the appropriate change management processes and risk mitigating strategies for each unique culture. David has held executive IT positions at Alliant Energy, DeVry University, DePaul University, Maytag and Amoco that crosses multiple industries and business functions.
He is also passionate about education reform and 21st Century Learning Strategies through technology innovations in collaboration with teachers, administrators, parents, communities and most importantly students.
His specialties are strategic planning, budget management, program management, business intelligence, data analytics, risk analysis, quality management, business continuity, disaster response, technology analysis / implementation, security operations, and training / development of personnel.
Ronald J Yearwood
Section Chief – Cyber Division FBI Headquarters
The Cyber Threat
Ronald J. Yearwood, Jr. has been a Special Agent with the FBI for more than 18 years and is currently assigned as Section Chief of Cyber Operations III (CyOS III) in the Cyber Division (CyD) of the FBI. CyOS III manages CyD operations targeting and defeating computer intrusion threats to U. S. National Security, critical infrastructure and economy in focus areas that include the Asia, Middle East/Africa, and Eurasia. SC Yearwood has worked in a number of offices including Boston, Houston, two tours at FBIHQ and one tour in Iraq. As a first office Agent in Boston, Mr. Yearwood conducted computer intrusion investigations on one of the FBI’s early computer intrusion squads. During his assignment at FBIHQ, SSA Yearwood provided program management and investigative oversight for both criminal and National Security computer intrusions while assigned to both the Criminal Computer Intrusion Unit and the CT/CI Computer Intrusion Unit.
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Chief Security Officer & Chief Strategist – Security Mentor Inc.
Surprising Cyber Lessons from Michigan Government
Dan Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist and author. During his distinguished career, Dan has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.
Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May, 2002 – August, 2014, including enterprise-wide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan.
Dan currently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor, Inc. Lohrmann is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s industry-leading cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors.
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Marcus H. Sachs, P.E.
Vice President – National Security Policy at Verizon Communications
Do We Know What We Don’t Know?
Marcus Sachs is Verizon’s Vice President for National Security Policy with responsibility for directing Verizon policy development and advocacy on issues ranging from critical asset protection to cyber security and emergency preparedness. He works closely with external government and business stakeholders in task forces, working groups, committees, and trade associations as part of the National Security/Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) community in the Nation’s Capital. In January 2011 he was elected to Vice Chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council.
Mr. Sachs’ professional experience includes a 20 year military career as an officer in the United States Army followed by two years of federal civilian service at the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. After retiring from the military in 2001, he was appointed by the President to serve concurrently on the staff of the National Security Council as the Director for Communication Infrastructure Protection in the White House Office of Cyberspace Security, and on the staff of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.
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Brig Gen John McCoy
Deputy Adjutant General – Domestic Operations – Wisconsin National Guard
National Guard Cyber Strategic Plan
Brig. Gen. John E. McCoy is Wisconsin’s Deputy Adjutant General Support to Civil Authority. In this capacity, he serves as the principal advisor to the Adjutant General on complex and sensitive issues in the areas of logistics, command and control, communications, intelligence, manpower and personnel, counter-drug, and other critical functions. Gen. McCoy is dual-hatted as Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, 24th Air Force, Air Force Space Command. In this role, he represents the Director, Air National Guard in all aspects of cyber operations to the Commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber. In addition, Gen. McCoy is a member of the Air National Guard Strategic Planning System Steering Committee, and chairman of the Strategic Planning System Midwest Region.
Mr. Rami Efrati
Former Head of the Civilian Division of Israel’s National Cyber Bureau
Cyber Security as a Business Opportunity – The Israeli Case
Mr. Rami Efrati (Colonel Res.) , an expert in Cyber Technology Strategic Methods, is the former Head of the Civilian Division of the Israel National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Mr. Efrati is also the Founder and CEO of Firmitas – a company that focuses on providing a holistic technological approach for the security of mission-critical infrastructure sector & Internet of Things.
Mr. Efrati has served in the Israel Defense Forces for more than twenty eight years. He commanded numerous prestigious operational and technological positions in Military Intelligence and received the Creative Thinking Award from the Director of Military Intelligence.
Mr. Efrati also has 18 years of civilian experience and has been involved in entrepreneurial activities with both start-up and established companies in the Cyber-Security, High Tech and Bio-Technology sectors.
Mr. Efrati is currently serving the community as the Immediate Past District Governor of Lions Clubs in Israel.