In today’s world, we rely on technology and the Internet for a variety of transactions, communication and information – at home, in school and at the workplace. While we are familiar with the myriad of conveniences provided through Internet use, it is difficult to stay abreast of all the changes and the potential risks presented by the Internet. We are all “virtual neighbors” in cyberspace, and what we do, or don’t do, can affect many others.
The Nebraska Cyber Security Conference will assist in raising our awareness of cyber security and help in protecting all of us in cyberspace. If we do our part individually, we can have a tremendous positive impact collectively on our state’s cyber security.
This will be valuable time learning from skilled industry experts. The day will be filled with a variety of breakout sessions that will encompass different areas of information security and technology.
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State of Nebraska OCIO
Chris WlaschinVice President of Systems Security and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Chris joined ES&S as the Vice President of Systems Security and Chief Information Security Officer in April 2018. In this role he is responsible for company-wide security efforts, including product, operational and infrastructure security.
Prior to joining ES&S, Chris was the Chief Information Security Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. where he oversaw cybersecurity efforts for the Department. He has held other senior cybersecurity leadership positions in both the public and private sector, including the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Research Corporation, and the University of Nebraska.
Chris served with the United States Navy for more than 20 years in a variety of leadership positions. He earned his Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education from Southern Illinois University. He also holds a current CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification.
Chris is the past Chair of the Election Industry - Subsector Coordinating Council (EI-SCC) and a Federal Advisory Board Member for the Dell/EMC Corporation.
"The value of the conference is great - local, affordable, and full of relevant content."
"I had an opportunity to learn about subjects at the periphery of my particular job responsibilities."
"Excellent conference, this is the second time I have attended."
"Good variety of breakout offerings."
"I liked the push and pull between the morning speaker and the lunch speaker. It was a nice experience to see info presented from both sides of the fence so to speak."
"Great to see so many in the state finally concerned with security."
"Breakout sessions were varied, offering something for most everyone."
"I greatly appreciated the ability to keep up on the latest trends in Cyber Security as well as the networking with peers."
"The keynotes. The kilt dude was a good slap in the face to wake us up, and the FBI field agent delivered an outstanding presentation. The irony of the contrast between these two gentlemen was certainly not lost upon me."
"The morning Keynote was one of the best security presenters I have ever heard speak."
"The range of sessions offered were good. They were not all completely vendor product focused and offered good information in a lot of different areas (social engineering, data, legal)."
"The variety of topics covered by presenters was astounding. You could get as technical or non-technical as you liked, and still received relevant security content."
"There were many new things to learn about."
"Another great conference."
Chris HobbsState of Nebraska Office of the CIO
Lora IvesSoutheast Community College
800-828-0072, ext. 2714