Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Virtual through Zoom: $65
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In today’s world, we rely on technology and the Internet for a variety of transactions, communication and
– at home, in school and at the workplace. While we are familiar with the myriad of conveniences provided
Internet use, it is difficult to stay abreast of all the changes and the potential risks presented by the
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
all of us in cyberspace. If we do our part individually, we can have a tremendous positive impact collectively
our state’s cyber security.
This will be valuable time learning from skilled industry experts. The day will be filled with a variety of
sessions that will encompass different areas of information security and technology.
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Evolving Threat Landscape and the State of NebraskaPatrick Wright, State
Phishing, Carrots and Sticks: Building a Security Awareness Program with a
PurposeStacy Eldridge, Silicon Prairie Cyber Services
Block Unwanted Traffic and Other Tips for Working Safer at HomeJose Bravo,
Cyber Security Yesterday, Today, TomorrowDonald Costello, University of
Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity PlanningAmyLynn Creaney, State
Zoom breakout sessions with sponsors
Keynote: The CIOs Guide to Cloud Security and the New AbnormalScott Howitt, McAfee Enterprise
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification: Driving Cybersecurity Compliance for the Next
DecadeJon O'Keefe, Logical Operations
Cyber Security Yesterday, Today, TomorrowGeoff Jenista, Department of
Homeland Security/Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security
Are You Prepared for a Cyberattack?Ben Bowman, Heartland Business
SystemsBrian Tisor, Arctic WolfDaniel Klemz, Veeam
State of Nebraska PanelLink will be sent separately to State employees
Scott HowittSenior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), McAfee Enterprise
Scott Howitt is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at McAfee Enterprise. He is responsible for the company’s corporate systems, leading the Information Security and IT organizations, and for driving the company’s cloud transformation. Alignment of technology to company strategy, partnerships with product and sales teams to ignite innovation, and positive customer experiences are guiding principles on which Scott and his teams focus.
Scott joined McAfee from MGM Resorts International, where he served as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and CIO while leading the information security and privacy program for all 27 resorts worldwide. Prior to MGM Resorts, his leadership journey included executive roles at JCPenney, Alliance Data, and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). He was also a Commissioner on Nevada’s DHS Cyber Security Commission and was a founding member and served on the Board of the Retail and Hospitality ISAC.
Scott earned his B.A. in Physics from the University of Texas and attained his CISSP in 2005. In his free time, Scott is a voracious reader and avid hiker, and he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.
Cyber Threats and FBI Cyber Investigations
Presenter: Jake Foiles, FBIHis presentation will focus on cyber threats and FBI cyber investigations. Foiles topics include: Today’s
Prolific Cyber Threats including Ransomware and BEC (business email compromise); Evidence Collection/Preservation;
Prosecuting Cybercrime and Success Stories. Foiles has been featured in numerous articles and news reports about
various email and cybersecurity scams in the state.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Evolving Threat Landscape and the State of Nebraska
Presenter: Patrick Wright, State of NebraskaThis presentation will be about the
ever-evolving threat landscape and how Nebraska is being impacted. What we can do to better protect ourselves
through good Cyber Hygiene.
Experience Level: Intermediate
National Cyber Security Awareness Month and DHS Cyber Security Services
Presenter: Geoff Jenista, Department of Homeland Security/Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
SecurityNCSAM topics and DHS Security programs which coordinate cyber preparedness, risk
mitigation and incident response.
Phishing, Carrots & Sticks: Building a Security Awareness Program with a Purpose
Presenter: Stacy Eldridge, Silicon Prairie Cyber ServicesWhen it comes to cybersecurity
awareness programs it’s easy to get caught up in sending phishing emails and debating whether punishment or rewards
will make your workforce finally "get it." In this presentation, Stacy Eldridge shares tips to build a cybersecurity
awareness program to help you secure your humans that’s engaging and built with intention.
Jake Foiles, FBIFBI Special Agent Jake Foiles of the Omaha Cyber
Task Force will be the featured speaker at the Cyber Security
Conference. Foiles received his bachelor of science degree in Computer Engineering. He then worked as a Network and
Systems Engineer at a web hosting/data center company, and also owned and operated an IT consulting company in
Kansas City. He attended the FBI Academy in 2014 and is currently assigned to the Cyber Task Force in the FBI Omaha
- Cyber Threats and FBI Cyber Investigations
Ed Toner, State of NebraskaEd Toner was appointed by Governor Pete
Ricketts as Chief Information Officer for the State of Nebraska on
June 9, 2015. He has spent the last 25+ years in the Information Technology field and has held IT leadership
positions at First Data (Fiserv) and TD Ameritrade in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as Blockbuster Video in Dallas, TX.
His background also includes Industrial Engineering positions in manufacturing prior to moving into the Information
Since taking over as Nebraska's Chief Information Officer, Ed Toner has consolidated key information technology
systems, resources and services which has positioned the state to provide quality support at lower costs earning him
the StateScoop 2016 National “Up and Comer Award”, the 2017 and 2018 “State Executive of the Year” award, and
Government Technology’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” of 2019.
His award-winning blog was recognized consecutively in State Tech’s “Must-Read State and Local IT Blogs for 2015,
2016, 2017 and 2018.
Ed was recently recognized by State Tech as “30 State and Local Government IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2019 and
Ed earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Ben Bowman, Heartland Business SystemsBen Bowman is a Security Consultant specializing in IT
Governance, risk management, incident response
planning, and implementing complex security controls and systems. Throughout his career, he has implemented
Information Security Programs across various industries, including financial services, manufacturing, distribution,
and retail. He has also implemented best practices for IT Governance and network operations following ITIL best
- Are You Prepared for a Cyberattack?
Donald Costello, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
- Cyber Security Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
AmyLynn Creaney, State of Nebraska
- Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Planning
Stacy Eldridge, Silicon Prairie Cyber
ServicesStacy Eldridge has nearly 20 years of cybersecurity experience including digital
investigations in the FBI and
protecting crown jewels in the corporate world. Stacy has seen it all. During this time she observed numerous
instances where a hack started because of a click of an email. Stacy has worked on both sides of this problem and
puts her years of cybersecurity and technical knowledge to work to help you secure the humans in your
Stacy focuses on providing cybersecurity awareness training, consulting, and program management that is engaging and
built with purpose.
Stacy also shares her cybersecurity expertise by teaching at OSUIT and coaching for IACIS. She is a licensed private
detective and has the following certifications: GSEC, GCCC, GCFE, ACE, and CFCE. She received her Master of Science
from Bellevue University in 2006.
- Phishing, Carrots & Sticks: Building a Security Awareness Program with a Purpose
Geoff Jenista, Department of Homeland
Security/Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Mr. Jenista serves as the Regional Cyber
Security Advisor for Region VII (IA, KS, MO, and NE) for the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
(CISA), Integrated Operations Division. Based in Kansas City, KS, he supports the Department of Homeland Security’s
(DHS) mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure. His programs
coordinate cyber preparedness, risk mitigation and incident response. He provides Cyber Security resource briefings,
Cyber Security assessments and Incident Response planning to the nation's 16 critical infrastructure sectors and
state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities.
- National Cyber Security Awareness Month and DHS Cyber Security Services
Daniel Klemz, VeeamDaniel has been in the Systems Engineering space for over ten years across
multiple disciplines. Throughout his career, Daniel has worked in Network Engineering and Security,
Virtualization Design, Penetration Testing, Incident Response, and most recently, Data Protection and Disaster
Recovery at Veeam Software. Daniel has been recognized multiple times by industry peers as having a 'unique
presentation style' that is engaging and informative. Daniel uses his presentation and entertaining skills as
a Retro video game streamer on the Twitch platform when not working.
Jon O'Keefe, Logical Operations
- The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification: Driving Cybersecurity Compliance for the Next
Brian Tisor, Arctic WolfBrian Tisor is Arctic Wolf's Director of Enterprise Sales for the
Central US and Canada. He is passionate about helping clients deploy technology and services that improve business
performance while protecting digital assets. He is a technology veteran with over 20 years of sales, sales
management, and consulting experience. Brian's goal is to help enterprises understand why a tools-only approach has
contributed to cyber security's effectiveness problem. And that successful security transformation requires improved
awareness and security operations delivered 24 x 7. Under Brian's leadership, the Central team added over 100
mid-sized enterprises to Arctic Wolf's Security Operations managed service and cloud-native platform in FY21. Before
Arctic Wolf, Brian spent ten years at Dell Technologies and six years at RSM in various sales and leadership roles.
Patrick Wright, State of
NebraskaPatrick Wright is the State Information Security Officer for the State of Nebraska and is
responsible for overseeing information and data security for the State. This includes strategic vision, scoping of
requirements, incident response, and compliance under federal requirements and industry standards.
Patrick is an Information Security Professional who has worked in both the public and private sectors and holds
multiple industry certifications with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and is currently pursuing his
master’s degree. He has many years of experience working at both operational and strategic levels of Information
He develops and guides security policy by chairing the Security Architecture Workgroup under the Nebraska Information
Technology Commission. Beyond government, Patrick also chairs the Cybersecurity Workgroup for Network Nebraska
providing cybersecurity counsel to the education community of K-12 and higher education within the State of
Nebraska. Patrick is engaged with the community by sitting on the board of a local non-profit organization and
volunteers in the classroom of local schools.
- Evolving Threat Landscape and the State of Nebraska
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"The speakers were able to relate the topics to things I work on daily and provided some great resources I wasn't already using."
"The breakouts this year were fantastic!"
"The value of the conference is great - local, affordable, and full of relevant content."
"Excellent conference, this is the second time I have attended."
"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."
"I greatly appreciated the ability to keep up on the latest trends in Cyber Security as well as the networking with peers."
"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."
Patrick WrightState of Nebraska Office of the CIO
Lora IvesSoutheast Community College
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