The Inaugural Blacks in Technology Conference, instantly tagged as BITCON2018, is a 3-day interactive platform for professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, subject matter experts, students, and thought leaders who share a common goal... increasing the visibility and representation of black men and women in the tech industry.  As we seek to further our mission of establishing a practice of world class excellence, BIT has crafted a stimulating and engaging program that intertwines and encompasses the Twin Cities educational, business, political and tech communities. Utilizing forums such as tech exhibits, career fairs, pitch competitions, networking parties, city innovation tours, lightning talks, and panel discussions, BIT invites you to redefine your career in tech…
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Friday, October 12 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
The Current State of Cybersecurity: Leading During Chaotic Times

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Organizations continue to contend with an emerging and dynamic cybersecurity threat landscape. The current state of cybersecurity is perplexing and requires organizational leaders to invest significantly in cybersecurity initiatives to protect sensitive and critical systems, informational assets, and intellectual property. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the dynamics of managing and leading information security practices in organizations during challenging times. Businesses are continuously implementing technologies, enforcing security and technical controls, and restricting access to information as countermeasures to mitigate cybersecurity threats, which impede production and organizational efficiency. The security versus production dichotomy requires counterbalancing on a daily basis; consequently, provoking many executives to develop disparaging support towards information security requirements. Cybersecurity threats are testing organizations’ resiliency as evident by the constant barrage of malicious activities in the form of social engineering, malware, physical theft, ransom, and spear phishing. Developing a culture that supports cybersecurity while minimizing the impact of production is exemplary; however, most organizations do not have a culture that embraces information security. During times of economic growth organizations are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats as businesses leverage new capabilities resulting in technologically-induced errors and exploitation by cybercriminals. Regardless of the turbulent environment, companies can execute proven information security practices by (a) training employees regularly, (b) enforcing industry best practices, (c) implementing security controls, (d) placing humans as the foundation of cybersecurity, (e) making information security a top priority, and (f) restricting access. The key takeaways from this presentation are (a) the imperativeness to counterbalance production and information security, (b) information security must be a top priority, (c) security requires effective leadership, and (d) astute management of finite resources.

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Dr. Calvin Nobles

Dr. Nobles is an information technology and cybersecurity subject matter expert (SME), national security leader, cybersecurity scientist, and practitioner with more than 25 years of experience. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland University College. He is... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm CDT
Intercontinental Hotel - Governors Room 2 11 E Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55101