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2nd Annual Cybersecurity Conference


Thursday, July 20, 2017 Register
Crowne Plaza Lombard Downers Grove l 1250 Roosevelt Road l Glen Ellyn, IL
7:00 am – 3:00 pm



Cybersecurity is an issue that impacts all of us, regardless of who we are or what we do (big or small business). Collaboration and communication between government entities and the private sector is essential to our success combating cyber threats. This event brings together public and private entities to discuss policy and best practices in cybersecurity to help businesses be prepared for whatever the future brings.

It’s not a matter of IF you will be hacked, it’s a matter of WHEN. Be prepared for that inevitability and learn how to handle it with best practices, tips and tools for strengthening your cybersecurity program and more.

Available Continuing Education Credits for this Event

This conference has been approved to offer 1.5 CLE credits for Attorneys
This conference has been approved to offer 1.5 PDH’s for Professional Engineers
This conference has been submitted for approval to offer 3 SHRM PDCs for HR Professionals

Sponsorships are available. Download sponsorship information here

Agenda (Subject to Change)

8:00 – 8:30          Registration and breakfast

8:30 – 8:40          Welcoming Remarks

  • Benjamin Brockschmidt, Vice President of Policy, Illinois Chamber of Commerce about Benjamin
  • Vince Voci, Senior Policy Manager, U.S. Chamber of Commerce about Vince

8:40 – 8:45      Special message from Congressman John Shimkus

8:45 – 9:15          Morning Keynote: Kirk Lonbom, Chief Information Officer – State of Illinois

The modern U.S. state is a central hub of information, with cast amounts of data acquired and required by multiple agencies and departments in order to succeed at their mission. Modernizing those various networks to ensure capability while protecting vast amounts of data is a challenge. Lonbon will present information on what the State of Illinois is doing to modernize and protect its vast information in these increasingly challenging times.

9:15 – 9:20          Special message from Congressman Adam Kinzinger

9:20 – 9:50          Morning Industry Keynote:

  • Michael Papay, Vice President and Chief Information Security Office, Northrop Grumman – About Michael

Papay will provide an aerospace and defense industry perspective on setting up an internal information security program as well as tailoring cyber solutions for customers. Seeking to answer the question, “what action can I take right now to get ahead of the cyber threat?” Papay will also cover appropriate business models to consider as enterprises securely move toward cloud and mobile solutions.

9:50 – 10:05          Networking Break

10:05 – 10:10        Special message from Congressman Mike Quigley

10:10 – 10:55       Federal Agencies and Their Role in Cybersecurity

  • Moderator, Colin Gainer, SmithAmundsen LLC –  About Colin
  • Patrick Hogan, Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service’s Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force About Patrick
  • Eric Schiffman, Supervisory Special Agent – Criminal Cyber Investigations/Task Force, FBI Chicago Division About Eric
  • Alexander Joves, Regional Director, Region V, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security About Alexander

When it comes to cybersecurity and the government, there are a multitude of interests from nearly every agency and branch of our federal government. The roles of these agencies very immensely, from prevention to prosecution to defending our networks. Understanding these different roles and agencies is important for organizations to understand not only who to go to when something happens but who to go to understand how to be proactive.

10:55 – 11:15    Legislative Update

  • Tyler Diers, Director of Legislative Relations, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Legislation and regulations provide the framework for any business to operate. However, especially when it comes to  technology, government is often moving slower than private businesses. Along with a discussion of legislation on the state level that impacts businesses, Tyler will provide some insight as to what type of legislation businesses could be facing in the future as it relates to technology.  About Tyler

11:15 – 11:40   Industry Remarks: Cyber Risk

  • Will Durkee, Director of Security Solutions, TSC Advantage

As the digital ecosystem of an organization grows, so do the associated cyber risks. Businesses cannot assume the vendors have a third-party relationship with have top-notch security in place. Hackers often look for the path of least resistance and shoring up supply chain vulnerabilities will help prevent easy network access. Durkee will discuss how companies can begin by assessing the resources third parties have in place and ensure they have strategies and tools to prevent a breach and to maintain business continuity. About Will

11:45 – 12:05      Break for Lunch

12:10 – 12:45      Luncheon Keynote

  • Anders Norremo, Founder and CEO, Third Party Trust About Anders

Business has always been about relationships. Today, relationships span multiple time zones, countries, and varying degrees of technological integration. Managing and securing data with vendors, clients, and other third parties is a complex endeavor with a the regulatory and legal framework just as diverse. Our fireside discussion with Anders will discuss how companies can approach these challenges as well as what issues might be coming over the horizon.

12:45 – 12:50 Special Message from Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

12:50 – 1:35        Cybersecurity & Protecting our Energy

  • Moderator Kimberly Phillips, Stakeholder Relations, FEMA Region V About Kim
  • Dominic Saebler, Director of Illinois Commerce Commission’s Office of Cyber Security & Risk Management About Dominic
  • Heath Knakmuhs, Senior Policy Director, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce About Heath
  • Professor David Nicol, University of Illinois, Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium  About Professor Nicol

Our global economy and the wellbeing of the public depend on a reliable energy delivery system. That reliability depends on a cyber-resistant framework. The energy industry is ranked 2nd highest of all industries most likely to suffer a cyber attack. Government and industry diligently work to make the energy delivery system more secure and resilient. Understanding the level of resiliency and the work being done can better prepare businesses for a response.

1:40 – 2:10   Closing Keynote

2:10            Closing Remarks

Pricing includes continental breakfast, lunch, access to exhibitors, all general sessions, written materials.

Thank you to our sponsors!




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Sponsor information: Available here or call Ben Brockschmidt (312) 983-7112 or or Katie Stonewater (312) 786-7795 or

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