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Cyber Security Conference

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May 3, 2018

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Pre-conference – 8-9 a.m. / Conference – 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m.

Featuring local and national experts on cyber security – one of the hot topics of 2017 in business.

With the increasing risk and sophistication of cyber attacks, there is a continuous need to adapt your business strategy to protect sensitive business and personal information. This inaugural Cyber Security Conference brings national and international experts to the state and is sponsored by the Management Science and Information Systems Department and the Center for Executive and Professional Development, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University.

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Benefits to the participant

Learn from the experts and take advantage of questions and answers and networking to develop new ideas and get the information you need to address cyber security including how to:

  • understand the risks your organization faces
  • define the nature and motivation of different threats—fraud, theft,
  • extortion, national security, terrorism
  • develop a cyber security strategy for your business.

Pre-conference: Cyber Security Table Topic Discussions and Networking Breakfast

This pre-conference session will be hosting roundtable conversations on 10 cyber security topics. Discussions are meant to be open and candid exchanges where participants can ask questions and share experiences. Facilitators will guide discussions by presenting targeted issues and topics related to cyber security issues. During the session participants are invited to all table topics of interest. A breakfast buffet will also be available, and participants are encouraged to network with other pre-conference attendees and facilitators.

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Sponsorship Information

Gold Sponsor – $4,000

Includes 8 registrations to the Cyber Security Pre-Conference and Conference, two invitations to a sponsor and speaker dinner on May 2 in Oklahoma City, an exhibit booth at the conference, and prominent recognition in conference promotion and materials. (Deductible- $1,440; Non-deductible- $2,560)

Silver Sponsor – $2,500

Includes 4 registrations to the Cyber Security Pre-conference and Conference, an exhibit booth at the conference, and prominent recognition in conference promotion and materials. (Deductible- $1,080; Non-deductible- $1,420)

*The amount of the contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of any money contributed over the fair market value of goods or services provided.

2018 Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsor

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Jim Burkman
Jim Burkman holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Indiana University and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University. He teaches Information Assurance courses that are key to OSU earning the distinction of being a National Center of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE and CAE/R). Jim is the program coordinator for the Master of Science in Information Assurance degree and teaches applied and theory courses in information assurance, digital forensics and database. Dr. Burkman is also the founder and faculty advisor for the OSU Information Security and Assurance Club (ISAC). This student-driven club competes annually in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. His research focuses on the social psychology aspects of technology, to include issues of trust and expectations in the areas of secure computing and technology adoption. Additionally, Dr. Burkman studies the use of metaphors in the visual representations of complex data sets. His works have been published in various journals and conferences.
Rick Wilson
Rick Wilson, Ph.D., has been a faculty member in OSU’s Spears School of Business for 25 years, presently serving as Chair of the Management Science and Information Systems Department. Prior to earning his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dr. Wilson worked for a number of years in industry as an IT professional in the telecommunications industry. He is most well-known in academia for his research in the data sciences, including sports analytics, and has won over a dozen teaching and leadership awards throughout his career.
Denise Calvert
Denise Calvert is a senior IT supervisor at Devon Energy responsible for IT risk/compliance, identity management, and SAP security. Denise has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, most of which was spent in the IT Audit and security/risk/controls space. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Ronald Hulshizer
Ronald Hulshizer has more than 25 years of experience helping companies with information technology, security, and financial accounting issues. His primary focus is delivering cyber security and internal audit IT and IT security services to financial institutions. Ronald’s team conducts Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council reviews, general IT control reviews, internal and external penetration tests, business continuity plan, cyber security, social engineering, and model validation reviews for approximately 250 financial institutions.
Brett Johnson
Brett Johnson has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years as a former United States Most Wanted person and “The Original Internet Godfather” as referred to by the United States Secret Service. Brett founded and was a leader of one of the first darknet markets, ShadowCrew, and was instrumental in developing many areas of online fraud. After being captured, escaping prison, and being captured again, Brett finally accepted responsibility for his actions. He now consults with Fortune 500 companies, cyber security firms, financial organizations, law enforcement and others. He speaks frequently regarding his experience and knowledge of cybercrime in order to help others stay safe online.
David Komendat
Dave Komendat is the vice president and Chief Security Officer for The Boeing Company. He is responsible for Boeing’s global security and fire protection policy and procedures, site security, executive protection, supply chain security, structural and aircraft fire protection, government and proprietary information security, data protection, business continuity and disaster preparedness, and security background investigations. Dave is the Boeing interface for both national and international security policy engagement with several government and industry advisory groups.
Kent Nabors
Kent Nabors leads the cyber security team for Hobby Lobby. Before moving into the retail industry, he worked for MidFirst Bank for 18 years serving in a number of roles including CISO. Early in his career, Kent worked in bank examinations with both the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma chapter of InfraGard and has been a speaker on cyber security topics at conferences and corporate events across the country.
Carrie Palmer
Carrie Palmer is an attorney with Resolution Legal Group. She has been traversing the territory between litigation and technology for 20 years and is a well-known speaker, consultant, trainer, and strategist on issues concerning data security such as technology related policies and procedures, employee privacy, data confidentiality, and ethics in the digital age. As an attorney who has defended claims against businesses for more than 20 years, Carrie recognizes that technology presents businesses with great risk if not properly considered and with great opportunity if understood, respected, and operated within a properly drafted set of policies and procedures.
David Weiss
David Weiss was a computer scientist for the FBI and retired in August 2016. During his 32-year career at the FBI, David performed thousands of digital forensic examinations, malware analysis, and digital evidence crime scene searches. David received the FBI Director’s Award for Technical/Scientific Advancement for his work on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing.
Mark Weiser
Mark Weiser, Regents Service Professor; Director, Center for Telecommunications and Network Security, Management Science and Information System
  • The conference is designed for senior-level leaders, human resource and information technology management and professionals, operational technology specialists, systems and data administrators, and other business leaders involved in the decision-making process for cyber security strategy, implementation, and management.
  • The conference will be beneficial to those in a range of industries including: legal practices, accounting firms, insurance brokers, personal information suppliers, wholesalers, public sector suppliers, schools, and colleges, and those involved in decision making on or delivery of cyber security in central government, local government, police and fire services, health services, and education.
  • Program format
    8am – 9am Pre-conference
    9am – 4pm Conference
  • CPE credits/CEU credits available
  • Location – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Price
    Conference and Pre-conference registration with table topics and networking breakfast (Conference registration required to attend pre-conference) - $280 per person
    Cyber Security Conference only - $250 per person
    • Multiple registration discount for 3 or more people
      Conference and Pre-conference registration with table topics and networking breakfast (Conference registration required to attend pre-conference) - $255 per person
      Cyber Security Conference only - $225 per person
    • Conference Materials – Registration fee includes materials in electronic format, refreshments, and lunch. If you would prefer a hard copy of conference materials in a binder, please check the information below for an additional fee of $15 per binder.
  • Sponsorship Information
    Sponsorship opportunities are available. Become a Sponsor.
  • Cancellation Policy
    If a participant would like to cancel her/his registration less than 10 days prior to the conference, you are welcome to send a substitute. All guarantees have been submitted to the hotel, so refunds are not attainable. A refund is available given notification no later than 11 days prior to the conference. If you are transferring your registration to a colleague, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208 or
  • For additional information or to sponsor
    Center for Executive and Professional Development
    Oklahoma State University, 215 Business Building
    Stillwater, OK 74078-4011 USA
    Telephone: 405-744-5208