Cybersecurity expert to speak at BusinessTECH18 conference

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The fast-moving trend to take everything we value to the digital space has tremendous benefits, but it also makes us more vulnerable to cyberattacks, said cybersecurity expert John Carlin.

“That’s why it’s so urgent that people understand where we are now, so we have the resolve to fix it,” Carlin said. The former assistant United States attorney general for national security and chief of staff to then-F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller will speak at BusinessTECH18, a one-day conference focused on issues related to business and technology coming Thursday.

BusinessTECH18 takes place 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center, 500 Lakeside Ave. The one-day event features more than 50 sessions, vendor exhibits and panel discussions on supply chains, digital security, innovation, diversity and more.

BusinessTECH18 is aimed at people who are technology innovators and corporate decision-makers, said Doug Wenger, executive in residence at OHTec. The event is sponsored by tech company MCPc and OHTec, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership that supports the growth of the region’s tech sector.

The event features an awards ceremony honoring NEOhio’s tech leaders. The “Passport to IT Careers” program will give more than 400 high school students a glimpse into IT careers by connecting them with educators, business leaders and employers.

Carlin, chairman of the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity & Technology Program, is a featured speaker at BusinessTECH18. He will discuss his new book, “Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat,” written with Garrett Graff.

In addition to Carlin, other keynote speakers are blockchain evangelist and civic leader Bernie Moreno, and hacking expert Michael “MafiaBoy” Calce.

Moreno is working to make NEOhio a national center for blockchain, the digital ledger technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. He will speak as part of a panel discussion on blockchain during an 8 a.m. plenary breakfast.

Keynote closing speaker is Michael “MafiaBoy” Calce, who launched highly publicized denial-of-service attacks against Yahoo, Amazon, CNN and other large companies in 2000 and now speaks about cyber security.

Calce’s talk, “Feeling Good About Your IT System? A Live Demonstration on How Hacking happens by a ‘White Hat’ Hacker,” is at 3 p.m.

This is the first year that MCPc and OHTec have collaborated on BusinessTECH. In the past, MCPc was the sole sponsor of BusinessTech and OHTec ran the OHTec CIO Symposium, Wenger said.

The two organizations felt they could attract more people to a combined event, Wenger said.

Online registration for BusinessTECH2018  is now closed. There will be walk-in registration at the door for $99 per person.

Source: The Associated Press

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