Panelists Nino Milanese (left) and Dave Stafford

Panelists Nino Milanese (left) and Dave Stafford.

FOUR CYBER SECURITY experts convened on campus in October to discuss the biggest challenges facing the global IT community and what citizens can do to protect their private data from cybercriminals.

Focused on the theme “Cyber Security in the Internet of Things Era,” the summit was sponsored by Longwood’s College of Business and Economics and organized by the Center for Cyber Security.

“The scope and volume of emerging threats is substantial. Staying up-to-date on technology and training are imperative,” said Dr. Darrell Carpenter, director of Longwood’s Center for Cyber Security.

“When it comes to IT security, our businesses, organizations and government agencies remain outmatched by hackers, who are becoming bolder and more and more sophisticated.”

Appearing on the panel were

  • General James Cartwright, a retired four star Marine Corps general and former vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. As the nation’s second-highest military officer, he led a major expansion of the military’s cyber security capabilities and infrastructure.
  • Rhonda Vetere, chief information officer, infrastructure, at Santander Bank. She has worked in global executive positions at companies including Estée Lauder, AIG, HP Enterprise Services and JPMorgan Chase.
  • Nino Milanese, president of a fraud consultant firm. He has more than 25 years of business process experience in financial fraud detection, identification of improper payments and audit trail development.
  • Dave Stafford, chief information officer at PSCU, the largest credit union service organization in the U.S.

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