Four leading cyber security experts will convene on the campus of Longwood University next week to discuss the biggest challenges facing the global IT community and what citizens can do to secure their private data from being harvested by cybercriminals.

“Cyber Security in the Internet of Things Era” is the theme of the Oct. 1 Cyber Security Summit, sponsored by Longwood’s College of Business and Economics and organized by the Center for Cyber Security.

“This is an important and unique opportunity for Longwood to host these leaders in the cyber security field. The scope and volume of emerging threats is substantial. Staying up-to-date on technology and training are imperative to stay constantly updated,” said Dr. Darrell Carpenter, director of the Center for Cyber Security at Longwood. “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.”

Guest appearing on the panel are:

  • General James Cartwright, a retired four-star Marine Corps general and former vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. During his tenure as the nation’s second highest military officer, he led a major expansion of the military’s cyber security capabilities and infrastructure. He is widely recognized for his technical acumen and vision of future national security concepts.
  • Rhonda Vetere, chief information officer, Infrastructure at Santander Bank. A passionate leader in technology and change agent for digital transformation, she has worked in global executive positions at Estée Lauder, AIG, HP Enterprise Services, Barclays, JPMorgan Chase and others.
  • 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. After 9/11 he played a key role in supporting FBI investigations.
  • Dave Stafford, chief information officer at PSCU, the largest credit union service organization in the U.S. He directs the planning, implementation and operation of enterprise IT systems and last year was honored by the Tampa Business Journal as CIO of the Year.

The panel will be moderated Carpenter and Dr. Robert Marmorstein, associate professor of computer science. The summit will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Jarman Auditorium on the campus of Longwood University. The panel is free and open to the public.

Longwood previously hosted a Cyber Security Summit in 2016 in the lead up to hosting the 2016 vice presidential debate.

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