Cyber-risk conference confronts ‘The Speed of Change’

DePaul University’s third annual cyber-risk conference titled “The Speed of Change” will confront the issues of a rapidly changing landscape. The conference will be held Nov. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 8005 of the DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. (Image by iStock)
DePaul University’s third annual cyber-risk conference titled “The Speed of Change” will confront the issues of a rapidly changing landscape. The conference will be held Nov. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 8005 of the DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. (Image by iStock)

CHICAGO The landscape of cyber security is rapidly changing in a dynamic interplay of threat, compliance and protection in the digital world. DePaul University’s third annual cyber-risk conference titled “The Speed of Change” will confront these issues. The conference will be held Nov. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 8005 of the DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd.

“The overarching argument of ‘The Speed of Change’ is just that — cyber is changing every year, every day,” said Carl Luft, academic director of the Arditti Center for Risk Management in DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business, one of the organizers of the conference.

“Life today is more convenient because of technology and the internet, but the price of that is security. You can have convenience, or you can have security, but you can’t have it both ways,” said Luft, an associate professor of finance.

The conference will cover pertinent issues of cyber security in a constantly shifting, continuously evolving digital climate. Topics include the shifting generational perspectives and attitudes toward privacy and protection, cyber insurance, institutional versus individual threats, state-based cyber warfare, and the “internet of things.”

“Everything is connected now,” said Alexander Perry, associate director of the Driehaus College of Business Research Institute and primary logistical organizer of the conference. “As evidenced by the shutdown that occurred near the end of October using networked items like printers, web cameras and the like, we are living in an increasingly connected world. Cars, medical devices and phones are the new frontier for hackers. With these threats, new protection, compliance and insurance measures come in,” he said.

The conference features two keynote speakers: Michael Echols and Jeff Wright. Echols is executive director and CEO of the International Association of Certified Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations, and former director of the Cyber Joint Program Management Office in the Department of Homeland Security. Wright is vice president and chief information security officer for Allstate Insurance Company. Both speakers will discuss the theme of the conference in-depth and address the current state and future of cyber security.

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n addition, there will be three panel discussions:

·       “The Speed of Change in Cyber Threats” will be about the changing landscape of cyber-threats, covering topics like the internet and the recent Dyn DDOS attack, and “lone wolf” and state-sponsored actors.

·       “Beyond Compliance: Keeping Up with the Speed of Change” will address the current state and future of compliance, with regards to current regulations, complacency and insurance issues.

·       “Protection: Proactive and Ahead of the Curve” will examine the nature of protection, specifically with regards to how it is not a fixed state and that everyone must be proactive in their security stance.


Speakers for these panels include, among others, Matt Danielak of Willis Towers Watson, Bob Eichenberg of CTH Technologies, Danyetta Fleming of Covenant Security Solutions, Brenda Calloway of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pavel Slaven of Baxter International, and Liz Kovick of Allstate.

“What we’re trying to do is give people useful information that they can take from the conference and apply to making their lives easier regarding cyber security,” said Luft. “We want to show people how they can take advantage of the benefits of technology while minimizing exposure to cyber-threat, and that it’s a continuous process. It’s not one and done. You have to continuously monitor and be aware of threat, because it’s always evolving,” Luft said.

“Cyber security is not just for IT folks and programmers; it’s for everyone who has access to a phone, a computer, even a car now,” said Perry. “It’s so omnipresent that everyone is both at risk and has a responsible stake in creating solutions. This conference provides an open forum for industry, academics, and students from all disciplines to share their knowledge, whether they come from a business, legal, or tech background.”

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o view the entire schedule of events and more information, and to register, visit http://bit.ly/2dea4py. Early registration will be available at a discount of $150.

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n addition to the Arditti Center for Risk Management in the Driehaus College of Business, the event is hosted by DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media, and College of Law. The conference is being presented in collaboration with Allstate and the Chicago Actuarial Association.

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