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Alabama Cyber Now 2018

The Alabama Cyber Now Conference, hosted by TechBirmingham, The Central Alabama Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (CAISSA) and the InfraGard Birmingham Members Alliance, was quite a hit.  With over 500 attendees, two keynote speakers, and over 20 breakout sessions, it was a conference filled with education and growth.  We also added 3 training sessions, requested by many of our attendees from last year, and our “Birds of a Feather” sessions which allowed attendees to collaborate with other like-minded cybersecurity individuals.

The morning of ACN began with a wonderful keynote speaker session.   Sadik Al-Abdulla, Director of Security Solutions, CDW,  spoke about the state of security from his many security assessments while we enjoyed breakfast sponsored by Bradley Law Firm.   From there, our attendees were able to attend one of the many breakout sessions and browse the vendor booths to learn about cutting-edge solutions and best practices in the industry.  We came together again for lunch, where Tina Meeker, Owner & Principal of Beacon Information Security, LLC, spoke about how the diversity gap hurts the cybersecurity field as a whole.  After more breakout sessions and education opportunities, we finally wrapped our day with our Birds of a Feather sessions, allowing for networking and conversation amongst our attendees.

As the evening came to a close, we were pleased to hear from many that this conference was “one of the largest and most educational” resources out there for those in the cybersecurity sector.  We fully anticipate an even larger event next year with more educational opportunities, speakers, and resources.

This event could not have been possible without the contribution of so many sponsors, who we have had the honor and privilege of working with.  To learn more about who sponsored this event, visit our sponsors page.


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April Tech Tuesday with David Powell

We are looking forward to a wonderful talk from David Powell next week at our Tech Tuesday event.  In this Tech Tuesday, held at Burr & Forman LLP, David will share his “Stories from the Road” and offer real-world insights about these hot topics and give some ideas about how we, as technologists, can embrace them.

David Powell is a twenty-two year veteran of the IT industry, the last seventeen spent exclusively in Managed Services. Named one of the “Top 250 People in Managed Services” by MSPmentor for over five years, Powell has worked for three of the Top 100 companies that rank in the MSPmentor 501 each year. He came to LogicMonitor from TekLinks, where he helped transition the company from a traditional VAR to an integrated solution provider with a nationally recognized managed and cloud services portfolio, as evidenced when TekLinks received the Top MSP Award at the CRN SP500 Conference in 2012. Powell was a member of the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40” in 2011, and in 2013, he was named to the publication’s first ever “#40 to Follow List” of executives to follow on Twitter. Powell is a frequent national speaker on technology and for three years he co-hosted an engaging “Tech Tuesday” segment that aired each week on the local CBS42 affiliate in Birmingham.  Powell is actively involved in the Birmingham community as a Board Member of TechBirmingham, a Board Member for the Vestavia Hills Board of Education, and past President of the Vestavia Lacrosse Organization.

We are looking forward to hearing from David and hope you will join us!  This event is free for members and only $10 for non-members.  Lunch will be provided, so come hungry and ready to listen to great words from David! You can register here.

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Alabama Cyber Now Announces Keynote Speakers

The Preeminent Southeastern Cyber Security Conference for Business and Industry has announced the Keynote Speakers for its Third Annual Conference.


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