TechBirmingham To Host 2nd Annual Cyber Security Conference

December 20, 2016 | no comments

AlabamaCyberNOW_stacked_finalTechBirmingham along with the Central Alabama Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (CAISSA) and the Birmingham InfraGard Chapter will host the second annual Alabama Cyber Now Conference on April 4, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham, Alabama.

The one-day conference is geared for information security professionals as well as managers and senior C-level executives. CPE credits will be available. This year’s conference is expected to bring in over 500 professionals from around the region.

Keynote speakers include Dave Shackleford, owner and principal consultant of Voodoo Security and internationally renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier. Shackleford has consulted with hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and network architecture and engineering, and is a VMware vExpert with extensive experience designing and configuring secure virtualized infrastructures. He is Owner and Principal Consultant of Voodoo Security and a Senior Instructor at the SANS institute.

Schneier has authored 14 books, including the New York Times bestseller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is also a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer of Resilient.

“ACN is a one-day conference with a focus on education, industry trends and exposure to new tools and methodologies to attract information security professionals, c-level executives and cyber security experts to Birmingham. The conference also provides us the opportunity to showcase local security companies, the growing cyber security industry and the job opportunities in our city,” says Jennifer Skjellum, TechBirmingham President.

Currently there are more than 3,000 open cyber security related jobs open in Alabama with growing demand expect for 2017. CyberSeek, a tool by CompTIA with support from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reports the current supply of cyber security workers in Alabama as very low compared to the national average and the current demand.
“Partnering with TechBirmingham to bring the Alabama Cyber Now Conference back for a second year is a key initiative for our chapter,” says Patrick Burch, InfraGard Birmingham President. “Privacy, security and trust are hot topics in the technology community and by bringing national experts to Birmingham to help engage our regional cyber community we can help advance the mission of our organization and help provide education to security professionals and the business community.”

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