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Cybersecurity Conference

2019 Hampton Roads Regional Cybersecurity Conference: Defining Cutting Edge Cyber Defense Challenges


Friday, October 11, 2019

Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium
Templin Hall, 99 Thomas Nelson Drive

Cost: $30

The 2019 Cybersecurity Conference will feature speakers from Dominion Energy, Amazon, Verizon, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and more, focusing on one of the emerging cyber defense challenges confronting our networks today.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion of Hampton Roads technology professionals who will address Unmanned Systems and their impact on both business plans and network architectures.


Online registration is available today!

On-site registration begins at 7 a.m.

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Adam Lee - Featured Keynote Speaker
Dominion Energy, VP and Chief Security Officer

Lee directs the development and implementation of corporate security policies and procedures that protect physical and cyber assets at Dominion Energy. He is the liaison with all outside government and law enforcement officials on physical and cybersecurity matters for Dominion Energy.


Honorable Mike Rogers - Featured Guest Speaker

Former Congressman Mike Rogers advises C-suite executives from Fortune 100 companies, providing analysis and expertise on the challenges facing companies operating in the digital era, and on cybersecurity and executive leadership. He also serves as a regular national security commentator on CNN and hosts the network’s documentary-style original series Declassified, offering viewers insights into America’s spy stories.

Darren House - Sr. Security Specialty Solutions Architect

Darren House is a Senior Security Specialty Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services who brings over 20 years’ experience building secure technology architectures and developing technical strategies to navigate the constant of change. Today, he is focused on enabling AWS customers to adopt cloud native security services and automations that increase visibility and reduce risk. When not with customers, he is focused on exploring AWS cloud native protective, detective and responsive solutions for cloud based SOC, cyber deception and threat frameworks.


Farzad Seihoun – Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center (VTRAC), Senior Darkweb Threat Hunting Analyst

Farzad Seihoun is a senior Darkweb Threat Hunting Analyst working at the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center (VTRAC). His role in the Darkweb Threat Hunting team includes assisting the Incident Response teams with customer engagements, as well as managing several customer accounts where Farzad is the designated Darkweb analyst. Prior to this, Mr. Seihoun spent 18 years in the intelligence community working with the government in various capacities including SIGINT, HUMINT, Cyber Counterintelligence Collection and Operations, Cyber Threat Analyst, and most recently as a Cyber Counterintelligence Instructor at the Defense Intelligence Agency.


Cleo Caban - Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center (VTRAC), Senior Darkweb Threat Hunting Analyst

Cleo Caban is a senior Darkweb Threat Hunting Analyst working at the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center (VTRAC). His role in the Darkweb Threat Hunting team includes assisting the Incident Response teams with customer engagements, as well as managing several customer accounts. Caban spent 14 years in the intelligence community working with the military and numerous government entities in various capacities including HUMINT, Counterintelligence Collection and Operations, Threat Analyst (supporting the Department of State in Kabul, AF) and most recently as a Cyber Insider Threat Analyst with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency; where he helped to safeguard U.S. Weapons of Mass Destruction from nefarious actors both Nationally and Internationally.


Chris Ridgway – McAfee, Sales Engineer

Chris Ridgway has been in the cybersecurity industry for nearly 20 years, starting as a SOC analyst. Chris currently works for McAfee as a Sales Engineer supporting our largest customers in the Northeast Region. He also has experience working as a trusted advisor with Federal, State and Local Government.


Robert R. Cochran – FBI, SSA

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Robert R. Cochran began his Bureau career in 2002. SSA Cochran has worked all classifications of federal crimes, and was the lead FBI Cyber investigator for the Florida Panhandle. In 2009, SSA Cochran was promoted and assigned to FBIHQ in Washington, D.C. at the Cyber Criminal Section of the FBI’s Cyber Division. In 2010, SSA Cochran became the Cyber Division’s first liaison to the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center (IOC-2), a Department of Justice (DOJ) led, multi-agency, national level task force directed at disrupting and dismantling transnational organized criminal enterprises. In August 2012, SSA Cochran reported to Norfolk as the Supervisor of the Cyber Squad. He also supervises the Transnational Organized Crime, Forensics, Crisis Management and SWAT programs.


2019 Regional Cybersecurity Conference Panel


Panel Moderator: Dr. Edwin Leigh Armistead, CEO, Peregrine Technical Solutions

Based in Hampton Roads, Peregrine was founded in 2011 to meet the expanding requirements of Cyber offense/defense activities, including full-spectrum Information Operations (IO) and security engineering. In addition to providing support on Cyber Security efforts to a variety of Federal agencies, Peregrine owns the only double-blind, peer-reviewed academic journal on Information Warfare in the United States, the “Journal of Information Warfare.” Peregrine is the first corporation to develop a registered Cyber Apprenticeship in the US, and is expanding its capability in 2018 to include a specialization on Facility Related Control Systems (FRCS) curriculum with the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) toward a GICSP certification. A retired Naval Officer, Armistead wrote his PhD and has published three books, in an unclassified format in 2004, 2007 and 2010, that focus on full spectrum Information Warfare. Serving as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Information Warfare (JIW), a double-blind peer-reviewed academic publication; the Program Director of the International Conference of Cyber Warfare and Security; and the Vice-Chair of Working Group 9.10.


Dr. Mary Ann Hoppa, Associate Professor, Norfolk State University

Associate Professor at Norfolk State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science and cybersecurity. She is a co-Principal Investigator in NSU’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (funded by DoD). Hoppa is a liaison to Morgan State University and serves as NSU’s Champion for the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) sponsored by Ripple, a Silicon Valley technology firm. Hoppa previously enjoyed a multi-decade career in IT research and development, where her last role was technical lead for Knowledge Management for a global firm. Her research interests also include cyberpsychology, information visualization, cybersecurity applications of big data analytics and machine learning, and securing industrial control systems. Hoppa holds multiple certifications in disciplines including business, electronic commerce and distance education. She has authored over 50 publications and is a frequent technical speaker.


Daryl Haegley, Director, Mission Assurance & Deterrence Principal Cyber Advisor to SECDEF

Haegley’s distinguished career includes military, federal, civilian and commercial consulting experience. He is currently assigned to the Office of the Principal Cyber Advisor to the Secretary of Defense, advising on cyberspace activities, cyber mission forces, and offensive and defensive cyber operations and missions. Haegley oversees the strategic cybersecurity effort to protect the control systems and operational technology (OT) enabling the Department of Defense’s (DoD) critical infrastructure. For the past six years, Haegley has brought awareness to the ever-increasing cyber threat to unprotected connected OT devices and has led the government to make change. A recognized innovator and thought leader, he’s a contributing author to NIST Special Publication 800-82 R2 “Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security,” Unified Facilities Criteria 4-010.06 “Cybersecurity of Facility Related Controls Systems” and ‘Governance and Assessment Strategies for Industrial Controls,’ Springer technical publication, “Cyber-Security of SCADA and Other Industrial Control Systems.”


Richard McCutcheon, GDIT, Technology Consultant

McCutcheon serves as the GDIT Cyber Consultant / Solution Architect for Cyber Analytics and Incident Response. He has served as Lead Cybersecurity Engineer for CSRA’s Joint and Air Force Account and as Lead Information Security Architect for Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy. He served more than 12 years as an intrusions / forensics investigator and eight years as US Army Counterintelligence Agent. McCutcheon specializes in Intrusion Investigations, Vulnerability Assessments, Malware Analysis, Cyber Analytics, Incident Response, Forensics, Information Assurance and Risk Management, Insider Threat and Counterintelligence Investigations, and Cyber Mission Force Training & Education.