Recap | 2015 IT Summit

“As a first time attendee, I thought it (the IT Summit) was so well done, it was a really great event with really knowledgeable presenters. Very professional” – IT Summit attendee

The Connecticut Technology Council was proud to present this year’s IT Summit at a brand new, beautiful location in Fairfield. The Patterson Club proved itself to be the perfect space for a networking event geared towards IT executives. IT Summit main

The morning started out strong with plenty of pre-event networking over a hot breakfast and lots of coffee. An opening keynote discussion on cyber warfare by Dr. Gary McGraw, CTO of Cigital, Inc., set the pace for a riveting day of panel discussions and conversation. In McGraw’s talk on cyber warfare he warned the audience not to confuse cyber crime, espionage, and war as the same thing. While all are considered bad they are distinctly different. He also spoke on the issue of cyber defense and cyber offense; specifically the struggle between the “sex” appeal of offense and the overwhelming need for strong defense.

“There is an economical issue with focusing on offense – cyber warfare is cheap, 70 countries can afford a 1 billion dollar cyber budget,” said McGraw. “We can win by focusing on defense… if we build systems that are impossible to attack.”

After Dr. McGraw’s keynote, attendees dispersed to attend one of three early morning panels. Early morning panels included the following:It Summit panel

At the conclusion of the early morning panels attendees continued on to another set of breakout discussions. Choosing between three different discussion topics, attendees grabbed a quick cup of coffee and traded more business cards as they made their way to the next panel of interest. The late morning panels included the following:

By the end of the second session, attendees were charged and hungry. All convened back in the main meeting space for a plated lunch and an afternoon keynote Herbergeron Safety, Sanctuary, and Security by Carl Herberger, the VP of Security Solutions at Radware. Herberger had much to say on the topic of artificial intelligence; how it is, and will, affect human interactions. How automation is changing humanity and evolving business.

“Evolution includes automation, automation leads to artificial intelligence, and artificial intelligence will do something to us that we have not yet seen on planet earth.”

Herberger went on to explain that privacy is different from digital security and that we are all living in a world where digital privacy is un-obtainable. “…You are two people, the physical you and the digital you,” said Herberger. “You are not your online authority, you own no rights to your digital self.”

All of this lead up to Herberger’s exclamation that the future of cyber warfare is not a battle between human minds but rather a fight between algorithms. A human programmer cannot defend against a program that changes tactics when blocked. You need algorithms to fight algorithms, bots to fight bots.

After Herberger’s keynote presentation, attendees broke up once more to attend one of two afternoon panels. Half chose to hear what panelists had to say about the rapidly evolving role of the CIO, while the rest made their way upstairs to learn about data security and vendor management. It Summit networking

At the conclusion of the program many attendees stuck around for further networking where they enjoyed an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres. Some of the event sponsors raffled off some awesome prizes as well.

Thank you again to The Patterson Club for hosting such a beautiful event!

Event Sponsors: Shipman & Goodwin LLP, TierPoint, Comcast Business, DarkTrace, Digital Realty, F3 Technology Partners, Frontier Communications, iTech Solutions, Kelser Technology, Level 3 Communications, LogRhythm, Robert Half Technology, Regan Technologies Corporation, Sovereign Intelligence, The Walker Group, Varonis.

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