Oct. 17, Student Day

DAY 1: 1-4 :30 p.m.: Hackathon and Career Day: Student Day, University of Wyoming ENZI Building. This first half-day is for Wyoming high school students and teachers, organized by the University of Wyoming’s Mike Borowczak and the Defense Against the Dark Arts Club. Food will not be served — students should bring a sack lunch. There is no registration fee for this event, however, students and teachers must RSVP as seating is limited. For more information, please send an email to

DAY 2: Cybersecurity Symposium: University of Wyoming Conference Center.

7 a.m.: Registration begins.

7:30 a.m.: Breakfast service begins.

7:50 a.m.: Welcome from Dennis Ellis, Microsoft, Title Sponsor.

8 a.m.: Welcome from Sharon Fain, emcee for the conference.

8:15 a.m.: David Powell, CEO, Federal Business Council, co-founder CyberUSA.

9 a.m.: Break.

9:30 a.m.: Find out which three businesses won the Wyoming Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses. This competition is to foster the adoption of cybersecurity best practices, reduce the risk of cyber threats, and keep companies in business. The top 3 winners will speak about their journey to addressing their cyber risks with stories, surprises, and anecdotes that will keep you entertained. To find out more about the Wyoming Cybersecurity Competition, click here..

10:15-11:15 a.m.: Breakout sessions.

  • Breakout session No. 1: Navar Holmes, Campbell County Health. What we learned from our data breach and solutions you can use. Plus Q&A.
  • Breakout session No. 2: How even small businesses can create a cybersecurity team. Moderator: Jeffrey S. Pope, Holland & Hart. Panelists: Rich Spilde, Holland & Hart; Galen Gough, Jonah Bank; Rob Zotti, Wyoming Financial Insurance.

11:15-noon: Dr. Greg White, Director, Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security. “Will the next cyberwar begin in small-town USA?”

Noon: Break and lunch is served.

12:30 p.m.: Luncheon speaker: Caitlin Long. What cryptocurrency has to do with cybersecurity – connecting the dots for business owners and managers.

1:15 p.m.: Greg Pierson, Community Relations Director, BBB: “2017 State of Cybersecurity for Small Businesses.” With related presentation by Pamela Passman on the Cyber Readiness Program. 2 p.m.: Break. 2:30 p.m.: Breakout sessions.

  • Breakout session No. 1: Jim Lee, Manufacturing Works, Director Operations: Small and medium manufacturers and partners in their supply chain have unique cybersecurity challenges. Learn what they are and how to address them. Panelist: Jim Drever, Wyoming SBDC.
  • Breakout session No. 2: Pamela Passman. “Rightsizing your Cybersecurity Program/Strategy.” The amount of cybersecurity information available from standards, frameworks, regulations, and policies can be overwhelming. This session provides insights into how organizations of all sizes can navigate the torrent of information to achieve effective cybersecurity business goals.

3:30 p.m.: Closing keynote:  Albert Forkner, Wyoming Commissioner of Banking. 4:15 p.m.: End of conference. 5-8 p.m.: Reception with light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.