Featured Speakers

Keynote speaker

Dr. Erik Huffman

Dr. Erik Huffman is the CEO of Handshake Leadership, an organizational
development and cyber education consulting company.  Handshake Leadership has been voted Best Social Impact Company in the Colorado
Springs Business Journal in 2018 and 2019. Dr. Huffman is also the 2018 Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2018 Colorado Springs Mayor’s Young Leader in Education, and a 2018 Colorado Springs Business Journal Rising Star. His post-doctoral research is focused on innovation and cyberpsychology.

Leland Christensen, Deputy Director, Wyoming Office of Homeland Security

Leland Christensen was appointed by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon in January 2019. He is a former Wyoming State Senator and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Leland served 15 years in the 19th Special Forces Airborne Army and the National Guard and as a Wyoming lawman, working in the Teton County and Lincoln County Sheriff’s offices for 20 years. Christensen was twice elected to the Teton County Board of Commissioners.

He has volunteered for and served on a variety of local and state governing and non-governing boards including the Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics, Salvation Army, Crime Stoppers and the Teton County Fair Board. A 20-year Rotarian and past Rotary Foundation President, Christensen is an active member of American Legion Post 43, a former Scoutmaster and 4-H leader. Christensen’s family first moved to Wyoming four generations ago to work in the coal mines and later built successful farming, cattle, and sheep operations.

Scott Thompson, CACI International

Scott is an expert in cyber operations with extensive experience conducting time-sensitive planning against the world’s most sophisticated cyber actors. He has played a pivotal role in the development of training capabilities and the planning of cyber exercises at United States Cyber Command, where he served as a planning officer in Cyber National MIssion Force.

His graduate studies in Cyber Forensics at Stevenson included lab work in cyber incident response, malware analysis, network penetration testing, mobile device forensics, and Windows forensic examinations. He has become known for modeling using Lego bricks.

Daniel O. Deter, Green House Data

Dan leads information security at Green House Data; managing both internal governance objectives and Green House Data’s suite of managed security services. Formerly of IBM, where, as the Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM), he led InfoSec managed security services, incident response, and compliance with FedRAMP and DISA cloud security objectives for US Federal and DoD clients.

Ed Fuller, Director of Infosec, Flatwater Forensics

Ed Fuller has more than 30 years security experience as a highly skilled, experienced and certified information security professional with education and experience in multiple facets of Information Assurance and Security. He possesses a high degree of expertise in supporting worldwide operational needs for Information Security. Ed has designed, managed, and oversaw the implementation of security solutions protecting information assets for diverse clients and organizations.

As an experienced Program/Project/Team Manager/Lead, Instructor and Business Manager, Ed is dedicated to providing high-quality support for all tasks. He has a proven track record of providing vendor agnostic security solutions to meet client needs. Ed has managed projects that include multi-state, international resources. Ed’s Project Management skills have ensured the success of numerous information security assessments and projects for both government and commercial entities. Ed’s security expertise enables him to review existing security environments and to identify potential security deficiencies, threats, or events that could impact the client environment. His unique combination of security management and technical experience enables him to effectively manage all aspects of security related projects to include Governance, Compliance, Risk Management, Security Program Design and Implementation, Organizational and Technical Assessments, Security Training, and Lead ISA-CMM appraisals.

Tyler Neeriemer, Senior Vice President of IT and Security, First Federal Bank & Trust

Tyler Neeriemer is Senior Vice President of IT and Security at First Federal Bank & Trust, a mutual bank located in Sheridan, Wyoming. Tyler grew up in Sheridan and earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming. He holds several InfoSec certifications including: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Community Bank Technology Officer (CCBTO), and has additional training in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR).

Prior to working at First Federal, Tyler owned a computer retail and repair store that later joined with Ptolemy Data Systems. These varied perspectives give him the ability to bridge the gap between business and technology. Tyler has made it his mission to raise community awareness about cybersecurity and privacy issues in the Sheridan area, so in addition to regularly presenting at First Federal staff meetings, he has been a member of round table discussions at the Bankers Bank of the West Conference in Denver, Sheridan Chamber Luncheons and Committee meetings, and most recently at the Ignite Your Business Conference.

Alexandra Farkas, Communication and Operations Specialist, Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce

Alexandra Farkas is the Communication and Operations specialist for the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with minors in Entrepreneurship and Management in addition to a concentration in Customer Experience Management.

Alexandra’s business experiences and academic work include areas of digital media, event planning, and marketing communications/strategy. She is a dynamic and innovative worker with passions for marketing strategy and management and has experience conducting, analyzing and interpreting both customer and competitor data. She enjoys all aspects of economic development, community building, event planning, and market research and analysis.

A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Alexandra’s strong desire to serve her community and has kept her close to home. Joining the Greater Chamber of Commerce team and becoming a Cybersecurity Business Counselor has been an excellent way for her to translate her passions into supporting the Cheyenne business community.

Justin Gorman, Director of Partner Services

Justin Gorman serves as the Director of Partner Services for the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. As a native of Cheyenne, he brings a diverse background in marketing, sales, public relations and event management as he serves the business partners of the Cheyenne Community.

Prior to joining the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, Justin oversaw the ticket sales and operations for Cheyenne Frontier Days. Prior to that, he worked for Global Spectrum, a venue management company, where he was Event Manager and Marketing Coordinator of the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO and was also General Manager of the Cheyenne Ice & Events Center. He also spent five years in what he calls his “Out of Wyoming Experience” in Kansas City, MO working in Public Relations for the Kansas City Wizards Professional Soccer Team.

Justin is deeply involved in community service. He has served on the Board of the Cheyenne Kiwanis Foundation, Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne and the CFD Volunteer Crisis Fund. He is passionate about serving his community and making Cheyenne a better place to raise his kids.

In his free time, Justin enjoys golfing, camping, spending time with his wife and two boys and all things baseball, especially when it comes to the Kansas City Royals.