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Sunday, March 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hacker to InfoSec Pro: New Rock Star Generation

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Malicious hackers tend to be smart, young – many are only teenagers – and they seek respect, power and financial gain. Many of them perceive hacking like being a rock star – they jump into the action and start reaping the rewards. But what if we could help young malicious hackers understand the damage they are doing, the legal ramifications of their actions, and how these actions could hamper their future? What if we could reshape their mindsets and encourage them to channel their work into something more productive – like Information Security, white hat hacking or even working with the government? It’s a wonder that the InfoSec and IT industries have a shortage of talent when salaries are rising and work is comparable to that of hackers, but they are doing it for good. It’s time we turn InfoSec and IT professionals into the new rock stars, the new hot ticket future for the hacker generation. This panel is going to address why and what we need to do, and how to start making change.

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Kent Bloomstrand

Chief Technology Officer, CSID
Kent Bloomstrand joined CSID, the leader in identity management, identity protection, and cyber technology and solutions, as the CTO in 2013. He has extensive experience as a technology and operations leader, having worked for over 30 years at established companies like OpenText... Read More →

Tom Edwards

Resident Agenda in Charge, United States Secret Service
Tom Edwards is a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service. As the current Resident Agent in Charge of the Austin Office, Tom oversees the daily investigative and protective activities of the agency’s local office. His office sponsors the Central Texas Financial Fraud Task Force... Read More →

Tiffany Rad

Pres, Elcnetworks LLC
Tiffany Rad, BS, MBA, JD, is an attorney, and computer security analyst. She is also a part-time Adjunct Professor in the computer science department at the University of Southern Maine teaching computer law, ethics and information security. She has presented at conferences such as... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon 8

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