2021 Annual Cybersecurity Summit

2021 Annual Cybersecurity Summit

In addition to a global pandemic and social unrest, 2020 was a year that saw over 1,000 data breaches and over 155 million individuals affected by data exposures or accidental revelation of sensitive information due to less-than-adequate information security. Beyond data breaches, the news is replete with cyber attacks causing the failure of military equipment and the theft of national security secrets. While these threats and attacks are a big deal, the outcomes rarely have an immediate impact on an average citizen’s life; however, when a cyber attack causes electrical blackouts, gasoline shortages or compromises your medical record, the consequences hit much closer to home. The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) brought together cyber security experts and professionals to explore how cyber security and cyber threats are affecting everyday life for business owners,  security professionals and individual consumers.

During this event, participants discussed the current state of cybersecurity in Oregon, explored the everyday impact of cyber precautions and attacks, discussed building the cyber professional talent pipeline and get a global perspective on cyber from international experts at Mastercard. Additionally, presentation were hosted on the technical trends occurring in cyber as well as an interactive exercise for attendees to walk away with actionable learnings. Lastly, there is a strong cybersecurity start-up ecosystem in the state and four companies participated in lightning talks about their innovative technologies that will keep your business from being disrupted.



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Skip Newberry

President + CEO

Technology Association of Oregon

Cara Round

Cara Turano

Chief Operations Officer

Technology Association of Oregon

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Charlie Kawasaki



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Vito Nozza

Principal Cybersecurity Consultant


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Rakesh Bobba

Associate Professor | EECS

Oregon State UniversityMichael Thelander

Director Product Marketing

Eclypsium, Inc.

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Jeff Gaus

Founder & CEO

The Provenance Chain Network

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Isaac Potoczny-Jones


ToznyKatrinia McNeal

Business & Information Systems

Mt. Hood Community College

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Mark Sangster

Principal Evangelist & VP Industry Security Strategies


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Ron Talwalkar

Director, Cyber Intelligence and Solutions


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Rebecca Ledingham

Global VP/Senior Business Leader Cybersecurity


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James Dirksen



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Birol Yesilada

Director of HSOG & Professor

Portland State University

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Bob Turner

Field CISO - Higher Education


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Theresa Masse

Cyber Security Advisor

US Dept. of Homeland Security - CISA

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Christie Freesmeier

Director, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions


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Nicola Entwistle

Vice President of Product Management


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Plamena Georgieva

Director of Product Sales, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions


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