Conference 2023 Happenings

CyberCheyenne took place on August 17, 2023 at Laramie County Community College.

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Congratulations to Wyoming's 2023 Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses Winners: Black Cat LLC, Jackson Hole Mobile Massage, and Wyoming Completion Technologies.

The schedule for the August 17th Cyber Cheyenne 2023 conference featured two tracks, one for tech experts and another for members of the business community, featuring Keynote US Secret Service Special Agent-in-Charge Derek Booth, held at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne.   

The conference was educational in nature with continuing professional education credits provided for any information technology or business professionals, but especially for the collaborating Wyoming ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) and Northern Colorado ISSA chapters.

Keynote speaker Derek Booth was one of the founding members of the Mountain West Cyber Fraud Task Force (MWCFTF) in Denver, Colorado. Since 2012, the mission of the MWCFTF has been to support the region in cybercrime investigations including ransomware, network intrusion, ATM and gas pump skimming, business email compromise, and computer/cellphone forensics.

After the kickoff by Pat Collins, the Mayor of Cheyenne, and the keynote speech by Special Agent Booth, the two tracks began.

Tech experts track included sessions led by Galen Gough, IT director of Jonah Bank; Jeremy Daily, Associate Professor of Systems Engineering at Colorado State University and co-founder of the CyberTruck Challenge; and Gina Yocone, the Advisory CISO for the mountain states region. There was also a highly anticipated panel discussion of “The Future of Cybersecurity: How Quantum Computing May Affect Cybersecurity and Blockchain.”

The business track included sessions by James Morrison, National Cyber Security Specialist at Intelisys; Dr. Erik Huffman, a founding researcher in the emerging field of Cyberpsychology; and Elmer Robinson, CEO at Rocky Mountain Cybersecurity.

Laura Baker, co-founder and Executive Director of CyberWyoming, announced the winners of the 2023 Cybersecurity Competition followed by the winners discussing their journey in the program and how it helped their business and confidence level in tackling cybersecurity. Launched by CyberWyoming in 2018, this competition promotes best practices in cybersecurity among Wyoming small businesses through the innovative Made Safe in Wyoming™ program. As the only competition of its kind, it has garnered national and international acclaim, earning the prestigious Gula Tech Foundation Grant Award in February 2022.

“I was very excited to announce the winners of the competition at the conference. It is my favorite time of the year, seeing these teams meet their security goals,” said Baker. 

There were many other sessions during the conference, including “The Art of Hacking Embedded Controls: A Journey through Cyber-Physical Security” by Derek Catterfeld and “Trapping the Snake: Russia’s Most Sophisticated Malware” by Brad Rhodes.

Cyber Cheyenne 2023 aimed to build a sense of community among attendees and facilitate ongoing collaboration to strengthen the region’s cybersecurity efforts. “We anticipate that technology experts and business owners will leave the conference equipped with cyber-specific resources and the reassurance of being supported by a nurturing tech-focused community,” said Summer Wasson, Chair of the City of Cheyenne Technology Advisory Council, before the conference.

Cyber Cheyenne 2023 was made possible by the City of Cheyenne and the support of Mayor Patrick Collins as well as sponsorship from the Wyoming ISSA Chapter and the Northern Colorado ISSA Chapter, and Premiere Sponsorship by Laramie County Community College. Bronze sponsors included: HiNoon Consulting LLC, OneSpan, and Wyoming Manufacturing Works. Table sponsors included: DirSec, DigeTekS LLC, Rocky Mountain Cybersecurity, CyberWyoming and the CyberWyoming Alliance.  Other contributors included: Paramount Ballroom, TechGaines, VisitCheyenne, NWSC (NCAR – Wyoming Supercomputing Center, and Google.


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