Cyber Threats Facing the State Among Topics at Virtual Wyoming Cybersecurity Conference Oct 6-8

Oct. 1, 2021 — Cyber scams costing Wyoming millions of dollars and the challenges of protecting the state’s infrastructure are among the topics being examined during the 2021 Wyoming Cybersecurity Conference Oct. 6-8.

The virtual event, produced by the CyberWyoming Alliance in collaboration with the Federal Business Council, is open to the public and free to higher education, K-12, and government organizations and members. For the full agenda and to register for the conference, visit www.cyberwyoming.org/conference/. POST, CPE, and PTSB credits are available to attendees.

The morning of Wednesday, Oct. 6, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon will welcome conference participants and review cybersecurity issues facing the state. He will be followed by Mikki Munson, Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resiliency Program Manager.

Notable speakers include cyberpsychology researcher Erik Huffman, founder of Handshake Leadership; Mark Pepper, Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems executive director; Greg White, Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security director at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA); and Jane Ginn, Cyber Resilience Institute, and other national security experts.

Among speakers and moderators from UW are Jean Garrison, Malcolm Wallop Civic Education Project director; Stephanie Anderson, UW professor and SPPAIS head; Steve Lupien, Center for Blockchain and Digital Innovation director; Anne Alexander, Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Initiatives; Mike Borowczak, Cybersecurity Education and Research (CEDAR) Center and Lab director; Whit Stewart, Department of Animal Science associate professor and Extension sheep specialist; and Courtney Newman, graduate animal science researcher.

Local Wyoming law enforcement from Hot Springs County, Sheridan County, City of Casper, and City of Cheyenne will be featured in a panel on cyber and other scams. The panel is hosted by the Cybercrime Support Network and includes representatives of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and AARP.

The conference will be broadcast online each day from 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Each day has a different theme:

Wednesday, Oct. 6 — Misinformation Affects Us All. Sessions are:

— Healthcare Costs: Myths and Realities in Wyoming.

— Fake News at Home — Does Wyoming Really Exist?

— Mis, Dis, Mal-information and the Nexus to Targeted Violence and Terrorism.

— Combatting Misinformation through Community Building.

— Noise and Bots — How Do They Spread Misinformation on Social Media?

— Wyoming Business and Misinformation: A Real Business Email Compromise and Individual Fraud Stories from Sheridan.

Thursday, Oct. 7 — Security, Our State and Nation. Sessions are:

— Protecting Wyoming’s Critical Water Supplies and Infrastructure.

— Russia’s Cyber Attacks Against the US and Its Allies.

— How Ransomware Could Affect Critical Infrastructure in Wyoming?

— How Digital Forensics Will Change Your Investigations.

— Scams Wyoming Law Enforcement Sees: Is Your Community Included?

— Why Do You Hear the Acronym ‘CMMC’ So Much in Cheyenne and What Is It?

Friday, Oct. 8 — Security is for Everyone. Sessions are:

 — Wyoming’s Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses winners.

— FE Warren Air Force Base Project — Timelines and Status.

— Wyoming Innovators and How They Are Using Blockchain.

— Cyberpsychology — the Latest Research.

— What is a Nonfungible Token and Why Should We Care?

— The University of Wyoming’s Digital Pillars.

— Conference Wrap-up.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Wyoming School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies (SPPAIS), TEAM Networks of Casper, White Iron Cloud & Security, and DigeTekS. It is supported by UW Malcolm Wallop Civic Engagement Program, Wyoming Public Media, Microsoft, and Casper College.

For more information, contact info@cyberwyoming.org or visit https://cyberwyoming.org/conference

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