Symposium 2019

Compass Cybersecurity Symposium 2019 Recap

3rd Annual Compass Cybersecurity Symposium Brings in Record Attendance Numbers

September 26, 2019, 9am





Compass IT Compliance, LLC hosted the 3rd Annual Compass Cybersecurity Symposium on Wednesday, September 25th at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island! The purpose of the Compass Cybersecurity Symposium is to bring together IT security and compliance professionals to hear presentations from industry thought leaders on the latest threats and trends, network with peers in the cybersecurity realm, and receive actionable tips and tactics that they can implement in their organization to mitigate their risk of a data breach or attack. This year's event saw an over 100% increase in attendance from last year, resulting in the move to the much larger venue at Twin River Casino. Over 200 people from more than 115 organizations came out to participate in the event! Organizations included:

  • International Companies
  • Nonprofits
  • Local Colleges and Universities
  • United States Army, Coast Guard, and Air Force
  • State and Local Police Departments
  • Town and City Officials

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All attendees received breakfast and lunch, gift bags, t-shirts, CPE credits, and the opportunity to win great giveaway prizes (including an Oculus Quest Virtual Reality Headset). All event proceeds were donated to charity, with a $4,000 donation going to the Sargent Rehabilitation Center and a $1,000 donation going to Christopher Hadnagy's Innocent Lives Foundation. These donations wouldn't have been possible without all the amazing support of our attendees and sponsors!

The day began with a powerful and thought-invoking presentation from keynote speaker and social engineering expert Christopher Hadnagy on the science behind social engineering. Following this were presentations on Secure DevOps (Matthew Rose) and Digital Transformation (Todd Knapp). During lunch, cybersecurity professor and Compass' Director of Cyber Response, Jesse Roberts, performed a live hacking demonstration exposing the vulnerabilities in smart devices you likely have in your home, including the Google Home Hub, a smart thermostat, and a smart vacuum cleaner. This was followed by a highly rated presentation titled "The Government vs. Big Tech: Who Will (and Should) Win?" (Brian Lamoureux) and a panel discussion on securing your cloud environment. The final presentation discussed how older tactics for dealing with cybersecurity problems still apply and was delivered by the well-known founder of the Security Weekly podcast, Paul Asadoorian. Click here to view videos of the event presentations, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notifications when future cybersecurity videos are posted! If you would like to download any of the presentation slides, or have any further questions regarding the event, feel free to contact us. We hope to see everyone at next year's event!