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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:
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. We will be uploading videos of these presentations in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to click here to subscribe to our YouTube channel and get notified when we post these presentations. 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!