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Compass Cybersecurity Symposium 2020

Compass Cybersecurity Symposium

We will be hosting our 4th Annual Compass Cybersecurity Symposium on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020, at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI. The Compass Cybersecurity Symposium brings 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 takeaways that they can implement in their organization to mitigate their risk of a data breach or attack. Speakers in prior years have included Christopher Hadnagy, Congressman Jim Langevin, and Paul Asadoorian.

Your ticket purchase includes breakfast and lunch, gift bags, t-shirts, CPE credits, and the opportunity to win great giveaway prizes just for showing up! All ticket proceeds after event expenses will be donated to charitable causes. Following last year's Compass Cybersecurity Symposium, we were able to donate $5,000 to the Sargent Rehabilitation Center and The Innocent Lives Foundation. If you're going to attend one cybersecurity conference this year, choose the conference with the most value for your money!

For guests attending from out of state, Twin River Casino has set aside a block of rooms for September 29th at a rate of $99 plus tax and resort fee. The block code is CompassCSS2020. Please contact the call center at 800-874-3669 to make reservations. The call center hours are 9am – 9pm daily. The code above will be valid until September 8th, 2020.





September 30th, 2020

Check In: 8am -9am

Event: 9am - 3pm



Twin River Casino

100 Twin River Road

Lincoln, RI 02865


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Please contact Nicholas Foisy at with any event questions, including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities!

What to Know Before You Go

The Compass Cybersecurity Symposium takes place inside of the West Entrance of Twin River Casino. Please follow parking lot signage to the lot designated West Entrance Parking. All parking is free! Check in is from 8AM to 9AM with breakfast being served during check in. We ask that all attendees arrive by 8:45AM to ensure a timely check in. The event will run from 9AM to 3PM with opportunities to network with peers & vendors before, during, and after the event. Attendees don’t need to print out any tickets prior to coming. Simply give your name at the check in table and we will provide you with your event name badge.



Edward Amoroso

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Edward Amoroso

Dr. Edward Amoroso recently retired from AT&T after thirty-one years of service, beginning in Unix security R&D at Bell Labs and culminating as Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of AT&T from 2004 to 2016. He was the second person ever to hold the CISO position in history. He is author of six books on cyber security and dozens of major research and technical papers and articles in peer-reviewed and major publications. Ed holds the BS degree in physics from Dickinson College, the MS/PhD degrees in Computer Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Columbia Business School. He holds ten patents in the area of cyber security and media technology and he has served as a Member of the Board of Directors for M&T Bank, as well as on the NSA Advisory Board (NSAAB). Ed’s work has been highlighted on CNN, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has worked directly with four Presidential administrations on issues related to national security, critical infrastructure protection, and cyber policy. Ed has been Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Stevens Institute of Technology for the past twenty-seven years, where he has introduced nearly two thousand graduate students to the topic of information security. He is also affiliated with the Tandon School of Engineering at NYU as a Research Professor, and the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University as a senior advisor. Ed currently holds the role of Chief Executive Officer of TAG Cyber LLC.


Mark Burnette

Mark Burnette is recognized as an IT security expert by technology think-tank Gartner. He has repeatedly been featured as a subject matter expert on ABC and CBS television affiliates, a TEDx Talk, and print media. He’s previously built and led information security functions for two major publicly-traded corporations and held key leadership roles with two of the Big 6 (now Big 4) accounting firms. Mark was named the Information Security Executive of the Year at the ISE Southeast Awards. In 2008, he was named one of Information Security Magazine’s “Security 7” top seven security leaders, and was chosen by ComputerWorld Magazine as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2009. In January 2011, the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) named Mark a Fellow for distinguished accomplishments in the field of information security, leadership, and future service to the association and profession. Mark currently serves on the American Institute of CPAs’ national Cybersecurity Working Group, where he leads multiple industry cybersecurity projects and initiatives. For his cumulative efforts as a security leader serving his community and his state, on September 11, 2008 Mark was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen in recognition of outstanding service in the best interests and highest traditions of the State of Tennessee. He currently holds the role of Shareholder-in-Charge of LBMC’s Information Security practice.

Mark Burnette


Linn Freedman

Linn Freedman

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is nationally ranked in CHAMBERS USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Privacy Law. Linn is also an Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity at Brown University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law. She previously served as Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Chief of the Civil Division of the Attorney General's Office for the State of Rhode Island and continues to actively work with the Attorney Generals of multiple states around compliance and enforcement actions involving data breaches and data security. She has given presentations around the country on data privacy and cybersecurity and writes extensively on these topics. Linn currently holds the role of Partner with Robinson & Cole LLP, where she advises organizations on best practices for the collection, maintenance, and sharing of high-risk data, to help avoid breaches and cyber intrusions.


Dr. Roméo Farinacci

Dr. Roméo Farinacci is a senior level security professional and consultant with over 20 years dedicated IT/Security experience and 5 plus years consultation of complex enterprise infrastructures in public, private, and government sectors. He formerly served as the Program Director of Information Technology and Cyber Security at the Grand Canyon University College of Science Engineering and Technology. Dr. Farinacci has been featured in numerous publications and has been invited to speak at many events across the globe, including a TEDx Talk. His military service includes 11 years of Active and Reserve duty in the United States Air Force, in addition to three years serving in the Wyoming Air National Guard. Dr. Farinacci holds a Doctorate in Management with an emphasis in Information Systems Technology, an MBA in International Business, and an MS in Information Technology. Additionally, he holds the following professional certifications: CISSP, CISM, PMP, PCIP, and Six Sigma Green Belt / Lean. Dr. Farinacci currently serves as Advisory Manager for Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory.

Romeo Farinacci


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Proceeds of the event will be donated to Sargent Rehabilitation Center, among other charitable causes

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