Compass Cybersecurity Symposium 2020

Compass Cybersecurity Symposium

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We will be hosting our 4th Annual Compass Cybersecurity Symposium on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020. The event has been moved to an online webinar format this year due to COVID-19 concerns. 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. This year’s event will continue that trend with top-notch industry experts speaking on the current threat landscape!

Because this year's event is virtual, we are not charging for admission, though we are encouraging registrants to make a charitable donation to a COVID-19 charity. Individuals who register will receive the webinar link closer to the event date, as well as a CPE form after the event is completed.





September 30th, 2020

Event: 12pm - 4pm EST



Online Webinar


Please contact Nicholas Foisy at nfoisy@compassitc.com with any event questions, including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities!


12pm ESTA Random Walk Through Cyber Security – Dr. Edward Amoroso

Join Dr. Amoroso on a journey through many of the more interesting and challenging aspects of modern cyber security. This includes discussion of nation-state cyber threats, current election security issues, artificial intelligence for cyber protection, and how cloud security has evolved from the perimeter.

1:15pm EST Anatomy of a Ransomware Incident: Tips to Prepare, Respond and Recover – Linn Freedman

This session will delve into actual sophisticated ransomware attacks, representative of the newest trends, and how they are launched, negotiated and mitigated. The discussion will include new risks that have not been identified before with ransomware attacks, how to assess and manage those risks, and the response by insurance companies to ransomware demands.

2:15pm ESTHow To Succeed As A Cybersecurity Leader – Mark Burnette

Whether we want to admit it or not, many organizations’ security programs are failing, even despite the best efforts of security champions. In this session, Mark will provide candid insight on why so many programs are unsuccessful, and provide a list of "Do’s and Don’ts” to help you ensure that your security program is successful and effective. Attendees will leave this session with a clear action plan for implementing a successful Cyber Security program and avoiding the pitfalls that have hampered many security programs. Without a strong strategic approach to cyber security, tactical efforts will not have the intended impact on risk reduction.

3pm ESTA Look at the Current Cybersecurity Threat Landscape – Brian Macera

Detective Corporal Brian Macera of the Rhode Island State Police will discuss the cybersecurity threats and challenges that his department is witnessing locally, citing examples of recent attacks. He will go on to discuss how local organizations have been overcoming these challenges as well as the resources that are available to assist organizations in strengthening their cybersecurity posture.

3:45pm ESTA Cybersecurity Update from Your Congressman – Congressman Jim Langevin

4pm ESTClosing Remarks from the Compass IT Compliance Founders – William DePalma and Jerry Hughes



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.


Corporal Brian Macera

Detective Corporal Brian Macera joined the Rhode Island State Police in 2004 and is currently assigned to the Computer Crimes Unit as a first-line supervisor. The State Police Computer Crimes Unit is comprised of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Joint Cyber Task Force (JCTF). Detective Corporal Macera is responsible for investigating child exploitation, human trafficking, and network intrusion crimes facilitated over the Internet. Additionally, Corporal Macera is a cross-designated task force officer with the United States Department of Homeland Security. Lastly, Corporal Macera holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice with a concentration in Cyber Security from Salve Regina University.

Rhode Island State Police



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