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2020 Cyburgh, PA Initiative (Virtual)

When: Monday, August 31, 2020 - Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Where: Virtual Event


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2020 Cyburgh, PA Initiative

Vulnerability affects the bottom line of the region’s businesses

Cyburgh is virtual! 
Presented by the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Trend Micro


Please email Lisa Lawrence at to register for this event.

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Cyburgh, PA Initiative aims to advance Pittsburgh as an internationally recognized leader in cybersecurity. 

Through presentations and idea exchanges, Cyburgh is a forum for cybersecurity professionals to engage with and learn from peers, thought leaders, and solution providers.

About Cyburgh, PA Initiative

Cyburgh is a multi-day event that aims to bring the most important issues in cybersecurity to Pittsburgh and beyond. At Cyburgh, you’ll hear from thought leaders and subject matter experts from Pittsburgh and beyond. Our focus will be on the business and strategic areas that leaders and technical professionals need to know about.

Who Should Attend?

Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operations Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Privacy Officers, Practitioners, Business Leaders, IT Managers and those who want to learn about the challenges and opportunities within cybersecurity.

This multi-day program is applicable to all audiences: corporations, small business, academic institutions and public sector - especially those interested in learning how to protect your business and mitigate risk.

Why Attend?

As vulnerability affects the bottom line of our region’s business, it’s critical to stay on top of the latest threats and trends.

  • Cyburgh is a learning opportunity for IT and security leaders.

  • Cyburgh is a forum for the Pittsburgh IT community to network.

  • Cyburgh connects attendees to partners that may help keep their business secure and protect their customers and bottom line.

  • Cyburgh brings outside perspectives to the Pittsburgh IT community.    

WHEN: Monday, August 31 – Wednesday, September 2, 2020 
REGISTRATION: Please register here. A link to access the HOPIN event will be sent before the event begins.

Daily Agenda (Subject to change)

Monday, August 31

10:00 AM | Cyburgh Showcase Virtual Trade Show Opens
10:30 AM | Attendee One on One Networking – “Speed Dating” through the Hopin platform.
11:00 – 11:15 AM | Welcome and Introductions: Audrey Russo, President & CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council & David Roth, VP of Northeast Sales, Trend Micro
11:15 – 12:00 Noon | Panel Discussion: Creating a Cybersecurity Savvy Workplace Culture 
12:00 – 12:30 PM | Breakout Session: Building a Mature Security/Compliance Framework for Any Size Organization 
12:00 – 12:30 PM | Breakout Session: Security, Fast And Slow

Tuesday, September 1

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Cyburgh Showcase Virtual Trade Show Opens
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  | Attendee One on One Networking – “Speed Dating” through the Hopin platform.
11:00 – 11:45 AM |  Panel Discussion: Cybersecurity, IoT, and the Cloud  
12:00 – 12:30 PM | Breakout Session: Ransomware: Stories from the Frontline
12:00 – 12:30 PM | Breakout Session: The Pains and Joys of Information Security

Wednesday, September 2

10:00 AM | Keynote Speaker: Future of Work and the Next Normal, Gary Sorrentino, Global Deputy CIO, Zoom 
10:30 AM | Attendee One on One Networking – “Speed Dating” through the Hopin platform & Cyburgh Showcase Virtual Trade Show
11:00 – 11:45 AM |  Panel Discussion: Panel: Plan, Prepare, and Protect: Latest Developments in Cybersecurity   
12:00 – 12:30 PM |  Breakout Session: Vulnerability Management – Where Should I Spend My Time

Keynote Speaker

Future of Work and the Next Normal
Gary Sorrentino, Global Deputy CIO, Zoom  

A former Managing Director for J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management, Gary was the Global Head of Client Cyber Awareness and Education. For over 12 years, Gary was the Chief Technology Officer for J.P. Morgan AWM’s global technology infrastructure initiatives, where he managed its Data Privacy program and was responsible for Infrastructure, Application and End User Technology Production Support. In 2014, he assumed a new role as the lead for their Cybersecurity efforts and developed a firm-wide “Protect the Client” Cyber program designed to raise cybersecurity awareness among employees and clients.

Panel Discussions

August 31 Panel: Creating a Cybersecurity Savvy Workplace Culture 

Organizations may have access to the latest cybersecurity technologies keep their data safe.  But technology only plays a role in an organization’s overall cybersecurity strategy.  Creating a cyber-savvy culture is just as important. Educating and raising awareness about risk, policies, procedures, and the “why” behind them may help create a more secure work environment. This panel will discuss best practices to empower your entire organization to think like a CISO.  

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Sylvia Harris, CISO, City of Pittsburgh
  • Brian Mork, CISO, Westinghouse
  • Ryan Shaw, CISO, Howmet Aerospace
  • Nick Peach, Global Information Security, Bank of America

Moderated by Gretel Egan, CSAP, Security Awareness Training Strategist, Proofpoint

September 1 Panel: Cybersecurity, IoT, and the Cloud  

In 2019, the number of IoT devices reached 26.6 billion worldwide with no sign of slowing down. New applications solve problems, create conveniences, and improve the way we live our lives through all things consumer, industrial, and even infrastructure.  This panel will discuss strategies around securing IoT devices and why this is relevant to our region’s businesses.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Dinendra Ramachandran, Head of Robotics Software, Smith & Nephew
  • Jason James, CIO, NetHealth
  • Thomas Dugas, CISO, Duquense University
  • Daniel G. Cole, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Scott A. Christensen, OT Cyber Security Practice Director, GrayMatter

Moderated by: AJ Kuftic, Principal Technologist, Expedient

September 2 Panel: Plan, Prepare, and Protect: Latest Developments in Cybersecurity   

The field of cybersecurity continuously changes and adapts as new threats emerge. Staying on top of new developments, threats, and technologies can be a challenge for even the most seasoned CISO. This panel will update you on policy, compliance, tools, and strategies that are keeping leading organizations secure and their data private.  

Confirmed Panelists

  • Justin L. Denham, Vice President, Information Security Governance, Dollar Bank, Federal Savings Bank
  • April Falcon Doss, Partner, Saul Ewing
  • Colleen McMahon, CISO, Mylan
  • Sam Merrell, Head of Cyber Intelligence, Covestro

Moderatored By: Mike Green, Director of Sales, NET Xperts LLC

    Breakout Sessions

    Building a Mature Security/Compliance Framework for Any Size Organization

    Companies are frequently asked to meet certain frameworks as a condition to gain or retain business. This session will be a discussion and Q/A on how to proceed. 

    Session Moderator: David Kane, CEO Ethical Intruder

    Security, Fast And Slow

    Evolving threats require the right technique at the right speed.  Learn more about how different speeds can create a powerful security flow.

    Moderator – Marc Tabago, Sales Engineer at Trend Micro

    Ransomware: Stories from the Frontline

    During this session, attendees will learn about the real life impact of ransomware attacks and best practices to keep organizations and data secure. 

    Session Moderator: Daniel J. Desko CISA, CISSP, CTPRP, Cybersecurity & IT Risk Advisory Shareholder, Schneider Downs

    The Pains and Joys of Information Security

    A discussion spawned by common problems focused on the solutions that solved them.

    Moderated by Tyler Smith, Equity Partner and Founding Member of Dark Rhino Security, Inc.

    Vulnerability Management – Where Should I Spend My Time

    Only 8% of know vulnerabilities are ever exploited. During this session, we’ll talk about vulnerability management and how cyber pros may  focus their efforts while reducing risk.

    Session Moderator: Troy Vennon, Director Security Innovation, Covail 

    COST & REGISTRATION: (Register button at top of page)
    Free for PTC member companies. 
    $299 Non-Member 

    Want to join the PTC? Unsure of your companies membership status? Contact Ryan Gent at

    Thank You to Our Sponsors:

    Presenting Sponsor:

    Panel Sponsors:


    Breakout Sponsor:

    CIO Insights Sponsor:

    Supporting Sponsors:



    Participating Sponsors:


    Print Sponsor:

    Exhibitor Literature:

    Prepare for a Cyber Attack and Understand Your Risks

    - CyLumena is CyberLean

    DQE Communications
    - DQE Communications Services


    - Fortinet Brochure
    - Independent Validation of Fortinet

    NET Xperts
    - Why Do I Need Managed Services

    Schneider Downs

    - Cybersecurity Services Overview
    - DFIR Overview
    - Penetration Testing Overview
    - Ransomware Security Overview

    Trend Micro
    - Trend Micro XDR
    - Cloud One Overview
    - Cloud One Conformity
    - Beyond EDR

    For content or logistics questions - Program Director: Monica Takacs, Sr. Director for Industry Networks,
    For registration questions - Taylor Bombalski, Director, Event Planning & Special Programs,
    For sponsorship questions - Ashley Steckel, Director of Business Development and Advertising,
    For membership questions - Ryan Gent, Membership Director,