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Federal Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt Guides Industry Professionals

At this year’s IT Hot Topics Conference, there will be two keynote speakers. STEM advocate Dr. Uma Gupta will speak on Wednesday, May 6th, and the other, Howard Schmidt will speak on Thursday, May 7th.  With positions held such as Special Assistant to the Bush and Obama Administrations and Cybersecurity Coordinator for the federal government, it is no surprise that Howard Schmidt is known to be a top information security expert. Mr. Schmidt, serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that supports business and government leaders in the navigation of cybersecurity challenges. At Ridge-Schmidt, Mr. Schmidt partners up with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He also serves as executive director of The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode). Mr. Schmidt brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations. He also served in the military and law enforcement for over 26 years. Beginning active duty with the Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. He has also had a dynamic career in the private industry and professional organizations. Mr. Schmidt has testified before congressional committees on computer security and has been featured on television and radio shows including, BBC, ABC, CNN, CNBC, Fox TV as an expert resource about cyber-security, investigations and technology. He is a co-author of The Black Book on Corporate Security and author of Patrolling CyberSpace, Lessons Learned from a Lifetime in Data Security. Howard is a Ham Radio operator (W7HAS), a private pilot, outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson rider. The 2015 IT...
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Silver Sponsor Google Will Offer K-12 Education Solutions at IT Hot Topics Conference

Cutting edge advancements in web search and advertising have made this website a top internet company and its brand one of the most recognized in the world. Google, a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information, will be a Silver Sponsor at this year’s IT Hot Topics Conference. Joining the Google team at IT Hot Topics Conference is one of the hottest items in K-12 education, the Chromebook. A Chromebook is a laptop that runs Chrome OS, a Linux operating system designed by Google, and is designed to be used while connected to the Internet. Students, teachers, and administrators use this fast, simple, and easy to manage solution to access web applications and classroom resources. Since applications, school work, and device settings are stored on the cloud, multiple students can use the same Chromebook and still have their own personalized experience when they sign in. With Chromebooks in the classroom, teachers spend more time teaching and less time managing the technology. For network administrators, Chromebooks have a centralized device management and a low total cost of ownership. With Google’s Chromebook Management Console, network administrators can update policies or application settings for a large batch of Chromebooks, whatever the size, with a few clicks. The Management Console also enables network administrators to track assets by assigning devices to specific students and faculty members. Configuration and usage reports are also made readily available. And automatic updates also keep the operating system and apps fresh without backups, security patches, date migration or re-imaging. Chromebooks models are manufactured by different companies such as Google, HP, Samsung, Acer, and...
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Learn More About Security Solutions from Gold Sponsor Dell SonicWALL at IT Hot Topics Conference

Some of the most dynamic security solutions in the industry today are offered by Dell SonicWALL. Dell SonicWALL specializes in a range of hardware and applications including network firewalls/UTMs (Unified Threat Management), Secure Remote Access (SSL-VPN), email security, backup and recovery, and management and reporting for businesses of all sizes. Dell SonicWALL’s Next-Generation Firewalls and Unified Threat Management (UTM) Firewalls are some of the best in the industry. Due to the constant potential for security threats, organizations need to deploy more all-inclusive, robust security solutions. Dell SonicWALL solutions are available for small and mid-sized business customers through large enterprise customers. They are perfect for large campus environments, enterprise settings, government, and healthcare facilities. In addition to firewall capabilities, UTMs also provides additional security services such as gateway antivirus and anti-malware detection, intrusion prevention, geo-IP filtering, content filtering, and application control. The Global Management System allows network administrators to manage and provision security appliances across an extensive network. Attendees can give Dell SonicWALL’s UTM a whirl via the IT Hot Topics Conference live demo network, an enterprise-grade infrastructure that provides access and services throughout the conference. Dell SonicWALL’s presence at IT Hot Topics Conference will be valuable to network administrators and information officers who want to learn more about using its security solutions. Dell SonicWALL’s solutions will also be showcased in the vendor expo at the conference in Greensboro, NC. To register for IT Hot Topics Conference, visit www.hottopicsconference.com. Questions about Bradford Networks or conference events, contact Meghan Balfrey, Marketing & Communications Manager at...
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Participate in Hands-On Learning in the Lockpick Village at IT Hot Topics Conference

Lockpick Villages are a common sight at many security conferences these days. In recent years, the worlds of logical and physical security have been brought together and melded for a holistic experience for security practitioners. This year’s IT Hot Topics Conference carries on the tradition, providing a dedicated room with hosts and instructors trained in physical security and locksmithing. The Lockpick Village (LPV) allows attendees to take an active learning approach to physical security with hands-on activities, graduated practice locks, and informative sessions covering basic lock mechanism, functions, and security. All necessary locks, tools, and instructions are provided. The only thing you’ll need is a sense of curiosity and a gentle touch! Lockpick Villages provide a safe and informative environment for attendees to learn and try their hand at picking locks of all types. In the end, the understanding of basic locks types and mechanisms helps professionals in their security efforts at both home and office, providing foundational knowledge of physical security for locks that may secure exterior doors, gates, filing cabinets, lockers, and more. This year, join Lockpick Village hosts Robert and Amber as they guide you through how-tos and game challenges. For more information and to register for about IT Hot Topics Conference 2015, visit www.hottopicsconference.com. Questions? Contact Meghan Balfrey, Marketing & Communications Manager at...
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Gold Sponsor Aruba Networks Will Showcase Solutions at IT Hot Topics Conference

The right wireless and management solutions will greatly enhance your network. Aruba Networks, a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, is Carolina Advanced Digital’s newest partner. By participating as a Gold Sponsor at IT Hot Topics Conference 2015, Aruba Networks will launch its partnership with Carolina Advanced Digital and introduce its commitment of providing reliable solutions to current customers and conference attendees. “By adding Aruba Networks to the roster, Carolina Advanced Digital is able to provide the most suitable solutions for each customer’s needs,” noted Kory Thornberg, Wireless Specialist and Technical Team Lead for Carolina Advanced Digital. Affordable solutions for small and medium businesses include a product called Instant Aruba, which is an access point that allows a user to have an enterprise level network in a small office or home instead of deferring to customer grade products. Aruba’s portfolio ranges from SOHO offerings to large-scale enterprise, and remote worker solutions. The level of security Aruba provides is top notch. Their solutions are FIPS certified, offer strong encryption and unique client traffic control, making Aruba widely accepted by federal agencies. Aruba offers firewall layering that manages applications verses lower-level packets, giving network administrators more control over the network. Other security advantages offered include spectrum management and access points with built-in Wireless Intrusion Detection and Protection (WIPS). At IT Hot Topics Conference, Aruba will have the chance to help attendees fully optimize and automate their network through its technologies and solutions. More information about Aruba’s will be made available to IT Hot Topics Conference attendees during a technical breakout session and in the conference exhibit...
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Meet with Gold Sponsor Bradford Networks at IT Hot Topics Conference

With an increase in cyber security threats, it is important to know the composition of your ever-changing network. Bradford Networks, the leading provider of rapid threat response solutions, is Carolina Advanced Digital’s go-to partner for Network Access Control and other security solutions. By being a Gold Sponsor at IT Hot Topics Conference 2015, Bradford Networks hopes to be a resource for attendees with security questions and concerns. Bradford’s solutions give network administrators more flexibility and user needs are met more effectively. For instance, over the past five years, learning environments in K-12 and higher education classrooms have dramatically changed. Due to new proposals such as 1:1 laptop initiatives and other policies where students are required to have consistent access to a laptop or other device, network administrators are frequently making improvements to secure their network’s environment. These improvements range from increasing security, updating authentication policies, and reevaluating user’s access to information. Similar concerns are true for healthcare facilities, financial institutions, and other organizations that handle sensitive information. By executing Bradford’s solutions, network administrators are able to manage their network with ease. Their solutions come highly recommended and greatly increase security, performance, and availability for devices and users. Attendees can take Bradford for a test drive via the IT Hot Topics Conference live demo network, an enterprise-grade infrastructure that provides access and services throughout the conference. Bradford Network’s solutions will also be showcased during a breakout session at the conference in Greensboro, NC. Bradford’s presence at IT Hot Topics Conference will be beneficial to network administrators and information officers who would like to learn more implementing security solutions. To register...
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