Where Are Bad Actors Taking Us Now:
A Prevention And Enforcement Perspective

Tech Theater 1

Starts: September 14, 2022 9:00 am
Ends: 10:00 am
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George Reeves

Cybersecurity Advisor U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Marc Crdgington

Founder CyberFore

As an award-winning technology and security executive with an MBA I offer 20 years of experience in cross-functional technology roles for startups and Fortune 500 corporations. My background includes success in steering a future-focused vision as well as a risk-averse business-aligned technology strategy to improve costs efficiencies and scalability. A balance of technology financial and business acumen allows me to seamlessly interface with diverse business stakeholders. One of my greatest strengths is my ability to garner buy-in from executives and business leaders on technology initiatives that produce bottom-line results. Given the complex nature of IT and information security operations it s easy to become wrapped up in the details. However you must maintain a broader view of operations and align strategies with overall corporate objectives. This is where I excel. I m counted on to deliver technical insights for business decision making often presenting and influencing up to the Board.Unique differentiators Author of The Coming Cyber War What Executives The Board And You Should Know - an Amazon 1 New Release 2017 FBI CISO Academy alumnus Secret clearance and multiple certifications current and past including PCIP ISA Security C CISO PMP ScrumMaster TOGAF CISM and CISA Calm disciplined leadership approach acquired during US Air Force tenure Multiple Board appointments including Venture Capital firms Universities Optiv Customer Advisory Board InfraGard Houston Chapter Board and Texas Banker s Association Technology Committee former among othersSpecialties Cybersecurity Board Advisory IT Governance Technology Business Strategy Risk Management Business Partnering Team Leadership


Rob Kotarski

Supervisory Special Agent Houston FBI

Special Agent SA Robert Kotarski entered on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI in 2011 and was assigned to the Cincinnati Division. While assigned to the Cincinnati Division SA Kotarski specialized in investigations ranging from corporate fraud healthcare fraud fraud against the government counterterrorism and cyber related threats. In 2017 SA Kotarski was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent SSA and assigned to FBI Cyber Division s Major Cyber Crimes Unit. While at FBI HQ he worked extensively with FBI Specials Agents private sector partners foreign partners and other government agencies to combat the cyber-criminal threat. In 2020 SSA Kotarski was selected to lead the FBI Houston Division s Cyber Criminal Squad. The squad is responsible for identifying pursuing and defeating cyber-criminals and their enterprises around the world. SSA Kotarski is a native of the Chicago land area. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology and Construction Management and a Master of Science in Cyber Security. Prior to the FBI he served on active duty as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army and a project engineer for the General Services Administration.