cyber summit conference

Regis University's award-winning College of Computer and Information Sciences is proud to host a cybersecurity conference for government, business and higher education institutions to share knowledge about defending against and recovering from a cyberattack. Providing expertise from Regis faculty and industry leaders at Arrow Electronics, CenturyLink, State of Colorado and more, the conference will unite and strengthen entities against future assaults.

Keynote Speakers

Deborah Blyth deborah blyth: Blyth is currently the state of Colorado’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). She has over 25 years experience working in information technology with 14 years leading information security programs. As the CISO, Blyth sets strategic security direction for 17 executive branch agencies working as part of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology. Before joining the state of Colorado, Blyth led the Information Technology Security and Compliance programs at TeleTech (5 years) and Travelport (3 years). Blyth is a Colorado native, and graduated Summa cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Regis University.

patrick hellman

Patrick Hellman : Patrick Hellman serves as Vice President and Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Arrow Electronics. In this role he has global responsibilities for providing security for employees and assets of Arrow where ever they are. Specifically, Patrick has responsibilities for Cybersecurity, Physical Security, Fraud Prevention and Investigations, Executive Protection, and Business Continuity/Crisis Management.

Before joining Arrow, Patrick was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for a European Engineering firm where he led a global staff of information security and compliance professionals in protecting digital and physical assets and increasing awareness of security best practices globally.

Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Economics as well an MBA and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering. He holds certifications in a variety of security, audit and project management disciplines and is a graduate of the FBI’s Domestic Security Executive Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

michael benjamin

Michael Benjamin : Michael Benjamin is a 22-year veteran of the security and service provider markets. Since the team’s inception in 2014, Michael has led CenturyLink’s Black Lotus Labs, working to track and understand threats facing the internet. His team’s responsibility is to create the technology underpinning all security products at CenturyLink and to track internet threats to help protect CenturyLink and its customers. 

Michael comes from a strong technology and leadership background, having led all security technology direction at Level 3 Communications, as well as long-term planning for all technologies in his prior role at Global Crossing. His focus has been across network, computing and security technologies throughout his career.

nick agnottiNicholas Angotti, Lark Security : Nick Angotti, Founder and CEO of Lark Security, a cybersecurity focused consulting firm, is a 20-year IT and security industry veteran. As a trusted advisor, Nick utilizes his deep knowledge of information security to advise clients on the implementation of state-of-the-art protections that mitigate risk, ensure compliance and support the business’ objectives.

Nick has extensive consulting experience working across multiple industry verticals including finance, healthcare, aerospace, hospitality, and federal and state government agencies. Prior to forming Lark Security, Nick worked as an auditor for a large payment card industry assessor firm, leading assessments for several Fortune 50 companies and providing expertise specific to security and compliance regulations. Nick also spent years as an IT and security specialist with a large healthcare provider focused on HIPAA regulations and compliance. 

theresa beazerTheresa Beazer : Theresa Beazer is currently the Associate Chief Information Security Officer for the Office of the Secretary at the Department of the Interior (DOI). Theresa has over 25 years of Information Technology experience.  She has a BS in Electronic Engineering Technology and has held her CISSP since 2008.  She has held multiple network security positions since 2001.  

She was a contributing author and an auditor for five years at the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General. View a sample report for the DOI Incident Response program.  She has provided support for networks with over 80,000 endpoints.  Over the years she has used a variety of open source and commercial tools to find malware, detect network performance issues and advise on computer security.   

harold hoangColonel Harold T. Hoang : Hoang is the Director, Communications and Information, and the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He develops and provides strategic governance and programs to assure delivery of information and technology services to enhance the Air Force’s premier educational institution for developing leaders of character motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to the Nation. Colonel Hoang entered the Air Force in 1991 as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Oregon State University, Oregon. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Hoang served as the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) / Cyber Operations, and the Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Alaskan NORAD Region / Alaskan Command, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. His career highlights include serving as Deputy Commander, 50th Mission Support Group and the Commander, HQ Air Force Space Command, Communications Support Squadron. He has served as a flight commander, information operations planner, ROTC instructor, Assistant to Air Force Space Command Director of Staff, and executive officer to Air Force Space Command Vice Commander.

Colonel Hoang has deployed in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, SOUTHERN WATCH, and was in direct support of the United States European Command during the Kosovo Crisis. He served one year at Headquarters United States Forces Korea responsible for planning and executing non-combatant evacuation operations. Colonel Hoang wears the master cyberspace operator badge.

jagan gudurJagan Gudur : As Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Regis University, Jagan fervently champions the creation of opportunities for learners that enable them to be better prepared as they step into the world. He has played instrumental roles at Regis University in the creation of its strategic plan, formation of new colleges, and repositioning of the innovative Higher Learning Partners group. Jagan has led and played pivotal parts in many large-scale initiatives in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, including the launch of new businesses and products, strategic roadmaps, process reengineering, and business transformation aimed at enhancing customer experience, growing revenue, and advancing mission. In his role as CIO, Jagan provides direction and leadership to Higher Learning Partners and Information Technology Services. Along with his colleagues, he has been transforming these groups to be strategic partners to educational organizations, focusing on solutions and service, collaborative relationships, and technology as a vital enabler, while optimizing cost structure.

Prior to joining Regis, Jagan served in information technology and leadership roles at West Virginia University, Verizon Communications, and IBM Corp. He is also President and Executive Advisor at ENTELEQY, Inc., a management consulting firm that he founded to provide business and technology assessment and planning services. Jagan holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University at College Station, a graduate certificate in leadership and management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a United States federal government certificate in executive core competencies.

Special Agent Ryan Johnston : Special Agent Johnston began his career in San Diego, CA where he investigated major narcotics and financial crime relating to Mexican drug cartels.  He then supported money laundering and financial institution investigations from the DHS National Targeting Center in Sterling, VA.  SA Johnston is currently assigned to network intrusion investigations and stationed at the HSI Denver field office. 

 SA Johnston holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Colorado-Denver and a Master’s Degree in International Security from the Korbel School at the University of Denver.


Special Agent Christopher McGuckin : Special Agent McGuckin has been a criminal investigator with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) since June 2005.  Special Agent McGuckin has served as computer forensics agent for 10 years, conducting digital forensic investigations and examinations of Windows, OS X, and Linux systems, mobile devices, vehicle computers, and is now entering the field of network forensics and intrusions.  Prior to joining HSI, Special Agent McGuckin worked as a systems administrator and web application developer in private industry.

Special Agent McGuckin currently serves with the HSI Office of the Special Agent in Charge supporting all investigative groups.

Special Agent Edward Schwaigert : Special Agent Schwaigert has been a criminal investigator with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) since March 2002.  Special Agent Schwaigert has served as computer forensics agent for over 15 years, conducting digital forensic investigations and examinations of Windows, OS X, and Linux systems, mobile devices, and vehicle computers, and is now entering the field of network forensics and intrusions.  Special Agent Schwaigert served in both local and federal law enforcement positions before joining HSI.

Special Agent Schwaigert is currently assigned to the HSI Denver office and continues to serve as a senior computer forensic analysist supporting all investigative disciplines across the spectrum of HSI’s jurisdiction.

James Ball, Western Power : Mr. Ball is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at the Western Area Power Administration, a position held since 2011. In this role, he is responsible for information assurance and cyber operations in a transmission utility encompassing most of the Western United States. He manages security on four large SCADA/EMS systems and a very large business network as well as substation automation in over 400 locations. He is an active participant in the GRIDEX incident response exercise series. 

Mr. Ball holds master's degrees from Troy University and the United States Army Command and General Staff College as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the Global Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Professional (GICSP) and Global Critical Infrastructure Protection (GCIP) certifications.


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Shari Plantz-Masters, PhD., Academic Dean, College of Computer and Information Sciences
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Regis Incident 8.21.19

Jagan Gudur, Chief Information Officer at Regis University
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. CDOT Incident - Lessons Learned and Emerging Stronger

Deborah Blyth, Chief Information Security Officer at State of Colorado
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Executive Panel Session: Strategy, Planning, Implementation and Collaboration

Harold T. Hoang, Colonel USAF, Director A6 & Chief Information Officer, USAF Academy

Patrick Hellman, Vice President, IT and Chief Security Officer at Arrow Electronics

James Ball, Chief Information Security Officer at Western Power

Deborah Blyth, Chief Information Security Officer at State of Colorado

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Risk Management and Prevention

Nicholas Angotti, CEO Lark Security
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Break and lunch service to begin
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
The Federal Law Enforcement Response - Homeland Security Investigations: Network Intrusion and Computer Forensics Investigations

Special Agent Ryan Johnston, Homeland Security Investigations

Special Agent Christopher McGuckin, Homeland Security Investigations

Special Agent Edward Schwaigert, Homeland Security Investigations 

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Current Threats and Risks

Michael Benjamin, Senior Director Threat Research at CenturyLink Black Lotus Labs 
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Incident Response

Theresa Beazer, Assistant Chief Information Security Officer (ACISO) Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Continuous Monitoring / Daily Operations (Part A)

James Ball, Chief Information Security Officer at Western Power 
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Continuous Monitoring / Daily Operations (Part B)

Patrick Hellman, Vice President, IT and Chief Security Officer at Arrow Electronics
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wrap-up and Closing Comments

Walt Sulmeisters, Director, Center for Common Good Computing at Regis University

Bob Bowles, Director, Center for Information Assurance at Regis University

Shari Plantz-Masters, PhD., Academic Dean, College of Computer and Information Sciences at Regis University

Parking Info

Attendees are welcome to park in Lot #6 on the corner of Federal Blvd. and Regis Blvd. 

A shuttle service will be provided from parking Lot #6 to the event. 

The shuttle will run: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and then again from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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