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Secure Our Alaska is the state's foremost cybersecurity event designed for government agencies, critical infrastructure providers, and technology companies. This one-day event offers expert-led sessions and hands-on workshops to enhance your organization's cybersecurity knowledge and resilience. Network with industry peers, gain actionable insights, and discover the latest tools and strategies to safeguard Alaska's vital assets. Secure Our Alaska is the essential event for anyone committed to advancing cybersecurity in our state.

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Access technical workshops to improve your organization security

Secure Our Alaska workshops offer hands-on learning experiences led by cybersecurity experts. Dive deep into specific topics, gain practical skills, and leave with actionable strategies to strengthen your organization’s cybersecurity posture.

CAPT Joseph Baczkowski

Manager of the Engagement and Outreach, NOAA

Mark Merchant

Chief Information Security Officer, Municipality of Anchorage

Bill Hofer

Cyber Security Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Thor Ryan

Chief Risk Officer, Alaska Department of Revenue

Nitin Natarajan

Deputy Director CISA

Troy Lofven

Cyber Security Advisor, CISA

Stephen Mattson

Election Security Officer, Alaska Division of Elections

Eric Wyatt

virtual Chief Information Officer

Rob Wayt


Mark Breunig

Cybersecurity State Coordinator, CISA

Chris Callahan

Chief of Cybersecurity, CISA

Lt. Governor Dahlstrom

Lieutenant Governor of the State of Alaska

Chris Letterman

CIO, Bartlett Regional Hospital

Chris Ross

FLE Liaison Cybersecurity Advisor R10

Mike Akers

Account Executive

Paul Proctor

VP and Distinguished Analyst

Sara Race

Account Executive

Sarah Day

Senior Cybersecurity Controls Engineer

Ben Shier

Chief Information Technology Officer

Bryan Fisher

Alaska DHS&EM, Director

Michelle Nolan

Regional Engagement Manager, MS-ISAC

Semona Houghlan

Account Executive, Center for Internet Security ®

10:00 am - 10:30 am Cyber Management

The Development of Cyber Resilience in the Marine Transportation System

10:30 am - 11:00 am Cyber Management

Sunny - Electronic Storage Detection K9

Demonstration of the amazing electronic detecting K9 of the Municipality of Anchorage's DPS K9 Unit

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Cyber Management

How to Implement Cyber Risk Management (presentation)

Thor Ryan
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Cyber Management

How to Implement Cyber Risk Management (workshop)

Thor Ryan
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Cyber Management

Essential Cyber Hygiene

Don’t know where to start with controls implementation? Have other frameworks or regulatory guidance been daunting? Take a moment to learn about Essential Cyber Hygiene with CIS. In this presentation you’ll learn about foundational cybersecurity safeguards – many of which cross-reference to other frameworks or guidance – to understand core concepts and implementations. This can be a starting point to help you determine your organization’s next steps, or just to help get a more foundational understanding of cybersecurity controls.

Sarah Day
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cyber Management

Cyber Ecosystem in a Hospital Setting

Chris Letterman
10:00 am - 11:00 am Location 2

Securing the Alaska Election Process/Voting System and Ballot Counting

Stephen Mattson
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Location 2

Cybersecurity on the Bleeding Edge

What does the bleeding edge of cybersecurity look like? What does resiliency look like against today's most prolific threats? This talk will review some of the most recent innovations in the cybersecurity realm for dealing with modern threats.

Troy Lofven
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Location 2

Mapping ICS Controls to Incident Mgmt

Chris Ross
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Location 2

Cyber DoD in the Arctic

Col. Timothy Meerstein
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Location 2

Sunny – Electronic Storage Detection K9

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Location 2

Alaska Talk (Panel): How do we engage leadership?

9:00 am - 9:30 am Main Room

Opening Keynote 1

Lt. Governor Dahlstrom
9:30 am - 10:00 am Main Room

Opening Keynote 2

Nitin Natarajan
10:00 am - 11:00 am Main Room

A Cyber Attack is Coming: How to Prepare with Services from the Center for Internet Security® and MS-ISAC®

Using a defense-in-depth approach, this session will provide practical guidance on the various best practices, toolsets and services that are no- and low-cost, to improve your organization's cybersecurity posture and defenses.

Semona Houghlan
Michelle Nolan
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Main Room

Preparing for working with Law Enforcement

What everyone needs to know about working and preparing to work with law enforcement. What to expect - and what not to expect.

Kevin Hinrichs
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Main Room

Overview of NOAA N-wave

What is N-wave and how is it transforming networks in Alaska? How can you join and get involved.

CAPT Joseph Baczkowski
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Main Room

CISA, MS-ISAC, FBI and You! - Panel

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Main Room

Securing Alaska Higher Education and Building the Cyber Workforce

Ben Shier
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Main Hall

Closing Keynote

Bryan Fisher
10:00 am - 11:00 am

How to Design and Test Your Cybersecurity Program

Rob Wayt
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cyber Business Value

Learn how to Drive Cybersecurity Investment with Outcome-Driven Metrics and Benchmarks

Sara Race
Mike Akers
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Bolstering Your Defense-in-Depth Strategies with the Center for Internet Security ®

Cyber threat actors are opportunistic by nature. Learn how to protect your environment by initiating a defense in depth cyber security strategy in partnership with CIS. This presentation will dive into various services, both free and low cost, offered in partnership with CIS.

Semona Houghlan
10:00 am - 10:30 am Cyber Advisory

Overview of InfraGard

Introduction and overview of Alaska's InfraGard chapter

10:30 am - 11:00 am Cyber Advisory

Overview of Cyber.Org

Come find out about Cyber.Org! provides access to K-12 cybersecurity education and empowers teachers to train the next generation of the cybersecurity workforce.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Cyber Advisory

Free Cyber Advisory Consultation

Session 1 Work with CISA, MS-ISAC, Gartner professionals for free assessments, services, consultation, and expert guidance for your cyber needs.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cyber Advisory

Free Cyber Advisory Consultation

Session 2 Work with CISA, MS-ISAC, Gartner professionals for free assessments, services, consultation, and expert guidance for your cyber needs.

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