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Mr. Bradford Rand
President/CEO
TECHEXPO Top Secret
Cyber Security Summit

BREAKING NEWS:

Official Cyber Security Summit Launches Women in Cyber Leadership Events, secures US DOJ & NSA Keynote Speakers & continues to see Record-Breaking Attendance

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It is a well-known issue that the cyber security industry has been and continues to be a male-dominated industry. To help combat this, the Official Cyber Security Summit / www.CyberSecuritySummit.com is proud to announce that they are hosting a virtual series of Women in Cyber Security Leadership panel discussions across the U.S.

These virtual panels will feature Female C-Suite Executives and Male Executive Allies from renowned companies discussing the latest cyber threats all while addressing the challenges women face in advancing in their careers and how to make more Senior Leadership roles accessible to women. Perhaps the most exciting aspect is an intimate session of Live Question & Answer at the close of the panel between the panelists and the audience. To foster meaningful conversation, attendance is invitation-only for a select group of regional executives and will be shared publicly afterwards.

HP, IBM, Flashpoint, Commvault, iboss, and Cobalt have already signed on to be official hosts for these events. The Official Industry Partner for the series is Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS). The rock star line-up of distinguished female leaders participating on these panels include Marene Allison CISO of Johnson & Johnson, Renee Wynn Former NASA CIO, Teresa Zielinski GE Gas & Power Global CISO, Joanna Burkey CISO of HP, Theresa Masse Cyber Security Advisor for CISA / US DHS, Meredith Harper CISO of Eli Lily & Co, Britney Hommertzheim Director, Cyber Threat Operations for Cardinal Health, Lynn Dohm Executive Director for WiCyS, Kristin Judge CEO - Cybercrime Support Network, Jessica Nye Supervisory Special Agent – FBI and more to be announced.

"Our goal for producing this series of Women in Cyber Security Leadership Panels is to encourage, support, and foster more women advancing into Executive Leadership roles"

~ Bradford Rand

Bradford Rand, Founder & CEO of Cyber Security Summit

When asked about the panel series, Bradford Rand, CEO & President of the Official Cyber Security Summit stated, “The biggest challenge our company faces is securing Senior Level Female Cyber Executives to speak as Subject Matter Experts at our events. Our goal for producing this series of Women in Cyber Security Leadership Panels is to encourage, support, and foster more women advancing into Executive Leadership roles.”

Kristin Judge, CEO & President of Cybercrime Support Network

Kristin Judge, CEO & President of Cybercrime Support Network, is an active participating speaker at many of the Cyber Security Summit events and will be moderating some of these female leadership panels. In response to the announcement of the launch of these female leadership panels, Judge said "As a national speaker, I understand the value of attending the Official Cyber Security Summit events. As a 'People's Choice Ally of the Year Award' finalist and female CEO, I also understand the need to support women leaders in cybersecurity. Bradford Rand is an advocate who is taking action to bring together top cyber talent and change the look of the industry."

In addition to securing power-house cyber executives as thought leaders for these women leadership panels, the Official Cyber Security Summit has also confirmed notable experts from various U.S. Government Agencies to speak at the 2021 Official Cyber Security Summit virtual series. Adam Hickey, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice, will lead the opening Security Government Keynote at various regional summits including Denver, Seattle/Portland, DC Metro, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and Houston/San Antonio. This is in addition to Quinn Carman, Director of Operations for the NSA Red Team, who leads a Security Keynote Exclusively for the Official Cyber Security Summit at all of their events this year. The future summits also feature subject matter experts from The FBI, The Department of Homeland Security / CISA, Cybercrime Support Network, Center for Internet Security and more.

To date, the Official Cyber Security Summit has already produced four of its twenty-one scheduled conferences for the year: Atlanta (Feb. 11), Tampa (March 18), San Diego (April 7), and Denver (April 14). These events are bringing in record-breaking registration attendance numbers. Both Atlanta and Tampa each had closing registration of over 2,000 regional industry executives and an impressive 1,200+ executives participating live on-line and the San Diego and Denver conferences saw similar numbers. The next set of Official Cyber Security Summit conferences will be Nashville on May 6th, Dallas on May 13th, Silicon Valley on June 9th, Seattle/Portland on June 23rd, and Philadelphia on June 29th. The summit’s producers are confident of their future success as they continue to work with innovative sponsors such as Darktrace, Verizon, IBM Security, ExtraHop, and partner with leading industry associations such as ISACA, InfraGard, ISSA, (ISC)2, SIM, CSA, AITP, and more. Bradford Rand and his Cyber Security Summit team looks forward to continuing the education of Senior Cyber Executives & Business Leaders across the nation about the latest threats and best practices. Each conference also features over 30 cyber companies, each of whom showcase their best in class, cutting-edge solutions and are able to interact via live chat and video with all of the attending delegates.

In addition to the Cyber Summit series of conferences, Bradford Rand’s team also produces TECHEXPO Top Secret / www.TechExpoUSA.com the defense & intelligence industry’s leading career fairs for transitioning veterans, and professionals with an active security-clearance. It is estimated that Bradford and his company have helped to secure new jobs for over one million people since 1993. Top companies such as Amazon Web Services, AT&T Government Solutions, Deloitte, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, SAIC and other leading Defense companies all recruit at TECHEXPO to hire cleared systems engineers & analysts, developers, project managers, database administrators, cyber professionals and many more roles. The next set of hiring events will be held on May 13, June 3 and June 16th.

Until further notice, all Cyber Security Summit and TECHEXPO events will remain virtual for the remainder of 2021, which seem to be the most time & cost effective way to conduct business during these uncertain times.


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SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thank you for taking some time to speak with us today Bradford, and congratulations on the transition and success you have achieved with virtual TECHEXPO Top Secret Hiring Events and the Official Cyber Security Summit. Before we discuss these events in greater detail, please share with us your background.

Bradford Rand: Thanks for the kind words. Producing events of all types has long been an interest of mine. My professional career began on Wall Street and found myself unsatisfied. Listening to my entrepreneurial inner voice led me to start my own business in 1992 when I was 25. I produced my first event just a year later, a job fair in NYC for sales & management professionals. Fast-forward to 2021 and my team and I have produced over 2,000 events ranging from job fairs, executive level summits, eco-friendly trade shows, charity events & luxury events. Now we have taken all of them virtual due to the pandemic.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Please give us an overview and brief history as to the transformation of TECHEXPO Top Secret and the Official Cyber Security Summit in the virtual space.

Bradford Rand: As mentioned, since 1993, my team has produced thousands of “Live” events and the move to go “All Virtual” was very challenging as all of us at the company truly enjoy and prides ourselves on face-to-face, interactive events but there was no other alternative except to close the doors of our business.

When the entire live in-person conference industry came to an immediate halt, my team and I quickly created a series of Cyber Security Briefings to help maintain its goal in educating executives called the “Power Hour”. Similarly to their live events they featured experts from The FBI, The US Secret Service and Dept. of Homeland Security / CISA. Hosted on one of the most secure and trusted virtual platforms, Cisco WebEx; these complimentary, invitation-only webcasts offered senior level business executives information on the latest cyber threats facing their companies as they worked from home during the peak of this pandemic. In addition they provided insight on best practices and technical solutions from top companies such as IBM, Google, Artic Wolf, Proofpoint, Mimecast, Duo Security, Check Point, Darktrace, KnowBe4 and more.

The success of the Cyber Security Summit’s virtual Power Hours certainly aided in the decision to move all of the conferences online; there were no travel restrictions, no hotel set-up or logistical challenges and the delegates, speakers and sponsors joined us from the safety of their own homes or offices with the click of a button.

After the success of all of the Power Hours I asked my team and advisors the question “If every city that we planned our Cyber Security Summits in suddenly opened up for business, would 500 executives actually attend our conference in person?” The answer was a unanimous “probably not” at least for the next six months as the pandemic was continuing to take its toll.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Well it seems as though that decision paid off for the 2020 event schedule. As we’ve entered 2021 still in a virtual event world, have you seen any signs of webinar fatigue or an increase in attendance?

Bradford Rand: While many virtual cyber conferences see an average of a few hundred attendees, our recent Atlanta Cyber Security Summit on February 11th had a record-breaking 2,271 industry delegates pre-register with a staggering 1,251 participating in interactive sessions with experts from Darktrace, Check Point Software Technologies, IBM Security, Verizon, Chrome Enterprise and other top leaders. In addition to the record-breaking numbers, we secured an exclusive presentation from the Director of Operations for Red Team of The NSA who also participated in a live Q&A as the closing keynote for the event.

I’m so pleased that the conference industry has fully embraced and accepted our virtual version of the summit. As much as I’ve missed the live in-person events, the success we’ve had with these online events has truly illustrated the value of what we’re offering to senior-level executives in the cyber security space and the cutting-edge solution providers that sponsor these conferences.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Those are some rather impressive numbers and congratulations on the already successful 2021 year. Are there any new series or types of events that you are planning to launch this year?

Bradford Rand: I’m glad you asked that. My team is planning to begin a new event series of Cyber Women’s leadership panel discussions. These invitation-only national events will feature C-Suite female executives discussing the latest cyber threats, industry trends all while addressing the challenges and solutions for empowering more female leadership within the cyber security industry. HP, IBM, Flashpoint, Commvault, and Cobalt have already signed on to be official hosts for these events. We will be announcing the distinguished lineup of speakers leading these events in our next press release in March.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: I appreciate you sharing that news with us regarding these new events as I’m sure this is a welcomed series for the industry that is trying to diversify itself. Lastly I wanted to ask you about the TECHEXPO Top Secret hiring events. Have those events begun for 2021 and how successful have they been?

Bradford Rand: Great question. Our job fair division of the Official Cyber Security SummitTECHEXPO Top Secret has also officially kicked off the 2021 hiring events. The events focus on the hiring security-cleared professionals in the defense, intelligence, and cyber security industry. Our first few shows of 2021 had a robust set of companies exhibiting virtually including Accenture Federal Services, IBM, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, L3 Harris, AT&T Government Solutions, Boeing, and Raytheon. We expect a similar trend to continue for these events as well.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Well Bradford it seems safe to say you certainly are a veteran in the industry and we wish you and your team nothing but success for the remainder of your 2021 events. Thank you for speaking with us.

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