2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Hacker to InfoSec Pro: New Rock Star Generation

Sunday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 8
110 E 2nd St


Malicious hackers tend to be smart, young – many are only teenagers – and they seek respect, power and financial gain. Many of them perceive hacking like being a rock star – they jump into the action and start reaping the rewards. But what if we could help young malicious hackers understand the damage they are doing, the legal ramifications of their actions, and how these actions could hamper their future? What if we could reshape their mindsets and encourage them to channel their work into something more productive – like Information Security, white hat hacking or even working with the government? It’s a wonder that the InfoSec and IT industries have a shortage of talent when salaries are rising and work is comparable to that of hackers, but they are doing it for good. It’s time we turn InfoSec and IT professionals into the new rock stars, the new hot ticket future for the hacker generation. This panel is going to address why and what we need to do, and how to start making change.


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Kent Bloomstrand

Chief Technology Officer


As CTO, Kent Bloomstrand drives the technical direction of the company leading our technology teams, including engineering and development. Bloomstrand has extensive experience as a technology lead...

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Tiffany Rad


Elcnetworks LLC

Tiffany Rad, BS, MBA, JD, is an attorney, and computer security analyst. She is also a part-time Adjunct Professor in the computer science department at the University of Southern Maine teaching co...

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Tom Edwards

Resident Agenda in Charge

United States Secret Service


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