Telesystem, a provider of managed technology solutions, is set to host its second of three #HackersSuck Cybersecurity Summits, on Aug. 1 and 2, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The event is free. This summit follows the one held in April in Arizona, and it precedes the final summit scheduled for Oct. 3 in Texas.
Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Telesystem is a provider of cybersecurity, communication and advanced networking solutions nationwide, serving thousands of customers in the Philadelphia area as well as employing more than 50 people in the region. The organization has a regional office and warehouse in Glen Mills, Pa.
Telesystem’s #HackerSuck Cybersecurity Summits focus on the evolving and growing cybersecurity threat landscape, bringing together a team of cybersecurity experts and analysts to educate business leaders and technology professionals on how to keep themselves and their clients connected and protected.
The summit will feature keynote speaker Hector Monsegur (pictured), a former blackhat hacker turned FBI informant who once faced 124 years in prison for hacking the federal government, among other institutions.
Monsegur will highlight the extent to which most businesses are left unprotected, as well as provide simple fundamentals that can help organizations prevent a data disaster. As recently as May, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the nation’s third oldest continually operating newspaper, was crippled for weeks due to a ransomware attack.
Aside from Monsegur, each day will feature a panel discussion comprising cybersecurity experts and local law enforcement personnel that will highlight common omissions that business leaders overlook when securing their networks and data.
Attendees will be taught simple and affordable solutions that can make an organization more secure instantly.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share personal stories of how they were impacted by cyber-related breaches.
The summit will be split into two separate sessions, with the information on Aug. 1 geared toward technology professionals (IT consultants, advisors, VARs, etc). The Aug. 2 date is geared toward C-level management.
“Ninety-two percent of data breaches are caused by human error,” said Bruce Wirt (below)Telesystem’s Chief Revenue Officer. “We started these summits because we were finding that most organizations don’t understand how vulnerable they really are, and even when they do, they don’t understand how easy it is to take cost-affordable steps to seal any holes.
“This period in history will be looked back on as ‘World War III’ or ‘Cyber War 1’, and the battlefront is inside of every business in the U.S., whether they want it to be or not,” Wirt continued. “Considering that we have such a large investment in the Philadelphia region, combined with our amazing partnership with the Philadelphia Phillies, it made great sense to have this event in Philadelphia at the ballpark.
“Telesystem believes that ‘IT is About Trust’, and one of the most important things a business leader can do for themselves is to learn who and what they can trust when it comes to their data,” Wirt said.
Telesystem has partnered with Phillies Charities, the fundraising arm of the Phillies organization, to amplify its commitment to the Philadelphia region. Attendees will have the ability to donate to Phillies Charities at the event, with Telesystem donating $10,000 in hopes of reaching a Summit goal of $20,000.
Phillies Charities Inc. raises money to award grants to charitable organizations in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and near the Phillies’ spring training and minor league affiliates.
“Telesystem has been a proud partner of the Phillies for two years now,” Wirt said. “We love the work the Phillies do in the community for the neighborhoods in the Philadelphia region, and this will be the second year contributing to the cause. We are hoping that local businesses will work with us to contribute an additional $10,000 during the event.”
Seating for the summit is limited, so guests are asked to register early. In person attendees will get to meet a Phillies legend each day, will be provided breakfast and lunch, and can stay after for a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the ballpark.
For those unable to attend in person, attendees can register to join the event virtually. All attendees – in person or virtual – will have the ability to participate, ask questions, and be entered to win their choice of a Philadelphia Phillies home-game ticket prize pack, or a Stanley cooler and tumbler set.
To register, go here https://hackerssuck.com. There is no fee to register or attend the event on either day.