Top security experts at Rocky Mountain Cybersecurity Symposium

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
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Casper College is hosting the Rocky Mountain Cybersecurity Symposium on June 11-12 in Liesinger Hall on the Casper College Campus, with a special track for older adults on June 11.

The symposium will feature former CIA spy Peter Warmka; regulatory, data privacy, and high-stakes commercial litigation attorney Anthony Hendricks; Debra R. Richardson, certified fraud examiner; and Mark Fetterhoff, senior adviser with the Fraud Victim Support team at AARP, and other top cybersecurity experts.

“Warmka’s book ‘Confessions of a Cia Spy — The Art of Human Hacking’ will be given to the first 120 people to register for the Rocky Mountain Cybersecurity Symposium. In addition, the first 120 participants in the older adult track on Tuesday, June 11, will receive a copy of Warmka’s book ‘Why Are You Messing with Me? — A Senior Survival Guide on Fraud, Privacy, and Security.’ Peter will be available to sign individual copies,” said Kent Brooks, director of information technology at Casper College.

The Tuesday, June 11 session will begin with breakfast from 7:15 to 8 a.m., with the first session starting at 8:10. As presented by Fetterhoff, “Trending Scams Targeting Older Adults,” attendees will learn about the top scams older adults report to the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline. The session will help older adults avoid becoming the next scam victim and teach them how to protect their personal and financial information.

At 9:05 a.m., Hendricks will present “How My Mother Outsmarted Hackers! Embracing Our Innate Cyber Know-how to Be Safer.” “We all have skills right now that can help us become cybersecurity stars! If you don’t believe me, just ask my mother,” said Hendricks.

“Confessions of a CIA Spy — The Art of Human Hacking” is the title of Warmka’s talk at 10 a.m. Warmka will share his insight on how to help protect organizations and employees against external threats.

Attendees will then break into two different tracks. Track 1 will feature representatives from Wyoming CISA, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Timothy Walsh and Mikki Munson will discuss the responsibilities and goals of CISA to promote cybersecurity preparedness, risk mitigation, and incident response capabilities of public and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure.

At 1:15 p.m., “A Ransomware Playbook” will be offered. Mike Morrison from Online Business Systems will provide a step-by-step approach to fortifying defenses, identifying vulnerabilities, implementing incident response strategies, and more.

The final event for Track 1 participants will be afternoon hands-on tabletop exercises featuring “Attack/Defense Techniques and Tools with Security Onion” and “Cyber Incident Management.” The exercises will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Track 2 is specifically designed for older adults, with the first session, “Unmasking the Digital Doppelgänger: How Generative AI Can be Used to Hijack Your Identity,” at 11:10 a.m. Brooks and Brian Clark, network coordinator at Casper College, will lead the presentation, which will “ … dive into these emerging threats, raising awareness about protecting personal information and understanding the privacy implications,” Brooks said.

Following lunch at noon, Paul Zindell, along with the Sophos Sales Engineering Team, will present “How to Best Protect Yourself at Home From the Threats of Today.” Fetterhoff with AARP will present “Things You Can Do to Protect Your Identity at 2:15 p.m. Warmka will return at 3:20 with “Social Media — Your Greatest Vulnerability.”

The final presentation, “Technology and Scams: Staying Safe on the Internet,” “ … will equip you with information on recognizing scams on the internet, social media, and email and provide you with ways of avoiding unwanted contact from scammers,” said AARP’s Fetterhoff.

Wednesday, June 12, will again begin with breakfast from 7:15-8 a.m. Topics to be addressed include “DEEPFAKE TECHNOLOGY — $$$FRAUDSTER’S PARADISE$$$” at 8 a.m., “Learning from Failure: Tales of Incident Response Gone Wrong” at 9, “I Vant To Suck Your Google Storage” at 10, and AI Threats – The AP Risks that Cybersecurity Leaders are Overlooking” presented by Richardson at 11 a.m.

Following lunch at 1:10 p.m., sessions resume with “The Ultramodern Art of War,” which will rip back the curtain on the history and future of electronic warfare and espionage, the unseen forces shaping the landscape of modern conflict, according to Brooks.

At 2:05, the panel presentation “Safeguarding Organizations: When you get more than expected from your vendor” will feature Casper College IT employees and Sophos employees.

“Google Security for the Enterprise: Tales from the Trenches” will be the topic at 3:05, followed by the final session, “Cyberlaw and the World,” at 4:05.

The cost per person for the two-day training event is $100, and the fee includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, and all sessions.

To register, click here. For more information about the conference, contact Brooks at 307-268-2703 or

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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