Friday, March 31, 2023
Hybrid (In-person and Online)

Chicago's Premier Cybersecurity Education Conference

Conference: 8 am - 5 pm CST Reception: 5 pm - 6 pm CST

Hermann Hall, 3241 S Federal St, Chicago, IL 60616


A dynamic and growing number of organizations have contributed to the success of this conference, including AccessData, Argonne National Laboratory, Authentify, the Chicago Police Department, Cisco, CompTIA, Computer Associates, the FBI, Fermilab, Fortinet, Guidance Software, IBM, IEEE, KPMG, Microsoft, Motorola, Sungard, UniForum, U.S. Army, X-Ways Forensics, and many others. Speakers and participants continue to represent local, regional, national, and international organizations and universities.


This conference aims to be a source for researchers, university academics, computing professionals, and upper-level students interested in the techniques, laws, and training initiatives currently being implemented and adapted for secure computing.

The United States Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have designated Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The university’s Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education (C2SAFE) is at the core of Illinois Tech’s designation.

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2024 Keynote Speakers and Agenda will be announced soon

Mr. David Kalat


Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence
Berkeley Research Group

Subject Matter

Why We Are All Losing the Biometric War

Lynn Dohm

Executive Director

Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS)

Subject Matter

Powering Up the Cybersecurity Workforce by Keeping and Eye on the “I”

2024 Keynote Speakers and Agenda will be announced soon


Sheeba Janet John

Cybersecurity Graduate Student

Illinois Institute of Technology

The Perfect Harmony Expectations of the Red and Blue Squads in Combating Security Threats

Otha Mabry

Security Consultant, System Threat Engineer, Threat Intelligence Research and Security Architecture

Cisco Systems Inc

You Spent All that Money and Still Got Hacked. Because Shift Happens

Marwan Omar


Illinois Institute of Technology

Reverse Engineering Malware

Ray Trygstad

Associate Chair / Professor

Illinois Institute of Technology

Got jobs? Don’t Let HR Chase Your Cybersecurity Candidates Away!

Raj Krishnam

Director – Partner Technology Enablement Leader


Zero Trust Network – A Primer

1st Panel – Breaking into the Cybersecurity Profession

Antwoine Jackson

Advanced Services Project Manager

Cisco Talos Intelligence Group

Alicia Brown


TMG Consulting

Charity April McCoy

Change Management Lead/Consultant


Reno Zenere

Security Consulting Engineer

Cisco Systems Inc

2nd Panel – What’s Going on in Cybersecurity and Tech?

Becky Selzer

Senior Principal Architect – Platform Architecture/Engineering

United Airlines

Howard Taylor

Director, Information Security & Cyber Risk Management

Hollister Incorporated

Royce Allen

Director, Enterprise Security Architecture

Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Information Technology

Cyrus Walker

Managing Principal

Data Defenders LLC

3rd Panel – Women in Tech and Cybersecurity

Moderated by Lynn Dohm

Executive Director

Women in Cybersecurity

Lee Painter

Global Head of Information Security Governance

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

Stephanie Britton

Principal Program Manager


Samia Rahman

Director of Enterprise Data Strategy and Governance


Nelly Mulleneaux


Purdue Global University

4th Panel – The Life of Government Cybersecurity Professionals

Royce Allen

Director, Enterprise Security Architecture

Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Information Technology

Austin Cusak

Cyber Defense Education and Training

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Herbert Edwards

Information Technology Project Manager

Cook County (IL) Government

Rahul Patel

Director, Cybersecurity

Office of the Cook County (IL) Clerk

Edward Munoz

Master Sergeant Cyber Operations Specialist

US Army

5th Panel – Feedback from Newly Minted Cybersecurity Professionals

Fizza Arif

IT Product Analyst


Anthea Gonzalez

Information Security Engineer

Cisco Systems

Sofia Martinez

Technology Risk & Information Security Analyst

Northern Trust

Travis Smith

DevSecOps Engineer II

Vail Systems

Speaking Opportunities

If you are interested in speaking, joining a panel, or presenting a poster session at ChiCyberCon, please submit a proposal by February 24.

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Registration Info

Join the more than 200 students and practitioners who attend this fun-filled technical conference each year. This is a multitrack, industry-focused event that includes discussion on forensics, security, data/information governance, cybercrime and security, cybersecurity legislation, ethical hacking, cloud forensics, steganography, policy and compliance, identity theft, and more.


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