World Class Information And Cyber Security Experts Scheduled For Annual Event In West Virginia


​CHARLESTON, W.Va – Chief Technology Officer Kyle Schafer announced that a free, day-long program will be offered on October 5, 2010 at the West Virginia Culture Center by the West Virginia Office of Technology’s Office of Information Security and Controls for public sector officials and employees. In addition, the general public is encouraged to attend.

The agenda will focus on dynamic presentations, delivered by world-class experts in the areas of cyber threats, effective practices to safeguard computer information, with an emphasis on individual responsibility, accountability, risk management, and privacy issues. Gov. Joe Manchin III has proclaimed October as National Information/Cyber Security Month in West Virginia. The day’s events will underscore the importance for all to use strong safeguards online. Featured speakers will include:

Will Pelgrin ( A national leader in the promotion of cyber-security information sharing in the public sector and founder of the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, Pelgrin has advised the Obama administration on cyber-security enhancement strategies. 

Patrick Gray: Senior Security Strategist at Cisco and 20-year veteran of the FBI, Gray will unveil the new West Virginia centric information and cyber security training video developed by his team, and focus on the variety of threat vectors that put public sector data at risk.   

Evan Patterson: An FBI Special Agent in West Virginia, Patterson will underscore the threats inherent in cyber socializing using Social Networking sites familiar to most attendees.

Rob Dixon: Architect of the WV Information Security Operations Center, Dixon will discuss internal controls utilized in the state environment to reduce risk and enlighten attendees with some of the startling insights uncovered by his team.

“There will be something of value in this event for everyone.” said Jim Richards, West Virginia’s Chief Information Security Officer.  “We are hoping to reach even more West Virginians this year, and build on the value that was recognized and expressed in feedback forms by last year’s attendees.”

While the event is free, all attendees must register. Online information and registration is available at   Registration confirmation priority will be given to public sector employees.

Doors at the Culture Center will open at 8:30 a.m. for on-site check-in.  The event will begin at 9:15 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 3 p.m.  There will be a one hour break for lunch. Please note that food and beverages are not permitted in the Culture Center Theater.




Jim Richards