Speaker Biographies

Special Agent Brent Stanze
Special Agent Cedric Jefferson
Charleston, WV FBI office

The Special Agents will discuss the FBI’s involvement with cybercrime in the Charleston area and their InfraGard organization.

InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. The InfraGard program provides a vehicle for seamless public-private collaboration with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to the protection of Critical Infrastructure. With thousands of vetted members nationally, InfraGard's membership includes business executives, entrepreneurs, military and government officials, computer professionals, academia and state and local law enforcement; each dedicated to contributing industry specific insight and advancing national security (see https://www.infragard.org/).

Keith Morgan
Chief Information Officer
West Virginia Lottery

Prior to that he worked at Arnett & Foster, an accounting firm in Charleston where he did extensive work consulting with major medical facilities throughout the state. He has also been the Vice President and CIO of West Virginia Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In addition, he has worked as a consultant covering information systems and security for the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency and the West Virginia Health Care Authority. He has extensive work in the area of security, both from the software as well as the hardware side. His talk on security surrounding the Internet of Things should be very informative.

Rick Thompson
Professor of IT
Southern WV Community and Technical College

Professor Thompson graduated from Marshall University Graduate College with a degree in MIS. He has worked at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College as an IT instructor for the last 18 years teaching a wide variety of classes in the field of technology.

Matthew Payne
Associate Professor of IT
Institutional Technology Coordinator,Bridging the Gap
Southern WV Community and Technical College

Associate Professor of Information Technology, Instructional Specialist, Drone Grant Coordinator, and Academic Coordinator for Technical Programs at Southern WV Community and Technical College, Logan WV. Over 20+ years of troubleshooting and repair experience, specializing in hardware, software, networking, and drone technologies. National Weather Service and FAA Certified Weather Observer with 22 years of experience for Yeager Airport in Charleston WV. FAA Part 107 Licensed Drone Operator, amateur metal fabricator, and avid hot rodding enthusiast.

Rob Dixon
Director of Information Systems Security
Advantage Technology

As the Director of Information Systems Security at Advantage Technology, I am charged with leading our Information Security Services team on behalf of our customers. We deliver a number of advisory services in addition to security compliance testing, awareness training, and other professional security services. I have nearly 20 years of industry experience in information security, with a strong background in security operations, applied threat intelligence, policy development, operational procedure development, incident management, malware research, network defense architectures, network penetration testing, intrusion prevention technologies, endpoint protection and analysis and counterintelligence control operations.

Ted Cole
Founder, Twelve Leadership Consulting LLC

Prior to joining the CompTIA Faculty, Ted’s career in channels, covered: leadership, sales, program development and operations. Ted is focused on setting strategy and growing sales to small and medium businesses through Solution Providers, Managed Service Providers, System Integrators, Service Providers and Distributors. He was honored as a Channel Chief for eight consecutive years by CRN for consistently advocating, promoting and executing effective channel partner programs and strategies across ADTRAN and the industry at large. In addition, he secured ADTRAN's ranking in CRN's 5 Star Partner Program for 9 consecutive years.

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