A Cybersecurity Symposium

You won’t want to miss this learning opportunity! Join us in Columbia, Missouri for a unique cybersecurity experience for IT Directors and C-Suite Executives. Our TOP industry experts will share the latest strategies for identifying, prioritizing and mitigating vulnerabilities in a world where traditional security perimeters are no longer sufficient.

Event Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, June 18th
  • Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Location: University of Missouri Memorial Student Union

Why Attend?

Many organizations like yours are facing disruptions to their IT and business processes right now. Join industry leaders from Cisco, Google, IBM, Dell, and Fortune 500 Company Executives to learn strategies for fortifying your defenses against cyber threats.

What to Expect:

  • Insightful Sessions: Gain valuable knowledge from experts in the field.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded professionals.
  • Practical Tips: Learn actionable steps to enhance your cybersecurity posture.

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2024 Cybersecurity Symposium

Featuring a meet & greet

with brady cook

Speaker Highlights

Understanding Modern Vulnerability Management

Speaker: Jerry Gamblin is an influential security researcher and analyst with over 20 years of experience. He focuses on enterprise network and application security and has presented his research on numerous blogs, podcasts, and security conferences. When not at work, his personal research focuses on IoT and embedded automotive systems. He started his career working for the Missouri House of Representatives and Carfax before working as Director of Security Research for Kenna Security, which Cisco Systems acquired in 2021. He currently works in the Cisco Threat Detection & Response CTOs office, where he helps guide the future of Cisco security products. Check out his LinkedIn.

Offense vs Defense: Black Hat and White Hat Insights for Comprehensive Cybersecurity

In this engaging live presentation, Tony Owens, representing Black Hat, and Frank Welder, representing White Hat, go head-to-head in a riveting showdown on cyber warfare survival. Join them as they delve into strategies for maintaining operational resilience during and after a cyber-attack. Explore key tools, techniques, and the pivotal role of people and processes, supported by advanced technology, to mitigate impact and speed up recovery.


Frank Welder is an experienced Technical Solutions Architect with IBM Software, focusing on IBM’s Security portfolio. Having driven results with the IBM Channel community within the areas of solution design, best practices and support. As a Technical Solutions Architect, his goals include education and enablement of the Partner community. Recently completed – ACE “Arrow’s Cybersecurity Environment” for IBM Security – is a cybersecurity range that provides an environment for our Partners and Customers to explore capabilities and concepts. In addition to his primary job junctions, Frank has been recognized by IBM for his commitment to promoting and demonstrating IBM’s Security offerings as an IBM Champion – Security for 2021 and 2022. Frank holds a MS degree in Information and Communications Sciences and a BS degree is Telecommunications from Ball State University. Check out his LinkedIn.

Tony Owens has been a noteworthy leader in the storage and IT space for over 20 years. You probably know Tony from his years of working with channel partners here at Arrow, but may also know him from his days as team lead of the IBM Open Systems and SAN Support team at IBM. Tony was a former consultant and black hat known by the alias “Chaos.” Now he uses that background to help companies defend themselves using his experience and knowledge from the other side. Tony earned degrees in Accounting and Business Management while living in North Carolina. After college, he went to work in IT learning Mainframe, Unix, Oracle. He ran a consulting company which specialized in Security, Unix, and Oracle before moving to Atlanta. Tony has been recognized as an IBM Champion for Storage for his contributions since 2020. He is a proud father of 4 children and 4 stepchildren. Today he lives in Georgia and calls the Alpharetta office of Arrow home. He enjoys working in the lab to develop new solutions to solve customers’ complex problems. Check out his LinkedIn.

Generative AI Utility and Security Concerns

Speaker: Aaron Blythe is a Customer Engineer with over 20 years of experience in software, operations and data science. He is currently focused on Generative AI and speaks at events all over the nation. He recently completed his Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus in Machine Learning. He holds 20 certifications spanning across all 3 major cloud providers and cloud-related tools. He currently works at Google Cloud, where he focuses on AI/ML and Generative AI for Enterprise customers. Check out his LinkedIn.

Come check out his presentation on Generative AI Utility and Security Concerns.  Aaron will be showing demos of how Generative AI is being used by Enterprise companies to exhibit the utility of the technology. Then he will go into supply chain attacks and prompt injection security concerns.

Using AI and ML to Detect Cyber Attacks in Block Storage Arrays

Speaker: Andy Walls is Chief Architect and CTO for IBM’s Flash Systems. He is also an IBM Fellow, IBM’s most prestigious Honor. Andy is a pioneer in enabling flash into the enterprise and has shaped the IBM storage portfolio to be highly differentiated and popular. He is well known in the industry for his storage and flash expertise. He was responsible for the Texas Memory Acquisition and has shaped the direction of the integrated product portfolio. He leads the architecture and definition of the Entire FlashSystems NVMe product portfolio as well as the FlashCore Module.  He is defining next generation products that can be used in Hybrid Cloud environments. Known as an innovator, he has applied for or filed over 150 patents. Andy has worked for IBM his entire 42-year career. Check out his LinkedIn.


Robert Graham serves as a Cybersecurity Advisor and Cybersecurity Coordinator for Missouri. Currently, based in Columbia, MO he supports the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

His programs coordinate cyber preparedness, risk mitigation and incident response. He provides Cybersecurity resource briefings, Cybersecurity assessments, and Incident Response planning to the nation’s sixteen critical infrastructure sectors and state, local, tribal, and territorial government

Prior to joining CISA, Mr. Graham worked for Southwestern Power Administration (SWPA), one of four Power Marketing Administrations under the Department of Energy. While at SWPA, Mr. Graham served as the senior Information Security Officer, acting Chief Information Security Officer and as a Responsible Subject Matter Expert for both Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
(SCADA) and Operational Technology (OT) systems for the North American Energy Reliability
Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection requirements.

Prior to working for the Department of Energy, Mr. Graham worked in the Insurance industry as a
Networking and Telecommunications Technician, Security Administrator, Senior Security Administrator, and Chief Information Security Officer.

Mr. Graham spent 12 years active duty with the United States Air Force supporting the National
Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP), the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Airborne Command Post (Looking Glass) and the B-2 Stealth Bomber. In addition, Mr. Graham served as an Air Force Technical Training Instructor for Aircraft Electrical Environmental Systems.

Joan Rundle earned her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois-Champaign. As a Certified Public Accountant, she began her career at Ernst and Young in St. Louis as an auditor with specialty training in computer audit. She began working at the former Jefferson Smurfit Corporation, a fortune 500 company, in 1990 and was promoted to Financial Reporting Manager. Joan brought her 26 years of accounting experience in both the public and private sector to Huber & Associates in 2002 and serves as our Chief Financial Officer.

Ben Canlas is the Vice President for IT and MU Chief Information Officer.  In his role, he leads the information technology organization for the University of Missouri which includes all four universities, MU, UMSL, UMKC, MS&T as well as UM System Offices, and MOREnet.    The University’s IT portfolio includes end-user computing, application development, student computing services, data management and warehousing, enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise architecture, project management, infrastructure, research computing and support, networking and telecommunications, academic and audio/visual technology and information security and compliance.
Prior to becoming the VP for IT and MU CIO, Ben served the University in a multitude of technology and leadership roles over a 22 year period.  In his previous position of Director of Enterprise Application Services, he was responsible for the University’s enterprise HR, Financial, Supply Chain, and Student Information systems and the operational infrastructure which supports them.
Ben earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.  Check out his LinkedIn.

Brian Trenhaile is a Mizzou graduate and began his career supporting technology at area school districts before accepting a role at Shelter Insurance which led to opportunities in market research, security auditing, and leading the Information Security Team. In 2022, Brian transitioned to a role as a Business and Information Security Officer (BISO) with Pacific Life Insurance headquartered in Southern California. When not at work, Brian enjoys tinkering with his home lab, consuming audiobooks and podcasts, and attending Mizzou sporting events.  Check out his LinkedIn.