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CyberUp Summit



October 29, 2019
10:00 am - 3:30 pm


Institute for Advanced Learning & Research
150 Slayton Avenue
Danville, VA 24540 United States
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Learn how to safeguard your digital assets at the CyberUp Summit on October 29th. Averett University, in Partnership with the Southern Piedmont Technology Council and the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, is delivering an excellent line-up of expert panelist, speakers, and critical information to help protect your business as well as your personal life. Topics will include social engineering, securing your mobile and IoT devices, protecting yourself on social media, and protecting your organization.

Renowned keynote speaker John Sileo will take the stage and share his personal story of a cyber attack and how he overcame the challenges that resulted. John has been featured as a security expert on Rachael Ray, Fox & Friends, 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper, and is a contributor for USA Today and the Washington Post & Kiplinger.  

The event is FREE, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on October 23rd.

9:30 AM  Registration
10:00 AM  Opening Remarks and Welcome
10:15 AM Track 1: Abundant Threats our Children Face Online
Track 2: Securing Social Media Accounts, Why your privacy matters
11:00 AM Track 1: Cyber S.W.A.T – Safety While Accessing Technology
Track 2: Don’t be a victim of Identity Theft!
12:00 PM Lunch with Cyber Expert John Sileo
2:00 PM Track 1: How to survive a Ransomware Attack
Track 2: Smart but Scary – Securing IoT Devices at Home
2:40 PM Sophisticated Social Engineering, Don’t be Scammed
3:20 PM Securing Passwords and Password Management Tools


About Keynote Speaker - John Sileo

John Sileo left hi-tech consulting and became an entrepreneur to reclaim his greatest priority – being present for his family. Six successful years, a thriving $2M business and two precious daughters later, he lost it all to cybercrime. Because the cybercriminal masked the crimes using John’s identity, Sileo was held responsible for the felonies committed. The losses destroyed his company, decimated his finances and consumed two years as he fought to stay out of jail. And from these bitter circumstances, John made lemonade.

John Sileo is an award-winning author and highly sought-after cyber expert from 60 Minutes to the Pentagon, USA Today to Rachael Ray. His satisfied clients include a Who’s Who of the Fortune 1000, Government, Associations and Small Business. The CEO of a Denver-based cyber think tank, an honors graduate from Harvard University and an inductee into the National Speakers Hall of Fame, John still values his remarkable wife and highly spirited daughters over all other successes.

Session Speakers

Sgt. Anders, Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
John Cole, Director of Engineering, Smashing Boxes
Dr. Sara Glova, Director of Growth & Communications at RIoT
Sgt. Ryan Hibish, Bedford County Sheriff’s Dept and Chandler Hood, Safe Surfin Foundation
Grady Knight, Entrepreneur and Software Engineer, Smashing Boxes
Mason Lightfoot, Unique Industries
Kevin Lipscomb, Averett University
Darren Manners, Security Practice Manager, Sycom Technologies
Mary Sharpe, Victim Advocate for the Office of the Attorney General
Jim Staley, Security Consultant, Strategic Consulting, Sycom Technologies
Speaker from Smashing Boxes