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Northwest Cybersecurity SymposiumA Coordinated Response to Safeguarding Our Infrastructure, Networks & Systems

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

William W. Philip Hall
1918 Pacific Avenue, UW Tacoma campus

In recent months, cyberattacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment and Anthem Inc. have forced business leaders and policy makers to rethink the current U.S. strategy in defending and protecting our infrastructure, networks and systems. In this symposium, we bring together prominent individuals to discuss this threat and what it would mean to construct and implement a more “coordinated response” to such attacks.

It is our aim, through our keynote speakers and panelists, that we share ideas that not only help us better understand the challenges we face, but also inform us about how we can work together to protect our networks and critical information systems against the rising threat of increasingly sophisticated hackers. The speakers will help us to delve deeply into the ways we might produce the desired competence and multi-sector relationships that will allow us to collaborate effectively to find solutions to safeguard our infrastructure, networks and systems.

This event is open by invitation only. For more information, contact Rosalynn Johnson at or 253-692-4923.

Sponsored by 

  • Institute of Technology at the University of Washington Tacoma

  • UW Tacoma Office of the Chancellor

  • Pierce Military and Business Alliance

  • Propel Insurance

In partnership with

Topia Technology IID

Honorary Co-chairs

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)

Maria Cantwell

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6)

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6)

Keynote speakers

LTG Edward Cardon

Lieutenant General Edward C. Cardon
Commander, US Army Cyber Command

Michael Echols, CIKR-COM, DHS

Michael Echols
Director, Cyber Joint Program Management Office
National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panels & speakers

This information will be updated as new speakers are added.

William C. Boni

William C Boni
Vice President Information Security at T-Mobile USA

Michael Cockrill

Michael Cockrill
Chief Information Officer for the State of Washington

Barbara Endicott-Popovsky

Barbara Endicott-Popovsky
Director, Center of Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, University of Washington Tacoma

Deborah Gracio

Deborah Gracio
Director for Program Development, National Security Directorate
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Michael Germain

Michael Germain
Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service

Michael K. Hamilton

Michael K. Hamilton
CEO & Managing Partner
MK Hamilton & Associates

Scott Klauminzer

Scott Klauminzer, CISSP
Critical Infrastructure Protection Lead/Cybersecurity Lead
Tacoma Public Utilities

David Shaw

David R. Shaw
Founder and CEO, Global Business Analysis

Timothy Wallach


Timothy Wallach
Supervisory Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation



Janine Terrano, CEO and Chairman, Topia Technology Inc.

David Zeeck, Publisher, The News Tribune


8 - 8:30 am Registration
8:30 - 9 am Welcome comments and introductions
9 - 10 am Keynote: Lieutenant General Cardon, Commander, US Army Cyber Command 
10 -10:15 am Coffee break
10:15 - 12 noon Panel 1: Focus is the government’s role in coordinated response, moderated by Janine Terrano, CEO and Chairman, Topia Technology, Inc.  
12 noon - 1 pm Lunch
1 - 2 pm Keynote: Michael Echols, Director, Cyber Joint Program Management Office, National Protection and Programs Directorate, US Department of Homeland Security 
2 - 2:15 pm Coffee break
2:15 - 4 pm Panel 2: Focus is on challenges/opportunities for the private sector and workforce development and education, moderated by Dave Zeeck, Publisher, The News Tribune
4 pm Reception for all attendees