GreyCastle Security Hosting Annual Symposium on Role of Technology in Global Security

GreyCastle Security Hosting Annual Symposium on Role of Technology in Global Security

ALBANY, N.Y. – GreyCastle Security, a leading cybersecurity consulting firm based in Troy, N.Y., is hosting the 4th Annual Cybersecurity Symposium for business leaders and professionals on Wednesday, October 19 at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. The event, titled “Privacy vs. Protection: The Battle Between Convenience, Freedom and Security,will focus on how privacy and technology impact national security efforts, but will also examine privacy rights as they apply to data disputes between governments and technology companies.

Data ownership and encryption have been closely linked to many of the cybersecurity issues we see today, most notably in the fallout between Apple and the Department of Justice in the wake of December’s mass shooting in San Bernardino. To adequately address these topics, the symposium has been expanded this year with the addition of two simultaneous breakout sessions immediately following the panel discussion.

The symposium will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a networking breakfast. The program begins at 8 a.m., and will include a 50-minute panel discussion. Immediately afterward, two breakout sessions will be offered simultaneously, exploring cybersecurity issues faced by international businesses and the healthcare industry.

Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) will give a welcome address prior to the panel discussion. Will Pelgrin, former CEO of the Center for Internet Security, will moderate the conversation between security and legal professionals from both the private and public sectors, including Reg Harnish of GreyCastle Security, Jim Garrett of the NYS Office of Information Technology Services, Daniel Gibson of Ayco, A Goldman Sachs Company, and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. Dr. Bertine McKenna, former COO and EVP of Bassett Healthcare and Timothy Shannon, Manager of Information Security at Autotask will lead separate breakout sessions.

The symposium is part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual initiative during the month of October designed to engage and educate the public and private sectors about ever increasing threats against cyber infrastructure.

Registration for the event and live streaming presentation is $20 per person. The entire event, including the breakout sessions, will be available through the live stream. Proceeds from the event will be put toward a scholarship fund for Capital Region students pursuing a degree in cybersecurity. Attendees can register through GreyCastle Security’s website.


Panelists and Speakers


Chris Gibson, Congressman, NY-19th Congressional District
Gibson is a decorated Army veteran with seven deployments, including four combat tours in Iraq, during his 24 year service career. Some of his past military assignments include tours teaching American Politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, serving as a Congressional Fellow with U.S. Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA), the Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and completing a Hoover National Security Affairs Fellowship at Stanford University.  After retiring from the Army in 2010, Gibson and his family returned home to Kinderhook where he was elected to represent the 20th Congressional District, then re-elected in 2012 and 2014 to represent the 19th Congressional District. In Congress, Gibson serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Small Business Committees. Gibson also holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.


Will Pelgrin (Moderator), Former President and CEO, Center for Internet Security
Pelgrin retired in June 2015 as the President and CEO of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), an international nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the cybersecurity readiness and response of public and private sector entities. Pelgrin is Co-Founder and Partner of cyberWA, Inc., an exclusive cybersecurity service to help protect corporate executives, celebrities, politicians, and other high value individuals from successful cyberattacks. Pelgrin was appointed to serve as a Commission Member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Cybersecurity to brief the 44th President of the United States on critical cybersecurity issues. He is also the chair of the Board of Directors and the Global Strategic Advisor of the Global Cyber Alliance.


Reg Harnish, Chief Executive Officer, GreyCastle Security
Harnish is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and the CEO for GreyCastle Security. He’s been practicing security for nearly two decades, bringing a thought-provoking perspective to the industry while striving to promote awareness, security “thinking” and practical application of security fundamentals. Harnish attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a certified CISSP, CISM, CISA and ITIL. He is a fellow of the National Cybersecurity Institute, serves on numerous security association boards and is currently an advisor to several educational institutions focusing on cybersecurity. Harnish is a nationally-recognized speaker and has presented at countless industry and security events, including BSides, ISSA, ISC2, ISACA and InfraGard. Harnish is a contributor to numerous security publications and has co-authored several books on cybersecurity awareness.


Jim Garrett, Chief Information Security Officer, NYS Office of Information Technology Services
Garrett oversees the NYS Enterprise Information Security Office (EISO) within the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS).  The EISO develops and evaluates compliance with statewide information security policies; provides cyber incident response assistance, distributes real-time advisories and alerts; provides managed security services, and implements statewide information security training and exercises for state and local government. Prior to joining ITS, Garrett served as the first Chief Information Security Officer for 3M.  Garrett is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst, and Certified Lead ISO27001 Assessor.


Daniel Gibson, Director of Information Security, Ayco, A Goldman Sachs Company
Prior to joining Ayco in 2011, Gibson served in IT Advisory Services at Ernst & Young. He has held roles in information technology and security at various types of companies in the Capital Region, including healthcare, financial and technology marketing. Gibson holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Albany, State University of New York and a bachelor’s degree in English from The Sage Colleges. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).


Craig Apple, Albany County Sheriff
Apple joined the Albany County Sheriff’s Office in 1995 and was elected sheriff in 2011. Before his election, he served as Supervisor of the department’s Criminal Investigations Unit, and also as patrol commander and chief deputy field commander with oversight of the county jail. Apple holds certifications from the New York State Law Enforcement Executive Institute, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the FBI National Academy and the New York State Corrections Academy. Apple has been awarded the Ned Patterson Award and the Ann Marie Sheehy Bright Horizons Award.


Dr. Bertine McKenna, Former COO and EVP, Bassett Healthcare
McKenna served as COO and EVP for Bassett Healthcare for 13 years, retiring in 2015. With over 30 years of experience in healthcare leadership, McKenna was influential in guiding Bassett to obtain Magnet Recognition designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and was awarded the Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives. In addition to her several achievements at Bassett, she was instrumental in establishing a women’s hospital in West Africa while serving on community and regional boards as well as numerous national and state professional associations. She is currently a self-employed consultant, providing healthcare companies with a sense of direction in the industry.


Timothy Shannon, Manager of Information Security, Autotask
Shannon manages the Information Security Department for Autotask Corporation and holds degrees in Computer Science, Information Technology and Information Security. With over 20 years of experience as an information technology professional, he is always looking for new challenges and things to learn. At Autotask, he is responsible for maintaining processes, policies and infrastructure that ensure regulatory compliance and protect customer and corporate data. Tim is also a member of several local security organizations.


About GreyCastle Security:
GreyCastle Security is a cybersecurity consulting firm focused on risk management, awareness and operational security. Our company was established to counter rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats and manage risks in people, processes and technology. GreyCastle Security is comprised exclusively of highly certified professionals with prior security experience in healthcare, education, retail and gaming. Our team members are all former CISOs, ISOs, security specialists and operators. We bring a client perspective to everything we do. All we do is cybersecurity — all day, every day. We provide assessments, training, testing and response capabilities to organizations of all sizes, types and industries. We bring passionate practicality to cybersecurity. Visit us at for more information, and let GreyCastle Security redefine cybersecurity for you.