Postponed – Young Professionals Cyber Summit Nov. 7

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed until further notice.

COOKEVILLE – The Tennessee Tech College of Business (COB) and the Upper Cumberland Business Journal will host a Cyber Summit on Nov. 7 at the Putnam Room on Cookeville’s downtown square. This summit will allow young professionals to network with others and to learn from some of the most experienced and respected people in the cybersecurity field. 

The evening will begin with arrivals and networking from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A panel discussion, focused on the importance of cybersecurity in business and in rural areas and moderated by COB Director of Graduate Programs, Kate Nicewicz, will be held from 6:30-7:15 p.m. with a period for questions and answers beginning at 7:15.

Confirmed participants for the event include:

Gina Pruitt – Member-in-Charge, Risk Assurance & Advisory Services, KraftCPAs

Gina Pruitt has more than 30 years of experience in risk assurance. She spent 10 years in Big 4 public accounting as the partner in charge of the Nashville practice of enterprise risk services (ERS) with Deloitte & Touche, where she managed the IT audit of both the largest county government in the State of Tennessee and NES. In addition, she was the southeast regional director for internal audit services. In this role, Gina was the director of internal audit for several engagements, including a $1 billion public retail organization. She was responsible for performing the annual internal audit risk assessment, developing the annual internal audit plan, and developing and presenting audit reports to the audit committee and board of directors. Annual audits consisted of financial, operational, IT and fully integrated audits. Gina managed approximately 200 employees and more than 100 clients as part of various procedures for all internal audit clients in the southeast region of Deloitte.

Yvette Clark – Executive Director, ITS 

Yvette Clark is the Executive Director of Information Technology Services at Tennessee Tech University.  She has over 30 years’ experience in a university environment.  She started her career as a research & development engineer conducting and managing research projects as well as providing support for a wide spectrum of technology.  The majority of the projects included cross discipline faculty teams with multiple graduate students developing state of the art end products using the cutting-edge technology available at the time.  For the past six years, Yvette has worked in Information Technology Services developing a team that partners with academic and administrative units to evaluate and implement technology to meet the strategic initiatives of the university.  Yvette holds an MS in engineering from Tennessee Tech University and a BS in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Alysia Horn – Ayslas

Alysia Horn started her career working in computer forensics and information security. She provided forensic support for internal fraud and HR investigations. She continued expanding her security role as she took on an IT audit support function where she facilitated and documented responses and performed evidence collection for SAS70/SOC1 and PCI audits while acting as the primary liaison between IT and external auditors. Alysia then went on to manage and coordinate global security operations for information security monitoring & analysis, information security incident response, and investigations & digital forensics. These responsibilities included the management of day-to-day operations of information security monitoring tools including the intrusion prevention system, antivirus, network security, cloud security, security information and event management (SIEM), and data loss prevention.  She currently owns and manages Asylas, a cybersecurity consulting firm in Nashville serving clients in multiple industries across the country.  Asylas provides a customized approach to security, privacy, and risk and focuses heavily on remarkable service.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 each, which includes one ticket and access to the exclusive conversation, cash bar and light appetizers. The Putnam Room is located at 319 E. Spring St. on the square in Cookeville.

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