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CyberCon returns to Bismarck State College October 5-6

Published: Sep 29 2021
CyberCon 2021, a critical infrastructure and cyber security conference will be held October 5-6 at the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, N.D. The conference will feature opportunities for participants to attend in person or virtually.
 
“2020 was a challenging year for everyone, and CyberCon was no different,” says Darin Hanson, 2021 conference chair and ND Dept of Emergency Services Critical Infrastructure Program & Security Manager. “Last year we were only able to meet virtually, which is why we are so excited to bring cybersecurity and critical infrastructure specialists back together at the National Energy Center of Excellence, while still providing opportunities for virtual participation.”
 
This year’s speakers bring deep expertise and national reputations for excellence. Opening keynote speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 5 is John Strand of Black Hills Information Security. Strand has consulted and taught hundreds of organizations about security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing, and is a contributor to the industry shaping Penetration Testing Execution Standard and 20 Critical Controls frameworks. Closing keynote speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 6 is Regina Phelps, founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions (EMS Solutions), a consulting company specializing in crisis management and business continuity planning. Phelps is an internationally recognized expert in the field of crisis management, exercise design and business continuity and pandemic planning. 
 
Educational break-out sessions led by a diverse set of local, regional and national experts will round out the two-day event.  
 
CyberCon 2021 is the only event of its kind in the region and is sponsored by global cybersecurity company and BSC educational partner Palo Alto Networks along with Dakota Carrier Network, MDU Resources, Doosan Infracore America, ND Dept of Emergency Services, Lake Region State College, Network Center, Inc., Marco Technologies, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, High Point Networks, North River IT Co, Starion Bank, TechND, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, and Spark Group.
 
Registration for CyberCon 2021 is still open; face-to-face participation is $175 and virtual is $150. The first and second conferences, held in 2018 and 2019 respectively, sold out of participant passes. For more information visit cyberconbsc.com or call BSC-Continuing Education 701-224-5600.