The Rochester Security Summit is a community focal point for education and awareness in collaboration with higher education, business and industry partners, held during National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The 2017 summit is generously supported by:

  • The Rochester Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
  • The Rochester Chapter of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)

Past collaboration partners have also included:

  • Rochester InfraGard
  • ISACA Western New York Chapter
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Rochester Information Technology Office
  • Many Area businesses and organizations

The Summit features speakers and panels to help educate area security and IT professionals, business managers, organizations and our community on how to protect information systems and data. For more information contact us.  Sponsors are vital for a quality event and we provide an exhibit area for attendees to learn more from technology leaders.  For more information about becoming a sponsor please see sponsorships.  We invite you to participate in our programs as a volunteer in the planning and event efforts. With your help and support, your organization and our community can benefit from greater security practices.

History of the Summit

  • Started in 2006
  • Fostered by Rochester Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association and local non-profit organizations
  • Planning Committee includes over 20 people from higher education, business, education, and area organizations.

Special thanks to the many people involved, including the following:

2016 General Planning Committee

  • Summit Chair – Holly Turner, Xerox (ISSA, ISACA)
  • Walt Burnett, Nixon Peabody (ISSA)
  • Susan Casserino, Avangrid (ISSA, InfraGard)
  • Meg Ceccanti, Paychex (ISSA)
  • Rick Coloccia, SUNY Geneseo
  • Ralph Durkee, Durkee Consulting (ISSA, OWASP)
  • David Frier, Xerox
  • Cynthia Harris, Xerox (ISACA)
  • John King, RIT (ISSA, OWASP, InfraGard)
  • Larry Kovnat, Kovnat Information Assurance (ISSA)
  • Philip LaGraff, Xerox (ISSA)
  • Sheree Macksamie, Carestream Health (ISSA)
  • Chris Malchoff
  • Keith McCullum, Protiviti (ISSA)
  • Tim Minsterman, Nixon Peabody (ISSA)
  • Bruce Nelson, CaptionCall, LLC (ISSA)
  • Gary Pecor, Xerox
  • Joe Pierson, Xerox (ISSA, InfraGard)
  • Michael C. Redmond, EFPR Group (ISSA, ACP, ISACA)
  • Jim Reilly, Dell SecureWorks (ISSA)
  • Rich Savacool, Nixon Peabody (ISSA)
  • Mary Schaffer, Excellus BCBS (ISSA, OWASP, InfraGard)
  • Aaron Schanz, University of Rochester
  • Donna Smith, iSecure
  • Greg Stachura, Manning & Napier (ISSA, InfraGard)
  • Jackie Stewart, Avangrid (ISSA)
  • Alan Sukert, Xerox (ISSA, InfraGard)
  • Annette Warren, iSecure (ISSA)
  • Kevin Wilkins, iSecure (ISSA)

2016 Speaker Committee

  • Chair – Alan Sukert
  • Ralph Durkee
  • Rich Savacool
  • Larry Kovnat
  • Kevin Wilkins

2016 Sponsorship Committee

  • Chair – Greg Stachura
  • Sheree Macksamie
  • Keith McCullum

2016 Logistics Committee

  • Chair – Tim Minsterman
  • Michael C. Redmond

2016 Track Chairs

  • Business – Jim Raub
  • Compliance & Risk Management – Larry Kovnat
  • Cyber Defense & Threat Landscape – George Snyder
  • OWASP – Ralph Durkee, John King
  • Technical – Lillian Isacks

Other 2016 Committees

  • AV / Wifi – Joe Pierson
  • Editing – Mary Beth King
  • Event Photography – Bruce Nelson
  • Finance – Phil LaGraff
  • Program Brochure – Dawn Savacool
  • Registration – Mary Schaffer, Gary Pecor, Phil LaGraff
  • Surveys – Rick Coloccia
  • Swag/LPV – David Frier
  • Venue – Meg Ceccanti, Phil LaGraff
  • Volunteers Coordinator – Aaron Schanz
  • Web – John King