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 2019 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)
  • ISACA Western New York Chapter

Past collaboration partners have also included:

  • Rochester InfraGard
  • 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:

2019 General Planning Committee

  • Event Chair – John King, Flexion Inc. / West Wind Security (ISSA, OWASP, InfraGard)
  • Summit Coordinator – Mary Beth King, West Wind Security (ISSA)
  • Shaquille Barnes, Kodak Alaris (ISSA, InfraGard)
  • David Frier, Wipro
  • Heather Klem, Dox Electronics (ISSA)
  • Phil LaGraff, Xerox (retired) (ISSA, Infragard)
  • Michael Laird, Xerox (retired) (OWASP)
  • Keith McCullum, NBT Bank (ISSA, OWASP)
  • Tim Minsterman, Nixon Peabody, LLC (ISSA)
  • Gary Pecor, Xerox (retired)
  • Joe Pierson, AXA Equitable (ISSA, Infragard)
  • Jason Pitoniak, Rochester Institute of Technology (ISSA, OWASP)
  • Jim Raub, EagleDream Technologies (ISSA, ISACA)
  • Cynthia Ricci, Xerox (ISACA, PMI)
  • Rose Rozeski, Independent Health
  • Rich Savacool, Nixon Peabody, LLC (ISSA)
  • Mary Schaffer, Excellus BCBS (ISSA, Infragard, ISACA)
  • Holly Turner, Xerox (Retired) (ISSA, ISACA, ISC2, PMI)
  • David Warden, SUNY Geneseo

Speaker Committee

  • Chair – Rich Savacool
  • John King
  • Cynthia Ricci
  • Rose Rozeski

Sponsorship Committee

  • Chair – Keith McCullum
  • Michael Laird

Venue Committee

  • Chair – Holly Turner
  • Shaquille Barnes
  • Heather Klem
  • Bruce Nelson (Photography)
  • Joe Pierson (AV / Wifi)

Finance Committee

  • Chair – Phil LaGraff

Registration Committee

  • Chair – Gary Pecor
  • Mary Schaffer
  • Jackie Stewart

Logistics Committee

  • Chair – Tim Minsterman
  • Rick Coloccia (Surveys)
  • David Frier (Swag)
  • Jason Pitoniak (Web)
  • Jim Raub (Volunteer Coordinator)
  • David Warden (Guidebook)
  • Jason Woodson (Social Media)

Track Moderators

  • Rose Rozeski – Incident Response Track (Day 1)
  • Pete Capelli – Cyber Management Track (Day 1)
  • Cynthia Ricci – Risk Remediation & Security Controls Track (Day 1)
  • George Snyder – OWASP Track (Day 2)
  • Cyndi McLean – Threats & Threat Hunting Track (Day 2)
  • Chris Janiak – Technical Track (Day 2)
  • Jason Frost – SOC Analyst for a Day (Day 1/Day 2)