September 14, 9:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
Join us for our third annual technology event, Techstravaganza. This event brings together CIOs, Directors, and other key IT decision makers to learn more about prominent industry topics. Stay tuned for agenda and speaker updates! Techstravaganza provides several informational sessions on pressing issues in the IT industry, such as cybersecurity or new technologies. Here’s what previous attendees have to say about this event:
“Sometimes we don’t realize how important each part of the company operates to keep us safe from a cyber attack. It really puts into perspective that you don’t have to be a government official or top ranking company for someone to want your information for malicious intent. The conferences that Carolinas IT has been sponsoring have really been eye openers to things that can be taken for granted at times.”Wood Thombs, NCICU
“Techstravaganza is a fantastic event! It is a great opportunity for geeks and non-geeks alike to see the latest and greatest tools and hardware coming to market. By having presenters from across industries, Carolinas IT was able to cater to both tech and sales people. They bring in industry leaders, such as Lenovo, NetApp, Cisco, and even the FBI. Techstravaganza is a valuable event for networking with and asking questions of many industry leaders.”Mike Faas, Duke University Office of Development
“Techstravaganza was informative, with a great opportunity for learning and networking. Vendors were demonstrating new products and offering advice as to which of their devices were most suitable for a variety of needs. The speakers were interesting and attendee participation was encouraged throughout the day. It was a well-planned event in a lovely venue.”Kay Flanagan, INNO Clinical Outcomes
Please join us for the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, September 13 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. This is your first chance to meet the presenters and sponsors.
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome Announcements
Mark Cavaliero, CEO, Carolinas IT
9:30 AM – 10:10 AM Keynote presentation: Preventing Cyber Security Attacks – a CIO’s Perspective
Presented by Jerry Fralick, Chief Security Officer, Lenovo
Cybersecurity has become one of the most critical issues facing society today, with wide-ranging ramifications for national, corporate and individual safety and well-being. Our keynote presentation will focus on best practices attendees can implement
Sponsored by Lenovo
10:10 AM – 10:30 AM Break; Exhibit area open
10:30 AM -11:10 AM Successfully Migrating to the Cloud
11:10 PM – 11:50 PM Public vs. Private Cloud
11:50 PM – 12:40 PM Lunch and networking
Sponsored by AppRiver
12:40 PM – 1:20 PM The Elements of Compliance
1:20 PM – 2:40 PM Roundtable discussions
This is your chance to discuss IT strategies and challenges with your colleagues. Each roundtable has a different topic of discussion. Tables will rotate every 20 minutes.
Topic #1: Cloud Strategy
Many companies are adopting a multi-cloud strategy for their business. How do you utilize cloud solutions? Discuss what cloud services have helped your business enhance productivity and increase profitability.
Topic #2: Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity continues to be a top concern among IT professionals. Implementing a layered defense is the best strategy to ensuring you’re protected against ransomware, malware, and phishing attacks, such as the Crypto virus. Discuss what tactics you have implemented as part of your cybersecurity defense strategy.
Topic #3: Compliance
Being compliant is an ongoing initiative for many companies. Security Risk Assessments are becoming a more prevalent need for healthcare providers, financial institutions, and state and local municipalities. Discuss what steps you have taken to get compliant.
Topic #4: Backup and Disaster Recovery
Backups are essential in your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans. How often do you perform backups in your environment? Discuss the elements that are part of your Disaster Recovery plan.
2:40 PM – 3:00 PM Break; Exhibit area open
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Q and A panel
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Recap of event/closing remarks; door prizes awarded
4:00 PM Adjourn
Gerald (Jerry) Fralick has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology field and public sector management and operations. As Lenovo’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) for the Research & Technology Group, and a member of the Product Security Office, Mr. Fralick has a multi-faceted role actively engaging with Federal/State agencies and commercial companies to further understand their IT security and procurement requirements. As CSO, Mr. Fralick works closely with Lenovo development and product engineers throughout the development life cycle of software and products. He provides assistance and oversight ensuring that appropriate product development security controls are met in accordance with new US Federal Government regulations and that all Lenovo products meet the security control requirements for all low, moderate and high-risk information systems.
Prior to joining Lenovo, Jerry was appointed by North Carolina’s Governor Beverly Perdue in late September 2009 to be the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State. In this role, he oversaw the 600 person Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) that provided all infrastructure IT services and support to the Executive Branch agencies as well as all state agencies. Mr. Fralick also served on numerous statewide boards, commissions, and non-profit organizations. As the CIO for the State of North Carolina, from October 2009 – March 2012, with Mr. Fralick’s leadership, ITS realized significant savings by reducing yearly IT expenditures by 25% (from $246M to $184M), implementing a PC/laptop bulk purchase saving the State $7.4 M; established an enterprise license agreement with a geographic mapping software company saving the State $3.5M and allowed the opportunity for city, county, and regional governments to reduce their software costs by 17%.
Before his post as CIO of NC, Mr. Fralick served 15 years with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), retiring as Chief Information Officer for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). During his 15 years of service at the Justice Department, Jerry held senior executive IT management positions in the Antitrust Division, the FBI and the Justice Management Division. While at DOJ, Jerry served as the first Chairperson for Office of Management and Budget’s Grants Executive Board, which oversaw all grant-making activities for the 26 federal grant-making agencies. The board established grant policy and operating direction for the agencies. Jerry also was instrumental in developing the Antitrust Caseload and Evaluation System (ACES) for the Antitrust Division, was in charge of payroll and administrative systems for the FBI and was awarded the Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award for his work on the Interpol Case Tracking System at the Justice Management Division.
As OJP’s CIO, Mr. Fralick reduced the IT operating budget in his initial year resulting in a cost savings of over $450,000 a month for the agency. He was responsible for the entire operations of the IT staff at OJP, including IT procurement, IT security, Customer Relations and oversaw a staff of more than 250 people including federal and contractor staff. He effected OMB’s decision to change the DOJ President Management Agenda scorecard from “red” to “green” for e-government initiatives specifically relating to DOJ grants. During his tenure at OJP, Mr. Fralick oversaw the improvements to the IT security and financial operations that allowed OJP to successfully “Pass” the Federal Government’s audit review.
Mr. Fralick holds a BS degree in Economics from Le Moyne College and an MS in Computers & Management of Technology from American University. Mr. Fralick is the recipient of numerous Federal awards, a recipient of the “Old State” award from North Carolina, and the recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s/North Carolina Technology Association’s 2014 CIO Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Fralick is a sought after speaker and recently spoke at LeMoyne College, the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, Harvard University, and many cyber security conferences. Mr. Fralick is a Combat Vietnam Veteran having served in a 155mm Artillery Unit, MACV from May 1969 to July 1970.