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Techstravaganza 2018

September 27, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm


Join us for Techstravaganza on Thursday, September 27. Our fourth annual event features a keynote presentation from the FBI regarding cyber threats and trends. This year we’re offering breakout sessions on two different tracks: Security and Compliance and IT. You’ll have the option of selecting which sessions you’d like to attend in the morning and afternoon breakout tracks. 


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We have several sponsorship opportunities available. Almost all levels of sponsorship include a table at the event. Contact Jennifer Noto today for more information or to secure your sponsorship.

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About the Presenters

Agenda is subject to change

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Check in and breakfast
Sponsored by Tech Data

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM – Welcome
Mark Cavaliero, President and CEO, Carolinas IT

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM – Keynote presentation: Cyber Threats and Trends
FBI Speaker

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM – Office 365: Advanced Features
William Garner, Director of Technical Services, Carolinas IT

9:45 AM – 10: 05 AM – Morning Break
Sponsored by Spectrum Business

Morning Breakouts:

Security and Compliance Track

10:05 AM – 10:55 AM – GDPR
Alexi Pappas, Auditor, Carolinas IT

10:55-11:25 AM – Navigating the Compliance Minefield: Tips From the Front Lines
Will Pulsifer, Information Systems Director, Smith Debnam Law Firm

IT Track

10:05 AM – 10:55 AM – How Collaboration is Changing the Way We Work
Monica Naim, Collaboration Product Sales Specialist, Cisco

10:55 AM – 11:25 AM – Backup and Disaster Recovery strategies

11:25 AM – 12:25 – Lunch
Sponsored by Trend Micro

Afternoon Breakouts:

Security and Compliance Track

12:25 PM – 12:55 PM – CISO As-A-Service (vCISO)
Richard Marti, Founder, GRCAlert

12:55 PM – 1:25 PM – Policy Compliance to CIS Benchmarks
Greg Manson, Director of Audit and Compliance, Carolinas IT

1:25 PM – 1:55 PM – Summer of Privacy Discontent: More Than Cambridge Analytica and GDPR
Matt Wilgus, Practice Director, Schellman

IT Track

12:25 PM – 12:55 PM – Top Mistakes of Cloud Migration
Mark Cavaliero, CEO and Founder, Carolinas IT

12:55 PM – 1:25 PM – Blockchain Integrity for Data
Dan Fleming, Senior Cloud Architect, Carolinas IT

1:25 PM – 1:55 PM – Let Experts Deal with Threats Targeting Your Business
Jon Clay,  Director of Global Threat Communications, Trend Micro

1:55 PM – 2:15 PM – Afternoon Break
Sponsored by Global Knowledge

2:15 PM – 3:35 PM – Roundtable discussions

3:35 PM – Door prizes awarded
Sponsored by Nutanix, Pivot3, and Veristor Capital

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM – Networking Reception
Sponsored by NetApp

Mark Cavaliero, CEO, and Founder, Carolinas IT
Mark Cavaliero is the CEO of Carolinas IT, an innovative leader in the field of Information Technology and Cloud Services.  He co-founded the company in 1996 and has since grown the Raleigh, NC-based firm to be a nationally recognized technology services organization.  In addition to managed IT and cloud computing services, the company features a local 24×7 Network Operations Center and provides helpdesk, advanced professional services, and project-based assistance and support for hundreds of regional and national companies and organizations.   Most recently, the company’s success has been accelerated by the development of a cutting edge hosted private cloud offering for organizations that need high performance, secure, and cost-effective replacements for legacy technology infrastructure.

Mark is an Eagle Scout and a 1990 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics.  He is a US Marine Corps veteran and served with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  He retired from the Marine Corps in 2017 as a Colonel.  He lives in Apex, NC with his wife and three children.

Jon Clay, Director of Global Threat Communications, Trend Micro
Jon has worked in the cybersecurity space for over 21 years. He is responsible for managing marketing messages and external publication of all the threat research and security intelligence within Trend Micro as well as different core technologies. As an accomplished public speaker with hundreds of speaking sessions around the globe, Jon focuses on the threat landscape and the use of advanced technologies in protecting against today’s sophisticated threats. Jon is also a volunteer speaker for the Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids and Families program.

William Garner, Director of Technical Services, Carolinas IT
After initially joining the Carolinas IT team in 1998, William has served in many technical roles over the years, ranging from Senior Systems Engineer to his current role as Technical Services Director. He helps guide and direct the Audit & Compliance, Professional Services, Managed Services, and Cloud Services teams. William holds professional level certifications with multiple vendors and currently focuses on various conventional, hyper-scale, and hyper-converged cloud technologies.

Greg Manson, Director of Audit and Compliance, Carolinas IT
Greg has 19 years’ experience as an IT Director for organizations in compliant environments including healthcare, medical device, and pharmaceuticals. Greg has an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems from Indiana University and an MBA from UNC-Wilmington. Greg is an ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor, passing his exam in the 90th percentile. Greg’s initiative led to the creation of our Audit and Compliance team, which now focuses on framework-based assessments (NIST, HIPAA, ISO), Internal Audit as a Service (IAaaS), Penetration Testing and Virtual CISO.

Richard Marti, Founder, GRCAlert
Richard is a Risk, Compliance, and Cybersecurity professional with over 25 years of progressive experience. He has worked in industry/consulting firms and has served clients across the globe. He holds a variety of certifications including CISSP, CISA, ITIL, PCI-QSA and PMP.

Monica Naim, Collaboration Specialist, Cisco
Monica has been in the technology industry for six years and with Cisco for about four years in multiple roles. For the last two years, she has been a Collaboration Specialist covering half of the nation’s public sector territory accounts to now focusing on commercial accounts in the Carolinas. Prior to Cisco, she worked for INE Training as a Training Advisor focusing on CCIE level training. Connecting people is something Monica is truly passionate about and excited to share with everyone.

Alexi Pappas, Auditor, Carolinas IT
Alexi is formerly a Network Security and Compliance Manager for a SaaS startup business in the Triad. She has a bachelor’s degree in Network Security Management and is pursuing her CISA and CISSP certifications. Alexi has an extensive background in agile product development controls, SOC 2 Type II Audit Reporting and has consulted for vendors on compliance strategies, audit policies, and regulations. Lexi is a leading expert on IT compliance with over 5 years’ experience in IT-control and operations.

Will Pulsifer, Information Systems Director, Smith Debnam Law Firm
Joining Smith Debnam in 2013, Will has over 18 years of experience in Information Technology, eight of which in the legal industry. Prior to working at Smith Debnam, Will headed up the Southeast legal services engineering team for All Covered, a national technology consulting firm, where he focused exclusively on the legal industry. Before that, he worked at a New England-based regional law firm. An active member of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), Will sits on multiple governing boards of the organization and is a frequent speaker on behalf of ILTA on topics ranging from regulatory compliance and information security to practice management and law firm technology. Will is a CISSP and holds a masters in Information Systems Management.

Matt Wilgus, Practice Director, Schellman
Matt leads the firm’s threat and vulnerability assessment related offerings.  In this role, he continually works with clients to strike a balance between business, security, privacy and compliance objectives.

Why Should You Attend

“Techstravaganza is great for networking and getting to know other professionals and partners in the area that can help provide support and value to your organization. The event has very compelling speakers on important and relevant topics with great presentations – especially topics and discussion on privacy and security.”Jason Wampler, Foster Moore
“Techstravaganza was one of the best put together vendor sponsored events that I’ve attended.  I enjoyed the emphasis on current industry trends like the consumerization of IT that now includes businesses, IoT, as well as direction in navigating the ever enlarging security scope of the ‘network.’ Their use of round table discussions was a particularly refreshing break from the norm.”Ryan Davis, Girl Scouts-NC Coastal Pines



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September 27
8:00 am - 5:30 pm


Jennifer Noto


Brier Creek Country Club
9400 Club Hill Drive
Raleigh, NC 27617 United States
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