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Techstravaganza 2018

September 27, 2018, 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. 


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 – Making the Most of Your Office 365 Subscription
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 – 10:35 AM – Decoding the Fraud Triangle
Tyler Booker, Associate Auditor, Carolinas IT

10:35-11:05 AM – Navigating the Compliance Minefield: Tips From the Front Lines
Will Pulsifer, Information Systems Director, Smith Debnam Law Firm

IT Track

10:05 AM – 10:35 AM – Creating an Agile Workforce
Monica Naim, Collaboration Product Sales Specialist, Cisco

10:35 AM – 11:05 AM – Next Generation Cloud Data Management
Jason Nash, Field CTO, Rubrik

11:05 AM – 12:20 – 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 – CIS Controls: Leveraging the Global IT Community to Beat Common Attacks
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
Amber Welch, Privacy Technical Lead, Schellman and Co.

IT Track

12:25 PM – 12:55 PM – Cloud Computing – Lessons Learned
Mark Cavaliero, CEO and Founder, Carolinas IT

12:55 PM – 1:25 PM – Disaster Recovery, Strategy and Planning
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

Interested in Sponsoring?

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.

Contact Jennifer

About the Presenters

Tyler Booker, Associate Auditor, Carolinas IT 
Tyler works with the Audit and Compliance team in completing Security Risk Assessments, Microsoft Licensing Audits, and other compliance-related assessments for clients while also executing the internal audit function for the company to remain compliant with AICPA requirements to maintain their SOC 2 Type 2 certification. He has an undergraduate degree in Accounting with a concentration in Internal Audit from NC State University. Tyler successfully obtained the ISACA CSX Cybersecurity Fundamentals certification in 2016. He continues to work with Carolinas IT to build a set of core competencies in IT governance, information systems security assessment and systems validation.

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.

Jason Nash, Field CTO, Rubrik
Jason has over 19 years of industry experience at places like AHEAD and Varrow. Jason is a vExpert, EMC Elect, and Cisco DC Champion. His list of industry certifications includes: VCP, CISSP, CCNP, as well as VCDX #49.

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.

Amber Welch, Privacy Technical Lead, Schellman and Co.
With more than 6 years of experience as a technical writer and privacy and security governance consultant, Amber is dedicated to GDPR and other privacy-focused engagements.  Amber has served as a panelist during Black Hat and published several articles on recent privacy developments. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, as well as the CIPP/E and CCSK designations from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Cloud Security Alliance.


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, 2018
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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(919) 206-4600


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