Central PA's Premier Cybersecurity & IT Conference

September 12th, 2024 11:00 am - 6:00 pm EST The Ware Center

Navigating the Waters of IT & Cybersecurity

The digital seas are brimming with dangers, and every click could be a step into treacherous waters. Without the proper strategy, tools, and knowledge, your business could be left shipwrecked. Embark with us on a journey through interactive discussions, presentations, and workshops focused on crafting a map for navigating the unpredictable waters of the current technology landscape.
Join us on Thursday, September 12th for BIG University. Central PA’s premier IT and cybersecurity conference designed to provide forward-thinking businesses and IT professionals with a collaborative space to educate themselves and each other on current and future technologies. The afternoon consists of expert level discussions on cutting edge security approaches, industry insights and top IT priorities for businesses. This in-person event includes educational breakout sessions, an exclusive round table discussion and legendary keynote speaker, Captain Richard Phillips.

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Captain Richard Phillips

American merchant mariner and author who served as captain of the MV Maersk Alabama during its hijacking by Somali pirates in April 2009.

For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years.

The hostage drama began on Wednesday, April 8th when a small band of pirates swung grappling hooks and climbed ropes from their skiff onto the Maersk Alabama, a container ship ferrying food aid to East Africa. Firing into the air as they leapt aboard the ship, many of the crew members scrambled into a designated safe room aboard the vessel.

Captain Richard Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, about his experience and his remarkable rescue. This dramatic story was also transformed into an Academy-Award and Golden-Globe nominated film, Captain Phillips, which hit the big screens in fall of 2013.

Event Schedule

11:00 am: Registration & Lunch

12:30 pm: Breakout Session 1

1:30 pm: Breakout Session 2

2:45 pm: Perspective panel

3:45 pm: Keynote, Captain Phillips

4:45 pm: Happy hour

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