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US Cyber Open™ Kick-Off Event

Thursday, June 30, 2022
11:00 AM–5:00 PM ET


Program  Agenda

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Join your peers, athletes, coaches, fans, sponsors, and speakers for some pre-event networking before the event kicks off.

Our emcee for the day's program brings great enthusiasm and excitement. He'll keep us moving with great commentary, questions, and more.

Noor Jehangir, Host

11:00 - 11:40 AM

Opening Keynote with  Jen Easterly, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

What is the US Cyber Games® and what is our mission?

Find out from the US Cyber Games Commissioner.

 Jessica Gulick, CEO & Founder, Katzcy

11:40 - 12:30 PM

Highlights from the 2022 International Cyber Competition - The Athlete perspective.

Just back from Greece, members of the first-ever US Cyber Team® will provide their perspectives on cyber skills training, competing in cyber games, what it's like to represent the United States on a global stage, and more.


 Jon Check, Executive Director, Cyber Protection Solutions, Raytheon Intelligence & Space


 Chris Issing

 Susan Jeziorowski

 Austen King

 Joshua Klosterman

 Rajat Patel

12:30 - 01:20 PM

Hear direct from a panel of gamers - what it means to be a cyber gamer and how to level-up your cyber skills.


 Keenan Skelly, CEO, Shadowbyte


 Lola Kureno, Cyber Security Engineer, INE

Sebastian Stohr, CEO, Breaking IT

 Mari Galloway, CORTEX Sales Engineer, Palo Alto Networks

 Savannah Lazzara, Technical Manager - Attack & Penetration, Optiv, Inc.

01:20 - 02:10 PM

Pathways into Cyber - Get directions from a panel of community colleges, universities, boot camps, and more.


 Eric Belardo, Founder, Raices Cyber Org


 Gretchen Bliss, Director of Cybersecurity Programs, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

 Davina Pruitt-Mentle, Lead for Academic Advancement, NICE

 Allen Stubblefield, Cyber Defense and Computer Science Teacher, Troy High School, Fullerton CA

Larry Whiteside Jr, Co-Founder & President, Cyversity

02:10 - 03:00 PM

High performing teams - A panel of CISOs discusses the critical need in cybersecurity.


 Chris Camacho, President, NinjaJobs


 Adam Kaplan, CISO, Hogan Lovells

 Tomas Maldonado, CISO, National Football League (NFL)

 Gina Yacone, CISO, Trace3

03:00 - 03:50 PM

Diversity Matters - Recruiting Cyber Talent Across the US

Hear from top diversity focused organizations on leading cyber programs and outreach activities.


 Mari Galloway, CEO and Founding Board Member, Women's Society of Cyberjutsu


 Chloe Messdaghi, Co-Founder, We Open Tech

 Noureen Njoroge, Board Member, Women in Cybersecurity

 Yvonne Rivera, CEO of CyberMyte and Director of Central Florida Chapter of Raices Raices Cyber Org

 Rebekah Skeete, COO, Black Girls Hack

 Munish Walther-Puri, Director, Cyversity

03:50 - 04:15 PM

Closing remarks:


 Rodney J. Petersen, Director of National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at NIST in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

04:15 - 05:00 PM

Join your Cyber Peers for some post-event networking

Space is limited.

* Program agenda subject to change.