Webinar: Introduction to Cybersecurity with Luis Valdes and Guy Garrett

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Date(s) - 04/27/2020
10:00 am CDT - 11:00 am CDT

When it comes to cybersecurity, every employee has a role to play in helping the organization stay more secure. Join Cyber Florida Associate Director Luis Valdes and UWF Center for Cybersecurity Assistant Director Guy Garrett to learn some simple steps everyone can take to help protect themselves and their organization from cyberattacks. Valdes will review common cyberattacks faced by public organizations through real-world examples and some simple, low-cost approaches that dramatically reduce the odds of falling victim to a cyberattack.

A technology professional with expertise in cybersecurity, Luis Valdes is the Associate Director & Information Security Officer for Cyber Florida, The Florida Center for Cybersecurity. Throughout his career Luis has worked in various security roles including as an incident responder, insider threat analyst, and a cyber intelligence analyst. Currently he is responsible for architecting, designing, and driving key technology and security initiatives for Cyber Florida. He and his team directly support the Center’s mission to make Florida a national leader in cybersecurity through education, workforce development, interdisciplinary research, and community outreach. During his tenure, the Center has achieved a variety of accomplishments including the Florida CyberHub, a cybersecurity virtual environment hosting over 600 students from eight Florida university institutions; cyber focused training programs and workshops such as the Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst program, and Project: CHAOS, a situational based cyber threat activity for industry leaders. Luis’ experience and accomplishments are a valuable contribution to Cyber Florida’s priorities and the cybersecurity field.

Guy Garrett joined the University of West Florida in August 2018 as assistant director. He specializes in hands-on, scenario-based curriculum development, cyber range operations, and business and program development. He received the Florida Wired Grant and earned an M.S. computer science/software engineering from UWF in 2010. He has also earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Guy uses his experience in communications, technology, and business to build and grow cyber education and training. He launched Gulf Coast State College’s cybersecurity program and built a unique training relationship with USNORTHCOM. He also founded Corps Tigris, the nation’s first collegiate cyber demonstration team, which was recognized as the 2018 NationalCyberwatch Center Innovations in Cyber Security Education – Best Local Partnership Category honoree for “Guiding Girl Scouts Through a Computer Science Journey.” USNORTHCOM selected Guy as the keynote presenter forCyberlibertad II (Mexico City), Cyberlibertad 17 (USSOUTHCOM, Miami), and as the only academic subject matter expert for the inaugural cyber component for the 2018 multi-national Tradewinds Exercise.


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