January 16, 2020 University of Maryland Riggs Alumni Center College Park, MD

Speakers & Panelists
Laura believes that cybersecurity scare tactics are ineffective and paralyzing to small business owners. Thus she co-founded CyberWyoming and the economic development program Made Safe in Wyoming, with her partners Patrick Wolfinbarger and James Drever, to take a fresh approach and emphasize business owner strengths and capitalize on them. This approach creates a supportive environment to encourage adoption of cybersecurity best practices in one of the most underserved demographics of business.

"In creating a cohesive and trusted cybersecurity community in each small town or larger city, cybersecurity mentors will emerge and adoption of best practices will increase," said Laura Baker. "That is what the Made Safe in Wyoming economic development program does."

Laura has extensive experience in project management, account management, marketing, and business analysis. Throughout the years, she has worked in risk management, social services software development, mental health, and hospital/clinic healthcare - all from the technical perspective. In fact, Laura designed the first juvenile assessment center software in the nation.

Laura graduated from the University of Wyoming with her B.S. in Marketing, continued on with her Masters in Business Administration from Texas Tech University, and later earned her Associates in Risk Management.

She has worked with East coast Fortune 1000 companies to create risk management solutions, translated technological needs of mental health professionals for the largest community mental health center in the nation, created CD and website sales products for international companies, developed juvenile probation products with small county agencies, and project managed hardware implementations for hospitals, clinics, and rural small businesses.

With social service, county agency, mental health, healthcare IT, and non-profit experience, Laura created CyberWyoming truly understanding business owner technological needs. She most often uses her risk management background to translate technical speak to business risks, but also pulls from the psychology of language and decision making.

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Dr. Dade has over 35 years of experience with diverse work experiences with the US Air Force (USAF), Bank of America (BOA), The National Security Agency (NSA) and US CYBERCOM. He retired from the US Air Force after 20 years of active service. He supported operations across the globe whether it was preparing F-111Fs for operation Eldorado Canyon in Libya, multiple tours with US Air Force Special Operations in Central American leading up to the invasion of Panama with his beloved AC-130 Gunships or supporting A-10 and F-16 operations in the Pacific theater. His love of learning and strong desire to train and develop others took him away from operations and maintenance and into the classroom to design, develop, deliver and evaluate technical and professional development programs for 30K next generation leaders each year until his retirement from the US Air Force at Maxwell AFB in 2002.

Dr. Dade was recruited by Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina to create blended learning programs that impacted 900 associates and used advanced evaluations techniques to determine its value and impact. Managers reported 40% improvement in performance and the project provided a 115% Return on Investment and an American Society for Training Development (ASTD) Recognition of Excellence Award. Diversifying his skills and experience he was then asked to stand up a Project Management Office leading teams across four business technology groups executing over 200 projects per year. He moved into leadership development where he consolidated top talent from BOA and Merrill Lynch to reach year end restructuring goals and save $8M annually by reducing the top 100 technology leaders by 40% and forming a new leadership team.

Currently Dr. Dade is serving in US CYBERCOM by way of NSA which he joined in 2012. He's led teams in the development of an analysts, hire-to-retire career path and multi-level certification process accepted across the intelligence community. He left his comfort zone to lead the redesign of an entire information's system network supporting the recruiting, training and worldwide deployment of analysts supporting operations across the globe. He then accepted a new challenge and moved to US CYBERCOM to plan and synchronize cyber capability development through technical outreach to industry, academia, uniformed services and the rest of government. He is a tireless coach and mentor who consistently engages with people at all levels to assist them in their career development and success. Dr. Dade is a public speaker and a published author. He has been married for over 33 years, has four adult children and is a regular fitness enthusiast who hopes to get back to doing triathlons after his recent back surgery.

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Erik Wallace, Director of Business Developer for Comtech CYBRScore. Erik is responsible for sales and business development of the CYBRScore suite of tools and services. CYBRScore provides hands on training, labs, and assessments of Internet Technology and Cybersecurity personnel. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with a background in Software Development, Engineering, and SIGINT. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University. He holds numerous U.S. patents, in the areas of messaging and telecommunications

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