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Cybercrime Investigation for Florida Law Enforcement

Cyber Florida invites state and local law enforcement personnel across the Sunshine State to attend this free, one-day workshop presenting the latest insights, methodologies, and updates related to cybercrime. Funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, this event offers an impressive lineup of experts in various domains of cyber investigations, providing a valuable knowledge-sharing platform for officers and officials keen on enhancing their investigative capabilities in an increasingly digital world.

Note: Please select ONE date/location—we are offering the same event at multiple locations for ease of travel.


Program Agenda

9:00 - 10:00 am: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Dr. Jordan Howell dives into the world of publicly available data and how it can be harnessed to aid in cyber investigations. Dr. Howell will discuss key tools, techniques, and resources available in the realm of OSINT.

10:15 - 11:15 am: Cybercrime Legal Update

Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Schiller will provide attendees with the latest updates in the legal landscape surrounding cybercrime, providing a clearer picture of the challenges and opportunities facing law enforcement.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm: Current Forensics Challenges

In this session, veteran criminal investigator Chris Gastardi will address the ongoing challenges forensic experts face in digital investigations and cutting-edge techniques to overcome them.

12:45 - 1:45 pm: Networking Lunch (lunch provided, value less than $50)

1:45 - 2:45 pm: Cryptocurrency Investigations and the Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies present unique challenges in the world of cyber investigations. Larry Nielson, CFE, CTCE, CRC, Financial Crimes Detective at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, will delve deep into the world of blockchain and shed light on techniques to trace, track, and investigate cryptocurrency-related crimes.

3:00 - 3:45 pm: Dark Web Investigations

The Dark Web remains a mystery to many. Jeff Burke, special agent with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, will uncover the layers of the Dark Web, providing insights into how to navigate, investigate, and track criminal activities on this hidden part of the internet.

4:00 - 5:00 pm: Cyber Investigations

Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Chuck Esposito gives a comprehensive look into the realm of cyber investigations, discussing everything from current threats to mitigation strategies.

2023-09-29T11:45:51-04:00September 11, 2023|

Colonel John Burger

COL (retired) John Burger serves ReliaQuest as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Vice President of IT Infrastructure. Before joining ReliaQuest, he served 27 years in multiple assignments, including the CISO at the United States Central Command from 2010-2012. As the CISO, he directed the efforts of National Security Agency HUNT teams to protect and defend a warfighting network of over 1+ million devices in the Middle East. In 2012, he was selected as the Chief of Cyber Warfare, where he directed the cyberattacks in Afghanistan and Iraq and the planning for offensive cyber operations against Iran.

2023-08-03T15:26:54-04:00August 3, 2023|

Network Sorcery: The Hunt

In today's world, almost all activities take place over the internet, such as banking, homework assignments, television programs, phone conversations, and more. While the internet has positively impacted the way we work, learn, and communicate, it is also used by those with malicious intentions.

During this hands-on webinar, experts from Stamus Networks will demonstrate what bad actors do, how malware operates, and how to detect and catch these intrusions. We will also walk through the basic principles of network threat hunting and will demonstrate how to uncover ransomware and Advanced Persistent Threats.

Attendees will learn how to:
  • Use Suricata as a monitoring tool
  • Chase APTs and malware actors, known and unknown
  • Hunt and investigate using open-source tools
  • Recognize types of malware, behaviors, and current trends
  • Introduction
  • Speaker introduction
  • Experience/feedback in malware IR/hunting/investigations
  • Goal of Network Forensics – purpose and how it’s collected & analyzed
  • Overview of Suricata as a monitoring tool
  • Pyramid of pain (chasing APTs and malware actors, knowns and unknowns)
  • Overview of Ransomware (types of malware, behaviors, current trends)
  • Case-study: walk through an example of APT case
  • Hunting and investigation: Easiest way to spin up a complete network monitoring distro
  • with Suricata for Hunting, teaching and investigations comprised of only open-source tools (docker-based, runs on Linux: Ubuntu/Debian etc)
  • Case-study (hands-on): live example of Ransomware malware network traffic
  • Free and OSS Resources for malware training , data and investigations
  • Q/A
2023-09-20T13:30:06-04:00August 3, 2023|

Operation K12 Cybersecurity Careers Webinar

Join us for an engaging discussion on Cybersecurity Careers with Stacey Hatola, VP of Information Security and Privacy at Graham Holdings Company. Stacey Halota joined Graham Holdings Company (then The Washington Post Company) in 2003. She leads the development and implementation of information security and privacy programs, including Sarbanes Oxley, privacy law, Payment Card Industry compliance, and other data protection efforts. She has more than 25 years of experience in the information technology, security, and privacy field. Before joining Graham Holdings, she served as the federal government and southeast region leader of Guardent (now part of Verisign), a security and privacy consulting and managed security services company. Before Guardent, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Technology Risk Services consulting practice.

Ms. Halota serves on the strategic advisory boards of Y/L Ventures, Cytrio, the Cloud Security Alliance CxO Trust, and Piiano; the Board of Directors of the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC); and is a Cyversity Ambassador. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

2023-09-15T16:25:23-04:00July 26, 2023|

Sunshine Cyber Conference Session Proposal Form

Thank you for your interest in participating in Sunshine Cyber Conference 2024. Please complete and submit the form below to be considered for a speaking slot.

Session Proposal Guidelines

  • All sessions must be educational and must not promote a proprietary product or service.
  • Sessions will be selected by a team composed of practitioners and academic researchers based on
    • Educational value
    • Speaker expertise
    • Timeliness
    • Actionable takeaways
    • Engaging topic/presentation style (interesting titles a plus!)
  • The proposal deadline is 20 October 2023. Speakers will be selected and notified by 17 November 2023.

2023-07-21T12:34:40-04:00July 21, 2023|

The Front Line of Fraud

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To register, please submit your information, including your email address, below. You will receive an MS Teams link before the event. Thank you!

2023-07-17T11:02:46-04:00July 14, 2023|

Tony Urbanovich

Anthony (Tony) Urbanovich is CEO of Cyber Insight and a Cyber Florida Senior Fellow. He is a senior strategy and technology executive with over 25 years’ experience in the commercial and government sectors. His broad experience includes enterprise cybersecurity program design and implementation (national, sector, and enterprise); governance, risk, and compliance (design, development, and implementation); cybersecurity operations (threat management, data protection, network security management, application security management, vulnerability and configuration management); and cybersecurity incident response (national, sector, and enterprise). He is a trusted advisor to senior executives and boards in the financial services, technology, and international sectors.

Mr. Urbanovich previously served as the Chief Technology Officer at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber Florida), where he was responsible for the Center’s technology platforms encompassing the 12 institutions of higher learning comprising the State University System of Florida. As the Chief Operating Officer at CyberGRX, he co-developed a third-party risk assessment as a service platform. As Vice President of Security Assurance at American Express, he developed and implemented enterprise-wide information security risk reduction programs designed to prevent and reduce information security risk. As a Director / Principal on the Commercial Cyber Team at Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Urbanovich managed teams building and delivering capabilities for threat intelligence, cyber incident response, governance, risk, and compliance. As Vice President of Privacy, Ethics, and Compliance at ChoicePoint (now LexisNexis), he was hired to co-lead an organizational transformation for the data privacy, compliance, and auditing program following a major data breach.

Mr. Urbanovich is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland University College as well as CISSP, CISM and CIPP/US certifications.  In addition, he is a CMMC – Registered Professional and is a member of the Tampa Bay Infragard and a member of the Private Directors Association.  (Visit to validate).

2023-06-05T17:54:34-04:00June 5, 2023|

Stacy Arruda

After retiring from the Federal Bureau of Investigations in 2018, Stacy founded the Arruda Group. She hopes to leverage her 22 years of experience to help businesses and organizations of all sizes protect themselves.

Stacy held a wide range of leadership roles during her tenure at the FBI. She is responsible for directing, drafting, and bolstering multiple cybersecurity and counterintelligence efforts. She has also led hundreds of trainings and presentations.

Whatever issue you are dealing with, Stacy has the experience and passion to help guide you. And this passion is paired with a desire to help businesses and organizations understand the value of proactive efforts in their journey to become security-conscious organizations.

2023-06-06T11:17:52-04:00June 5, 2023|

Dr. Nasir Ghani

Dr. Nasir Ghani is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Program Director of the College of Engineering MS in Cybersecurity. He is also an Academic Director for Research at Cyber Florida, a state-funded center focusing on cybersecurity research, education, and outreach. Earlier, he was also the Associate Chair of the ECE Department at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He has also held various research and development positions at several large corporations (including Nokia, IBM, and Motorola) and some startups. His  research interests include cybersecurity, cyberinfrastructure design, disaster recovery, and online education. His research has been supported by the NSF, DoD, DoE, Qatar Foundation, and several state and industry partners. He also received the NSF CAREER Award in 2005.

Dr. Ghani has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Communication Letters, IEEE Systems, and the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical and Communications & Networking. In addition, he has guest-edited special issues of IEEE Network and IEEE Communications Magazine and chaired large symposia events for IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC, IEEE ICCCN, and IEEE Infocom. He was also chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on High-Speed Networking (TCHSN) from 2007-2010. He received a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, an M.S. from McMaster University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo.

2023-06-05T17:29:10-04:00June 5, 2023|

Pam Lindemoen

Pam Lindemoen is a CISO Advisor in Cisco’s Security Organization. She is an Information Security executive leader with over 25 years of experience within the IT industry. Pam joined Cisco from Anthem, Inc. where she held the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer role. While at Anthem, she was considered a bold and strategic thinker who envisioned and delivered a world-class Enterprise Information Security strategy, including the Steering Committee with cross-functional business and technology membership. Pam was also a key advisor to the litigation process and full program development during and after an unprecedented cyber-attack. The foundation for her success was built upon her innate ability to foster business partnerships and support all stakeholder needs.

Prior to Anthem, Pam had significant success leading business development, software development, IT operations, program improvements, and direct sales. In her executive leadership positions, she has played pivotal roles in the development of innovative products and services for key accounts and developed IT solution strategies that led to multibillion-dollar contracts with global vendors and customers.

Not allowing her intrinsic drive and commitment to stop with success in running a business, Pam is dedicated to the encouragement of women in business and IT. Pam is the co-host of Cyber Florida’s Do We Belong Here podcast and serves on the boards of Tampa Bay Tech and the National Cybersecurity Alliance.

2023-06-05T17:17:58-04:00June 5, 2023|