EDGE keynote speaker release

Heather Ripley
Ripley PR
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Dr. Charlie Miller, Chris Valasek and Maj. Gen. Brett Williams to Speak at EDGE2017

Former director of operations for U.S. Cyber Command and renowned “white hat” hackers known for the remote compromise of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee to be keynote speakers at national cybersecurity conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, Oct. 17-18


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. March 30, 2017 – EDGE2017, a national cybersecurity conference aimed at addressing complex business security problems with real-world solutions, announced today that Dr. Charlie Miller, renowned “white hat” hacker and distinguished engineer in the autonomous transportation security division at Didi Chuxing, Chris Valasek, renowned “white hat” hacker and senior security leader at Uber’s Advanced Technologies, as well as Maj. Gen. Brett T. Williams, former director of operations at U.S. Cyber Command and current president of the Operations and Training Division of IronNet Cybersecurity, Inc., will be the keynote speakers at the 2-day event taking place in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Oct. 17-18 at the Knoxville Convention Center.


“We had such a great turnout at EDGE2016, and EDGE2017 is set to be bigger and better,” said John McNeely, president and CEO of Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, the company that’s presenting EDGE2017. “The experience and notoriety that Dr. Miller, Mr. Valasek and Maj. Gen. Williams have gained in their time in cybersecurity is notable. The information they provide will be of great value for attendees regardless of whether you’re a seasoned cybersecurity veteran or a CEO looking to ensure your company’s data—and future—is secure.”


Recognized as two of the most technically proficient hackers on Earth by ForeignPolicy.com, Dr. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are best known for the remote compromise of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, whereby they obtained physical control of the vehicle, exposing serious security flaws; the results led Fiat Chrysler to recall 1.4 million vehicles.


With 33 years of leadership in the Air Force, Maj. Gen. Williams’ final active duty assignment was to lead a team of more than 400 people responsible for the global operations and defense of Department of Defense networks. Since retiring in 2014, he has gone on to provide cyber-risk “deep dives” to Fortune 500 boards around the world.


“Going into our second year of the EDGE Security Conference, it was important to line up keynote speakers who align with the theme of EDGE2017: Shift Forward,” said Raymond Kahre, EDGE2017 event director and vice president of Sword & Shield Federal. “Dr. Miller and Mr. Valasek will help all our attendees walk away with a better understanding of the security and privacy implications and what the future holds for connected security—The Security of Things.


“Maj. Gen. Williams is highly experienced and has a unique ability to translate the technical jargon of cybersecurity into easily digestible information for business owners and executives. He will help anyone who attends, regardless of cybersecurity knowledge, walk away with a higher level of understanding of cybersecurity and how imperative it is to the future of their business.”


About EDGE2017

EDGE2017 Security Conference is the second offering of the annual EDGE Security Conferences presented by Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc. EDGE2017 is focused on exploring real-world solutions to today’s toughest cybersecurity challenges. Dedicated to advancing the security industry through comprehensive world-class sessions, EDGE2017 is designed to educate business professionals and encourage information security professionals to openly discuss the issues that are facing their industry to foster a community of creative problem solvers.


To learn more about EDGE2017 and to sign up, visit https://edgesecurityconference.com/. Early registration is available now through March 31, 2017.


About Sword & Shield Enterprise Security

Protecting critical data for 20 years, Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc. is a nationally recognized cybersecurity provider with solutions designed to meet the needs of a dynamic security and compliance landscape. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Sword & Shield specializes in security, risk and compliance assessment, managed security services, enterprise security consulting, security incident response and forensics, and technical solutions. Sword & Shield services a broad spectrum of industries, including healthcare, retail, legal, banking and finance, manufacturing, and the public sector.


In 2016, Sword & Shield hosted the inaugural Edge Security Conference, EDGE2016, a world-class cybersecurity conference where complex business problems meet real world solutions. The second annual Edge Security Conference, EDGE2017, will take place on Oct. 17-18, 2017 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Early registration is available now through March 31, 2017. To learn more about EDGE2017 and to sign up, visit https://edgesecurityconference.com/. 


For more information about Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, visit https://www.swordshield.com/.

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