WorkSmart Hartford 2019 Agenda

WorkSmart Hartford 2019 took place on Thursday, May 16th at the Connecticut Convention Center. Thank you to all of our partners and attendees for a great event!

Event Schedule

7:30AM – 9:00AM

Complimentary Breakfast & Registration

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Opening Remarks

Speakers: Christopher Luise and Edward Laprade, ADNET Technologies

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Morning Keynote

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From Hype to Practicality – Implications and Impact of 5G and Edge Computing

Speaker: Greg Rutledge, AT&T Communications

We’ve all heard about 5G, but do you know that the power of 5G extends far beyond faster data speeds? The next generation of wireless connectivity will not only revolutionize the way we connect in our personal lives, it will enable businesses to operate faster, more efficiently and with greater security and innovate in ways not previously possible.

In this Keynote Presentation, speaker Greg Rutledge, 5G/Multi-access Edge Computing Lead with AT&T, will show how 5G with edge computing is poised to transform your business. You’ll learn what the “edge” is, where it is and why it matters when combined with 5G, and how you’ll be able to use edge computing, cellular data and other technologies to take connectivity and your business to the next level.

10:15AM – 11:00AM Breakout Sessions

What Every Business Owner Must Do To Stay Safe From Today’s Cyber Criminals

What Every Business Owner Must Do to Stay Safe From Today's Cyber Criminals

Speaker: Jay Ryerse, Continuum

If you’re a small business owner or executive who is concerned about losing your company data (or your reputation) because of a cyber attack, you’ll want to attend this session. You’ll learn how to protect your network from ransomware and other cyber threats, why a firewall is not enough to protect your network, the reality of anti-virus and security software and how to calculate the true cost of a ransomware attack. We’ll explain why your network is vulnerable and share concrete steps you can take immediately to increase your security.

Software Defined Networking (SDN): The Road to Digital Transformation

Software Defined Networking (SDN): The Road to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Lee Berk, Comcast Business

As new technologies drive the Customer Experience in today’s connected economy, trying to support innovation with legacy networks is asking IT to do more with less. It’s no longer enough to think about your network as data, voice, and video. Traditional networks weren’t built to support modern applications. SDN (software-defined networking) sets the stage for the future of enterprise networking and creates new opportunities for your business. During this interactive discussion, you’ll learn about use cases for SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network), how you can leverage SDN and SD-WAN technology to improve productivity, lower costs, and enable smarter network control and how to determine if SDN and SD-WAN is right for your organization.

Why IT Governance Matters


Speaker: Craig Allen, Marcum LLP

IT Governance is anything but simple. It requires a combination of the right person, with the right knowledge, following the right practices in order to truly make an impact. But when it does, it can be a huge benefit to an organization. So why does it matter to the average CIO or CFO? In this session, Marcum will discuss ways to effectively implement IT Governance practices, including fraud prevention, return on investment, and dealing with expense constraints. Join them to learn what the minimal standards that need to be met are, and what you should be focusing on when IT Governance is in your court.

11:15AM – 12:00PM Breakout Sessions

Detect + Respond: The Latest in Day to Day Security

Detect + Respond

Speakers: Tim Weber and Eric Monda, ADNET Technologies

Today’s advanced security threats require multiple levels of defense. It’s not just things like one-time security assessments that keep businesses safe – it’s the daily measures they have in place. An antivirus solution can protect against many threats, but additional safeguards are needed to defend against today’s common attacks. Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) solutions provide all the preventative benefits of antivirus, while adding attack remediation, advanced recovery services and innovative forensic capabilities.

In this session, you’ll see a demo of an EDR solution and learn how it can identify the root causes and origins of threats, reverse malicious operations and rapidly remediate them. We’ll share case studies showing how having the right tools in place when a security event occurs can make the difference between suffering catastrophic losses and staying operational.

Beyond Process Automation, the Real World Value of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

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Speakers: Sean Kay, UiPath and Richard Wilson, SphereGen Technologies 

Whether you are looking for an introduction to Robotic Process Automation or wanting to gain a new level of understanding about how RPA is accelerating the pace of digital transformation in every aspect of business, this joint presentation by UiPath and SphereGen Technologies is for you.  In this talk, they will contrast traditional IT solutions with RPA, showing how RPA allows organizations to automate at a fraction of the cost and time previously encountered. They will cover RPA’s non-intrusive nature and how it leverages the existing infrastructure without causing disruption to underlying systems, which may be difficult and costly to replace.

Stuck in the Stone Age? Never Sacrifice Technology for Budget Again


Speaker: Nicole Mead, GreatAmerica

Outdated technology is costing your business in real dollars. Perhaps you think you can keep using the technology and systems you have for just another year longer, but even a short amount of time with non-current systems may lead to security vulnerabilities and downtime for your employees and your business. During this session, Nicole will share insight into the options available to organizations for keeping your technology up-to-date without incurring massive capital expenses. We’ll discuss real life examples of how these solutions can be leveraged, using various operating expense (OPEX) options to free up your budget to spend on the things that make you money.



12:30PM – 1:30PM

Afternoon Keynote

The Future of Privacy - We Should All Be Worried

The Future of Privacy: We Should ALL Be Worried

Speaker: Lindsay Timcke, Marcum LLP

The last few years have been a whirlwind of change when it comes to privacy. With dozens of new State, Federal and International privacy regulations, such as GDPR, privacy should be a priority for organizations of all size and industry. With all of the new regulations, it can be challenging to imagine the future of privacy and where we’re going with it.

Join Marcum as they share their expert advice on ensuring regulatory compliance and how organizations can tackle this issue head on, whether small or large, domestic or international. They’ll also provide insight into what’s on the horizon for privacy standards, and discuss real stories of breaches and their outcomes, and the huge issues currently surrounding “privacy.”

1:45PM – 2:30PM Breakout Sessions

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Cloud: From Applications to Connectivity

Speakers: Bud Lowery & Miguel Sanchez, Spencer Hill Communications

Adoption of cloud based applications has become the norm in 2019, hosted phones, electronic medical records, ERP, or simply Office 365, are all part of the “Cloud”. But there are many important things to think about beyond where your data will live. In this session, Miguel Sanchez and Bud Lowery of Spencer Hill Communications will focus on one often overlooked but critical consideration: connectivity. You’ll learn why having a secure, redundant, reliable and adequate connection to the cloud is more important than ever and how technologies like 5G and SD-WAN will help us get there. We’ll talk about the advantages of moving to the cloud as well as security concerns and give a non-biased overview of today’s top cloud providers and solutions. Whether you’re evaluating a move to the cloud or have already started your migration, this session will help you plan the right move for your business.

Incident Response: Dealing with a Data Breach with Compliance Requirements


Speakers: Danielle Plourde & Eric Monda, ADNET Technologies

Data breaches have become a matter of when, not if – so what do you do when your organization experiences one? Responding to a data breach from a security standpoint is one thing, but the game changes further when an organization has compliance requirements. Learn from our security and compliance experts what actions you need to take in the event of a data breach in your business. We’ll share insight into reporting obligations, best practices for creating an incident response plan for your company, and why compliance factors are often the biggest variables in a data breach.

2:45PM – 3:30PM Breakout Sessions

The Collaboration Toolbox

The Collaboration Toolbox

Speakers: Mike Konderwich and Bill Palmer, ADNET Technologies

Collaboration is key in the modern workplace. Regardless of company size, industry, or business type, it’s imperative that your team and your clients are able to connect with each other whenever you need to. From phones to instant messaging to email and collaborative tools like browser-based team sites, there are plenty of ways to communicate. We’ll explore Microsoft Skype and Teams, delve into the evolution of Microsoft’s largest communication tool, and share tips for utilizing the platforms to their fullest potential.

Wake Up and Smell the Breach: Staying Ahead of Cyber Attacks

Speaker: Sterling Gee, Zix

With the rise in data breaches and external vulnerabilities, businesses need to be aware of the evolving threat landscape and one of their greatest security risks – email. From automated malware attacks to a surge in ransomware, the risks are everywhere and your organization needs to evolve to meet the new cybersecurity threats before it’s too late. In this session, you’ll learn about the most recent cyber-attack trends, why your cybersecurity strategy might not be enough and tools for protecting your organization’s email vulnerabilities.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Raffle & Social Hour