Hartford 2019 Agenda

WorkSmart Hartford 2019 will take place on Thursday, May 16th at the Connecticut Convention Center. Sessions and timeslots are added to the agenda as they’re confirmed – see below for the exciting sessions confirmed so far!

Event Timeline

  • 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM –  Complimentary Breakfast & Registration
  • 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM – Opening Remarks and Morning Keynote
  • 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM – Morning Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch and Afternoon Keynote
  • 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM – Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Raffles and Social Hour

WorkSmart Hartford 2019 Agenda

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.

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.

Detect + Respond

Detect + Respond: The Latest in Day to Day Security

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.


Why IT Governance Matters

Presented by 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.

Afternoon Keynote Presented by Marcum LLP


The Future of Privacy: We Should ALL Be Worried

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.”


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.


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.