Albany 2017 Agenda

WorkSmart Albany 2017 will take place at the Albany Marriott on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 7:30AM to 3:30PM. You can spend the day with us, attend the sessions you are most interested in, or just enjoy a meal with us – all we ask is that you register!

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7:30AM – 8:30AM
Breakfast and Registration

8:30AM – 9:00AM 
Opening Remarks

9:00AM – 10:00AM
Keynote Presentation

Cybersecurity: It’s EVERYONE’s Job
Speaker: Christopher J. Luise, ADNET Technologies

If you use the internet, your organization is vulnerable to cyber attacks, with the potential for significant liability should a data breach occur. In response, many companies have created executive-level positions dedicated to cybersecurity, such as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO.) But not every business can afford to have a CISO – so who does the responsibility for cybersecurity fall to?

Today, responsibility for cybersecurity and risk management lies not just in IT, but with the entire organization, starting with executive leadership. In this presentation, Christopher Luise will share practical tips to help organizations of all sizes manage risk and train employees to help guard against security threats.


10:15AM – 11:00AM
Breakout Sessions

Proactive vs. Reactive: Managed IT Services
Speaker: Tim Weber, ADNET Technologies

Seemingly everything is available as a subscription service today – meals, clothing, music, TV and more – so it’s no surprise that the IT industry is leading with Managed IT Services. You’ve probably heard about the benefits of IT as a recurring service, but are you aware of what you’re risking by dealing with your organization’s IT needs in a reactive manner? We invite you to bring your questions to this interactive session, where you’ll learn what Managed IT Services REALLY are, and how taking a proactive approach can keep your business running smoothly and minimize unexpected costs over time.

Augmented Reality for Business using the Microsoft Hololens
Speaker: Ted Dinsmore, SphereGen

You have seen and heard how Augmented Reality changed the gaming world – think Pokemon Go. Now see how Augmented Reality can change your business world using the Microsoft Hololens. Imagine workspace collaboration on a whole new level when professionals in different locations can simultaneously view objects or designs in 3D, applied to the actual physical space where they reside. Apply this concept in Construction, Manufacturing, and Machine Repair. In this interactive session, see how Augmented Reality can change YOUR business!

The State of the Cyber Security Arms Race – Why Encrypted Threats should be your Top Priority
Speakers: Ken McCutchen and Shawn ReillySonicWall

2016 could be considered a highly successful year from the perspective of both security professionals and cyber criminals. Security teams leveraged groundbreaking technologies to successfully fend off attacks that would have devastated their organizations in years past. At the same time, there was a rise of new cyber threats that targeted organizations of all sizes and led to serious financial consequences for many.

As cybersecurity enters a new era of automated breach prevention, not just breach detection, security companies may begin to achieve even greater victories in the cyber arms race. But it’s ultimately up to the businesses at the center of the fight to ensure they’re armed for battle.

Please join SonicWALL’s senior security team for an informative update on the state of Cyber-Security as outlined in the SonicWALL Annual Threat Report, the exponential growth of Advanced Persistent Threats and the latest advanced breach detection and prevention measures being taken to help businesses protect themselves today and into the future.

11:15AM – 12:00PM
Breakout Sessions

Just the (Equi)fax,  Ma’am
Speaker: Jason Appel, ADNET Technologies

On September 7, the credit reporting agency Equifax announced what could be the most costly security breach in history: the personal information of about half the country was possibly exposed. Equifax is one of the big three credit reporting firms and the data exposed may contain Social Security numbers, Drivers License numbers, and other Protected Information which could easily be used for identity theft and fraud.

Join Jason as we discuss how this happened, the response, the consequences, and what we need to do to protect ourselves.

Small Steps, Big Growth!
Speaker: Lauren Valentine, Sandler Training

Whether you’re an owner, executive, manager, business developer, or sales professional, we know you’re wearing many hats throughout the day and don’t have a lot of time for sales and business development. Yet, attaining new business while retaining and growing existing clients is the lifeblood of every business. Join Lauren Valentine of Sandler Training to learn how to make the most out of your business development time, regardless of industry or organization size. Traditional prospecting and sales tactics are just not effective in today’s marketplace. Lauren will share how to take a professional & non-traditional approach to pursuing and attaining new clients, strategies for retaining and growing your existing clients over time, and how to turn your clients into your best sales people by generating referral business.

“Hope” Doesn’t Belong In Your IT Planning Strategy
Speaker: Chris Florentino, ADNET Technologies

The complexity of IT has evolved over the past few years. It’s no longer just about buying a new server and ten computers every once in a while; there are so many things to consider now that you didn’t have to worry about historically when putting together budgets. Keeping your business running smoothly means planning for things that you hope won’t ever happen. In this day and age when it comes to technology, you have to expect the unexpected and prepare for it. No one wants to be blindsided by an unplanned expense – whether it’s the cost of a security breach, or the replacement cost of outdated hardware. Join us in discussing how to create an accurate financial plan for your IT strategy, including updates, hardware costs, licensing renewals, security services and training, project planning and more.

12:00PM – 1:30PM
Lunch and Keynote Presentation

Focusing the Cyber Security Lens – We’re in the Middle of a Perfect Storm.
Speaker: Shawn Reilly, SonicWall

Businesses today are in the middle of a “Perfect Storm” that consists of three storm fronts; technology that is driving innovation, organizational evolution with limited resources and ever-changing adversaries. So whether it’s big data, cloud, mobility or hackers for hire, terrorism, evolved exploit kits or attrition, increasing salaries and dissatisfaction with in-house expertise, businesses are being besieged from every angle with no relief in sight.

Join keynote speaker, Shawn Reilly, Regional Sales Director of SonicWall as he discusses these challenges, provides valuable insight, shares the necessary steps to provide a focused approach, essential in combating the threats faced by today’s business world, and the future challenges and opportunities that still await us.

1:45PM – 2:30PM

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Microsoft O365: Beyond Email
Speakers: Andrew Warren and Danielle Hernandez, ADNET Technologies

Microsoft Office365 is often implemented by organizations to solve email challenges, but do you know about all of the exciting applications that Office365 gives you access to? Do you know how to use them to make your life easier? Join us for a glimpse into what you can accomplish with the array of apps within Office365, and learn how fully utilizing Office365 can help you collaborate easily, work more efficiently and focus on truly productive uses of your time.

Use of Tech and IT in a Small Manufacturing Firm
Speaker: Scott D. Stevens, PE, Dimension Fabricators

In the manufacturing world, competitive pressures can be relentless in forcing upgrades in capabilities while limiting costs. At Dimension Fabricators in Scotia NY, we have adapted wireless communication on the manufacturing floor, added scanners for paperless recording of production data and through a special SharePoint – ADNET effort, we have utilized custom software to streamline our measurement and documentation of quality efforts. Scott Stevens will offer some suggestions and real-world examples of the IT things Dimension has done to outshine the competition.

2:45PM – 3:30PM
Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Planning a Successful Move to The Cloud
Speakers: Eric Monda, Mike Konderwich, Nick Marchese and Tim Weber, ADNET Technologies

Every successful move requires careful planning and coordination, and moving your data to the cloud is no exception. In this panel, our experts will share the most important things you need to know when planning your transition to cloud-based systems and applications. We’ll share the top business, technical and security considerations you should be aware of, common questions such as “How do we decide what data to keep,” “How do we back up our data in the cloud,” and “How do we protect our sensitive data?”

Safety and Soundness: A Roadmap for Compliance with NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulations
Speaker: Christopher J. Mellen, Marcum LLP

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS” or “NYDFS) has been closely monitoring the ever-growing threat posed to information and financial systems by nation-states, terrorist organizations and Independent criminal actors. Recently, cybercriminals have sought to exploit technological vulnerabilities to gain access to sensitive electronic data. Cybercriminals can cause significant financial losses for DFS regulated entities as well as for New York consumers whose private information may be revealed and/or stolen for illicit purposes. The financial services industry is a significant target of cybersecurity threats.

This presentation will discuss the NYDFS transition periods to include past and future milestones of which covered entities need to be aware of to ensure compliance with the new regulation.

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM
Closing Remarks & Raffle