October 5, 2017

The October 5, 2017 Cyber Security Day sessions will be held in the University Rooms located in the Carmichael Student Center on Kennesaw Campus.

Visitor Parking is adjacent to the Student Center. More parking information can be found here.


  • Lectra Lawhorne
    KSU Chief Information Office & Vice President of Information Technology
  • Alfred Barker“Threat Landscape and Higher Education”

    Alfred Barker
    Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Security Officer
    Cybersecurity, Information Technology Services, Board of Regents
    University System of Georgia

    Alfred Barker had a long distinguished military and higher education career before joining the University System of Georgia, Information Technology Services (USG/ITS) in November 2015. A former Marine, Alfred has 17 years of experience designing, planning, directing and coordinating activities in cybersecurity for higher education. He came to USG/ITS from the University of North Georgia where he was a principle member of their strategic leadership team. Alfred develops and manages cybersecurity governance, policies and procedures necessary to reduce or mitigate the loss of the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the information, and information system assets for the University System of Georgia.

    Alfred is a member of the CISO Executive Network, InfraGard, INTERFACE-Atlanta, SANS.EDU, University System of Georgia’s CIO Security Advisory Group and Project Management Group. Alfred has a Master of Science in information security with academic honors from Lewis University and is a graduate of the EDUCAUSE Leadership Program and a member of EDUCAUSE HEISC. He also is a GIAC Information Security Professional, certified forensic examiner, and holds over 20 professional and technical certifications.

    Alfred provides cybersecurity leadership to the University System of Georgia, which is composed of 28 higher education institutions made up of 47,000 faculty/staff and over 329,000 student. The institutions including research universities, comprehensive universities, state universities and state colleges. In addition, the Georgia Public Library System, encompassing approximately 389 facilities in 61 library systems throughout Georgia, is also part of the University System. Finally, the University System includes the Georgia Archives, which identifies, collects, manages, preserves, publicizes, and provides access to records and information of Georgia and its people.

  • “Empire of Vulnerabilities: Information Security Lessons from a Galaxy Far, Far Away”

    Christopher Dehner
    KSU Information Security Office

  • Herbert Mattord HeadshotDr. Herb Mattord
    KSU Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development
    Herbert Mattord, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP completed 26 years of IT industry experience before joining the faculty at Kennesaw State University in 2002. He was the Manager of Corporate Information Technology Security at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, where much of his practical knowledge in information security was acquired. He is currently on the Faculty at Kennesaw State University with the rank of Associate professor where he teaches undergraduate courses in Information Security and graduate courses in Information Systems. He serves as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Information Systems and Associate Director of the KSU Center for Information Security Education . He is the co-author of several books published by Course Technology and an active researcher in information security management topics.
    In a constantly evolving threat landscape, it is an ever growing challenge to find and retain qualified cybersecurity staff. This talk will explore the size of the expected shortfall, review the critical skills needed in the future workforce, and talk about what is being done to deliver more qualified candidates for employers consideration. 
  • Yvette Johnson"I Was Lost... In IT. But, Now I'm Found..In Information Security"

    Yvette Johnson
    Pin Drop

    Yvette Johnson (ISO 27001 Lead Implementer, PCIP) is an IT compliance subject-matter expert and accomplished information security professional. She has over 20 years of information technology experience with the last seven focused on information security. Yvette leads Risk & IT Compliance at Pindrop Security in Atlanta and spent six years in security consulting for EMC and PwC. She is a co-host of Southern Fried Security podcast, contributes to other podcasts and CSO online interviews as a security and compliance expert. In addition, Yvette is a Mom, MUFC & Atlanta United fan, and travels frequently (Twitter @JetSetYvette).

  • JoEtta Headshot"Homeless to (Ethical) Hacker: My story of making my dreams into a reality.”

    JoEtta LeSueur
    Ionic Security

    JoEtta LeSueur has over 10 years experience in the technology industry.  JoEtta recently graduated with honors with a Master of Science in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University. She holds a CISSP certification and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Security and Assurance. She is currently employed at Ionic Security as a product security manager.