SecureWorld Expo | Are you at risk for a cybersecurity attack?

The threat of cybersecurity is closer than you think. Most likely you are currently on your phone, computer, or tablet, and at this moment youare at risk! Cybersecurity attacks are very real and can have huge repercussions in each of our lives. What used to be thought of as a hacker sitting in their dark basement alone has now escalated into organized crime groups that form all over the world and growing in force every day.

What hope do we have in fighting against cyber criminals?

For over 16 years, SecureWorld has successfully fought back against cybercriminals and has made it their mission to inform, equip and encourage communities of IT Professionals. They host conferences all over the United States with some of the top industry experts, thought leaders, practitioners and solution providers.

The 4th Annual SecureWorld Cincinnati Conference was held at the Sharonville Convention Center on October 17, 2018. Every part of the conference’s agenda is developed in collaboration by local security leaders in the tristate area, which provides critical information on the most relevant topics.

Bruce Sussman, SecureWorld Media Development Director commented that “the location of the Sharonville Convention Center is fantastic. It’s right off I-75 highway, in the heart of so many great companies nearby which makes it perfect for a convention. The food is great and faculty are very nice – it’s a win all around!”

Many industries such as financial, aviation and technology are represented at SecureWorld Conferences. “This conference brings the brightest minds in cybersecurity and allows them to fight back against the hackers. You will have companies that compete against each other in every other way, but come together and are united in cybersecurity,” says Bruce Sussman.

Keynote speaker, Deneen DeFiore, SVP, Global Chief Information & Product Security Officer at GE Aviation said “every 2 seconds, somewhere in the world a plane powered by GE engines takes off. They are all connected computers. Protecting the security of that is about saving lives and protecting all of us in so many different ways. Airplanes are flying computer networks in so many ways.”

Another Keynote speaker, Steve Brown, The Bald Futurist, and CEO of Possibility & Purpose , was a former Futurist for Intel. He provided eye-opening, forward-thinking information from his travels around the world having seen the latest technology. He spoke of the future of AI and how it has already impacted us and “there are things that will occur that haven’t been thought, but somewhere someone is using AI to discover it.”

SecureWorld Cincinnati will be back at the Sharonville Convention Center on May 16, 2019! Until then, feel free to visit secureworldexpo.com and follow on Twitter @secureworld

Chester’s Gourmet Blend by Rooted Grounds

But First, Coffee.

We’ve got some Ground-breaking news: Rooted Grounds Coffee Co.’s delicious, custom, and locally roasted Chester’s Gourmet Blend made specially for the SCC has made its way into our coffee roasters this year! If you’re unfamiliar with Rooted Grounds, allow us to give an introduction. About two and a half years ago, Kris Chari seized the opportunity to start a coffee company that could introduce craft coffee to a commercial setting. He wanted convention centers, office buildings, big corporations, and meeting places to be able to buy top quality, locally roasted coffee in bulk that was much more affordable. Rooted Grounds Coffee was born from his idea, and today, Kris and his team introduce expertly crafted (and tasty!) coffee to corporate settings across our region.

The Rooted Grounds coffee beans are grown in Columbia, Indonesia, and Ethiopia. “Coffee is like wine,” says Chari, meaning that coffee beans will adapt the properties of the place where they are raised. The custom-made roast for the SCC is crafted directly in the Rooted Grounds state-of-the-art roasting facility in West Chester and is a French roasted Columbian coffee. A cup of this coffee is smooth and bold; a bit darker, stronger and more of a European flavor. So next time you’re at the SCC for a meeting or event and need a pick me up, we’ll have some very satisfying coffee waiting for you.

Why Rooted Grounds? We were looking to improve our coffee, but we wanted something more than just a good tasting cup of joe. Rooted Grounds is rooted in our community, both in that it is a local company, and in that it is very dedicated to giving back to the community where it operates. Proceeds from Rooted Grounds sales are donated to the Marvin Lewis Community Fund to inspire youth education. “We’re for-profit, but we try to do good in the communities we serve so people can feel good about buying our coffee,” says Chari.

At the SCC, we’re always focusing on elements of your experience here that we can make better. This new coffee is just one example of that—but there are many things we’re looking to improve. We believe that improvement should be constant, and we’re working to identify improvements and make them happen. If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them.

We hope to share a cup of our new craft coffee with you soon.

If you’d like to learn more about Rooted Grounds Coffee Co. or schedule a tour, please visit rgcoffee.com or call 513.549.5425.

Thank you, Ohio Travel Association

The Ohio Travel Association awarded its 20th annual RUBY Award to Ohio businesses and organizations that “found the most innovative ways to market their destination, experiences, or services.” The 2017 Ohio Conference on Travel, sponsored by Ohio Magazine, lasted for three days and included great breakout sessions, seminars, board meetings, and even yoga to kick off the day. On this 20th anniversary, the awards were distributed on November 1st, 2017 and “recognized and rewarded outstanding artistry in the diverse field of travel and tourism marketing and advertising.”  

Sharonville Convention Center is very honored to have been recognized for our “Get Inspired” campaign we launched this year—but we’d also like to extend a sincere congratulations to the organizations that were recognized across our great state:

 Mohican-Loudonville Visitors Bureau

 Greater Springfield CVB

 Athens County CVB

 The Springfield Museum of Art

 Akron/Summit CVB

 Little Buckeye Children’s Museum 

 National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

 Jet Express

 Explore Licking County

 Warren County CVB

 Moeller Brew Barn

 Lake Erie Shores & Islands

 Visit Gahanna

 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

 Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

We’re looking forward to competing for the 2018 RUBY Awards. Stay tuned to see what we come up with! I hope to see you around Sharonville.

Best Regards,
Jim Downton

Ohio Valley Goodwill Hosts 16th Annual Homeless Awareness Dinner

Thank you, Ohio Valley Goodwill, for hosting yet another fun, warm, and joyous holiday dinner for families in need. The 16th annual “Homeless Awareness Dinner” was held at the Sharonville Convention Center on Thursday, December 14th and brought together over 300 individuals and families in the Cincinnati area struggling with homelessness. The staff at Sharonville Convention Center and Spectra Food Services were happy to volunteer their time to help organize this special evening.

The event offered a holiday meal, a visit from Santa for the kids, a DJ and dance floor. Queen City Transportation and Goodwill’s Special Projects team also coordinated transportation to help families and their loved ones travel from nine homeless shelters in the area to the event. “A special part of this wonderful evening is always the numerous volunteers who help to serve the dinner and make participants feel welcomed…and join in the festivities,” Ohio Valley Goodwill wrote in its newsletter. “This year, Ohio Valley Goodwill is especially thankful that Santa Pat was able to be part of the event as well as very appreciative of the support provided by True Light Church.” The full story about the event can be viewed at cincinnatigoodwill.org.

Ohio Valley Goodwill is very grateful to the Sharonville Convention Center and Spectra Food Services and Hospitality along with the many wonderful volunteers who helped make this important holiday and community outreach event possible each year,” said Sharon Hannon, the Marketing Manager of the Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. The Sharonville Convention Center team and our partners will always be happy to help our local community, regardless of what needs to be done or who needs to be helped. If your organization is interested in hosting a charitable event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to start a conversation.   

If you are interested in getting involved with helping your local community in 2018, we encourage you to check out Goodwill’s programs and services geared towards helping our homeless community at www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services.

Thanks for attending VMUG!

The Cincinnati VMUG UserCon on November 2nd was a great success! Cincinnati executives were able to mix, mingle, and learn from top IT industry experts and hundreds of fellow professionals in our region.

In case you missed it, VMUG UserCon is a traveling conference that teaches information technology professionals about cloud infrastructure and business mobility and delivers in-depth information to help solve complex business challenges. The conference is dedicated to helping area professionals excel and thrive in the ever-changing and highly competitive IT industry. Key speakers were focused on helping IT professionals recognize key issues and how to solve them with innovative, real-world solutions. Information was also delivered on how professionals can evolve and excel in their career paths.

Educational sessions started after an initial welcome breakfast from the VMUG conference hosts. These sessions featured the latest industry trends and topics, gave an exclusive look to VMware, and offered product demonstrations. The event welcomed industry experts Cameron Haight, Rawlinson Rivera, and an expert panel that closed up the seminar with an in-depth Q&A session.

We were especially pleased to welcome VMUG UserCon as a resource for our region’s professionals to keep up with industry changes, trends, and learn new ways to excel their career and succeed in day-to-day projects. The Sharonville Convention Center is eager to host educational seminars for area executives as a resource to better their education and sharpen professional skills.

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What Can You Learn At SecureWorld 2017?

 

In short, business executives can expect to learn the latest and greatest in cybersecurity and data protection.

On October 24th, SecureWorld will be bringing skilled and knowledgeable keynote speakers and members of its Advisory Council to Cincinnati to deliver the highest level of security and education material surrounding the cybersecurity space. “The recent Equifax breach is everyone’s worst nightmare,” said Erik Skoog, SecureWorld Event Director. “Unfortunately, the bad guys are pretty good at what they do. So as soon as an enterprise catches up to [solving a security] challenge, there’s another one that needs attention.” SecureWorld will focus on teaching executives a more proactive approach to cybersecurity.

The SecureWorld conference is entering its third year and showing significant growth. The company has been in business for 16 years and specializes in hosting cybersecurity events, presenting more than 15 events across North America annually. The unique aspect of the conference is that it features content driven from an executive group of chief information security officers. All this information comes from recognizable brands in the region, as well, and the conference has had excellent support from the enterprise in terms of the regional community coming together to show support.

The annual SecureWorld Cincinnati conference will be attended by many of the biggest brand names in our region, including US Bank, Cincinnati Bell, Paycor, Western & Southern, Fifth Third Bank and the University of Cincinnati, to name a few. There will be a significant exhibitor floor featuring the latest security technologies and vendor solutions, two distinguished keynote speakers, breakout sessions, intensive courses on information security, and educational credits that can be used towards certifications and training.

The opening keynote will feature Dr. Larry Poneman, Chairman, and Founder of Poneman Institute, a pioneer in privacy auditing and the Responsible Information Management, or RIM framework. He will be providing valuable information geared towards all professionals in information technology industry, from C-level executives to overall teams. The second speaker, William J. Malik, VP of Infrastructure Strategies at Trend Micro. He will be focusing on the constantly evolving threat landscape, global ransomware, cyber espionage, and inform attendees about increasing knowledge in the enterprise network of data and users. “This is an important event for businesses to consider bringing their team members to,” said Skoog. “Much of the community sees it as an integral part of information security.”

For executives in the IT field, SecureWorld Cincinnati offers a wealth of timely information and opportunities to network with cybersecurity professionals. This one-day conference will host top-level speakers, provide continuing education and training, and feature an Exhibitor Floor with over 25 solution vendors. If you are interested in learning more about the latest in information security, data protection, and compliance at an affordable price, be sure to attend the event on October 24th.

Register now: secureworldexpo.com/events/Cincinnati-oh-2017.

 

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