The Wednesday, May 2nd PMI Erie Chapter Meeting will include the following:
4:30pm – 5:00pm Arrival/Networking Cash Bar
5:00pm – 5:30 pm Dinner
5:30pm – 6:30pm “Managing Cyber Risk” – Presented by Chad Griffin, Cyber Program Director at Mercyhurst University, M. Afzal Upal, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Computing & Information Sciences at Mercyhurst University, and Robert Eckman, PMP, Chief Information Security Officer, MCPc
Meeting Location: Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA 16507, Room 100
Chad Griffin: Recognized as a cybersecurity and threat intelligence expert by the U.S. Department of Defense, Mr. Griffin spent over ten years working in various civilian leadership roles at U.S Pacific Command in Hawaii. While there, he worked in close collaboration with U.S. Cyber Command on threat analysis, joint plans and operations. All told, he has more than two decades of professional experience working with information systems and security. Most recently, he has shared his knowledge and expertise in cybersecurity with Mercyhurst University’s Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, which houses one of the leading academic intelligence programs in the country. Mr. Griffin holds numerous civilian honors and awards from the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy, including the latter’s Exemplary Achievement Award. He holds an International Business degree from George Washington University and has earned more than a half dozen professional certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).
M. Afzal Upal, Ph.D.: For the past nine years, M. Afzal Upal has served as senior data scientist for Canada's Department of National Defence, working closely with intelligence analysts in the Canadian Armed Forces to develop tools to support their work. He is skilled in machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence that affords software applications more accuracy in predicting outcomes. Recent research involves leading a project to download millions of messages posted by users of various social media groups to learn about the shared beliefs of a population. The information can be used by intelligence analysts to better understand a population of interest. He maintains extensive contacts in the data science industry and is widely published in the field. He was chair of the First International Workshop on Cognition and Culture, the 14th Annual Conference of the North American Association for Computational, Social, and Organizational Sciences and the AAAI-06 Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Agent-based Social Simulation. He has held faculty positions at a number of universities, among them Dalhousie University in Canada, University of Toledo in Ohio, and Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He earned his doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Alberta, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Punjab in Pakistan.
Robert Eckman, PMP: Bob Eckman is Chief Information Security Officer at MCPc, Inc., a national information technology services company headquartered in Cleveland. In addition to his work with MCPc, Bob teaches cyber security as an Adjunct Professor at Kent State University’s School of Digital Science, where he was recently awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award and recognized by the Ohio State Senate for his achievements in the classroom. He also teaches cyber as an Adjunct Professor at Cleveland State University’s Marshall Law College and is Executive Director of their Center for Cyber and Privacy. His career includes working at FirstEnergy’s Nuclear Division as their Cyber Security Program Manager, while simultaneously serving as Chairman of the Nuclear Information Strategic Leadership consortium, and a key member of the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Cyber Security Task Force in Washington, D.C. Along with his security work, Bob is an experienced technologist and project-program management specialist with over 25 years of leadership experience at Progressive, FirstEnergy Corp, Shearer’s Foods and Oriana House. He holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science, a Master’s in Technology, and both PMP and CISSP certifications.