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    Presented by CDW

    Hacking our Defenses: The Future of Cybersecurity

    Learn how hackers and other measures can be used to improve your personal security.

    Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 12:00 - 1:30 PM @ Venue SIX10
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    What Will Happen When Hospitals Get Hacked?
    Micah Zenko on Defensive Hacking
    How Bad Could a Hack on the US Get?
    How Hackers Work: Security Badges
    How Hackers Work: Tapping Networks
    How Hackers Work: Stealing Secret Info
    In the Future
    Natalie Vanatta
    Assistant Professor, Army Cyber Institute, United States Military Academy (West Point)
    Micah Zenko
    Whitehead Senior Fellow, Chatham House
    Joshua Corman
    Founder, I Am The Cavalry; Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council
    Nicholas Percoco
    Chief Information Security Officer, Uptake & Founder, Thotcon
    Matthew Jakubowski
    Director, Hackers & Hunters, Uptake
    Gene Kim
    Founder, Tripwire
    TALK - Talks are 90-minute electrifying, action-inspiring onstage programs, featuring four to six world class thought leaders who each present ideas on a single theme through either an individual presentation or a one-on-one conversation with a host.

    In the past two decades, our idea of what hacking means has evolved. No longer are hackers people with nefarious goals holed up in hidden locations–they’ve become fundamental to our daily lives even if we don’t see them at work. In this Talk, we’ll examine the vulnerabilities of companies and governments, and how hacking and other measures can be used to improve online security measures. Not only that, we’ll learn how these initiatives are improving our personal security whether we know it or not. And stay on high alert: speakers may be testing your defenses during the program.

    *This program was curated in partnership with THOTCON, an annual hacking and security conference. THOTCON is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and the conference is 100% funded by ticket sales and donors.

    Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Venue SIX10
    610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
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    • Attend the Chicago Ideas Week Lab: Re-Designing the Way You Design with General Assembly. You’ll learn how to analyze data for real-world application. Reserve your spot today.
    • What happens when medical devices are hacked? Find it out.
    • Beware phishing emails. If you open them, hackers can control your computer like this one.
    • Test how long it take someone to crack your password.
    • Tune into this 3-minute podcast about an experiment proving how quickly the Internet of Things can be hacked.
    • Follow NPR’s “Privacy and Security” podcasts.
    • Here are 12 ways to hack-proof your smartphone.
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