Presenting Sponsor:

South Carolina
Cybersecurity Summit 6.0

Together with the US Chamber of Commerce and CyberSC, the SC Chamber of Commerce presents the 6th Annual South Carolina Cybersecurity Summit.

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Welcome to the premier cyber event in South Carolina for digital business!

While providing a primer on the economic impact of cybersecurity and how it can affect our state's infrastructure, this summit targets both small and large businesses. It will teach how to mitigate cybersecurity risks and identify and prepare for potential threats.
Cutting edge solutions

Meet with some of the world's most respected and high ranked vendors showcasing some of the latest cybersecurity technology solutions and services.

Technology trends

Learn from national cybersecurity researchers on what trends and issues to be looking for in these highly informative and forward leaning discussions.

Industry experts

Industry experts on Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Business Impact, Maritime Cybersecurity, and Incident Response provide their insight and share their knowledge.

Trinity Hall


Beautiful Trinity Hall at 34 Race Street in Downtown Charleston

is the venue selected to host this year’s summit.

Event Schedule

Check the program below for this year's summit agenda and learn about the speakers and sessions in store for cyber enthusiasts of all kinds.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Fireproof Building

Join us at the Fireproof Building/South Carolina Historical Society at 100 Meeting Street in Downtown Charleston on Monday the 23rd from 5-7PM. All summit participants are invited to attend the cocktail reception.

SC Chamber of Commerce

Pre-registered attendees can pick-up their name badges and visit vendor exhibits.

Vincent Voci
Vice President, Cyber Policy and Operations

Welcoming remarks by Vincent Voci, Vice President, Cyber Policy and Operations at the US Chamber of Commerce.

Nancy Mace
US Congress

Welcoming remarks by the Honorable Nancy Mace,

Congresswoman Nancy Mace grew up in the Lowcountry. She is the daughter of a retired Army General and retired school teacher.
Before being sworn into Congress, Nancy earned accolades as one of the most fiscally conservative members of the South Carolina General Assembly; she’s also one of the most pro-conservation lawmakers in the state of South Carolina.

Nancy grew up in Goose Creek, S.C. And when she dropped out of high school at the age of 17, her parents said, “If you’re going to stop going to school, you got to start going to work.” She immediately became a waitress at the Waffle House on College Park Road in Ladson (exit 203).

Nancy earned her high school diploma a few months later by taking college classes at Trident Technical College in North Charleston.

She graduated magna cum laude from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where she was the school’s first female to graduate from its Corps of Cadets in 1999. In 2004 Nancy earned a masters degree from The University of Georgia. Go dogs!

She is the author of In The Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel, published by Simon & Schuster in 2001.

In 2008 Nancy started her own company. Her background in business is in technology, PR & marketing and more recently commercial real estate before coming to Congress.

Nancy is the recipient of the 2019 Taxpayer Hero Award from the South Carolina Club for Growth; she has a 100% record of voting to lower taxes. Nancy is also the recipient of the Champion Award from Palmetto Goodwill in her efforts in education and in helping those most in need receive job training; she has a 100 percent rating with Conservation Voters of South Carolina.

Nancy is a single mom of two children ages 12 and 14. She also has two cats, Tyler and Tiger, and a puppy named Liberty.

Phillip Bond
CyberUSA President

Summit kickoff remarks by the Honorable Phillip Bond, President and Founder of CyberUSA and former Under Secretary for the US Department of Commerce.

20 Min

20 Minute Event Intermission and Opportunity to visit the Summit Sponsor Exhibits.

MG Lester D Eisner
(USA Ret)

Join experts in cybersecurity discuss the economic implications to South Carolina.

Moderator: MG Lester D. Eisner

Panelist: John Warner, Innoventure
Panelist: Kim Christ, SC Council on Competitiveness
Panelist: Rob Cheng, PCMatic
Panelist: Dr. Tom Clark, Ft. Gordon Cyber District

Nelson A. Colón, PhD.
AI Cybersecurity Strategist

I've spent most of my career scoping and building products to streamline security related processes and I want to share with you all some of the lessons I've learned on how to determine the right level of automation for the current needs of your organization. Whether you are building security products internally or procuring them, my goal is to help you understand the different levels of automation well enough to ask the right questions.

15 Min

15 Minute Event Intermission and Opportunity to visit the Summit Sponsor Exhibits.

Michael Melore
Senior Cybersecurity Advisor

Join our expert panel to discuss the challenges facing businesses in meeting consumer demand with a sub-optimal supply chain. Today's cybersecurity professionals face myriad of issues in protecting the shipping and transport of goods in an out of the nation's ports.

Moderator: Michael Melore, IBM

Panelist: Dr. Daniel Ostergaard, USC-Columbia
Panelist: Taylor Jackson, SC Council on Competitiveness
Panelist: Mark Lester, Cybersecurity Professional in Critical Infrastructure
Panelist: Natasha Cohen, CISA

Hon William Evanina
Former NCTC Director

Former Director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC) William 'Bill' Evanina shares key insights into how terrorists are using cyber attacks to test and evaluate the Unites States' defenses.

Tom Scott
CyberSC Executive Director

Join us as we recognize excellence in cybersecurity in South Carolina with the annual awards ceremony. We will highlight cyber leadership, as well as overall excellence in academia, industry, and government.

15 Min

15 Minute Event Intermission and Opportunity to visit the Summit Sponsor Exhibits.

Dan Ellzey
Executive Director, SCDEW

Dan Ellzey, Director, SC Department of Employment and Workforce

Jacob Dustan
Cybersecurity Advisor, EY

Panelists with deep expertise across technical, strategic, and legal domains of Cyber Incident Response will discuss preparing for and responding to cyber-attacks. The discussion will begin with a brief overview of the current cyber threat landscape and progress to cover both what organizations should do “pre-boom” to prepare and “post-boom” to respond.

Moderator: Jacob Dustan, EY

Panelist: Alex Jackson, SC Department of Revenue
Panelist: Karen Painter Randall, Connell Foley Law Firm
Panelist: Paul Ihme, Soteria

David Furr
Cybersecurity Attorney

70% of SMBs experience targeted cyber attacks. Understanding that qualified resources for cybersecurity for the SMB are limited, our committee will offer practical suggestions and solutions to address these issues. Acquiring cyber insurance and employee training will also be addressed.

Moderator: David Furr, Attorney

Panelist: Jonathan Kilpatrick, Trulight Cybersecurity
Panelist: Nick Zeigler, Check Point
Panelist: Brooks Askew, Ravus Cybersecurity

Vincent Voci
US Chamber of Commerce

Wrap-up Remarks from Vincent Voci

Featured Speakers

Our speakers come from all over the US. You’ll hear from renowned industry experts and visionary leaders.

Phillip Bond

CyberUSA President

Phil Bond is one of America’s most honored technology policy experts and leader of the firm that bears his name.

A former US Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology, his 25-plus year career in Washington has included numerous citations for his leadership roles in the Executive branch, on Capitol Hill, at major high technology companies, and most recently as the CEO of TechAmerica, the largest technology advocacy association in the US.

Natasha Cohen

CISA Senior Liasion

Natasha is a Senior manager experienced in cyber policy, operations, and risk management. Extensive background in consulting at high levels with federal and major corporate clients on operations and strategy. She is a valued member of corporate leadership teams effecting change and compliance with new regulatory environments and best practices. Natasha is a published author and skilled presenter of practical research in cybersecurity with fellowships at industry think tanks and speaking engagements.

Hon. William 'Bill' Evanina

Founder, Evanina Group

Founder and CEO of the Evanina Group advising CEOs and Board of Directors on strategic corporate risk, strategy, insider threats, cyber security, and geopolitical risk. Former Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center Office of the Director of National Intelligence responsible for leading and supporting the counterintelligence and security activities of the US Intelligence Community, the U.S. Government, and U.S. private sector entities at risk from intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries.

Nelson A. Colón

AI and Cybersecurity Specialist

Nelson is a Mathematician and Data Scientist with a passion for Education, Equity and Civic Tech. Nel received a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Iowa for his work in Topological Quantum Field Theory. He started his career in security here is South Carolina with Soteria. He's also worked at Microsoft for the Intellectual Property Products & Solutions team where he led the development of Machine Learning products to detect Fraud, Waste & Abuse. Nel left the private sector to serve as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow for three terms, leading the development of AI products to accelerate Benefit processing for our Nation's Veterans. He is currently on a two year tour of service at the Department of Defense, where he serves as a Subject Matter Expert on AI and Cybersecurity to the Department.

Dan Ellzey

Executive Director, SCDEW

Dan Ellzey was appointed Executive Director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce by Gov. Henry McMaster in May 2019. He is responsible for the management of the state’s employment agency whose mission is to provide quality, customer-driven workforce services that promote financial stability and economic growth for individuals, businesses and communities.

Ellzey has created programs to strengthen South Carolina’s workforce. He has also improved the customer experience for UI claimants, job seekers, and employers – most of which was a real-time response during the pandemic.

Hon. Nancy Mace


Congresswoman Nancy Mace grew up in the Lowcountry. She is the daughter of a retired Army General and retired school teacher.

Before being sworn into Congress, Nancy earned accolades as one of the most fiscally conservative members of the South Carolina General Assembly; she’s also one of the most pro-conservation lawmakers in the state of South Carolina.

Panel Speakers

Our panelists bring decades of expertise to share with Summit attendees.
Mark Lester - Port Cybersecurity Specialist

Mark Lester

Cybersecurity Professional in Critical Infrastructure

Mark Lester, a 1982 graduate of The Citadel and former Air Force Officer with 20 years of DoD contracting experience on Cybersecurity projects, currently guiding cybersecurity efforts for a critical infrastructure sector.

Alan Jackson - CISO

Alex Jackson


Alex Jackson is the Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for the South Carolina Department of Revenue. Prior to that, he served as a Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for Taxation and Regulation for the State of South Carolina and as the Chief Information Security Officer for South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

Dr Tom Clark - Sergeant Major Retired

Dr. Tom Clark

Executive Director

Doctor/Command Sergeant Major (retired) Tom Clark was born in Danville, Pennsylvania, graduating from Columbia Montour Vocational-Technical School in 1980. He served over 32 years in the Army, culminating his service as the Army’s Signal Regimental Command Sergeant Major.

Brooks Askew

Founder & COO

Presidential Innovation Fellow detailed to the Office of the CTO at the US Department of Veteran Affairs.

Leading the Data and AI transformation of the services we provide to our Veterans.

Taylor Jackson

Director of Logistics Cluster

Taylor joins the Council after serving as an Account Manager for Kuehne + Nagel. Taylor began her maritime career in 2014 working at John S. James Company as a Rates Analyst.

Jonathan Kilpatrick

Founder & CEO

Jonathan Kilpatrick is the founder of Trulight LLC and seeks meet strategic goals for our partners. Trulight specializes in Technology Strategy, Regulatory Compliance and Cyber Security. Jonathan is also a Major in the Florida Air National Guard serving as a Cyber Systems Officer.

Kim Christ

Director of TechSC & Cybersec SC

Thinker. Initiator. Achiever. Proven skillset in program development leadership within non-profit, public sector, and private enterprises. Creator of innovative solutions with the follow-through to make it happen.

Karen Painter Randall


Karen P. Randall, a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, and senior partner at Connell Foley LLP where she chairs the firm’s Cybersecurity Data Privacy and Incident Response practice and leads all Cybersecurity incident response investigations.

Rob Cheng

CEO, PCMatic

A passionate cybersecurity advocate, Rob Cheng is the CEO and Founder of PC Matic – the world’s only American-made Application Whitelisting software. Rob is a graduate of Cornell University, where he received a BS in Engineering; and a graduate of the University of Texas, where he received an MBA in Finance. Prior to founding PC Matic in 1999, Rob was the SVP of Gateway Computer driving sales, marketing, and support worldwide.

John Warner

Serial Entrepeneur

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Dr. Dan Ostergaard


Dr. Daniel Ostergaard currently serves as the Director of Operational Security for Artis International. Artis conducts field-based scientific research across the globe; in all cultures, under any circumstances.

Nick Zeigler

Cybersecurity Specialist

Nick is a Security Engineer at Check Point Software Technologies, a global company headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a 25+ year history of helping customers solve complex cyber security challenges. Nick received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Information Science from Columbia College in Columbia, SC, and brings over 14 years of experience to his customers. While working as a Security Engineer in the defense industry,

Paul Ihme


Paul Ihme serves as president of consulting services at Soteria, a cyber security consulting firm based in Charleston, S.C. As a former hacker for the National Security Agency, Ihme leverages his expertise to keep businesses ahead of current and emerging security threats. His publications focus on providing businesses practical and actionable advice for improving their security and meeting their regulatory compliance requirements.