GRBJ: Trivalent Group to host the 2nd Annual Grand Rapids Cyber Security Conference, along with BBB and WMCSC

With all the cyber changes happening these days, there needs to be a place for West Michigan businesses to learn and talk about security measures.

Trivalent Group, the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan and the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium are teaming up to host the 2nd Annual Grand Rapids Cyber Security Conference, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 21, at GVSU’s Eberhard Center, 301 W Fulton St., Grand Rapids. Registration is available at

“As soon as we think we know how to protect our data, resources and identities, a new way to attack, steal or use them appears,” said Larry Andrus, CEO of Trivalent Group. “The Grand Rapids Cyber Security Conference is designed to help participants assess risk, build a plan and respond effectively to a cyber security attack.”

Federal Trade Commission attorney Christopher Panek will give the keynote address, “The Importance of Having a Plan to Prepare for, Avoid and Respond to Breaches and Intrusions.”

The conference also will include a dozen 45-minute sessions with various IT experts.

The roster of speakers includes: Abraham Jones of Spectrum Health on Microsoft’s EMET; Jennifer Puplava of Mika Meyers on legal considerations; Barb Hiemstra of the Kent County/West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium on developing a security plan; Aaron Shaver of U.S. Signal on cloud service security Ray Davidson of the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium on social engineering; Dan Post of Varonis on data-driven social engineering; Steve Miller of Gordon Food Service on security baselines; Jill Miller of Varnum on the new EMV payment rules; Andy Syrewicze of Trivalent Group on introductory defenses; and Michael Pearson of WatchGuard on malware.

“This free expo is designed to provide insights regardless of your level of expertise — whether you are an executive, have advanced knowledge or are seeking ‘Security 101,’” said Phil Catlett, president of Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan.

“Opportunities to network with experts may help you better understand and manage current threats as well as identify and prepare to meet emerging challenges.”