Trivalent Group to Co-Host 2016 Michigan Cyber Security Conference Featuring the FBI and Industry Experts

GRANDVILLE, MICH. (September 20, 2016) — Trivalent Group, Michigan’s leading provider of managed services, cloud, IT services, business continuity, and managed networks, is hosting the 2016 Michigan Cyber Security Conference in partnership with the BBB Serving Western Michigan, the WMCSC (West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium), and the Michigan SBDC (Small Business Development Center).  The 3rd annual conference will be held on Wednesday, October 5th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, 301 W. Fulton St., 2nd Floor, Grand Rapids 49504.

This free conference is open to the public and will cover topics pertaining to cyber security for business owners, managers, and security professionals.  Whether you are a seasoned cyber practitioner or a novice, the conference will offer informative sessions designed around recent trends.  Join 350 of the region’s top executives and IT decision makers who have already registered in a day of collaboration and exploration of the latest tools, technologies and best practices to guard against the ever-increasing risk of cyber-attack and mitigate the impacts therefrom.

The conference will include a keynote address from FBI Special Agent Don Whitt, who specializes in ransomware and personally identifiable information (PII), and 11 breakout sessions across four tracks.  The conference will again offer Executive, Security 101, and Advanced tracks, and, for the first time, a Student Track with a special “Student Ninja Panel” designed for cyber security career-minded high school and college students.  Other breakout sessions will include:

  • “Hackers’ Tool Talk” (Spectrum Health)
  • “Cyber Insurance: The Ever-changing Landscape of Cyber Risk” (Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.)
  • “Protect Your Business Against Cyber Attack” (Trivalent Group)
  • “Defending Against Modern-Day Malware” (WatchGuard Technologies)
  • “Legal Considerations for Cyber Security” (Mika Meyers PLC)
  • “Building A Security Awareness Program: How to Get the Message Out!” (panel discussion featuring experts from the Michigan InfraGard Members Alliance, Spectrum Health, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, and Metro Health Hospital)
  • “Secure Your Data” (Dell)
  • “Cyber Security and the Anatomy of a Breach” (Crowe Horwath LLP)
  • “5 Best Practices for Physical Security” (Perrigo Company plc)
  • “Panel Discussion on the Cyber War” (featuring experts from the Michigan SBDC, State of Michigan Cyber Security and Infrastructure Protection Division, Trivalent Group, and Crowe Horwath LLP)

“Along with our fellow presenting sponsors, Trivalent Group is excited to expand the Cyber Security Conference this year beyond West Michigan to make it a statewide and regional event, thereby maximizing the perspective and dialogue of this increasingly important area impacting all sized businesses and indeed all of our lives,” said Trivalent CEO, Larry Andrus.  “We are especially pleased for our more than 300 attendees to hear from our keynote speaker Don Whitt, who has worked for the FBI for over six years researching and addressing cyber threats,” Andrus added.

To view a full schedule with additional breakout session and speaker information, visit  For more information on this event or Trivalent Group, contact Becky Peuler at or (616) 301-6301.

  • Rafael Wolf

    Any conference that has WatchGuard talking about malware threats isn’t credible. WatchGuard gateways are junkware, they know nothing aout threat protection.