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ust over a week away, The IT Summit conference program is promising a strong roster of speakers and panel discussions, with an emphasis on IT security. Presentations will run the gamut from data protection to human trafficking.

The IT Summit is making its eighth annual Denver run at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum on April 2. In addition to presentations, the event features a vendor exhibition floor.
The first morning panel will offer a number of IT security experts, including:

  • Dr. Liz Peralez, Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at Colorado Technical University.
  • Julie Ouska, Chief Information Officer/Vice President of Information Technology for the Colorado Community College System.
  • Karl Seifert, Assistant Director of Information Technology for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
  • Jeff Jones, Director of Technology for the Otis School District.

Together, the panelists represent a formidable knowledge base in the area of information technology security.



Dr. Seifert served in the U.S. Army Security Agency, Military Intelligence, dealing with communications security, and communications intelligence. As an Assistant Director at the GAO, he has worked in the area of Department of Defense computer security and intrusion detection.



Dr. Peralez has been a software engineer with a top enterprise resource planning (ERP) software company and has worked as a database developer with a local consulting company.>/p>



As CIO for the Colorado Community College System, Ouska deals with 13 separate community colleges with 160,000 students.

Also scheduled to speak is Ralph Johnson, President of the Holistic Information Security Practitioners Institute (HISPI) and also the Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer for King County, Washington. As overseer of information security and privacy issues for King County, Johnson established a complete information assurance program, from policy development to controls selection, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.



His presentation, “Top 10 Critical Success Factors for Information Security,” will focus on the goals and factors for a successful information security program.

Two federal law enforcement officials will also be featured on the program: Bruce Ward, Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Secret Service, and Stephanie Benitez, a Special Agent with the FBI. Benitez’ presentation is intriguingly titled “Modern Human Trafficking in a Neighborhood Near You.”

Benitez took over as the FBI’s National Human Trafficking Program Manager in 2010. In 2012, she moved to Denver and is currently a case agent assigned to work on Organized Crime and Civil Rights investigations, specializing in human trafficking cases. Her presentation will focus on human trafficking and the locations within a city where human trafficking may be occurring, as well as how the internet is used to facilitate human trafficking.

Other speakers will include:

  • Les Berry, Director of Enterprise Architecture for the Denver International Airport.
  • David DeCamillis, Director of Business Development for Platte River Networks.
  • Chris Koeneman, Vice President of the Bluesocket Business Group, ADTRAN.
  • Nathan Hammes, Sr. Systems Engineer, VCAP-DCD for Veeam Software.
  • Erik Mitisek, CEO of the Colorado Technology Association.

This year’s anchor sponsor for the event is Veeam Software, an international company that offers data backup and protection tools for virtual computing environments. Veeam will be exhibiting its products along with many other companies, including Evault, Cisco, Black Box Network Services, and CommScope, to name a few. The conference and exhibition will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer a luncheon and afternoon reception.

Admission to the conference is free for anyone who is active in the administration of his or her organization’s technology. You can register here.