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Panel Discussion: What does it mean to be Cyber Resilient?
Panel Discussion: What does it mean to be Cyber Resilient?

Thu, Oct 19



Panel Discussion: What does it mean to be Cyber Resilient?

Cyber Resilience with the Resilience Think Tank: Join moderator Mark Hoffman and top cybersecurity experts, including FBI Cyber Task Force Supervisor Kenneth Schmutz, Cyber Defense Labs Director Michael Perdunn, and DHS Cyber Security Advisor Warren Hagelstein in this illuminating panel discussion.

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Oct 19, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT


About the event

Cyber Resilience with the Resilience Think Tank 

🔒🛡️ October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we invite you to our highly anticipated webinar on "What does it mean to be Cyber Resilient?" Discover the crucial insights and strategies for building resilience in today's digital landscape.

📅 Date: October 19th 🕑 Time: 2:00 PM ET | 11am PT | 7:00 PM BST

Moderator: Mark Hoffman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Resilience Think Tank.

Panel of Experts:

  • Kenneth Schmutz: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Cyber Task Force Supervisor
  • Michael Perdunn: Cyber Defense Labs, Director Cybersecurity Advisory Services
  • Warren Hagelstein: Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) / Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cyber Security Advisor

Key Topics:

1️⃣ Current Trends in Cyber Security:

  • Insights into the evolving landscape of ransomware, DDoS attacks, and more.

2️⃣ Main Components of a Cyber Resilient Organization:

  • Learn about the essential elements for enhancing organizational resilience.

3️⃣ Impacts from SEC Ruling on Organizations:

  • Understand the implications and prepare your organization for compliance.

4️⃣ Requirements for Executives and the Board:

  • Gain insights into the necessary knowledge levels for executives and boards to navigate cybersecurity effectively.

To celebrate its 20th year, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) introduced an ongoing cybersecurity awareness initiative, Secure Our World. It encourages everyone to consistently safeguard themselves while online or using connected devices.

Don't miss this opportunity to engage with industry leaders, gain valuable knowledge, and strengthen your organization's cyber resilience. 

🔗 Register to save your seat. This webinar is complimentary, don't miss out!

#CyberAwarenessMonth #CyberResilience #Webinar #CyberSecurity #KnowledgeIsPower 


Kenneth Schmutz

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Schmutz boasts an impressive background, amassing over 15 years of invaluable experience within various IT companies before embarking on his FBI journey in 2004. Commencing with assignments at the Seattle Field Office and subsequently the Chicago Field Office, his expertise honed in on the meticulous examination of computer intrusions.

In 2009, Schmutz's dedication and expertise earned him a well-deserved promotion to Supervisory Special Agent within the FBI's esteemed Cyber Division in Washington DC. Here, he spearheaded efforts to combat cybersecurity threats targeted at critical infrastructure, a role of paramount importance.

August 2012 marked a pivotal moment in Schmutz's career as he was entrusted with supervising the FBI's Cyber Task Force (CTF) upon his transfer to the Omaha Field Division. Notably, SSA Schmutz is an alumnus of Utah State University, holding both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Information Systems. His entire career, spanning across Seattle, Chicago, and the FBI's Cyber Division in Washington DC, has been dedicated to investigating computer intrusions and fortifying defenses against cyber threats to critical infrastructure.

Michael Perdunn, MA, CISM, PMP

Michael Perdunn is a manager, cyber security expert, teacher, and speaker. He is leading cross-functional teams through complex strategic security initiatives. Michael also consults with local companies on their cyber security effectiveness, facilitates training and development programs in project management, change management and team building, and is an instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before coming to OPPD, Michael consulted at Blue Cross Blue Shield, where he led a team of 30 to implement a new identity and access governance structure. He earned a Master’s degree in Communications as well as Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certifications.

Michael Perdunn has extensive work experience in the field of cybersecurity and project management. Michael currently holds the position of Director, Advisory Services at Cyber Defense Labs since March 2023. Previously, they worked as the Director of Cyber Security at Werner Enterprises from February 2022 to March 2023. Before that, Perdunn worked at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where they held two roles. Michael started as an Adjunct Instructor in December 2014 and continued in that position until August 2022. Additionally, they served as a Project Manager from August 2013 to June 2017.

Perdunn also worked at Omaha Public Power District as the Manager, Security Risk & Governance from May 2018 to March 2022. Furthermore, they worked as a Security Consultant at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield from June 2017 to February 2018. Prior to this, Perdunn served as a Project Management Coordinator at the State of Nebraska from December 2012 to June 2013. In this role, they oversaw projects impacting Nebraska's Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) and coordinated expansion efforts related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requirements and Nebraska's upgrade to ICD-10 compliance. Michael also met with stakeholders and managers to understand project requirements.  Outside of work, Michael is active in the community as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) working with children in the child welfare system. Growing up in the UK, Michael became an avid soccer fan and still plays and coaches whenever he gets the chance.

Warren Hagelstein

Mr. Warren Hagelstien serves as a Cybersecurity Advisor for Region 7 (IA, KS, MO and NE) for the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Integrated Operations Division. Based in Omaha, NE he supports the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) mission of partnering with industry and government to understand and manage risk, strengthening the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Mr. Hagelstien provides cyber preparedness assessments and protective resources, working group support, leadership, partnership in public-private development, and coordination and support in times of cyber threat, disruption, or attack to the nation’s sixteen critical infrastructure sectors and state, local, tribal, and territorial government


Prior to joining CISA, Mr. Hagelstien was the Director of Information Systems for the City of Fremont, Nebraska for one year. Before his tenure with the City of Fremont, Nebraska, Warren spent 6 years with the Department of Defense where he held several positions to include Chief, Vulnerability Management for United States Strategic Command, Chief, Cybersecurity for the Air Force Weather Program Management Office, and Information System Security Manager for the Air Force Weather Program Management Office.

Mr. Hagelstien spent time on Active Duty in the United States Air Force from 1998 until 2007. After his military service Warren held multiple positions as a Department of Defense contractor with positions focusing on information security and information assurance. During the time following military service Mr. Hagelstien also spent 3 years as Director, Information Security for First National Technology Solutions in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Hagelstien holds a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and a Master of Business Administration from Bellevue University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Bellevue University. He is a member of (ISC) and is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) in good standing for the past 12 years and recently obtained the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certifications from ISACA.

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