Hacking Wi-Fi: What You Don’t Know WILL Hurt You
Wi-Fi threats are literally all around us. In fact, the threats are so simple to deploy, virtually every single person that carries a mobile device has probably been hacked. This talk is designed to not only create awareness of the threats, but also keep those that already know the risk an update on the latest ones.
Jim Steinbacher, Technical Evangelist, Wireless of WatchGuard Technologies
Jim Steinbacher’s experience with Wi-Fi began when he deployed his first wireless network (an 802.11b network with a whopping 11/Mbs max throughput) in 2001. Since that time, he has rolled out networks with each progressive IEEE standard, from distributed deployments across hundreds of sites, to ultra-high density designs in NFL stadiums. Through it all, security always seemed like an after-thought to network owners. Not anymore. Jim’s current mission is to educate those responsible for Wi-Fi networks to the risks that they face from the ever-increasing barrage of Wi-Fi threat vectors. Jim is currently the Technical Evangelist for Wireless at WatchGuard Technologies and holds a BSEE from Portland State University (and a Ph.D. from the School of Hard Knocks).
Metamorphic Transformation with Enterprise-wide Artificial Intelligence Systems
A summary of findings spanning over two decades of research and development in enterprise-wide AI systems. This presentation will discuss critical functions that require organization and network-wide AI systems, including prevention of crises, autonomous cybersecurity, and enhanced productivity. Mark will also cover KYield’s Genesis project, which is designed to rapidly transform the organization upon adoption of the KYield OS, and how to achieve a continuously adaptive learning organization (CALO) with advanced AI systems.
Mark Montgomery, Founder & CEO of KYield, Inc.
Mark Montgomery is the Founder & CEO of KYield, Inc. He is originator of the theorem ‘yield management of knowledge’, and inventor of the patented AI system that serves as the foundation for KYield.
Mark began training in software development in 1996 and network engineering in 1997, becoming proficient in object-oriented programming and several languages, then progressed to more advanced analytics, search, and artificial intelligence. He designed, built, and operated a data center, knowledge systems (KS) lab, and multiple networks from scratch, operating 24x7x365 for several years. Mark first conceived KYield in his KS/AI lab in 1997 where he tested Google’s search algorithm and argued for their investment, among many others.
Mr. Montgomery was formerly an entrepreneur-turned business consultant who founded an early-stage venture firm. Among many companies he was an early stage booster to include Microsoft, Starbucks, Skype, and Google (not as VC). He has worked with many leading scholars and universities, including as invited panelist in national tech transfer conferences, Stanford venture conferences, ASU entrepreneur association, and Thunderbird School of Global Management where he attended a 12 week international MBA program, received certification as a global business leader and served as business plan judge for multiple years.
Mark was a frequent visitor and invited guest at the Santa Fe Institute from 2009-2016. His chapters and articles have been featured in books, academic journals, Wired, and Computerworld.
What Is Blockchain Platform Service and Why Is It Important to You?
Blockchain technology is built based on 3 principles:
1. It is distributed in nature hence a distributed ledger technology (DLT)
2. It is a peer-to-peer based community so there is no central authority
3. It is the most secure system that allows parties to transact valuable items directly without any intermediaries.
Feng Hou, Chief Digital Transformation Evangelist at the Maryville University
Currently serving as the Chief Digital Transformation Evangelist at Maryville University in St. Louis, Feng Hou is a Harvard educated senior executive with more than 20 years leadership and digital transformation experience. Hou leads digital transformation with strategic development to improve customer digital experience, enhance operational efficiency and cut operational spending.
As an award winning CIO, Hou has led the blockchain initiative to successfully implement a student owned digital certificate and degree diploma solution at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), which made CNM the first higher education institution in the nation to use blockchain technology to provide its students with digital credentials. Building upon the successful experience, Hou has been working on a number of blockchain use cases from creating a universal student ID, using smart contract to create a blockchain ERP solution, as well as building a stackable micro-credentialing solution to certify student soft skills.
Hou is a nationally sought after keynote speaker. In the past 6 months, Hou has keynoted at Blockchain in Education Conference in Washington DC about how to use blockchain technology to reform higher education; he gave another keynote speech at INTERFACE – New Mexico 2018 in Albuquerque, NM to discuss about using blockchain technology to enhance cybersecurity. He also gave a speech to the Board and senior staff at New Mexico Mutual about how blockchain can transform insurance business. Recently, Hou has collaborated with IBM to build the global blockchain education platform.
As the leading blockchain expert in US, Hou frequently speaks about the major impact of blockchain technology on education reform, cybersecurity enhancement as well as industry transformation. He has recently been invited to the White House to attend the STEM Summit; he also hosted a roundtable discussion with the university and college presidents at the Higher Education Congress Annual Meeting in Washington DC. Hou has developed the widely adopted 7 criteria for selecting the right blockchain solutions that has recently been published in Business Officer Magazine; Hou also has 2 US Patents pending.
Hou is the Co-founder of Albuquerque Blockchain Alliance (ABA), he currently serves on the National Reviewing Board for the Blockchain Certificate Exam and was a member of the National Government Blockchain Chamber Albuquerque Chapter. Hou also served on the Board of Directors for The New Mexico Council for Higher Education Computing/Communication Services (CHECS) and Board of Directors for New Mexico Technology Council. He was twice elected as the President of Florida Association of Educational Data Systems (FAEDS).
Pivoting CD Pipeline from Monolithic to Microservices
When you begin your journey into modern architecture you’ll quickly find that your current Jenkins CI/CD pipeline is not going to make the grade. Kubernetes is finally moving us away from a monolithic approach to software development towards a service-based approach. This means each microservice will have its own life cycle and be independently deployable. This is a game-changer and full-on DevOps. This presentation will cover the modifications needed in your CI/CD process to support a service-based approach to software development. It will include real-world examples and cover tools such as Jenkins, Tekton, DeployHub and Helm.
Attendees of this presentation will learn the changes that are needed to convert a traditional continuous delivery pipeline to a Kubernetes Pipeline with a look at four big challenges:
- CI/CD Workflows
- Dev, Test, Production Pipeline
- Sharing and organization
- Tracking the monolithic equivalent
Tracy Ragan, CEO and Co-Founder of DeployHub
Tracy Ragan began her odyssey in the area of DevOps long before the term was coined. In the late 1980’s she consulted Wall Street firms on ways to improve the software build and deploy process through automation. Having begun her programming career as a mainframe developer, she quickly recognized how the new ‘distributed’ datacenter lacked the build and deploy processes that were standard on mainframe systems. In 1995, Ragan co-founded OpenMake Software, a private software company that specializes in the automation of cross platform, and accelerated software builds (compile/link standards). Her innovation in this area was recognized by IBM, leading her to a board position on the newly formed Eclipse Foundation where she served for five years. Tracy has also worked with CA technologies in designing ‘Application Lifecycle’ solutions and presenting at many break-out sessions at CA World since 1997.
In 2014, Ragan recognized that there was a gap in open source tooling around Application Release Automation for performing continuous deployments. This led to the formation of DeployHub, a new product focused on bringing open source Application Release Automation to the agile project team. DeployHub OSS was launched as an open source solution in the spring of 2017. She followed up the open source offering with the creation of DeployHub.com, a company that provides both support and professional upgrades to DeployHub OSS to meet the needs of the large enterprise. Ragan currently leads the DeployHub team with a focus on the future of software deployments specific to the needs of microservices and Kubernetes.
Ragan speaks at DevOps conferences 2 to 3 times per year and is a blog contributor at DevOps.com and ITChronicles.com. She was recently recognized as a Women In Technology (WIT) Honoree for her work in the DevOps area. You may also find her as an expert panelist on Webinars along with some of her friends at GitHub and CloudBees, or quoted in SD Times articles around DevOps subjects.
User Experience (UX): It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Companies will often try and front-load their User Experience design while trying to be Agile within their development groups. In this talk, we’ll take a look at best practices for integrating User Experience into the standard Sprint cycle, and techniques that can be used to keep a waterfall approach to design from crashing down on your developers.
Joe Dallacqua, UX Practice Lead at RSI
Joe Dallacqua is the UX Practice Lead at RSI and has been working in User Experience design and development for the past 15 years. Over that time he has worked with companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies to help them bring the user to the forefront of their digital experiences. With a background in both design and development, Joe uses UX as the bridge between technology and the user – and as a tool to ensure that designers, developers, and stakeholders are all moving towards a single, unified, digital vision.