Summit Speakers

Jim Nitterauer

Senior Security Specialist
AppRiver, LLC

Jim Nitterauer is currently a Senior Security Specialist at AppRiver, LLC. His team is responsible for global network deployments and manages the SecureSurf global DNS infrastructure and SecureTide global SPAM & Virus filtering infrastructure as well as all internal applications. The team also manages IT security for the entire company.

Jim has over 20 years experience in the IT industry. He currently holds a CISSP certification in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology from Ursinus College and a Master of Science degree with a major in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Alabama. He is a 2000 graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa and a 2001 graduate of Leadership Pensacola.

Jim has presented at many conferences both locally and nationally including BSides Las Vegas, NolaCon, ITEN Wired and other smaller events. He is a regular contributor to the Tripwire Blog and Peerlyst. He served as President and CEO of GridSouth Networks, LLC, a joint venture between Creative Data Concepts Limited Inc. and AppRiver, LLC. Jim is also the founder and President of Creative Data Concepts Limited, Inc., a well-known Web services provider that's been located in Pensacola, Florida since 1998.

In addition to his work at AppRiver, he devotes his time to advancing IT security awareness and investigating novel ways to implement affordable security controls.

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Cyber – I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means!

Be honest – do you cringe when you hear others using the word “cyber?” You are not alone. And now that the media uses “cyber” in every conceivable context, the public is completely confused. If you ask ten people what “cyber” means, you will get ten different answers! Many in our profession continue to perpetuate these lexical faux pas, parroting what they hear without fully understanding the meaning of what they are saying. At many talks, attendees play games often betting on the number of times “cyber” will be used in each talk!

As specialists in information security, we should be choosing our words carefully and conveying the clear meaning of those words. Allowing the media and other non-technical people to dictate the language we use to describe the intricacies of our profession leads to more harm than good. The InfoSec world is changing rapidly and we should be the ones leading the way. Using the proper language is critical to better understanding for everyone.

This talk will dig into the evolution of the use of “cyber” while attempting define the proper terms we all should be using to describe the various realms of our profession. We will examine these realms and set a solid lexical foundation that will help us all be better prepared when explaining highly technical concepts to the average non-technical person. The goal – better security for everyone.