The Hilt

6: Hear It From Your Peers – Systems Integration Business Leaders Share Cybersecurity Knowledge

February 12, 2020
The Hilt
6: Hear It From Your Peers – Systems Integration Business Leaders Share Cybersecurity Knowledge
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The Hilt
6: Hear It From Your Peers – Systems Integration Business Leaders Share Cybersecurity Knowledge
Feb 12, 2020
Defendify

Join Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos on a special episode of The Hilt! In this episode, Rob leads a panel of National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) members on their perspectives of cybersecurity issues impacting systems integrators and small businesses today. Brandon Conick, Christina DeBono, and Randy Johnson are all forward-thinking leaders in the systems integration industry who have led successful cybersecurity programs at their organizations. 

In this episode, Rob and the panel will address:

  • The cybersecurity landscape in the integration industry and strategies for success
  • Tactics integrators and other small businesses can take to help protect their company and customer sensitive data
  • The prevalence of third-party cybersecurity risk assessments and how panelists have handled them
  • Cybersecurity considerations around connected devices, cameras, and audio-visual equipment
  • The value of multiple layers of cybersecurity protection and how to effectively deploy each layer to improve an organization’s cybersecurity posture

Cybersecurity threats are a growing issue in many industries, but this panel discussion helps break the topic down to provide valuable insight from real business leaders.

 

Meet the Panelists:

Brandon Conick: Chief Information Officer, Conference Technologies

With degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering, Brandon joined the CTI team in 2008 as a Design Consultant. As one of CTI’s top performers, he was promoted to Vice President of Integration in 2014. In 2016, along with completing his MBA, he was promoted to Chief Information Officer, taking responsibility to help facilitate CTI’s growth in IT offerings and strategy.

 

Christina DeBono: President, ClearTech Media

Christina De Bono is President of ClearTech, a company established in 1983. Christina has 24 years of experience in the commercial AV (Audio Visual) industry holding key positions in sales and executive management. 

Over the years, she has worked with several clients including Sempra Energy, JPL/NASA, Southern California Gas Co., Pepperdine University, Caltech and USC to name a few. Christina has received multiple achievement awards including manager of the year as well as 13 top sales achievement awards.

Christina has been elected to the Board of Directors for National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) to begin serving in July 2017. Christina also serves on the Executive Committee of Commission on Voluntary Service & Action (CVSA) tackling the problems of poverty, health care, housing and more. She has served on other Boards including International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), LA Chapter from 2006 – 2013, and for the Association of Strategic Planners (ASP), L.A. Chapter. Christina is also an IFMA Workplace Evolutionary (WE) leader for Southern California. 

 

Randy Johnson: President, Sound Solutions

Randy Johnson is the President of Sound Solutions, a full-line integrator specializing in surveillance and AV. In his over 40 years with Sound Solutions, Randy has been dedicated to providing customized sound, video, surveillance, and music solutions to all types of businesses and institutions. Randy is also the past President of the International Business Music Association. 

 

This panel discussion was originally produced as a webinar in conjunction with the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA).

Show Notes

Join Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos on a special episode of The Hilt! In this episode, Rob leads a panel of National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) members on their perspectives of cybersecurity issues impacting systems integrators and small businesses today. Brandon Conick, Christina DeBono, and Randy Johnson are all forward-thinking leaders in the systems integration industry who have led successful cybersecurity programs at their organizations. 

In this episode, Rob and the panel will address:

  • The cybersecurity landscape in the integration industry and strategies for success
  • Tactics integrators and other small businesses can take to help protect their company and customer sensitive data
  • The prevalence of third-party cybersecurity risk assessments and how panelists have handled them
  • Cybersecurity considerations around connected devices, cameras, and audio-visual equipment
  • The value of multiple layers of cybersecurity protection and how to effectively deploy each layer to improve an organization’s cybersecurity posture

Cybersecurity threats are a growing issue in many industries, but this panel discussion helps break the topic down to provide valuable insight from real business leaders.

 

Meet the Panelists:

Brandon Conick: Chief Information Officer, Conference Technologies

With degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering, Brandon joined the CTI team in 2008 as a Design Consultant. As one of CTI’s top performers, he was promoted to Vice President of Integration in 2014. In 2016, along with completing his MBA, he was promoted to Chief Information Officer, taking responsibility to help facilitate CTI’s growth in IT offerings and strategy.

 

Christina DeBono: President, ClearTech Media

Christina De Bono is President of ClearTech, a company established in 1983. Christina has 24 years of experience in the commercial AV (Audio Visual) industry holding key positions in sales and executive management. 

Over the years, she has worked with several clients including Sempra Energy, JPL/NASA, Southern California Gas Co., Pepperdine University, Caltech and USC to name a few. Christina has received multiple achievement awards including manager of the year as well as 13 top sales achievement awards.

Christina has been elected to the Board of Directors for National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) to begin serving in July 2017. Christina also serves on the Executive Committee of Commission on Voluntary Service & Action (CVSA) tackling the problems of poverty, health care, housing and more. She has served on other Boards including International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), LA Chapter from 2006 – 2013, and for the Association of Strategic Planners (ASP), L.A. Chapter. Christina is also an IFMA Workplace Evolutionary (WE) leader for Southern California. 

 

Randy Johnson: President, Sound Solutions

Randy Johnson is the President of Sound Solutions, a full-line integrator specializing in surveillance and AV. In his over 40 years with Sound Solutions, Randy has been dedicated to providing customized sound, video, surveillance, and music solutions to all types of businesses and institutions. Randy is also the past President of the International Business Music Association. 

 

This panel discussion was originally produced as a webinar in conjunction with the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA).

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