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Call for Speakers


Date:  October 24, 2018      Time:  8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:  The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303


The Targeted Audience includes decision makers from both the public and private sector working in information technology, information assurance, homeland security or corporate security are the targeted audience. Past forums have been represented by WNY hospitals, health care, volunteer organizations, manufacturing, public/private schools & universities, financial institutions and service industries along with a broad cross section of city, county and state departments. The audience contains many in a decision-making position.


Call for Speakers Opens:             August 8, 2018

Call for Speakers Closes:             August 29, 2018

Notification to Speakers:             September 12, 2018

Bio & 1st Presentation Draft:        September 30, 2018

Final Presentations:                    October 15, 2018


Proposals can be submitted through the form located at: Call For Speaker Proposal Form.  Please refer to proposal requirements below.


Private meeting rooms with 8 separate sessions (45-60 minutes each)

9-10 AM

10-11 AM

1-2 PM

2-3 PM


The topics below have been recommended by the committee.

Crisis Management topics

  • Knowledge, skills and traits for effective crisis leadership
  • How to turn crisis into opportunity
  • Crisis communications
  • Crisis response teams
  • Setting expectations during a disaster
  • Emergency action plans for small business
  • First Responder Mobile Mapping – GIS
  • Social networking during an emergency

Business Continuity topics

  • All hazards planning and preparedness
  • Business continuity in the 21st Century
  • Transitioning from plan to implementation
  • Running a tabletop exercise
  • Remote Access as a strategy
  • How to make sure you are in business after the disaster
  • COOP Planning
  • HIPAA Compliance

Information Security topics

  • Security for a mobile workforce
  • Information security
  • Cyber security
  • Computer forensics, investigation and response
  • Enterprise wide IT risk management
  • Secure information flow
  • Camera phones – what are the risks
  • Identity theft 2.0
  • Hacker protection
  • Criminal Intrusion Trends
  • BYOD in the Business Setting

Information Technology topics

  • Service oriented architecture
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud computing
  • Mobile computing
  • Next generation data management
  • Creating IT budgets in a down economy
  • Social networking trends & challenges
  • E-Discovery

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  • Physical Security in businesses and non-profits
  • FEMA Presentations
  • FBI Presentations
  • Law Enforcement Presentations
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Emergency Response

Speaker Benefits:

  • All selected speakers receive a complimentary registration to the event.
  • Speakers will have the option of a booth/table in the Vendor Hall for Q & A Sessions
  • Speakers gain increased visibility throughout the Tech community.
  • Speakers and their companies and organizations are included in promotional information sent to regional and local constituents via hard copy and other marketing material, the Tech Forum web site, and press release in Buffalo Business First.
  • Speakers have the opportunity to network with peers and other professionals throughout the event.
  • Speakers can prove their value, expertise, knowledge and acumen by presenting relevant and timely subjects in an effective manner, often leading to business development.

Speaker Expense Reimbursement:

Niagara County is a governmental agency, which hosts an Annual Technology & Cybersecurity Forum. The Forum has been Western New York’s leading Technology event for 18 years featuring cybersecurity/homeland security/technology vendor displays and educational sessions.

The Forum attracts over 350 attendees each year.

Last year's Forum had attendees who traveled from across NY and Canada to attend.  They represented a variety of companies including:

  • Local, State & Federal Government
  • Primary Schools
  • Instructors & IT Staff from State & Private Colleges & Universities
  • Small Business Owners
  • IT Staff form Local Companies
  • Health Care Organizations
  • Bank & Financial Institutions
  • Utilities Companies
  • Security Firms
  • Legal Firms