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KCITP InfoSec Night: Photos, Keynote Video, Google Fiber Interview & More!

Kansas City IT Professionals InfoSec Keynote by Enrique Salem, CEO of Symantec
Here it is, a summary of all things from Kansas City IT Professionals InfoSec Night!

Over 250 people from KCITP joined us last Wednesday @ JCCC for a Keynote from Enrique Salem (CEO Of Symantec) & the Capture The Flag competition w/ $10k in cash/prizes!


In this post, we’ll be including a few things:

  • Video recording of the keynote by Enrique Salem, CEO of Symantec
  • An exclusive interview w/ Mr. Salem on ideas for Google Fiber, leadership tips/thoughts & innovation
  • Some fantastic event photos
  • Capture The Flag competition prize winners
  • Sponsor thanks

Symantec CEO Keynote Address to Kansas City IT Professionals

Enrique Salem, CEO Of Symantec Keynote Address To Kansas City IT ProfessionalsMr. Salem covered many topics, including the threat landscape, how current IT trends are requiring organizations to take new approaches in security, and a few references to the Google Fiber Kansas City project!

It was a fantastic opportunity for Information Technology leaders, IT security professionals and others in the industry to learn how they can protect business-critical information in today’s world.

Further, he also took a number of questions from the audience about the future of information security, privacy and more.

The video also includes some opening remarks from me, how we got our start & where we’re going. I also give a few tips on lessons I’ve learned along the way, which include things that you should be thinking about if you have an idea you’re passionate about! 🙂

Watch the video:

Interview w/ Mr. Salem: Google Fiber, Startups, Innovation & Leadership

Prior to his keynote at our InfoSec Night event, I was honored to get time to sit down with Enrique Salem, CEO of Symantec and get his thoughts on a variety of topics.

We talked about:

  • Where he sees the opportunity in the Kansas City Google Fiber project
  • Leadership: How he encourages a startup culture at a 7 billion dollar company & how it can lead to innovation
  • How things are changing in the technology world & where they’re going
  • …and more!

Capture The Flag Competition

Kansas City IT Professionals Capture The Flag Competition

After the Keynote, ethical hackers & security specialists took part in a Capture The Flag (CTF) competition w/ $10k in cash/prizes (donated by Symantec).

Although no one won Symantec’s $5k bounty, many came away with awesome prizes. Ipads, Amazon Fires and other items were given the security minded professionals who were able to complete various tasks in the challenge. Capture The Flag - Kansas City IT Professionals InfoSec night

This four hour challenge was full of an AMAZING energy up until the very end!! One of the best parts was seeing all of the collaboration between individuals.

It’s things like this that speaks volumes about the strength of the Kansas City IT Professionals community.

Sponsor thanks

We found out in mid February that Mr. Salem was available on March 21st….and had to turn this event around very quickly.

I can’t express how thankful we are for those who stepped up to help make this happen.

The list below contains the entities that supported this effort.

They deserve recognition…so whether it’s business , please take a moment to review the list below.

Presented By

Symantec - Sponsor for Kansas City Information Technology Professionals Event

Hosted By

Johnson County Community College Center For Business And Technology

Gold Sponsors

The Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo.


MasterYourCardMo Logo - Gold Sponsor for Kansas City IT Professionals

Master Your Card, a public education program from MasterCard, helps consumers, small businesses and governments get more from their money by using prepaid, debit and credit cards to their advantage. Missouri-based technology runs our electronic payment network that delivers instantaneous, affordable and safe transactions through cards


MultiService - Sponsor for Kansas City Information Technology Professionals Event

Multi Service specializes in the design, implementation and management of commercial billing and payment solutions, specifically closed-loop, net pay programs. We work with clients to identify specific credit requirements and transaction processing concerns in order to develop operational efficiencies that can foster business growth

Silver Sponsors

FishNet Security Sponsor for Kansas City Information Technology Professionals Event

Bronze Sponsors

Adcuda - Sponsor for Kansas City IT Professionals
Adventure Tech - Sponsor for Kansas City Information Technology Professionals Event

Alterra Bank - Bronze Sponsor for Kansas City IT Professionals Event
Cerner Logo - Sponsor for Kansas City IT Professionals

Sporting Innovations - Sponsor for Kansas City IT Professionals

Livestream provided by:

Digital Evolution Group - Sponsor for Kansas City IT Professionals
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