Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge will be the keynote speaker at the third annual NSCA Pivot to Profit event on Oct. 23-24 in Atlanta.
Ridge, alliantgroup chairman of cybersecurity and technology and 45th Governor of Pennsylvania, will kick off Pivot to Profit 2018 by “sharing his insights on how the industry’s businesses and clients can protect themselves while still implementing the technologies needed to compete on a global level,” according to the NSCA press release announcing Ridge’s role.
His session—“Manage Cyber Risk Before It Manages You”—will teach integrators “how to play offense vs. defense when it comes to data breaches,” according to today’s NSCA announcement.
Pivot to Profit attendees “will learn how to do as much as possible to equip and defend themselves against this new style of warfare,” according to the press release.
Ridge “has established himself as an authority in areas as diverse as intelligence analysis, national security, economic development, education, health and the environment,” according to the NSCA announcement.
In response to the terror attack on America Sept. 11, 2001, Ridge was appointed by then-President George W. Bush as the first director of the newly formed Office of Homeland Security.
In January 2003, the Office of Homeland Security was designated by the Bush administration as an official cabinet-level department. Ridge was appointed as the nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security.
At Pivot to Profit, integrators will also hear from technology experts about:
- Merging digital and physical workplaces
- Ways to create immediate recurring monthly revenue streams
- What’s moving to the cloud next
- Smart buildings and their stress on network infrastructure
- How managed services change marketing/client messaging
- Healthcare, K-12, and higher-education technology solutions of the future
- Building a managed services sales machine
“For years, we’ve talked about how change is coming for systems integrators,” says NSCA executive director Chuck Wilson. “That time of change is here, and it’s time for integrators to examine their technology, services, processes, and structure.
“Governor Tom Ridge will help them do that, and give them tips and strategies they can use to prepare for these changes.”
Registration for the two-day event is $295 through Aug. 31, 2018.
After Aug. 31, pricing goes up to $495. For more information, contact NSCA at 800.446.6722 or log on to the NSCA Pivot to Profit event page.