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Rocky Mountain CMG – Winter ‘18 Forum – ONLINE ACCESS NOW AVAILABLE

December 6, 2018 @ 8:15 am - 4:30 pm MST

Check Out the Live Broadcast

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
Held at:

Charles SCHWAB

9899 Schwab Way

Lone Tree, CO 80124

(Note: this is a NEW LOCATION)

8:00 Registration,

8:15 AM – 4:30PM Presentations

RMCMG is proud to present another forum filled with our usual information packed, relevant, and actionable presentations.  Please register with us (see very bottom of this message for how to) so we know how many to plan for, and pass along this invitation to others so we can expand our membership.  We look forward to seeing you on the 6th of December.

Beyond the Agenda Summary below are detailed descriptions of the presentations and biographies of our speakers (as well as registration information)

This seminar continues our expansion into Cyber Security from CMG’s legacy focus on computer performance and capacity planning. This new topic space is experiencing explosive growth and dramatic changes to both the constituent base and sophistication of the technologies involved.  We’ve asked the speakers (Chris Gorog and Darla Lindt) who brought us into this space to continue their coaching

Special notes:

RMCMG Fees: RMCMG is offering this seminar series FREE OF CHARGE to any attendee.  This is made possible by the generous support of Charles SCHWAB, our sponsor and keynote speaker provider.  Our sponsor contact and corporate champion is: Andrea Larson (AAMS®, CFP®), VP – Financial Consultant.   Andrea’s contact information is at the bottom of this flyer.

Important stuff about the SCHWAB Lone Tree location

This SCHWAB office is a retail brokerage with an excellent (and large) meeting room facility.  Ask at the front desk when you enter where to find the RMCMG meeting room

Food Particulars: A light continental breakfast with beverages will be provided.  Lunch with beverages will be provided.  We’re working on an afternoon snack.

Light Rail Access: Take the E line, F line, or R line SOUTH to the Lincoln Light Rail station.  The SCHWAB office is a healthy walking distance from the light rail stop.  There is also the Lone Tree Link (green free shuttle service)…. See the map at the very bottom of this notice.

Arriving By Car:  Take I-25 to Lincoln Avenue (Exit 193).  Head West on Lincoln Avenue to Park Meadows Blvd(1/4 mile).  Turn left on Park Meadows Blvd (you’ll see a building on the corner with the Schwab logo.. that’s it.. don’t go doodling off into the larger campus – you’ll get lost), and then an immediate right on Schwab Way.  The solar collector canopy is the customer parking area for the building.  The building number is 9899 (as in: 9899 Schwab Way)

If you have any trouble, please call the Schwab Lone Tree Branch at: 720-895-3400.

Remote Attendance: If you plan on attending remotely, send your request to Dave Halbig ([email protected]) several days before the seminar (NLT Monday, Dec 3) to receive the remote attendance instructions

Happy Hour/Meet n Greet:  The meet-and-greet (aka Happy Hour) will be announced just prior to the last afternoon session on the seminar day.  Sorry, no rainchecks for remote attendees

We are seeking a sponsor for the happy hour event. 

Agenda Summary

08:00 08:15   Registration (Continental Breakfast provided outside presentation room)
08:15 08:20   Welcome, Agenda Review (Halbig)
08:20 9:30     Security and Privacy in Culture (Gorog)
9:30  10:00    Break
10:00 11:30   CyberInsurance (Part 2) (Lindt)
11:30  1:00    Keynote (Choices of topics – please vote when you register – see below) (Schwab)*
(and Lunch   (grab one immediately outside meeting room))
1:00    2:30    Project Enigma: Exploring the AI Continuum (Lebsack)
2:30    3:00    Break
3:00 – 4:30    First Bite of the AI Apple: Sizing an AI deployment (Lebsack)

* – keynote speaker provider and sponsor

 Agenda Detail

Morning (1)

Security and Privacy in Culture
Chris Gorog
Colorado Tech University

About the Presentation:

As the discussion of privacy panicles with showdowns in Congress, and clashes on a global scale with extreme differences between the United States, and European Union, we often wonder how we got to this point. This session will provide a history of events relating to the progression and current direction of Cybersecurity and Privacy and shed some light on what we should look for with future technologies and methods to take control of our individual security and privacy.

About the Speaker:

Christopher Gorog is the Lead Faculty for CS/IT/Cyber Security at Colorado Technical University, CTO of BlockFrame Inc., he is the founder of Logic Central Online and the host of the New Cyber Frontier Podcast., Published Author, Board of Advisors to Cyber Institute of the National Cybersecurity Center, Board of Directors at Cyber Resilience Institute, BlockChain SME to Colorado Legislator, and Research Partner at both Arizona State University and Colorado State University Pueblo.

Christopher is a prior Navy Nuclear Engineer and has 25+ years in engineering facets including Nuclear Engineering, Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronic Design, Critical Infrastructure, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Cyber Security.

He holds a BS in Computer Engineering, a Masters of Computer Science with a concentration in Computer System Security, and a Masters of Business Administration from Colorado Technical University and is a candidate for PhD at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Considered an expert in the field of cyber security he has numerous publications and releases in Technological Era Leadership, and in nearly every aspect of cyber security. His primary focus has been developing best practices for designing next generation cyber security by the integration of business cyber risks and cyber physical systems using cryptographic key management.

As the evolving world of technology continue to touch our lives, the next generation of cyber security needs to include the millions of micro-controlled devices which automate and add comfort to our lives. Christopher is bringing his expertise in both cyber physical systems and business infrastructure together. His programs and research are utilizing blockchain technology for logistics, and cyber security solutions to the secure and enable privacy to massive amounts of IoT devices.

Morning (2)

CyberInsurance – Part 2
Darla Lindt
The Woodlands Financial Group

About the Presentation:

The unparalleled convenience and increasing dependence on technology has spurred on a new risk exposure.  Cyber insurance is new to the insurance market compared to other lines of cover; however, it is evolving to meet these modern exposures.  Cyber Insurance is a key strategic consideration in an organizations cyber resilience profile.  Darla Lindt, CyRM is a leading cyber insurance expert educating business leaders on cyber policies as part of their cyber protection plan.

The speaker extends earlier concepts of CyberInsurance and Risk Assessment with actual use cases from current customers.

“Cyber Insurance is the lifeline to businesses that have experienced a cyberattack…it’s that important”, Darla Lindt, CyRM

About the Presenter: 

Darla Lindt, a designated Cyber Risk Manager (CyRM), serves the National Cyber Exchange (NCX) as the Director of Risk Management, offering nearly 30 years of experience in Leadership, Business Development and Strategic Planning. Darla is the Branch Owner of TWFG Insurance Services, an independent insurance agency specializing in cyber insurance. Extending her reach beyond advising clients, Darla is a dynamic presenter helping various groups gain valuable understanding of cyber insurance. Darla equips Business Owners, C-Suite Executives, and Board of Directors with the necessary tools to position their companies with a competitive edge by incorporating cyber insurance in their cybersecurity profile.

NCX: The National Cyber Exchange is a non-profit member organization providing a communication platform by way of our website, NCX Forum, Mobile Apps and ISAO.  This communication platform serves as a trusted resource for cyber information featuring Subject Matter Experts, Webinars, Trainings, Information, How To’s and most notably a National Alert Notification capability which has demonstrated a high impact on awareness.

The state of our Nation remains extremely vulnerable to cyber attacks.  We need to rapidly advance the cybersecurity movement in order to secure our Nation.  This is not just the responsibility of our Government Agencies but of every individual utilizing technology.  Cybersecurity begins with each individual taking responsibility to steward the opportunity technology affords us.  Starting with increased awareness, the right information, training and tools; NCX endeavors to participate in equipping the nation

Noon Keynote

Keynote Presentation*

To Be Announced

Charles SCHWAB Corporation

About the Presentation:

There are two presentations being offered by our sponsor.  The sponsor has asked that we help in choosing the one right for us.

The first presentation choice is “Preparing for a Bear Market”.  While we’ve had quite a run (Spring 2009), there’s no assurance the bull market will continue.  History, however, suggests that one could beset us in the next several years or months.  None of the prior bear markets snuck up on us; each provided some warnings, if we were looking for them.  The defensive posture a prudent investor can take can dramatically reduce the adverse impacts of a bear market.  Precursor indicators of a bear market and things you can do to defend your portfolio are discussed.

The second presentation choice is a rather standard discussion of fixed income choices for a retirement portfolio that is either about to be used, or is in active use.  Active and passive portfolio strategies are discussed.

OK.. now it’s up to you … which one would you like to hear about?  Let us know (soon).

About the Presenter: 


*- Keynote Address and Sponsor

Afternoon (1)

Project Enigma: Exploring the AI Continuum
Rick Lebsack
IBM Corporation

About the Presentation: 

The Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning (/AI/ML/DL) domain has moved from High Performance Computing (HPC) scientists to everyday conversation. Language and technology of Cognitive and AI solution flavors are spanning infrastructure options — System z, POWER and x86. Fold in the DL frameworks and algorithms and whole new taxonomy and considerations need to be understood. There is a continuum where all of these platforms can work together — be it training performance, development functionality or scoring latency. This overview session will explain, explore, document and place the continuum of AI approaches and use cases into context for non-data scientists. .

About the Speaker: 

Rick Lebsack has been active in IT circles around Denver since 1982.  Could say he cut his teeth on the 3081 processor.  He has worn many hats in his career from SE to Consultant across mainframes to storage to open systems to systems management… he has experience with all.  Currently Rick is an Executive Systems Architect in Denver where he covers the map on Infrastructure and the Software it takes to enable it.  In his spare time he is currently a board member and past-President of CMG working to sustain and enhance the CMG experience for all. 

Afternoon (2)

First Bite of the AI Apple: Sizing an AI deployment
Rick Lebsack
IBM Corporation

About the Presentation: 

The discussion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions has exposed the requirement to plan for capacity. Historically, most enterprise workloads come with a degree of consistency along with repeatability from run to run. Well, in this new age of developing AI assisted applications the development side of the equation has changed. No longer will a test run have consistency, no longer will resources be shared so that utilization is the primary measure of efficient use of resources. There are two events in the journey to AI where the capacity planner will get involved — initial creation of the resource pool and ongoing measurement of efficiency. This presentation will introduce one approach to capacity planning and ongoing measurement of an AI resource grid. Hopefully we will have spirited discussion on this new topic for capacity planning.

About the Presenter: 

Rick Lebsack has been active in IT circles around Denver since 1982.  Could say he cut his teeth on the 3081 processor.  He has worn many hats in his career from SE to Consultant across mainframes to storage to open systems to systems management… he has experience with all.  Currently Rick is an Executive Systems Architect in Denver where he covers the map on Infrastructure and the Software it takes to enable it.  In his spare time he is currently a board member and past-President of CMG working to sustain and enhance the CMG experience for all.

Cost and Registration Options:

(A continental breakfast, a buffet lunch, and beverages for all two meals are included in the registration fee – meat and vegetarian options will be available for lunch)

And, as a bonus, we’re hosting an off-site meet-n-greet immediately following the seminar – still trying to get a sponsor for this, but attend anyway.  The off site Happy Hour location will be announced during the afternoon session.

Pre-registration fees:                          Pre-registration options

(NONE… NONE…NONE)                (see below)

Our ability to offer this event cost free to attendees is due to the generous support of our sponsor, Charles SCHWAB.  Our sponsor representative and corporate champion is Andrea Larson, VP – financial consultant.  You can contact Andrea at:

[email protected]
9899 Schwab Way,
Lone Tree, CO 80124
(720) 895-3409.

Seating is (still) limited; make your on-line reservations early.  PLEASE send us an email that you intend to come so we can plan accordingly.  Send your intent to:

[email protected]
[email protected]

About CMG

The Computer Measurement Group is a not-for-profit, worldwide organization of IT professionals committed to sharing information and best practices focused on ensuring the efficiency and scalability of IT service delivery to the enterprise through measurement, quantitative analysis and forecasting.

CMG members are primarily concerned with performance evaluation of existing systems to maximize performance (e.g. response time, throughput, etc.) and with capacity management where planned enhancements to existing systems or the design of new systems are evaluated to find the necessary resources required to provide adequate performance at a reasonable cost.

For more information about this meeting or for dates and topics for future Rocky Mountain CMG meetings, please contact: Dave Halbig at (703) 652-6293.  The calendar for this and all other CMG meetings can be found at:

Are you on the RMCMG email list? Send your email address and other contact information to Blaine Gaither :  [email protected]

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December 6, 2018
8:15 am - 4:30 pm MST
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Charles SCHWAB
9899 Schwab Way
Lone Tree, CO 80124 United States
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