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November 30, 2023

CyberOhio Summit Coming to Columbus Next Week

Columbus, OH–The state of Ohio’s trade group for tech and innovation will hold an in-person summit in Columbus on Wednesday, December 6 at the Athletic Club of Columbus from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The 2023 CyberOhio Summit is a partnership effort with the Office of CyberOhio and the Ohio Innovation and Technology Association (OITA).

The CyberOhio Summit brings together businesses, citizens, and government to explore cybersecurity initiatives, build upon each other’s diverse knowledge, and tackle cybersecurity challenges.

“OITA is excited to present the CyberOhio Summit with the Office of CyberOhio.  The summit will explore protecting systems from digital attacks while sharing best practices, exchanging ideas, and making connections with experts and leaders,” said Jennifer Flatter, Executive Director of OITA.

The summit will feature many who shape Ohio's cybersecurity policy including Lt. Governor Jon HustedKirk Herath, Cybersecurity Strategic Advisor to Governor DeWine and Holly Drake, Ohio's Chief Information Security Officer, and Katrina Flory, State of Ohio CIO who will moderate a session that includes Matt Damschroder, Director, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Patricia Harris, Commissioner, the Ohio Department of Taxation, and Kathleen Madden, Director, Ohio Department of Administrative Services.

The summit agenda includes:

9:30 a.m. Registration & Networking

10:00 a.m. Welcome from OITA

10:10 a.m. Remarks from Lt. Governor Jon Husted

10:25 a.m. Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon

10:40 a.m. Cyber Landscape and Best Practice with Deloitte

10:55 a.m. Executive Perspectives with the State of Ohio CISO with Holly Drake

11:15 a.m. Local Government Challenges

Moderator: Dr. Richard Harknett, Co-Director of the Ohio Cyber Range Institute, and Chair of the Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy at the University of Cincinnati

Panelists: Frank Antenucci, County Deputy Administrator & CISO, Geauga County; Vinod Brahmapuram, Senior Director of Security, Lumen; Jill Davidson, County Auditor, Athens County; Jill Schiller, County Treasurer, Hamilton County; Andy Smarra, County Treasurer, Union County

12:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking

12:15 p.m. Priorities of CyberOhio with Kirk Herath, Cybersecurity Strategic Advisor to Governor DeWine

12:30 p.m. Private Sector Priorities

Moderator: Maria Thompson, Executive Government Advisor, Cybersecurity, AWS

Panelists: Tony DeAngelo, CISO, Encova Insurance; Allen Perk, Former President & CEO, XLN Systems; Joe Rogan, VP of Technology, Tire Discounters

1:15 p.m. Critical Infrastructure Focus

Moderator: Pat Tiberi, President and CEO, Ohio Business Roundtable

Panelists: Amber Buening, SVP, Security Outreach Director, Huntington Bank; Jim Richberg, Head of Cyber Policy & Global Field CISO, Fortinet; Todd Ware, President and CEO, Energy Cooperative

2:15 p.m. OIT and Cabinet Agency Perspectives

Moderator: Katrina Flory, CIO, State of Ohio

Panelists: Matt Damschroder, Director, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services; Patricia Harris, Commissioner, the Ohio Department of Taxation; Kathleen Madden, Director, Ohio Department of Administrative Services

Bobby Kovey, President of OITA, views the CyberOhio Summit as a great opportunity for government and members of the business and technology community to voice their challenges to one another and develop solutions.

“The OITA met with and listened to government and private sector leaders across the state.  Cybersecurity is top of mind with all of them.  The OITA has a special role to play, being the trade group for Ohio’s silicon heartland.  With the leadership of the governor, lieutenant governor and the CyberOhio team, we are able to partner with the state leaders and host this important event focused on cyber to better protect our public and private institutions,” Kovey said. 

Registration and details can be found at

About OITA

The Ohio Innovation and Technology Association (OITA) is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan statewide organization of Ohio’s technology-driven companies and industry professionals operating at the intersection of business, technology, and public policy.