Springfield Tech Council

Threat Intelligence Panel - Cybersecurity Community Focus

Threat Intelligence Panel - Cybersecurity Community Focus

Thursday, May 18, 2023 (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM) (CDT)


Our quarterly Cybersecurity Community, sponsored by Pondurance, returns Thursday, May 18th, 5PM, and Springfield Brewing Company. We have an excellent panel of local and national experts coming to discuss Threat Intelligence. 

We will discuss topics including:

  • How Threat Intelligence is built
  • Emerging thread trends
  • Building culture in organizations
  • How do we react? When is it appropriate to just communicate compared to when do we need to act?
  • How are we all handling new threats?

Networking, appetizers, and refreshments will be available as the doors open at 5:00 PM. We’ll start the panel discussion around 5:30 and plan for about an hour of content to leave plenty of time for Q&A and networking at the end of the event.


Ron Pelletier
Founder & Chief Customer Officer

Ron Pelletier is the original Founder of Pondurance, having started the company from his basement in 2008. Ron has over 25 years of cyber security advisory experience. He started his career as an officer in the US Army, followed by nine years with Big Four firm, EY. As a strong consensus builder and customer advocate, Ron is focused on evangelizing the Pondurance brand as well as customer success.

Rhyan Friesen
Information Security Analyst
O'Reilly Auto Parts

Hi, I'm Rhyan, an Information Security Analyst with three years of experience in the field. Prior to this, I spent 15 years as a science teacher. In my current role at O’Reilly Auto Parts, I'm responsible for identifying, analyzing, and responding to cyber threats, developing incident response plans, and conducting investigations. I'm passionate about staying up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity trends and best practices.

Heath Rust
Network Security Engineering Manager
Jack Henry

Heath Rust is a motivated professional leader with over 20 years of experience and a wide range of skills in IT/Security. He is a very driven person who can be agile and strategic in his work. Heath has experience working with startups to Fortune 500 companies. Currently, he works as a Network Security Engineering Manager for Jack Henry in Springfield, Missouri, where he leads and coaches a team of 9-12 Network Security Engineers. He is responsible for implementing and supporting SOC security services for financial institutions.

Heath is also an entrepreneur who co-founded Future Focus LLC, which organizes tech conferences, and serves as the Co-Chairman of DreamIT MakeIT, a non-profit Makerspace. In addition, he is the Owner/CEO of Twisted Pair LLC, a proactive MSP/MSSP for small businesses. Heath has a bachelor's degree in computer science and a background in teaching.

His personality can be summed up by the saying, "Be Curious, Not Judgmental."

Mike Miller
Appalachia Technologies, LLC

Mike, a 25-year experienced CISO, has a passion for helping others through their journey of breaking into cybersecurity. The book he released recently (Break in Cyber Playbook) is 60 pages of insight from his 25 year journey. You can find Mike on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikesportfolio/ - 52,000 followers strong and growing. Mike's also growing a following on YouTube and Twitter.

Eric Wedin
Senior Incident Response Consultant

Eric Wedin has over 18 years experience in Law Enforcement, 12 years as a detective, 10 years focusing on digital crime investigations. He was a sworn US Secret Service Task Force member and led the USSS Network Intrusion Investigative unit for the Tampa Field Office. He has served as an expert witness for cyber investigations in criminal court. He has provided professional training to prosecutors, investigators, and law enforcement administration.  Eric has also been a guest speaker for numerous conventions to include the Florida Sheriffs' Association Conference. Additionally, he serves as an instructor (Coach) for the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) for the Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) process and holds the GIAC GCFA Certification.


FREE for STC members - $20 for non-members. Appetizers and drink tickets included. 

Springfield Brewing Company
305 S. Market Ave
Springfield, MO 65806 United States
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