2021 IT Security Update Seminar

2021 IT Security Update Seminar

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Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 8:30 am to 11:30 am

Member Price: $75 | Non-Member Price: $100

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Amid the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, ransomware attacks and data breaches are surging – threatening continuity of operations for Pennsylvania businesses. Cybercrime is predicted to inflict damages totaling $6 trillion globally in 2021, according to a recent Cybersecurity Ventures report. Businesses must take action to identify vulnerabilities and protect their network and data from attacks.

Top business leaders and IT experts will share critical IT security insight, including an in-depth case study of a respected global company based in Pennsylvania that successfully navigated a ransomware attack in 2020, technical approaches to uncovering and remediating malicious activity, and training your workforce to mitigate IT vulnerabilities.

Program Highlights:

  • How Gannett Fleming Navigated a Ransomware Attack – Gannett Fleming Chairman of the Board Bob Scaer and Chief Technology Officer Kevin Switala share an inside look at how the company resolved a ransomware attack in 2020, including the use of forensics to identify how the attack transpired, actions taken to rebuild their network and restore data, their crisis communications plan, key lessons learned and more.
  • Technical Approaches to Uncovering and Remediating Malicious Activity – Clifford Shier, Managing Principal and Cyber Risk Strategist at Unisys shares key information on identifying, preventing and resolving malicious activity and breaches, including applicable case studies and best practices.
  • Training Your Workforce to Mitigate IT Vulnerabilities – David Steele, Partner at Intrada Technologies details how companies should implement and/or update their security policies to protect company data in conjunction with comprehensive employee awareness education and training. Emphasis is placed on effective IT policies, best practices for employee training and tips for common cyber scams targeting employees.

Continuing Education Credits

Certification group type of credits No. of credits
Continuing Legal Education Board CLEs 3
(ISC)2 Americas Continuing Professional Education (CPE) 3
Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy CPEs(PX177225) - Group Study 3

For questions on Continuing Education credit certifications for this event, please contact Susan Smith, 717.720.5457 |

About The Speakers

Robert Scaer

Robert “Bob” M. Scaer, P.E., is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Gannett Fleming, Inc., a global infrastructure and engineering firm that provides progressive solutions for transportation, earth sciences and natural resources, geospatial, water, power, and facilities projects. Now home to more than 2,500 employees in 60+ offices around the world, Gannett Fleming opened in 1915 and is consistently ranked among the industry’s top design firms. As Chairman of the Board and CEO, Bob is responsible for all operations of Gannett Fleming and its subsidiaries. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2003.


Prior to assuming the chairmanship in 2017, Bob was President and Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Gannett Fleming responsible for overseeing planning, design, technology, and construction management services for a diverse array of markets and disciplines provided through corporate regional offices in the United States and international operations. Prior to assuming the presidency in 2009, Bob was the Past President of GeoDecisions, a division of Gannett Fleming, responsible for creating and managing the day-to-day operations of GeoDecisions, a comprehensive geographic information system (GIS)/IT consulting firm with more than 150 professionals and 15 offices nationwide. In this capacity, he testified before Congress on geospatial information technology-based systems for homeland security, and the reauthorization of the transportation bill before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.


Bob was also the Past Chief Information Officer of Gannett Fleming responsible for overseeing the corporation's enterprise IT system. Additionally, Gannett Fleming views IT as strategic in its pursuits of increased profitability, growth, and efficiency. Key responsibilities included the development and implementation of an IT Strategic Plan and Action Plan and establishment of an annual budget. Bob received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.

David Steele

David Steele is the co-founder of Intrada Technologies, a full-service web development and network management company launched in 2000. David is responsible for developing and managing client and vendor relationships with a focus on delivering quality service. In addition, he provides project management oversight on all security, compliancy, strategy, development and network services.


In 2004, David sold the Dialup and Wireless portions of the business, with Intrada assuming the Micro-Link hosting and commercial ISP services. In 2015, David purchased PRworks, a public relations and strategic marketing company.  PRworks continues to offer services in parallel to Intrada supporting clients through all levels of branding, public relations and marketing services.    This unique relationship allows clients to receive a focused approached from experienced industry professionals to the creation and delivery of marketing services within a single relationship.


Today, David's primary business focus is project management related to strategic and compliancy focused requirements.   Not limited to: internet development projects including APP, API, SEM and SEO objectives.  Management of onboarding and transition of services with a managed service structure.   Implementing solutions and configurations with an emphasis on compliance and security requirements.    These requirements have included HIPAA, GDRP, PCI, ADA, Cyber Insurance, HIST 800-171 and recently new CMMC practices with experience into Level 5 organizational procedures and policies.


Client Depth - David's clients include healthcare, educational, telecommunications, insurance, service, transportation, information technologies, financial, manufacturing, retail and non-profits.


In addition, David continues to pursue advanced training in new media and technology developments to enhance and grow service lines, knowledge and client opportunity.

Kevin Switala

Kevin Switala serves as Gannett Fleming’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he provides strategic technical leadership and oversight of the company’s Information Technology Services business unit. He is responsible for:

  • Strategic linking between technology and business
  • Determining technology investments to: support top line growth, optimize business and operational processes for bottom line growth, and reduce cyber and information security risks
  • Supervising the firm’s Technology Business Management and Governance frameworks.

He brings more than 22 years of Geographic Information System and IT experience and was awarded the 2019 Philadelphia region’s CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Award for the Corporate Category.


Prior to his current role, he served as a Vice President in the firm’s geospatial business line GeoDecisions, managing operations for the division, along with their federal and international market project capture and delivery. Working throughout North America and the Middle East, he specialized in the application of geospatial IT for emergency management, public safety projects and urban planning projects, along with professional facilitation services for visioning workshops, needs assessments, and strategic planning projects.


He began his career in 1997 as a GIS Analyst with the City of Philadelphia Police Department, where he was instrumental in establishing some of the very first enterprise geospatial crime analysis and mapping capabilities and solutions in the United States.


He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental design and ornamental horticulture from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Over 25 years of Clifford Shier’s career have been in IT Leadership roles (CIO/CISO/CTO). Mr. Shier has a long history of collaborative partnering to deliver sustainable results for market leading Fortune and Critical Infrastructure companies as well as those in the Public Sector. He has led numerous business transformation and high growth initiatives resulting in significant measurable gains in performance, profitability and competitiveness. As trusted advisor and IT/Business strategist to our client C-Suite executives, Mr. Shier brings expertise in Strategic Leadership, Cybersecurity, Governance, Risk Management, Compliance, Enterprise Architecture, Business Alignment, and Cloud Solutions.