The 12th Annual Cyber Security Summit celebrated the Cyber Security industry’s Best and Brightest in our Annual Visionary Leadership Awards on October 25, 2022 during the Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The evening shined brighter with legendary rocker, Domenick Allen (from Foreigner, Broadway and more) headlining an evening that honors the efforts of our industry colleagues who are truly leading the way through their visionary approaches across the discipline of cyber security. And, the show included some local cyber talent getting their groove on!
With a continual flow of increasingly sophisticated threats, cyber security programs now rely on an ecosystem that includes visionary leadership on many fronts. Over the years, the Cyber Security Summit has given awards to top leaders in industry, government, and academia for several years. We are excited to celebrate our 2023 Visionary Leadership Honorees and recognize the award recipients at a Visionary Leadership Awards Dinner and Celebration, hosted on the second evening of our 13th Annual Summit, October 26th, 2023. Along with recognition for their accomplishments, award recipients will get a brief opportunity to share their innovative strategies with other visionaries and then sit back and enjoy the show.
The Visionary Leadership Awards that we confer are called The Morries™. They are named after Robert Tappan Morris (“Morrie”), originator of the first-known national cyber hacking event on Nov. 2, 1988. That is one year before the formation of the World Wide Web. As a gifted college student programmer, Morris unwittingly unleashed a self-propagating worm into the national system which slowed university and military computers to a crawl. Morris claimed that his worm had been conceived as an experiment. Unfortunately, it accidentally created havoc. Though he could have been imprisoned under then-current law, he was fined and sentenced to perform public service. As the first cyber hacker, Morris becomes the fitting source for the name of our annual award ceremony celebrating visionary innovators in the cyber landscape.
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