GCP Tech Education Seminar Q1 2023
Cyber Resiliency: Bend but Don't Break
Tuesday, February 28th, 2023
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Shatten Boardroom
1240 Huron Road East
Cleveland OH, 44115
Cost: Free

Organizations are often focused on stopping the adversary at the door, which has been and will continue to be a formidable approach to security. Is it working? True resiliency requires a paradigm and culture shift from "Don't let it happen" to "It will happen, let's be ready." In other words, bend but don't break.

This presentation will focus on “where to start” as it relates to being more cyber resilient.  It will further discuss the role that business continuity, disaster recovery and incident response need to work in coordination to provide a deeper understanding of Resiliency and maintain customer expectations despite loss. 


Presented by:  Bob Eckman, CISSP, PMP, Senior Director, Risk Consulting, RSM US LLP

Summary of Experience

Bob serves as a senior director with RSM US in the cyber response and resiliency practice, where he leads clients through cyber resiliency practices that prepare them to withstand emergencies and cyber-attacks. In addition to bringing a wealth of consulting and private industry security experience to RSM, Bob has over 25 years of experience in security, compliance, privacy, and technology project and program management. Bob served as the chief information security officer at Kent State University, where he led Ohio’s second largest university in protecting digital assets and identities and served as an enterprise-wide evangelist for security.

Prior to this role, Bob served as security principal and vCISO in consulting serving for profit and not for profit organizations across Northeast Ohio including healthcare, higher education, manufacturing, finance, and legal.  Bob’s experience includes guiding cybersecurity services, solutions and staff in incident response, security operations, identity and access management and security evangelism. Prior to consulting, Bob served as the cybersecurity program manager for FirstEnergy’s Nuclear division and served leadership roles at Progressive Insurance and Shearer’s Foods. He holds adjunct professor status in cybersecurity at Kent State University and in 2016 was awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award. He also served as executive director of Cleveland State University’s Marshall Law College’s Center for Cyber and Privacy.

He has been recognized by the Ohio State Senate for his achievements in security. In addition to many industry certifications, Bob is active on many boards and groups having served as vice president of the Northeast Ohio Cyber Consortium and as a board member of the Ohio Innovation Technology Association.


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