CyberHawaii July 2023 Newsletter.

 "The FBI Cybersecurity Conference in Honolulu."

Views expressed in this cybersecurity, cybercrime update are those of the reporters and correspondent.  Accessed on 12 July 2023, 0013 UTC.  Content provided by email subscription to "CyberHawaii Newsletter."

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July 2023 Newsletter

July 11, 2023

A Message from the CEO


First off let me say a big Mahalo to each of you who have, and continue to support CyberHawaii as we work to improve the cyber resilience of our local community. I've been in my new role full time since June 12 and have to say it's been a fun and exciting ride so far. The FBI Cybersecurity Conference that's highlighted in this newsletter far exceeded expectations in terms of the number of attendees it attracted and the amount of information that was shared. Speakers from federal and state agencies provided detailed information on where they saw cyber threats and how we can prepare for them. In the audience were representatives of private businesses, both large and small, state agency personnel and students from a variety of schools. The conference highlighted the role that CyberHawaii can play to bring people from diverse backgrounds and occupations together to improve cyber resiliency.

As we look ahead to the remainder of 2023, I would like to see more participation by member organizations in defining and executing strategies to improve the cyber resiliency of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and Hawaii consumers who face continuing challenges from phishing, shopping and romance scams. CyberHawaii has the opportunity to fill a gap related to the coordinated exchange of information related to cybersecurity in the community. Many organizations currently work in this arena, but much of their effort is driven by their organization's charter and is not coordinated in any significant manner. In the healthcare arena, the non-profit I was most recently at (Hawaii Health Information Exchange) has successfully demonstrated improvements in healthcare through the sharing of Protected Health Information (PHI) by physician organizations. In California, and other parts of the country, community information exchanges (such as have been successful in demonstrating that the sharing of information by community based organizations and healthcare facilities reduces numerous risks faced by community members.

As security professionals, we often discuss cybersecurity in technical terms: frameworks, technical controls, audit/monitoring. While maintaining vigilance at the technology level is critical, so is getting the public to realize that cyber threats affect their everyday lives and livelihoods. It is this overarching theme of community well-being that I would like to see us work on addressing as we continue to move forward. Hopefully this approach will resonate with SMB's and consumers to whom cybersecurity/safety is only one risk they face.

I look forward to talking to you further in the future and to helping to position CyberHawaii as a valuable partner throughout the state of Hawaii.


CyberHawaii and FBI host

2023 Cybersecurity Conference

CyberHawaii together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hosted its inaugural Cybersecurity Conference on June 15, 2023 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. More than 100 were in attendance to hear from a number of expert speakers.

The conference started with opening remarks from the following leaders from state and federal agencies focused on keeping us safe from cyber threats:

  • Kevin Howe, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service, Honolulu Field Office;
  • John Tobon, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI);
  • Paul Hoffman, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, FBI; and
  • Vincent Hoang, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Hawaii.

This was followed by presentations from the following cybersecurity experts:

  • Gio Williams, cybersecurity Advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA);
  • Jimmie Collins, Branch Chief, Planning and Operations, Hawaii Office of Homeland Security;
  • Andrew “Dru” Alexander, United States Intelligence Community (USIC);
  • Eric Povlish, National Program Manager, Cyber Crimes Unit, HSI;
  • Michael Gee, Technical Special Agent, U.S. Secret Service, Honolulu Field Office;
  • Leigh Cotterell, Cyber Specialist, Coast Guard Maritime Transportation System;
  • Ron Cameau, Intelligence Operations Specialist, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Cyber Operations Field Office; and
  • Ray Roach-Vaden, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI.

The conference concluded with a panel discussion with all presenters on how to maintain a strong workforce in Hawaii. The panelists provided a mix of suggestions and observations that included appropriate funding for security positions, competitive salaries and increasing interest in the field. The panel was moderated by Jodi Ito, Chair of CyberHawaii.

Several agencies set up tables in the meeting area to answer any questions that attendees had and to provide them with more information on their mission and resources. The University of Hawaii provided use of its ballroom and provided food and beverages for the event.

Mahalo to everyone who attended the event, FBI, CISA, Department of Defense, U.S. Secret Service, Hawaii Department of Homeland Security, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa!

CIO Council of Hawaii Networking Event

On Wednesday, May 31, 2023 the CIO Council of Hawaii, held an education and networking event at the Japanese Cultural Center for its members. The event featured in person briefings as well as a panel of local federal agencies along with the State Office of Homeland Security. The panel discussed their efforts related to cybersecurity and community outreach. After the presentations, attendees were able to network with colleagues and agency personnel.

This event was the first joint, in-person event in 2023 for CyberHawaii and the CIO Council. CyberHawaii provided logistical support for the event and also participated in the presentations.

Upcoming Events

Hawaii Cloud Innovation Summit

August 1, 2023 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hawaii Convention Center

The Hawaii Cloud Innovation Summit is a premier conference dedicated to exploring and promoting innovative technologies, digital transformation, and enabling the local workforce. The objective of the event is to connect businesses, technology leaders, healthcare leaders, education, government officials and defense leaders to exchange ideas, best practices, and insights on digital transformation.

Click here for more information.

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