Join us at the NKU Cybersecurity Symposium 2019

WHEN: October 11th, 2019 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT



NKU James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union
20 Kenton Dr Highland Heights, KY 41076
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Another one bites the dust...

TEXAS - Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this? Another one bites the dust... As much as I would rather talk about Queen and their great songs, we are facing cyber crime that is slowly getting out of control.

Not that Ransomware attacks were something new(neither are the options to protect against those by the way...), but the focus on small city administrations like today in Texas seems to be new.

This time it hit over 20 small towns in Texas, the city names have not been released, but I am sure that if you live in one of them, you will know. The ransomware completely brought down the cities abilities to deliver services, from issuing warrants to getting a title issued for the car and day to day topics like paying utility bills, just to name a few examples.

Some cities apparently were at least prepared to the point that they could recover, most likely from backups, in a reasonable timeframe, some others are still struggling to get their data recovered, I hope they all have good and recent backups.

The concern about getting affected by a ransomware however is the same - this time it was a software that "just" encrypted data, but it might as well have been a software that simply extracts data, sending it over to the bad guys to do "their business" with it.

Now, my question is, why is this not becoming major topic at every single county, city, township or state institution?

When I recently talked to some mayors and asked if they or their IT departments were interested in a discussion around their cybersecurity posture, the answer I got was "oh, we have this outsourced to a small local IT shop, they have this all covered". Yes, they have it most likely as well covered as the IT service provider in Texas which apparently was the cause for the ransomware infestation.

It is not that the small, local IT departments and service providers do a bad job in itself, they are simply not that deeply involved in cybersecurity as they need to be and the decision makers in our cities, towns, townships simply trust them blindly as they don't have the in-depth understanding of what needs to be done either.

So, head in the sand, eyes closed and assuming that it will hit another city, town or township in a state far, far away is the current state of (many of) our cities, towns and townships when it comes to cybersecurity.

Any ideas how to wake them up?

If you are a city, town, township or state official and would like to discuss your actual needs, PLEASE reach out and let's have a 30 minutes discussion. It will not cost you anything besides your time.

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Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL and Gratia, Inc.
Present the Third Annual Cybersecurity & Privacy Seminar 


Cybersecurity Seminar

The Third Annual Cybersecurity & Privacy Seminar is set for Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

This year we have teamed up with Gratia, Inc. and the seminar will be held at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in the Learning Center located next door to KMK's offices at 3 East Fourth Street. Check-in and breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. EST. Register today!

Register Here


This seminar has been developed for business owners of various sizes and for those in senior positions in Information Governance, Compliance/Risk Management, Human Resources, Legal and/or Information Technology. 

KMK Law's Cybersecurity & Privacy Team will lead the discussion on Federal, State, and International regulations, as well as best practices for protecting your organization against data breaches and cyber attacks. 


8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. EST
Opening (Joe Callow)

8:40 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. EST

Federal and State Legislation Update and Developing International Rules/Regulations (KMK Privacy Team)

9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. EST

Update on Data Breach Litigation, FTC Enforcement Actions, and State AG Enforcement Actions (KMK Privacy Team)


9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. EST

Updating Policies and Procedures and Revised Industry Guidance (KMK Privacy Team)

9:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EST

Panel Discussion (KMK Privacy Team, Gratia Inc., Enable Injections, and USI Insurance Services)

10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. EST
Wrap-up and CLE Information


The event is free, and we encourage you to bring your team members charged with cybersecurity issues. Pre-registration is required for all attendees by September 11. Registration may close prior to September 11 based on seating capacity limitations at our new location. SPACE IS LIMITED. Register below to reserve your seat today! 

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Meet the Speakers & Panelists


Joseph M. Callow, Jr. 
Partner, KMK Law 

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Drew M. Hicks
Partner, KMK Law
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Jacob D. Rhode
Associate, KMK Law 
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Stephanie M. Scott
Associate, KMK Law  
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Wayne Kiphart
Chief Executive Officer,
Gratia, Inc.


Thomas Runge
Chief Information &
Operations Officer,
Gratia Inc.


Ryan Ramer 
Senior IT Manager 
Enable Injections


Sean McGee
VP, Commercial Property & Casualty Advisor
USI Insurance Services 

Directions & Parking 

Convenient parking may be found at Olympic Auto Park, but we cannot guarantee parking availability as space is limited.  Olympic Parking is located on Vine Street, between East Third Street and East Fourth Street.  Walk north on Vine Street.  Turn right on Fourth Street. The entrance is just beyond KMK Law's revolving doors.

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Learning Center

3 East Fourth Street

Cincinnati, 45202

For more information regarding directions to the Chamber, please click below.  


Inquiries & Special Needs

Please contact Kathleen Haws with questions, cancelations, or special needs. Kathleen may be reached at 513.579.6493 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Greater Cincinnati ISSA Chapter Meeting: Combating Cardless ATM Fraud

Please join us on Wednesday June 12th to hear Fifth Third Bank's Chris Fant and Eric Maiwald discuss Cardless ATM Fraud. After Chris and Eric's discussion, we will be taking a tour of the new Fifth Third Cyber Fusion Center.

#issa #fraud #cybersececurity


Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM EDT


580 Walnut Street

Fifth Third Bank 580 Building

Cincinnati, OH 45202

When Machines Fight Machines: Cyber Battles & the New Frontier of Artificial Intelligence!

Presented by: Justin Fier, Director for Cyber Intelligence & Analytics at Darktrace.

Justin is one of the US's leading cyber intelligence experts, and his insights have been widely reported in leading media outlets, including Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Washington Post, and VICELAND.

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM EDT

Where:          TEKSystems

            3825 Edwards Road

            2nd floor conference room

            Cincinnati, OH 45209

Co-sponsors: Darktrace and Gratia, Inc.

Did you miss our live webinar on The First 90 Days of GDPR? Don’t worry! We saved it for you!

To bring you this webinar, we partnered with KMK Law to discuss the impact of GDPR in the first 90 days, the changes it could bring in the future, and our recommendations on how to keep your business GDPR compliant. Our presentation uses real examples, including some big names we know you’ll recognize. It even has details on the NKU Cybersecurity Symposium on October 12th!

If you missed the webinar but would still like to view the webinar with audio, click this link.

If you’d rather just get the highlights from the slideshow, click this link.

And, if you think you need a quick overview of GDPR before the webinar, visit our GDPR Compliance page.

Gratia is a proud sponsor of the 2018 NKU Cybersecurity Symposium #NKUCYBER11

Join us on October 11-12 to learn more about the evolving cybersecurity threats and solutions that could make or break your business. This event, hosted by the NKU College of Informatics and NKU Chase College of Law, will feature speakers from both IT and legal backgrounds to explore cybersecurity and its legal contexts.

As a silver sponsor, our own Wayne Kiphart will be presenting a breakout session on Successfully Implementing a SIEM Solution to help businesses navigate the vocabulary, logistics, and management of a successful SIEM solution. #SIEMposium

While you’re there, stop by our booth to meet our team and ask about our #LateSummerSpecial for managed SIEM services and snag a free gift! We had a great time last year and hope to see some familiar faces. We'd love to reconnect!

To read more about the symposium and learn how to register:





Greater Cincinnati ISSA is hosting INTERFACE Cincinnati 2018, a conference designed to help local businesses stay up-to-date with IT developments. They will help attendees with hardware and software solutions, connect people with helpful IT resources, and bring in local experts and organizations to offer their expertise. Presentation and panel discussion topics include IT infrastructure, BC/DR, IT security, and enterprise communications. INTERFACE Cincinnati is a CPE-accredited educational conference for IT professionals.

If you would like to attend this event, or learn more about ISSA, visit!

Read more: INTERFACE Cincinnati 2018 from Greater Cincinnati ISSA

Gratia is excited to announce its new partnership with EventTracker, a Netsurion company. Moving forward, Gratia will be using EventTracker’s powerful SIEM technology to predict, prevent, detect, and respond to potential cybersecurity risks in their customer’s IT landscapes and to completely cover their business IT Data Security needs 24/7. We selected EventTracker because of its capabilities for behavioral analysis and ability to block and/or mitigate threats with minimal, or in some cases, no need for human intervention.

EventTracker has been a trusted solution provider in the cybersecurity sector, winning the Gold status for SIEM provider from InfoSecurity Products Guide’s 2017 Global Excellence Awards and being included in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM ten years running. By partnering with EventTracker, Gratia extends its ability to offer their customers the cybersecurity expertise built into EventTracker’s SIEM technology and the convenience of the Gratia Managed Services framework to provide the ultimate peace-of-mind when it comes to Information Security.

Gratia is excited to be a part of the 2018 KMK Law Cybersecurity and Privacy Seminar. On April 18th, we will be joining Nexigen, local Midwest business owners, and executives handling information governance, compliance, risk management, HR, law, and IT to learn more about the General Data Protection Regulations that start on May 25th. The seminar will also cover information governance best practices, protection against cyber attacks and data breaches, litigation implications, and popular cyber trends. KMK Law will also be presenting on the developing areas of blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Read more: KMK Law Cybersecurity and Privacy Seminar
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