Cyber threats capable of massive economic and social disruption are poorly understood and vastly underestimated.  Cybersecurity is a continuing arms race.  This panel/presentation will review the state of the art in cyber threats, security, and both offensive and defensive cybertactics.

Cyber attacks continue to evolve. As they become more advanced and more sophisticated, government and business must stay ahead of cyberspies and criminals to ensure they remain protected – no matter what threats the future will bring. We are facing the 5th generation of attacks, but most businesses only have 2nd or 3rd generation security.

In the U.S., General Keith B. Alexander, first head of USCYBERCOM, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that computer network warfare is evolving so rapidly that there is a “mismatch between our technical capabilities to conduct operations and the governing laws and policies.

What will it take to insure that our commerce, banking, social media and national security are not compromised as the cybersecurity arms race continues for the forseeable future?

This program will be moderated by Central Coast MIT Enterprise Forum Board Member, Guy Smith.


  • Michael Soltys, Professor & Chair Dept. of Computer Science, CSU Channel Islands
  • Giovanni Vigna,  Professor, Computer Science, UCSB, & Cofounder/CTO, Lastline
  • Joseph Stronks, Executive Vice President, Community West Bank
  • Adam Gray, Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Novacoast, Inc.

About the Speakers

Michael Soltys, Professor & Chair Dept. of Computer Science, CSU Channel Islands

Michael joined CI in 2014 as Chair of Computer Science. His vision is to build a world-class department where cutting edge research is put at the service of students and community.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Toronto, and he was chair of Computer Science at McMaster University, an Ulam professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, a visiting scholar at UC San Diego, authored two books, and published over 50 papers. He specializes in Algorithms (he is the author of “An Introduction to the Analysis of Algorithms” 3rd ed) and Cybersecurity (where he consults with the industry and is the director of IT at the security firm Executek).


Giovanni Vigna,  Professor, Computer Science, UCSB, & Cofounder/CTO, Lastline

Giovanni Vigna is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and the CTO and co-founder of Lastline, Inc., a company that provides anti-malware solutions.  His research interests include malware analysis, vulnerability assessment, the underground economy, binary analysis, web security, and mobile phone security. He has been the Program Chair of the International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID 2003), of the ISOC Symposium on Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS 2009), and of the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland 2011). He is known for organizing and running an inter-university Capture The Flag hacking contest, called iCTF, that every year involves dozens of institutions around the world. HE is also the founder of the Shellphish hacking group, who has participated in more DefCon CTF competitions than any other group in history.  Giovanni Vigna received his M.S. with honors and Ph.D. from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 1994 and 1998, respectively.


Joseph Stronks, Executive Vice President, Community West Bank

Joseph Stronks joined Community West Bank in mid-2018 and leads the Central Operations, Information Technology and Facilities departments, and has been serving in the capacity of interim-Chief Risk Officer since October 2018. Before joining the bank, Mr. Stronks served as Senior Vice President and Deputy Director of Operations for Rabobank, N.A. and as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Heritage Oaks Bank prior to its acquisition by Pacific Premier Bank. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, holding a degree in Slavic Languages & Literature and Political Science, and he has earned an MBA in IT Management from Western Governors University. He is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School and is a Certified Information Security Manager. He also volunteers as a board member of the Science and Engineering Council of Santa Barbara.


Adam Gray, Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Novacoast, Inc.

Mr. Gray is a nationally recognized figure in the cyber security industry.  Mr. Gray spends time involved in countless technical projects across many industries. With the professional services group he co-founded, he works to design, develop, and deliver critical business and cyber security solutions. After 24 years in the field, Gray is known for his uncanny command of security, compliance, identity management, access management, development solutions, deployment methodologies, and R&D expertise.

Gray is a highly sought-after speaker who has lectured everywhere from UCLA and USC to the US Air Force Security Awareness Council and the U.S. Navy Pacfleet West Technology Board. He has advised US Army, Navy, Air Force, and many of the nation’s Fortune 1000 corporations on incident response, intrusion prevention, assessment methodologies, security architecture, mobile security, DevOps/SecOps/ and general best practices. He regularly advises Symantec, NetIQ, and other startups on security, compliance, access control, identity management, and future security direction as it relates to their product road maps and technology decisions. His unique perspective affords his audiences a window into emergent IT technology.


Guy Smith, Executive Director, SynEd

Guy Smith is currently executive director of SynED, a firm that provides higher education-consulting services, and previously chairman of the BA program at Antioch University in Santa Barbara. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Dean of Educational Programs at Santa Barbara City College responsible for the administration of the Business Division, the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the School of Media Arts which includes new media applications, game design, animation, film & television and journalism.

For the past twenty-five years, Mr. Smith has been at the forefront of emerging information and communication technologies. Actively involved with the online information industry since its inception, he established Infomart Research, the first online information brokerage in California. As co-founder of Intellimation, a multimedia publishing company, he worked with software developers, publishers and content providers to distribute multimedia applications.

He received his BA & MA from San Diego State University before completing doctoral coursework in rhetoric and linguistics at the University of Southern California. His role in the project will be to serve as the Principal Investigator conducting project management, coordination of project participants, and the integration of the project goals within SBCC’s current educational programs.

Guy is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and the author of articles on education and the media. A resident of Montecito, he is married and has two children.

Event Registration

When:  Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: 670 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105


  • Student: $15.00
  • General-Early-Bird (online only): $30.00
    Sign up now & save $10 off general walk-in rate. Offer ends Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m.
  • General-Walk-in: $40.00
  • Parking: FREE


  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Online Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Presentation/Panelist Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

Tickets include appetizers and refreshments for both online and walk-in registrants. (Beer or wine separate– cash or pre-paid online or at check-in table.)

If you miss the Online Early-Bird Offer, we welcome guests on the day of the event at the Walk-in rate. (Online rate not applicable.) 

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