Speakers and Participants

Dane Deutsch - President and CEO of DCS Netlink 

Over the past 23 years, Dane has grown his technology business from a small repair shop to a leadership position in current Cloud and Security Services. DCS has grown from 1 employee to 8 and provides a wide range of services from repairing computers to installing and maintaining networks to a full line of Networking and Internet/Cloud services including: web design, e-mail services, e-commerce, wireless internet, and most importantly, Internet Security. Mr. Deutsch is a graduate of Bemidji State University (MN) and recently received his Masters in Communication Technology from UW Stout (WI).  He earned his commission as an Air Force Officer in 1982 and served on active duty for 8 years.  During his service he was responsible for the electronics and communications in Turkey and surrounding area.  He is also the owner of a nationally recognized gymnastics facility.  DCS Netlink is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

Robert Baker – CEO of Baker Security and Networks (BSN.IE)

Robert is Irish, based in Dublin and a serial entrepreneur. He is currently working on his 5th startup, General Audit Tool, a cloud based audit and security enhancement tool for Google Apps and Dropbox. He remains CEO of Baker Security and Networks (BSN.IE) which is a boutique network and firewall business based in Dublin and catering for the largely domestic market. Robert developed his networking skills on Vaxes, Data Generals and Apollos and probably built one of the first IP networks in Ireland back in 1988. Today he is deeply interested in Cloud Security and the extent to which it can be influenced and controlled by the Data Owner as opposed to the Cloud Provider. GAT focuses on complementing the security offered by Cloud Provider, while offering the data owner more insight into their business and communications.

  • Cofounded Generalaudittool.com in 2010 (for Enterprise Google Apps)
  • Cofounded Sysnet '89 still trading.
  • Cofounded Baker Security and Networks '95 still trading.
  • Cofounded Xiam '97 sold to Qualcomm.
  • Cofounded Polarlake '01 sold to Bloomberg

Steve Kleis – Sales Engineer for StorageCraft

Steve is the primary technical resource for the StorageCraft field sales force. Responsible for actively driving and managing the technology evaluation stage of the sales process, working in conjunction with the StorageCraft sales team as the key technical advisor and product advocate for StorageCraft products.

Stu Sjouwerman - CEO of KnownBe4
Stu is a serial entrepreneur, with 33+ years of experience in IT. He had help built Sunbelt Software and scaled it up to a multi-million company, getting the company into Inc. 500 Magazine listings for the five hundred fastest-growing, privately-held companies. 

Stu pioneered into a new category with his fifth startup, KnowBe4, where he partnered with Kevin Mitnick and created what is now the world’s most popular integrated Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing platform which gives measurable control over the "human firewall". This game changing software platform instantly gives awareness training combined with simulated phishing and vishing attacks to inoculate employees against social engineering. 


Michael Pearson - Sales Engineer for WatchGuard Technologies

Michael Pearson is the Sales Engineer for the Great Lakes Territory for WatchGuard Technologies, and brings 14+ years of experience in network security and overall information technology.  From large enterprise deployments, information technology design and consulting, Mike’s background includes 11 years working for the Salvation Army where he built and managed a 600 location hub and spoke network using only WatchGuard firewalls. As a regional Sales Engineer with WatchGuard for over 3 years, Mike’s focus and dedication resides on the foundation of network security. 

Title of Presentation: Defending against modern malware

Cyber-attacks once were mainly the concern of governments, large corporations and other highly visible networks. Not anymore. The financial rewards generated from the theft of credit card information and other sensitive data gave rise to a new breed of malware, the polymorphic threat, and with it, the amount of malware has skyrocketed.

Most of today's malware is polymorphic and highly adept at changing its identity to evade standard, signature-based security platforms. Alone, these platforms will not recognize many of these threats.  Advanced persistent threats, or APTs, increase the threat level by employing sophisticated evasion capabilities to get payloads past a network's defenses where they persist, undetected. APTs are targeted to an organization or a specific technology and often leverage zero-day vulnerabilities - flaws for which no patch is available and no signature has been written. Any organization can become a victim.


Joel Sanderson - Product Architect and Co-founder of Protected Trust Email Encryption

In 2008, Wisconsin-native Joel Sanderson and his father noticed that there was not an easy way to protect email that was both secure and simple to use.  So, they decided to create it.

In 2010, Florida-based Protected Trust acquired the technology and retained Joel as the lead software engineer and product manager.  With the platform’s growth, Joel has expanded the Protected Trust team and now manages the product’s direction and strategic initiatives.

The vision at Protected Trust is a world where people can communicate online, without the risk of hackers stealing private information.  To get one step closer, Protected Trust offers simple and secure email encryption that can help businesses meet compliance requirements, such as HIPAA, without disrupting its users’ daily work.

Title of Presentation: "How to Keep your Health and Financial Data Safe traveling on the Internet"

U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.

The U.S. SBA Empowers Small Businesses to Be Cyber Safe. The U.S. Small Business Administration unveiled today a new cybersecurity webpage for small businesses at www.sba.gov/cybersecurity on the 12th Anniversary of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. For additional information, please click here

Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI), a non-profit organization established in 1987, is an outgrowth of then Congressman Les Aspin’s efforts to help Wisconsin businesses win federal contracts, especially defense contracts. WPI’s mission is to assist Wisconsin businesses in creating, developing and growing their Federal, State and Local Government sales, revenues, profits and jobs. For additional information, please click here