NCET Special Event – Internet Privacy > Part 1 – Jul 23

In this first part of our two-part Internet Privacy series, we will explore the complex and daunting world of cyber security for individuals.  Our expert panelists will offer insights into all things Internet for your home and office.

Examine the perspectives from northern Nevada’s leading internet privacy professionals as they answer questions like…

•  Are Facebook and Google watching me or accessing my personal files?
•  How can I best adjust my social media privacy settings?
•  How are at home automation technologies like Amazon Echo and Google Home interacting with my other devices?
•  What is the Internet of Things and what are its implications? – What are my hardware and software security options?
•  Should I consider encryption?
•  And much more!

You won’t want to miss this comprehensive panel discussion if you’re concerned with your personal privacy on the world wide web, and want to know what you can do to protect it.

Are you a business owner or employee interested in protecting your organization from cyber intrusion or meddling?  Then SAVE THE DATE, September 26th for Internet Privacy Part 2, where we’ll focus solely on internet privacy for businesses.

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Our panelists include: (Click on speaker’s name for more info.)

•  Tray Abney, Managing Partner, The Abney Tauchen Group
•  Sterling Hamilton, Lead Developer, Noble Studios
•  Darren McBride, Founder and CEO, Sierra Computer Group
•  Toni RucciDirector of Information Security & Threat Intelligence, GRIDSMAT Technologies, Inc.

NCET members may bring an unlimited number of guests at member prices. Join before you RSVP for this event and your savings will pay for some or all of your membership!  Join NCET now and save.

Wednesday, July 23
•  Networking:  11:00 am – Noon
•  Lunch and Program:  Noon  –  1:30 pm

•  $40 – NCET members  /  $50 – General admission

Tables for 8 – includes premium location at front of room, table signage and recognition from the podium during the luncheon.
•  $320 – NCET members  /  $400 – General admission

NCET events have been selling out! RSVP early so you don’t miss this great event.

The Fine Print:
•  Advance reservations required. RSVP by 5 pm on Tuesday, July 22.  (Walk-in registration is not available.)
•  You are encouraged to pay in advance – there is a $10 service charge for payment at the door.
•  No-shows will be charged the full amount of the reservation unless cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the event.


Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
3800 S. Virginia Street
Reno NV 89502 (Map)

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Tray Abney – Moderator

Tray Abney is a partner in Abney Tauchen Group, a government and community affairs consulting firm.  He served as the Director of Government Relations for The Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce for over ten years.  He is still responsible for ensuring that the largest broad-based business organization in Northern Nevada has a voice at all levels of government, including city, county, state, and federal.  Tray has experienced six Nevada State Legislative Sessions (so far) and has been a key voice on business and taxation/government spending and efficiency issues in Carson City.  He has successfully helped steer critical bills to signature (and veto) and maintains great relationships with elected officials from throughout Nevada and on both sides of the political aisle.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Tray served as Legislative Director for Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons and spent four years working for Gibbons, including as a senior staff member in his Washington, DC congressional office.  During the 2007 Nevada Legislative Session, Tray was responsible for ensuring that the Governor’s agenda was approved by the Legislature and served as the Governor’s lobbyist in the legislative building.

Tray graduated summa cum laude from Missouri State University in 2003, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and Public Administration.  Tray received his Master of Arts Degree in Political Management from the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University in Washington, DC in 2005.

Tray currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Reno Civil Service Commission and the Truckee River Flood Control Project Needs Committee.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Jobs for America’s Graduates-Nevada and Bristlecone Family Resources.

Tray currently resides with his wife, Dawn, and their son, Noah, in Reno.  His daughter, Katelyn, is attending the University of Arkansas.

Sterling Hamilton

As lead developer for Noble Studios, Sterling Hamilton understands that the ability to effectively communicate – both with his team of five developers and with clients – is as crucial a skill as programming.

A problem solver from an early age, he is passionate about his craft, innovation and providing succinct solutions with tangible results.

With a deep and varied professional background, Sterling is an expert in digital marketing and the latest in web technologies, making him a multi-disciplinary technical leader within the industry. During his time at Noble, he has contributed to multiple open source projects (his own included) and has created growing opportunities through automation.

Sterling possesses extensive technical knowledge and applies his skill sets to delivering digital solutions for international brands including Autodesk, Google, Haws Corporation, WordPress Core and more. He also was named one of 100 “most inspiring leaders” in the industry expert category by the Community Affect.

Sterling has built and maintained many WordPress themes, plugins and has been a contributor toward WordPress Core. He has also been a technical speaker at WordCamp Reno-Tahoe for five years and has volunteered hundreds of hours to local programming and community events throughout the years.

Outside of work, Sterling enjoys living the good life in Reno, Nev. with his fiancée and two dogs.

Darren McBride

Darren McBride is a graduate from the University of Nevada Reno in Electrical Engineering.  He is the founder and CEO of Sierra Computer Group, a Managed services IT provider started in 1987.  The firm sells, maintains and manages networks and computers.  Mr. McBride was the long time host of the Computer Bytes radio show on KOH, is a Microsoft certified Instructor and engineer with specialty in computer security and privacy.

Tony Rucci

Antonio A. (Tony) Rucci is a retired Counterintelligence Special Agent and US Army Warrant Officer, with more than 34 years of technical security experience. Tony is the Director of Information Security & Threat Intelligence for GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc, TN. Tony started two technical security companies, one of which was approached for acquisition after just 13 months! Later, he served as the Chief Security Officer for two other companies and Director of InfoSec & Threat Intelligence for another prior to joining GRIDSMART.

During his years as a CI agent, Tony ran espionage investigations and served as a computer crimes investigator, proudly protecting our national interests. From 1998 to 2004, he served as the Counterintelligence Operations Officer at The White House, serving two administrations. Tony departed the White House upon his retirement in December 2004 but continues to serve the U.S. Intelligence Community and national security efforts in his current capacities with GRIDSMART, building a robust Threat Intelligence and Information Security vertical supporting both private sector and government clients.  

When he is not responding to data breaches or performing Pentests, Tony speaks regularly on topics such as Critical Infrastructure Protection, Technical Security Threats, Computer Crimes, Social Networking and Insider Threats and Smart City Developments; while serving on multiple Security Advisory Boards. Tony sits on several Advisory Boards including: Nevada Secretary of State; Silver Flume; Computer Science and Engineering Departments for both The University of Nevada and Roane State Community College; and The UNR Cyber Security Center. He is the former National Vice President of the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Association and is a former Fellow at the National Cyber Security Institute, Washington DC, sponsored by the NSA. Tony and his wife Pam are “Proud Empty Nesters” splitting their time between East Tennessee & Northern Nevada. They have one son and two beautiful Grandbabies! @InsiderThreats