NCET Special Event – Internet Privacy 2.0 – Sept 26

In the second part of our two-part Internet Privacy series, we’ll explore the complex and daunting world of cyber security for your office and business. Our expert panelists will offer insights into all things Internet as they answer questions like…

•  How do you know if you’ve had a data breach? And what to do if you did.
•  How do you comply with Nevada’s law requiring encrypted transmission of data?
•  Should you get a VPN?
•  What are the pros and cons of employee-owned (BYOD) vs company-owned devices?
•  Should you buy Cyber Risk insurance?
•  What are ransomware and malware and can you protect yourself?
•  How can you prevent whaling (phishing high-value targets) in the C suite?
•  How does the EU’s new GDPR law affect you?
•  And much more!

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

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

•  Tray Abney, Managing Partner, The Abney Tauchen Group
•  Alex Berta, Threat Intelligence Lead, GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc.
•  Gary Micander, Technical Services Manager, Sierra Computer Group
•  Kimberly Pedego, VP of Client Engagement, Noble Studios

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, Sept 26
•  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:

•  RSVP by 5 pm on Tuesday, July 24. Sorry, walk-ins not available)
•  All NCET luncheon events must be paid for in advance. Unpaid reservations will be cancelled automatically.
•  No-shows will be charged the full amount of the reservation unless cancelled at least 48 hours before 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.

Alex Berta

Alex is a Threat Intelligence Lead at GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. He is a proven visionary and strategic leader, and a security expert in intrusion techniques and social engineering. Alex has worked with various companies and government agencies on getting an in-depth look on how targets are selected and attacked, and by doing this, has been able to help come up with security policies and protocols on keeping computer networks safe.


Gary Micander

Gary Micander has been involved with Information Technology for over 20 years. His experience ranges from enterprise to small business, including industries such as healthcare, government, professional services, and hospitality. He currently manages the technical services operations for Sierra Computer Group, a managed IT services provider founded in 1987.

Gary is a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno with a B.S. in Information Systems, and regularly participates in industry courses and programs. Balancing education with real world experience has always been a priority, and with this focus Gary combines his varied experience and knowledge into finding the balance between IT usability, reliability, and security.

Kimberly Pedego

Kimberly and her team are dedicated to collaborating with Noble’s clients in order to better understand their needs, identify complex business challenges and design innovative digital solutions that create a deep and tangible impact. “Passionate” is a word often used to describe her by clients as she loves what she does at Noble Studios.

Kimberly graduated with a Marketing Honorary Award for outstanding academic achievement from the University of Denver with a degree in business administration and marketing. Kimberly also holds professional certifications from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Leadership Program and University of California, Irvine (UCI) Project Management Program.

Outside of work, Kimberly keeps herself busy raising twin boys and traveling the world.