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Appalachia Technologies to host a live event, Appalachia Advance2023, on November 2, 2023


Grantville, PA:  On Thursday, November 2, Appalachia Technologies will host its 2nd annual in-person cybersecurity summit at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.  This free event will bring together regional business owners, CIOs, CISOs, and IT Security Leaders.  

Advance2023 will be led by Appalachia’s top cybersecurity experts as well as global cybersecurity vendors and community leaders to update and educate attendees on the latest threats to organizational security while offering practical solutions. This full-day event features general talks and smaller group workshops focused on executive and technical topics.

The event will begin with Joshua Copeland, Security Director at AT&T, sharing Unpopular Opinions, sure to generate dialogue among leaders and technical minds alike.  FBI Special Agent Daniel A. Sherry will help close out the day by educating attendees on current threats and attacks, as well as when and how a business should engage the FBI should they face an attack in Cybersecurity Collaboration: Strengthening Defenses with the FBI.

Appalachia Advance2023 will feature several other educational sessions on best practices and the most pressing and challenging topics in cybersecurity and IT leadership.  Speakers and presentations include:

  • Cyber Risk is a Business Risk - An Executive's Guide to Cybersecurity – panelists include Devin Chwastyk, Chair of the Privacy & Data Security Group, McNees Law; Greg Gunn, President & CEO, Gunn-Mowery; Mike Miller, Chief Information Security Officer, Appalachia Technologies; John Sancenito, President, Information Network Associates (INA)
  • Building v. Partnering: Exploring the Pathways of IT Management – panelists include Naomi Buckwalter, Founder and Executive Director, Cybersecurity Gatebreakers Foundation; Wil Klusovsky, Director Cybersecurity Market Strategy, Stratascale; Mike Miller, Chief Information Security Office, Appalachia Technologies
  • Unlocking the Code: Securing Cloud APIs – Joel Prentice, Sr. Security Engineer, Appalachia Technologies
  • The Sky Isn’t Falling – A Practical View of AI – Yoel Alvarez, Sr. Security Engineer, Appalachia Technologies; Jason Atwell, Cyber Strategist, Google

“This event is designed to benefit an organization’s entire team, from executive to technical staff,” said Terri Bendl, VP of Sales & Marketing at Appalachia. “We encourage companies to bring their key team members for a day of learning and networking with other businesses in our community.”

Throughout the event, attendees will enjoy a catered lunch and cocktail hour, followed by free time to enjoy the casino.

Regional IT leaders interested in attending the summit can register on Eventbrite at:

Media interested in attending the summit in person should inquire to .

About Appalachia Technologies, LLC:

Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Appalachia was founded in 2004 and is a Best Places to Work in PA for 6 years in a row.  Appalachia has been named as a Top 250 MSSP by MSSP Alert, and as a Top 500 MSP by CRN. Appalachia is a SOC 2, Type II Audited company.

At Appalachia Technologies, we help businesses in our community stay ahead of the latest cybersecurity threats through a combination of technology, service, and education. We begin with a security risk assessment of the environment and then we build a cyber security roadmap to identify and prioritize improvements to your overall security posture.  Our managed security services allow you to focus on your business goals and objectives, while our SOC (Security Operations Center) proactively monitors, manages and responds to security events in your environment.

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