September 2018 E-Newsletter
Message from CyberHawaii's Chair
As we approach CyberHawaii’s one-year anniversary, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and partners for your ongoing commitment to enhance Hawaii’s cybersecurity capabilities and ensure that we have a pathway for a cyber secure and resilient future.On behalf of CyberHawaii, mahalo for all you do!

I am also pleased to present you with the first edition of our e-newsletter. In each edition, you will find updates on CyberHawaii programs, like our Business & Non-Profit Mentorship Program featured below. There will be updates about information sharing efforts, threat alerts and the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). You will also learn more about the educational programs we support as well as upcoming events, like the Future Focus Conference on October 10-11. 

When you have a moment, please visit CyberHawaii’s new website that was just launched in August. We hope to make it a valuable resource on cybersecurity issues in Hawaii and a place for information sharing with our members and the community. 

Thank you again for your commitment and support of CyberHawaii. 

Dennis Gibson, Chair
Mentoring Hawaii’s Small Businesses and Non-Profits
Earlier this month, CyberHawaii launched its Business & Non-Profit Mentorship Program. This inaugural, year-long program strives to engage small/medium businesses and non-profit organizations by sharing best practices for establishing cyber hygiene and security.

CyberHawaii Executive Committee members may invite up to two businesses or non-profits to become mentee organizations. Together with partner mentor organizations, CyberHawaii will host workshops, talk-stories, meetings, events and provide newsletter updates to help mentee organizations learn how to better keep their data secure and safe. CyberHawaii will be rolling out a simple survey tool to assist these businesses in both setting a baseline and then making improvements. Stay tuned for more information and mahalo to Mike Krupka of Occamsec for creating this survey tool.
Mentor organizations will work closely with their mentees to learn about their businesses and vulnerabilities, to best develop and tailor cyber security practices for their specific needs.

“Our goal at CyberHawaii is to create a cyber-secure and resilient Hawaii,” said Amy Aapala, chair of CyberHawaii Business & Non-Profit Mentorship Program. “It is really exciting to see larger, more established businesses investing their time and expertise into helping smaller companies and organizations excel, helping us to grow our network and community of ‘cyber-smart’ companies.”

Hawaiian Electric Company’s (HECO) Chief Information Security Officer Bryan Tepper for example, has committed to mentor Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s (KIUC) Network Specialists Stephen Tangalin and Reyton Siliado, and share how HECO manages its data and protects itself from cyberattacks, to help KIUC better manage its cyber security. Hawaii Pacific Health’s Chief Information Security Officer Alan Ito will be mentoring Catholic Charities Hawai‘i IT Director William Davis and Kāhala Nui Assistant Executive Director and Privacy & Information Security Officer Audrey Suga-Nakagawa.
Other mentor organizations include Referentia, eWorld Enterprise Solutions, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union and Data House. CyberHawaii welcomes Executive Members who are interested in becoming a mentor, as well as recommendations for business and non-profits who could benefit from becoming mentees.

At the end of the first year of the program, CyberHawaii will gather feedback, data and lessons learned to create an ongoing program for more businesses to take advantage of CyberHawaii services and opportunities.

To learn more about the program and to register to become a mentor or mentee, please contact Program Chair Amy Aapala .  
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Leading up to Cybersecurity Awareness Month, CyberHawaii – and fellow sponsors CIO Council of Hawaii, Hawaii State Department of Education, ES&A, Greg Hampe, STEMworks, Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT), and the University of Hawai‘i – supported the NSA Day of Cyber from Sept. 4-13.

The program offered Hawaii teachers and students in grades 6-12, an opportunity to participate in an on-demand virtual learning experience with government and industry professionals. The goal of this national initiative is to raise the National IQ for STEM and Cybersecurity by introducing and inspiring students to pursue STEM careers and build skills that will open up their future and connect them to the in-demand digital workforce.
This is the first year Hawaii has participated, thanks in large part to the hard work of Maui Economic Development Board’s STEMworks Program Director Isla Young, a member of CyberHawaii’s Education and Workforce Development Committee, chaired by Steve Auerbach and Jodi Ito.
More than 2,776 students from 38 Hawaii schools participated. CyberHawaii was pleased to sponsor two prize giveaways of $1,000 to the school with the largest participation in NSA Day of Cyber, and another with the largest percentage of participation in their school. The winners were announced on Sept. 18 and will be recognized by NSA leadership during the 2018 Future Focus in October. Congratulations to Kapolei High School and Kauai High School for having the largest student participation and the largest percentage of participation at the event, respectively.
An additional cyber educational program, supported by CyberHawaii, was available to Hawaii’s teachers and students on Sept. 7 through CYBER Connections Hawaii’s live online webinar with live cyber professionals in the classroom. CyberHawaii’s own Amy Aapala was one of the professionals who shared personal stories about their education and careers paths that lead them to working in their chosen field. It was a great opportunity for about 840 students to hear first-hand stories about how demanding, but rewarding a career in cybersecurity can be. 

CyberHawaii’s Education and Workforce Development Committee continues to develop and accelerate educational opportunities for K-12 teachers and higher-education facilities through professional development opportunities such as cyber exercise, training and workshops. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming events.  
Upcoming Future Focus Conference to
Spotlight Cybersecurity
The fourth annual Future Focus conference, sponsored by Hawaii Business Roundtable (HBR) and the University of Hawai‘i, will be held on Oct. 10 - 11, 2018 at the Hawai i Convention Center .

This year’s event, The Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative’s Forum on Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security, Cybersecurity & More , offers opportunities for attendees to learn more about emerging technologies, federal resources and ways to participate in, and contribute to Hawaii’s growing innovation ecosystem.

The first day of the conference will kick-off with a panel discussion by three of Hawaii’s university presidents – David Lassner , University of Hawai‘i President; John Gotanda , Hawai‘i Pacific University President; and Lynn Babington , Chaminade University President – who will discuss “Preparing Students for the Innovation Economy.”

David Lassner
John Gotanda
Lynn Babington
There will also be panel discussions focused on cybersecurity, education, innovation and technology, and include interactive panel discussions, student spotlights, “poolside chats,” and keynote presentations by: 

  • Stevan Bernard, Bernard Global, LLC Chief Executive and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s former Global Protection Services Executive Vice President – “Globalization and Digitalization have Converged – Now What?”;
  • Josh Sullivan, Best-Selling Author of The Mathematical Corporation, Artificial Intelligence Lead Senior Vice President, and Booz Allen Hamilton Digital, Analytics and Strategy Lead – “Role of Artificial Intelligence in Government and Business”; and
  • General Paul Nakasone, U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief – (to be confirmed).

The luncheon on Oct. 10 will spotlight cyber education in Hawaii. Dennis Gibson, CyberHawaii chair will serve as the emcee. There will also be student speakers from Waipahu High School and Mililani High School, a presentation for NSA Day of Cyber award recipients Kapolei High School and Kauai High School, as well as closing remarks by NSA Hawaii Commander Kurtis Mole to recognize NSA Hawaii’s partnership with the University of Hawai‘i and their local interns and new hires.

Click HERE for the full conference program and speaker backgrounds.

Hawaii Business Roundtable is offering CyberHawaii members complimentary registration for the conference , including two complimentary registrations for executive committee members and one complimentary registration for general members. Additional member registrants will receive an exclusive one-day rate of $75. The registration fee to attend both days is $150. Each day of the conference includes continental breakfast and lunch. 

To register and receive the complimentary or promotional rate, email Lori Leong at [email protected] by Thursday, Oct. 4 . For more information about the 2018 Future Focus conference, visit .
CyberHawaii Launches New Website
In August, CyberHawaii launched its new website. While it is still a work in progress, we wanted to create a site that was more user friendly and provided a platform for information sharing between CyberHawaii, our members and the general public. 

On the new website, you’ll find an overview of CyberHawaii, listing of our board of directors and members, news from our committees, tips, presentations and a community calendar of cyber events and other educational opportunities, which we encourage you to share and help us to update.

When you meet someone who is interested in learning more about CyberHawaii and the work we do together, please remember to refer them to for more information.