Be a part of the UBIT Data Privacy Forum

Published March 18, 2019 This content is archived.

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Experts in data, technology and the law will meet in UB’s Student Union Theatre on Monday, April 8, 2019 to discuss the future of data privacy, and how people and organizations can strike the right balance between personal privacy and open exchange of ideas.

The forum will include three keynote speakers and a moderated panel discussion. This event is free, open to the public and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; please RSVP to


  • Sign in (8:00 – 8:30 a.m.)
  • Welcome and opening remarks (8:30 a.m.) – UB Vice President and Chief Information Officer J. Brice Bible
  • Keynote #1 (8:40 – 9:15 a.m.) – Jennifer A. Beckage, Esq.
    • "Convergence of Innovation and Data Security & Privacy Laws:" As a former tech business owner and now managing director of a tech focused law firm, Jennifer Beckage, Esq. CIPP/US, CIPP/E will set the stage for the day’s discussion with the legal landscape of data security and privacy laws and their impact on innovation. The regulatory landscape is moving at a rapid pace, and our community’s understanding of the laws and regulations at play can help set the stage for this region to continue to compete on a global scale. Leveraging her prior business background, tech history, and long legal career focused on technology matters, Ms. Beckage will weave together the convergence of law and technology and business growth.
  • Keynote #2 (9:25 – 10 a.m.) – Snir Ben Shimol, Vice President of Cybersecurity at Varonis
    • "A data-centric approach to the future:" Data is the core of business and enterprise: the future of enterprise lies not only in the data stored by an organization--but what value they can extract from it. That data tells a story: what’s valuable, who’s trying to exploit it, and how it’s being used. New and sophisticated techniques bring new security challenges. Some of the biggest challenges in security management and operations include how to address the sheer volume of data available; the complexity and nuance required to differentiate malicious activity from abnormal from a simple misconfiguration; and how to leverage contextual analysis to get the full picture--and get the most value out of enterprise data. In this session, Snir Ben Shimol will explain how an organization can use its own data in order to develop a powerful data-centric defense against unknown attacks, insiders and targeted campaigns by leveraging advanced analytics capabilities.
  • Break (10 a.m.)
  • Moderated panel discussion (10:20 – 11:20 a.m.)
    • Martha Buyer, Esq. - Panel Moderator, Principal, Law Offices of Martha Buyer, PLLC
    • Mark Herron - UB Information Security Officer
    • Chris Klimek - MBA Candidate, Information Assurance, UB Class of 2019
    • Joe Morin - CyFlare Founder and CEO
    • Charles T. Perras - Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge / US Secret Service - Buffalo Field Office
    • Craig Vincent - Lead Technologist for State & Local Government, Education, and Academic Healthcare markets, Splunk
    • Eric Weinman - UB Student Association Chairperson of the Senate & Computer Engineering, Mathematics-Economics, and Political Science Major
    • Andrew Lison, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Media Study, UB College of Arts and Sciences
  • Keynote #3 (11:25 a.m. – 12 p.m.) – David Kennedy
    • “The Hacking Age”: Attackers are continuously figuring out new methods to gain access to computer systems and enterprises. Everything from Ransomware to targeted and precise attacks aimed at intellectual property theft, monetary gain, or other motives. In today’s age of hacking, it’s never been more important to understand who the hackers are and the methods they use to attack organizations. In this talk, we go into the demographics of hackers, how they are hacking, and the best defenses both from a personal perspective as well as an enterprise. It’s possible to withstand the attacks we see today with proven practices.
  • Closing Remarks (12:00 p.m.)
    • Next steps: What role does higher education, faculty, research etc. play in this conversation?

About the keynote speakers

Three keynote speakers will be lending their perspective on the state of data privacy, today and for the future.

Jennifer A. Beckage, Esq.

Jennifer Beckage.

Certified Information Privacy Professional, United States (CIPP/US), Certified Information Privacy Professional, Europe (CIPP/E), Managing Director, Beckage PLLC

As Managing Director of the law firm Beckage PLLC, Jennifer leads a team of seasoned attorneys and privacy professionals focused on technology, data security and privacy, litigation, and business growth.       

In 2018, Jennifer was recognized by Cybersecurity Docket as one of "the 30 best and brightest data breach response lawyers" and one of the “key players - both in the public eye and behind-the-scenes-in the most significant data breach responses worldwide.”  She was also named one of Buffalo Business First’s 2018 Women of Influence.

Jennifer has personally responded to numerous headline-making, national and international data breaches and cyber incidents, providing strategy and risk mitigation advice and interface with regulators. She represents private companies, municipalities, and not for profits with addressing data security and privacy issues and concerns.

Jennifer also assists clients with regulatory compliance, including with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  She helps clients prepare internal information technology policies and procedures, assist with risk management analysis, conduct in-house training on cyber issues, and review contracts where data and technology are involved.  

Jennifer is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Professional, Europe (CIPP/E) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).   

Before becoming an attorney, Jennifer was an owner and executive of a fast growing Dot Com technology business, helping to lead its successful sale to a publicly-traded company, which retained her as vice president of operations for technical services and product lines across 11 states servicing Fortune 500 clients. Today she leverages her prior business background in providing legal advice to her clients. 

Snir Ben Shimol

Snir Ben Shimol.

Vice President of Cyber Security, Varonis

Snir is the Head of Cyber Security at Varonis, a software company specializing in data security and insider threat detection. Snir began his career in the IDF Technology and Intelligence unit and continued as a Security Researcher in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

Since then he has worked in the Advanced Security Center of EY as the Cyber Security Advisory leader, managing red-team operations and risk assessments. He has advised major international corporations and high-profile individuals to build their security resilience and protect their organization.  

Prior to his current role, he led Radware’s Cyber Security Research division, responsible for innovation and security solution capabilities.

David Kennedy

David Kennedy.

Founder, TrustedSec and Binary Defense Systems

Both TrustedSec and Binary Defense Systems focus on the betterment of the security industry from an offense and a defense perspective.

David is a co-author of the book "Metasploit: The Penetration Tester's Guide", the creator of the Social-Engineer Toolkit (SET), Artillery, and several popular open source tools. He has been interviewed by several news organizations including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Katie Couric, and BBC World News. He has also testified in front of Congress on two occasions on the security around government websites.

Prior to working in the private sector, David worked for the United States Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq twice for intelligence-related missions.