Ups & Downs of Staying COVID & Cyber Safe

October 14, 2021

The global pandemic has changed the way we physically and digitally connect. And, what we thought would be a temporary response is now heading towards the end of year two. Cybersecurity and IT professionals have been on the front lines navigating the rapid change to respond and adjust to the new normal. Hear from CyberHawaii members in both the public and private sector on the roller coaster on the ups and downs of keeping people and businesses COVID and cyber safe.
Panelists include:
  • Vince Hoang, CISO, State of Hawaii
  • Amy Asselbaye, Director, City & County of Honolulu Office of Economic Revitalization
  • Maverick Fernandes, ISO, Kamehameha Schools
  • Paul Lawler, CIO, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
  • Moderator: Jodi Ito, CISO, University of Hawaii & CyberHawaii Board Chair
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CyberHawaii & Cyber Readiness Institute

Ransomware: What You Can Do!

March 26, 2021

Ransomware attacks have skyrocketed during the pandemic impacting schools, healthcare institutions and small to medium sized businesses. Local cyber experts will focus on the latest intelligence on recent ransomware attacks; how to prepare for, respond, and recover from an attack; using a ransomware decision tree to help you if you are attacked and understanding cyber insurance; and how to reduce your risk and know what is and isn’t covered Our panel of cyber experts included:
  • Sandy Ferreira, Vice President, Atlas Insurance
  • Alan Ito, Hawaii Pacific Health
  • Lisa Diercks, FBI Honolulu Cyber Squad
  • Cyrus Kam, FBI Honolulu Cyber Squad
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CyberHawaii & Cyber Readiness Institute

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Telehealth

December 2, 2020
Advancements in telehealth are more important than ever to ensure people are connected with the care they need during these unprecedented times. For health providers, there are new policies to understand and implement. For patients, there are new virtual ways to communicate with doctors.

Despite all these changes, one issue remains the same: there is an extraordinary amount of personally identifiable, sensitive, and confidential information embedded in our healthcare system. To address these challenges, CyberHawaii is once again partnering with the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) on our final webinar for the year. Featured panelists include:

  • Alan Ito, Chief Information Security Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health
  • Robert Walker, Program Director, Ekahi Health
  • Moderated by Craig Moss, CRI

CyberHawaii & Cyber Readiness Institute

Cyber Readiness for the Hybrid Remote-Office Workplace

October 29, 2020
The hybrid workplace is here to stay. As people go back and forth from home to the office, our cyber readiness habits must span across many locations and through multiple devices. Now is the time to establish sustainable cyber readiness habits for the hybrid workplace. In this webinar, our expert panel discuss an overview of how to build a cyber ready culture in the hybrid workplace through Creating Good Cyber Ready Habits–One Person at a Time, Implementing Practical Policies that People will Follow and Demystifying the Technology.
Panel members include:
  • Maverick Fernandes, director, information security office, Kamehameha Schools
  • Tim Minick, director – information technology, Pacific Guardian Life
  • Craig Moss, director of content, Cyber Readiness Institute


Financial Institutions & COVID-19: A Cyber Safe Re-Opening

July 9, 2020

As Hawaii moves towards reopening businesses and the economy, what does this mean for financial institutions and their customers?  With more transactions moving online and the need to keep customers socially distant and safe in branches, local experts discuss what financial institutions will be doing and what changes customers can expect.

Panelists include:

  • Vance Jones, EVP & CISO, Bank of Hawaii
  • Joel Kumabe, SVP & CIO, Hawaii State FCU
  • Michael Nishida, SVP, First Hawaiian Bank
  • Moderated by Jodi Ito, CISO, University of Hawai’i

Cyber Readiness Institute and CyberHawaii

Keeping Educators & Students Cyber Safe

May 27, 2020
CyberHawaii and the Cyber Readiness Institute hosted its third webinar, Keeping Educators and Students Cyber Safe. One way to make it easy for students to practice good cyber hygiene is to teach them the “ABC’s”:
  • A – Authenticate your account using a strong passphrase
  • B – Beware of phishing attempts and help students verify that you are the sender of the email
  • C – Caution students to use their video applications if they SEE your screen name calling.
Our panel of local and national experts featured:
  • Maverick Fernandes, Director, Information Security Office, Kamehameha Schools;
  • Vincent Hoang, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Hawaii;
  • Craig Moss, Director of Content and Tools, Cyber Readiness Institute and
  • Jodi Ito, Chief Information Security Officer, University of Hawai‘i

Cyber Readiness Institute and CyberHawaii

Phishing Scams & Ransomware

April 29, 2020

COVID-19 continues to impact millions around the world, and cyber attackers are using this pandemic as an opportunity to strike by using our fears to receive information. On April 29, CyberHawaii partnered with the Cyber Readiness Institute to host a webinar featuring local experts who shared their insights regarding phishing and ransomware attacks currently affecting our community. This is our second webinar and the turnout continues to be awesome. For those who missed the webinar, you can view the full video and presentation at the links below:

Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific and CyberHawaii

Cybersecurity in the COVID-19 Era

April 14, 2020

CyberHawaii partnered with Better Business Bureau (BBB) Northwest + Pacific to present “Cybersecurity in the COVID-19 Era”, a webinar that addressed the most pressing cybersecurity concerns amid the massive shift to remote work. Panelist Jodi Ito, Chief Information Security Officer for University of Hawaii and an active member of CyberHawaii was joined by BBB Northwest + Pacific’s Chief Innovation Officer Dale Dixon for the discussion. Jodi addressed the uptick in cyber crimes and the recent recommendations and advisories put out by the FBI. Attendees learned practical ways to avoid the impacts of phishing scams, business email attacks and more. Jodi stressed the need to especially guard access to a company’s “crown jewels” – those informational resources that are foundational to the operations and security of a business.

Cyber Readiness Institute and CyberHawaii

Securing a Remote Workforce

April 3, 2020

CyberHawaii partnered with Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) to host a webinar “Securing a Remote Workforce” to provide insight into the unique cyber security challenges of working remotely, as well as practical steps anyone can take to create a safer remote working environment. CyberHawaii members and CRI experts led the live webinar:
  • Jennifer Sabas, Director, CyberHawaii
  • Craig Moss, Director – Content and Tools, Cyber Readiness Institute
  • Ryan Field, Chief Information Security Officer, American Savings Bank
  • Jodi Ito, Chief Information Security Officer, University of Hawaii


CyberDefense 101 Workshop

March 13, 2020

The CyberDefense 101 Workshop pulled together cybersecurity and IT professionals and leaders in both the public and private sector. Attendees and panelist were able to share their knowledge, experiences and best practices to be more aware and secure of cyber threats. Panels featured insight on how businesses can get started on building a cybersecurity program to fit their risk profile, what cyber insurance is and how protect sensitive data. In addition, panelists discussed what to do in the event of a cyber intrusion, building a cyber incident response plan and developing best practices when it comes to email compromise, phishing campaigns and insider threat policy.
Mahalo to the Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and the Hawaii Small Business Development Center for their support.

Hawaii Business Roundtable and the University of Hawai‘i

FUTURE FOCUS 2019: The Hawaii Innovation Initiative’s Forum on Sustainability and Resilience

Oct. 15 & 16, 2019

Hawaii Business Roundtable (HBR) and the University of Hawai‘i hosted the fifth annual Future Focus conference on Oct. 15-16 at the Hawaii Convention Center. The conference brought together members of the business community, higher education, and local and national professionals to focus on efforts to combat sea level rise and other climate change issues through science, engineering, cybersecurity and innovation. CyberHawaii also recognized its winners of the Cyber Security Awareness PSA and Poster Contest. Hawaii students from Sacred Hearts Academy, Kauai High School and Waialua High and Intermediate School were also recognized for their participation in the picoCTF competition, a computer security game for middle and high school students designed by security experts at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Defensive Cyber Industry Consortium and CyberHawaii

The Defensive Cyber Industry Consortium Meet with Governor Ige

May 29, 2019

The Defensive Cyber Industry Consortium (DCIC) meet with Governor Ige to share the latest and next steps forward in enhancing the security of our critical infrastructure sectors in Hawaii. This initiative is important to our federal and military partners, as well as our state, private sector and broader community. CyberHawaii is the secretariat of DCIC.

The Defensive Cyber Industry Consortium and CyberHawaii

The Defensive Cyber Industry Consortium Program Kick Off

Nov. 9, 2018

The Defensive Cyber Industry Consortium (DCIC) is a joint effort between the Federal/State/Local Governments and Private Industry. DCIC’s objectives are to harden critical infrastructure cyber defenses and to synchronize response actions during an enduring cyber crisis. On Nov. 9, 2018, representatives of these sectors met to kick off this DCIC Program at the Hawaiian Electric Industries boardroom. The Kick Off was hosted by Ms. Connie Lau, CEO of HEI, and Major General Joe Logan, the Adjutant General for the Hawaii State Department of Defense.

Hawaii Business Roundtable and the University of Hawai‘i

FUTURE FOCUS 2018: The Hawaii Innovation Initiative’s Forum on Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security, Cybersecurity and More

Oct. 10 & 11, 2018

Hawaii Business Roundtable (HBR) and the University of Hawai‘i hosted the fourth annual Future Focus conference on Oct. 10-11 at the Hawaii Convention Center, which featured keynote sessions, panel discussions and networking opportunities for attendees to learn more about emerging technologies, federal resources and ways to participate in, and contribute to Hawaii’s growing innovation ecosystem. CyberHawaii also presented checks to the NSA Day of Cyber’s award-winning schools at the event.

CyberHawaii Threat and Information Sharing Committee

Basic Training on Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN)

July 17, 2018

The Threat and Information Sharing Committee conducted a basic training session on July 17th for CyberHawaii members on HSIN, which is our primary information sharing platform.  HSIN provides our members with threat and security updates, as well as functionality to share information within our community.  The session was conducted by Mr. James Cruz of DHS.

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and CyberHawaii

Business Email Compromise and Ransomware – Mr. Will Bales, FBI Honolulu Halekulani Hotel

July 10, 2018

Business Email Compromise (BEC) is a sophisticated scam using email and/or other electronic communication to impersonate a business executive, employee, or other person with authority to request payments or access to employee payroll and W2 information on behalf of their company or organization. Since October 2013, the FBI has identified victims from 131 countries and a global monetary exposure of over $5 billion as a result of BEC fraud.