Forum: 4th Industrial Revolution & Cybersecurity
Thursday, December 5th, 2019, 11:45am-1:15pm
The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor
What is the 4th Industrial Revolution, and Why Should We Care?


We have all heard of the advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, genetic engineering, quantum computing, and other technologies — all of which will spark exponential changes to the way we live, work and relate to one another. This change we are living through is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and it impacts all disciplines, industries, and economies. It’s the collective force behind many products and services that are fast becoming indispensable to modern life such as GPS systems that suggest the fastest route to a destination, voice-activated virtual assistants , personalized video streaming recommendations, and online platforms that pop up with new offers based on your buying and browsing history.


While it is bringing previously unfathomable improvements to the lives of many across the globe, this revolution also brings new challenges from protecting the nation's computer-driven power grid and communications systems, to our personal information and data. What are the big questions, issues, and obstacles facing us all, especially around cybersecurity? Idaho business and innovators are tackling these questions, creating products, building solutions, and providing employment opportunities.



INL - Zach Tudor, Associate Laboratory Director

- Zach will set the global perspective and national focus

KOUNT - Brad Wiskirchen, CEO

- Brad will speak to personal/business applications, local business growth sector

University of Idaho, Dr. Michael Haney, Assistant Professor

- Dr. Haney will help explain cybersecurity and the need for training an educated workforce



When: Thursday, December 5th 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Where: The Grove Hotel, 245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702

Ballroom 2nd floor



$24 City Club Member price

$34 Non-member price

$5 Pre-registration Listen Only price

$10 Day-of Listen Only price

$350 per Table of ten ppl




Panelist Biographies:


Michael Haney

Assistant Professor

University of Idaho


Dr. Michael Haney is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science with the University of Idaho and holds a joint appointment as cybersecurity researcher for INL. He is an associate of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls, ID. He received his master's and doctorate in computer science from the University of Tulsa in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He received a bachelor's in mathematics from the University of Kentucky in 1998. Currently, his research interests are in visualization and graph analysis of network and system log data to improve intrusion detection and response for large-scale networks. He studies cybersecurity issues of energy systems supporting a more resilient "smart" infrastructure. This includes creating models and simulations of large scale industrial cyber-physical control systems (e.g. power generation systems, water treatment plants, oil refineries), modeling and studying the effects of cyber-attacks against these systems and designing tactical security solutions as well as robust risk mitigation strategies for these systems.


Prior to joining Academia, Dr. Haney had 15 years of industry experience designing, implementing, and managing information assurance programs for SMB and Fortune 500 consulting clients in many industries, including financial services, energy, retail, healthcare, telecom, software, manufacturing, and education, as well as city, state, and federal government agencies. He has previously taught security courses for the SANS Institute, Walmart Stores, ISACA, USN SPAWAR, US Secret Service, and the UK Royal Military Police. He maintains several industry and government security certifications, including PCI QSA, GSEC, GCIA, GCIH, GCFA, and CISSP.


Zach Tudor

Associate Laboratory Director

National and Homeland Security Idaho National Laboratory (INL)


Mr. Zachary (Zach) Tudor is the Associate Laboratory Director of Idaho National Laboratory’s National and Homeland Security (N&HS) directorate. Tudor was previously a program director in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International, where he served as a management and technical resource for operational and research and development cybersecurity programs for government, intelligence and commercial projects. He supported DHS’ Cyber Security Division on projects including the Linking the Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity consortium, and the Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group. He has served as a member of the (ISC)2 Application Security Advisory Board and the NRC’s Nuclear Cyber Security Working Group, and vice chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection at George Washington University.


Prior to SRI, Tudor led a team of cybersecurity engineers and analysts directly supporting the Control Systems Security Program at DHS, whose mission is to reduce the cybersecurity risk to critical infrastructure systems. Past assignments include on-site deputy program manager for the National Reconnaissance Office’s worldwide operational network, information security manager for the Secretary of Defense Chief Information Officer Enterprise Operations Support Team; security management support for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and several senior-level consulting positions including vice president of SAIC’s Enabling Technology Division, and senior manager for DOD programs at BearingPoint’s Security Practice.


A retired U.S. Navy Submarine Limited Duty Electronics Officer and chief data systems technician, Tudor holds an M.S. in information systems concentrating in cybersecurity from George Mason University, where he also was an adjunct professor teaching graduate courses in information security. His professional credentials include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Manager, and Certified Computer Professional.


Bradley J. Wiskirchen

Chief Executive Officer

KOUNT(Digital Fraud Prevention and Protection)


Bradley J. Wiskirchen is the founding CEO at Kount—which is the premier fraud prevention solution for card-not present transactions. Kount protects many of the world’s largest card-not-present merchants, and some of the largest acquiring banks and payment platforms. Kount is owned by CVC Capital Partners and Keynetics Inc.


Prior to December 2015, Wiskirchen was also CEO of Keynetics and Executive Chairman of Keynetics’ other subsidiary, ClickBank. Wiskirchen joined Keynetics in 2005. Under his guidance, Keynetics became one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest privately held technology companies, and ClickBank grew to be one of the world’s largest online retailers of digital goods.


Among his many other community involvements, Wiskirchen was the Chairman of the Board of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 2014 and 2015. He was a member of the board for three years prior to serving as the Chairman. He currently serves on the High-Level Advisory Group of the International Monetary Fund’s Interdepartmental Working Group on Finance and Technology. He was awarded a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.


City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, Northwest Nazarene University and the NNU School of Business and our Annual sponsor, Idaho Humanities Council. The 2019 Forum Series is sponsored by the contributions made by AARP of Idaho, Bank of Idaho, Echelon Group, Micron, and St. Luke's Health Systems. We are pleased to welcome university students to attend our events thanks to our University partners Boise State University, Northwest Nazarene University, and University of Idaho. Our media partners include Boise State Public Radio, 670 KBOI, Idaho Public Television, Idaho Statesman, and Peppershock Media.


Chair: Jenifer Johnson
Moderator: Jane Suggs