Nick Percoco

Nick Percoco

Company: Uptake

Job Title: Chief Information Security Officer

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Nick Percoco is Uptake’s Chief Information Security Officer. With more than 20 years of information security expertise, Percoco is adept at developing and leading security programs in this ever-evolving connected threat landscape. He co-founded the “I am The Cavalry” movement, a highly regarded grassroots hacker organization that is focused on issues where computer security intersect public safety and human life, and founded SpiderLabs, the ethical hacking test lab that contributed to Trustwave’s growth. Nick was the creator of THOTCON, a growing annual Chicago hacking conference. Nick has served as a media spokesperson on CNN, Fox News, CNET and Forbes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Illinois State University.

Nick Percoco Seminars

  • Hack the Planet ... for real this time Thu 19th Oct 10:15 - 10:40

    Hack the Planet ... for real this time

    Attackers have begun to shift their focus from traditional Information Technology systems to the systems and machines that run our planet (think: the technology widely used in refineries, power plants, hospitals and transportation systems, for example). As a result, major industries are facing a daunting reality: Conventional information security tools and techniques are no longer effective in the detection and prevention of cybersecurity incidents.
    The impact of these attacks will touch virtually every person on the planet, and the result is not a social media account takeover or credit card information being stolen; the “asset” under attack has the potential to be human lives.
    The lack of uniformity in the protocols, operating systems and hardware introduce a major fragmentation issue for those responsible in developing and managing security programs aimed at defending the planet. The emerging fields of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence may be our best path forward, but still, we must ask ourselves: What are the implications we face when working to get ahead of this problem, and how do we need to reinvent ourselves to defend the hackable planet? 


    Nick Percoco

    Nick Percoco

    Time / Place

    Thu 19th Oct 10:15 to 10:40

    The Keynote