Current Trends and Topics in Cybersecurity – A Virtual Panel Discussion This Friday

Current Trends and Topics in Cybersecurity – A Panel Discussion

Join the College of Computing Speaker Series for a panel discussion about current trends and topics in cybersecurity during October, cybersecurity awareness month this Friday, October 7 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. online. Topics discussed will include: An overview of the day in the life of a cybersecurity professional, the importance of degrees and certifications in attaining a cybersecurity job, and advice for young cybersecurity professionals. There will be an opportunity to ask the experts questions.



  • Current trends in cybersecurity
  • Lessons learned from cyber attacks
  • An overview of the day in the life of a cybersecurity professional
  • The importance of degrees and certifications in attaining a cybersecurity job
  • Advice for young cybersecurity professionals
  • And other topics suggested by the audience


About our panel

Lee Painter CISSP has 20 years of experience in cyber and information security. In his current role, he serves as the Global Head of Information Security Governance at Zurich Insurance group, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 55,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, life insurance products and services in more than 215 countries and territories. Prior to Zurich, Painter worked in various IT, security, governance, and leadership roles including penetration testing, security consultant, network/domain administrator, and Director of Threat Analysis and Network Forensics for the U.S.Navy’s enterprise environment. Lee has a significant amount of experience in governance risk and compliance, and works to maintain a current level of understanding on emerging threats as well as strategies to prepare, defend, and respond from an organizational standpoint. Painter earned his BSISM in Information Systems Management from Colorado Technical University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).


James Wilkinson is the Head of DR, INFRA Patch Management, Audit & Regulatory Compliance, and e-Discovery at MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group), one of the world’s leading financial groups. Wilkinson’s key motivator and primary strength throughout his career is to inspire technology teams to tackle challenges, examine situations from multiple perspectives, implement actions to overcome obstacles, and deliver high-quality, mission-relevant deliverables.. By combining his technology expertise with his knowledge of information security and business operations, TS/SCI w/CI Poly.

He earned a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy from New York University School of Law, executive education in Cybersecurity: Intersection of Technology and Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, an M.A. in Computer Res. Info. Mgnt. from Webster University, a B.A. in marketing from Morehouse College. He earned a Graduate Certificate, Information Assurance and Critical Infrastructure Protection and Joint / Combined War Fighting School from the National Defense University. A graduate Certificate: Cyberspace 300 Center for Cyberspace Research from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology. A Graduate Certificate, Army Cyberspace Operations Planners Course from the Army 1st IO Command. Command and Staff College, Graduate Certificate, Military Strategic Studies from Marine Corps University. A graduate Certificate., Advanced Systems Acquisition and Program Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds licenses and certifications in Information Systems Management, ITIL Certified, (CDPSE) Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer, Six Sigma Green Belt / Black Belt, and Program Management / IT Lvl IIProgram Management / IT Lvl II.


Julie Myerholtz is the CISO- Grainger and on the Advisory Board at OptimEyes AI. She is a visionary information technology executive with a history of diverse industry success including energy/utilities, quick service franchise, manufacturing, retail, and software. Highly regarded for directing global teams on cybersecurity, enterprise risk management, data privacy, IT operations/governance, budgeting, and financial analysis. Recognized as an Influencer and catalyst for change driven by performance management that enhances profitable global operations. Myerholtz is a collaborative leader with an ability to develop and lead autonomous teams through coaching and mentoring in support of corporate objectives and timely delivery. Core competencies include: cybersecurity,  IT ERM and compliance, business process control, data privacy and protection, cost management, application roll outs, vendor management,  power plant IT support, and consulting. She earned her Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), MBA – Strategy and General Management from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting, Management Information Systems from Ohio University.



Ray Trygstad has broad experience and education in the management/administration of information systems, information security, computers, the Internet, and higher education. As a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, he teaches cybersecurity management, legal and ethical issues in information technology, systems integration, disaster recovery and business continuity, open source operating systems, digital multimedia, and management. He serves as the associate chair of Illinois Tech’s Department of Information Technology & Management (ITM), and wrote the curricula currently in use for both the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programs in information technology and cybersecurity offered by the department. His experience as a college professor, as well as more than  four years as a Naval flight instructor, has made him an expert in curriculum development. He is also the Director of Undergraduate Advising for the ITM degree program. He is the past chair of Illinois Tech’s Undergraduate Studies Committee and a member of Illinois Tech’s HLC Accreditation Team. Trygstad previously served as the director of information technology for Illinois Tech’s School of Applied Technology, where he was responsible for technology planning and computer system management and administration for the school. He has taught Naval Science, computer science, business, and public administration at Illinois Tech, and has guest lectured at the University of Chicago. Trygstad is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, and was designated a Computer Systems Management Subspecialist by the U. S. Navy, where he served as an information systems manager and information systems security officer when he was not flying helicopters. In this capacity he completed his first information systems security audit in 1988. He is the chair of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group in Information Technology Education (ACM SIGITE) and is a professional member and past national chairman of Gamma Nu Eta, the Information Technology Honor Society. In his capacity as an ABET team chair, he goes on program accreditation visits to evaluate degree programs in computing. He also serves as a commissioner on the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission, as well as a member of the joint CSAB/ABET CAC Criteria Committee. Trygstad has completed Ph.D. Studies at Illinois Institute of Technology, has earned an M.S. Systems Management, University of Denver and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy, and a diploma in Aviation Safety from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Agenda for October 7, Speaker Series

Topic:  Current Cybersecurity Trends and Topics in Your Sector

12:35 – Guest Panelists log in and conduct Communication check

12:45 – Speaker Series Commences

Introduction of Panel Member by the Moderator (Professor Ray Trygstad)

12:55 – The Moderator will present a series of questions to the panelists

13:30 – Commencement Questions and Answers from attendees

13:45 – Thank the Panelists for participating and conclude the Speaker Series Event

Potential Questions for Panelists

  • Describe a day in your life as a Cybersecurity Executive.
  • What changes are occurring to the cybersecurity threat landscape?
  • What is your organization doing to attract cybersecurity talent?
  • What has the recent cybersecurity attack on Uber or any other attack taught us?
  • What is your perspective on degrees and certifications in obtaining employment in cybersecurity?
  • What advice would you offer to students and young professionals wanting to work in cybersecurity?
  • Are there any pearls of wisdom you would like to offer to the audience?