Origin Stories: Rise of the Cyber Pack


“Origin Stories: Rise of the Cyber Pack” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. followed by a networking event in Talley Student Union Coastal Ballroom.

Hear how ordinary individuals have joined the forces of good against cybercriminals to become cyber heroes in their own right. Now professional hackers, cybersecurity enthusiasts and artificial intelligence pros, these individuals will tell you what cause ignited their career path, how they are fighting the good fight against the latest cybersecurity threats and how you can do the same. Participants will enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages by NC State Brewery and a chance to win great prizes. To register, visit REPORTER.

Gina YaconeGina Yacone, Event Master of Ceremonies 

Cybersecurity Consultant

Gina Yacone is a cybersecurity consultant with Agio’s in the Morrisville, NC, office. Yacone is an information security strategist and speaker with a unique technical vision and business acumen. She is responsible for educating organizations about the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape and helping them build a dynamic cybersecurity program. She loves focusing on the unique challenges today’s organizations face.




Priya Gandhi
Director, Product Management
Fidelity Investments

Priya Gandhi is a cyber security professional whose focus is to make the Cloud and On-prem services safe, protecting them from bad actors inside and outside the organization. Gandhi has worked in the technology industry for more than 18 years and in security for the past eight years. She love to find creative ways to solve mundane problems.


Eric OlsonEric Olson
Team Lead, Detection and Response Team

Eric Olson has been employed with Microsoft for eight years with the last four of those years focusing on the Detection and Response Team (DaRT). As a team lead, he works with a group of people flying around the world to hunt advanced persistence (the bad guys) on customer networks and kick them off. A Marine Corps veteran, he spends his free time tinkering with electronics or in hot yoga when not traveling to far away lands.



Susan Paskey
Organizer and Cyber Security Analyst

Susan Paskey leads DC919, a group of cybersecurity enthusiasts (aka hackers). She has been a life-time student of security and technology and has worked in the industry for more than 10 years. She enjoys learning, discussing and teaching everything security related, including locksport and social engineering.

Shelley Westman

Shelley Westman focus is in the area of cybersecurity and risk. In this role, she is responsible for growing revenue in the Southeast Region and helping EY continue to be regarded as a thought leader in these areas. She currently works with clients in the transportation, consumer and healthcare industries. She is a recognized c-suite leader on cybersecurity topics.



Back to NC State’s Protect the Pack: Be a Cyber Hero website.