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AREON has contracted with Merit Network for another in its series of cybersecurity-focused workshops.  This year there are two workshops planned, both four hours in length and conducted on the second day of the AREON 2020 Annual Conference.  Both workshops are included in the separate registration fee.


Workshop Presenter

Kevin Hayes, CISSP, CISM

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Kevin is the Chief Information Security Officer for Merit Network.  Formerly with Wayne State University as its Director of Information Security, Kevin serves as the executive in charge of Merit’s cybersecurity portfolio.  He has developed and manages the information security program for Merit, including information security policies, procedures and control techniques to address and combat the serious threats to its network and its members.

Kevin has authored and presented original security content at a number of workshops, seminars, and conferences.  His collaborative efforts across the organization have been to understand, propose, and implement security improvement requests and opportunities.  His influence extends beyond Merit as he leads other organizations to share Merit's success and to bring best practices in security back to Merit and its members.  Kevin has performed cybersecurity risk assessments for both internal Merit teams and external Merit customers where he has focused on identifying areas of risk and appropriate methods of remediating or accepting such risk.  He has extensive knowledge of best practices, operation and configuration of network switches, routers, firewalls, and wireless devices, as well as Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems. 

Workshop #1

Policy Management


Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Silver City Ballroom 5, 6

Workshop Synopsis:

The Policy Management Workshop is designed to provide valuable insight about the development of governance within an organization, ways to create policy training and awareness within your staff and the establishment of policies that align to data regulations.

During the workshop attendees will complete policy management templates and will gain an understanding of a formal policy organization structure. A hands-on portion of the event allows groups and individuals to practice crafting, or improve upon an already existing policy, standards and procedure guide.

Workshop #2

How to Implement Risk Management in Your Cybersecurity Program


Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Silver City Ballroom 5, 6

Workshop Synopsis:

Develop a roadmap for tracking and addressing risks throughout your development lifecycles.  This workshop discusses implementation of NIST’s (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Risk Management Framework to reduce overall risk in your organization.

Target Audience

These workshops are tailored for the cybersecurity professional, but are also applicable to IT managers and administrators, CIOs, security analysts, network managers, and system administrators.   


Time Location Description
    7:00am -   8:00am Silver City 3 Check-in & Breakfast (provided)
Workshop #1:  Policy Management
    8:00am - 10:00am Silver City 5 & 6 Session 1
  10:00am - 10:15am Silver City 4 Break
  10:15am - 12:00pm Silver City 5 & 6 Session 2
  12:00pm -   1:00pm Silver City 3 Lunch (provided)
Workshop #2:  How to Implement Risk Management in Your Cybersecurity Program
    1:00pm -   2:45pm Silver City 5 & 6 Session 1
    2:45pm -   3:00pm Silver City 4 Break
    3:00pm -   5:00pm Silver City 5 & 6 Session 2


$325.00 per attendee.  This includes the AREON 2020 Conference (March 10, 2020) and the Workshops (March 11, 2020).  If you want to attend the workshop without the conference, please contact organizer Michelle Stewart at or 501-952-9000 for special instructions.