March 2021 – Quantum Computing – Fact vs Fiction

For March 2021 Rob Perry (CISO from Carilion Clinic) returns with an insightful look at quantum computing and how it could potentially change the IT Security landscape.  Never wanting to shy away from the more technical topics Rob’s previous talk regarding BlockChain challenged the most well held beliefs regarding its usage and forced us to look at Block Chain differently.  Now we have an opportunity to see where he will take us in this talk.  Don’t miss a great opportunity to hear from a local industry leader as we cover “Quantum Computing – Fact vs Fiction”.  This meeting will be virtual, and we will send connection details prior to the event. Hope to see you there!

Event Details

March 11th, 2021 @ 5:30pm,


Virtual Event – sign up to RISE email list for connection info

Subject of discussion:

Talk of recent advances in quantum computing has security professionals wondering if encryption algorithms like RSA are now vulnerable and need to be replaced or completely discarded. This talk will provide a brief overview of quantum computing and then pragmatically evaluate whether quantum computing is rewriting the security landscape or if quantum more closely resembles the hype of AI / artificial intelligence. Drinks will be served (virtually), so have your favorite beverage handy.

Robert Perry

Presenter Bio:

Robert Perry is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Carilion Clinic, one of the largest hospitals and healthcare providers based in southwest Virginia, serving nearly one million in the Virginia community and surrounding areas.

As an expert in the technology industry, Mr. Perry’s charismatic speaking style and passion for technology and cybersecurity have made him a sought after speaker at conferences. Speaking topic range in areas including: cybersecurity systems, and tools, attack and counter attack cybersecurity response systems, authentication and access control.

Mr. Perry is a high performance IT leader with over 20 years’ experience managing cybersecurity, technology systems and networking. His business and technology experience has allowed Mr. Perry to align technology initiatives with corporate and organizational business objectives.

He holds dual masters degrees: Masters in Technology Management and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Mr. Perry’s licenses and certificates include: CISSP (retired), CISA, CCSP, and CCNA-Voice

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