Navigate Cybersecurity Risks & Policies in the Age of AI

Thursday, May 16, 2024
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST
Hula Lakeside, Burlington, VT



Discover how artificial intelligence is revolutionizing digital defense strategies, from proactive threat detection to real-time response mechanisms. Join Open Approach for a dynamic exploration into the evolving landscape of cybersecurity in the era of artificial intelligence. Delve into the intricate interplay between AI and cybersecurity, examining risks like phishing, malware development, and more. With industry experts and thought leaders, explore the latest advancements in AI-driven security solutions, equipping you with tools to safeguard against evolving cyber threats. Featuring three subject matter experts, local and national, this event promises invaluable insights and actionable strategies to fortify your organization’s defenses. This event isn’t just about information – it’s about you. We’ll equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the complex world of AI and cybersecurity.



Thursday, May 16, 2024
9AM – 3pM

Hula Lakeside – Isthmus Conference Room
50 Lakeside Ave
Burlington, Vermont 05401

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, with gluten free and vegan options available. Hula is a plastics-free environment, so we strongly encourage guests to bring a reusable water bottle. There is a water filling station located on-site, next to the restrooms.

9:00 AM:
Doors Open. Light breakfast and coffee provided by New Moon Catering
9:45 AM: Opening Remarks – Scott Bernoudy, CEO, Open Approach 
10:00 AM: “AI: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” – Natalie Suarez, Principal Solutions Advisor, ConnectWise
10:45 AM: Break
11:00 AM: “AI & Cybersecurity: Policies & Predictions” – Ryan Gillen, Leahy Center Manager, The Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity, and Adjunct Professor, Champlain
12:00 PM: Lunch, provided by New Moon Catering
1:00 PM:  “What is Cyber Insurance?” – Fabio Berdufi, Underwriter, SeedPod Cyber
1:45 PM: Break
2:00 PM: Networking and Q&A with Speakers
2:50 PM: Closing Remarks – Scott Bernoudy, Owner, Open Approach
3:00 PM: Event Concludes


The visitor parking lot of Hula is located at 125 Lakeside Avenue. The parking lots are metered via license plate reading technology, but don’t worry, parking is on us!

To reserve your spot:
1. Scan one of the QR codes shown on signage throughout the lot
2. Enter your phone number, license plate info, choose your duration (we recommend 5+ hours)
3. Select “Promo Code” under your rate and enter the promo code OA516, then select “Pay Now” button once your total shows $0.00

Accessible parking is available adjacent to the building entrance at 50 Lakeside Avenue. These spots are first come, first serve.

Please note: Guests are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED from parking in the Lakeside Neighborhood side streets. Conger Ave, Central Ave, Wright Ave, and Harrison Ave are for resident parking only. Despite these streets being public, please respect minimizing neighborhood traffic and respecting the neighbors who rely on access to street parking.

directions & arrival

Please allow 5-10 minutes for parking and the short walk from the main parking lot to the building’s entrance. From 125 Lakeside Avenue, cross the street and continue toward the lake. Hula is the large building on the right after the underpass. Enter at the main entrance (50 Lakeside Avenue). The Isthmus room is directly across from the front desk.


The Champlain Parkway Project is going on nearby, which may cause some roads to be a single lane with flaggers directing traffic. Please make sure to plan accordingly timewise for possible delays if construction is taking place. The most up to date information about the construction can be found here at

Where to stay

Looking for a place to stay while you’re in town? We recommend the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Burlington.
Address: 101 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: 802-951-0099

Photos & Video

We will be taking photos and videos at the conference for use in non-commercial publication in places such as our website, social media, newsletter, and virtual educational programming. If this will create a problem for you, please email us at



Fabio Berdufi
Underwriter, SeedPod Cyber
Ryan Gillen
Leahy Center Manager, The Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity, and Adjunct Professor, Champlain College 
Natalie Suarez
Principal Solutions Advisor, ConnectWise

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