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Secure Iowa Conference 2017 Keynote Speaker Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Darling United States Marine Corps (Ret.)

Iowa’s Largest Information Security Conference Lands One of Its Most Exciting Speakers to Date

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Location: FFA Enrichment Center, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, Iowa 50023

Secure Iowa Conference, the annual Iowa-based information security conference hosted by ISSA Des Moines and presented by Pratum, has announced that its 2017 keynote speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Darling United States Marine Corps (Ret.), author of 24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker. Lieutenant Colonel Darling is the White House Airlift Operations Officer who, during the attack on America on 9/11/01, responded to the underground White House Bunker Complex and stood shoulder to shoulder with America’s highest leaders as they made unprecedented crisis leadership decisions on behalf of all Americans.

In his keynote presentation September 11, 2001 - The White House, A Crisis Leadership Presentation, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Robert Darling will discuss his experiences on September 11, 2001 inside the White House bunker, where he worked alongside Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. His presentation is designed to ensure we, as a nation, never forget the events of 9/11/01, and to inspire all leaders to take the necessary steps within their power to protect and safeguard their employees, their organizations and their communities.

Secure Iowa Sessions

Lieutenant Colonel Darling will undoubtedly deliver an inspiring presentation, but he is only the beginning of an exciting day filled with continuing education in the areas of information security, IT risk management, compliance and privacy. The following is a list of session tracks, which will feature various speakers throughout the day. Attendees may attend any of the presentations. Selecting a track is not necessary… the tracks are simply created to help guide attendees in their selection process.

  • Application and Infrastructure Security
  • Security Testing and Investigation
  • IT Risk Management and Audit
  • Executive and Legal

This a unique opportunity for security, privacy and audit professionals in Iowa to gather for a time of education and networking. For more information, visit

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