How many people attend the ND Cyber Security Conference?
The 2016 conference was a sold-out event, with more than 300 people gathering to engage in conversations about the latest cyber security threats. We anticipate the same enthusiasm for the 2017 conference.
Who should attend the ND Cyber Security Conference?
The ND Cyber Security Conference brings together cyber security enthusiasts from North Dakota and beyond. The conference is designed to be inclusive of cyber security professionals and learners from education, government and industry, including:
- Faculty, staff and students from NDSU and other colleges/universities
- N.D. University System Office and campuses
- North Dakota K12 technology leaders, data and technical support staff, and school administrators
- State government
- Local businesses
If I’m not a security professional, should I attend the conference?
Yes! We encourage anyone with an interest in cyber security to attend. Cyber security is our shared responsibility, so people of all backgrounds and knowledge levels should be part of the discussion about cyber security challenges and solutions.
Much of our conference promotion is geared toward business executives, technology leaders, public policy makers, and staff responsible for information security. Many of our attendees are chief information officers, information security officers, system administrators, network engineers, desktop support specialists, database administrators, IT auditors and academic administrators.
How much does it cost to attend the conference?
The full conference cost for professionals is $125 if you register by March 1, 2017. Early bird pricing is also available. Students with a college ID can attend the conference sessions at no charge. College students who wish to attend the conference lunch and partake in refreshments during the breaks must register for the full conference for students, which costs $25. University employees registered for course credit are not eligible for the student registration pricing. View our Registration page for more information. Registration closes March 6.
What does the registration fee cover?
Registration includes access to the full conference schedule, including keynotes and concurrent sessions. It also includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments during conference breaks.* A free parking pass is available by request during the registration process.
*Students must register for the full conference to participate in meals and refreshment breaks.
Can I register on-site on March 16?
Last year's event was a sold-out conference. Because seating is limited, we encourage you to register before March 6 or email email@example.com if you missed the registration deadline.
I am unable to attend the full conference. Can I attend select sessions without registering for the full day?
The conference registration fee covers a full day of participation in all sessions. There is no discounted option to attend select sessions or a half-day of sessions. Registered participants can attend the full day or select sessions based on their schedule and interests. Of course, we encourage you to attend the full day to get the most benefit from what the conference has to offer.
Is there a network connection provided at the conference?
Conference attendees will be able to connect to NDSU’s guest wireless network. Connection instructions will be provided on the day of the conference.
I'm traveling from out of town. Where should I stay?
Fargo offers many hotel options across all areas of town. We've reserved a block of rooms at a hotel near NDSU’s campus for your convenience: the Homewood Suites by Hilton Fargo. Rooms in the "North Dakota Cyber Security Conference" block can be booked with checkin as early as March 15 and checkout as late as March 17.
All reservations must be made by Feb. 22, 2017, to secure the special rates.View our Travel + Hotel page for more information.
Where should I park on the day of the conference? Will it be difficult to find a spot?
NDSU's Memorial Union and Visitor's parking lots are available for the conference. Request a parking pass during your online registration, and the pass with a detailed map and instructions will be mailed to you within a week before the conference. Be sure to bring your parking pass and park in the designated lots on the day of the conference, as parking enforcement on campus is conducted year-round, 24-hours per day.
How do I request accessibility or dietary accommodations?
You may request dietary and accessibility accommodations during your online registration. For specific questions or concerns, please contact Tran Brunsberg at (701) 231-7961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get involved in the conference?
In the months leading up to the conference, the best way to get involved is to help spread the word! Share conference information with your colleagues and peers. If you attended last year’s conference, tell someone about the experience.
If you're interested in promoting your business during the event, consider joining as a conference sponsor.
To explore other opportunities to help out with the event, please reach out to the conference committee and share your ideas.
What attractions, restaurants, activities, etc. would you recommend during my visit to Fargo?
If you are new to Fargo, know that there is more to do and see than can be accomplished in one visit! From the vibrant feel of historic downtown Fargo, to museums showing off the work of local artists, to landmarks like the Plains Art Museum, the Fargo Air Museum and Bonanzaville—Fargo offers a variety of options for exploring, dining, nightlife and shopping.
If you are looking for a place to eat, look no further than downtown Fargo. The Boiler Room, The HoDo and Blackbird Woodfire are just a few favorite restaurants located on Broadway. If you like to shop, Downtown Fargo and the West Acres Mall offer a wide range of stores and boutiques that have something for everyone. The Fargo-Moorhead visitors’ site provides even more advice regarding things to do and see.