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Digital Solutions Conference

October 22, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - October 25, 2023 @ 11:00 am EDT

Houston, TX

October 22, 2023 @ 5:30 pm October 25, 2023 @ 11:00 am

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Can’t Miss Event!

Open to all cybersecurity, trucking industry, and supply chain professionals — CIOs, CTOs, and CEOs encouraged to attend. You do not need to be an NMFTA member to attend.

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) has been a leader for more than a decade in addressing cybersecurity issues, including important research work, and critical education efforts on the topic of cybersecurity for organizations within the industry.

You’re invited to attend NMFTA’s Digital Solutions Conference on Cybersecurity, set for October 22-25, 2023, at the Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria, in Houston, TX.

This is the only conference in the trucking industry devoted to securing your business.

Why YOU Should Attend This Conference

Cybersecurity Research Student

Colorado State University’s Systems Engineering Department’s Cybersecurity Research Engineer and Master’s Student, Jake Jepson, speaks to why this conference is important in academia and the importance of NMFTA sponsorship to the CyberTruck Challenge.

Lead Project Engineer

Allison Transmission’s Lead Product Cybersecurity Engineer, Siri Katragadda, delves into the importance of attending the in-person event and the invaluable connections made by networking with attendees.

“The Freight Coach Podcast” Host

The Freight Coach Podcast Host, Chris Jolly, shares why he not only attends the complimentary event, but reports live to his listeners, and why you should make plans to attend.

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 23, 2023
8:30-9:30 AM Opening General Session: “Lessons Learned in 2023” Panel Discussion *There were no slides for this discussion*
Asset Track Enterprise Track
9:45-10:45 AM Trucking ICS Overview - Chloe Callahan, Peninsula Truck Lines API Security Panel - Dan Heinen, Kleinschmidt; David Samples, Transcard, Michael Oberlaender, Global CISO
10:45-11:45 AM IT vs OT Security - Ernesto Ballesteros, JD, MS, CISSP, CISA, Security+, CISA Five Things Every Executive Should Know When Evaluating Cybersecurity - Drew Williams, Guidacent
1:00-2:00 PM Sensor Security – Ryan Gerdes, Ph.D., Virginia Tech *Slides not available for publishing* Cyber Assets and Cybercrime Trends Mike Alvarez, USSS
2:00-3:00 PM New Fleet Security Features from OEM Vendors - Ivan Granero, Bosch *Slides not available for publishing* Threats Against IoT - Jerrel Conerly, CISA *Slides not available for publishing*
3:15-4:15 PM General Session: Cyber Threat Landscape for 2024 - Trina Martin, FBI *Slides not available for publishing*
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
8:00-9:00 AM General Session: CISA and Cyber Threat Overview- Jerrel Conerly, CISA *Slides not available for publishing*
Asset Track Enterprise Track
9:15-10:15 AM Advanced Degrees for Cybersecurity in LTL Microsoft E1-E5 License, Functions, and Capabilities - Joseph Hinkle and Jose Razo, Microsoft *Partial presentation*
10:15-11:15 AM Traditional ICS Controls in J1939 Environments Ben Gardiner, NMFTA Support and Tools for the Trucking Industry - Bruce McClary-Davis, TSA *There were no slides for this session*
11:15 AM-12:15 PM Cyber Incident: A Case Study - Dan FitzGerald, A. Duie Pyle *Attendees only. Closed to the press.
12:30-1:30 PM

Luncheon Keynote – Nada Sanders, Ph.D. – The Future of Work

Technology is changing every aspect of how we work. Robots are quickly becoming our new co-workers and many jobs are being ‘botsourced’ – with human jobs now being done by machines. However, the future is actually exciting for humans. There are so many human skills that machines will not be able to acquire. There are also many new jobs being created that we would never have imagined in the past.

In this cutting-edge presentation, Dr. Sanders helps you get ready. She forecasts what the future of work will really look like, including:


  • Key trends that will shape work in the coming decade
  • What everyone in the workforce needs to do to prepare
  • How to “robot-proof” their career--from lifelong learning to developing key human literacies

The human advantage in the technology era, such as creative problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, systems and entrepreneurial thinking, and developing their emotional intelligence.

1:45-2:45 PM The Ultimate Truck Hacking Platform Every Company Needs to Prepare a Business Continuity Plan - Steve Hankel, Johanson Transportation
3:00-4:00 PM Interactive Workshop: The Future of Cybersecurity: Where Do We Go From Here? - Ben Gardiner, NMFTA
4:00-5:00 PM Closing General Session: "Outlook for 2024" Panel Discussion *There were no slides for this discussion*
As the technological landscape continues to evolve, so does the complexity and sophistication of cybersecurity threats. In this panel session, we will delve into the future of cybersecurity by examining the anticipated threats, attacks, and trends that organizations and individuals should be prepared for in the year 2024. Our panel of experts will share what they’re anticipating for the coming year, offering proactive strategies to defend against these emerging threats to safeguard critical assets.
Panelists: Ben Gardiner, NMFTA; Jonathan Martinez, TSA; Clarke Skoby, USSS; Shelly Thomas, Marsh Moderated by: Antwan Banks, NMFTA
5:30-9:00 PM Free Evening

*Session times and speakers are subject to change without notice.

Cutting Edge Keynote Speaker

The Future of Work with Nada Sanders
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
12:30 pm CT

Dr. Sanders is an award-winning keynote speaker, author and scholar. She was ranked as the world’s top 2% of scientists in her discipline by a 2020 Stanford Study, ranked in the top eight percent of individuals in the field of operations and supply chain management and is the author of over 120 articles appearing in top tier journals. Her recent paper titled “The Secret to AI is
People,” was published in Harvard Business Review, Special Issue on Best of HBR. Her paper titled “How to Use Big Data to Drive Your Supply Chain,” (California Management Review) was the most downloaded paper for 2017 and listed as a “must read.” She holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management, and an MBA, from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, as well as a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Sanders is also on the Board of Economic Advisors of AIM (Association of Industries of Massachusetts). She is part of the development of the Business Confidence Index (BCI) that helps business navigate, and is doing extensive ongoing work on predictions for the year ahead for the economy (local and global), business climate and trends.

Learn More About this Conference


Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria
5011 Westheimer at Post Oak
Houston, TX 77056


Promo Video

Watch a short video below to learn more about the conference and why you need to attend:


For questions regarding the meeting, contact NMFTA’s Director of Programs and Events, Erin Carter, at erin.carter@nmfta.org or 703-637-4013.