SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

New Sessions, Entertainers and Speaker for NMEA / RTCM Conference Sept. 16-20

On the fence about coming to the NMEA / RTCM Conference next week at the Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth, VA? These new sessions, an awesome keynote speaker and great singer might get you there.

Keynote Speaker Dawn Riley
Dawn Riley is an American sailor who has competed in the America’s Cup and other Around the World Sailboat races. She is an avid marine electronics user and will be talking about her on the water experiences. She is also an accomplished businesswoman, community leader and youth sports advocate, author, speaker, TV commentator and committed philanthropist. Dawn will be speaking during the NMEA awards banquet on Thursday evening September 19 at 7PM.

Singer Generald Wilson
We are honored to have Generald Wilson sing the National Anthem and God Bless America on Tuesday and Wednesday lunches 9/17 & 9/18 at 12:15PM. He has performed at numerous sporting events held by Major League Baseball (including the 2011, 2013, and 2014 World Series), National Football League to include 3 NFL Playoff games, National Hockey League, NCAA Men and Women’s Basketball, and many Annual Conventions for different national organizations across the country. Many of his performances have been nationally televised. These amazing opportunities have allowed his God given talent to be enjoyed and showcased to millions of viewers and listeners across the world.

Cybersecurity and the Maritime Domain – (Wednesday at 9:30am)
This session will explore these aspects of cybersecurity within the maritime domain. An analysis of the Automatic identification System (AIS) will be used as a specific example of a vulnerable maritime system. There are many different categories of attacks on computers, networks, and people in order to gain access to other people's information, and attackers have many motivations. While the maritime industry has the same exposure to cyber vulnerabilities as other critical infrastructure sectors, there are some threat vectors that are unique to maritime. Furthermore, there are some maritime-specific regulations, guidelines, and resources that address cyber defense.

Hazards and Safety - Identifying on the job problems (Tuesday at 9:30am and Wednesday at 8:00am)
This presentation on hazard assessment will address general and specific hazards that may be encountered in the workplace. The focus will be on marinas, boatyards, vessels, and production facilities. The consequences of accidents on people and businesses will be discussed so that motivation for a safe workplace is evident. An in detail assessment of hazards can take us from an "at risk of harm” status to an acceptable level.

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