March 9 Dinner Speaker Topic:
"Hacking People - Why IT Security Solutions Will Never Be Enough"

A cybersecurity presentation by Raymond Bowen, an experienced expert in many facets of the IT world.

Description of Presentation:

Each year organizations are becoming more "Cyber Aware" as we hear of attacks and data breaches on almost a weekly basis. The percentage of the IT budget that is dedicated to cyber defense is moving in a positive direction. Although much more thought and emphasis is being placed on the hardware/software side of the equation, little to no thought is placed on the human side of the equation. Until there is a proactive strategy to combating people hacking systems will not be fully secure.

What's in it for me?

The purpose of this discussion is not to make people social engineers or people hackers: they already are but don't know it. The goal is to make people more aware so they may use this information to secure their infrastructure both at work and at home.

Come join us for the evening and learn how dynamic the cybersecurity arena is; an upward battle. Invite your significant others, co-workers, neighbors or others and learn the risks associated with this new technology and the actions you can take to preserve your most important interactions with the people you care about the most.

Please RSVP by Monday, March 6.

Ray Bowen is co-founder and CEO of the newly formed 356 Solutions, LLC. A single source provider of security services. He is also co-founder of 2PG Firearms Training. Before 356, Ray was co-founder, President and CEO of Exceptional Software Strategies (ESS) for almost 20 years. Under his leadership, Exceptional built a reputation as an innovative, progressive and successful Professional Services IT company. Prior to founding ESS, Ray was President of The Bowen Group, A small IT consulting firm that serviced private sector organizations. Ray's career has spanned over 30 years in the information technology field. As a technologist he has worked as a programmer, software engineer, system administrator, systems engineer, database administrator, database engineer and software architect.

An active participant in public forums, Ray has spoken on leadership, strategy, and technology at various industry conferences and seminars in the Baltimore /Washington area. He has also been featured in several industry publications and has been a radio guest.

Ray is active in professional and charitable organizations. He has served on executive and economic advisory boards, philanthropic boards, leadership boards and ministerial boards as either a chairman or a member of the board. He is an active Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and is a member of various industry and professional organizations.

When not working you can find Ray at the golf course, the shooting range (he is an avid hunter) or just hanging out with family or friends. Ray holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.


Please register by clicking on "RSVP For Event" nlt (no later than) March 6.


6:00pm to 7:00pm Network and Registration
7:00pm to 8:00pm Dinner served
8:00pm to 9:00pm Presentation (including time for Q&A) before departing for the evening.

About the Venue

Alfio's La Trattoria, in Chevy Chase, MD (, within walking distance of the Friendship Heights Metro Station and Free Valet Parking, specializing in Northern Italian Cuisine.

Alfio's La Trattoria, 4515 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-3622
Phone: 301-657-9133


AITP Members: $25 - Non-Members: $30 - Students: $20

There will be a $5.00 charge for those without a reservation.

Special: Guests of Members pay the AITP Member rate so invite your friends and coworkers.

The cost includes a main entrée (typically meat, seafood and vegetarian options), salad, rolls, coffee/tea, and dessert and a cash bar is available throughout the evening.

Upcoming and past events:

September 11 "Cybersecurity: FOLLOWUP
Melvin Barnes presented a talk elaborating on why cyber security professionals are overwhelmed. His look at everyday risks and threats that expose the individual to the corporate infrastructure was presented at a level for all to embrace. He shared suggestions on how to join and grow in the cybersecurity field of expertise.

Thanks to Melvin Barnes for an outstanding presentation. We had a great turnout for this topic. Melvin is a new member of the AITP dc chapter.

October 13 - "Ransomware - Is it Really Give up and Pay Up?" FOLLOWUP. David and Silvia Vargas presented at the Techno Security & Forensics Investigations 2016 Conference (June 6). We welcome them back as speakers from 2014.

Thanks to the dynamic duo of David and Silvia Vargas who excited the audience with their knowledge about cybersecurity in an interactive session.

November 10 - Mobile Devices "How to get Smart using my Smart Phone". Mr. Petry will empower us with the tools and knowledge we need to make appropriate decisions of what mobile devices, applications and configurations are appropriate for our mobile computing productivity needs.

December 8 - We had a nice holiday break.

January 14 - Motivation Speaker Tip Fallon, Founder of Fallon Consulting Group, will lead us as we begin a new year with a new government. Highly rated speaker! Just what we need to move us forward in 2017. Tip will share insights, tools, and strategies to start your year with more power and clarity in reaching your goals.

February 9 - "Social Media Impact on personal relationships" Come join us for the evening and learn how Social Media, the Internet and the advancement of technology impacts our human relationships on multiple levels. Invite your significant others, co-workers, neighbors or others and learn the risks associated with this new technology and the actions you can take to preserve your most important interactions with the people you care about the most. Pete Petry did a fine job with a complicated subject area.

March 9 - Ray Bowen is our cybersecurity expert and his topic is "Hacking People - Why IT Security Solutions Will Never Be Enough".

April 17 - We are always looking for new speakers on IT topics so sign up

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