Stephen Hopkins

Programming Committee

Senior Cybersecurity Engineer, Cyber Justice League

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Stephen Hopkins is a Senior Cybersecurity Engineer with Cyber Justice League and a Senior Systems Engineer with Computer Help. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of West Florida where he teaches courses in Cybersecurity and Secure Software Development. Stephen started a cybersecurity business in 1997. Computer Help has been running strong since then and within the past couple of years expanded to a second company, Cyber Justice League. The two companies work together to provide cybersecurity engineering, engineering consulting, cloud services integration, and technical services.

Stephen began his education as a student in the second class of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), a leading high school in the United States. After completing an Electrical Engineering degree and serving on the Cadet Wing Staff at the United States Air Force Academy, Stephen served as a Computer Systems Engineer and Lead of the Guidance Systems Branch for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). Stephen completed a MS in Systems and Control Engineering, transitioned to an AF Reserve position, and joined a DoD consulting company as a Systems Engineer. Stephen has a MS in Cybersecurity.

He serves as the Chair of the Northwest Florida Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and as the 2023 Chair of the Hardware Robotics and Software Programming Competitions. Stephen performs research in several areas including Secure SCADA Frameworks, passive detection of O/S and IoT, Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), robotics, and increasing the resilience of the electric grid using state estimation techniques and smart grid integration.

His leisure activities include competitive powerlifting, competitive archery, competitive cycling, and SCUBA diving.

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ITEN (Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Network) WIRED Summit is the Southeast’s premier cybersecurity and IT conference to connect, collaborate and build community with industry leaders, entrepreneurs and educators on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship topics.

The three-day event highlights the area’s cybersecurity, information technology and entrepreneurial communities and explores emerging technology and innovators in start-up tech, artificial intelligence, robotics, and emerging technologies on the national scene.

The summit, which began as an economic development initiative in 2008 by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, is now hosted by IT Gulf Coast.

ITEN WIRED is a not-for-profit, technology-focused conference.  Proceeds from the event are used to support IT Gulf Coast's local STEM initiatives, including endowments to the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College.

The next ITEN WIRED Summit will take place on October 18-20, 2023.

Meet the Team

The ITEN WIRED | TechNet CyberCoast planning team is composed of volunteers from IT Gulf Coast, AFCEA Blue Angels Pensacola Chapter, and other members of our local IT, tech and entrepreneurial community.

Jim Rhodes

Community and Public Relations Director
UWF Center for Cybersecurity

Jay Smith

Managing Partner
Data Revolution
Sponsorship Chair

Sean O'Brien

Navy Account Manager
Programming Chair

Amelia Dixon

Enterprise Architect
Navy Federal Credit Union
Logistics Chair

Elizabeth Rasnick

Assistant Professor
UWF Center for Cybersecurity

Carson Wilber

Penetration Tester
IBM X-Force Red
Marketing Chair / Secretary of ITGC

Patrick Rooney

Co:Lab Pensacola
Sponsorship / Programming

Paris Harman

Intern/Grad Student
Navy Federal/Embry-Riddle
Public Relations

Michelle Sims

Lead Employer Engagement Specialist
Public Consulting Group

Alan Galindo

Business Services Representative
CareerSource EscaRosa

Emily Cone

Account Manager

Kelvin Singleton

Cybersecurity Solutions Architect

Mark Nissley

Business Development Lead
Red Hat

Shae Vernier

Senior Lead Technologist
Booz Allen Hamilton

Benjamin Loader

Senior Lead Technologist
Booz Allen Hamilton

James Morris

Senior Program Director
Global Business Solutions (GBSI)