Onward NRV Hosts Fall 2023 Tech/IT Leaders’ Summit

On October 17, 2023, technology industry leaders from around the New River Valley gathered for a Tech/IT leaders’ summit at Hyatt Place Blacksburg/University. During the summit, a panel of guest speakers addressed issues around the ever-changing world of cybersecurity.

The guest panelists included Jeff Wynn of New River Computing, Jeff Nozenzo of Brown Insurance, and David Filer of New River Community College.

The panelists discussed the importance of cybersecurity and multi factor authentication for passwords. The panelists also discussed the importance of training employees and educating them about fishing, having an intrusion detection and prevention system, and who to contact when you are hit with a cybersecurity breach.

Participants had the opportunity to ask questions about best practices for cybersecurity and get answers to specific issues that they have been facing.

Twice a year, Onward NRV hosts Tech/IT Leaders’ Summits as part of the organization’s five-year strategy to promote economic development in the NRV and support the continued growth of the tech sector in Virginia’s New River Valley.

Learn more about the growing information technology industry in Virginia’s New River Valley here.

Read more about previous Tech/IT Leaders’ Summits here.


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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