9:30 AM
Anne Arundel Community College 101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012

Cybersecurity for SMBs Part III:

The Cloud as a Security Solution

Are you a small or mid-size business? This is for you!

Today’s Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) are moving rapidly towards cloud services for key applications like payroll, HR, office programs, billing, backup, etc. Stay ahead of the risks from cyber attacks by attending The Cloud as a Security Solution workshop!

This seminar will explore questions like:

  • Cloud Security vs Local Security?
  • Who are the cloud providers serving small and medium size businesses?
  • Does going to cloud automatically increase the security?
  • Options for engaging cloud services securely?

Moderator: John Leitch, CEO, Winquest Engineering



Maryland Chamber’s

Grassroots Advocacy Training

After you learn about the cloud, learn how to be an advocate for business! Stay to attend the Maryland Chamber’s exclusive Grassroots Advocacy Training. This training will be a deep dive into the newly developed Maryland Chamber of Commerce statewide strategy for grassroots advocacy. Attendees will also take a look at Maryland Chamber’s “how to” Advocacy Handbook reference tool. Trainers will include Maryland Chamber team members VP of Government Affairs Larry Richardson and Policy Analyst James McKitrick.

Both of these events are free to attend!


Brought to you by:

Thank you to our sponsors: DP Solutions, Highstreet, Maryland Department of Commerce, University of Maryland University College, Winquest Engineering and XentIT

Contact Marie Rau for sponsorship opportunities:

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Registration and continental breakfast

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Welcome remarks and insight on upcoming 2019 legislative session

Speaker: Christine Ross, President & CEO, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

9:40 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Brief overview of Innovation Tax Credit and Buy Maryland Cyber Tax Credit

Speaker: Mark Miraglia, Cyber Program Manager, Maryland Department of Commerce

9:50 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

The Cloud as a Security Solution for SMBs

Moderator: John Leitch, CEO, Winquest Engineering


  • Tariq Alvi, President & CEO, XentIT
  • Greg Furst, CEO, Highstreet
  • Ben Schmerler, Senior IT Risk Analyst, DP Solutions 

11:15 a.m.

Closing remarks:

  • Greg von Lehmen, UMUC

11:20 a.m.



Moderator: John Leitch, CEO, Winquest Engineering

John Leitch is the President and CEO of Winquest Engineering, which operates Winquest Cybersecurity as one of its business divisions. Winquest Cybersecurity provides risk assessment, penetration testing, incident response, consulting and other services to nationwide clients ranging from two-person investment advisor firms to $6.5B manufacturer/retailers. Winquest specializes in support to small and medium businesses since they are at greatest risk of a cyber incident.

Leitch is passionate about cybersecurity and has been featured on Fox Business Network, Bloomberg International, CBS radio, newspapers and various conferences. His written contributions include articles and opinion pieces for major trade publications and newspapers.

Pictured from left to right: Ben Schmerler, Greg Furst, Tariq Alvi


Ben Schmerler, Senior IT Risk Advisor, DP Solutions // @DPSolutions_MD

Ben Schmerler is the senior IT risk advisor at DP Solutions, an award-winning managed service provider (MSP) headquartered in Columbia, MD. Schmerler works with clients to develop consistent strategies not only for technical security, but also policy and compliance management, system design, integration planning, and other business level technology concerns. He works directly with clients’ staff to provide personalized education on various IT security topics that affect how they interact with technology on a daily basis.

Schmerler graduated from Towson University with a degree in computer information systems and business administration

Greg Furst, CEO, Highstreet // @HighstreetIT

Greg Furst is the CEO of Highstreet, and an entrepreneurial leader with more than 20 years of experience in building organizations within the IT managed services and professional services space. He has led several high-profile initiatives in direct sales, marketing, product management, general management and strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Highstreet, Furst served as CEO and president of Atherio, a global Oracle technology services company. He also served as EVP of sales & marketing at Rolta International, a global consulting company. Before this, he was vice president & regional portfolio executive at CSC, a global provider of technology-enabled business solutions & services. Additionally, he has held leadership roles at SAVVIS Communications, where he was the VP and GM of Hosting Services, and at Digex, where he was VP of sales.

Furst holds a bachelor of arts from Bucknell University and a master of science from Johns Hopkins University.

Tariq Alvi, President & CEO, XentIT // @xent_it

Tariq Alvi serves as the president and CEO of XentIT, an information technology firm that provides cybersecurity, cloud technologies, information technology resale, managed IT, and system integration services. Alvi has over 25 years of experience in high volume, high capacity and high value information systems. He has served clients in both federal government and commercial sectors.

Alvi earned his bachelor of science in engineering degree from Aligarh Muslim University of India, and a master of science in cybersecurity technology degree from University of Maryland University College. After working for reputed European and US firms, Alvi started XentIT in 2006.

XentIT is headquartered in Crofton, Maryland with an office in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.