Detroit Breakfast | Cyber Security and the Impact on Small and Medium Size Private Companies

Wednesday, December 06, 2017
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM CST
VisTaTech Center | Kehrl Auditorium
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152



Please join the Private Directors Association as we expose small and mid-size business owners, CEOs and board directors to a discussion of cyber risk that is relevant to their organization and across industries, and provide practical steps for both facilitating a discussion at their board and taking action to protect value in the business.

Please note that this meeting is 7:30-9:30AM Eastern Time.


James Scopis
Senior Vice President & Information Security Executive
Bank of America

James Scopis is a senior vice president and information security executive for Bank of America. He is responsible for delivering global information security architectural and business enablement solutions as well as information security-related customer and client protection across Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust.

He has held leadership roles at Bank of America across multiple lines of business, corporate compliance, business continuity and global technology and operations. Scopis attended the University of Delaware, where he studied business administration, and is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP).

Jim Hunter
Chief Information Security Officer
Auto Plus Auto Parts and Pep Boys

Jim Hunter is the CISO for AutoPlus and Pep Boys.  In that role, he is responsible for the information technology security program and leads the internal security team.  He has also developed corporate information security programs and hosted client information security services, including systems auditing, incident response, forensic examinations, security assessments, website security and policy reviews for multiple hospital clients.

Jim has a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University-Haworth College of Business and over 25 years’ experience in information technology and Web services to go with a number of professional certifications, including: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Computer Forensic Examiner (GCFE), Web Application Pen Tester (GWAPT) and Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA). Jim has given talks and written articles for a local MACPA chapter, HIMSS conference, Becker’s Hospital Review and Healthcare IT Week.

Claudia Rast
Attorney & Shareholder
Butzel Long

Claudia Rast is a shareholder based in Butzel Long's Ann Arbor office. Blending her expertise in law, business, and science, Rast counsels companies in their strategic use of technology, while addressing privacy, security, intellectual property licensing and registration, and the forensic preservation and analysis of electronically stored information.  Rast is frequently called upon to negotiate contracts covering the innovative technologies associated with autonomous and connected vehicles and other new and emerging technologies.  During 2008-2009, she chaired the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. 

In 2013, Rast was appointed by the ABA President to the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, for a two-year ending in August 2015, and re-appointed to successive one-year terms in August 2016 and June 2017.  Among her recent works of authorship is the chapter in the ABA publication Ethics and Environmental Practice: A Lawyer’s Guide, (July 2017) entitled “Confidentiality and Security in a Modern World,” and co-authorship of the chapter “Best Practices for Incident Response: Achieving Preparedness through Alignment with Voluntary Consensus Standards” in the ABA publication The Cybersecurity Handbook, 2nd edition (Nov. 2017).

Rast received her B.S. from the University of Michigan, majoring in Natural Resources, and her J.D. from University of Detroit School of Law, where she was the editor-in-chief of the law review and later clerked for the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams.


Matt Elliott
Michigan Market President
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Matthew B. Elliott serves in a dual role as Michigan State President and as the Midwest Region Business Banking Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  In his role as state president, Matt serves as the company’s enterprise leader in Michigan, working with company leaders across the state to help deliver Bank of America’s full range of global financial services.   He also leads the Bank’s corporate social responsibility activities, including philanthropic giving, community development lending and investing, environmental initiatives, diversity efforts, arts and culture projects, and employee volunteerism.

As a Regional Executive for Business Banking, Matt oversees five teams of professionals who leverage the product breadth, industry expertise, and global presence of the bank to deliver integrated financial solutions to companies and institutions across eight states. Matt has more than 20 years of commercial lending, capital markets and corporate finance experience.

Matt joined the bank from Project: WorldWide, where he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance, leading the organization’s corporate strategy, corporate development and treasury functions.  Prior to that, Matt was a Managing Director in loan syndications at LaSalle Bank, where he was responsible for structuring and syndicating middle market, asset-based, leveraged and investment grade loans for a broad cross section of domestic and international clients.

Matt graduated with high honors from Michigan State University and earned his MBA with honors from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.  He is a FINRA Registered Representative and holds Series 7, 63, 79 and 24 securities licenses.  Matt is also a member of the board of directors of the Detroit Zoological Society, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Detroit Economic Club.

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