Cybersecurity: The Investment Theme for a Secure Future

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

2:00 PM EDT | 11:00 AM PDT

60 minutes

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As the world becomes more digitally connected, cybersecurity’s role in business, technology, and society has become mission critical. Simply put, the modern world is built on cybersecurity. Without it, capital cannot flow freely, information cannot be stored safely, and businesses, governments and critical infrastructure cannot operate securely. Hear from CrowdStrike, a leading cybersecurity company, along with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and First Trust on noteworthy trends in cybersecurity as well as the importance of the cybersecurity investment theme. The Nasdaq CTA Cybersecurity Index (NQCYBR) is tracked by the world’s largest cybersecurity ETF, the First Trust Nasdaq Cybersecurity ETF (CIBR).

The index is comprised of cybersecurity companies, classified by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), this index provides investors with a way of tracking and accessing this critical theme.


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Mike Sentonas
Chief Technology Officer

Mike Sentonas is CrowdStrike’s Chief Technology Officer. Previously, he served as Vice President, Technology Strategy at CrowdStrike. With over 20 years’ experience in cybersecurity, Mike’s most recent roles prior to joining CrowdStrike were Chief Technology Officer – Security Connected and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer APAC, both at McAfee (formerly Intel Security).Mike is an active public speaker on security issues and provides advice to government and business communities on global and local cyber security threats.

He is highly-sought after to provide insights into security issues and solutions by the media including television, technology trade publications and technology centric websites. Michael has spoken around the world at numerous sales conferences, customer and non-customer conferences and contributes to various government and industry associations’ initiatives on security. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia and has an Australian Government security clearance.

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Andrew Hull
Vice President and Exchange-Traded Fund Strategis
First Trust

Andrew Hull is a Vice President and Exchange-Traded Fund Strategist with First Trust. As an ETF Strategist, Andrew provides in-depth analysis and commentary related to ETF investing, including tracking industry trends and communicating ETF strategies to financial professionals. Andrew also contributes to the First Trust Investment Insights blog and helps author the quarterly Inside First Trust ETFs newsletter.

Previously, Andrew was an Economic Analyst for First Trust, where he was responsible for analyzing economic indicators and providing economic commentary and research.

Andrew holds a BA in Business Economics from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.

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Brian Comiskey
Senior Manager of Industry Intelligence
the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Brian Comiskey is the Manager of Industry Intelligence at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). In Brian’s current role, he is responsible for researching and developing stock market universes for the portfolio of indexes on which CTA and Nasdaq collaborate. Brian also serves as CTA’s lead industry analyst and forecaster for several technology categories including video & audio streaming and smart home. Prior to joining CTA, Brian consulted for the United States Coast Guard on digital transformation and cybersecurity policy. He also worked at media analytics firm PublicRelay, consulting on corporate communications strategy for clients across a wide range of technology industries. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the College of William & Mary.

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Ben Jones
Index Development Specialist

Ben Jones is a specialist on Nasdaq’s Index Research & Development team. Ben’s role involves supporting the research and marketing efforts for Nasdaq Indexes, helping to build new or enhance existing indexes, and supporting Nasdaq’s ETF partners and the sales team through outreach and engagement initiatives. Prior to his move to the Index Research & Development team, Ben was a Senior Analyst at Nasdaq Dorsey Wright (NDW), a registered investment advisory firm, and had been with the firm the firm for over 10 years. Ben worked exclusively in NDW’s research department, where he helped lead and coordinate many of NDW’s research and product offerings, and was a primary contributor to NDW’s flagship report, “Daily Equity and Market Analysis Report,” as well as a number of specialized market updates and ETF reports. In addition, Ben led the development and support of many relationships with advisors, ETF providers, and other 3rd party partners for the application and distribution of NDW’s research, products and strategies. Ben received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).