Keynote Speaker | 8:40am

How We Can Stop The World's Worst Ransomware

Brook Chelmo is the chief storyteller for SonicWall security services and serves as SonicWall’s ransomware tsar. He has won numerous awards and accolades for his work and presentations on numerous security subjects that range from data privacy, critical vulnerabilities, and network security. His presentations are filled with deep thoughts and laughter.

Main Stage Talk | 11:00am

Bringing Intelligence to the Network Core

The mobile workforce, Cloud, and IoT are creating security, application and scalability problems that traditional networks can’t handle. See the future of networking with technology that is available today.

Main Stage Talk | 11:30am

CIS Critical Controls And Why They Are Important

Is your organization under compliance requirements? When you attend this keynote, you will understand how the CIS Critical Controls sets you down the path of more than just compliance but true security for your infrastructure. Whether you have a hunger for knowledge or a sweet tooth for compliance, you are sure to learn a thing or two from this Keynote.

Keynote Speaker | 1:15pm


Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, in twenty-seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and the third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States.

Vendor Showcase

HiPoCON has numerous opportunities to visit directly with participating vendors. The large ballroom will be filled with vendor booths and technology displays for you to check out. This is a great opportunity for you to engage a specific vendor in a conversation around your business challenges.


Participating Vendors

Educational Sessions

30 Minute Sessions | You will have the opportunity to choose session topics (below) when you register.

Join us for a live demonstration that reveals many examples of the threats you are missing in encrypted traffic.  We will also cover how A10 provides visibility to this traffic with our easy to deploy SSL Insight platform.

The Aruba 8400 Switch is a breakthrough in core innovation and extends intelligence in the Mobile First Architecture from the edge to the core. This means that Aruba now has a complete end-to-end switching portfolio for the entire campus and that we can now arm IT with insights, automation and programmability.

- Our customers have spoken and we’ve listened. With the increasing landscape of threats, the firewall has become an increasingly important and complex gateway to your network. Learn why FWaaS has become the fastest growing service offering within High Point Networks.

What is Microsoft up to now?  Just returning from the July Microsoft Inspire Partner Conference in DC, High Point Networks will share some Microsoft Roadmap information on Windows 10, Server 2016, Hyper-V, and O365.

Cyber crime is a massive, organized business that generates over $2 trillion a year. To address a risk of this magnitude, enterprises need to think differently about security and consider a new option—an option in which your network components are orchestrated into an end-to-end defense domain. With a Software-Defined Secure Network (SDSN) from Juniper, your business can benefit from unified defense across multivendor environments, private clouds, and public clouds.

Axis will be showing some of the latest analytic technology, including Axis Perimeter Defender and Axis Radar integrated with IP speakers and other technologies for minimum detection time to stop intruders before they get in. The goal is to help you take a more proactive approach to perimeter security.

Overview of new Extreme technology in light of our purchase of Fabric Connect and Fabric Attach technologies enabling a more simplified administration and greater overall network efficiency. Specific info around plans on how this interacts, etc. with an existing EXOS environment.

Let's go over the how, what ,and why of password cracking. High Point Networks will cover how hashed passwords can be recovered, what tools are used to crack hashed passwords, and how you can protect yourself and your organization.

ShoreTel and Mitel are coming together as the Unified Communications industry continues to evolve. Some players are dropping out of the market, some are failing financially but the future looks strong as two major players are teaming up to lead the industry into the future!

The only thing harder than defending yourself against Ransomware is explaining why you didn’t protect yourself from an attack.  This 30 minute session will discuss challenges IT professional face today and best practices around backup and disaster recovery.

Data is the new money and cyber criminals want to hold you hostage. Don’t be the next victim of ransomware. Learn how to protect your data and stop ransomware with Cisco technologies.

Backups are often an overlooked part of business operations but are one of the most critical to have in an emergency. Learn how High Point Network’s Backup as a Service program ensures you have a reliable backup plan, created and maintained by certified Veeam engineers, allowing your company to focus on what it does best.

This breakout will discuss various technicalities that occur during a breach and what it means to the end-user or company. Included will be combinations of 'technical talk' and short videos to display how important layered approaches in security really are. Once a breach happens, an Incident Response or Compromise Assessment is a must. Simply wiping a machine will not clear the breach and make the environment safe.

In a world where the number of connected devices, cloud adoption and compute power are exponentially growing, global infrastructure and private citizens are more vulnerable than ever. We will lay out how in the future, best-of-breed point security technologies developed by hundreds of different vendors and real platforms will converge. He will elaborate on the forthcoming new model for the entire industry (and the accompanying business disruption) that provides dramatically better security in terms of speed, simplicity and leverage for all organizations to achieve a significant advantage against cybercriminals.

Learn how SonicWall next-generation firewalls provide effective ransomware prevention, with a layered approach on top of our multi-engine cloud-based SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection Service.


Subject to Change


8:00 Check-in / Breakfast / Vendor Showcase


8:30 Let's Honor America! | Morgan McDougall
8:35 Welcome | Tom McDougall, President & CEO, High Point Networks
8:40 "How We Can Stop The World's Worst Ransomware" | Brook Chelmo, Sr. Principal Product Marketing Manager, SonicWALL (Main Stage)
9:35 Vendor Showcase/Exhibit Booths
10:05 Breakout Session A (Choose one to attend.)
     1. What Threats Are You Missing In Encrypted Traffi? | A10 Networks | Location: Etude
     2. Aruba 8400 Switch Series | Aruba Networks | Location: Overture
     3. Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) - Why all the Hype? | High Point Networks | Location: Brahms
     4. Microsoft Roadmap: To Insanity and Beyond | High Point Networks | Location: Bach
     5. SDSN - A Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity | Juniper Networks | Location: Mozart
10:35 Vendor Showcase/Exhibit Booths
11:00 "Bringing Intelligence to the Network Core" | Travis Thompson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (Main Stage)
11:30 "CIS Critical Controls And Why They Are Important" | Infogressive (Main Stage)
11:59 Door Prize Teaser

12:00 Lunch (Sponsor: ShoreTel)

1:05 "Additions to the Extreme Family" | Mike Claypool, Extreme Networks (Main Stage)
1:10 "Have You Heard?" | Terry LaPointe, ShoreTel (Main Stage)
1:15 "YES I CAN" | Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, Rudy International
2:00 Vendor Showcase/Exhibit Booths
2:25 Breakout Session B
     1. Mission Critical - Early Detection To Take Appropriate Action | Axis Communications | Location: Etude
     2. Extreme Fabric Connect and Fabric Attach | Extreme Networks | Location: Overture
     3. Password Cracking 101 | High Point Networks | Location: Bach
     4. What's up with ShoreTel, Mitel, and the Communications Industry?! | ShoreTel | Location: Brahms
     5. Protecting Your Digital Assets and Business Continuity | Unitrends | Location: Mozart
2:55 Vendor Showcase/Exhibit Booths
3:20 Breakout Session C
     1. Defeat Ransomware! | Cisco | Location: Mozart
     2. Back up as a Service (BaaS) - HPN Has Your Back | High Point Networks | Location: Overture
     3. Zero to Breached in 60 Minutes | Infogressive | Location: Bach
     4. Coming Disruption in Cyber Security | Palo Alto Networks | Location: Brahms
     5. Why You Should Have A Multi-Engine Sandbox Protecting Your Data | SonicWall | Location: Etude
3:50 Vendor Showcase/Exhibit Booths
4:10 Message from the President & CEO | Tom McDougall, High Point Networks (Main Stage)
4:15 Closing Video (Main Stage)
4:25 Door Prizes
4:30 Social (Sponsor: Cable ONE)
4:50 Grand Prize

They Said It

This was very professional yet fun conference! The staging was wonderful, the speakers were great, lots of variety to choose from for the breakouts, and the High Point Staff were so friendly and outgoing. I really enjoyed it!

Many good leadership and collaboration topics discussed not to mention the importance of understanding the evolving workforce.

Liked the addition of the High Point "Ask an Expert" booth. Great idea!

Wow! Some awesome prizes! Thanks for the great event!

As always HiPoCON is a great and informative convention. We look forward to it every year. Thank you again!

Had a great time. Fun and interesting talks with colleagues and High Point employees as well. Looking forward to next year’s event!

All in all, it I love going to Hipocon. Lots to learn and it's great getting to meet the different vendors and see all the new and innovative products they have to offer.

Great event, even for someone like myself who is not a "techie". 

Enjoyed the day at HiPoCON, very informative information that was presented and always nice to be able to talk to venders face to face.

One of the best yet, had a good and informative time.

Event was great, it is a way for some of us small guys to meet some larger guys and see what we might need in the long term.  Thanks!

Great presentation and examples of quality leadership!

Very well put together, best in the upper Midwest.

This is my second time coming to this event. It is one of the most informative and non-sales orientated conference I have been to. Thank you High point and all vendors for your attendance, it was a great day.

Great event, learned a lot, good mix of technical and non-technical sessions and speakers.


A Great Location for the HiPoCON Technology Show & Conference. Run of the House.

Delta Hotels by Marriott

The 9th Annual HiPoCON Technology Show and Conference is back at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in Fargo, ND.

Deltas Hotel by Marriott
1635 42nd Street S
FargoND 58103
Hotel Website

Lots of Space. Lots of Opportunity.

HiPoCON will occupy every meeting room in the hotel. Lots of space!


If you are in need of rooms, please contact Delta.

Call 701-277-9000 | Hotel Website

Hosted by High Point Networks


What does High Point Networks do?

Every person that works at High Point Networks has faced the struggle of explaining what their day-to-day job encompasses. The long answer is that High Point Networks is a value-added reseller (VAR) of information technology providing solutions to both the SMB and enterprise level markets across the Great Plains. However, when that answer is given, 9 times out of 10 the response is “But what do you really DO?”

What sounds complicated is actually quite simple: We help businesses be successful.

We do this by optimizing their existing technology and introducing them to solutions that solve challenges and increase customers’ efficiency and effectiveness. “At the end of the day, if our customers aren’t successful, we aren’t successful,” CEO/President Tom McDougall said. It is for that reason that everyone at High Point Networks works tirelessly to be the leading experts in four pillars of business – Infrastructure, Unified Communications, Datacenter, and Security – all of which are supported by the best professional services team in the region.

Since the company’s formation in 2003, High Point Networks has grown to have 120+ employees spread out across 6 offices in the Great Plains region. These employees include account managers who have previously been network and system administrators and can solve real-time problems for their customers. They include seasoned engineers who have been tackling challenges and providing solutions for businesses in the region for 40+ years. They include project managers that work with customers from the initial sale until final implementation, training and beyond. They include experienced Help Desk managers and technicians who are ready to offer their expertise and problem-solving skills anytime, day and night, 365 days a year.

One of the primary characteristics McDougall says he is most proud to see in his employees is what he calls the “firehose principle.” “When a customer or an employee encounter a problem, people don’t sit back and watch them burn,” McDougall explains. “They grab a hose and jump in to lend a hand.” Every day brings a new opportunity to help our customers excel at what they do, and we love walking side by side with them on that journey.


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