About the Ouachita Speaker Series

The Ouachita Speaker Series was launched September 2012, in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.  It is presented in conjunction with the Ponce de Leon Center, the Village’s cultural center. 

The creation of the Ouachita Speaker Series was inspired by other communities across the country that offer speaker series as open, thought-provoking forums for intellectual and educational enrichment, and the exchange of ideas.  Distinguished speakers covering an exciting range of topics are invited to share their knowledge and observations, introduce new ideas, and inspire conversation. 

Named in honor of Hot Springs Village’s mountainous geographic location, the Ouachita Speaker Series is held appropriately in the Ouachita Activities Building at 1101 DeSoto Boulevard.  The public is invited to attend. 

The project is envisioned as a way to bring inspiring and stimulating guest speakers to Hot Springs Village several times a year to complement the outstanding musical and theatrical performances offered throughout the year. 

Tickets are available online at www.hsvticketsales.com or at the Ponce de Leon Center office, 1101 DeSoto Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Ouachita Speaker Series is a proud member of the Hot Springs Village Arts Council and the Hot Springs Village Area Chamber of Commerce. 


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About Greg Schaffer

Program Title: Cyber Security and  Account Takeover Threat

Greg Schaffer is the first speaker in the fall series, scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, 2015,  at 7:00 p.m., in the Ouachita Activities Building of the Ponce de Leon Center. 

Greg Schaffer, formerly with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is now CEO and Founder of First72 Cyber, LLC, a cyber security firm created to help enterprises prepare for, respond to and manage the risk of cyber events, with a special focus on the rapidly emerging area of third-party risk. He is responsible for all aspects of the enterprise's development and execution, including product development, infrastructure build, service delivery, quality assurance and partnerships.

Schaffer will be speaking about cyber threat and how it has evolved over the past 20 years, how the government and large enterprises have been impacted, what they are doing about it, and what everyone should be doing to protect themselves and their data. He will specifically focus on the "account takeover" threat to those who do online banking and what can be done to limit the likelihood that someone will be able to log onto your accounts, pretending to be you.