Internet security expert Tony Sager speaks March 23 at the Trenton Computer Festival.

Every year since 1976 the Trenton Computer Festival has been a Mecca for New Jersey’s technology community, so much so that in 1989 it hosted Bill Gates as its keynote speaker. This year, there are more than 50 talks and workshops scheduled in addition to the keynote speech by Tony Sager, former NSA employee and senior vice president for the Center for Internet Security. In his current position Sager leads development of CIS Controls, a worldwide project to find and support technical best practices in cybersecurity.

Cyber Security is the theme of the conference, which will take place Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the College of New Jersey education building, followed by a 6 p.m. banquet where Sager will speak. Tickets to the banquet are $32. For more information visit

Sager also serves as the director of the SANS Innovation Center, a subsidiary of the SANS Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Sager retired from the National Security Agency (NSA) after 34 years as an “information assurance professional.” He started his career in the communications security (COMSEC) intern program, and worked as a mathematical cryptographer and a software vulnerability analyst. In 2001 he led the release of NSA security guidance to the public. He also expanded the NSA’s role in the development of open standards for security

In addition a featured presentation on “The State of Cyber Crime in New Jersey” will be delivered by the Cyber Team of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security.

Other Presentations: Maintaining the Integrity of Elections in a Digital World by Rebecca Mercuri;

Quantum Computing by Barry Burd;

WordPress Bootcamp by Lou Judice;

Cybercrime and Theremin Zen by Kip Rosser;

Hands-on Arduino Workshop for Beginners by Katalin Frolio;

All Day Robotics Pavilion by Seung-yun Kim.

Other notable events: Mystabar — a new adventure game that can be played by anyone attending the computer festival using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

One day hands-on new and improved Object-Oriented Programming (OOP University) that will include talks on Python and Java.

Tours of the Sarnoff Museum of Technology, located at TCNJ.

A full day of presentations on IT professional topics, open to all TCF attendees.

Get an Amateur Radio License in a day —Ham Cram and Testing led by the David Sarnoff Radio Club.

Vintage Computer Exhibit (by Vintage Computer Federation – VCF).

Digital Photo Display.

AI, Quadcopter Demonstrations, and Poster Presentations.

Talks on STEM and education.

The Trenton Computer Festival was founded in 1976 by Sol Libes, of the Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey and Allen Katz, of the College of New Jersey, then known as Trenton State College. Both Libes and Katz remain active in the annual event.

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