ENHANCING BUSINESSES’ CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS AND PROTECTING AMERICA’S DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE
The U.S. Department of Commerce is dedicated to creating the conditions needed for business growth and innovation. This means securing the digital economy as a platform for economic opportunities, which requires the formation of strong national cybersecurity. Pritzker knows that success and cybersecurity go hand in hand with America’s economic and national security and advocates for industry and government collaboration in forming effective cybersecurity practices. She will discuss the administration’s efforts to strengthen our national cybersecurity position and how the Commission for Enhancing National Cybersecurity will inform policymakers about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Cybersecurity has become a top priority for DHS. The department works with the public and private sectors to mitigate cyberattacks, which starts by sharing information about cyber threats. Mayorkas will explain the importance of sharing cyber threat indicators in real time with the government and businesses using Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) so that cybercriminals cannot benefit from preying on multiple unsuspecting victims. Mayorkas will also discuss DHS’ efforts to update the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP) and its need for industry input.
The FBI is the primary agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting cybercriminals. The Bureau is aware of the growing frequency and complexity of cyberattacks, which is why a cooperative relationship with the private sector is critical to respond to significant cyber incidents. Johnson will examine the FBI’s resources and capabilities in mitigating cyber threats to the private sector.
THE FUTURE OF ENCRYPTION: CAPITOL HILL PERSPECTIVES
Encryption is an important topic of conversation in national cybersecurity debates. Businesses need strong encryption to protect data from cyber theft and law enforcement officials have repeatedly underscored the “going dark” problem in investigating criminal activity. The encryption debate has the potential to create some rift between government and industry, which threatens the joint efforts made to establish collaborative national cybersecurity policies. The discussion is still in its early stages, and bipartisan proposals have been initiated, such as the Digital Security Commission Act of 2016. Co-sponsor McCaul will discuss the bill and the significance of thoroughly evaluating the role of encryption in our economic and national security.
Mobile is the new frontier for cyberattacks. And yet very few companies or government agencies treat mobile devices as part of the critical infrastructure that needs to be secured. Lookout’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Dolce will explain the dangerous consequences of ignoring mobile security.
LUNCH KEYNOTE: PREVENTING AND DISRUPTING NATIONAL SECURITY CYBER THREATS
U.S. businesses face blended threats—criminal and national security—to their digital networks. In today’s interconnected economy, industry is a key partner in confronting these threats. A seemingly small cyber intrusion by a criminal actor on a U.S. business may transmit personally identifiable information to a terrorist network or fund militant activity on battlefields far from U.S. jurisdiction. Carlin will discuss these cyber threats and actors and how critical cooperation between business and federal agencies is disrupting cyberattacks.
RAISING THE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE CYBERSECURITY THROUGH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
Cyberattacks against America’s critical infrastructure have become a major concern for national security leaders. Cyber-attackers no longer need to execute physical damage to seriously affect critical infrastructure systems. Because 85% of America’s critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, it is crucial that the intelligence community and industry coordinate and share threat information to protect these systems. As cyberattacks increase in sophistication, we need forward thinking and innovative public-private partnerships to strengthen critical infrastructure cybersecurity and thwart malicious actors.
PANEL DISCUSISON: PRIVATE SECTOR ROLES & RESPONSIBLITIES IN CYBERSECURITY
The need to address cybersecurity threats to American and global businesses has moved from an IT issue to a top priority for the C-suite and the boardroom. For many businesses, it’s not a matter of if an intrusion will happen, but when. Businesses of every size must take steps to protect their assets from cyberattacks, and they are urged to adopt the NIST Framework and industry-developed best practices to protect themselves. It is also crucial that cyber threat indicators and significant cyber incidents are shared with the government so that proper steps can be taken to investigate cybercriminals and deter attacks.
LIVE DEMONSTRATION: PROPER USE AND ETIQUETTE FOR SECURE ACCESS OF PUBLIC WIFI
Everyone knows publicly accessible WiFi’s provide malicious actors direct access to your laptops and cell phones when you connect to them. But, did you know they can be used to HACK you even when you aren’t connected to them? Jerry Irvine will show you how Hackers can gain access to your laptop, cell phones, and your company networks using disconnected WiFi networks on your devices.
PANEL DISCUSSION: THE STATE OF CYBERSECURITY: 2016 AND BEYOND
Cyberattacks are increasing in frequency, scale, and sophistication, and they will only continue to grow in the future. The internet of things is benefiting our lives in countless ways, but also creates new opportunities for cybercriminals to take advantage. This panel will discuss current cybersecurity trends and policy actions, as well as what future leaders can do to defend critical infrastructure, deter malicious actors, and respond to significant cyber incidents.
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