June 21, 2017


NASHVILLE — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, today hosted a cybersecurity conference aimed at helping small and mid-size businesses develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs.

“Cybersecurity is a core business issue for organizations of all sizes, and everyday risk management is necessary to keep private networks secure. But through awareness, education, and public-private partnerships, we can turn cyber challenges into opportunities to innovate, create jobs, and grow the economy,” said Ann Beauchesne, senior vice president for National Security and Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Chamber. “The U.S. Chamber will take what we’ve learned from industry leaders in Nashville and make sure Washington hears what businesses need to be more secure and resilient.”

The cybersecurity conference brought together top experts from government, law enforcement, and the private sector to discuss cybersecurity threats to the private sector, challenges for small and midsize businesses, managing cybersecurity in the C-suite, and public-private collaboration on cyber incident response, among other topics.

The conference featured speakers including Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Scott Augenbaum, Ridge Global President Chris Furlow, U.S. Secret Service Special Agent David Fox, National Institute of Standards and Technology Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor Adam Sedgewick, Tennessee Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner David W. Purkey, Commissioner, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Chief of Partnerships and Engagement for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications Bridgette Walsh.

The Nashville conference is the third in a series of cybersecurity events the U.S. Chamber is hosting this year. You can learn more about the event here and the Chamber’s cybersecurity awareness campaign here.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. The U.S. Chamber’s National Security Task Force is made up of more than 200 member organizations, and the Chamber’s Cyber Working Group is made up of more than 200 companies.