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Webinar: Why Healthcare Data is One of the Easiest Targets for Hackers
Virtual (Webinar)
May 11, 2016

The Duo Labs research team has pinpointed some of the most significant reasons that medical records are among the easiest of any type of data to steal. For example, Duo Labs found that 76 percent of healthcare customers are running Windows 7, with 500+ known vulnerabilities to exploit.

It only takes one outdated device for a hacker to exploit a known vulnerability. The real-world implication? A hacker gains access to patient records, including birthdates, social security numbers, medical, financial, and insurance information.

Find out how to prevent hackers from gaining access to healthcare data instead of having to react to some of the recent ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations around the world. In this webinar, you will learn reasons healthcare data is so at risk, how it only takes one "open door" to steal passwords, gain access to databases of patient information and install malware and fundamental, easy "good hygiend" steps you can take today.

Time: 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT

Additional information and registration here

Privacy & Security Forum
Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA
May 11 - 12, 2016

There’s no sugarcoating it – in healthcare privacy and security, if you don’t have the fundamentals covered, you’re not doing your job.

At the Privacy & Security Forum, you’ll hear from the nation’s top privacy and security leaders (including National Cyber Security Alliance Executive Director Michael Kaiser) on how to effectively eliminate 90% of your organization’s vulnerabilities. Those in the infosec trenches will share thought leadership and best practices and help you dig deeper than ever into cybersecurity, incident response, mobile and medical device security and more. The forum will include a full two days of problem solving, actionable strategies, networking and thought leadership focused on some of the toughest challenges in privacy and security today.

Additional information and registration here

Two Steps Ahead: Protect Your Digital Life – San Jose, CA
The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA
May 24, 2016

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is hosting an event to educate consumers and businesses about adding layers of security to their everyday online activities. 

Featured Guests:

  • Tim Ritchie, President and CEO, The Tech Museum of Innovation
  • James Stanger, Ph.D., Senior Director of Products, CompTIA
  • Steve McFarland, President and CEO, Better Business Bureau of Los Angeles and Silicon Valley
  • Bryan Ochs, Vice President of Products and Programs, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
  • Jill Heath, Director of Special Projects, National Cyber Security Alliance


  • 9 a.m.: Meet and greet
  • 9:15 a.m.: Welcome and opening remarks
  • 9:25 a.m.: Online safety presentation
  • 9:45 a.m.: Guest speaker
  • 10 a.m.: "Ask the expert" panel

Additional information and registration hereThe Tech Museum of Innovation has generously offered free admission to the museum on the day of the event for all attendees. RSVP today!

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
May 23 - 26, 2016
Enfuse is a three-day security and digital investigation conference where specialists, executives and experts break new ground for the year ahead. With over 100 sessions available including more than forty (40) hands-on-labs, attendees can reap the benefits of best practices, success stories, tools and practical solutions.

Additional information and registration here.

TRUSTe Privacy Risk Summit 2016
Bespoke, 845 Market Street #450, San Francisco, CA
Jun 08, 2016

The 2016 Privacy Risk Summit will bring together leading privacy practitioners, lawyers, regulators and academics to address top privacy risks in the year ahead and share strategies for success.

The Summit builds on the success of the EU Data Protection Conference and IoT Privacy Summits to bring you an expanded program with three parallel conference tracks focusing on risks rising from technological and regulatory change and privacy risk management best practices.

Time: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (PDT)

Additional information and registration here.  

#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Digital Bliss – Stay Safe Online This Wedding Season
Virtual (Twitter Chat)
Jun 09, 2016
June is Internet Safety Month, and it’s also the heart of wedding season. According to a 2015 survey by The Knot, wedding planning has gone mobile, with 89 percent of couples using their smartphones to stay on top of wedding planning tasks and to-do lists. It’s important to practice good security habits when using technology to prepare for your big day. Additionally, many of us are traveling this season, as couples take off on their honeymoons and friends and family members travel to out-of-town weddings. Travel becomes more digital every day, as people use mobile apps and websites to book flights, hotels and more and navigate their way around their destinations. This #ChatSTC Twitter chat will discuss how couples can practice good online safety through every step of the wedding-planning process and how their guests can be cyber-smart, too.
  • When: Thursday, June 9, 3 p.m. EDT/noon PDT
Use #ChatSTC to join! 


Start With Security – Chicago
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL
Jun 15, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC's) fourth “Start With Security” event is co-sponsored by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. During this one-day event, the FTC will bring together experts who will provide businesses with practical tips and strategies for implementing effective data security. FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen will provide opening remarks. 

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CDT) 

The event will be free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Registration is not required, but Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invites you to register to assist with event planning.

MEF Global Consumer Trust Summit – San Francisco
Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens Street #251, San Francisco, CA
Jun 23, 2016
Join the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) for the 6th annual MEF Global Consumer Trust Summit in San Francisco to discuss the drivers in the mobile ecosystem when it comes to privacy and security. Showcasing a clear shift from simple compliance to business-critical, the Summit provides pragmatic insights, discussions and guidance on the value of Consumer Trust to businesses’ bottom line.

Prepare your company for regulatory best practice, how to manage personal data and security issues unique to mobile with a day-long event dedicated to building trust and innovation in the mobile ecosystem.

Supported by AVG Technologies and Mozilla, the full-day event hosted at Mission Bay Conference Centre in San Francisco provides a forum for MEF’s Global Consumer Trust Working Group who will host break-out sessions to advance the agenda to ensure trust is at the heart of any business across the mobile ecosystem.

From personal privacy vs National Security to Amazon’s Pay-by-Selfie, privacy and security issues continue to dominate the media headlines. Regulation is rolling out across different markets. Is your business ready?

Additional information and registration here.

FTC Fall Technology Series: Ransomware
Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, DC
Sep 07, 2016

With alarming frequency, ransomware hackers are sneaking into consumer and business computers, encrypting files containing photos, documents, and other important data, and then demanding a ransom in exchange for the key needed to decrypt the files. Consumers, businesses, and government agencies are falling prey to these schemes, including hospitals whose servers may contain sensitive patient data. Other variants of ransomware are now targeting files on mobile devices. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seminar will address questions such as:

  • How do ransomware extortionists gain access to consumer and business computers?
  • What role can consumer and business education play in preventing ransomware infections?
  • Are there steps consumers and businesses should be taking to reduce the risk of ransomware or to decrease its impact?
  • Are there technological measures that computer operating system and web browser designers can take to prevent ransomware?
  • Are there browser plug-ins or other tools that consumers and businesses can employ that will warn if their data is about to be encrypted?
  • What can be learned from criminal law enforcement’s efforts to combat ransomware?
  • If you fall prey to ransomware, should you pay the ransom?
  • If you pay the ransom, how likely are you to receive the decryption key and be able to view your files?
  • What happens if you don’t pay the ransom? Are your files lost forever?
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (EDT)

Additional information here

FTC Fall Technology Series: Drones
Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, DC
Oct 13, 2016

Americans are increasingly familiar with drones, also known as unmanned aerial systems. These devices have become one of consumers’ most popular technology purchases; some estimate nearly one million new drones will be purchased in 2016. Many consumer drones feature high-definition cameras, GPS, and the ability to fly autonomously. Commercially available drones are even more sophisticated, and are increasingly used for a variety of activities, including monitoring and inspection, news reporting, search and rescue of missing persons, and delivery of commercial packages or medicine to rural areas. While drones may generate significant economic benefits, the potential for information collection raises the prospect of consumer harms including invasion of privacy, trespass, and harassment. This Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seminar will explore the following questions related to commercial uses of drones:

  • What are the uses and benefits of drones for consumers today? Where is drone technology headed?
  • What are the unique privacy and security concerns associated with drone technologies and the data collected from them?
  • How are these concerns currently being addressed by businesses, self-regulatory efforts, and foreign regulators?
  • Is there a need for further guidance?
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (EDT)

Additional information here

NICE Conference & Expo 2016
Westin Kansas City Crown Center, 1 E Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO
Nov 1 - 2, 2016

Cybersecurity has emerged as one of the leading creators of jobs and opportunity for all economic sectors. The demand for cybersecurity positions in both the public and private sector is large and growing, but the talent pool of cybersecurity workers is not yet able to keep up.

The NICE 2016 Conference and Expo will feature timely, topical, and thought-provoking presentations, bringing together cybersecurity workforce, training and educational leaders from academia, business and government for two days of focused discussions.

This year’s theme, “Innovations to Shape the Future Cybersecurity Workforce” showcases effective collaborations, bold experiments and innovations, and other potentially game-changing methods in support of the NICE strategic goals: to accelerate learning and skills development, nurture a diverse learning community and guide career development and workforce planning.

Additional information and registration here

FTC Fall Technology Series: Smart TV
Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, DC
Dec 07, 2016

Consumers enjoy recommendations based on their television viewing habits, but who else knows what you’re watching? The golden age of television has arrived with the golden age of televisiontracking. In 2016, virtually all television delivery systems – smart TVs, streaming devices, game consoles, apps, and even old-fashioned set-top boxes – track consumers’ viewing habits, and sometimes in new and unexpected ways. Television and streaming device manufacturers, software developers, and the advertising industry are collaborating to learn more about what consumers are watching. These collaborations allow advertisers to precisely target consumers and better understand what ads are working. Consumers may even find advertisements based on their television viewing habits appearing on their phones and desktop browsers. The Smart TV workshop will explore the following questions:

  • What are the roles of hardware manufacturers and software developers in creating tracking technologies?
  • What do consumers understand about how their entertainment preferences are being tracked, disclosed, and used for various purposes?
  • How are entertainment preferences being linked to individuals or to individuals’ device graphs?
  • How is the advertising industry using this information?
  • What are some best practices for addressing consumer privacy on entertainment systems?
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (EST)

Additional information here.  

PrivacyCon 2017
Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, DC
Jan 12, 2017
The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) second PrivacyCon will seek to continue and expand collaboration among leading whitehat researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates and the government to address the privacy and security implications of emerging technologies.

This event is free and open to the public. Email any questions to the FTC at privacycon@ftc.gov.

This event will be publicly accessible via a live webcast as well. On the day of the event, the live-webcast link will appear at the top of this page.

Additional information here.