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Get Ready for NCSAM 2016
Virtual (Webcast)
Jul 28, 2016
October marks the 13th National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual effort led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safer, more secure and better able to protect their personal information online. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and all individuals and organizations have roles to play in promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet. As your organization prepares for NCSAM, tune in to a webcast with NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser and SANS Securing The Human to get the latest on what's coming this October and tips for carrying out your awareness and education efforts. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about NCSAM 2016 as they prepare for the month.

Time: 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT

Additional information and registration here

SANS Security Awareness Summit 2016
Parc 55 San Francisco Hilton, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA
Aug 3 - 4, 2016

The 3rd annual SANS Security Awareness Summit is on, and it's bigger and better than ever before. The summit has been designed for experienced security awareness officers who want to take their security awareness program to the next level. The summit is designed to provide actionable lessons you can take back and apply right away within your own organization, with a focus on your industry, employee base and current maturity level. Additionally, SANS has expanded the event to two days to support additional talks, add new interactive sessions and host numerous networking events. New and expanded events include:

  • SANS360: In addition to in-depth talks from industry experts and your peers, we have added a new SANS360 session, ten six-minute lightening talks packed into just one hour. Don't like the topic being discussed? No worries, you will have a new talk in just six minutes.
  • Video Wars: Watch the different training videos organizations have created and hear from them how they created the videos, what worked and did not work, and why.
  • Show-n-Tell Booths: We have expanded the highly popular Show-n-Tell Booths to support more booths and a dedicated session for attendees to interact with all the different awareness materials organizations have developed. This is a great opportunity to learn how organizations made the materials, which ones were the most effective and why.
  • Onsite Lunches: Stay for lunch and mix/mingle with other attendees.
  • Group Case Studies: Work on case studies as a group, then compare your results with other teams. See and learn how others approach securing the human element.
  • Evening Socials: Take a chance to unwind and socialize with your peers at organized social events every night.

Two Steps Ahead: Cybersecurity for Business...Made Simple
The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA
Aug 09, 2016
The National Cyber Security Alliance, New Horizons, CompTIA, Logical Operations and the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of InfraGard are partnering to host this event on cybersecurity for business as part of the Two Steps Ahead: Protect Your Digital Life tour.
  • When: 9-11 a.m. (PDT)
  • Where: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA 
  • Featured Guests: 
    • Andy Steingruebl, Senior Director, Product and Ecosystem Security Architecture, PayPal
    • Ryan Pardee, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Rachel Wilner, Vice President for Media and Community, The Tech Museum of Innovation
    • Steve McFarland, President and CEO, Better Business Bureau of Los Angeles and Silicon Valley
    • Patrick Lane, Senior Manager, CompTIA
    • Kevin Rock, Senior Director of Products and Programs, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
    • Joe Mignano, Vice President, Channels, Logical Operations
    • Kristin Judge, Director of Special Projects, National Cyber Security Alliance
Complimentary continental breakfast will be included. Learn more and register here. The Tech Museum of Innovation has generously offered attendees free admission to the museum on the day of the event.

3rd Annual Cyber Security for National Defense Symposium
Mary M. Gates Learning Center
Aug 9 - 10, 2016
This symposium, hosted by the Defense Strategies Institute, will focus on the policy and operations necessary to ensure freedom of operation and defense of U.S. networks. With a keen focus on policy and technology, this event will discuss the methods employed to defend critical networks, as well as the freedom to operate within the cyber domain. The symposium will also discuss current initiatives that promote interagency and interdepartmental coordination on cybersecurity strategies. 

Key topic areas for the 2016 symposium include strategic policies to ensure freedom of access and secure networks, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) cyber strategy requirements, interagency development of national cybersecurity policy, initiatives to increase private-sector participation, enhancing critical security for government and private sector and building and training the cyber force.

Additional information and registration here.

Two Steps Ahead: Cybersecurity for Business...Made Simple – Ann Arbor, MI
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI
Aug 15, 2016
The National Cyber Security Alliance has created a workshop that gives small and medium-sized businesses an opportunity to understand threats, best practice solutions and resources to help better protect company data as part of the Two Steps Ahead: Protect Your Digital Life tour.
  • When: 8:30-11:00 a.m. (EDT)
  • Featured Guests: 
    • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (M-12), U.S. House of Representatives
    • Patricia Rossiter, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation – Detroit Division
    • Jerry Clayton, Sheriff, Washtenaw County
    • Kristin Judge, Director of Special Projects, National Cyber Security Alliance
This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary continental breakfast will be included. Learn more and register here.

Chicago Cyber Security Summit
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Aug 25, 2016
If you are a senior-level executive responsible for protecting your company's critical data, don't miss the upcoming Cyber Security Summit in Chicago. As a business leader, you will learn about the latest security threats facing your company and ahve the opportunity to discover cutting-edge products and services your enterprise can use for maximum protection against cyber theft. 

Time: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (CDT)

Admission includes a catered breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception along with access to speaker panels and the technology showcase. You can receive half off admission by using the promo code NCSA50 at registration.

Additional information can be found at CyberSummitUSA.com.

2016 Symantec Government Symposium
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC
Aug 30, 2016
Another day, another cyber threat – and the attacks never end. We're battling hard. We're monitoring activity from the cloud to the network edge to endpoints. We're generating more security data than ever before. But we're drowning in it. How can we transform data into timely intelligence that helps protect infrastructure, information and identities? Each year, the Symantec Government Symposium brings government and industry leaders together to discuss the most pressing issues in government IT security and cyber management today. 

Time: 7:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (EDT)

Additional information and registration here.

Privacy Lab – Tools to Teach Privacy
International Computer Science Institute, 1947 Center Street #600, Berkeley, CA
Aug 30, 2016
Join Mozilla and guests for an overview of two really interesting efforts to teach privacy. Erin Berman and members of her web team will talk about th eprocess of transforming a broad, intimidating topic like online privacy into a learning opportunity that is personal, approachable, actionable and reusable – the Virtual Privacy Lab tool. They will be joined by members of the Teaching Privacy team from Berkeley's International Computer Science Institute, their partners on the Virtual Privacy Lab. The first hour of the event will be devoted to speakers and Q&A, and the second hour will be an opportunity for informal networking and small group dicussions among speakers and attendees.

Time: 6-8 p.m. (PDT)

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

New York Metro Join Cyber Security Conference
New York, NY
Oct 05, 2016
You are invited to join your NYC Metropolitan infosec peers on October 5th 2016 for the 3rd Annual New York Metro Joint Cyber Security Conference. The event is a collaborative event of leading professional associations in the New York City Metropolitan that each play a critical role in providing resources and a forum. 

Learn more here.

IP EXPO Europe
ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, UK
Oct 5 - 6, 2016
IP EXPO Europe is Europe's is designed for those looking to find out how the latest IT innovations can drive their businesses forward. Now in its 11th year, the event showcases brand new exclusive content and senior-level insights from across the industry, as well as unveiling the latest developments in IT. 

Additional information and registration here

National K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference
Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA
Oct 6 - 7, 2016
The National K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference brings together educators, curriculum specialists, professionals, researchers, students, nonprofit organizations, foundations, government and industry to address the challenges and opportunities of cybersecurity education in elementary and secondary schools. The event will include workshops, keynote speakers, panel discussions and exhibits designed to promote cybersecurity career awareness and support academic preparedness of K-12 students. 

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

Florida Center for Cybersecurity Third Annual Conference
Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL
Oct 25, 2016
The conference, held in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, brings together experts and decision-makers from industry, military, government and academia, as well as students. The aims are to facilitate idea exchanges and networking, explore innovative approaches to counter cyber threats and build cybersecurity awareness.

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EDT)

Additional information and registration here.

15th Annual Information Assurance Forum
The University of Findlay
Oct 26, 2016
The University of Findlay's Computer Science Program is proud to offer an annual Information Assurance Forum that covers real world topics. 

Insider Threats: This Time It’s Personal! Sessions include business technology survey results, end-user security sraining, social engineering, social media do’s and don’ts, systems settings – going back to basics, and cloud security/mobile/BYOD and insider threats.

This event is open to the campus community and the general public.

Find more 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

2016 Robotics Alley Conference & Expo
Minneapolis, MN
Nov 15 - 16, 2016
Robotics Alley is an initiative founded by ReconRobotics and the Minnesota High Tech Association meant to spur public-private partnerships in the business, research and development of world-leading robotics and automation systems. Robotics Alley hosts an annual conference and exposition in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, which is on pace to become one of the world’s leading conferences on robotics and automation.

Additional information and registration here.

Data Transparency Lab Conference 2016
Columbia University, New York, NY
Nov 17 - 19, 2016
The Data Transparency Lab is a community effort founded by MIT Connection Science, Telefonica and Mozilla. This annual conference gathers world-class researchers, industry leaders, policy makers, developers and communicators who are leading the development of an Internet that is more respectful to personal data online.

Additional information 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.