For the fifth year in a row, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Nasdaq partnered to host their Cybersecurity Summit in honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) on Monday, Oct. 24.
This year’s event, Securing Smart Technologies in a Cutting-Edge World, kicked off NCSAM’s Week 4, which focuses on “Navigating Your Continuously Connected Life.” The world of connected devices is growing exponentially. Cutting-edge technologies offer tremendous opportunities to make our lives more efficient. Data will continue to provide new and deeper insights and streamline management of complex infrastructures, including smart cities and large enterprise. Expanding connectivity is paving the way for connected and autonomous vehicles and more efficient uses of resources. Cybersecurity and safer, more secure platforms are fundamental to realizing the promise of these new and expanded innovations. NCSA was privileged to host a revered group of executives to explore how to secure our rapidly expanding ecosystem and build a future of security through modernization and trust.
Esteemed guests, including high-level representatives from sponsors Cisco, CompTIA, LifeLock, Fasoo and Logical Operations, enjoyed a luncheon and remarks from Louis Modano, Nasdaq’s senior vice president, chief information security officer and global head of infrastructure services, and Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. Alison August Treppel, acting executive secretary of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism within the Organization of American States (OAS) Secretariat for Multidimensional Security, gave a keynote address on OAS’ cybersecurity efforts in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Grant Schneider, acting deputy chief information security officer (CISO) for the federal government, also gave keynote remarks discussing the role of the newly created and appointed federal government CISO.
Following the opening and keynote remarks were two panel discussions. The first panel focused on how the Internet of Things (IoT) is being secured at the enterprise level and what consumers need to know as this ecosystem evolves, and the second featured experts discussing how to build a secure and resilient ecosystem that allows innovation to flourish and address challenges around network connectivity, standardization and data governance.
Concluding the day’s events, Grant Schneider joined NCSA and partners to ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell in honor of NCSAM. NCSA was also joined by industry leaders and representatives from Nasdaq, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and event sponsors and partners to close the Nasdaq market. The ceremony was projected on the outside of the MarketSite building and visible to passers-by in Times Square.
Sample of Media Coverage of 2016 NCSA and Nasdaq Cybersecurity Summit
- ABC News – How Your Internet-Enabled Device Could Be Hijacked to Launch Cyber-Attacks
- IEEE Spectrum – Which Path to IoT Security? Government Regulation, Third-Party Verification or Market Forces
- Inc. – What We Know About Friday’s Cyber Attack That Broke the Internet
- Fortune – Why Businesses Need to Secure Connected Devices to Win Consumer Trust
- MarketWatch – Your baby monitor may have contributed to last week’s massive internet hack
- PC Magazine – What Businesses Can Learn from the Mirai Botnet DDoS Attack
- Tom’s Guide – Smart Home Devices Need Security: Is It Your Job