On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the National Cyber Security Alliance and Nasdaq once again partnered to host the NCSA Nasdaq Cybersecurity Summit in honor of the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
Cyberattacks on our nation’s critical infrastructure – from our elections to finance to transportation hubs – can potentially devastate our economy, safety and way of life. Combating these threats requires cross-national and public-private sector collaboration
The summit, “Securing America’s Critical Infrastructure,” brought together leaders from industry and government to examine the latest nation-state cybercrime tactics and share ways to work together to thwart these threats and ensure a resistant and resilient America.
The following sponsors made the summit possible: Dell and Intel (Platinum Sponsors); LastPass, CompTIA, and Check Point Software Technologies (Gold Sponsors); Fasoo (Silver Sponsor) and ESET (Reception Sponsor). NCSA was also joined by nonprofit partner The Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU).
The program began with remarks from Russ Schrader, NCSA’s Executive Director, and a fireside chat with Heather King, Chief Operating Officer at Cyber Threat Alliance and Rich Baich, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer at Wells Fargo and Company, on the most pressing risks facing critical infrastructure and the role public-private partnerships can and should play. Following the fireside chat was a networking lunch and a Ted-style talk from Thomas Finan, Director of Cyber Risk Solutions at Willis Towers Watson on “Empowering Corporate Culture to Boost Cyber Resiliency”.
Russ Schrader moderated a discussion on “Trends in Cyber Warfare,” featuring Rohyt Belani, CEO of Cofense; Travis Breaux, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon; Brett Hansen, Vice President of Client Software and General Manager of Data Security at Dell, and Tony Thomas, CEM, GICSP Principal Engineer National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. These experts highlighted trending tactics that malicious foreign and domestic actors are taking to win advantages on the global stage and what we can do about it.
Following the discussion, Liz Hyman, the Executive Vice President of Public Advocacy at CompTIA, shared six steps to “Building a Culture of Cybersecurity: A Guide for Corporate Executives and Board Members.”
The next panel, “Solutions For a Resistant and Resilient America,” featured a discussion on how no one company, government agency, nonprofit or individual can secure our nation — cybersecurity is our shared responsibility. Moderated by Michael Madon, SVP and General Manager of Mimecast Security Awareness Products, this panel featured Thomas Duffy, Chair of MS-ISAC; Allen Lieberman, VP of Product Management at Carbon Black; Audrey Plonk, Global Director of Security Policy at Intel and Deborah Snyder, CISO of NY State. These panelists shared insights about how industry and government are currently mobilizing and working together to develop long term solutions for thwarting cyberattacks on our nation.
This panel was followed by a cocktail reception and toast from ESET’s Senior Security Researcher and NCSA Board Member, Stephen Cobb.
Concluding the day’s events, Bill O’Connell, Chairman of NCSA’s Board of Directors, joined representatives from Nasdaq, NCSA board members, event sponsors and special guests to ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell in honor of NCSAM. The ceremony was broadcast on financial networks and projected on the outside of the MarketSite building, visible to passers-by in Times Square.
Bill O’Connell, Chairman of NCSA’s Board of Directors, joined representatives from Nasdaq, NCSA board members, event sponsors and special guests to ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell in honor of NCSAM.
Much of the Cybersecurity Summit was streamed on NCSA’s Facebook page, reaching more than 3,000 views to date.
Twelve members of the media attended the summit in person, to participate in media briefings and conduct interviews onsite with executives from sponsoring companies. The following is a list of media attending – a mix of consumer, trade, and cybersecurity and technology-focused outlets.
List of Media Attendees:
- BuzzFeed, Kevin Collier
- Folha de São Paulo, Danielle Brant
- JosephSteinberg.com, Joseph Steinberg
- MarketWatch, Kari Paul
- PC Magazine, Rob Marvin
- SC Media, Robert Abel
- SC Media, Bradley Barth
- SC Media, Doug Olenick
- SC Media, Teri Robinson
- CTA Tech, Robert E. Calem
- The Telegraph, Rob Crilly
- Voice of America, Tina Trinh