Guests look at a realtime map running at Root9B. Photo by Scott Ball.
Moshe Y. Vardi writes that regulation, in addition to ethics education and market competition, is needed to make technology safe for society. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

The need to address cybersecurity threats to national and global businesses has gone from an IT issue to a top priority for business owners. For many businesses, it’s not a matter of if an intrusion will happen, but when.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and the Texas Association of Business will host a cybersecurity conference on Tuesday, June 28 aimed at helping small and mid-size business owners develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs.

The conference will run from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk hotel. An event agenda and full list of participants are available here. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased here.

Top experts from the local and national government, law enforcement, and the private sector will discuss how to understand the federal cybersecurity framework and standards, give business owners ways to improve their cybersecurity capabilities, and discuss ways to collaborate with law enforcement before cyber incidents occur.

The conference also will feature a panel discussion about the financial service industry’s perspective on cybersecurity, moderated by Dave McDermitt, vice president, chief information security officer, and chief privacy officer at USAA.

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), who has worked for increased cybersecurity awareness, growth, and collaboration on the local and national level, will give the luncheon keynote address. Other featured speakers include Suzanne Spaulding, under secretary, national protection and programs directorate for the Department of Homeland Security; Adam Sedgewick, senior information technology policy advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and Nicole Beebe, Ph.D., director for the Center for Education and Research in Information and Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio, among others.

Top image: Inside root9B, a cybersecurity firm located in the Tower Life building in downtown San Antonio.  Photo by Scott Ball. 


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