Cybersecurity is becoming a fiercely debated issue following attacks in the political realm to breaking news on information leaks in the private sector. As the world becomes more interconnected government, business, and individuals are becoming more vulnerable to cyber threats.

Every day, new tools and techniques are developed to resolve challenges in our security, but cyber criminals are becoming savvier in determining how to access private data and prey on secured networks.

The internet has made business faster and more efficient but has also left us vulnerable. Over 90% of the systems and networks targeted by criminals are owned and operated in the private sector. Cyber perpetrators are indiscriminate targeting businesses of all sizes and sectors.

Understanding that Cybersecurity is both a threat to our national security and economic security, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to present the 2017 Salt Lake Cybersecurity Conference on Thursday March 23rd.

The conference will host national expert keynotes, Chris Boyer, Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy at AT&T Services; Eric L. Goldstein, branch chief, partnerships and engagement, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Ali Mayorkis, previous Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

The program will also include panel discussions featuring Emily Stapf, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Bill Bacci, Hewlett Packard; Tammy Georgelas, Parsons Behle & Latimer; Elaina Maragakis, Ray Quinney & Nebeker; Charles Poulsen Kikumoto, Moreton & Company, Keith Squires, Utah’s Commissioner of Public Safety; Ike Barnes, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Secret Service; James Lamadrid, FBI; and Adam Sedgewick, National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Topics include small and medium size business threats, cybersecurity risk mitigation, agency roles, public private collaboration, social media and cybersecurity, and information security metrics for boards, and more.

The Conference will host both local and national experts to help the business community strengthen their cybersecurity because if you collect it you must protect it.

Visit: slchamber.com/cyber17 for event information and registration.