Whether you’re a government agency, Fortune 100 company, or a brick and mortar small business, cyber attacks are inevitable.
Yet time and again, we see large data breaches often as a result of inaction. In an online connected society others may suffer as a result of a business’s’ failure to act. As the voice of the business community, cybersecurity is a risk to all businesses and ultimately a shared responsibility. An important phrase for businesses to remember: “If you collect it you must protect it.”
It’s evident that becoming cybersecure is good for business. Today, cybersecurity threats are increasing and so are the damages they cause. Beyond the costs incurred from a data breach is the impact it has on a business’ reputation and consumer trust.
As stated in our annual Public Policy Guide, the Salt Lake Chamber supports improving business awareness of cyber threats and enhancing legal certainty, protection and response capabilities to mitigate cyberattacks and intrusions. We also support the development of cyber-focused workforce and other related economic development opportunities.
To further these efforts the Salt Lake Chamber is assuming an active role in educating the business community of the shared responsibility of cybersecurity through our partnerships with the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce cybersecurity campaigns. The Chamber is also implementing Utah specific programs and initiatives to serve the needs of our unique business community.
The Cybersecurity Leadership Council is a collaboration of public-private partners to further the Salt Lake Chamber’s objective to educate the business community on the shared responsibility of cybersecurity. The council meets quarterly to oversee the efforts of technology and cybersecurity initiatives, to strengthen education and awareness of cybersecurity in Utah’s business community, and to provide leadership and support to the broader community.
The Cybersecurity Leadership Council is comprised of business leaders, experts, and stakeholders that include public sector advisors, legal entities, insurance providers, technology companies and cybersecurity consulting firms as well as other critical industries with a vested interest in cybersecurity.
The Cybersecurity Leadership Council is directed by co-chairs Peggy Larsen and Tara Thue. They have described their motivation for involvement in the following way:
“I became very passionate about cybersecurity when my employer had an incident that created a tremendous amount of work and stress in my life. I learned firsthand how important it is to have a breach response coach and the tools necessary to manage a potential breach. I have made it a personal goal to make sure that all of our businesses are aware of the huge potential for a cyber breach and that they have the tools and protection necessary to combat such a threat.” – Peggy Larsen, Senior VP of Marketing at WCF insurance and co-chair of the Cybersecurity Leadership Council
For more information contact Brynn Mortensen at email@example.com
Cybersecurity Leadership Council Members:
Cybersecurity Business Roundtable Series
The Salt Lake Chamber’s Cybersecurity Business Roundtable is a professional development program that provides in-depth expert assistance to small and mid-sized businesses. Individuals who participate in the Roundtable will gain a wealth of resources and knowledge to address their cybersecurity needs.
Adept cybersecurity professionals from the Salt Lake Chamber’s Cybersecurity Leadership Council have developed a curriculum of powerful, achievable solutions that can benefit your business. In an increasingly technological economy, digital threats are becoming more sophisticated and frequent. Managing this business risk may be intimidating, yet it is absolutely essential to continued growth and success. This forum is the perfect starting point on your road to becoming cybersecure!
For more information contact Brynn Mortensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month
The internet has always served as a channel for economic growth, but its potential vulnerabilities could lead to economic paralysis. The cybersecurity of organizations, governments and individuals alike is a shared risk and ultimately a shared responsibility.
For this reason, during the month of October the Salt Lake Chamber joins in the national campaign to increase online safety by reinforcing awareness of cybersecurity threats and providing solutions to Utah’s business community.
As you increase your own cybersecurity awareness, consider these questions from the National Cyber Security Alliance:
- What information do you collect?
- How do you store the information?
- Who has access to the information?
- How do you protect your data?
- What steps are you taking to secure your computers, network, email and other tools?
Remember: if you collect it, you must protect it!
For solutions provided by the Salt Lake Chamber, click here.
For more information about becoming involved in Cybersecurity Awareness Month and sponsorship opportunities contact Brynn Mortensen at email@example.com.
During Spring of 2017, the Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, hosted a Cybersecurity Conference aimed at helping small and mid-size businesses develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs. The conference hosted 280 attendees, 22 speakers, 16 exhibitors, 12 sponsors, and 4 partners.
The Salt Lake Chamber is hosting the second annual Cybersecurity Conference that brings together top experts both locally and nationally from government, law enforcement, and the private sector to help business leaders develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs.
October 2018: Cybersecurity Bootcamp