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, Reed Wilson, and Tara Thue. They have described their motivation for involvement in the following way:

“Helping big and small organizations, and even the individual, to remain a little more vigilant, to be better educated, and to realize they aren’t alone in this; this is my driving force as we all help each other to navigate this minefield of identity and privacy and risk.  The Chamber’s Leadership Council is a great way for me to teach and be taught from the many wonderful resources we have in this great state of Utah.”  – Reed Wilson, CISO and Global Infrastructure Architect at Nu Skin and co-chair of the Cybersecurity Leadership Council

“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 Vice President of Public Policy Michael Parker at mmparker@slchamber.com

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!

Topics to be covered in the forum include, but are not limited to:

  1. Protecting your business from viruses, spyware, and other malicious code.
  2. Establishing security practices and policies to protect sensitive information.
  3. Creating a cyber attack response plan and complying with reporting requirements.

“The Fundamentals of Cybersecurity for your Growing Business”

Registration: $49

Upcoming Dates:

October 12, 2017: St. George, UT Register Here

October 25, 2017: Provo, UT Register Here

November 1, 2017: Logan, UT Register Here

For more information contact Sarah Clark at sclark@slchamber.com

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 Sarah Clark at sclark@slchamber.com

Cybersecurity Conference

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 anticipates to host another Cybersecurity Conference in the spring of 2018.

For sponsorship and event details contact Vice President of Public Policy Michael Parker at mmparker@slchamber.com

September 15: Cybersecurity training in partnership Utah Division of Emergency Management REGISTER HERE

October 4: U.S. Chamber Cybersecurity Summit in D.C. REGISTER HERE

October 12: Cybersecurity Business Roundtable in St. George REGISTER HERE

October 25: Cybersecurity Business Roundtable in Utah Valley REGISTER HERE

November 1: Cybersecurity Business Roundtable in Cache Valley REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN

October 2017: NSA Day of Cyber – exploring cybersecurity careers REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN

Spring 2018: 2nd annual Cybersecurity Conference REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN

CYBERSECURITY TOOLKIT

GAP Analysis Tool: Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations CLICK HERE