SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Salt Lake Chamber, hosted a cybersecurity conference today aimed at helping small and mid-size businesses develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs.

“One of the biggest threats to Utah business that often goes unmentioned: cyber attacks,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “No matter the size of the business or organization, cyber attacks hurt. The financial burden, the cost of business disruption, and the loss of consumer trust are bad for any business. That’s why as Utah’s ‘voice of business’ the Salt Lake Chamber is making it a priority to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity for businesses of all types and sizes.”

The event brought together top experts from government, law enforcement, and the private sector to discuss cybersecurity threats to the private sector, challenges for small and mid-size businesses, and public-private collaboration on cyber incident response, among other topics.

“When networks are secure, businesses have a better chance to succeed. Through awareness, education and public-private partnership, we can turn cyber challenges into opportunities to innovate, create jobs, and grow the economy,” said Ann Beauchesne, senior vice president for National Security and Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Chamber. “The U.S. Chamber will take what we’ve learned here from the folks in Salt Lake City and make sure both Congress and the administration hear what businesses around the country need to be more successful in their cyber efforts.”

The event brought together top experts from government, law enforcement, and the private sector to discuss cybersecurity threats to the private sector, challenges for small and mid-size businesses, and public-private collaboration on cyber incident response, among other topics.

Held at the Salt Lake City Marriott University Park, the event featured speakers including U.S. Secret Service Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge Ike Barnes, WilmerHale partner and former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ali Mayorkas, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supervisory Special Agent James Lamadrid, and National Institute of Standards and Technology Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor Adam Sedgewick, among others.

The Salt Lake City conference is the first in a series of cybersecurity events the U.S. Chamber will host this year. You can learn more about the event here, and the Salt Lake Chamber’s cybersecurity awareness campaign here.

About the Salt Lake Chamber:
The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and Utah’s business leader. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents more than 8,000 businesses and over 500,000 Utah jobs—nearly half the workforce of our state. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. The U.S. Chamber’s National Security Task Force is made up of more than 200 member organizations, and the Chamber’s Cyber Working Group is made up of more than 200 companies.

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Contact:
Kimberly Flores
801.328.5089
kflores@slchamber.com