Cybersecurity Conference

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Cyber threats are increasing in frequency, scale and sophistication. The Cybersecurity Conference will offer education and awareness to businesses of both small and large scale. Attendees will hear from top experts from government, law enforcement and the private sector will be covering topics that will help businesses navigate the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework released by the White House.

Experts will discuss best practices to help early users of the NIST cybersecurity framework better understand it, give business owners tools and tips for strengthening a cybersecurity program, and explore ways for businesses to communicate cybersecurity practices with their supply chain partners.

Registration has reached maximum capacity. Please contact Marianne Alabastro at 313.596.0479 or to be added to the wait list.

Event Details

March 10, 2016
7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Detroit Golf Club
17911 Hamilton Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203

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  • Agenda

  • 7 - 7:45 a.m.
  • Registration and Breakfast Networking
  • 7:45 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Welcoming Remarks
  • Sandy K. Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

  • 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
  • Role of DHS in Cybersecurity
  • Kelvin Coleman, Director, Government Engagement, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security

    Cybersecurity is a top priority for DHS. Cyber threats are increasing in frequency, scale, and sophistication. Cybersecurity must be a partnership between government and industry. Coleman will discuss how DHS executes its mission as the central federal interface for the private sector in responding to and recovering from cyber threats. Coleman will also detail how DHS is improving and expanding its capability to send and receive cyber threat information to the private sector.

  • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Keynote Address
  • The Honorable Mike Rogers, Former Chairman, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives

  • 9:00 - 9:45 a.m
  • Panel Discussion: State Level Perspectives to Cybersecurity
  • Moderator: David B. Behen, Chief Information Officer and Director of DTMB, State of Michigan
    Dr. Joe Adams,
    Vice President of Research and Cybersecurity, Merit Network, Inc.
    Jon Oberheide,
    Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Duo Security
    Christian Kopasci
    , Chief Security Officer, State of Michigan

    The State of Michigan endures 2.1 million attempted cyber-attacks per day. Since Governor Rick Snyder started in office it has been a top priority to create a safe and secure cyber environment for the citizens of Michigan. To advance these goals, the State of Michigan developed the Cyber Initiative, a Cyber Disruption Response Plan, created the Michigan Cyber Range, and established the Cyber Civilian Corps. This panel will discuss ongoing efforts to ensure cyber security at public and private levels. Merit is a helpful partner in this discussion as they continue to leverage their experience managing NSFNET, the pioneer to the modern Internet, to catapult Michigan into the forefront of networking technologies. Duo Security has built a world-class security platform in which they protect organizations against data breaches by ensuring only legitimate users and appropriate devices have access to sensitive data and applications. Both of these companies, in coordination with the State’s expertise, will offer insight into state level perspectives of cybersecurity.

    Sponsored by: Red Level

  • 9:45 - 10:05 a.m.
  • Combating Cyber Threats to U.S. National Security
  • Chris Inglis, Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency, Venture Partner, Paladin

  • 10:05 - 10:20 a.m.
  • Networking Break
  • 10:20 - 10:40 a.m.
  • Industry Keynote
  • 10:40 - 11:25 a.m.
  • Panel Discussion - Auto Industry Perspectives on Cybersecurity
  • Moderator: Michael Spierto, Director, Federal Affairs, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
    Jon Allen, Executive Director, Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), Booz Allen Hamilton  
    Karl Heimer
    Senior Technical Advisor, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
    Dr. Dan Massey,
    Program Manager, Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security
    Jeff Massimilla, Chief Product Cybersecurity Officer, General Motors

    Sponsored by: General Motors

  • 11:25 - 11:55 a.m.
  • Public Private Partnerships and Information Sharing with Law Enforcement Panel
  • Moderator: Bradley Hayes, Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    James “Chris” Sliger,
    Special Agent, US Secret Service
    Tom Winterhalter, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

    The FBI and the Secret Service are often the first entities to learn of criminals’ access networks. The U.S. Chamber engages law enforcement to build trusted public-private partnerships which are essential to confirming a crime and beginning a criminal investigation. the respective roles of the FBI and the Secret Service, how law enforcement shares businesses, and the importance of reporting cyber incidents to law enforcement.

  • 11:55 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
  • Networking Break
  • 12:10 - 1:10 p.m.
  • Luncheon Keynote
  • The Honorable Dave Trott, U.S. House of Representatives

  • 1:10 - 1:25 p.m.
  • Protecting Your Cyber Network Using the NIST Framework
  • Adam Sedgewick, Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Cybersecurity experts often say that there are two types of businesses—those that have been hacked and know it, and those that have been hacked and don’t know it yet. In 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a cybersecurity framework to help businesses start a cybersecurity program or improve an existing one. Sedgewick will discuss best practices to help early users of the framework better understand it, give business owners tools and tips for strengthening a cybersecurity program, and explore ways to communicate about cyber with small and midsize supply chain partners.

  • 1:25 - 1:55 p.m.
  • Managing Cybersecurity in the C-suite Panel Discussion
  • Moderator: Chris Furlow, President, Ridge Global
    Mark Ford, National Leader, Healthcare Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP
    Donald J. Welch, Ph.D., Chief Information Security Officer, University of Michigan
    Don Erickson, Chief Executive Officer, Security Industry Association

    The need to address cybersecurity threats to American and global businesses has gone from an IT issue to a top priority for the C-suite and the boardroom. For many businesses, it’s not a matter of if an intrusion will happen, but when. In an interconnected world, economic security and national security are linked. People—business leaders—need to be committed to managing cyber risks to their organizations. Technology is only part of the solution. Are boards and senior managers increasingly governing cybersecurity better? Directors and officers have a duty to protect the assets—e.g., devices and data—of their companies. Do boards and senior executives appreciate the costs—e.g., legal, public relations, regulatory, and reputational—of a consequential attack? What are some effective ways to talk to company leaders about securing cybersecurity resources?

    Sponsored by: Deloitte

  • 1:55 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Closing Remarks
  • Ann M. Beauchesne, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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