Kaspersky Lab to Host First Annual Government Cybersecurity Forum in Washington D.C.

28 May 2013
Business News

Kaspersky Lab will host its first annual Government Cybersecurity Forum at the Ronald Regan Building in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. This year’s inaugural event will focus on today’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges facing the government and private sectors, including critical infrastructure protection, mitigating sophisticated cyberthreats and increasing collaboration between cybersecurity experts, international policy officers and leaders in the Federal, Technology, Defense and Financial Services industries. 

The Kaspersky Government Cybersecurity Forum will feature a highly distinguished group of speakers including General Michael Hayden (Ret.), Former Director of the CIA and NSA, Ronald K. Noble, Secretary General of INTERPOL, Howard A. Schmidt, (Ret.), Former Cybersecurity Coordinator of the Obama Administration and Eugene Kaspersky, Founder and CEO, Kaspersky Lab.  

Commenting on the upcoming forum, Howard Schmidt said: “Today’s global cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving as new threats, dynamics and attack techniques continue to emerge. As our world continues to develop and expand its technological innovations, complexity and security risks will increase in parallel. Federal decision makers and public officials must continue engaging with IT security professionals and defense experts to understand our points of weakness and secure them by integrating protective technologies into our global and domestic IT security infrastructure.”

Echoing Mr. Schmidt’s sentiments, Eugene Kaspersky said: “Right now the world's critical infrastructure is extremely vulnerable. Developing and implementing secure solutions to mitigate risk will be much more efficient with up leveled public-private synergies. The private sector has the know-how and tools and technologies needed to provide the full picture of the threat landscape. We need to work together to protect global critical assets from cyber-disruption and operational failure.” 

“In today’s disruptive and constantly evolving cyber threat landscape it’s imperative for public officials, policy makers, systems integrators and IT security experts to engage in collaborative initiatives to improve our cybersecurity capabilities, both domestically and globally,” said Jim Jaeger, vice president of cybersecurity services at General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions. “This event will help to open up the cybersecurity conversation, cultivating a dialogue of information sharing between various communities to strengthen our cybersecurity infrastructure on both a national and local level.”

Significantly considering the public-private theme running through the whole forum, the event will take place in the capital’s Ronald Reagan Building - “the first federal building in Washington, D.C. designed for both governmental and private sector purposes”.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
8:30 AM - 2:15 PM ET 
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004

The event will be cosponsored by BAE Systems, BlackBerry, General Dynamics, NYU-POLY and SecurityWeek. More details on the event can be found at www.kasperskygovforum.com.

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