In a rapidly evolving virtual marketplace, businesses know that they have to protect against information security risks, but many are still struggling to understand the types of dangers that pose the biggest threat to their information assets.
The thicket of potential cyber threats to business information and data goes beyond spam – which can increase internet service costs, or worse, transport network-corrupting viruses – to include phishing, spyware, Trojan horses, worms and other hidden dangers. Now, in addition to delivering the goods on time, businesses must protect the confidentiality of customer data and their own proprietary information from these threats. At the same time, they must safeguard the integrity of their data and make sure their information systems remain available at all times and aren’t shut down by malicious intruders.
In this environment, businesses lament that they can’t keep an eye on everything at all times and from all directions, especially when they don’t always know what to guard against.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will host a roundtable discussion
on cybersecurity strategies for small businesses on May 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the FCC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Leading government and industry experts in information technology and cybersecurity will discuss:
• The most common threats to information security
• The importance of cataloguing and quantifying the value of information assets
• Developing cybersecurity strategies that fit small business needs
• Cost-effective tips for small business owners who can’t afford to hire dedicated IT staff or outsource their security measures to expensive cybersecurity companies.
We are looking forward to a lively and informative discussion on this very important topic. Confirmed participants include:
• Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC
• Secretary Michael Chertoff, Chairman, Chertoff Group
• Al Kinney, Director, Defense Cyber Security Capabilities, HP Enterprise
• Ann Beauchesne, Vice President National Security & Emergency Preparedness Department U.S. Chamber of Commerce
• Chanelle Hardy, Senior Vice President for Policy, National Urban League
• Cheri F. McGuire, VP, Global Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec
• Dave Notch, Chief Information Security Officer, Thomson Reuters
• Ken Yancey, CEO, SCORE
• Maurice Jones, CEO and CFO of Parkinson Construction Company
• Dr. Phyllis Schneck, CTO, McAfee Public Sector