May 10, 2011 - 3:26 pm
By Thomas Reed | Director, Office of Communications Business Opportunities

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