FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alex Kepnes, 703-575-8900
PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT, FBI, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND UNITED KINGDOM OFFICIALS TO ADDRESS GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY COLLABORATION ON FIGHTING CYBER THREATS
Forum to Focus on Steps Industry and Government Must Take to Address Cyber Threats at National, State and Local Levels
Pittsburgh, PA, April 23, 2012 – The National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) will host, on Thursday, April 26, from 12:00-1:30 p.m., at Heinz Field, a luncheon forum entitled “The Global Partnership: How Government and Industry are Mitigating Cyber Threats”.
The forum will examine the state of government and industry collaboration on cyber threats and shed light on current collaboration between the U.S., the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom. NCFTA is holding the forum in conjunction with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Pittsburgh Technology Council, UK Trade and Investment and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.
Who: The forum will bring together a wide variety of government and industry subject matter experts who will discuss how a public/private partnership in the fight against cyber threats is being leveraged to help protect our global, state and local economic interests:
The Honorable Tom Corbett
Governor, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Washington
Sir Ian Andrews
Chair, Serious Organised Crime Agency (UK)
William G. Ross
Unit Chief, Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, Homeland Security Investigations
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
FBI Speaker, TBD
Dr. Phyllis Schneck
Chairwoman, NCFTA, and Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Public Sector, McAfee
What: The continued evolution and sophistication of cyber threats has become an issue that affects us all, from the world’s largest nations right down to the local small businesses around the corner. The NCFTA luncheon forum marks the expansion of an existing partnership with the United Kingdom’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, who has posted an officer to Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania already has a strong international trade relationship with the United Kingdom, as the state is one of the top U.S. destinations for British companies and investors. In addition, the United Kingdom is Pennsylvania’s seventh largest market worldwide, with exports totaling $1.7 billion per year.
Where: Heinz Field, West Club Lounge, 900 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
When: Thursday, April 26, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Register: For members of the press please click here to register to attend
Cyber threats are becoming increasingly complex and international. A cyber threat can quickly grow into a widespread breach, resulting in online identity theft, intellectual property theft, or brand devaluation. That is why addressing cyber threats has become increasingly comprehensive. Organizations must rapidly identify and leverage the most complete intelligence, which makes collaboration between private industry, academia, and law enforcement essential to their effectiveness. The National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) unites more than 1200 subject matter experts (SMEs) from the public and private sectors in a worldwide network with the goal of identifying, mitigating and neutralizing cyber crime.
The NCFTA enlists SMEs from hundreds of stakeholder organizations to share real-time research regarding today’s global cyber threats. This unique collaboration also supports the development of joint proactive strategies to better identity, mitigate and ultimately neutralize that threat. As part of its expanding base of supporters, the NCFTA currently has formal partnership/agreements with US & International private sector organizations and US and international law enforcement (LE) or regulatory agencies.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Fleishman-Hillard Alex Kepnes, 703-575-8900 [email protected] PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT, FBI, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND UNITED KINGDOM OFFICIALS TO ADDRESS GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY COLLABORATION ON FIGHTING CYBER THREATS Forum to Focus on Steps Industry and Government Must Take to Address Cyber Threats at National, State and Local Levels [...]
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