council convenes top cybersecurity leaders during rsa week

RSA Week draws the world’s top cybersecurity leaders to the Bay Area each year, and this year was no exception. RSA Week took place this week in San Francisco, bringing together industry, government and NGO stakeholders of all kinds. The Bay Area Council Cybersecurity Committee capitalized on the opportunity by convening a Cyber Summit on Tuesday (April 20) at the Council’s Conference Center that featured Dr. Andy Ozment, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, and Michael Daniel, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, along with officials from the FBI, Secret Service and Department of Justice. The summit came just weeks ahead of the launch of the Bay Area Council’s inaugural Cyber Academy on May 8 and May 15, and just a few days before a visit to the Bay Area by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who talked about U.S. consideration of forms of cyber warfare.

Among the focal points of the Cyber Summit were updates on the long-term goals of the Obama Administration to improve the overall cybersecurity of the country, improve industry-government collaboration in the post-Snowden era, and develop plans for improved response and recovery from breaches, whether of the public or private sector kind. The Cybersecurity Committee established a plan to work with federal agencies to advance private sector cybersecurity standard operating procedures and response plans.

For more information on the Council’s Cybersecurity Initiative, including the upcoming Cyber Academy and more, please visit www.bayareacouncil.org/cyberacademy.

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