A veritable Who’s Who of cyber security heavyweights, including White House Senior Director for Cybersecurity Andy Ozment, joined the Bay Area Council and partner Impermium on Thursday for a half-day conference hosted by member LinkedIn that focused on “Critical Considerations for Emerging Companies.” Ozment spoke at length about the ongoing efforts of the Administration to consult with industry leaders on all aspects of the Executive Order on cybersecurity, as well as the national need to develop the next generation of policies with speed and collaboration as core principles. National Cyber Security Alliance Executive Director Michael Kaiser wrapped up a busy National Cyber Security Awareness Month with the Council, thanking industry participants for the essential step of convening and talking more often about the issues. Among the speakers that participated in three panels were Michelle Dennedy from McAfee, John Heimann from Oracle, Mark Bregman from Neustar, Brian White from The Chertoff Group, Sameer Bhalotra from Impermium and Joe Sullivan from Facebook. Special thanks to the Council’s Cyber Security Co-Chairs Russell Schrader of Visa, Dennedy and Bhalotra for leading our Cyber Security Awareness Month activities. To engage in the Council’s cybersecurity work, contact Senior Advisor Matt Gardner.

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