Cyber Security Roundtable II to Announce Establishment of Cyber Protection Resources Coastal Virginia

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development will host its second Cyber Security Business Roundtable on Oct. 13 at its offices located at 4525 Main Street, Suite 700, Virginia Beach at 2:30 p.m. The group of business leaders will officially introduce the newly established Cyber Protection Resources Coastal Virginia.

Speakers include City Council member Ben Davenport, Warren D. Harris, director of Virginia Beach Economic Development, John Kissel, Virginia Information Technologies Agency, and Matthew Eggers, senior director, National Security and Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The new Cyber Protection Resources Coastal Virginia is a non-profit organization that was formed after the first Virginia Beach Cyber Security Roundtable held in August of this year. The entity will assess and promote cyber security awareness, education, workforce training and lobby for the region.

“This group of dedicated business leaders and cyber security experts moved quickly to respond to the region’s needs,” said Harris. “They immediately saw the need to organize to get funding and coordinate efforts on a regional basis. We hope this will be a model for other regions and to eventually expand this effort to Richmond.”

Cyber security is the protection of information systems from theft, damage or disruption. The field is essential for homeland security due to the increasing reliance of computer systems, smart devices and data networks across the world. Cyber security focuses on the processes and mechanisms by which digital equipment, information and services are protected from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction and the process of applying security measures to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.

Cyber Roundtable II will also address identified needs to develop training and the infrastructure for the region to adequately address cyber security such as internet bandwidth and legislation.

“We are trying to bring together cyber resources in ways that support regional cybersecurity objectives, create strategies for cyber workforce development, provide military retirees competitive jobs locally and collaborate with university staffs and students,” said Scott Philpott, executive director for Cyber Protection Resources Coastal Virginia, board member and senior cyber and maritime analyst for Valkyrie Enterprises. “We see the CPR as an economic engine for growth and jobs.”

Cyber Protection Resources Coastal Virginia is also organizing a cyber security symposium to be held in the spring 2016.

The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international businesses to stimulate capital investment and create jobs. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia with a population of 440,000, and it is the 37th largest in the United States. It is recognized as one of the Best Run Cities in America by 24/7 Wall St. The Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council in 2012 and is one of only 29 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. It is listed among the Top Five Overall Mid-sized American Cities of the Future, Top 10 for Economic Potential and Top Five for Infrastructure by fDi magazine. CNNMoney.com ranked Virginia Beach as the Easiest Place to Start a Business and the 2nd Most Business-Friendly City in the country. For more information, visit www.yesvirginiabeach.com.

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