2016 Cyber Convention & Expo to be Held Oct. 6 in Virginia Beach

Cybercrime costs the global economy more than $500 billion each year

Thursday, September 08, 2016

The 2016 Virginia Cyber Convention & Expo will be held Oct. 6 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The expo will bring national cyber experts to explore numerous challenges and opportunities in cyberspace. This major industry event will explore and present practical information of direct use to individuals, businesses, and government agencies in creating and maintaining safe and secure practices to protect against cyber intrusion and hacking attacks.

Kevin Mitnick, the "World's Most Famous Hacker," is the keynote speaker. Mitnick will discuss techniques cyber criminals use to gain access to personal data. Many know him as founder and owner of KnowBe4, providing security awareness training for thousands of individuals and businesses. Other speakers include U.S. Senator Mark Warner; Admiral Bill Gortney, USN, Retired; Dr. Lance Hayden, managing director, Berkeley Research Group; Robert Cochran, cybercrime supervisor with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Scott Schober, president & CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems; Heather Engel, executive vice president of Sera-Brynn; Darek Dabbs, chief information officer of Sera-Brynn, and many others in the cybersecurity industry.

Tickets are $200, $150 for military and $100 for the first 100 students, and registration is available at www.cprcv.org along with the complete agenda.

There will be 12 break-out sessions that include information on cyber threats, cyber educational opportunities in Virginia, cyber insurance, new legislation on cybersecurity, new contract languages regarding cybersecurity in Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, how hackers get into a network, and how to make your home or business hacker resistant.

Of particular interest in Coastal Virginia, a special session will be dedicated to providing the latest information concerning the new 160 terabyte/second undersea broadband fiber link connecting Bilbao, Spain with a landing site in Virginia Beach. A huge digital pipe managed by Microsoft and Facebook, and scheduled to become operational in mid-2017, will significantly increase the bandwidth capacity now existing between the U.S. and Europe. 

The 2016 Cyber Convention & Expo is sponsored by the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development and produced by Cyber Protection Resources. ​

Cyber Protection Resources provides advocacy and support for all aspects of cybersecurity practice, training, education and research. Through its strategic partnerships with industry, academia and government, Cyber Protection Resources serves Hampton Roads as a leader in coordinating the development of an advanced cyber workforce. The organization and its partners provide an economic bridge among Virginia's businesses, the tourism industry, academic institutions and the transportation industry to create and encourage a cyber-safe environment. In addition, it aims to coordinate institutional responses (government, programs, agencies and systems) with regard to cybersecurity matters. For more information, visit www.cprcv.org, or connect via Facebook at www.facebook.com/CyberProtectionResources.

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 450,000, 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 50 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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