Moving cybersecurity to the forefront

(July 22, 2015) Over 60 area business leaders gathered for the cybersecurity panel discussion held by the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce as part of the Voice of Business – A Breakfast Speaker Series program.

Following welcoming remarks from Maryland Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Brien Poffenberger and introductions from Sheela Murthy, President and Founder of Murthy Law Firm and Board Chair for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, attendees heard an informative and at times eye-opening discussion led by panel moderator Chris Valentino, Director of Strategy, Cyber Division for Northrop Grumman with panelists Valda Clark Christian (Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, MedStar Health), Brian Skimmons (Vice President, Communications Infrastructure Discipline Manager, KCI Technologies) and Ion Dascalu (IT Director, Pohanka Automotive Group).

Despite being from different areas of the private sector, the panel was unanimous in its belief that when it comes to cybersecurity today, we are “beyond [membership with an identity theft protection service such as] LifeLock.”

Dascalu expanded on that point, discussing how cybersecurity is more reactive than proactive – we don’t know the threat until it happens.

Skimmons remarked that even though we are some 20+ years into the technology era, we are still dealing with vulnerabilities when it comes to cyber.

Christian touted the importance of user awareness – increasing sensitivity to and awareness of cybersecutiry issues while making sure your employees are following regulations and risk management practices.

The panelists did agree on the notion that protecting your employees personal identifiable information (PII) is as important as protecting your clients and customers PII.

Dascalu and Skimmons added that overall, it doesn’t matter the size of your business or what your business does, cybersecurity has reached a tipping point to where it is everyone’s problem, everyone’s responsibility.

The Chamber would like to thank Buy Maryland Cyber for their support of today’s event as well as sponsors Alliance InfoSystems and Winquest Engineering.

For more pictures, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page.






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