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Fifth Cyber Security Summit Draws Top Experts to Huntsville

City of Huntsville FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2013
HUNTSVILLE, AL – The North Alabama Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association and Cyber Huntsville are hosting Huntsville’s Fifth Annual Cyber Security Summit on Thursday, June 6th, at the Von Braun Center. The theme of this year's Cyber Security Summit is "Lean Six Cyber: Continuous Improvement across All Cyber Domains."

Approximately 550 people are expected to attend this year, an increase over last year. The all-day event includes management and technical presentations, a slate of industry- recognized speakers, and exhibits by major security vendors.

Attendees benefit from a variety of technical and management presentations, to discuss such issues as the impacts of cyber attacks, as well as keynote presentations from world-class speakers. The keynote speakers at this year's summit are Brigadier General Allen Harrell, Director, Joint Staff, Alabama Joint Force Headquarters, and Lieutenant General Ronald L. Burgess, Jr. (Ret.).

Many consider the Summit to be the preeminent cyber security event in the Tennessee Valley. "The Summit is an opportunity to network with peers, showcase solutions, and learn new skills," said Summit Chairman Jason Cuneo. Industry professionals can also earn up to eight Continuing Professional Education credits through attendance.

“Cyber security is no longer the sole concern of the IT department,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “The growing challenge is well represented in the diverse group of thought leaders from business, government, and academia that will be attending the summit.”
"This appears to be the best possible solution," said Mayor Battle. "What needs to be saved will be saved, and we are doing something to preserve the property for the future with a productive use for the community."

Proceeds from the Cyber Security Summit are allocated to a scholarship fund for students majoring in the information systems security field at the undergraduate or graduate level. The scholarships are intended to encourage study and research in information security. The goal is to further the professionalism and expertise in the field.

Summit organizers welcome technical experts and network/system administrators, managers and executives, as well as anyone interested in the growing field of cyber security.

Cyber Huntsville, a Huntsville-based non-profit organization set up in response to Mayoral initiative, serves as the focal point for communicating the criticality of cyber security and promoting cyber security-related economic development in the Tennessee Valley region. Its goal is to continue to build a cyber center of excellence in the region.

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities to enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of its members.

Cyber security is currently a significant national issue. President Obama issued an Executive Order on Cyber Security on February 20, 2013, which directs federal agencies to coordinate information regarding cyber attacks on 18 areas of critical infrastructure. The Executive Order directs the Director of National Intelligence to disseminate information promptly, the Department of Commerce to establish rules for a cyber security framework for critical infrastructure, and the Department of Homeland Security to assess risks to privacy.

To register for the Summit and to obtain more information about becoming an exhibitor, go to www.cyber-security-summit.org.

For more information, please contact Jon Levin at (256) 512-5713 or jlevin@maynardcooper.com.

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For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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