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First Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit: Five reasons your company should attend

Remember the first meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev? Or Nixon and Mao?

Now's your chance to be part of the next historic meeting. This time, it's about cybersecurity. And it's no longer enough for politicians to take the lead. Every company “” that includes yours “” needs to be in on the conversation.

From May 3-5, 2010, the First Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit will convene in Dallas. Here are five reasons your company should attend:

First Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit “” Five reasons to attend:

1.) Cybersecurity is more than a domestic issue. Remember the days when the most we had to worry about were 13-year-old hackers in their parents' basement? As cyber attacks by China, Russia, and other corners of the globe escalate, the time is now for international engagement.

2.) Cybersecurity requires an international game plan. The First Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit will discuss ways to mitigate, manage, and plan for cyber attacks on an international level. Also discussed will be ways to build an international cybersecurity consensus. Those weighing in will include: Byeong Gi Lee, former commissioner at the Korean Communications Commission; Esther Dyson, founding chairman of ICANN and member of the NASA advisory council; General (Ret.) Michael Hayden, former director, National Security Agency; Matt Bross, chief technology officer, Huawei Corporation; James Quigley, CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohamtsu; Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO, AT&T; Lt. General (Ret.) Harry Raduege, chairman, Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation; and Scott Charney, vice president, Trustworthy Computing, Engineering Excellence, and Environmental Sustainability at Microsoft.

3.) Cybersecurity awareness “” and education “” are ever-changing. The First Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit will debrief on the latest threats, courtesy of appearances by: Howard Schmidt, cybersecurity coordinator for the Obama administration; General (Ret.) James L. Jones; Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell; Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO, Data Security Council of India; Francis Delon, Security General of National Defence, France; Udo Helmbrecht, executive director of ENISA; and Teri Takai, chief information officer of the State of California.

4.) Cybersecurity requires forecasting “” and lots of it.
The First Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit will include eight working groups “” “Breakthrough Brigades“ “”focused on specific sectors: information and communications technology, financial services, essential government services, energy, transportation, national security, media and awareness, and small and medium enterprises. Next steps, based upon reports of the breakthrough groups, will include insights from Melissa Hathaway, president, Hathaway Global Strategies, and Tom Ridge, president and CEO, Ridge Global.

5.) Cybersecurity requires you ask what you can do for your country. The government alone can't secure networks. Public-private partnership is essential. The First Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit will offer a panoply of voices from both industry and government. Both domestic and international. It's time to pull up a seat at the table. And get in on the conversation.

Details on registration here.

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