The U.S. Department of Homeland Security kicked off its seventh annual cybersecurity conference this week in Nashville.
The Government Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams conference is hosted by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team and brings together the top information security professionals and government officials to discuss the latest in cybersecurity news, trends and technologies.
According to US-CERT, the GFIRST conference is intended for those who would like to learn more about cybersecurity as well as cyber incident responders, CIOs and CISOs, law enforcement personnel supporting cybersecurity issues, academia and representatives from private-sector incident response and security teams.
Among its scheduled training sessions and workshops, the event will host keynote speakers such as Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Division Gordon Snow and Jeff Moss, founder and director of the Black Hat and DEFCON hacker conferences.
This year’s GFIRST conference also includes expo for IT vendors to show off new technologies and applications. Some of the listed companies that will showcase their products this week include Dell, Fortify Software, ManTech International, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Symantec, HBGary, ICF International, SRA International and TASC, among others.
The conference will continue until Friday at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.