U.S. Chamber Discusses Cybersecurity with Las Vegas Area Businesses

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The FINANCIAL — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the American Gaming Association and the Global Gaming Expo, on September 30 hosted “Protecting and Defending Your Business Against a Cyberattack,” an event aimed at helping small and mid-size business owners develop, evaluate, and strengthen cybersecurity programs.

“A few years ago, cyberattacks against the government and corporations were on the margins of news stories, but now a day doesn’t go by that we don’t hear about a data  breach or cyber-intrusion,” said Ann Beauchesne, senior vice president for National Security and Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Chamber. “Through this summit and our cybersecurity awareness campaign, the Chamber is urging businesses of all sizes to adopt fundamental Internet security practices to reduce network weaknesses and make the price of successful hacking steep.”

The event brought together top experts from government, law enforcement, and the private sector to discuss how to navigate the cybersecurity framework released by the White House, give business owners tools and tips for strengthening their cybersecurity programs, and explore ways to communicate about cyber with small and mid-sized supply chain partners, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Cybersecurity is an important global business issue that impacts companies of all sizes.  Cyber attacks are costing businesses millions of dollars and threaten the privacy of personal information. The Las Vegas Metro Chamber is pleased to engage in these important conversations about cyber security public policy, as well as help our members learn how they can adequately protect themselves and their customers from cyber crime,” said Kristin McMillan, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

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Held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, the event featured speakers including John Carlin, assistant attorney general for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice; Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association; Eric McWilliams, founder of FINSECTECH; Adam Pranter, FBI Las Vegas Division supervisory special agent; The Honorable Tom Ridge, chairman of Ridge Global; John Timar, director of the Security Strategy and Architecture Division at American Express; and Greg Touhill, deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications for National Programs and Protection Directorate, at the Department of Homeland Security, among others. 

This event is part of the U.S. Chamber’s cybersecurity awareness campaign, Improving Today. Protecting Tomorrow, which aims to advance cybersecurity policies and educate business of all sizes about cyber threats and how to protect against them.


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