Experts meet entrepreneurs as Cybertech Fairfax reaffirms Fairfax County as America’s Cyber Gateway

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More than 400 turn out for cybersecurity conference in Tysons Corner

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

When Israel-based Cybertech was looking for an East Coast venue to host its cybersecurity technology conference, Fairfax County – with its large cyber cluster – was a logical location.

That was reaffirmed on Tuesday, June 13, when government officials, businesses, vendors and cybersecurity experts converged at Capital One headquarters in Tysons Corner to discuss the latest strategies and technologies to combat cyber threats.

More than 400 attendees heard from two dozen distinguished speakers and panelists including former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson, and Michael Adams, partner at the law firm of McGuireWoods.

Emcee Nick Wakeman, editor of Washington Technology, introduced panelists representing local firms such as Northrop Grumman and CSRA, counterterrorism experts from Israel, and members of the banking, investment and legal communities at the event presented by Cybertech and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA).

In her opening remarks, Cathy Riley, the FCEDA’s vice president of marketing, noted that Fairfax County is the preferred location for more than 350 cyber-related companies.

Given their proximity to federal agencies, accelerators, research and development centers and pertinent college curricula, these companies form the backbone of a cyber cluster  with a shared a mission to address threats, including attacks on infrastructure, ransomware, financial crime and system vulnerabilities and more.

 “It is becoming increasingly important, that both public and private sectors at both national and local levels work together in partnership to combat these threats,” said Michael Johnson, chief information security officer (CISO) of Capital One. “Fairfax County has an important stake and responsibility to fight the threat due to its close proximity to the federal government and strong economic engine.”

Johnson was part of a CISO panel that also included Michael Dent, CISO of the Fairfax County government, Michael Papay, vice president and CISO for Northrop Grumman, and Kevin James, CISO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The event also featured panel discussions about security global commerce and national defense, infrastructure security and the Smart City concept, and investing in cybersecurity. It also included a “fireside chat” about incident response and a startup showcase in which cyber startups got a chance to pitch their products to the audience. Two of the startups: Fairfax County-based Roqos and ID DataWeb.

Cybertech is the most significant conference and exhibition of cyber technologies outside of the United States. Cybertech provides attendees with a unique and special opportunity to get acquainted with the latest innovations and solutions featured by the international cyber community. The conference's main focuses are on networking and strengthening alliances.

Check out to learn more about why Fairfax County is America’s Cyber Gateway.

Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation helps Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and other public services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, a vibrant investment capital community and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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