Cybertech Fairfax announces Michael Chertoff as keynote speaker for June 13 conference in Tysons Corner

Alan Fogg, FCEDA,, +1 703-790-0600 (o) or +1 571-213-5065 (m); Julia Kraut, Cybertech, or +1 301-908-9275

Former Homeland Security secretary to discuss vital cybersecurity questions, solutions at international event

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, will be a keynote speaker at the June 13 Cybertech Fairfax conference in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Secretary Chertoff joins more than a dozen international cybersecurity experts who have committed to speak and participate at the event.

Cybertech Fairfax will be held at Capital One headquarters, 1680 Capital One Drive, Tysons Corner, Virginia. Click here to reserve your place at this event.

The conference will focus on the global cyber threat and strategies and solutions that meet the diverse challenges for a wide range of sectors including finance, transportation, utilities, defense, communication and government, to protect operations, infrastructure and people. The conference will also feature exhibitors, displaying the latest in technology to combat current and emerging cyber threats, both locally and globally, as well as a Start-Up Pavilion, presenting the most promising innovation start-ups. Exhibition space remains available. Interested companies should click here to apply.

During his tenure leading the Department of Homeland Security, from 2005 to 2009, Secretary Chertoff led U.S. efforts to block terrorism and secure the country’s borders. Mr. Chertoff now runs The Chertoff Group and provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery.

He also is senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. Before heading the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He also served for more than a decade as a federal prosecutor investigating and prosecuting cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism, including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Fairfax County is home to many cybersecurity and tech firms, and government intelligence agencies have a strong presence within the county as well,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA. “The Economic Development Authority is proud to host Cybertech and is most honored that Secretary Chertoff will join such talented minds for this important event.”

Leaders from government, business and academia previously committed to speak at Cybertech Fairfax include: Michael Papay, vice president and chief information security officer, Northrop Grumman, Sally Sullivan, executive vice president, Homeland Security Group, CSRA; Samantha Ravich, former deputy national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney; Elise Miller-Hooks, Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Engineering, George Mason University; and Michael Dent, CISO, Fairfax County government.

Nick Wakeman, editor of Washington Technology magazine, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The FCEDA is partnering with internationally recognized Cybertech, an Israel-based group of cybersecurity experts that has presented similar events in Tel Aviv, Rome, Beverly Hills and Panama City, to bring insights about cybersecurity issues to Fairfax County, America’s Cyber Gateway with more than 350 cyber-related companies.

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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