Fairfax County EDA hosts German delegation to discuss cybersecurity challenges, opportunities

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Three dozen turn out in Tysons Corner to consider the business of cybersecurity

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fairfax County, Virginia – More than 30 German and American cybersecurity professionals heard from experts at a conference hosted by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) and Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V. in Tysons Corner on Thursday.

The event was designed to provide information to and from local members of the cybersecurity community and visiting members of the German business delegation concerning investment opportunities in the region and reasons why investment in Fairfax County is an excellent option.

Catherine Riley, vice president of marketing for the FCEDA, and Jan Mul, the FCEDA’s director of international marketing, delivered opening remarks before two panel discussions.

J.P. Auffret, associate director for the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering at George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering, joined Mary Beth Borgwing, managing director, cyber, at the MACH37 cyber accelerator, and Jim Hunt, managing partner at Lavrock Ventures, for a discussion of Fairfax County’s cybersecurity ecosystem.

Jatinder Kaur Khosla, the FCEDA business development manager for Europe, moderated that panel, which looked at the investment environment in Fairfax County, ongoing research and opportunities – both public and private -- within the U.S. cybersecurity sectors.

John B. Higginbotham, chairman and CEO of Blue Ridge Networks, Waide Jones, chief information security officer for Exostar, and Antony Kim, founder and global co-chair of cybersecurity and data privacy for Orrick, joined moderator Asher Kotz, the FCEDA’s cybersecurity business development manager, for the second panel, which examined  incident response and security operations.

That panel focused on strategies and solutions for the global cyber threat across sectors, including finance, infrastructure, utilities, defense, communications and government. Panelists also considered international responses to protect business operations, infrastructure, governments and citizens from the growing global cyber threat.

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.