The first annual CyberSecurity International Symposium will be held July 10-11, 2017 at the Conference Chicago Center.

According to the British insurance company Lloyd's, cyberattacks cost businesses as much as $400 billion each year, which includes direct damage plus post-attack disruption to the normal course of business. Research firm Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that the global cost of cybercrime will grow from $3 trillion in 2015 to $6 trillion by 2021, which includes damage and destruction of data, stolen money, lost property, intellectual property theft, and other areas.*`

To help companies and organizations meet this increasingly urgent challenge, the Symposium will take an in-depth look at the latest cyber security threats and trends, as well as real-world strategies for securing critical networks and data in enterprise, commercial, government and industrial environments. The event will bring together industry practitioners, researchers, regulators and solution providers for two days of focused networking and information sharing at the cutting edge of cyber security.

“This will be a tremendous opportunity to network with those who are pushing the envelope of cyber security in today’s environment,” says Daniel Coran, program manager for the Symposium. “The event emphasizes one-on-one interaction between thought leaders, technology innovators, and those responsible for network security.”

Companies confirmed to speak include Tripwire, Aetna, Fireglass, Cryptzone, CloudPassage, Carnegie Mellon University, Sixgill, SecurityScorecard, Trend Micro, CounterTack, Lastline, Arbor Networks, Cyber adAPT, UpGuard, VMware, Sumo Logic, Lacework, Hexadite, AsTech Consulting, Coronet, Ixia, Sonatype, SecureKey, West Monroe Partners, and GigaTrust.  

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Developing A Real-World, Effective Strategy for Enterprise Network Security

  • Commercializing Military-Grade Network Security

  • Excellence in the Essentials: Managing Complexity Through Foundational Controls

  • Demystifying the Dark Web

  • The Importance of Evaluating Third Party Risk

  • Understanding the Risks of Smart Cities

  • Hacking Exposed: Malware and Rootkits

  • The Weaponization of IoT-based Botnets

  • BYOD Policy in Today's Gig Economy

  • New York's Game-Changing Cybersecurity Rules and Beyond

  • Using the Cloud to Secure the Cloud

  • Leveraging Security Analytics and Big Data to Bolster Security in the Cloud

  • New Approaches to Cloud Security: Achieving Zero-Day Breach Detection

  • DevOps Lessons Learned From Detroit to Deming

  • Automating Security in a Continuous Delivery Culture

“IBM's CEO recently observed that cybercrime is the greatest threat to every profession, every industry, and every company in the world,” Coran says.  “This Symposium is designed to help organizations get a grip on this threat and meet it head on with the latest technologies, best practices and success strategies.”

The Symposium is organized by the Smart Grid Observer, an online information portal and weekly newsletter serving the global smart electric grid industry.  Event partners include InfoSec Conferences, the National Council of ISACs, Loss Prevention Magazine,, Illinois Security Professionals Association, Navigant Research, TechSquare Labs, WITI, Voices of Leaders, and Mind Commerce.

The Symposium will be held at the Conference Chicago Center, 525 S. State Street in downtown Chicago. 

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